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Parachutists dropped in at Helmdon Carnival on Bank Holiday Monday, to help raise funds for charity.

The event started with a procession of floats and the St John Ambulance band.  They paraded through the village and to the Sports Club ground where other attractions were held.

The sun shone for most of the day and spectators were entertained by a Hinton Airfield parachute display, line dancing, sheep shearing vintage ploughing and owl demonstrations.

People tried their hand at various events  including tug or war, tossing the sheaf, coconut shy, raffles, wellie wanging, archery and guess the weight of the Formula One car.

Children were entertained with bouncy castles, a fairground ride, hook the duck and other games.

Ice cream, candy floss, barbecue food and refreshments were available.

Simon Oakey, on the carnival committee said:  “We hope to raise £4,000 which will be given to the Brackley Cottage Hospital, Helmdon reading Room, the Sports Club and another village charity.”

This was the 18th year that the Helmdon Carnival has taken place. More than 1,000 people annually attend and it was hoped that that the amount was at least equalled this year.

A Blues night held in the village on Saturday raised nearly £500 for the charities


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