Helmdon Snapshot project: An ordinary week in the county’s best village

Helmdon Snapshot project - Magnificent window of St Mary Magdalene Church
Helmdon Snapshot project - Magnificent window of St Mary Magdalene Church

PHOTOGRAPHS of coal being delivered by hand and a lady walking her pet pig are some of the highlights of a project to capture a week in the life of a Northants Village.

Last year Helmdon won the coveted title of Northants Village of the year and a £220 cash prize.

Helmdon Snapshot project - Guides pay their respects during Remembrance day

Helmdon Snapshot project - Guides pay their respects during Remembrance day

In September members of the parish council decide to spend the money reinstating the Best Village sign at the entrance to the village. But with some cash left over they decide to try and capture the essence of the village through a photographic project. Village resident were invited to take pictures between Friday, November 11, and Friday, November 18.

In the end 800 pictures were submitted and 650 have been put online.

Although the original intention was to only produce a hand full of photobooks, one for the Parish Council, and one for the County Record Office, the project generated so much interest more copies may be produced for wider circulation.

Contributor and parish councillor, Danny Moody said: “The Snapshot Project in Helmdon has been great fun and the results are really brilliant.

Helmdon Snapshot project -  Guides celebrating Dewali, the Hindu festival of lights

Helmdon Snapshot project - Guides celebrating Dewali, the Hindu festival of lights

“The photo book we have produced has come out really well, better than we hoped. At the moment it is just a really good collection of local photos but of course over time it will grow in social value and take on increasing poignancy and interest - a real asset for the future.”

Click here for a slideshow containing pictures selected by the Advertiser or click here to access the full collection via the project website.