Welcome to Long Wittenham

Welcome to the website for the village of Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire, England. Within these pages you will find information on the village, the Parish Council and its activities, a directory of local businesses and services, information on clubs and groups, and lots of other things too.

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Company Boss Joins Council

Long Wittenham Parish Council has a new member.  He’s Iain McRitchie and his appointment brings the number of councillors up to six – one short of the maximum of seven.

Iain and his wife Christine have lived in Westfield Road since 1999, with their four, now teenage, children.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, working in a range of senior roles for many years before setting up Earthwise Products Ltd in 2012.

Last year Iain and Christine bought Sharp’s Yard, near Bodkin’s Field.  It is home to Earthwise Products Ltd and a small Engineering company Earthwise Trading Ltd, a wholesaler and retailer of reusable products.  In addition, a new company Earthwise Electrical which started this year is based in Sharp’s Yard.

Earthwise Trading won the NatWest Venus award for online business of the year 2016 and Earthwise Products won the Federation of Small Businesses regional micro business of the Year 2014 as well as being a finalist in the Oxford business awards in 2013.

Iain has previously acted as Treasurer for Long Wittenham Parochial Church Council and has also volunteered as an Oxford Business Mentor for many years.  He enjoys walking his dog and fishing.

Council chairman Gordon Rogers said: “We welcome Iain and hope his business experience will add a new perspective to the work of the council.  We are still one councillor short of our full complement of seven and need another recruit to help shape the future direction of the village. The council is working hard on plans for a new hub and the Neighbourhood Development Plan.”

If you might be interested in joining the council, talk to any of the present councillors, contact details here.

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200 Club May Winners

The 200 Club is pleased to announce the May winners.  £10 each goes to:

26      C. Bosley
114     C. Nicholson
113     D. Whenmouth
23      K. Earl

Profits from the 200 Club go towards the maintenance and improvement of the Village Hall.  There are cash prizes through the year: £10 per week for 48 weeks, £50 in June and December and £100 in September and March.  The draw is made monthly.

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South News – Election Special Edition

Residents who are not already subscribers to South Oxfordshire District Council’s digital newsletter “South News” may like to read the General Election Special Edition which is available here.

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Temporary Road Closure – Clifton Hampden – 12th-13th June

A temporary road closure of a section of High Street, Clifton Hampden, including the bridge, will operate from 12th June 2017 while underground cabling works are carried out.  The anticipated completion date is 13th June 2017.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor.

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic is available here. Continue reading

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 18th May

The Parish Council will hold its monthly meeting this coming Thursday evening (18th May) at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

Download the agenda here.

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Hub Plans Revealed

More than 90 people from Long Wittenham attended an exhibition to examine and comment on plans for the village’s proposed community hub.  The project includes a new school, pre-school, village hall, play and sports area, market and affordable homes and parking.  The whole project will be self-funding with profits from the market housing going back into funding all the community facilities.  Following a series of public meetings during the last 18 months the parish council’s chosen developer Thomas Homes has been working on plans and the proposals were unveiled at a drop-in evening at The Plough pub on Thursday evening 11th May.

Leading the hub development is parish councillor Steve Brown who said: “I was very pleased with the public’s response.  We have been encouraged by the support of residents, the vast majority of whom have backed our ideas to take the village forward.  The head Continue reading

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200 Club April Winners

The 200 Club is pleased to announce the April winners.  £10 each goes to:

127   K. Lloyd-Jukes
151    S. Warren
30     C. Snowdon
2       E. Garlick

Profits from the 200 Club go towards the maintenance and improvement of the Village Hall.  There are cash prizes through the year: £10 per week for 48 weeks, £50 in June and December and £100 in September and March.  The draw is made monthly.

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Tea and Birds of Prey

Tea and birds of prey were on the “menu” at the third birthday party of Long Wittenham’s Good Neighbours club held at the Mill View Garden Centre in Wheatley on 4th May.

More than 20 members of the club – supported by the parish council – had tea in the garden centre and afterwards visited the Birds of Prey aviaries next door.  The owner and falconer Clive Jones talked about the world of raptors and there was a flying demonstration from a peregrine falcon, one of the fastest species. Continue reading

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Revamped Clubhouse Nears Completion

Work on phase one of the new-look clubhouse for the Long Wittenham Athletics Club in Bodkin’s Field continues to take shape and now planning begins for part-two.

The club secured a grant of £3,000 from South Oxfordshire District Council and a further £2,500 came from the parish council.  One of the conditions of the district council’s grant was that the club had to match the grant with its own money.

The grants were used to replace electric wiring and fittings throughout the club.  New windows, doors and plastic, shiplap style cladding for the exterior of the building are being fitted.  Fascias and guttering have also been replaced.  The work is being carried out by Continue reading

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County Councillor Re-elected

Those residents who did not keep up to date with the results of the County Council Elections as they were announced yesterday may be interested to know that Lynda Atkins (Independent) was re-elected as Councillor for the Wallingford Division and will represent Long Wittenham on Oxfordshire County Council.

Information and contact details here:

https://mycouncil.oxfordshire.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=119

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