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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Queen’s 90th Birthday Family Church Service

On Sunday 5th June 2016, St Mary’s Church will be celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday at the Family Service.

Everyone is invited to join us for the special Family Service, which will start at 10am.

The church will be decked in Red, White and Blue flowers to mark the occasion.

Tea, coffee and squash will be available after the service, as will some biscuits or cake.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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Tidy up the Pound – Saturday 21st May 10am – 12noon.

After a lovely display of Spring daffodils and tulips it is time to tidy up The Pound.

Come along and help on Saturday 21st May 10am – 12noon.  Please bring trowels, forks, spades, secateurs.

All welcome (near the second chicane as you go towards Clifton Hampden).

For more information contact Janet Haylett (familyhaylett@yahoo.com).

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Parish Path Warden Wanted

Would you like to volunteer to be a Parish Path Warden (PPW) for the parish of Long Wittenham?

Oxfordshire Area Ramblers, the Oxford Fieldpaths Society and the Countryside Access Team (CAT) of  Oxfordshire County Council are working together to develop a network of PPWs throughout the County.  To date, about 80% of the County’s 320 parishes now have a PPW in place.  The main purpose of a PPW is to walk the footpaths in his or her parish on a regular basis, equipped with a pair of secateurs to trim away any vegetation that is impeding the footpaths, particularly at stiles, gates and bridges.  The PPW also reports to the CAT any serious and less-serious problems affecting the footpaths so that the information can go onto the CAT’s database of such problems, hopefully to be resolved, especially if the problem is a serious one, such as a dangerous tree overhanging a path, or a bridge that is considered to be unsafe to cross.  The PPW receives twice a year, from the CAT, a list of footpath problems for the parish which can then be checked on the ground. Continue reading

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Earth Trust – Public Exhibition

If you would like the opportunity to have your say about proposals to improve visitor facilities at the Earth Trust Centre, drop in to the informal exhibition held in Fison Barn.

The exhibition will be open:

Wednesday 1st June, 9am-1pm
Thursday 2nd June, 7am-1pm
Friday 3rd June, 12pm-5pm
Sunday 5th June, 11am-4pm
Tuesday 7th June, 2pm-9pm

If you are unable to attend the exhibition, boards will also displayed on the Earthtrust website nearer the time.

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Planning Application – Fieldside Track

The planning application for the building of 36 houses on the field at the corner of Fieldside track and the Didcot Road is now with the South Oxfordshire District Council.

This is the plan which was presented by Cerda Planning at The Plough on 10th March.

The application and detailed plans can be viewed on the SODC planning website – application reference P16/S1124/O.

Residents have until 8th June to comment on the plans which can also be done online or in writing (quoting reference P16/S1124/O) to:

South Oxfordshire District Council
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
OX14 4SB

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Children’s Royal Tea Party – 11th June

All children who live or who are grandchildren to those who live or go to school or pre-school in the Wittenham villages are invited to a very special tea party on 11th June to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday.

Join us for 90 fun-filled minutes celebrating 90 years in The Royal Gardens of The Plough.

If you would like to help in making this event a success please do get in touch.  We need volunteers to help set-up/clear away, bake cakes, help with the games and lots more.

Please see the attached flyer.  You can book your child’s place by emailing adamandeve@btinternet.com

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 12th May

A reminder that the Parish Council has its monthly meeting this coming Thursday evening (12th May) at 7:45pm in the Village Hall.

View the agenda here.

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Fullamoor Quarry Plans – Register your opinion

Have you made your views about the plans for the Fullamoor Quarry known to the OCC planning department?

The deadline for submitting your opinion is 13th May 2016.  The details of the plan can be seen on the BACHPORT website.

Send your views to the Planning Department, Oxfordshire County Council, Speedwell House, Speedwell Street, Oxford, OX1 1NE or email mary.thompson@oxfordshire.gov.uk quoting OCC application number: MW.0039/16.

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Long & Little Wittenham Churches Blogged

The blogger The Church Explorer recently visited St Mary Long Wittenham and St Peter Little Wittenham.  You can read his blog posts here:

St Mary Long Wittenham

St Peter Little Wittenham

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Police & Crime Commissioner Election

Don’t forget to vote on Thursday (5th May) for the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley police area.

More information and details of the candidates can be found here.

Your polling station is Long Wittenham Village Hall which will be open from 7am to 10pm.

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