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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Cycle Challenge for Villagers

Two men from Long Wittenham are preparing for one of the biggest cycling challenges in the UK: Lands End to John O’Groats in aid of charity.

Keith Tucker who works for BMW at Cowley and former car worker, now retired, Steve Cook will be undertaking the 1,000 plus miles challenge in August to raise money for the Oxford-based Helen and Douglas House hospice for terminally ill children and young adults.

The journey will start when the pair set off by train to Penzance on Sunday 29th July.  After 16 days cycling along the Sustrans National Cycle Network, Keith and Steve should reach John O’Groats on 14th August.  They will then spend two days getting back home by train and car.  They will be cycling alone with no support vehicle.

Keith said: “Lands End to John O’Groats has been something I have wanted to do since my teenage years.  As we have a three-week shutdown this summer at BMW it seems an ideal opportunity.”

“Steve and I have done long distance rides before as part of larger village groups – Long Wittenham to Paris in three days for breast cancer, Coast to Coast for prostate cancer and Coast and Castles for Alzheimer’s.  Helen and Douglas house is a really worthwhile local cause that needs as much help as it can get.”

The cycling duo’s progress can be tracked on their Facebook Group “Keith & Steve Cycling LeJog 2018” which lists the route and includes lunch stops and overnight stays.  As they progress Keith and Steve will be uploading photos and details of the daily journey.

Sponsor them at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/KeithTucker57

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Planning Applications Comment Deadlines

Residents are reminded that the deadline for comments on Kler Group’s planning application which proposes re-aligning the Didcot Road to accommodate a revised access to their housing development at the corner of Didcot Road and Fieldside is Wednesday 18th July.

You can view the plans and comment on them here: Continue reading

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Roads Maintenance Boost

Road users will be well aware of the disastrous effect that the freezing conditions of last Winter had on the condition of Oxfordshire’s road network.

In response, Oxfordshire County Council is planning to substantially increase the budget for highways maintenance.  Funds for this will be borrowed as it is Continue reading

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Doorstep Crime

The parish council has been advised that there has been an incident in the area involving a suspicious door-to-door jewellery buyer.

The police have issued the following guidance: Continue reading

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Ride + Stride for Churches

Walkers and cyclists will be interested to hear that this year’s Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust Ride + Stride will take place on Saturday 8th September.

Over the last fifty-four years, Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust has given several million pounds in grants to churches and chapels of all Christian Continue reading

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 12th July

The Parish Council will hold its regular monthly meeting this coming Thursday evening (12th July) at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

Download the agenda here.

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Long Wittenham Past

Another in our occasional series showing images and items of interest from Long Wittenham’s past.

This time, two photographs of Carmela Cottage, next to the primary school.  The first taken recently and the other taken when it was the village co-operative store, which it was until 1975. Continue reading

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Good Neighbours Group

The next meeting of the Long Wittenham Good Neighbours Group is on Thursday 5th July at 2:30pm in the Village Hall.

Steve Brown has arranged for Judy Gibbons to talk on Life at Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary which is sure to be an interesting insight into a very local charity. Continue reading

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Summer Soiree

You are invited to join the Wittenham W.I. for a colourful Summer soiree of songs and sketches presented by the Didcot Divas on Tuesday 10th July at 7:30pm in the village hall.

All villagers are welcome. The event is free to W.I. members with a £4 entry at the door for non members.  There are no tickets but please email janedmay@btinternet.com if you plan to come. Continue reading

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Pendon Birthday Celebration

The Pendon Museum celebrated its sixty-fourth birthday yesterday (27th June) with the formal opening of the scale model Bristol Line by BBC Antiques Roadshow transport expert and author Paul Atterbury.

Mr Atterbury cut the tape across the track to allow the model Britolian – the non-step express linking London with Bristol in 1935 – to pass through the Continue reading

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