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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Neighbourhood Plan Meeting Report

The presentation given at the Neighbourhood Plan Public Meeting on Friday 17th June, along with a report of the proceedings are now available on the Neighbourhood Plan page.

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Village Crafting Event

Wittenham WI and the ladies running the Church Fete Craft Stall invite all Needle-workers, Craft-workers & Handy-workers to a fun workshop on Saturday 6th August from 10am to 3pm (approx) in the Village Hall.

Come and learn some fresh skills and make new friends!

We will be making easy, attractive items (e.g. bags, jewellery rolls, decorated flowerpots) for sale at the Church Fete Craft Stall.  Patterns, kindly donated materials and advice and instruction will be available. Tea/coffee is included.  Continue reading

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Mobile Library Service to cease operation

The Oxfordshire Mobile Library Service will cease to operate in September.  Here is the announcement from Jillian Southwell, Library Service Manager for Oxfordshire Libraries (Jillian.Southwell@oxfordshire.gov.uk):

“I am writing to confirm that, regretfully, the mobile library service in Oxfordshire will cease to operate in September.

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Village Character Assessment

As part of the Neighbourhood Plan process, the Steering Committee commissioned an independent group of villagers led by Mike Wynne-Jones to produce a character assessment of the village.

The very impressive first draft of their labours can be downloaded here.

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Neighbourhood Plan Open Meeting – Friday 17th June

Residents of Long Wittenham are invited to an open meeting in the Village Hall on Friday 17th June at 7:30pm to discuss the final draft of the Neighbourhood Plan.

The Neighbourhood Plan is nearing completion and the Steering Committee has called the meeting to get the residents’ views on the final plan before it is submitted for approval.

It will also be an opportunity to meet Chris Brotherton of Thomas Homes, who has been appointed by the Parish Council to help plan the housing and hub development.  Thomas Homes specialise in community projects and have recently designed a new village hall for Marcham.

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Queen’s Birthday Celebrations – Reminder

Don’t forget to get that red, white and blue bunting down from your attic today so that that you can bedeck your dwelling to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday.

The children of the village will be celebrating in patriotic style at the Royal Tea Party in the Royal Gardens of The Plough Public House, on Saturday between 2.30pm and 4.00pm.

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Fieldside Planning Application – Parish Council Response

The Long Wittenham Parish Council’s formal objection to the planning application for the development of up to 36 houses on the field at the corner of Fieldside and the Didcot Road can be read here.

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A message from Revd Dr Michael Lakey

On Monday 8th August at 7.30pm, Bishop Colin will formally welcome me into my new role as Curate in Charge (Associate Team Vicar) of the Bridge Group of parishes at a licensing service at Dorchester Abbey.  As you can imagine, I am extremely happy and excited to be joining the Bridge Group and cannot wait to begin getting to know you all.  All parishioners are welcome at the service.

For those who need to contact me, from 8th August my contact details are:

Mobile:  07586 323325
Office:  01865 340007

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Fieldside Planning Application – Response Deadline

A reminder that residents have until tomorrow (8th June) to comment on the the proposed development of the field on the corner of Fieldside and the Didcot Road.

Details of the plan, the parish council’s response and links to the SODC’s planning website can be found here.

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Parish Path Warden Appointed

Introducing Chris Stubbs, who has volunteered to be the Parish Path Warden for Long Wittenham.

The main purpose of the PPW is to walk the footpaths in the parish on a regular basis, equipped with a pair of secateurs to trim away any vegetation that is impeding the paths, particularly at stiles, gates and bridges.  The PPW also reports to the Countryside Access Team (CAT) of Oxfordshire County Council any problems affecting the footpaths such as a dangerous tree overhanging a path, or a bridge that is considered to be unsafe to cross, so that the information can go onto the CAT’s database of such problems, hopefully to be resolved.

Chris can be contacted at cdstubbs@sent.com.

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