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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An occasional series showing images and items of interest from Long Wittenham’s past.
This time: a couple of views of St John’s Row in the days before the motor car:
These photographs are taken from Mercy Ward’s Scrapbooks which are now in the Long Wittenham History Group archive. If you have an interest in local history, why not join the history group? More information on the History Group page.
A reminder that Generation Games – Age UK Oxfordshire’s physical activity service – run Strength and Balance Classes every Wednesday in the Long Wittenham Village Hall from 3.30 to 4.30pm.
See the poster for more details.
Long Wittenham Parish Council wants to recruit another member to help shape the future of the village. Currently, there are six councillors, one short of the maximum allowed.
Your parish council is involved in many key areas of local administration: representing the local community, delivering services to meet local needs, and improving quality of life and community well being.
As well as these day to day responsibilities there are specific challenges facing the village:
- The updating of the Neighbourhood Development Plan as a result of the issues encountered at the Kler public enquiry last year
- The design and development of the Community Hub to provide the much needed pre-school, new primary school and new village hall
- Threats of more unwanted housing developments such as that recently proposed next to Bodkin’s Field
There’s renewed interest in establishing a circular path footpath linking Long Wittenham and Clifton Hampden using part of the Thames Path. The former chairman of Long Wittenham Parish Council Tom Bowtell first promoted the idea three years ago but it ran aground following opposition from the farmer who owned land on the island at the back of Long Wittenham. A fence was proposed to segregate grazing animals from the public but the land owner was unhappy, citing vandalism to property and risk to livestock.
Since then there’s been a change of ownership and Mr Bowtell sees a window of opportunity to re-ignite his circular walk plan. He is supported by Long Wittenham Parish Council and a footpath group is being re-established to promote the idea. The group is a sub-group of the new Neighbourhood Development Plan team which is reviewing the Continue reading
West Waddy ADP, the company behind proposals for a new housing development on the land next to Bodkin’s Field has acknowledged that many residents did not receive their leaflet explaining the proposals, and are sending it out again, hopefully to all households this time. They have also extended the consultation period for another two weeks to 23rd February.
If you have not already commented on the proposals, please do so at http://www.westwaddy-adp.co.uk/longwittenham/
The parish council has invited West Waddy to present their plans at a public meeting to give residents the opportunity to ask questions directly. If they take up the invitation, we Continue reading
Charities, community and voluntary groups across South Oxfordshire are being encouraged to sign up to a new lottery to help them raise funds. South Oxfordshire District Council aims to launch the lottery in the spring and is inviting good causes to register as beneficaries.
The lottery will give residents the chance to enter a £1 weekly online draw and be in with the chance of winning prizes, ranging from free prize draw tickets to a jackpot up to £25,000.
From each £1 ticket bought, 60p will go to good causes and the local community. Players will be able to choose which cause they support when they purchase tickets. The council Continue reading
Residents may be wondering why Forge Lane in Clifton Hampden has been subject to traffic restrictions this week. Oxfordshire County Council have advised that vegetation clearance and a topographical survey is taking place alongside a short section of the road. These are enabling works with a view to improving this cycling route in 2018/2019.
The works started on Monday 5th February and are expected to last for approximately two weeks – subject to weather conditions. The working hours are 9.30 to 15.30 to avoid peak-time traffic and minimize the inconvenience to road users.
For more information contact Marie.Kanayan@oxfordshire.gov.uk.
The Parish Council will hold its monthly meeting this coming Thursday evening (8th February) at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.
Download the agenda here.
A new television series explores the controversial decision by the government to free up the green belt to developers.
Film-maker Richard Macer spent nine months in Oxfordshire, meeting councillors, developers, architects and campaigners to look at ‘how to mend the broken housing system.’
The first episode of The New Builds are Coming: Battle in the Countryside focussed on plans to build 3,500 homes in Culham.
You can see the programme on the BBC iPlayer: Continue reading
The Wallingford Neighbourhood Police Team are asking residents to be aware that there has been an increase in shed burglaries in the local area in the past few days.
See their leaflet for tips and advice.
Contact the team at WallingfordBerinsfieldCholseyNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk or dial 101.