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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West Waddy / Lagan Homes Planning Application

The West Waddy / Lagan Homes planning application for 29 houses on the field next to Bodkin’s has been published on the South Oxfordshire District Council’s planning website (see below).

The public consultation runs until 18th April and residents are urged to respond to the proposals.  This can be done online on the website, by telephone on 01235 422600 or by email at registration@southandvale.gov.uk quoting reference P18/S0752/FUL.


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Annual Parish Assembly Report

Thank you to all the speakers and residents who came to the Annual Parish Assembly on 15th March in the Village Hall.  Presentations were made by a number of village groups, our county and district councillors and members of the parish council.

The meeting was opened by Gordon Rogers, chairman of the parish council, who welcomed the speakers and residents, and talked about the main issues currently facing the council.

Catherine Harrison, chair of the Preschool, said that despite staff changes over the past Continue reading

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Art of Culham

The much anticipated second Art of Culham exhibition will take place from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 28th April 2018 at St Paul’s Church, Culham.

On display will be work of fourteen artists who all live or work in Culham, their ages range from sixteen to eighty-six.

Children’s art activities will be running throughout the day where kids can make a clay pot, paint, draw, and make a mosaic.  Refreshments of tea, coffee and cakes will be available.  Continue reading

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Thames Valley Police March Newsletter

The March edition of the Thames Valley Police Wallingford Sector Neighbourhood Team Newsletter is available to read here.

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Athletics Club Seeks Help for Improvement Scheme

Long Wittenham Athletics Club is seeking a grant of £750 to cover the cost of drawing up plans to improve facilities at the clubhouse in Bodkin’s Field.  The club is to approach South Oxfordshire District Council which has a capital grants scheme to help community projects.  The parish council may also make a contribution.

At the March meeting of the parish council club secretary Ron Carter said they were undergoing a complete make-over to tidy up and improve the clubhouse and surrounding area.  He said the first phase of the project had been completed.  New doors and windows and the clubhouse had been installed and the building re-wired.  The main room had been Continue reading

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Courtney-Worthy Boat Saga Sails On

The long-running issue of Mr Simon Courtney-Worthy’s boat, landing stage and wooden house alongside the Thames next to Ward’s Field continues to be mired in legal wrangles.

The case has been going on for nearly twenty years.  South Oxfordshire District Council and the Parish Council say the development is illegal because it does not have planning permission.  The councils also claim that Mr Courtney-Worthy does not own the land.  According to Land Registry records the land belongs to a man in Hertfordshire.  Repeated attempts however to track down the man have proved fruitless.  Mr Courtney-Worthy disputes the councils’ case and says he owns the land and is there Continue reading

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Fast Track for Revised Neighbourhood Plan

Long Wittenham’s district councillor Sue Lawson has promised to help “fast-track” the Parish Council’s revised Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) and referendum when they go for approval to South Oxfordshire District Council.

The NDP includes plans for a Community Hub comprising thirty-five to forty homes, a new school, pre-school and village hall on land off Didcot Road.  If approved by residents in a referendum then the revised NDP should give the parish council a larger measure of certainty against future attempts by developers to muscle in on land. Continue reading

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Council Grant for Last Stage of Playground Project

A grant of up to £1,500 from South Oxfordshire District Council will go towards paying for a section of new hedge and pedestrian gate at the playing field in Bodkin’s Field.  This will tidy the area around the recently installed playground equipment and make a secure boundary along Northfield Lane.

The grant has come from our district councillor Sue Lawson.  Each councillor has an allocation of £5,000 which they can put towards good causes in their wards.  The grant will be used to fund 60% of the work with the Parish Council funding the other 40%. Continue reading

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Annual Parish Assembly – Thursday 15th March

The Annual Parish Assembly will take place next Thursday 15th March at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.  This is an opportunity for residents to hear from the Chairman of the Parish Council, District & County Councillors, community groups and other organisations in the village about their achievements over the past year and plans for the next twelve months.

Download the agenda here.

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West Waddy Statement of Community Involvement

The Parish Council has been informed by West Waddy ADP that they have submitted a planning application to South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) for the development of twenty nine houses on the field next to Bodkin’s Field.  We expect the application to appear on the SODC Planning website in the next couple of weeks.

To support the application they have prepared a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).  The aim of an SCI is to provide information on the process and outcomes of the variety of consultations which have taken place with the local community, including local Continue reading

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