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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Apple Day Success

Thanks to a bumper harvest of apples, Village Apple Day last Saturday was a great success, producing a huge number of bottles of delicious juice.

It was a wonderful if somewhat windy day, and lots of villagers turned up with boxes and buckets of apples and a first class team of volunteers weighed, checked, chopped, pressed and bottled.  The juice was pasteurised to give it a shelf life of at least one year.

If you would like to taste this delicious, sweet, totally natural local juice it is available at £3 per bottle.  All profits will go back into the Apple Day fund to purchase more equipment in readiness for when the community orchard begins to produce fruit, in approximately three years time.  Contact Sally Duff on 07899 097612 or richsal2000@yahoo.co.uk.

The juice will also be available at the up and coming Christmas Art Weekend being held at Sylva Wood Centre on 18th & 19th November.

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SODC Local Plan Policies Map

Further to the publication of the latest version of the Local Plan on 12th October, South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) has now published a stand-alone Local Plan Policies Map.

The Local Plan Policies Map shows the locations of housing and employment allocations and other location specific policies within the plan, including changes to the boundary of the Oxford Green Belt.

The stand-alone Policies Map can now be viewed on the SODC website (see below) and in the following locations: Continue reading

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Parish Council Dates For Your Diary

The Parish Council has set the dates for its meetings and the Annual Parish Assembly for next year.

All meetings will take place at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

11th January 2018 – Parish Council Meeting
8th February 2018 – Parish Council Meeting
8th March 2018 – Parish Council Meeting
15th March 2018 – Annual Parish Assembly
19th April 2018 – Annual Parish Council Meeting
10th May 2018 – Parish Council Meeting
14th June 2018 – Parish Council Meeting Continue reading

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New Play Area Swings Into Action

Work on the new £14,500 playground area at Bodkin’s Field has been completed.  There is a new basket swing, jigsaw climbing tower and slide, toddler rocker, see-saw, balance beam, chin-up bars and parallel bars.

South Oxfordshire District Council has funded half the cost, the parish council contributed £2,500, and the rest has come from fund raising events in the village this year.  Nearly £700 is outstanding but this is expected to be covered by profits from the village bonfire night in Ward’s Field on 4th November.

Children can play on the playground immediately but the official opening is scheduled for Continue reading

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Long Wittenham Bonfire Night

Advance tickets are now on sale for the annual Long Wittenham Bonfire Night which will take place on Saturday 4th November starting at 6pm on Ward’s Field behind Pendon Museum.

This year’s event is expected to be bigger and better than ever with:

  • Bar / Mulled wine / BBQ
  • Sweet Treats and Glow Items
  • A big beautiful bonfire to keep everyone toasty
  • Guy Fawkes Competition – with a wonderful prize donated by The Plough
  • Fantastic fireworks

It’s well worth buying your tickets early: Continue reading

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No Concrete Plant But Quarry Protests Continue

Hills Quarry Products have removed the concrete processing plant from its plans for a huge quarry near Clifton Hampden, but anti-quarry campaigners say they are not convinced and that Hills could re-instate the concrete plant at a later date if given planning permission.

Bachport (Burcot and Clifton Hampden Protection of the River Thames) spokesman Giles Baxter said: “Although Hills has removed the concrete plant, the fact that the proposed area for the plant site remains on the plans suggests that the company will seek to reinstate the plant at some point in the future under permitted development rights.  In other words this is a purely tactical move by Hills.”

The county council’s draft Waste and Minerals Plan calls for a 40% increase in the annual Continue reading

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Kler Enquiry Confirmed

The public enquiry into Kler Group’s planning application for 36 houses on the field at the corner of the Didcot Road and Fieldside will open in Didcot on 14th November.  Four days have been set aside for the enquiry at the Civic Hall.

The Long Wittenham Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) has now been formally adopted by the South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) and the document has to be taken into account when any housing plans are proposed.  It was a major factor in the SODC Planning Committee’s decision against Kler’s plan on 27th September when they voted six to three against it.

Speaking at the public enquiry on behalf of the parish council will be Peter Rose who has Continue reading

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Warning – Lead Thieves About!

Following the theft of lead from the roof of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Primary School recently, local police have advised our PCC that residents should keep an eye out for any unusual activity around St Mary’s Church and the village.

If you see any suspicious looking people or vehicles in the area please call the Police via the 24 hour non-emergency telephone number 101.  You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Residents invited to comment on Local Plan

South Oxfordshire District Council has published the latest version of its Local Plan and is inviting residents to read it and send their comments in before 22nd November.

The comments will then be submitted along with the plan to the government, ready to be examined by a planning inspector early next year.

During the development of the plan, the council has received thousands of comments from residents and organisations, which have helped shaped the plan.

Anybody who wants to participate in the Local Plan examination, should comment at this Continue reading

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Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Thames Valley has produced a Police and Crime Plan which covers April 2017 – March 2021.  It outlines his priorities for the area and how he will work with partners to achieve them.

Under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 the PCC must produce a Police and Crime Plan which sets out the Commissioner’s strategic police and crime objectives for the Thames Valley with regard to:

  • The policing of the area
  • Crime and disorder reduction
  • The discharge by Thames Valley of its national or international functions

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