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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Village Apple Day – Sunday 20th October

Announcing the 4th Annual Long Wittenham Village Apple Day at the Sylva Wood Centre on Sunday 20th October organised by Wittenham Warriors and hosted by the Sylva Foundation.

Have your home grown apples turned into delicious juice in six easy steps:

1. Bring along boxes/bags of washed, dry apples that are free from bruising and mould to the Wood Centre from 10am – 12noon.  The quality of the fruit determines the quality of the juice.

2. Your apples will be weighed to calculate how many bottles of juice they will provide and you will be issued with a collection ticket.  Approximately 2kg apples = one 75cl bottle of juice.

3. Your apples will be added to others if necessary to make up a full load to go into the apple mill where they will be crushed.

4. The crushed apples are put into the apple press and, with the aid of high pressure water, are pressed to produce juice (no water is added to the juice).  Vitamin C is added to prevent the apples browning.

5. The juice is bottled and capped (bottles are provided) and placed into the pasteuriser where it is heated to at least 70 degrees centigrade and held at this temperature for twenty minutes.  This kills off any bacteria and gives the juice a shelf life of up to eighteen months.

6. Once cooled, the bottles of juice are ready for collection and consumption.  Collection is from 1pm until 3pm.

So that the cost of bottles/caps/extra pasteuriser/equipment is covered there will be a charge of £2 per bottle of juice.  If you would like to show your appreciation for the service there will be a donations box, and any monies will go towards future village projects.

If you would like to donate or have more apples than you want to juice, please let the organisers have them as they can sell the bottles of juice to others in the community who don’t have access to apple trees.  If you are unable to get your apples to the Wood Centre then let the organisers know and they will try to arrange collection.

For more information contact Sally Duff on 01865 407788/07899 097612 or at richsal2000@yahoo.co.uk.

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River of Life II Consultations

The Earth Trust invites residents to its public consultations for its River of Life II wetland creation project.

This is an opportunity to learn about the River of Life II project to create wetlands along the River Thames between Overy Mead and Clifton Meadow and further ponds in Little Wittenham Woods.  There will be visuals on display to explain the project, its background and importance along with some Continue reading

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County Councillor Steps Down

Lynda Atkins, the Oxfordshire County Councillor for the Wittenhams is resigning her seat after more than eleven years.  She made her farewell appearance at the September meeting of Long Wittenham Parish Council.

Ms Atkins, who represented Wallingford, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell and the Wittenhams as an Independent councillor, said she would miss working with the communities after so Continue reading

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Neighbourhood Plan Update

Peter Rose, Chairman of the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) Steering Committee writes:

“Residents will recall that earlier in the year, the environmental report within the NDP was updated and submitted to a second Regulation 16 consultation.  This consultation ended in May but there were significant concerns expressed by Historic England (HE) and Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) concerning minerals safeguarding and the archaeological assessment of the Continue reading

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New Parish Clerk

The Parish Council has a new clerk.  He is Martin Elliff who takes over from Rhonda Hinson who was clerk for more than four years.

Martin was the council’s vice-chairman and his decision to resign as councillor and take on the new role as clerk on a voluntary basis for twelve months means that the council is now down to five councillors – two short of its statutory number.

After the August “holiday” the council will meet this evening (7.30pm in the village hall) Continue reading

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Lunch Club Tea Party

About forty residents gathered on the warm, sunny afternoon of Tuesday 27th August for the annual Long Wittenham Lunch Club tea party.

Members of the club usually meet on the third Thursday of each month for lunch in the village hall but once a year, Bill and Sylvia Harrison host this much anticipated event in their beautiful garden.

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Didcot Garden Town

As Long Wittenham is located within the Didcot Garden Town area, residents can now sign up to receive regular updates on progress to turn the vision of the Didcot Garden Town delivery plan into real life projects. The delivery plan can be found here.

By signing up, you could help to shape over sixty individual projects.

It is anticipated that over 20,000 new jobs will be created in the town and surrounding areas in the next few decades, and with the 15,000 new homes expected, your input is Continue reading

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Cycling Champion Appointed

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) has appointed its first ever Cycling Champion to help and encourage people to travel by bike, and she is our own District Councillor Sam Casey-Rerhaye.

Cllr Casey-Rerhaye will work with local organisations, communities, other councils and transport bodies to make sure there is wider access to cycling paths across the districts.

Cllr Casey-Rerhaye, who regularly cycles to work and encourages her children to cycle Continue reading

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Harvest Supper – Saturday 5th October

The Friends of St Mary’s Church Long Wittenham will be holding the annual Harvest Supper at the Village Hall on Saturday 5th October starting at 7pm.

All residents from Long Wittenham and the surrounding villages, together with their families and friends are invited.

Come along for good food, good company and a donations bar. Continue reading

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 12th September

The Parish Council will hold it’s monthly meeting in the Village Hall at 7:30pm on Thursday 12th September.

All residents are invited to attend.  Download the agenda here.

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