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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Polling Stations Review

Residents in South Oxfordshire are being asked to comment on the location of polling stations that are used for elections.

The district council is carrying out a review of the polling districts and polling places to help ensure that they meet the needs of voters.

All views are welcome, and the council is especially keen to hear from disabled residents and those who have experience of assisting disabled people with access requirements.

Margaret Reed, Returning Officer for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils said: “It’s important that all our polling stations are in suitable locations and that everyone can go and vote without having to worry about whether they will have problems getting in and out of the building.”

“We’d like to hear from people about their experience of using polling stations during recent elections – whether there are any changes to the location or building that they would like us to make or to give us details of any alternative places that may be used as a polling station.”

Comments are open until Friday 27th September.  People can have their say by visiting the council website:

http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/services-and-advice/local-democracy/elections/review-polling-districts-and-polling-places

Written response can be sent to Electoral Services, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, OX14 4SB.

For more information about the review please email the elections team at elections@southandvale.gov.uk or call 01235 422528.

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Quarry Plans Rejected Again

The plans for the quarry near Clifton Hampden have been thrown out by Oxfordshire County Council’s planning committee again.  But the company promoting the development, Hills Quarry Products, says it’s likely to appeal the decision.

For two hours and ten minutes yesterday, thirteen county councillors debated the controversial plans.  Their decision reflected the outcome of a meeting in Continue reading

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St Mary’s Bells Appeal

Residents may be aware that a project has been underway for some time to raise funds to refurbish and re-tune the bells at St Mary’s Church.  The last time such works were carried out was in 1923 and they are desperately in need of some TLC.

The tower at St Mary’s contains six bells, five of which were founded by Lester and Pack in 1765.  The ring of five bells apparently came from an original ring of ten bells from another church. Continue reading

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Neptune Wood

The Earth Trust will be temporarily closing the wildflower meadow, which is accessed from Neptune Wood, to the public from Monday 15th July 2019 for approximately four weeks.

The meadow provides a great habitat for local wildlife, including a variety of bees, butterflies and other insects, and is a much loved dog walking area.  It also provides the Earth Trust Farm with a hay crop.  Unfortunately, many dog walkers do not Continue reading

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Sires Hill Road Closure

The Parish Council has been informed by Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) Highways Department that Sires Hill will be closed for approximately five days from Monday 22nd July 2019.  This is to facilitate carriageway patching works.

Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages within the closed section of road, subject to the progress of the works. Continue reading

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Long Wittenham Past

Another in our occasional series showing images and items of interest from Long Wittenham’s past.

This time, three photographs taken in 1958, of the Didcot Road and Saxons Heath, not long after the houses were built.  The first looking north along the Didcot Road, the second looking at the north side of Saxons Heath and the third, at the south side. Continue reading

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WittFest Draws The Crowds

Music lovers were treated to a feast at the annual WittFest organised by The Plough Inn last weekend.

More than a thousand people are estimated to have attended the festival which started on Friday evening, continued on Saturday and drew to a close on Sunday afternoon.  It ended with a grand finale featuring an 18-piece jazz group.

The landlord of The Plough Liam Carberry said: “It was another entertaining and Continue reading

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Temporary Footpath Closure

The Parish Council has been advised that a temporary footpath closure will apply to a section of Footpath 283/1, which runs from the Little Wittenham Road to Little Wittenham, whilst essential repairs to a fire damaged building are carried out.

The temporary closure will operate from 25th July 2019 and the work is anticipated to last for six months. Continue reading

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Quarry Date Set

The long-awaited debate on the proposed sand and gravel quarry on land near Clifton Hampden will take place at 2pm on Monday 15th July at County Hall, Oxford.

The original plans by Hills Quarry Products were rejected by members of Oxfordshire County Council’s planning committee in November 2017 but since then the company has made several changes to its proposals and has re- Continue reading

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 11th July

The Parish Council will hold it’s monthly meeting in the Village Hall at 7:30pm on Thursday 11th July.

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

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