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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Community Hub Update

Work on the Community Hub is progressing.  The option agreement between the landowner, Mr Weavers and our developer, Thomas Homes, has been signed and confirmed.  Now that this is in place, Thomas Homes is working on the detailed designs for the preschool, school and village hall, as well as the houses that will pay for them.

The developer has had to commit to buying more than the minimum land needed for the project as it left an unworkable strip for the farmer.  However, this extra strip can come to the Parish Council for community use such as allotments for the school.

The project will not include fitting out and furniture etc. for any of the hub buildings – preschool, school and village hall –  and it will be necessary to apply for grants to pay for this as soon as planning consent for the project is obtained.

Once the developer’s initial designs are completed there will be a village meeting to present the plans and to get feedback.  Following amendments from the feedback, it is hoped to submit the full planning application to South Oxfordshire District Council at the end of the Summer.

Download the latest plan for the hub site here.

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200 Club Update

It’s renewal time for the Village Hall 200 Club – the draw which supports the maintenance and improvement of the village hall.  Collectors will be out and about over the next few weeks, but first they will be at the Lunch Club today and at the Swap Shop on Saturday (both in the Village Hall).  Please bring your £12 to one of these events if you can – it saves time and shoe leather!

To round off the old year, the results for the March draw were: Continue reading

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Lottery Supports The Friends

The Friends of St Mary’s Long Wittenham has been accepted as a beneficiary of the South Oxfordshire Charitable Lottery.

The Friends charity was founded over twenty years ago by a group of Long Wittenham residents who got together to raise funds to provide those little extras for the church that normal church funds can’t.  The major project at present is the building of a much needed all-access toilet and kitchen to make the church a friendlier and more useful facility in the village. Continue reading

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Village Spring Swapshop & Litter Pick

Do you have items you no longer need that are clean and reusable?  Are there items that you would find useful to have?  Would you like your village to be a clean and tidier place?  Then come along to the Village Spring Swapshop and Litter Pick which will take place next Saturday 21st April at Long Wittenham Village Hall from 10am till noon.

Swapshop: This has been setup to encourage the passing on of unwanted items to a good Continue reading

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No Elections In May

South Oxfordshire District Council have asked the parish council to inform residents that, unlike other parts of the county, there are no elections in the district on 3rd May 2018 so it won’t be sending out voting cards or postal votes.

The next scheduled elections in the district are in May 2019.

Please make sure you are registered to vote for those elections, and if not please visit Continue reading

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 19th April

The Parish Council will hold its usual monthly meeting this coming Thursday evening (19th April) at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

Download the agenda here.

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Thumbs Down for Housing Plan

More than sixty people packed into Long Wittenham village hall last evening for an extraordinary parish council meeting to discuss plans by West Waddy and Lagan Homes to build twenty nine houses on land next to Bodkin’s sports field.  Residents condemned the plans and the parish council backed the objectors by voting unanimously to oppose the development.

Speaker after speaker condemned what was described as a “totally unacceptable Continue reading

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Your Parish Council Needs You

The Parish Council has re-launched its appeal for new members following the resignation of Iain McRitchie who joined the council a year ago.  The council is now down to five members: the chairman Gordon Rogers, vice-chairman Martin Elliff, Steve Brown, Peter Rose and Sally Duff, which leaves two vacancies.

The chairman said: “Unfortunately Iain has decided that he cannot devote sufficient time Continue reading

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Quarry Fight Continues

The threat from Hills Quarry Products has not gone away and Bachport (Burcot & Clifton Hampden for the Protection of the River Thames) supporters will continue their fight against plans for a huge quarry on land near Clifton Hampden.

Hills’ planning application was refused by Oxfordshire County Council’s planning committee last November but OCC planning officer Mary Thompson has told Lorraine Continue reading

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SODC Sports & Leisure Strategy Survey

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) is looking at the future of sports and leisure facilities in the district and wants to hear from the people who use them, now and in the future.

The council has undertaken an extensive assessment of leisure facilities such as running tracks, sports halls and football pitches as well as playgrounds and allotments. Continue reading

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