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 Fete

A reminder that the Village Fete will be taking place on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August from 2.00pm at The Plough.

The marquee in the pub garden will be providing shelter from the sun’s rays.  The Titanic House Band will be playing as if it was their final performance.

A bottle collection around the village for the tombola will take place during the week prior to the event.

If you have anything that would be suitable as a raffle prize please contact Ruth McCreight – 407958

Contributions &/or offers of help for the following stalls would be gratefully received:

Toys  &  crockery for smashing: please bring on the morning of the fete
Fancy Goods & Bric-a-Brac: Maxine Briscoe – 408533
Produce: Jill Mellor – 407686
Books, DVDs & CDs: Liz Yuille – 407110
Cakes: Janet Haylett – 407382
Crafts, plus Ladies’ Clothes, Bags, Jewellery, Shoes, Belts & Scarves: Sally Duff – 407788

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Traffic Fears Over Ladygrove Expansion Green Light

Outline plans for another huge housing development in Didcot have been approved by councillors despite fears of traffic growth and its impact on surrounding communities.

Members of South Oxfordshire District Council’s planning committee meeting in Didcot gave unanimous approval to the extension of the Ladygrove estate north-east of the town. But councillors said traffic concerns must be addressed.

Over the next ten to eleven years the development will eat up 350 acres of landing providing 1,880 houses, 25 percent of which will be affordable homes. In addition there Continue reading

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Bus Service Update

Long Wittenham’s only bus service has come to the end of the road – victim of Oxfordshire County Council’s spending cuts. Now the parish council is seeking public opinion as to whether it’s feasible to pursue an alternative service.

Elderly and young people without a car have to rely on family and friends to get them into Didcot for shopping, medical and social needs.

In a bid to mitigate the problem the county council has launched a bookable minibus service from 10.15am to 2.30pm to support communities without access to public Continue reading

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Little Wittenham Road Closure – Dates changed

Please note that the closure of the road leading to St. Peters Church in Little Wittenham (and ‘No Waiting’ restrictions) to facilitate carriageway maintenance works, previously announced to start on 1st August 2016 for 5 days, has been re-scheduled to take place from 15th August 2016.

A map showing the extent of the closure and restriction can be viewed here.

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Kler Planning Application Update

Steve Brown, Chairman of the Long Wittenham Parish Council writes …

Dear Residents,

There is a current planning application for up to 36 houses on the field at the Didcot Road corner of Fieldside.  This application has been made on behalf of developers Kler.  The Parish Council and approximately 80 residents have formally objected to SODC.

We appreciate your ongoing help and support.  We were expecting the Kler application to be heard on 10th August.  However the agenda has just been published and Kler is not on Continue reading

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Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Event – Reminder

Don’t forget the consultation event in the Village Hall tomorrow (Saturday 30th July 2016) from 11am to 1pm  where the Neighbourhood Plan will be on display and you can discuss it with your Parish Councillors and the Neighbourhood Plan team.

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New Vicar Licensing Service – 8th August 2016

All parishioners in The Bridge Group of Churches are invited to a service to mark the new ministry of The Reverend Michael Lakey in the Dorchester Team with the Right Reverend Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester and the Venerable Judy French, Archdeacon of Dorchester on Monday 8th August 2016 at 7.30pm at Dorchester Abbey.

Refreshments will be provided in the Abbey.

RSVP to liz.yuille@mail.com

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Road Closure – Clifton Hampden, High Street – 11th-18th August (21:00–06:00)

Please note that a temporary road closure will apply to a section of the road from Long Wittenham to Clifton Hampden whilst essential BT cabling works are carried out.

The temporary closure and will operate from 11 August 2016 for 7 nights (21:00–06:00).

The drawings showing the extent of the closure and the alternative route for traffic can be viewed here: Site1 / Site2.

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Neighbourhood Plan Pre-submission Consultation

A reminder that the Draft Long Wittenham Neighbourhood Plan has been published and the pre-submission consultation continues until 19th August 2016.

If you have not already done so, please read the draft plan on the village website and send your views  by email (peter.rose@longwittenham.com) or post – Abacus, Fieldside, Long Wittenham, OX14 4QP.

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Mobile Library to cease in September

It has been announced that the mobile library service in Oxfordshire will cease to operate in September 2016.  This decision was taken following extensive public consultation on proposals to make huge financial savings across all county council services.

The last round of visits will begin on Monday 5 September 2016. The final day of the service will be Friday 16 September 2016.

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