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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Free Swimming For Residents With Diabetes

Residents who have diabetes can sign up for a month’s FREE swimming thanks to a special offer from South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils.

The offer is to coincide with World Diabetes Day on 14th November.

Would-be swimmers will need to register for the offer by emailing participation@southandvale.gov.uk or by calling 01235 422219 by 30th November.  Once they have received confirmation, they can visit the participating leisure centres throughout November to swim as many times as they like.  The month-long swim deal will start from the date of the first swim.

The scheme is part of the district councils’ GO Active Get Heathy county-wide programme to support people with diabetes into physical activity.  The programme has support from Active Oxfordshire and is funded by the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning group.

The participating centres are:

Abbey Sports Centre, Berinsfield
Didcot Wave
Faringdon Leisure Centre
Henley Leisure Centre
Thame Leisure Centre
Wantage Leisure Centre
White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre, Abingdon

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Cyclepath Signs Vandalised

Vandals have cost the Parish Council more than £60 after attacking and destroying signs urging cyclists to respect horse riders on the cyclepath between the village and Didcot.

The signs were erected at the start of the cyclepath at the west end of the village and where the path crosses the Appleford Road.

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Long Wittenham Honours The Dead

More than sixty residents gathered at the war memorial in the High Street on Remembrance Sunday to honour those who lost their lives in the First World War.

The ceremony had particular significance this year because the 11th of November marked the one hundredth anniversary of the end of one of the most horrific wars in history. Continue reading

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Bodkin’s Field History Discovered

When the Athletic Club’s Life-Vice-President Bill Symonds decided it was time to clear out his garden shed, little did he realise his efforts would unearth a trip down memory lane for himself, the club and Long Wittenham.

Bill discovered a small metal plaque dating back to May 1937 when Archibald Bodkin officially donated the land off Northfield Lane to the village for sport. Continue reading

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The Pound – Past, Present and Future

Residents may have noticed that The Pound, the green space on the High Street between Church Cottage and Church Farm Cottage, has undergone something of a face-lift over the past couple of weeks.  The principals behind the work would like to take this opportunity to explain the background and future plans.

Past
In the past The Pound was the place where any stray animal would be kept securely until Continue reading

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Neighbourhood Plan: Regulation 16 Consultation

As previously noted here, the Long Wittenham Neighbourhood Development Plan has been revised and submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC).  SODC has circulated the documents for the next (Regulation 16) consultation, which closes on 13th December.  The plan documents are here:

http://www.longwittenham.com/revised-ndp-1st-november-2018/

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Kler Plan Rejected

Last evening, South Oxfordshire District Council’s planning committee rejected plans by Kler Group to realign the Didcot Road to facilitate the entrance to their housing development on the corner of Didcot Road and Fieldside.  Seven councillors voted to reject the application and three abstained.

Speaking against the proposals were Steve Brown on behalf of the parish council and Continue reading

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Bonfire Night Success

Long Wittenham’s tenth annual bonfire and fireworks display on Saturday 3rd November was a huge success.  Watched by 420 people in Ward’s Field, the event raised more than £1,700 for local causes.

The attendance was slightly down on previous years which, combined with the additional spending on fireworks to celebrate the 10th anniversary, meant profits were slightly reduced, but the event still generated a Continue reading

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School Favours Auction – Reminder

Don’t forget that the Long Wittenham Primary School Favours Auction will take place at the school on Friday 23rd November.  Doors will open at 7pm and the auction will start at 7.30pm.  All proceeds will go to the school.

There are lots of fantastic items in the catalogue on which to bid. Continue reading

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Joint Statutory Spatial Plan

Local planning authorities are embarking on an Oxfordshire Joint Statutory Spatial Plan (JSSP) that will set out the development framework for the county right through to 2050.

The Oxford-Cambridge growth corridor proposals envisage transformational levels of growth over that period.  It is therefore vital that the Plan includes strong policies that will protect the countryside and bring positive Continue reading

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