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.
We are asking for residents to complete an evidence form, to apply to formally change the status of Northfield Lane from a footpath to a bridleway, to allow continued use of the lane by cyclists and horse riders, as well as pedestrians.
For more than 20 years the lane has been used by walkers, runners, horse riders and cyclists, despite it only being officially classified as a footpath by Oxfordshire County Council. Until recently no one had challenged the use of the lane by the above users.
To achieve the change in status, the Parish Council needs to get over 20 residents to give evidence supporting the claim that the lane has been used by cyclists and horse riders for more than 20 years with no complaints. We are aware that in 2012 after the resurfacing of the top end of the lane there were attempts to enforce the lane as a footpath, but we believe that for over 20 years before that no one had challenged use of the lane by horses or cycles.
To ensure continued access rights for cyclists and horse riders, please request and complete an evidence form, and if you know anyone else who would have knowledge of the historic use of the lane please do ask me for another form.
Please return completed forms before the 24th April, when we will have a meeting of interested residents in the village hall at 8pm which is open to anyone to attend. We will also be discussing a community effort to fund improvements to the condition of the lane, which is currently unacceptable and dangerous.
Thanks in advance for your support
Chairman, Long Wittenham Parish Council
On Saturday 27 April, the Friends of St Mary’s Church at Long Wittenham will be presenting a concert by Charity Opera who will be singing
- a selection of well known classical opera,
- some Gilbert & Sullivan or lighter operetta pieces,
- and some songs from the shows
The concert starts at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church.
Tickets :- £10.00 (£9.00 for “Friends”), Children (12-16) £4.00 which include a glass of refreshments can be obtained from: -
- Jeremy Croxson 407806
- David Haylett 407382
- Ruth McCreight 407958
If someone collapses in the street or in your home -would you know what to do?
Learning basic essential lifesaving skills could mean the difference between a person staying alive and a terrible tragedy.
This an invitation to any Long Wittenham resident who wants to learn basic first aid at a St John Ambulance Essential First Aid Course to be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 9th March at 10.00 am.
The 3-hour course which covers all the essential techniques – including CPR as seen in the Staying Alive TV ads – usually costs £30 but there are local funds left over from the village defibrillator fund-raising campaign by the local Heartbeats charity to reduce the cost to £15. There are only 12 places available on the course and they will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis. Fees are payable at the time of booking.
If there is sufficient demand we will try to arrange another course later in the year.
For more details and to book a place – please contact Beth or Crispin on 01865 408011; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call at 36 Fieldside, Long Wittenham.
As part of its efforts to slow traffic passing through the village, the Parish Council now has some speed awareness stickers for sticking to wheelie bins.
These stickers are a great visual reminder to motorists to drive safely, and stick to the speed limit along the roads passing through the village. It is believed that temporary signs like these have a greater effect than more permanent signs.
So on bin collection day, help us to keep speed down in Long Wittenham by putting a couple of stickers on your wheelie bins!
We only have a limited supply of stickers so, initially have to limit them to two per household. To order your stickers, please complete the form below.
We will pop the stickers through your door in the next couple of weeks.
In conjunction with South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC), Long Wittenham Parish Council have arranged for a local recycling scheme for your Christmas Tree at Bodkins Field, off Northfield Lane. An area will be cordoned off for you to leave your tree close to the children’s play area. SODC have arranged the trees to be collected on the 11th January, so please leave your tree before this date. Please only leave trees within the cordoned off area. Thanks to Long Wittenham Athletic Football Club for their support with this project.
Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2013!
After 20 years under the management of the Browns, The Plough Inn, your local village pub, will be under the ownership of the Carberry’s.
From 13th November 2012 in your local pub, you will find Liam Carberry as the new landlord. Liam is looking forward to creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere offering local ales and fresh traditional food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Opening Event Invitation from Liam
On Saturday 17th November at 7pm
I would like to welcome you to an opening event to introduce myself but most of all – get to know you.
If you are a regular or if you haven’t been to the pub in a while – I want to welcome you for a free glass of bubbly, nibbles and a little music to celebrate this special occasion.
Due to pressures of work, Anne Byard is stepping down as editor of Wittenham Ways after the December edition this year. If there is anyone in the village who would like to take on the role of Editor, she will give them her fullest support.
Wittenham Ways is compiled in Microsoft Publisher and the printing is handled electronically via the internet.
If you’re interested, please email Anne at email@example.com
The council is to seek quotes for repairs to a section of the lane from the junction with the main road to the stables. It is badly pot-holed in many places, making it difficult for users. Any repairs would need to be paid for by residents and landowners adjoining the lane, which would include the council as we own Bodkin s recreation field.
The council also wants a meeting with Thames Water to investigate whether the company that operates the sewage works off Northfield Lane has a legal requirement towards the cost of maintaining the lane. A long section of the lane from the stables to Northfield Farm was re-surfaced last year, paid for my landowners.
And landowners along Northfield Lane are being asked to sign declaration 31(6) to grant permissive bridleway access. At a special meeting earlier this year all parties agreed to a change in the legal status from a footpath to a bridleway allowing pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders to use the lane.
Changes to Long Wittenham s traffic calming measures in the High Street are in the melting pot but they might prove too expensive.
Speaking at the council’s September meeting county highways engineer Keith Stenning said the council needed to have a clear objective: to reduce traffic speeds or increase flows. He outlined various options to achieve both.
Council chairman Tom Bowtell said a survey taken last year showed that most villagers wanted the chicanes removed but did not want that to lead to an increase in speeding traffic.
Mr Stenning said re-engineering the current measures would involve the closure of the High Street for several days. Villagers would need to be consulted about any proposed changes.
But a major stumbling block to any changes to the measures might be the cost as the county council continues to cut spending in all departments.
The Long Wittenham Twinning Association invites you to ‘Taste The Difference’. An evening of wine and cheese tasting with a film.
See if you can identify the wines and cheese whilst watching some French comedy. The venue will be at the LW School Hall starting at 8pm on Friday 23rd November.
Tickets £10 each (£9 to members) are available from Jane May 407680 or Richard Kewish 407279