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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Your Council Needs You!

Long Wittenham Parish Council needs to recruit new members to help create a vibrant future for the village.

The new chairman of the council Gordon Rogers said: “This is a very important year for Long Wittenham as it embarks on exciting plans which will shape the village for many years to come.  We want people to become engaged.  At public consultation meetings many people have shown enthusiasm for what the council is proposing to move the village forward, but we need people to play a role in helping us.”

Come along to a meeting to see how the council operates.  The next meeting is on Thursday 18th May.  The duties are not onerous and you will have the satisfaction of doing something for your community.  There are currently two vacancies.  The council would like to recruit from Saxons Heath and Westfield Road which at the moment are not represented but people living in all parts of the village are welcome to apply.

For more details talk to any of the current councillors:

http://www.longwittenham.com/parish-council/parish-councillors

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Free Compost Giveaway

Gardeners will be delighted to hear that South Oxfordshire District Council in conjunction with the Vale of the White Horse District Council and Biffa are giving away locally produced compost on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May.  Recycling goodies and discounted Compost Bins will also be available.

See the SODC Flyer for more details.

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Good Neighbours Club Celebration Day Trip

The Long Wittenham Good Neighbours Club will mark its third birthday with a day trip to the Mill View Garden Centre near Wheatley on 4th May.  Members will have tea, cream scones and homemade cake and there will be the chance to watch a flying display of birds of prey at the nearby Falconry Centre.  Teas cost £5 each and there’s a donation of £2 for members who attend the birds display.

Club chairman Steve Brown says he would like to know by 30th April from people who want to go to the garden centre as he has to book numbers.  The owners are baking especially for the visit.  He said he had already got some volunteer drivers for those wanting to share lifts and travel together.  Steve’s number is 01865 407589.

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County Council Elections – 4th May

A reminder that elections for all sixty-three seats on the Oxfordshire County Council will take place on Thursday 4th May.

Details of the election and the candidates standing can be found on the OCC website:

https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/county-council-elections-thursday-4-may

Long Wittenham is within the Wallingford Division.

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All Change On The Council

It’s all change on the Long Wittenham Parish Council.  At the annual meeting on 20th April Gordon Rogers was elected chairman and Martin Elliff vice-chairman.  They replace Steve Brown and Simon Thompson.

Mr Brown remains a councillor to focus on developing the proposed village Hub – a new village hall, school, pre-school and up to 40 homes on land off Didcot Road opposite Saxons Heath.  Mr Thompson leaves the council because of increasing work commitments and family reasons but says he would like to return to the council in the future.

At the annual meeting Mr Rogers said he wants to build on the hard work laid down by Mr Brown and his predecessor Tom Bowtell.  He said the new Hub and Neighbourhood Plan – seen as essential in helping to provide certainty for the village from speculative developers Continue reading

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Easter Waste Collection

Please note that, as with every bank holiday, the council waste crews will empty bins on a different day.  For information on the revised collection days visit the South Oxfordshire District Council website:

http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/services-and-advice/recycling-rubbish-and-waste/your-recycling-and-waste-collections/bank-holiday-co

You can recycle your Easter egg boxes, plastic inserts and foil wrapping, too – they all go in the green bin.

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Village Spring Litter Pick & Swapshop

The Village Spring Litter Pick & Swapshop will take place on Saturday 22nd April at Long Wittenham Village Hall 10am – noon

On this occasion we will be joined by mums and children who will be running a stall selling delicious homemade cakes & treats to raise money for new playground equipment at Bodkins Field.

Litter Pick – come along to the village hall where you will be provided with HI Viz jackets, gloves, rubbish bags & litter pickers.  You then choose an area of the village that you would like to ‘Litter Pick’ and when you have done your sterling work you are rewarded with tea & cake, plus the pleasure of knowing you have had a part in keeping our village beautiful.  Children most welcome to join if accompanied by an adult – a great way to keep them Continue reading

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Parish Council Meetings

The Parish Council will hold it’s annual meeting in the Village Hall at 7:30pm on Thursday 20th April.  This will be followed at 7:45pm by the monthly meeting.

All residents are invited to attend.  Download the agendas here:

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Long Wittenham School Fair – 13th May

Come along and join in the May celebrations at the Long Wittenham School Fair from noon to 3pm on Saturday 13th May.  There will be Maypole Dancing and the crowning of the May Queen, with lots of fun and games for the children as well as Cream Teas, Cakes, BBQ, Craft Stalls, Church Plant Sale, Street Dance and much much more!

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Hub Ideas Deadline – 18th April

Following the meeting in the village hall on 30th March to discuss the new Community Hub, the parish council and Chris Brotherton of Thomas Homes, our chosen developer for the project, are in the process of consolidating all the ideas that have been suggested so far.

The Hub will include a new primary school, a purpose built pre-school, a new village hall and outside recreation space and residents are encouraged to contribute their ideas to the design process.

If you could not attend the meeting and have not yet submitted your thoughts on the project, please do so by Tuesday 18th April by emailing hub.ideas@longwittenham.com.  This is your Community Hub and any suggestions will be carefully considered. Continue reading

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