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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Parish Council dates for your diary

The Parish Council has set the dates for its meetings and the Annual Parish Assembly for next year:

12th January 2017 – Parish Council Meeting
16th February 2017 – Parish Council Meeting
9th March 2017 – Parish Council Meeting
16th March 2017 – Annual Parish Assembly
20th April 2017 – Annual Parish Council Meeting
18th May 2017 – Parish Council Meeting
15th June 2017 – Parish Council Meeting
13th July 2017 – Parish Council Meeting
14th September 2017 – Parish Council Meeting
12th October 2017 – Parish Council Meeting
16th November 2017 – Parish Council Meeting
7th December 2017 – Parish Council Meeting

All meetings will take place at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

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Electric Blanket Testing Events

South Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire Trading Standards are offering a series of Electric Blanket Checking events this October.

If you use an electric blanket or you know someone who uses one please encourage them to get it tested before using it this winter.

The dates and locations are:

Monday 3rd October – Oxford
Wednesday 5th October – Wallingford
Thursday 6th October – Abingdon
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Kler Planning Application Update

Kler submitted their original planning application for 36 houses on the field on the corner of the Didcot Road and Fieldside in April.

On 8th September they submitted revisions to their application that seek to address some of the issues raised by consultees and the Parish Council.  As a result of these amendments, SODC have opened the case again for 21 days of consultation ending 6th October. It is expected that the application will now go before the SODC Planning Committee possibly in December.

The revisions to the original planning application can be found here:

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Neighbourhood Plan Update

The draft NDP was completed in July and, following discussion and approval from SODC, it was sent out to consultation with residents and statutory bodies.  A meeting in the village hall on 30th July was attended by over 90 people and most expressed support for the NDP.  The main areas of concern expressed by a few residents related to the re-building of the school on a new site, rather than refurbishment of the existing school, and the number of houses required. (The community hub – school, pre-school and hall – will be financed entirely from profit from these houses and the number of houses is relatively low because the landowner is prepared to sell land at less than market value).

Formal responses were received from 14 residents and 11 statutory bodies.  Comments Continue reading

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Volunteers needed for Home Library Service

As announced in previous posts, the Oxfordshire Mobile Library Service ceases today. An alternative for those users who cannot get to the libraries in Wallingford or Didcot is the Home Library Service which will bring books to them.

The County Council is launching a new county-wide campaign to recruit more volunteers to the Home Library Service.  The Service is run and managed by Oxfordshire Libraries and is made possible through the work of volunteers.  Home Library Service volunteers choose and deliver books to those who are unable to get to a library.  Volunteers are a friendly face who can stop by at least once every three weeks to bring books or CDs to customers and stop for a chat.  The volunteers develop an understanding of the customer’s reading tastes and also share an enthusiasm for books and reading.  It’s a lifeline for Continue reading

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 15th September

A reminder that the Parish Council has its monthly meeting this coming Thursday evening (15th September) at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

View the agenda here.

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Friends of St Mary’s Book Sale

Don’t miss the big bargain book sale at St Mary’s Church Long Wittenham on Saturday 17th September 2016 between 10am and Noon.  Hundreds of books, DVDs and CDs are available, all at the bargain price of 20p each or six for £1.

All proceeds go to the Friends of St Mary’s building projects fund.

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Village Apple Day – Saturday 8th October 2016 2pm

The first Long Wittenham Apple Day will take place on Saturday 8th October starting at 2pm.

Apple Day is being organised by Wittenham Warriors and hosted by Sylva Foundation at The Wood Centre, Little Wittenham Road.

Community Apple Days have become very popular over the past few years; they range
from very low key events where you just take along your fruit for juicing or more involved
events where there are refreshments, entertainment & fundraising as well as juicing. Continue reading

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Village Litter Pick & Swap Shop – Saturday 1st October 10am to Noon

Swap Shop

Do you have items you no longer need that are clean & reusable?  Are there items that you would find useful to have?

The village Swapshop is set up to encourage the passing on of unwanted items to a good home and/or picking up something useful.  Most things that are non-hazardous, clean & genuinely reusable are welcome. NO money changes hands. There will be a box for those who would like to make a donation to a local cause. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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