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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Long Wittenham Bonfire Night

Advance tickets are now on sale for the annual Long Wittenham Bonfire Night which will take place on Saturday 4th November starting at 6pm on Ward’s Field behind Pendon Museum.

This year’s event is expected to be bigger and better than ever with:

  • Bar / Mulled wine / BBQ
  • Sweet Treats and Glow Items
  • A big beautiful bonfire to keep everyone toasty
  • Guy Fawkes Competition – with a wonderful prize donated by The Plough
  • Fantastic fireworks

It’s well worth buying your tickets early:

  • Advance tickets are cheaper than they will be on the gate.  Advance prices are £6 adult, £3 child and £16 for a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children). Under 4s free.
  • Buying tickets now guarantees you a spot – numbers are limited to a maximum of 500 people and each year gets closer to selling out.
  • Why not combine your ticket purchase with a trip to our wonderful local store at Clifton Hampden?  Save petrol and support our local shop.

Advance tickets are available from:

Clifton Hampden Post Office Stores
Long Wittenham School (this week and w/c 30th October)

This event is brought to you by the Parish Council supported by the Wittenham Warriors and profits will be going towards the new village playground equipment.

 

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No Concrete Plant But Quarry Protests Continue

Hills Quarry Products have removed the concrete processing plant from its plans for a huge quarry near Clifton Hampden, but anti-quarry campaigners say they are not convinced and that Hills could re-instate the concrete plant at a later date if given planning permission.

Bachport (Burcot and Clifton Hampden Protection of the River Thames) spokesman Giles Baxter said: “Although Hills has removed the concrete plant, the fact that the proposed area for the plant site remains on the plans suggests that the company will seek to reinstate the plant at some point in the future under permitted development rights.  In other words this is a purely tactical move by Hills.”

The county council’s draft Waste and Minerals Plan calls for a 40% increase in the annual Continue reading

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Kler Enquiry Confirmed

The public enquiry into Kler Group’s planning application for 36 houses on the field at the corner of the Didcot Road and Fieldside will open in Didcot on 14th November.  Four days have been set aside for the enquiry at the Civic Hall.

The Long Wittenham Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) has now been formally adopted by the South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) and the document has to be taken into account when any housing plans are proposed.  It was a major factor in the SODC Planning Committee’s decision against Kler’s plan on 27th September when they voted six to three against it.

Speaking at the public enquiry on behalf of the parish council will be Peter Rose who has Continue reading

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Warning – Lead Thieves About!

Following the theft of lead from the roof of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Primary School recently, local police have advised our PCC that residents should keep an eye out for any unusual activity around St Mary’s Church and the village.

If you see any suspicious looking people or vehicles in the area please call the Police via the 24 hour non-emergency telephone number 101.  You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Residents invited to comment on Local Plan

South Oxfordshire District Council has published the latest version of its Local Plan and is inviting residents to read it and send their comments in before 22nd November.

The comments will then be submitted along with the plan to the government, ready to be examined by a planning inspector early next year.

During the development of the plan, the council has received thousands of comments from residents and organisations, which have helped shaped the plan.

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Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Thames Valley has produced a Police and Crime Plan which covers April 2017 – March 2021.  It outlines his priorities for the area and how he will work with partners to achieve them.

Under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 the PCC must produce a Police and Crime Plan which sets out the Commissioner’s strategic police and crime objectives for the Thames Valley with regard to:

  • The policing of the area
  • Crime and disorder reduction
  • The discharge by Thames Valley of its national or international functions

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Long Wittenham School Christmas Fayre

Don’t miss the Long Wittenham School Christmas Fayre on Saturday 25th November 12noon to 3pm, sponsored by Thomas Merrifield.

Come along for a traditional family fayre including …

Raffle sponsored by PMS Oxford – 1st prize £100.00 cash, Race Hut tickets, Notcutts tea with Santa, Photography voucher and many more prizes.

Long Wittenham School Choir singing traditional Christmas Carols.

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Clifton Hampden Bridge Closure – Reminder

Don’t forget that Clifton Hampden Bridge will close to traffic from tomorrow, Monday 9th October, for up to ten days.

This is for repair work that is required following a road traffic accident last year that demolished a length of brick parapet.

The road closure is needed to undertake the work required as the bridge is too narrow to work safely without one.  A route will be available for cyclists and pedestrians throughout the works.

The signed vehicular diversion route is approximately 8.5 miles.  The diversion route plan can be downloaded here.

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 12th October

The Parish Council will hold its monthly meeting this coming Thursday evening (12th October) at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

Download the agenda here.

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200 Club Winners

The Long Wittenham 200 Club is pleased to announce the September winners.

£100 goes to 84 A. Greenland

£10 each goes to:

122    D. Young
98      J. Wells
80     A. Eccles

Profits from the 200 Club go towards the maintenance and improvement of the Village Hall.  There are cash prizes through the year: £10 per week for 48 weeks, £50 in June and Continue reading

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