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 Parish Council – Minutes 13 March 2014

13 March 2014 minutes final

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Road to Clifton Hampden closed – 2 February 2014

The road from Long Wittenham to Clifton Hampden was closed again on the evening Saturday 1 February due to flooding.

Motorists are urged to respect the road closed signs and not to try and drive through the flood waters. Not only does it exacerbate damage to the road surface but could cause serious problems to your car if water gets into the air intake.

Oxfordshire County Council are constantly reassessing the flood levels and will reopen the road as soon as it is safe to do so.


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Petition and demonstration to save school buses

Long Wittenham Parish Council is encouraging all parents who have concerns about the impact of the proposed changes to the school bus service to sign a petition to save Oxfordshire’s school buses.

The petition can be signed online at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-oxon-school-buses-1. You have until midnight to sign.

Supporters of the campaign are also invited to a peaceful demonstration at County Hall, Oxford on Tuesday 4th February at 12 noon. The vote on these proposals will be taken at a meeting of the Council’s cabinet starting at 1pm that day. Please go along and show the Councillors how strongly you feel about this issue.



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Bin collections – message from South Oxfordshire District Council

As you may be aware, flooding in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse is continuing to have an impact on waste collection services. This is due to a number of road closures across the two districts. The flooding and its associated impact is set to worsen over the next 24 hours.

We have been advising residents in both districts that, if their waste is not collected on their scheduled collection day*, they are to leave the bins on the roadside and crews will attempt to pick them up the following day.

At present, the increased severity of the flooding is having a continued knock-on effect on waste collections and these catch-up services are slowed down. The waste crews are working extremely hard to minimise any delays, however as the situation worsens this is becoming increasingly difficult due to the flooding itself, the associated road closures, and traffic congestion.

The Biffa street cleaning crews are currently working into the evening to assist with the filling and distribution of sandbags. These crews would normally be deployed to help the waste collection crews catch up after delays, but we are sure you’ll understand that protecting people’s homes from flooding has to be our first priority at the moment.

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Christmas Tree recycling at Bodkins

Christmas Tree Recycling will take place again at Bodkins.

Please return your tree between 5th and 9th January 2014. You will see a
designated area for leaving your trees. Please note not to drive on to the
grass as it’s extremely wet and will leave the area in an unsightly condition.

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Responding to Home to School Transport Consultation

Long Wittenham Parish Council has responded to Oxfordshire County Council’s consultation on home to school transport. You can read the Parish Council’s letter here.

The Parish Council is encouraging all parents who may be affected by the proposals to respond directly to the consultation. More information is available at https://myconsultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/transport2015/consultationHome.

You can fill out the questionnaire online, write to the council at Home to School Transport Consultation, FREEPOST OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL or email your views to transport.consultation@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

Please note that the deadline for responses is Friday 20 December.

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North East Didcot Expansion

Representatives of the North East Didcot Partnership came along to brief Long Wittenham’s parish councillors on the plans and to hear directly about our concerns, particularly about traffic and the impact on our community.

You can download a copy of the presentation they delivered here.

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Planting on the Pound

We made a successful start to clearing the Pound – thank you to our helpers. We now have a Pound Plan of Action

First we want to clear more of the weeds and tidy up a bit more of the tree. To clear the weeds we need to rotavate and remove as many roots as possible.

Is there anyone with a fairly robust rotavator who would be willing to bring it along to use on the Pound please?

The clearing will take time but in the meantime please can we ask you all to think of the Pound when you are doing your autumn garden sort-out. Please can you save us a few duplicate plants or part of a clump you are dividing or some seeds. We are especially looking for perennial geraniums (all colours), foxgloves, hollyhocks, aquilegia, and buddleia but any cottage garden plants that do well here will be welcome. If you can put them to one side – perhaps pot them up – and keep them for us we will let you know when we need them. Thank you. Most will be planted towards the back of the area with a wild flower area planted in the middle and a bed along the front for the perennial geraniums. The idea is to be low-maintenance and wild-life friendly

If you can help with the rotavator please contact either Janet Haylett familyhaylett@yahoo.comor 407382 or Rose Gill. Thank you

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Temporary Road Closure – Clifton Hampden Bridge

A temporary road closure has been arranged to apply to Clifton Hampden Bridge whilst traffic signal maintenance works are carried out. The temporary closure and will operate from 7pm to 9pm on Monday 7 October 2013. Notice of intention to make the Order will be published in the local press.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles, the works and those residents within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works.

If you require further information or have any queries please contact Mike Best at Oxfordshire County Council on 0845 310 11 11.

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Party in the Paddock

LongWittenham.com finds out all about it from Sally Duff

Party in the Paddock, this is a new event for the village, tell me about it.

This year the Wittenham Warriors are entering two teams in the Abingdon Dragon Boat racing on Sept 8th. Some teams raise their entry fees by asking family and friends for sponsorship.

But the philosophy behind the Warriors has always been that we’d rather raise funds for charities by putting on an event that can be enjoyed by donors.

The first tranche of funding was raised by the Al Fresco Safari Supper. That money has gone to the Rotary Club for their good causes. We like to be able to support charities that are close to the interests of the village and so we needed another ‘big’ event to raise ‘big’ funds.

But why a Party in the Paddock?

The inspiration was really the Jubilee Street party. It brought the whole village together, everyone was welcome and got involved if they wished to. It’ll be a long time before there is another Jubilee so why not just have a Village party!

What will the format be?

We’re keeping it quite simple as this is the first one. On stage we will have six bands, so there should be something for everyone. The bands all have a local connection and are all playing for free as the proceeds are going to local charities. We’ll be selling beer, soft drinks and burgers but we hope people will bring along a picnic and their own chairs etc. And Partygoers who pre-book can bring along their own Gazebos if they are concerned about the weather.

Is poor weather a worry?

Not really; these days people of all ages attend festivals regardless of the weather and some of the best open-air National Trust concerts have been when the heavens open and people bop and boogie even harder.

What about facilities?

Our Events licence requires us to limit attendance to 500 people; we will have loos on site, first aid facilities and plenty of marshals to ensure everyone enjoys themselves in a safe environment.

What makes you think it’ll succeed?

Wittenham Warriors has a good track record of making a success of their events, perhaps the best-attended is the annual Bonfire Party which now attracts 300-400 each year.

And who will benefit this time?

About 10 charities were nominated by those involved with the Dragon Boat event, they were then asked to select their top three and Partygoers will get to choose how the proceeds are split between these three.

And they are?

They were all very worthy causes, however the three chosen are Young Dementia UK, Footsteps & Clifton Hampden & Burcot Scout Group.

It’s sounds as though its going to be a fun filled family evening, we can’t wait!

For tickets contact Sally Duff 407788 or email richsal2000@yahoo.co.uk

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