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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Oxfordshire Youth Awards

The Parish Council has been asked to distribute the following information to residents.

In May 2020, Oxfordshire Youth, the county’s leading Youth Organisation, will be hosting a spectacular event not to be missed.  Sponsored by BLENHEIM, it will shine a light on Oxfordshire’s outstanding, hard-working and talented children and young people (age 8-21) who deserve to be celebrated.

Anyone can nominate, from teachers, to parents or sport coaches. and everyone is encouraged to nominate an outstanding young person today.  Whether the outcome of their action was big or small, the organisers want to hear about the efforts that young people make as active and positive citizens in the county.

The event will take place at the New Theatre in Oxford on Wednesday 13th May 2020, where the aim is to fill all 1800 seats with young people and their proud families.  For those who cannot make it to the event, the Digital Sponsor Oxford Media Factory will be producing a live stream so that you can tune in at home!

There are eight awards categories, and you can nominate individuals and groups:

  • Arts Superstar
  • Community Champion, sponsored by Oxford Bus Company
  • Inspirational Entrepreneur, sponsored by Jennings and Monument Community Trust
  • Sports Personality, sponsored by Decathlon
  • STEM Innovator, sponsored by Owen Mumford
  • Youth Activist, sponsored by Oxfordshire County Councillor Liam Walker
  • Youth Project of the Year, sponsored by Samla Tribe
  • Pride of Oxfordshire, sponsored by University of Oxford Apprenticeships

Nominations close on Sunday 15th March.  For more information about each award and to nominate please visit our webiste: www.oxfordshireyouth.org/youthawards

In addition to the awards, there will be performances from some of Oxfordshire’s most talented singers, dancers and performers.

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Vanderbilt Homes Update

Vanderbilt Homes has submitted another amendment to its planning application for the housing development on the corner of Fieldside and Didcot Road.

This is another ‘discharge of conditions’ which means that it deals with one of the conditions specified by the planning inspector when the outline planning permission was granted for the site in January 2018. Continue reading

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Long Wittenham Past

Another in our occasional series showing images and items of interest from Long Wittenham’s past.

This time, a postcard which shows the Three Poplars Inn at the end of the High Street, sometime between 1901 and 1911.  This is now the Pendon Museum.

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Charity Treasure Hunt – 10th May

Mark Sunday the 10th May in your diaries for the Charity Treasure Hunt in aid of Beagle Welfare at the Athletics Club on Bodkins Field from 10:30am.

The Treasure Hunt is a walkies of about 3 miles, with clues to solve along the way.   The team with the most correct answers in the fastest time wins a £50 voucher of their choice.  Entry is £10 per team.  The first fifty teams will receive a goody bag at the finish, and there will be a prize for the best team name. Continue reading

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Volunteers Wanted for Village Hall Committee

Did you know that the Village Hall, the hub of our community, is run by a small committee of volunteers?  The present committee is made up of elected members and representatives from hall users.

The hall is home to the Pre-school, Lunch Club, Good Neighbours Group, Brownies, Yoga, Pilates, Strength and Balance Class, Karate, WI, Parish Council meetings, polling at elections, plus various village events and casual hire by residents and others. Continue reading

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South News – February Edition

Residents who are not already subscribers to South Oxfordshire District Council’s digital newsletter “South News” may like to download the latest edition here.


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Village Exhibition for Archaeology Finds

Vanderbilt Homes, the developers of the housing site on the corner of Fieldside and Didcot Road, plans to exhibit findings from its archaeological dig at an exhibition for the school and villagers.

As part of its obligations in developing the site, the company was required to carry out a detailed archaeological dig.  This revealed several very early post Roman burials and an emerging Anglo Saxon community, possibly based on German allied troops who served with the late Roman army. Continue reading

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Reporting Weather Related Incidents

With Storm Dennis looming, the Emergency Planning Department at Oxfordshire County Council has asked the Parish Council to share the following information with residents:

As you will have seen on the news we are due some wet and windy weather again this weekend.   The latest reports indicate that wind speeds will be slightly lower than last week but rainfall is likely to be heavier so there is an increased chance of flooding. Continue reading

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OCC Passes Motion to Accept SODC Planning Powers

Our District Councillor Sam Casey-Rerhaye sent this report of the Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) meeting at which the motion to accept South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) planning powers was debated:

Local democracy means nothing to County Councillors it seems.  An election mandate gets in their way and the County Councillors voted to energetically collude with the Minster to remove planning powers from South Oxfordshire. Continue reading

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New Associate Team Vicar Appointed

It has been announced that, following the appointment process in January, The Bishop of Dorchester and the Team Rector will appoint the Revd Canon Mark Haworth as Associate Team Vicar (HfD)* in the Dorchester Team Ministry, within which he will take pastoral responsibility for the three parishes known as the Bridge Group.

Mark hails from Lancashire and graduated in Forestry at Aberdeen.  He then worked with the Forestry Commission in the Scottish Borders, Lake District, East Anglia and the Continue reading

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