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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Wittfest 2019

Only a little under two weeks to go until the annual Long Wittenham Music Festival at The Plough Inn on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July.

There will be lots of music from some amazing local bands – please come along to support them.  This is a FREE family friendly event.  There will be face painting, Peppa Pig, Superman, a bouncy castle, cake stalls and more.  Raffle prizes include two tickets to see The Cure in Hyde Park.

All in all, a great fun weekend for all the family.

For more details visit The Plough’s website at www.theploughinnlw.co.uk

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SODC Land Supply Statement

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) has published its housing land supply statement for the monitoring year 2019/20.

The statement confirms the number of homes that developers have built in the district in 2018/19, and how many are expected to be built over the next five years.  It also compares this supply against the housing need for the next five years.

The statement includes two supply projections: Continue reading

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Community Hub Update

Residents will recall that there was a village meeting in April at which it was explained that the developers are getting near to submitting a planning application for the Community Hub and associated works at the current Village Hall and School sites.

Several surveys have been completed and the others are planned for completion in the near future.  However, the initial Archeology Survey has shown that more work is needed Continue reading

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House of Wessex Anglo-Saxon Open Days

As part of the Sylva Foundation’s House of Wessex project, Anglo-Saxon open days are planned for the first weekend of July at the Sylva Wood Centre.

Visitors can watch the House of Wessex being constructed, have a go at Anglo-Saxon thatching, play traditional games, and see other traditional crafts on display. Continue reading

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SSEN Electricity Outages

The Parish Council has been contacted by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to say that it is aware that our area has sustained multiple faults over the last year.

It has advised that in the near future there may be some planned supply interruptions to allow it to safely carry out essential work to its electrical equipment and upgrade the network.  The work will involve either tree cutting Continue reading

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Safari Supper

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Safari Supper which will take place on Saturday 14th September.   It is organised by the Wittenham Warriors and proceeds will go to good causes in the village.

Tickets are £15 per person for hosts and £20 per person for everyone else.  Hosts cover the cost of the food for their course and Wittenham Warriors provide the wine. Continue reading

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Boathouse Plans Approved

Plans for a boathouse on Maddy Moorings for Headington School have been approved by South Oxfordshire District Council.  The moorings are between High Street and the River Thames towards Clifton Hampden, opposite Lower Farm.  Headington is an independent girls’ school in Oxford, founded in 1915.

The plans include a two storey boathouse, wet dock, landing stages and associated works.  Continue reading

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Parish Council Meets New District Councillor

At last Thursday’s meeting of the Parish Council, members had their first opportunity to meet the new district councillor for Sandford and the Wittenhams,  Green Party member Sam Casey-Rerhaye.

She outlined her green credentials when she spoke of her opposition to large scale house and road building in South Oxfordshire.  She said new roads led to more congestion and pollution. 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, an article from the Oxford Mail dated 13th April 1961 in which it was reported that the Parish Council had agreed to demolish the Fire Engine House next to the village cross.  In fact, as we know, it was not demolished, and a few months later, the council gifted it to the then Wallingford Continue reading

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Fun Run Report

More than one hundred contestants took part in the 11th annual Long Wittenham Fun Run along paths and bridleways in and around the village on Sunday, raising money for the village Pre-school and the appeal to restore the six bells at the 12th century church of St Mary’s.

The winner of the event was Army warrant officer David Branfoot who is based at Didcot.  He ran the 5k route (3.1miles) in 18 minutes and 15 seconds.  In second Continue reading

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