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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Some Enchanted Evening

Residents who were lucky enough to get a ticket for Opera Anywhere’s performance of The Pirates of Penzance at St Mary’s Church last May, will remember the wonderful singing of the female soloists.

Three of the Opera Anywhere sopranos have formed their own operatic group called Sorelle and The Friends of St Mary’s have booked them to perform at St Mary’s on the evening of Saturday 7th December.  Their winter concert entitled Some Enchanted Evening promises to be a magical event celebrating the witches, fairies and enchantresses of opera and musical theatre.

As well as an evening of delightful music, there will also be a table of homemade Christmas food and gifts for members of the audience to purchase.

Tickets (£10 adult / £5 child) are available on-line at www.sorellesingers.com or from Dom Jarman at dominic.jarman@btinternet.com or call 01865 407416.

Download the flyer here.

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Village Apple Day – 20th October

A reminder that this coming Sunday is Village Apple Day at the Sylva Wood Centre.  Organised by Wittenham Warriors and hosted by the Sylva Foundation, it offers you the opportunity to have your home grown apples turned into delicious juice.

Bring along boxes or bags of washed, dry apples that are free from bruising and mould to the Wood Centre between 10am and 12noon.  Your apples will be weighed to calculate how many bottles of juice they will provide and you will be issued Continue reading

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The Gatehouse Christmas Present Appeal

Residents will be aware that for over fifteen years the villagers of Long and Little Wittenham and Clifton Hampden have been providing sandwiches and cakes once a month for The Gatehouse in Oxford, a charitable organisation that provides hot drinks and food daily throughout the year for the homeless.

See the flyer below for its Christmas Present Appeal 2019: Continue reading

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Community Speedwatch

Following a number of comments and complaints from residents about speeding within the village, particularly on the Didcot Road passing Saxons Heath, the parish council consulted the local Neighbourhood Policing Team for advice.

They have suggested that the village participates in a scheme called “Community Speedwatch”.  The scheme puts power into the hands of volunteers to collect data and Continue reading

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House of Wessex Newsletter

Read all the latest news, and details of courses and upcoming events for the House of Wessex project at the Sylva Wood Centre in its latest newsletter here.

More information on the House of Wessex website.

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New Parish Councillor

Long Wittenham has a new parish councillor.  He is Ian Penberth who was co-opted on to the council at its meeting last Thursday.  His appointment brings the number of councillors to six, one short of its maximum.

Ian lives in Fieldside with his partner Stephanie Martin who is the conductor of the Wittenham Singers.  He is a retired civil engineer with an interest in classic cars and model railways.  A resident of Long Wittenham since 1992, Ian says he Continue reading

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Vanderbilt Homes Update

Residents will have noticed that the Vanderbilt housing site on the corner of Fieldside and Didcot Road is now ringed by steel fencing.

This has been done in anticipation of archaeological works on the site which are due to commence on 14th October.  They are expected to take between eight and twelve weeks.  The works are being done as part of the site preparation and have been planned, discussed and agreed with the local authority and Vanderbilt’s own consultants. Continue reading

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Youth Opportunity Fund

Voluntary and community organisations are being invited to bid for portions of Oxfordshire County Council’s new £1m two-year grant fund, the Youth Opportunity Fund.

Feedback from Oxfordshire residents points to strong support for improving community-run youth services.  This new fund is available to help existing projects expand and new ones get started.  Grants of up to £70,000 are available. Continue reading

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Bonfire Night Entry Wristbands Now On Sale

Entry wristbands are now available from Long Wittenham School office and Clifton Hampden Post Office for the 11th annual Village Bonfire Night on Saturday 2nd November from 6pm on Wards Field.  Prices are £6 for adults, £3 for children (U4s free) and £16 for a family bundle (2 adults, 2 children).

As ever, this promises to be a really magical evening including a bar, barbecue, mulled wine, sweet treats, glow stuff, and, of course, an amazing firework display.

Download the flyer here.

And don’t forget the Guy Fawkes Competition, sponsored by The Plough Inn.  Details here.

This event is brought to you by Long Wittenham Parish Council proudly supported by Wittenham Warriors.

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Painting and Life Drawing Classes

Residents with an artistic bent may be interested to hear that art classes will be starting soon on Wednesday mornings at Clifton Hampden Village Hall.

Run by Charisse Gardiner, who has been teaching painting, drawing and life drawing since 1998, the classes are suitable for all levels of ability and experience, and cover all the basic elements of painting and life drawing, including tone, composition and colour. Continue reading

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