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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Anglo-Saxon Project for Long Wittenham

A piece of Anglo-Saxon heritage will be recreated in a field in Long Wittenham.  The headquarters of the Sylva Foundation has received a significant grant from the Heritage Lottery Foundation for the House of Wessex project.

The site of a large house or hall was discovered by an aerial archaeological survey in 1976.  In Autumn 2016 an excavation by the Oxford University School of Archaeology revealed the remains of a large Anglo-Saxon building.

Now the Sylva Foundation plans to re-construct the house on the same footprint of the original building.  Craftsmen and volunteers will reconstruct the timber frame adopting techniques and materials faithful to the era using traditional heritage tools and skills.

The building will be reconstructed with timber from the Blenheim Estate.  It will be built using traditional materials of the time – timber and thatch with wattle and daub, a network of rods and twigs plastered with mud or clay used as a building material.

The reconstructed building will become the home for members of Wulfeode, an Anglo-Saxon living history society which has won international awards for its work in Anglo-Saxon projects.  The group will be involved in helping run educational courses for school children.

The building will sit at the centre of the new community woodland at the Sylva Wood Centre, a hub supporting small businesses using home grown wood.  The Foundation expects to lodge a full planning application with South Oxfordshire District Council in September and it’s hoped the House of Wessex project will be ready by September next year.

The education courses will involve Dorchester Abbey and local historical societies working with  schools and adult education giving opportunities to learn more about the Anglo-Saxons.  A new Kingdom of Wessex trail will be created connecting the new building with two nearby Anglo-Saxon sites at Sutton Courtenay and Dorchester.

Fears that the project would attract many people and generate extra traffic on a narrow country road were allayed by the Foundation’s chief executive Dr Gabriel Hemery who said: “We are not trying to create a tourist centre here.  It will be a quiet place with specific events and will not be open on Sundays.  We are conscious of concerns about noise, traffic and disturbance and have developed a close working relationship with the community.”

More details about the House of Wessex project at www.sylva.org.uk/wessex

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Cycle Challenge for Villagers

Two men from Long Wittenham are preparing for one of the biggest cycling challenges in the UK: Lands End to John O’Groats in aid of charity.

Keith Tucker who works for BMW at Cowley and former car worker, now retired, Steve Cook will be undertaking the 1,000 plus miles challenge in Continue reading

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Planning Applications Comment Deadlines

Residents are reminded that the deadline for comments on Kler Group’s planning application which proposes re-aligning the Didcot Road to accommodate a revised access to their housing development at the corner of Didcot Road and Fieldside is Wednesday 18th July.

You can view the plans and comment on them here: Continue reading

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Roads Maintenance Boost

Road users will be well aware of the disastrous effect that the freezing conditions of last Winter had on the condition of Oxfordshire’s road network.

In response, Oxfordshire County Council is planning to substantially increase the budget for highways maintenance.  Funds for this will be borrowed as it is Continue reading

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Doorstep Crime

The parish council has been advised that there has been an incident in the area involving a suspicious door-to-door jewellery buyer.

The police have issued the following guidance: Continue reading

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Ride + Stride for Churches

Walkers and cyclists will be interested to hear that this year’s Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust Ride + Stride will take place on Saturday 8th September.

Over the last fifty-four years, Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust has given several million pounds in grants to churches and chapels of all Christian Continue reading

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 12th July

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

Download the agenda here.

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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, two photographs of Carmela Cottage, next to the primary school.  The first taken recently and the other taken when it was the village co-operative store, which it was until 1975. Continue reading

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Good Neighbours Group

The next meeting of the Long Wittenham Good Neighbours Group is on Thursday 5th July at 2:30pm in the Village Hall.

Steve Brown has arranged for Judy Gibbons to talk on Life at Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary which is sure to be an interesting insight into a very local charity. Continue reading

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Summer Soiree

You are invited to join the Wittenham W.I. for a colourful Summer soiree of songs and sketches presented by the Didcot Divas on Tuesday 10th July at 7:30pm in the village hall.

All villagers are welcome. The event is free to W.I. members with a £4 entry at the door for non members.  There are no tickets but please email janedmay@btinternet.com if you plan to come. Continue reading

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