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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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 8th December

The Parish Council has its monthly meeting this coming Thursday evening (8th December) at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

Download the agenda here.

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Anti Quarry Photo Competition

Bachport – the group opposed to plans for a huge quarry at Clifton Hampden – is launching a photography competition. Called #sorrybutNOquarry the competition is open to everyone and will give the public the opportunity to express artistically how they feel about the prospect of a gravel pit and concrete plant being built on the Oxfordshire Green Belt, overlooking the river Thames and the Thames path.

Bachport is inviting people to take a photo they feel describes or evokes the idea. Digital manipulation will be allowed. There are two sections: Adult and Junior, and under 16. All entries to be sent as a JPG/Jpeg, landscape format, using the highest resolution possible, Continue reading

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Kler Planning Application – Update

Many of you have made a note of the Planning Committee meeting dates in order that you can attend and protest against this application.

It was announced yesterday (22nd November) that it will not be dealt with this year.

This is of course good news as it allows the Neighbourhood Plan team more time to finish the work of revising the Plan.

As soon as we know the date for the Planning Committee hearing we will advise you Continue reading

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Villagers Urged to Fight Housing Plans

Long Wittenham residents are being urged to step up the fight against plans to build 36 homes off Fieldside on the site of the old Challis Farm. In December or January South Oxfordshire District Council’s planning committee is expected to discuss the proposals by development promoter Kler.

The parish council says it conflicts with its proposed Neighbourhood Plan because it does not provide the community facilities outlined in the NP – a new school, village hall and shop – which are necessary if the village is to improve community facilities for all age groups.

Road safety access on to Didcot Road for vehicles and pedestrians and environmental concerns are other issues worrying villagers. Earlier this year more than 80 villagers Continue reading

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Bonfire Boost For Charities

Six organisations shared in the £1,200 profit made from the annual Long Wittenham bonfire and fireworks night on 5th November.

The event – organised by the parish council and supported by Wittenham Warriors – attracted more than 400 people to Ward’s Field.

The biggest recipient was the Earth Trust which received £300. The Sylva Foundation, St Mary’s church, the Stroke Association and the Churchill hospital League of Friends each received £200. The Pendon  Museum received £100.

The Earth Trust manages Wittenham Clumps, Little Wittenham Wood and Neptune Continue reading

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 17th November

A reminder that the Parish Council has its monthly meeting this coming Thursday evening (17th November) at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

View the agenda here.

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Early Start For Vital New Link Road?

Hopes are rising that a new £125m road and river crossing linking Didcot and Culham could be built sooner than expected and that would ease Long Wittenham’s growing traffic problems.

The village has major housing and business developments planned on its door step – the Ladygrove expansion with 1,800 homes,  over 500 homes and more businesses at the Culham Science Park, a new technology park north of Didcot approaching Appleford, 3,500 homes on the old Chalgrove airfield plus  the Didcot Garden Town project in which  Long Wittenham is included.

All of these projects include improvements to the road network. The proposed new Didcot- Continue reading

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Views Sought On Garden Town Project

Long Wittenham and Clifton Hampden form part of the newly created Garden Town status project for Didcot which could yield road and transport improvements along with new homes and job opportunities over the next 15 years.

Didcot was awarded Garden Town status by the government last year following a successful bid by South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils. Oxfordshire County Council and the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership were also involved in the bid.

Over the next 15 years the project plans to deliver 15,000 new homes and 20,000 new jobs Continue reading

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Bus Service Plan Frustrated

Hopes of reviving a bus service in Long Wittenham have been dashed.  The Parish Council was considering using the Oxfordshire Comet Bus to provide a service to Didcot.  Mini-buses used by the county council to ferry children to special schools and elderly people to day centres in the county have been made available to individuals and groups between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Parish councillors Gordon Rogers and Martin Elliff delivered letters to every household in the village asking who would use the service but only fifteen people responded.  Four said they would not use it leaving eleven people interested.  Following further visits, telephone calls and emails only four people said the service would be useful so the council has Continue reading

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Bonfire Night 2016 Last Chance for Tickets

Roll up, roll up! Today is the last chance to buy your bonfire night tickets at advance discounted prices from the school office and Clifton Hampden Post Office. We have adult, child and family tickets available for you to snap up before the night on 5th November, 6pm at Ward’s Field (behind Pendon Museum), but they’re going fast!

Adults £6 Child £3 (U4s free) Family (2 adults, 2 children) £15

Download the official flyer here.

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