The Parish Council welcomed a new member to its ranks at its meeting on Thursday evening, when David Corney was co-opted as a councillor.
Gordon Rogers stepped down from the council in May, having served as counciller, and latterly as chairman, for eleven years, leaving a vacancy.
David Corney grew up in Oxford. He and his wife Denise have lived in Long Wittenham for the last thirteen years. He was the Director of the Scientific Computing Department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory until four years ago, when he took partial retirement.
He has been the foot-path warden for the village for the past three years, and in May last year started the Long Wittenham Dog club which now has more than fifty members from the village and the surrounding local area. David can often be seen out and about the village walking his two black Labradors Henry and Winston.