New Vicar Licensed

On Wednesday 6th October, a select congregation gathered at Dorchester Abbey for the Licensing Service of Reverend Canon Paul Wignall.

Owing to Covid-19, everyone who attended was required to wear appropriate face coverings, which gave the service a more than usually somber feel.  Although there were some hymns during the service, these were recordings of the Abbey Choir, made at previous services. Continue reading

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Make the Thames ‘Safe for All’

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) is stepping up its campaign to make the River Thames safe for wildlife and river users by calling for an end to sewage overflows, more public information on water quality and more stringent water testing in the river.

The Thames and its tributaries in Oxfordshire are a haven for wildlife and biodiversity.  They are popular with locals and visitors for paddling, swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding. Continue reading

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Didcot Road Re-alignment Avoided

Didcot Road will not have to be re-aligned for a new entrance to the Vanderbilt housing development.  There were fears that had the re-alignment gone ahead it would have caused months of traffic disruption.

Following agreement between the landowner, Vanderbilt and Oxfordshire County Council, the road will not now have to undergo major alterations.  The Parish Council worked behind the scenes with the other parties in helping to find a Continue reading

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District Council Offices

South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils have decided that Didcot will be the home of their new offices.

The district councils will move into a new building that is proposed for the Didcot Gateway site opposite Didcot Parkway Station.  The site is close to the centre of the town that sits on the border between the districts.

Early in 2020, plans for new offices in Crowmarsh were unveiled, but with the onset of Continue reading

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Planning Application Refused

Plans for one hundred and seventy-six new homes on a site to the east of the B4016 Lady Grove have been rejected by South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC).  It’s a decision welcomed by Long Wittenham Parish Council who objected to the plans.

The Parish Council objected on the grounds that the development was not needed because of the neighbouring expansion of Ladygrove with eighteen hundred new homes, schools, shops and other facilities over the next ten years.  The council was Continue reading

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Covid-19 Supermarket Voucher Support

The Parish Council has been asked by the Covid-19 Community Support team at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to share the following information with residents:

Thanks to some funding from central government we’ve been able to purchase supermarket vouchers to give to those who are struggling financially as a result of Covid-19.

If you come across someone or a family that is struggling to afford food or other essential Continue reading

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Church Bells Project Delayed

The bells restoration project at St Mary’s Church has been delayed until next year because of the Covid-19 emergency and delays in processing paper work.

Work was due to have started by now but the principal project organiser Julia Sargent says permission to start the work from the Diocesan Advisory Group had not been received despite an application having been made in September last year. Continue reading

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Westfield Play Area

The installation of the new play equipment at the Westfield play area is scheduled to start on Thursday 8th October and will take approximately ten to fourteen days to complete.

The work is being carried out by Sovereign Play Equipment and will involve removal of the old hardware and surface, before the installation of a new surface and play equipment.

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 8th October

The Parish Council will hold its monthly meeting via Zoom video conferencing at 7:30pm on Thursday 8th October.

Download the agenda here.

If members of the public have any comments they wish to make on items on the agenda, they should email the Parish Clerk at

Any members of the public wishing to attend the meeting remotely should also contact the Continue reading

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Roadworks – High Street 5th to 17th October

The Parish Council has been advised by Oxfordshire County Council Highways Department that roadworks are expected to start on the High Street on Monday 5th October.  The works will create new ramped cycle by-pass lanes at the two build-outs opposite Red Barn and No 35.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by 17th October. Continue reading

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