May Bank Holiday Waste Bin Collection

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) is reminding householders of the usual changes to their waste collections during the week following May Bank Holiday Monday.

There will be no waste collections on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May.  Everyone’s bins will then be emptied one day later than usual for the rest of that week.  In South Oxfordshire, this is a green bin, brown bin and food waste bin collection week.

See SODC’s Bank Holiday collections webpage for further information.

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Rogation Sunday – 6th May

Rogation (from the Latin ‘rogare’ ‘to ask’) Sunday is the traditional day for agricultural communities to ask God to bless crops that are being sown and to bless us with a good harvest later in the year.

You are all invited to join the congregation at St Mary’s Church on Sunday 6th May at 9:15am for a simple breakfast and then at 9:30am visiting representative parts of the village – a workshop, a garden, the community orchard, a meadow and finally the school – with readings, prayers and hymns. Continue reading

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SODC Announces Five Year Housing Supply

South Oxfordshire District Council has published its latest figures showing that it can now demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.

This is important because if a local planning authority cannot show that it has a five-year housing land supply, its policies with regards to residential development are regarded as out-of-date.  Where this happens, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out a ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’. Continue reading

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History Group ‘Finds Washing’ Days

Following the very successful archaeological dig at the Sylva Wood Centre in September last year, the Long Wittenham History Group will be hosting two ‘finds washing’ sessions in the Village Hall on Sunday 6th May and Monday 7th May between 2pm and 5pm on both days.

You are welcome to come and help or just watch.  Responsible children are also welcome.

You can read about the dig and what was found here: Continue reading

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Come to the May Fayre

Don’t forget that this year’s Long Wittenham School Fayre will take place on Saturday 12th May between noon and 3:00pm.

There will be Maypole dancing and the crowning of the May Queen as well as a Grand National race, traditional games & stalls, the church plant sale, beer tent, barbecue and lots more.

The raffle is sponsored by PMS Oxford with fun family prizes. Continue reading

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Long Wittenham Fun Run 2018

Start stretching those muscles in preparation for the Long Wittenham Fun Run which, this year, will take place on Sunday 10th June starting at 11am.

As usual, the start and finish will be at The Plough where there will also be a barbecue, pub fayre and beer gardens.

All finishers will receive bananas and certificates and there will be awards to category winners. Continue reading

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Community Hub Update

Work on the Community Hub is progressing.  The option agreement between the landowner, Mr Weavers and our developer, Thomas Homes, has been signed and confirmed.  Now that this is in place, Thomas Homes is working on the detailed designs for the preschool, school and village hall, as well as the houses that will pay for them.

The developer has had to commit to buying more than the minimum land needed for the Continue reading

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200 Club Update

It’s renewal time for the Village Hall 200 Club – the draw which supports the maintenance and improvement of the village hall.  Collectors will be out and about over the next few weeks, but first they will be at the Lunch Club today and at the Swap Shop on Saturday (both in the Village Hall).  Please bring your £12 to one of these events if you can – it saves time and shoe leather!

To round off the old year, the results for the March draw were: Continue reading

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Lottery Supports The Friends

The Friends of St Mary’s Long Wittenham has been accepted as a beneficiary of the South Oxfordshire Charitable Lottery.

The Friends charity was founded over twenty years ago by a group of Long Wittenham residents who got together to raise funds to provide those little extras for the church that normal church funds can’t.  The major project at present is the building of a much needed all-access toilet and kitchen to make the church a friendlier and more useful facility in the village. Continue reading

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Village Spring Swapshop & Litter Pick

Do you have items you no longer need that are clean and reusable?  Are there items that you would find useful to have?  Would you like your village to be a clean and tidier place?  Then come along to the Village Spring Swapshop and Litter Pick which will take place next Saturday 21st April at Long Wittenham Village Hall from 10am till noon.

Swapshop: This has been setup to encourage the passing on of unwanted items to a good Continue reading

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