Bonfire Night Goes Off With a Bang

High winds and rain failed to dampen spirits at the 11th annual bonfire and fireworks display in Ward’s Field last Saturday evening.

More than three hundred and fifty people braved the poor weather and were treated to a spectacular display.  Large, orange flames from the bonfire licked the night sky and that was followed by a twenty minute cascade of colour from multi-coloured pyrotechnics staged by Illusion Fireworks.  Last year the company from Wallingford topped the national British Fireworks Continue reading

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 7th November

The Parish Council will hold its monthly meeting in the Village Hall at 7:30pm on Thursday 7th November.

All residents are invited to attend.  Download the agenda here.

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Village Bonfire Night

Just a quick reminder that Village Bonfire Night is tomorrow – Saturday 2nd November.  Advance entry wristbands are still available today at Clifton Hampden Post Office and some will also be available to purchase at the event on the night.

The gates to Ward’s Field will open at 6pm, with the Guy Fawkes Competition at 6.30pm, and bonfire being lit soon after.  The firework display will start at approximately 7pm. Continue reading

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Pumpkin Collections

Hallowe’en usually means lots of leftover pumpkins at the start of November.  South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) has announced that any pumpkins that can’t be used in cooking or composting will be collected by the bin crews if left next to the food waste bin on the appropriate collection day.

The pumpkins, like other food waste recycling, will be taken to a processing centre in Oxfordshire where they will be transformed into fertiliser and green electricity. Continue reading

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Archaeological Digs

This Autumn, Earth Trust is embarking on five months of excavations ahead of its Gateway project to develop visitor facilities. It will be working with archaeologists, DigVentures, throughout November 2019 to March 2020.

Earth Trust looks after and cares for 500 hectares of farmland, woodland and wetland. Standing proud above this farmed landscape is one of Oxfordshire’s most visited places – the Wittenham Clumps.  One of these hills is an ancient Iron Age Hillfort which is a Continue reading

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South News – October Edition

Residents who are not already subscribers to South Oxfordshire District Council’s digital newsletter “South News” may like to download the latest edition here.


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Wristbands, Cakes and Guys

Today is the last day to buy Bonfire Night entry wristbands from the school office as it will be closed from Monday 28th November for half term.  You will still be able to buy them from Clifton Hampden Post Office next week, or on the evening itself, but don’t delay, as once the wristbands are gone, there are no more.

The organisers are looking for volunteers to bake traybakes or items that are individually portioned, like cupcakes, flapjacks, brownies etc.  If you are able to do any baking for the Continue reading

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Cheers to Apple Day!

The fourth annual Village Apple Day proved a huge success and saw 768kg of apples weighed, checked, chopped, mashed, milled, bottled, pasteurised and labelled.  Altogether nearly 400 bottles of juice were produced.

The event, organised by the Wittenham Warriors, was held at the Sylva Wood Centre last Sunday.  Chief organiser Sally Duff said: “It was a resounding success and our thanks go to everyone who turned out.  The juice this year is delicious, Continue reading

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Permissive Path Rights Agreed

The legal agreement has been now signed between the Parish Council and Reading University giving the public official access to the path across West Field from the wooden footbridge to the cyclepath near Acklings.

Permissive Path rights have been agreed between all parties including the tenant farmers Emmett Brothers.  It means that pedestrians and dog walkers will be able to use the path without trespassing. Continue reading

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Bonfire Night Wood Collection

It’s less than a couple of weeks until the Village Bonfire Night on Saturday 2nd November and now is the time to sort out any wood that can be used to build the bonfire.

Ben Osmond is in charge of the team collecting the wood, so if you do have any (without nails) contact him at or call 07799 898506 to arrange collection.  Please note that it is not possible to take wood to the site without prior instruction. Continue reading

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