New Permissive Path for West Field

A new “permissive path” is to be established on West Field, an area popular with walkers.

Footpaths around the field have been used by residents for years but legally they are restricted to the bridleway running from the end of Fieldside, and the footpath at the end of Westfield and Saxons Heath which leads to the Appleford Road. Continue reading

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New Administrator for 200 Club

We are pleased to announce that Richard May is the new administrator of the Village Hall 200 Club Lottery.  He takes over from Ian Penberth who has done the job for several years.  Thanks to Ian for all his work.

The 200 Club offers monthly cash prizes to its members and raises funds for maintaining and improving the Village Hall.  Last year, £780 was paid out to Continue reading

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Bishop Opens Church Extension

The new £100,000 timber-framed extension providing toilet facilities at St. Mary’s church was opened by the Bishop of Dorchester, the Rt. Rev. Colin Fletcher, on the 8th March.

Bishop Colin blessed and dedicated the new extension to the north door at a special service in the church.  The extension provides a disabled toilet and baby-changing facilities.  The whole project will be completed by the Summer once a servery and sink area are installed.  Village building contractor PMS Continue reading

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Annual Parish Assembly – Thursday 14th March

The Annual Parish Assembly will take place next Thursday 14th March at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.  This is an opportunity for residents to hear from the Chairman of the Parish Council, District & County Councillors, community groups and other organisations in the village about their achievements over the past year and plans for the next twelve months.

Refreshment will be available and all residents are welcome. Continue reading

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Kler Appeals Didcot Road Plan

Residents will be disappointed to hear that Kler Group has decided to appeal the decision against its planning application to realign the Didcot Road to facilitate the entrance to their housing development on the corner of Didcot Road and Fieldside.

Last November, the South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) planning committee rejected the plan with seven votes to reject and three abstentions.  The plan was deemed to Continue reading

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Do you use Ackling’s Playground?

The Parish Council is seeking to have Ackling’s Playground at the western end of the village registered as an Asset of Community Value (ACV).  This means that if St John’s College, from which the Parish Council rents the land, wishes to sell it in the future, the village would be given the opportunity to purchase it for the community.

In order to have the asset registered as an ACV, the parish council has to demonstrate that Continue reading

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Oxfordshire Matters

Download the latest edition of Oxfordshire Matters, the county council’s monthly newsletter here.

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Plough’s Beer Wins Praise

Long Wittenham’s Plough Inn has earned high praise for its beer selection in a competition run by Camra the national real ale pressure group.  The Plough came second in a short list of five pubs in South Oxfordshire.

The winner by a short head was The Fleur de Leys at East Hagbourne.  The three other Continue reading

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Death of Former Councillor

Former Long Wittenham Parish Councillor Andy Humphreys has died at the age of 57.  Mr Humphreys was born in the village and spent a large part of his life in the community.  He moved to Didcot last year to care for his 91-year-old mother Margaret.

Mr Humphreys was a member of the parish council for several years in the late 1990s to early 2002 and worked for South Oxfordshire District Council’s Continue reading

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Neighbourhood Plan Revision Delayed

Unfortunately, there is a significant delay in the progress of the revised Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP).

The Plan was sent out by South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) for its second (Regulation 16) consultation last year and this was completed just before Christmas.  During this consultation Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) commented that minerals safeguarding had not been Continue reading

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