Village Hall 200 Club Prize Draw

The Village Hall 200 Club is a long-standing feature of village life in Long Wittenham.  In the 2016-7 year, 159 members funded £780 in prizes leaving a balance of over £1,100 to go towards the maintenance and improvement of the Village Hall.

There are cash prizes through the year: £10 per week for 48 weeks, £50 in June and December and £100 in September and March.

Subscription is £12 for a full year April to March, pro-rata for the remaining months.

The draw is made monthly and announced at the Lunch Club (third Thursday). Results are Continue reading

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New Road and More Homes Earmarked in New Plan

A £100m river crossing road linking Didcot and the Science Centre at Culham is a high priority in South Oxfordshire District Council’s latest draft of the Local Plan (LP) which was published on 29th March.  The blue print for development until 2033 also includes the provision of nearly 21,000 new homes.

About 3,500 are proposed at Culham and up to 2,100 at Berinsfield.  The old Chalgrove airfield site is planned to take 3,000 homes.  The Culham site is regarded as ideal for housing because it’s next to the railway station and Science Centre.  The number of new houses at Culham would be capped at 750 until the new Didcot-Culham river crossing road is fully funded.

Speaking at the launch of the Local Plan (LP) to town and parish councillors in Didcot the Continue reading

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Hub Plans Move Closer

Long Wittenham’s plan for a village hub including a new school, pre-school, village hall, play-sport  area, new homes and parking moved a step closer when developer Thomas Homes outlined proposals at a public consultation meeting in the village hall on 30th March.  The views of residents are being sought about what type of facilities should be available in the village hall and on the play and sport area.  It is important that we hear your ideas.

  • Would you like a village hall with a stage for performances and film shows?
  • What about a new all-weather play area?
  • The new preschool could be designed so that it has an amazing view of the countryside towards the Clumps.
  • Do we need a community tennis court?
  • Should we have a cafe and market shop at the weekends?

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Wood Centre Open for Artweeks Festival

The Sylva Wood Centre will be open to the public for the Oxfordshire Artweeks May Festival from 6th – 14th May, 11am – 6pm at weekends and 11am – 4pm on weekdays – closed Wednesday 10th.

The Centre will be showcasing tree and wood-focussed arts and craft to fascinate and delight members of the public with an exhibition, makers at work and a children’s area.

Refreshments will be available at weekends.  More information at info@sylva.org.uk

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South Oxfordshire Local Plan – Have Your Say

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) would like your feedback on how they should manage the need for new houses and employment in South Oxfordshire.

They have prepared the latest draft of the Local Plan which explains where, and why, they consider new houses and employment should be located up until the year 2033.  The plan also explains how they will raise money to provide infrastructure for things like roads, schools, leisure centres, parks and shops.

They have already consulted on three earlier versions of this document, as follows:

“Issues and scope” (June 2014)
“Refined options” (February 2015)
“Preferred options” (June 2016) Continue reading

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Normal Service Resumed

Apologies to all those who tried to access this website yesterday. Our web hosting company had a problem with one of their servers which had to be rebuilt and the data restored.  This meant that the website was unavailable for much of the day from early in the morning. Normal service was restored at approximately 18:30.

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Community Orchard Opened by High Sheriff

Nearly 150 people including school children attended the official opening of the Wittenhams Community Orchard by the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire Sarah Taylor on Thursday afternoon 23rd March.

Mrs Taylor unveiled the wooden notice board at the entrance to the orchard at the back of Fieldside and wished the project success.  She said: “The orchard is a valuable community project and I hope villagers and supporters will have many happy years looking after the trees, eating the apples and drinking the juice and cider.”

The orchard contains 80 fruit and nut trees and is part of the Sylva Wood Centre.  An apiary is being developed to help the trees stay fruitful.  Villagers and visitors are being encouraged to support the project by becoming an Orchard CropSharer who buy a tree and Continue reading

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Outlook Newsletter – Spring 2017

Residents who have not received the latest edition of South Oxfordshire District Council’s newsletter, or who would prefer to read it online can view or download it here.

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Al Fresco Summer Safari Supper – Saturday 10th June

Wittenham Warriors Charity Event

Come along and enjoy a very pleasant Summer’s evening full of fun, food and frivolity, meeting old friends and making new ones.  It is a great opportunity to join in if you are new to the village.

The format will be:

7.00pm – Meet in the village hall for a drink and chat.
7.30pm – Leave for starter course in your host’s house.  You will be given details about where you are going when you arrive at the village hall.
8.30pm – Leave your starter course host and go to a different venue for the main course (details from your starter course host).
10.00pm  – Tear yourselves away from your main course host to meet up with all participants of the evening at the final location where you will be dazzled with a choice of scrumptious desserts, tea, coffee, donations bar, and raffle. Continue reading

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Community Hub Meeting – Thursday 30th March

The development of the Long Wittenham Neighbourhood Plan is entering it’s final phase and it is hoped that it will be adopted within the next few months.  It is time to start the next stage and the Parish Council and their chosen developer, Thomas Homes, have been working hard on plans for the new ‘Community Hub’.  They hope to submit the planning application to South Oxfordshire District Council in early Summer and they want the views of residents about what it should include, with particular reference to usage, design and facilities.  Should there be an indoor sports area?  Should there be a stage for musical and theatrical performances?  What about an outdoor area to use in the summer?

There will be a meeting in the Village Hall on Thursday 30th March at 7:30pm and Chris Brotherton of Thomas Homes will be there to hear residents’ ideas. Continue reading

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