Notice of Election

Election of parish councillors in the Vale of the White Horse is due shortly.

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Gigaclear is coming to Longworth

As of this morning, Gigaclear’s web site is showing that we’ve hit the 100% target for the number of orders needed to justify extending their network to cover Longworth and Hinton.  Thank you to all those of you who ordered the service, and so made it possible for us to get the best broadband available in Britain today.  If you didn’t order the service, but are wondering if you will be able to in the future, Gigaclear install access points for every household in the village, so the service will be available to all as and when you decide this makes sense for you.

Longworth Neighbourhood Plan – Questionnaire Results

On 11 February 2015 at a meeting in the Village Hall, Alan Boyce presented a summary of the results of the recent questionnaire on the Longworth Neighbourhood Plan.  Based on 194 returned questionnaires, the results identify local attitudes towards housing development, schools, the Village Hall and village shops.

Click here to see the full presentation.

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Call for Volunteer Assistant Lock Keepers

For the last 4 years volunteers have been assisting our Lock Staff on the Thames at the 45 locks along its length between Lechlade and Teddington. Now, ahead of our fifth season, we invite you to apply to become a Volunteer Assistant Lock Keeper at a lock near you.

The Environment Agency, which is navigation authority for the Thames, is now recruiting for the 2015 season and are looking for volunteers who can commit to assisting at least one day a week between May and the end of September. Volunteers can agree their days with lock keepers but need to be available from 10 to 5. Volunteering is a great way to meet people and to find out more about the Thames, its history, wildlife and management. At the same time volunteers know that they are doing something worthwhile that is really appreciated.

Roy Poysor who volunteers at Iffley Lock said:

“Since becoming a volunteer lock keeper I am absorbed in a completely different environment where my assistance is greeted by the enthusiastic boating fraternity who give me immense pleasure with their friendship and banter”

Our Volunteer Assistant Lock Keepers work alongside paid lock keepers. They help boats pass through the lock safely: taking ropes, directing traffic, and operating sluices and lock gates. They help maintain the site: painting, tidying and gardening. They provide information to visitors, be they on foot or afloat, so that they can make the best of their time on the river. Visitors really appreciate the local knowledge that volunteers can provide.

All applicants are invited to an assessment at a local lock. Here they will have the role explained to them and be shown what it involves in practical terms. They will also be assessed to decide which site may be most appropriate for them and to ensure that they have the physical capabilities required. After successful completion of the assessment, they attend an induction course which focuses on safety and preparing them for the lock side.

On the lock side the volunteers follow a documented training programme before being signed off to take charge of the lock on their own. This will only be for short periods, while the paid keeper is at lunch for example.

William Partridge who volunteers at Benson Lock had the following to say:

“2015 will be my fifth year as a volunteer lock keeper. I have enjoyed every moment of it, come rain or shine. I look forward to it in the knowledge that I am helping boaters and lock staff alike. It gives me great pleasure to make a contribution”

Volunteers are provided with uniform and can claim mileage for travel to and from a lock local to them. They also receive a monthly newsletter which keeps them in touch with what is going on along the river and other activities of the Environment Agency.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering on the Thames and to receive an information pack and application form, please contact the Volunteer team on 01491 828360 or email thames.volunteers@environment-agency.gov.uk

Gigaclear taking orders in Longworth

Gigaclear, the Oxfordshire-based provider of ultrafast broadband services, is now taking orders for its service from residents in Longworth.  Gigaclear only opened up to registrations of interest from Longworth on 10 January this year.  In just 10 days it must have seen an impressive level of interest to start taking orders so quickly.

We’re not there yet, of course.  Gigaclear will only commit to bringing their fibre network to Longworth if at least 30% of households place orders for the service.  If you’re not sure whether the service would make sense for you or not, then take the opportunity to meet Gigaclear representatives and put your questions to them in Longworth Village Hall on Wednesday 28 January at 7:30 pm.

Gigaclear seeking registrations of interest

Gigaclear, the Oxfordshire-based provider of ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Home broadband services, is actively seeking registrations of interest from residents of Longworth.

The Gigaclear service delivers the fastest broadband speeds available anywhere in the country.  The broadband service currently available in Longworth delivers an average of 3-6 Megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and perhaps 0.5 Mbps upstream.  By contrast, Gigaclear delivers up to 900 Mbps in both directions!  Residents of Appleton and Fyfield have been enjoying this service for some time now, and are universally delighted by its performance.

Recently, Gigaclear announced that they will shortly start building out their network in Southmoor and Kingston Bagpuize, so we will be surrounded by communities enjoying ultrafast broadband while we struggle along with the BT’s hopelessly out-of-date offering.  And BT’s planned upgrade, which was due to be completed by December 2014, has now been put back to June 2015.

There’s lots more detail about broadband services in general and Gigaclear’s offering in particular at the Hinton and Longworth Campaign for Ultrafast Broadband, so please take a look there and don’t forget to register your interest with Gigaclear at www.gigaclear.com/registerme

 

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Community Choir in Faringdon

Choir-clip-artIt’s sociable, fun and rewarding

Wednesday evenings, during term time.
Starts again Wed 7th January

7pm – 8.30pm School Hall, Ferndale House School, Bromsgrove, Faringdon SN7 7JF
You don’t need to read music and you don’t need previous experience.

Louise Woodgate, a local professional singer and teacher, leads the choir.
If you want to know more please phone 01367 240618, or just turn up.

We’ll be so pleased to see you.

New venue for Longworth Fireworks

We hope you can join us for our 7th annual spectacular Longworth Fireworks display, being held once again in the centre of our village.

We have a different venue, most probably just for this year, but the entertainment remains the same! Our aim to provide a traditional, family friendly night out in a safe environment for all is maintained and along with our highly regarded fireworks there will be familiar fare such as delicious hog rolls and hot dogs available for purchase.

There will be a licensed bar with beer and wine, warming mulled wine or soft drinks, and this year coffee, tea and hot chocolate is also on offer!

Free parking is available within a very short walk of the display area and there is disabled/wheelchair access where needed.

The same professional firework display team will be there starting with another ‘children friendly’ display which is more colourful than noisy. This will be followed a little later again by a wonderfully spectacular ‘full-on’ display for all to enjoy.

We will have a bonfire, albeit slightly smaller than past years.

The event is promoted by The Friends of St Mary’s which is a charity specifically formed to raise funds for the repair and upkeep of the fabric of our lovely church. Whether you attend and enjoy it’s facilities or just admire it from a distance as you enjoy a walk by, this is a very important building for both those who live in Longworth or visit from afar. It is vital that the building is kept in good condition and to that end we now have a specific target to raise funds for essential roof repairs.

Our firework display continues to contribute to this cause and all funds raised go directly towards the building repairs. This night is part of a concerted fund raising effort in the coming weeks and months and all contributions are welcome.

 

Do spread the word and hopefully see you there!

 

We start at 6.30pm on Saturday November 1st and should finish at around 8/8.30. We very much hope you can join us. If you have any questions about the night then call David Cooke on 07974 926736

Thank you from The Friends of St Mary’s committee.

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Longworth 10k result – corrected

In their rush to publish the results of the 2014 Longworth 10k, the organisers made a tabulation error that incorrectly identified the third placed runner.  Sincere apologies to Alex Miell-Ingram, who was justly proud of his outstanding performance and deeply disappointed for it not to have been recognised in the previously published result.

Corrected result for the 2014 10k race

Bus service to Longworth “under review”

Oxfordshire County Council has been in touch with local Parish Councils to notify everyone that they are reviewing contracts for subsidised bus routes.  In their letter the number 63 route, which connects Longworth with Oxford, is noted as “entire service is under review”.  This appears to suggest that they may consider discontinuing this service altogether.  Any such change would take place in June 2015.

If you, or anyone you know in the village, is likely to be significantly affected by the loss of the number 63 bus service, please get in touch with any of the Parish Councillors and let them know of your concerns.  Parish councils must get their comments in to OCC by 15 November, so please don’t delay.

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