Vote in the Longworth Neighbourhood Plan referendum

On Thursday, 18 August 2016 residents in Longworth can vote in a referendum on whether their community should formally adopt the proposed Longworth Neighbourhood Plan.

To vote you must be registered to vote in local elections by Tuesday, 2 August 2016 (midnight), and live in the designated area.   To register please visit the register to vote website.

Voting takes place at the village hall polling station between 7am and 10pm – full details will be included on poll cards which will be sent to everyone who has registered.   The votes will be counted and result declared shortly after polls close on 18 August 2016.

Take a look at the Longworth Neighbourhood Plan.

Police and Crime Commissioner survey – seeking views on policing and crime

The Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld has launched a survey seeking feedback from residents of the Thames Valley on policing and crime.  The results of the survey will help inform the next Police and Crime Plan which is due to be published in March 2017.
The survey will give the residents of your Parish the opportunity to feedback any concerns or issues about policing as well as what they think Thames Valley Police should be prioritising for the next five years with regards to crime and I am writing to ask whether you would be able to support us in publicising the survey to your community.
The survey is hosted on the Police and Crime Commissioner website  It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and is open until 30 September 2016.  Anyone who is either living or working in the Thames Valley is eligible to complete it.
We would appreciate any support you can provide in distributing the survey such as an article in a Parish newsletter, sending it out through your own distribution lists, social media and websites. The survey also seeks the views from victims of crime with the aim of improving the victims experience.
Hard copies of the survey are also available on request by contacting the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 01865 846780.
I’ve provided some copy below on what the survey is about which you can use in any distribution as you see fit.  If you have any questions, please contact me on the number below.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley would like your views on policing and crime.
This Summer, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is seeking views from the residents of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire on policing and crime.  This feedback will help inform the Police and Crime Plan which sets the priorities for Thames Valley Police for the next 5 years.
What concerns you about policing in your area?  What would you like Thames Valley Police to prioritise with regards to crime?  Have you been a victim of crime and would like to feedback your experience? 
To give your views, you can complete a short online survey at  It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and will be open until Friday 30th September 2016.
If you would like a copy of the survey posted to you, please contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 01865 846780
Many thanks
Kind regards,
Sarah Stokes
PR and Communication Support Officer
Direct Line: 01865 846703 Internal: 700-6703
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
The Farmhouse
Thames Valley Police Headquarters
Kidlington OX5 2NX

Urgent Call out for White Blood Cell Donor for a very ill baby – can you help?  

The baby son of one of our parishioners is very ill and has been transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.  

He needs a white blood cell transfusion as soon as possible. 

This requires donors with B positive (+) blood type that are CMV negative (-).  

B+ is somewhat rare and CMV- even more so.  

We need to find 3 donors.  

We are organising a day at the JR Hospital in Oxford where they can test for the blood match soon.  

If you are a match for B positive and CMV negative, or think you might be, and would be willing to help, please can you get in touch with Reverend Talisker as quickly as possible, so she can pass your details on to the family? 

Reverend Talisker’s contact details:
Telephone 01865 596224

Annual Parish Meeting 18th May 2016

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Longworth History Society – Upper Thames Patrol


OxLEP driving economic growth

Oxlep leaflet

Summer Fete


Longworth secures top grant from Tesco vote


Longworth History Society: Mary Rose

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Online Petition: Right to Appeal Planning Decisions






Give parish councils the right to appeal planning decisions.

The planning system is unfair. It is one of the few decision-making processes that gives no right of appeal to affected third parties. The government should introduce a limited third party right of appeal by giving parish councils a right to appeal planning decisions to the Planning Inspectorate.
There is a fundamental imbalance in the planning system. Under current rules, if a council refuses a planning application, the applicant is allowed to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. If a council approves an application, no one has the right to appeal. With the national presumption in favour of sustainable development throwing the planning system into disarray, in the interest of justice, the government should give parish councils the right to appeal planning decisions.


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