Upgraded broadband is one step nearer

BT has started work to upgrade Longworth’s broadband infrastructure.  This is a major step towards fulfilling their commitment to provide faster broadband service by the end of 2014.

Our eagle-eyed Longworth broadband champion, Richard Kenyon, took these photos of construction work taking place at Cabinet 3 in Longworth.  Cabinet 3 is where most of Longworth’s phone lines are connected, and the photos show a new cabinet erected alongside the existing one.  The new cabinet will house the fibre optic equipment that will bring faster broadband service to these lines.

We’re keeping a constant eye on BT’s announcements concerning availability of the upgraded service, and we’ll keep you posted.cabinet 3 construction 1 cabinet 3 construction 2

Broadband upgrade work to start by December

BT has just updated its superfast broadband availability Web site and is now showing that work to upgrade broadband service to most of Longworth is scheduled to begin by December 2014.  That’s an improvement over the date previously published, which said “work will begin in 2015″.

BT update on faster broadband

BT has enhanced its Better Broadband for OxfordshireWeb site to show  more detailed plans per postcode area in the county.  All of the postcodes in Longworth are shown as “work scheduled to begin in 2015″ with the exception of three postcodes to the east of Longworth: OX13 5HY, OX13 5HZ and OX13 5JA.  These are shown as “additional funding required” which means they won’t be covered under the present plan for broadband upgrades worked out between BT and Oxfordshire County Council.

For more detail on this, see hintonandlongworth.net.


Longworth Web Site Gets New Look

The Longworth Web site has been in operation for almost exactly ten years, and now it has a new look.  We’re not making any great claims to having improved the beauty of the site - the main purpose of the overhaul is to make it easier to maintain.

Way back in 2004 there weren’t so many good tools for building Web sites, and your Webmaster (with a little expert programming assistance from Ralph Morgan) build the original site from the ground up.  While the site did the job okay it was rather laborious to keep it up to date – and occasionally things have slipped a bit.

The new site is built on WordPress, which is Web software that makes it really easy to post new content and keep the site up to date.  Your Webmaster is hoping that, following this update, there might one or two volunteers to help him keep the site fresh …. and if this appeals to you, then you can reach me at: webmaster@longworthvillage.org.uk.

Cherry Pie Diner and Chariots Car Spa – We’re Recruiting

chpielogoChariots and Cherry Pie takes inspiration from the fun and fearlessness of 1950s, when America’s love affair with cool cars and fabulous food was in full swing.

Situated off the A420, or Route 420 as we call it, near Buckland in Oxfordshire, we’ve opened the doors to a temporary diner to give you a taste of what’s to come.

In early June we’ll be opening the doors to our first ‘permanent’ diner and car spa on this same site. We are now looking for EXCEPTIONAL people for a range of full and part time roles – from assistant managers, bartenders, waiters/waitresses, chefs, cooks, kitchen helpers and car washers! Applicants must be aged eighteen or over and available to work flexible hours and weekends.

We are also looking for a team of cooks and serving staff to travel around with our Cherry Pie Mobile Diner to some of the UK’s biggest and best events this summer.

To be considered for this awesome opportunity send your CVs now to jobs@chariotsandcherrypie.co.uk

Chariots and Cherry Pie Launch Competition Winner

We’re delighted to announce Longworth resident Mrs Alison Northover has been selected as the winner of our launch competition to win a family meal for four at the Cherry Pie Diner. We look forward to welcoming Alison and her family down at the diner soon.

Thanks to all those that entered the competition. We’d like to share this link to a complimentary cherry pie dollar voucher to all entrants and Longworth residents.
Click here for the voucher

New American Diner Now Open!

An authentic taste of America has landed in your neighbourhood.
Taking inspiration from the fun and fearlessness of the 1950s, when food ruled and cars were all the rage, Chariots and Cherry Pie combines a gourmet dining experience with a deluxe personalized car wash service. It’s the only place where you can get your wheels shined, while you dine and unwind over a gourmet diner meal.

The first Cherry Pie Diner will be located at the old Little Chef site on the A420 at Buckland. From June 2014 customers can enjoy a delicious all day breakfast including sweet waffles, pancakes, steak and eggs and breakfast skillets.

Whilst redevelopment takes place on site, the Chariots and Cherry Pie team will be offering a taste of what’s to come from a temporary roadside 1950’s style Cherry Pie Mobile Diner. Customers will be able to tuck in to a sample diner menu from March through May before the mobile diner hits the roads and appears at some of the UK’s biggest and best summer events.

A second Chariots and Cherry Pie is due to open in Grove in Autumn 2014. It will feature a diner and car spa followed by a boutique Cherry Pie Motel in 2015.


Who was the first President of the USA?

Email your answer to: tellmemore@chariotsandcherrypie.co.uk

We look forward to welcoming you to the diner soon!

Longworth Fireworks 2013


Longworth Fireworks 2013 was a huge success, thanks to the imagination and hard work of so many people.

The spectacular space shuttle bonfire won huge acclaim and the two fireworks displays were truly amazing. The Longworth Manor setting was as wonderful as always, and we owe special thanks to Sarah and Berni for allowing us to invade their home yet again.

There was a great turnout despite the wind and the rain and the hog roast and bar were extremely popular. A handsome profit of £1700 was raised for the Friends of Longworth Church, which will go towards the work needed on the Church roof in the near future.

Grateful thanks to the many volunteers who helped make the evening such a success and to everyone who came along and supported us so generously.

Fabian French
Chairman of the Friends of St Mary’s Church


Land Not Sand – The Final Chapter

lns_finalHanson Aggregates has decided not to appeal the decision by Oxfordshire County Council to refuse their planning application for extraction of soft sand at the site they acquired alongside Pine Woods Road. The six month deadline to lodge an appeal has now expired, and a spokesman for Hanson explained that, given current low levels of construction work, it did not make sense to pursue this application any further.

A big thank you to all those who contributed their time and effort to the Land not Sand campaign. Longworth locals were resourceful and determined in their fight against this planning application, and we got the result that we all wanted. All that remains now is to see what Hanson does with the land that they acquired.

Spanish Opera Singer is Surprise Winner of Longworth 10k!

Winner_10k_2012The surprise winner of this year’s Longworth 10k, run on Sunday 16 September, was Jordi Garcia Ruiz, a visitor from Barcelona. Jordi, an opera singer, and his wife saw details of the Longworth 10k on the internet while researching their holiday in the UK, and were so impressed that they decided to build it into their schedule.

Jordi completed the course in an impressive time of 35 minutes 36 seconds – the second-fastest time on record.

“I compete in lots of races in Spain, many of them involving thousands of runners: so when visiting this country we decided to find a run which was a bit different,” Jordi explained.

“The Longworth 10k certainly met our expectations: relatively small and friendly, the route was easy to follow and took us through some lovely countryside. We even got to visit a traditional country pub afterwards!

Perhaps buoyed by the post-Olympic legacy, this year’s run attracted a record 108 participants, raising nearly £1,000 for HALF.

Fastest Male Junior, and overall second, was Thomas Kelly of Abingdon School, in a time of 37 minutes 39 seconds. The fastest Male Veteran was Jin Thorn, in 40 minutes 30 seconds; Fastest Female was Natalie Babington in 45 minutes 10 seconds; Fastest Female Veteran Caeron Phillips of Woodstock Harriers in 48 minutes 41 seconds; and fastest Female Junior Ellie Allsop in 48 minutes 59 seconds. The Fastest Local was Longworth’s Simon Woods in 43 minutes 58 seconds.

Many thanks as always to everyone who supported us, either by participating or helping with the organisation!

Richard Kenyon on behalf of the Longworth 10k Organising Committee

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