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.


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.


Longworth 10k 2014 race report and results

We had 82 participants running in glorious and near-perfect weather conditions: sunny, fresh, and despite recent rain, still fairly dry underfoot, even on the section running alongside the river. Our scenic off-road course this year involved avoiding obstacles such as a wedding party and an angling competition!

The winner, who was also the fastest male junior, was Nat Jones from Abingdon School Cross Country Club, in a time of 36.38. Fastest senior male was Alex Mott in 38:30, and fastest male veteran was Graham Ferris of Witney Road Runners in 39:17. Simon Woods of Longworth Runners was the fastest local in a time of 41:45. Fastest female was Clare Norrish of White Horse Harriers in 43:55. Fastest female veteran was Sarah Senior in 45.06, and fastest female junior was Cassia Mielle-Harvey of Radley Athletics in 49:10.

Click here for results of 2014 race


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


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:

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

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