Coronavirus advice from the government

Oxfordshire County Council (who are responsible for public health and are the lead agency in responding to the virus in the county).have set up a dedicated webpage which ought to be the first source of information locally for people.  Their link:


Longworth’s Litter

My name is Joseph and I am in the process of completing my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.  For the Volunteering section of this award I chose to help our community by completing a weekly litter pick in various parts of Longworth village.

For the last 13 weekends I have spent a minimum of one hour collecting rubbish from the roadside, walkways, hedgerows and fields.  Each week I have been astounded and appalled at how much I have collect in that time, always at least one full bin bag and on one occasion three!  The regular offenders are beer bottles, beer and drink cans and sweet wrappers.  The most bizarre object was a hot water bottle!  I don’t understand how people can be so lazy and would do such a thing to our environment.

I am aware that people travelling through the village cause some of this but sadly we need to work together to try to keep on top of it.  If people took a small bag on their walks and collected any obvious litter they saw, this would all help.  I’m just one teenager, think what could be achieved if we all did our bit!

L – Longworth is our home
I – Individuals can make a difference
T – Trash is no laughing matter
T – Tidy up after yourself
E – Environments need protecting
R – Recycle your rubbish

Joseph Allen

Christmas Tree Recycling

Free Christmas Parking VOWH & South Oxfordshire

Drivers in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse can benefit from free parking in district council car parks on certain days in December.


The annual free parking tradition is provided by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils to encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents.  The free parking days allocated to each area are agreed with the individual town councils depending on which day would best suit local traders. 


Free Christmas parking days also means people don’t have to pay to park if they wish to catch up with friends and family in the pubs, cafés and restaurants during the festive period.


Drivers will be able to park without paying for a ticket in South and Vale car parks on the following days next month:


South Oxfordshire


  • Didcot – Mondays (9, 16, 23 December)
  • Goring – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)
  • Henley – Tuesdays (3, 10, 17 December)
  • Thame – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)
  • Wallingford -Thursdays (5, 12,19 December)


Vale of White Horse


  • Abingdon – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)
  • Faringdon – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)
  • Wantage – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)


On the above days there’s no need to display a ticket.


Parking is also free on a Sunday in many of the council-owned town centre car parks in South and Vale – please check the tariff boards in car parks for further details.


For details on parking in southern Oxfordshire visit:






Buckland Community Minibus – Drivers needed


The community minibus operates from Buckland, Longworth, Hinton Waldrist and Littleworth twice a week to Faringdon and on to Wantage and Witney once a month. All are welcome and it is free for those who are in possession of a bus pass.


We are currently looking for a couple of new drivers. If you are currently under the age of 70 and feel that you could spare one morning each month to volunteer to drive then please contact Martin at foxes66@hotmail.com.


HELP CLEAN UP OUR VILLAGE! Litter Pick, 2pm – 4pm, Sunday 3rd November

Meet at Nayland Croft, Rectory Lane


Tea & cake provided afterwards!


You’ll be supplied with a litter picker, collection sacks and a hi-vis vest


Please let me know if you and/or your family can come, so that I can order in sufficient equipment and provide enough cake!


Please bring waterproofs and warm clothing: fingers crossed for some dry weather!




Richard Kenyon




821276 / 07831 569940


Vale Climate Emergency Advisory Committee meeting at 6pm on Tuesday 15 October.

The Vale Climate Emergency Advisory Committee is set to meet for the first time at 6pm on Tuesday 15 October.

 The politically balanced committee meeting is open for anyone to attend and, chaired by Cllr David Grant, members will discuss recommendations on targets to becoming carbon neutral.  (7 councillors who meet in public to advise the council’s Cabinet on matters relating to the climate emergency.)

The committee will discuss three recommendation options:

  1. To become a carbon neutral council. This could help the council to lead by example and is consistent with targets set by other councils across Oxfordshire, allowing for partnership working.
  2. To become a carbon neutral council ‘plus’ – this pledge goes further than option one and extends the reach of the council to respond to local and national trends and projects.
  3. To become a carbon neutral district with an aspiration to secure the sustainability of the district’s future, which could put the area at the forefront of climate change policy and innovation.

Cllr Grant said, “We’re in the middle of a climate emergency and urgently need to identify action to tackle it. We want our residents to get involved in helping the committee make recommendations to Cabinet and welcome people’s views on the opportunities ahead of us.  If people would like to speak at the beginning of the meeting, they can register in advance and all are welcome to come along to watch.” 

If you’d like to email your views or ideas, you can email the committee via haveyoursay@southandvale.gov.uk 

For those interested in speaking at the beginning of the committee meeting, please email democratic.services@southandvale.gov.uk by 5pm on 14 October.    

Anyone wanting to come along to observe, can come to reception at the district council offices at 135 Eastern Avenue on Milton Park.

Once the committee meeting has taken place, their recommendation will be made to Cabinet members to discuss.



As you may have heard,  it was announced yesterday that Gwyne Diment,  the Manager at your local day-care centre, The Cedar Community Club in Hinton Waldrist, is one of the five shortlisted finalists in the Guardian’s competition to find the ‘Public Servant of the Year’ – a highly prestigious national award. Gwyne  has been the Manager at the club since it opened last December, and before that  she was Manager of the old Kingsmoor Day Centre in Hinton Waldrist for 14 years, which many people from Longworth have attended over the years.


Gwyne’s shortlisting  for this award is truly well-deserved, and it reflects  her amazing hard work, her imaginative session planning and organisation, and her total dedication to ensuring that our members get the most out of their time at the Centre.  We are extremely lucky to have her as Manager at the Cedar Community Club, and the Club would not have reopened without her determination and passion.


You can find further details about Gwyne and her work at the Cedar Community Club in The Guardian, published on Wednesday, 2 October, which is also available online.


We would love to see Gwyne win this award, and we need everybody who knows her and who cares about provision of day care for the elderly in our local area TO VOTE FOR HER. Voting closes at 11:59 a.m. on  Tuesday, 15 October.




Longworth Fireworks 2019

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