Gift for Sandra Sabathy

Sandra Sabathy has recently resigned as Chair of the Parish Council, with effect from mid June, having made the decision to move to Canada.  Sandra has served the village as a Parish Councillor for 9 Years, and took over as Chair in January 2018 She was also a key member of the Neighbourhood Plan Committee. As a mark of gratitude for all Sandra’s hard work and dedication to the village, I will be organising a parting gift for her.  If you would like to make a contribution and add your signature to Sandra’s leaving card, please contact Katy Spencer on 821098 or via email at Thank you

Village Basic supplies service

On behalf of the village community we have opened an account with Bidfood, via Paul Knight who works for the company.  You may not have heard of Bidfood, however they are one of the country’s biggest food service delivery companies. They usually deliver food and cleaning products to the hospitality industry.

As you might imagine some of their pack sizes are bigger than retail, some of their items are also bigger in size. Therefore the plan, if people are interested, is to post the completed forms through the village hall post box or scan and email Sue Sandbach.  Sue will collect and organise the orders, Paul will relay them to Bidfood and then Bidfood will deliver to the village hall.  Sue and Paul will split down the orders and deliver them to your door.   You will be invoiced after delivery and asked to pay Paul directly. His details are on the order form and he lives at Betteshanger, High Street.

Please find attached the Basic supplies shopping list (In  Exel and  .pdf formats). Hard copies can be picked up at the Village Hall if you prefer- there will be some on the noticeboard to the right of the doors.
Orders to be submitted by 4pm on Monday for delivery to your door during Wednesday

Emotional Support

Childline 0800 1111 Visit Website
Samaritans 116 123 Visit Website
Domestic Violence Hotline 0808 200 0247 Visit Website
Mind 0300 123 3393 Visit Website
Age UK 0800 169 6565 Visit Website
La Leche League
(for formula milk)
0345 120 2918 Visit Website


Following government instructions, the playground was closed yesterday 24/3/2020 with immediate effect.   No further inspections will be carried out until further notice and any person using the park will do so at their own risk. In the next few days we will attempt to get the areas taped off. This is not something the Parish Council wants to do but we must comply with the instructions and we hope all Longworth residents will cooperate.




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


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