Category Archives: Events

Policy, Governance and Finance Virtual Committee Meeting Link13 July 2020

Please see the link below which will enable you to watch the meeting of the Town Council’s Policy, Governance and Finance Committee on Monday 13th July 2020 at 6pm via Zoom.

If you would like to speak on any agenda item listed please contact the Town Clerk (townclerk@witney-tc.gov.uk) 24 hours prior to the meeting so the necessary arrangements can be made.

Please click the link below to join the meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/95721620314?pwd=dGlRSXlRSTZCQ2dabitYdVNCb25KUT09

Password: 507405

 

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Stronger Communities Committee 6 July 2020 Virtual Meeting Link

Please see the link below which will enable you to watch the meeting of the Town Council’s Stronger Communities Committee on Monday 6th July 2020 at 6pm via Zoom.

If you would like to speak on any agenda item listed please contact the Town Clerk (townclerk@witney-tc.gov.uk) 24 hours prior to the meeting so the necessary arrangements can be made.

Please click the link below to join the meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/96042962618?pwd=YVJpRjJLTjZsd1FvZCtOcTUxWDV1QT09

Password: 892244

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Halls, Cemeteries and Allotments Committee 29 June 2020 Virtual Meeting Link

Please see the link below which will enable you to watch the meeting of the Town Council’s Halls, Cemeteries and Allotments Committee on Monday 29th June 2020 at 6pm via Zoom.

If you would like to speak on any agenda item listed please contact the Town Clerk (townclerk@witney-tc.gov.uk) 24 hours prior to the meeting so the necessary arrangements can be made.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://zoom.us/j/94874895603?pwd=Vm5NMmxYWjY4Q3BBOU91cWJYWEF4Zz09
Password: 731652Or iPhone one-tap :
United Kingdom: +442080806591,,94874895603#,,,,0#,,731652# or +442080806592,,94874895603#,,,,0#,,731652#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
United Kingdom: +44 208 080 6591 or +44 208 080 6592 or +44 330 088 5830 or +44 131 460 1196 or +44 203 481 5237 or +44 203 481 5240
Webinar ID: 948 7489 5603
Password: 731652
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/abNFlcZPZJ
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Climate, Biodiversity and Planning Committee 30 June 2020 Virtual Meeting Link

Please see the link below which will enable you to watch the meeting of the Town Council’s Climate, Biodiversity and Planning Committee on Monday 30th June 2020 at 6pm via Zoom.

If you would like to speak on any agenda item listed please contact the Town Clerk (townclerk@witney-tc.gov.uk) 24 hours prior to the meeting so the necessary arrangements can be made.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://zoom.us/j/98468241171?pwd=UEkyb0pXVDFaN005VmtyelM0L1Qzdz09

Password: 836663

Or iPhone one-tap :

United Kingdom: +442080806591,,98468241171#,,,,0#,,836663#  or +442080806592,,98468241171#,,,,0#,,836663#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

United Kingdom: +44 208 080 6591  or +44 208 080 6592  or +44 330 088 5830  or +44 131 460 1196  or +44 203 481 5237  or +44 203 481 5240

Webinar ID: 984 6824 1171

Password: 836663

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/abk3eSM5n9

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Sport and Play Committee 22 June 2020 Virtual Meeting Link

Please see the link below which will enable you to watch the meeting of the Town Council’s Sport & Play Committee on Monday 22nd June 2020 at 6pm via Zoom .

If you would like to speak on any agenda item listed please contact the Town Clerk (townclerk@witney-tc.gov.uk) 24 hours prior to the meeting so the necessary arrangements can be made.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://zoom.us/j/91358803044?pwd=UE1wNFVTTUVqMW1BOUIyNENXYkJHZz09

Password: 098314Or iPhone one-tap :

United Kingdom: +441314601196,,91358803044#,,,,0#,,098314#  or +442034815237,,91358803044#,,,,0#,,098314#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

United Kingdom: +44 131 460 1196  or +44 203 481 5237  or +44 203 481 5240  or +44 208 080 6591  or +44 208 080 6592  or +44 330 088 5830

Webinar ID: 913 5880 3044

Password: 098314

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/acOLXz315C

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Witney Plans for a Virtual VE Day 75 commemoration

Witney vows to Commemorate 75 Years of Peace even during Lockdown

In order to comply with government regulations in force and to keep everyone safe during the Covid 19 emergency, Witney Town Council has reviewed its plans for marking the historically important 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May.

With the town in lockdown and people unable to do as they did in 1945 and gather in the Market Square to fill the streets with music and dancing and parties, the council has sought an alternative way to bring people together while remaining safely at home.

Mayor, Duncan Enright summed up the determination of the Town to make the most of things;

“Witney Town Council has been making preparations for our VE Day 75 celebrations for some time, though things are no longer possible as they were originally planned. We will be remembering the sacrifice of those who won our peace, at a time when we are all making sacrifices for the health of our world and marking this anniversary in our own homes instead of out together in the streets.

But we all know Witney likes a good party! I am confident that the people of Witney will be celebrating VE Day with a mix of characteristic good cheer and respect, while maintaining social distancing, keeping themselves safe and looking forward to when we can all get together again.”

Working with local FM radio station, Witney Radio, we have contributed some of the planned elements of our VE Day celebration to form part of an exciting radio broadcast that includes the best local and national events. Voicebox Choir who would have been leading an enthusiastic ‘big sing’ in the Market Square have now recorded a special concert as part of the content of Witney Radio’s programme and the Mayor and Town Crier are also recording their sessions for that.

Alongside this we have created a dedicated web page and together these mean we get to share with you a packed VE Day programme that you can enjoy at home. Our talented Town Band are putting together a video made of individual clips by the social distancing musicians and that will feature on our VE Day web page.  Witney Town Council is  determined  that although the day will not be as exuberant and interactive as planned it will still be an appropriate commemoration of the spirit of the time and tribute to the sacrifices made by so many. While it is a time to remember, reflect and pay tribute to the millions who played such a vital part, both here at home and overseas, it is also a celebration of 75 years of peace.

What’s on the Radio? You can tune in throughout the afternoon to hear the following:

  • 2.55pm The Last Post
  • 3pm Battle’s O’er
  • 3.05pm Winston Churchill’s Speech
  • 3.10pm The Nation’s toast to the heroes of WWII read by Mayor Duncan Enright followed by the National Anthem
  • 3.20pm Squadron Leader Allan Scott DFM, who now lives and enjoys life in West Oxfordshire speaks of his time as a spitfire pilot
  • 5pm A Voicebox VE Day concert – A special concert recorded by members of Voicebox Choir
  • 6.55pm A cry for peace around the world from Witney Town Crier, Jean Postlethwaite-Dixon
  • 7pm Ringing out for peace – a selection of Church Bells ringing out for peace from Church Towers across Witney & West Oxfordshire

You can find Witney Radio on 99.9 FM

Barry Clack, Director of Witney Radio said,

“The Coronavirus emergency and consequent Government guidance means that we won’t be able to see the type of celebrations that Witney deserves this VE Day. Witney Radio feels strongly that we should not miss out on these celebrations but instead stay at home and celebrate this historic day. Witney Radio will be broadcasting content which residents can listen to and enjoy on Friday 8th May to honour those who served us in the past and allow those of us unable to be together to share in this celebration. Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR Pageant master for VE Day 75 supports Witney Radio’s broadcasts for the day and asks people to take part in celebrating VE Day 75 whilst observing guidelines and staying safe ”

Our special VE Day page is  at http://www.witney-tc.gov.uk/ve-day-75/

You can read a first-hand account of that day in 1945 when Victory in Europe was declared, by author Phyllis Ransome.

We will also be inviting residents to submit their personal family history pictures of VE Day electronically in order to try to build a picture of Witney in 1945. These will be posted in a gallery on the VE Day page.

Witney Town Band will share their video of them giving a very special virtual performance.

The page also has details of a competition being run by SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. They are asking people to get to create a piece of artwork, celebrating VE Day 75 in any medium and submit a photo of it by midday on the 27th April.

https://www.ssafa.org.uk/news-articles/ve-day-75-art-competition

If you enter and send us a copy of the photo electronically, we will post as many as we can in the windows of the Corn Exchange foyer.

We will also have a template to make some really easy  paper bunting so you can decorate your garden or living room to give a little more atmosphere while you tune in and enjoy everything on offer on VE Day.

Although this is not going to be quite the celebration anyone had hoped for, there is an opportunity later, for us to commemorate VJ day in August with you, hopefully in a much more boisterous way, but for now, the safety of everyone in our town is a priority.  We hope you have a great day on 8th May and raise a glass (or a teacup with us) and toast our World War II heroes and drink to that moment when we can ‘meet again’.

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Great Get Together – Free use of halls

 

Come on Folks, it’s not often you get something for nothing but we still have free use of the Corn Exchange and Burwell Hall at selected times over the weekend of June 17 and 18 for anyone wishing to hold a community event to commemorate Jo Cox as part of the Great Get Together! Corn Exchange is available Sat 17th – Main Hall from 4pm onwards
and on Sunday 18th- Main Hall is available all day from 9am
– Gallery Room from 2pm
Burwell Hall is available all day from 9am on Saturday 17th and from 11am all day on Sunday 18th. To discuss your community event call Polly Inness on 01993 777828 or email info@witney-tc.gov.uk

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Annual Town Meeting Agenda and Information

Don’t miss the Annual Town Meeting in the Corn Exchange on Wednesday March 15th. It’s a chance to hear from local organisations and councillors about their achievements and activities over the last year. Local groups, such as the Witney Model Club, Volunteer Link up and Witney Woodland Volunteers, will have displays in the foyer.

From 6.45 refreshments will be available provided by one of Witney’s established Community Gardening Groups – Burwell Community Garden. Another local group, Windrush Flower Group will be providing the floral arrangements throughout the hall and then auctioning these off in aid of their adopted charity, Dementia Care Witney.

After the main session there will be a chance for residents to ask questions of individual Town Council committees in smaller groups at dedicated tables, the perfect opportunity for those who don’t care to ask questions in the public forum.

This is your meeting, for your town, so do come along and find out more about what is happening.

Minutes Annual Town Meeting 9 March 2016

Report of the Public Halls Committee 2017 
Report of Amenities Committee 2017
Report of Cemeteries and Closed Churchyards Sub Committee 2017
Report of Community Services Committee 2017
Report of Planning Committee 2017
Report of Policy and Resources Committee 2017

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Random Acts of Kindness Day

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, do something spontaneously nice!
But then why not PLAN to do something nice too? How about a glamorous ball or a table top sale to raise money and awareness for your favourite charity. It’s very easy to book one of our halls. Simply pick up the phone and call 01993 777821 and speak to Michelle or email michelle.brooks@witney-tc.gov.uk

 

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Community Plan Meeting Wed 15 Feb 7pm at the Corn Exchange

Our town is growing fast and will experience a good deal of change over the next decade or so. If you have an interest in how the community will develop and would like to put your ideas across, there is a meeting in the Corn Exchange on Wednesday 15th February at 7pm.  More information can be found here on the Witney Vision Facebook Page.
https://www.facebook.com/Witney-Vision-1794682634116966/

What is a Community Led Plan?

Basically, it’s a non -statutory  plan based on  local needs, issues and aspirations as identified by community members that might be used to help inform future plans for your town or parish.  It gives everyone a chance to make suggestions about actions and developments they would like to see happen in the short term and further ahead for the future of the town.

It’s a positive way to work in partnership with all stakeholders within the town, including Local Authorities, to help shape future provision.


 

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