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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
A Volunteer Recruitment Day on Thursday October 13th is being held by Volunteer Link-Up in conjunction with Witney Town Council as one of a series of community events that the Town Council supports. Refreshments will be provided by Cogges Meadow Park group, who are fundraising to bring about improvements to the play area at Cogges.
Organisations are invited to bring a stand to the event to showcase their organisation, highlight the work they do and the kind of opportunities they can offer volunteers.
The recruitment day is also an opportunity for enthusiastic individuals interested in volunteering in Witney and the surrounding area to find out how they could give their time to help improve local services.
Patricia Chirgwin, Manager of Volunteer Link-Up said;
“‘West Oxfordshire is an amazing place to live, with wonderful people willing to help when they know there is a need. This event is being held to showcase local organisations that do incredible jobs supporting the residents of the district. These organisations do need support to continue – and we hope that the people of West Oxfordshire will come forward to find out more about what these groups do – and hopefully offer their help.”
Volunteers bring fresh ideas and approaches and enthusiasm to the organisations they volunteer with, but it’s a two-way street as there are a number of benefits to be gained by volunteering.
For some, volunteering can be a means to finding permanent employment, or an opportunity to experience new challenges which may prompt a career change. For others, volunteering offers social benefits.
Here are ten great reasons to volunteer.
• Give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life, either directly or indirectly
• Make a difference to the lives of others and your own
• Feel valued and part of a team
• Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
• Gain confidence and self-esteem
• Gain new skills, knowledge and experience and develop existing ones
• Enhance a CV and improve employment prospects
• Gain an accreditation
• Using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others
• It’s a chance to socialise and meet new people, make new friends and get to know the local community
Witney Mayor, Councillor Chris Holliday added;
“The Volunteer Recruitment Fair is a great way for local voluntary groups and organisations to come together for some valuable networking. This enhances their ability to provide better services. The volunteers of this town are seen as a vital means of providing support for some of our most vulnerable residents.”
Make 2016 the year you decide to get involved. Make a start by coming along to the Corn Exchange on October 13th between 10am and 2pm and find out more about the volunteering opportunities available locally. If you represent an organisation and would like a stand please contact Mrs Patricia Chirgwin on 01993 776277 or
We are all set up and about to open. We have a range of old Witney Gazettes that you are very welcome to leaf through and some fascinating entries in the constabulary register. From being prosecuted and fined for ‘stealing a quantity of turnip tops’ to being charged with vagrancy after being found ‘ Wandering in the town of Witney at night with a loaded pistol and not giving a good account of himself.’
Download the treasure trail, solve the clues and follow the route round Witney to discover all the sites you can visit
Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest heritage festival involving 40,000 volunteers across the country. It is a once-a-year chance to discover gems on our own doorstep free-of charge.
In Witney a range of buildings will be open to the public on one or more days between 8-11 September including Witney Town Hall, Witney Blanket Hall, Cogges Manor Farm, The Bishops’s Palace and St Mary’s Church. There will also be a range of tours, events and activities across the town.
For further information on Heritage Open Days please visit
On Thursday September 8th Witney Town Hall is hosting ‘Skeletons in Your Closet’, a unique chance to see what some of our forebears got up to almost 160 years ago.
Look up your local ancestors and discover their misdeeds in the Oxfordshire Constabulary Summons Register dated 1857 onwards! What were they charged with? What was their sentence? Some very familiar local names from Witney and the surrounding village are here.
The summons register is very old and hard to read but we have found some great entries. How about…Stephen Woodward, Labourer, charged with ‘absconding leaving his wife and family chargeable to the parish.’ He was committed for one month hard labour.
Or Alfred Day charged with ‘being the putative father of a bastard child’ . His case was dismissed with ‘police expenses not allowed’.
We will also have a selection of old copies of the Witney Gazette dating back as far as the 1950’s, along with other historical records and documents. Come and view them in the *Council Chamber which itself dates from circa 1780. Information on the History of the Town Hall will also be displayed. *Please note, the council chamber is a historic building and not DDA compliant. There is no lift access for wheelchairs and buggies.