West Oxon Community Transport – Driver wanted

Would you like to drive our Community bus. We are looking for a driver to cover Fridays for the time being. Good rates of pay Hrs 0730-1630. Full training given. This is a great opportunity for someone out there. You do not need a psv licence,although having one works just as well for us (just need to have passed your driving test on or before 1997.) If you would like to talk to us about it you can call us on 01993 630124

Thank you

West Oxfordshire Community Transport Team


Armed Forces Flag-raising 19th June

The Mayor of Witney, Cllr Chris Woodward was joined in raising the flag at the beginning of Armed Forces Week by Sjt Warwick of Somme Company (Witney) Oxfordshire Battalion ACF (The Rifles) and Cdt Sigsworth of 2120 Squadron (Witney) RAF Cadets.

Also attending were further cadets from 2120 Squadron and The Rifles, representatives from the Royal British Legion, the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Brenda Churchill and Town Councillors


Advance Warning -Road Closure Witney Town Centre – for Libfest 24th June

Section 16A
Notice of Special Event Order
Libfest Memorial Fun Run & event, Witney
Date of Order: 12 June 2017
Coming into force: 24 June 2017
Notice is hereby given that on the 12 June 2017 Oxfordshire County Council proposes to make an order to facilitate the holding of the Liberty Baker Memorial Fun Run on Saturday 24 June 2017, which is promoted by Jessica Carew-Gibson. The County Council is satisfied that it is not appropriate for the event to be held wholly off road.
The effect of the order, and to ensure safety of participants and supporters, is to temporarily prohibit vehicles between 9.45 and 11.45am from:
Station Lane – between The Leys & Sainsbury`s
Corn Street – the whole road,
Church Green – outside the Church from the top of Station Lane to the area outside Henry Box School, and west side – to prohibit waiting only.
Exemptions are included for emergency services and subject to the safety and progress of the race, for vehicular access to adjacent premises which are only accessible from the closed sections of roads.
The alternative route for the closure is via Witan Way, Langdale Gate, Market Square, High Street, Welch Way and vice versa.
Documents giving more detailed particulars of the Order, including a map and a statement of reasons are available for public inspection at County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday and at Witney Library, Welch Way OX28 6JH from 9am to 7pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday; 9am to 1pm Tuesday; and 9am to 5pm Saturday.
Traffic Regulation Team (Ref.MS) for the Director for Infrastructure Planning, County Hall, Oxford, OX1 1ND. Tel 0345 310 1111.


Armed Forces Flag-raising

The Mayor of Witney, Cllr Chris Woodward will be raising the Armed Forces Flag at the Town Hall, 6pm on Monday 19th June to mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week. The week culminates in Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24th June.


Battle of Passchendaele Commemorated in Town Council Floral Display

Witney Town Council has marked the Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele in a formal carpet bedding display at the end of Welch Way. The Campaign was fought during World War I between July  and November 1917.

The display was installed by the council’s new Grounds Maintenance contractors at the start of June. The simple design consists of the name of the battle and the dates flanked on either side by a large poppy.

On 10th November the end of the battle will be marked by an evening service of remembrance in Witney’s Market Square. The event is being organised by the town’s Army and RAF cadets with Witney Town Council helping to facilitate the service and hosting a reception in the Corn Exchange afterwards.

The event will be one of many that has marked 1914- 18 Centenary anniversaries. These will culminate in 2018 with a large event in November 2018 to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the end of WWI. Plans for this include a ‘poppy mile’ that leads from the Corn Exchange, up Church Green and down on to the Leys (the route soldiers would have taken) as they set off to war. The planned new memorial will be installed on the Leys and unveiled at the event.


New Community Noticeboard

Good news. There is now a new noticeboard to replace the one that was removed from Market Square. It is located at the southern end  of Market Square against the railings by the Town Hall.





  • We define the Witney area as – all areas within Witney as defined by the town boundary.
  • Events that are held by community clubs, groups or organisations or charities may be considered for inclusion on the Town’s notice boards, as long as they fall under the Witney area designation (as above) Posters submitted for such events that fall outside the designated area may be included if they can clearly demonstrate that the organisation/s concerned directly offer or are for the benefit to the residents of Witney or comprise Witney residents or enjoy reciprocal advertising arrangements with Witney Town Council.
  • Any event held by or to raise funds for a charity must include the registered charity number on the poster.
  • Charities may submit a poster for an event even if the charity’s registered address is outside the Witney area. If the event is outside the Witney area its inclusion will be at the discretion of the Officers of Witney Town Council in accordance with the paragraph (b) above.
  • No commercial organisation or event will be advertised unless such event is held in one of the Witney Town Council’s Venues as indicated in the Contract of Hire of said Public Hall or venue. No posters for an event held by a commercial organisation and held in any venue other than the Witney Town Council’s Public Halls will be accepted for display.
  • Posters should be no larger than A4 in size.
  • No poster will be displayed more than six weeks before the due date of the event.
  • All posters will be removed at the first opportunity after the date of the event.
  • All posters will be displayed by Witney Town Council on its notice boards free of charge.
  • Posters for display must be submitted to the Town Hall at least one week before the date of the event.
  • Witney Town Council is not responsible for the accuracy of the information displayed on the posters. It is the responsibility of the organisation concerned to ensure that all information displayed is accurate. Any errors are the sole responsibility of the event organiser.

Town Council Facebook Problem

We are currently experiencing a problem with our Facebook page. We are unable to post or moderate your posts or access your messages to us! We are in the process of trying to fix it but please send us your enquires, posters and event notifications to info@witney-tc.gov.uk and we will publicise events and answer queries in other ways. Thank you for your patience


Letter of Condolence to Manchester

Following the attack in Manchester on Monday evening, the Mayor of Witney, Cllr Chris Woodward and Leader of the Council, Cllr Toby Morris have sent a letter of condolence to the Lord Mayor of Manchester expressing solidarity and support to all of those involved.

Lord Mayor, 

On behalf of the Town Council and the people of Witney, we offer our deepest condolences for the devastating loss of life and injuries sustained during the concert at Manchester Arena on Monday evening. 

We share in your grief.

It is deeply shocking, and beyond belief that this terrible attack was on a concert where so much joy and pleasure was being had by families and their young children. 

The communities of Manchester and the families of the victims are in our thoughts as the country, and the world, comes to terms with this horror.

Lord Mayor, we stand with your community as family, and offer you peace and our strength at this difficult time.


Cllr Chris Woodward

Mayor of Witney

Cllr Toby Morris

Leader of Council


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


Advance Warning Road Closure A40 Dual Carriageways



 Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, that the Oxfordshire County Council



LOCATION:         A40, from A415 Ducklington junction to B4047 Asthall Barrow junction.

REASON:            to facilitate carriageway maintenance works

DURATION:         Starting on 19 June 2017 for 5 nights (20:00 – 06:00)

(Traffic Regulation Notices cover a maximum of 5 consecutive days.)


ACCESS:             Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages within the closed section of road, subject to the progress of the works


SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: B4047, A4095 Tower Hill, A415 Ducklington Lane and vice versa.


 A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic is attached. 

 Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Simon Marsden, OCC Highways & Transport on 0345 310 11 11.



Advance Notice Temporary Road Closure Harvest Way



Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

 Temporary Road Closure – Outside 8 Harvest Way, Witney – Between the junctions of the A4095 and Campion Way

 A request has been received from Cappagh Contractors for a temporary road closure to apply to a length of Harvest Way whilst essential sewer cover replacement works are carried out.

 A Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate between:

 9.00am and 11.00am (two hours) on 25 May 2017.  

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works. Please note that access routes will depend on exactly where the works vehicles are at any time and may need to be negotiated with the gang on site as necessary.

 A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic is attached.

 Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Euan Ramage of Cappagh Contractors on 02089 474 000.


Road Closure Notification

Road Closure notification – the south side of Church Green, that’s the bit that runs directly across the front of St Mary’s Church,  for the Food Festival on Saturday 20th May. The road closes at 6pm on Friday 19th and opens again at 6pm on Saturday 20th May. Alternative route for traffic is via Market Square.

Official Site of Witney Town Council