Our Citizen of the Year Awards 2017

Last night the Citizen of the Year awards were presented at the annual Civic Reception by Mayor Chris Woodward.

 

A selection of photos can be found here
https://www.facebook.com/WitneyTownCouncil/posts/1591029714327168

A fabulous night at the Civic Reception last night where Mayor Chris Woodward presented the Citizen of The Year Awards…

Posted by Witney Town Council on Saturday, 17 March 2018

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Ralegh Crescent Play Area update

Here is an update on the Ralegh Crescent Play area.
Work to refurbish the play area on Ralegh Crescent in Deer Park is progressing well. Playground suppliers are currently working to produce suggested designs based on the feedback gathered from children and their families at the consultation in December. Residents also told us that the playground is often too boggy to use, so we are also working with suppliers to try to find a way to improve this. We are aiming to have the playground installed in time for the summer holidays, weather permitting! We will post further information on here as the project progresses.

Below is a link to the consultation results

Consultation report for Ralegh Crescent Playground Refurbishment project

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Commonwealth Day Flag raising Monday 12th March

A short flag raising ceremony will take place at the Town Hall, Market Square, Witney, OX28 6AG on Monday 12th March 2018 at 10am to mark Commonwealth Day 2018. The running order of the event is as follows

9.50AM: Reading of the Commonwealth Affirmation.

9.55AM: Reading of the message from the Commonwealth Secretary-General.

10.00AM: Raise the Commonwealth Flag.

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Community Art to Brighten the Journey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newland bus shelter was unveiled today in its new community art livery.  It’s the first bus shelter to have its artwork installed as part of unique community improvement project; a partnership venture between Witney Town Council and Abingdon and Witney College.

Specially commissioned art work is being used to renovate sixteen of the town’s bus shelters in an initiative designed to refurbish the shelters and discourage vandalism and graffiti. By ‘Adopting a Stop’ businesses have a great opportunity to display their logo on a piece of street furniture and brighten the wait for commuters.

Lewis Saunders Curriculum Manager – Art & Design at Abingdon and Witney college used his expertise, working with art Students to pull together a number of designs that from which complete panels or finer details of large designs can be selected.

The team at Krayma, who are the first local business sponsors of a shelter to undergo the makeover, were on hand to witness the specially commissioned ‘Witney heritage’ themed composition transform the humble piece of street furniture into an eye catching asset.

Mike Dove from Krayma Technical Solutions said;

“As an established local business, we are very supportive of many local community initiatives, events and projects. To get involved with this ‘Bus Shelter Art Project’ as a sponsor from the outset is a privilege for us.
Witney’s a beautiful town and one we’re all proud to live in, but the bus stops around town were looking a little tired.
For Duncan Enright to come up with this fantastic concept, rather than just give them a lick of paint is a superb idea.
To keep it very much a local project, by working with the very talented students at Abingdon and Witney College is brilliant. It’s also a great platform for them to show off their excellent work.
To see many other local businesses get behind this campaign would be great. I am not sure too many other towns do anything like this and it will be a real talking point in the town and further afield.”

 Vinyl print company Leach Print, who work closely with the college, installed artwork at the busy stop under the gaze of passers-by and passengers boarding buses at the busy  stop, who found the artwork a talking point and were thrilled by the prospect of more shelters to follow suit.

Dave Mullord at Leach Print commented;

“LeachPrint are delighted to be invited and involved in an exciting project for Witney Town Council. Our expert advice on using suitable materials were fitted using our one-way vision vinyl with stunning results.”

 The results are indeed stunning – from within the shelter there is a clear view of the street and approaching buses but from outside the windows are clad in a colourful and exciting design which also has a very slight transparency.

Witney’s Mayor, Cllr Chris Woodward is enthused by the project and sees it as the optimum way to rejuvenate the shelters in a way that has benefits across the community;

‘Today, I am proud to introduce Krayma as the first sponsors of our new bus shelter art. This magnificent work will hopefully be the inspiration for others to showcase their talent and bring our bus shelters back to life, each with a unique identity.

 I am deeply grateful to  Krayma, they capture the essence of what can be achieved in the community if we work together.

My thanks also to the Town Hall officers along with Councillors Holliday and Enright for their Community Services Committee work on bringing this to fruition.’

 A number of the town’s shelters are already spoken for but there are lots more to choose from and prices start from as little as £133 + VAT. If your organisation would like to sponsor a shelter please get in touch via info@witney-tc.go.uk to express an interest and get more information

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Advance Notice – Road closure for Rail Bridge repairs. Lower Rd, Long Hanborough

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – Section 14(1)

Notice of Temporary Traffic Order

Long Hanborough, Lower Road

Prohibition of Through Traffic

Date of Order: 5 March 2018

Coming into force: 13 March 2018

 

This Order is being introduced because of rail bridge repair works which are anticipated to take 3 weeks to complete.

The effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit any vehicle proceeding in the length of Lower Road at the railway bridge. Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.

Exemptions are included for emergency services and for the works and for access to premises which are only accessible from the closed section of road.

The alternative route for traffic is via the A4095 to Witney B4022, A40 to Eynsham and vice versa.

This Order will remain in force for a maximum period of 18 months or until the works have been completed whichever is the sooner.

Traffic Regulations Team (Ref JaC/T5309) for the Director for Infrastructure Delivery, County Hall, Oxford OX1 1ND. 0345 310 1111.

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Advance Notice – Roadworks – Burford Rd/Mill Street 12th March for 2 weeks

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – Section 14(1)

Notice of Temporary Traffic Order

Witney, A4095 Mill Street, Burford Road

Prohibition of Through Traffic and Waiting

Date of Order: 5 March 2018

Coming into force: 12 March 2018

 This Order is being introduced because of carriageway resurfacing works which are anticipated to take 2 weeks to complete.

The effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit any vehicle proceeding or waiting in the lengths of A4095 Mill Street and Burford Road from High Street to Tower Hill. Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.

Exemptions are included for emergency services and for the works and for access to premises which are only accessible from the closed section of road.

The alternative route for traffic is via High Street, Welch Way, A4095 Tower Hill and vice versa.

This Order will remain in force for a maximum period of 18 months or until the works have been completed whichever is the sooner.

Traffic Regulations Team (Ref JaC/T5315) for the Director for Infrastructure Delivery, County Hall, Oxford OX1 1ND. 0345 310 1111.

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Volunteer Link-Up Recruitment Fair

 

 

 

 

Volunteer Recruitment Day

A Volunteer Recruitment day on Thursday February 8th 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 The Ice Centre who are fundraising ahead of taking on the operation of Langdale Hall.

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;

“We all know what a great place West Oxfordshire is to live in, and people are always ready to help in the case of an emergency, but lots of organisations need help to operate and individuals need a small amount of support to continue to live independently.  People quite often don’t realise that their help is needed, and this event will highlight a variety of organisations wanting to promote their work and their need for residents to volunteer”.

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 Woodward added;

The Volunteer Link -Up is a wonderful initiative that enables folk to take part in activities that could potentially lead on to a different and exciting future. You never know how wide your skill set is until you work with an enthusiastic and brilliant volunteer team to tackle all manner of tasks. If you’ve never considered volunteering, realised it’s peaking an interest and want to find out more, please, please do get in touch with Ruth. I can’t recommend the group enough.

Make 2018 the year you decide to get involved. Make a start by coming along to the Corn Exchange on February 8thth 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 Ruth Lapworth on 01993 776277 or

Email:  office@vlu.org.uk

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Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Locality Plans across Oxfordshire

You’ve been invited to participate in Locality Plans across Oxfordshire by Oxfordshire CCG
This is open from 26 Jan 2018 at 16:00 to 31 Dec 2018 at 23:59.
Dear All
 
Local GP practices across the county have been working with Oxfordshire CCG and patient representatives on plans for the future of GP and primary care services. A period of public engagement was undertaken between 3 November and 3 December 2017. The draft plans for each locality were presented and discussed at a series of public workshops around Oxfordshire, and discussed at various stakeholder meetings.
 
The full engagement report and first versions of each of the locality plans are now available here:
 
https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/LocalityPlansOxon/consultationHome
 
A summary, easy-to-read version of each individual Locality Plan will be made available in early February.
 
 
Have your say – Participate now!
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Buttercross Clock

Witney Town Council  hopes nobody is still standing beneath the Buttercross waiting for the clock to strike Midnight to start New Year!

The clock is clearly out of order and unfortunately until we receive full details of the survey by Heritage England, detailing the structural issues affecting the building, we cannot access the area where the mechanism is.

Rest assured we will fix it as soon as we can.

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