The Christmas Tea Dance will take place on Wed 21st December.
There will be no dance on 28th Dec, Jan 4th, 11th or 18th with dancing resuming on 25th Jan.
Here is Eve, the winner of our Christmas Light Competition with her winning design. Pictured with Eve are Mayor, Chris Holliday who presented her with her prize and Marc Hatcher of Scott Fraser who sponsored the light. Eve’s parents also kindly posed for a photo or two. The competition was run through Witney’s primary schools and children were asked to submit designs back before the summer holidays!
Here is an update on Deer Park Medical Centre with some dates and actions.
Residents who go that extra mile to help others will be recognised in the annual awards, presented by the Mayor at the Civic Reception in March next year.
ANYONE thinking about nominating a deserving individual as Witney’s Citizen of the Year or for any of the other awards has until 30th December to submit their details.
If you know someone who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment, energy and effort in order to achieve something of great benefit to you or your community contact the Town Hall for a nomination form or download a form.
App form for Citizen of The Year Award.
INVITATION TO THE PUBLIC
The land between Thorney Leys and Curbridge Road is being developed by Richmond Care Villages. As a result the public footpath across the site has been obstructed and closed.
Following discussion with the Open Spaces Society, Richmond now proposes two footpaths across the site: (a) a diversion of the existing path and (b) a new path leading to a pedestrian-controlled crossing of Thorney Leys.
At the Society’s suggestion Richmond has also agreed to register as town green an area of open space linked to both paths, thus opening it to the public and protecting it against future development.
You are invited to visit the development to see the routes of the new and old paths and the position of the town green on Saturday 5th November and Saturday 12th November from 2pm to 4pm and on Sunday 6th November and Sunday 13th November from 10am to 4pm.
As the site is still under construction, the footpaths and open space are not expected to be complete until Spring 2017.
Further information from 01491 573535 or 01926 679502
The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative, which see grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.
Three groups in each of Tesco’s 416 regions have been shortlisted to receive the cash award.
And from next month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Cogges Meadow Park Community Group is one of the groups on the shortlist. The Group members are raising funds for outdoor fitness equipment to be installed at Oxlease, Witney. The equipment will be suitable for adults and children including those with disabilities, enabling access to outdoor exercise all year round!
Group Chair Dr Suzanne Bartington said ʺOutdoor recreation has positive benefits for health and wellbeing. Many residents find gyms and classes are too expensive or restrictive so we wish to provide free access to fitness equipment suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities in a beautiful green settingʺ
Voting is open in stores from 31st October – 13th November. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
This is the second round of the initiative: the first round saw approximately eight million shoppers vote in stores up and down the country earlier this year.
Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “The first round of the Bags of Help initiative was a fantastic success.
“In total 1,170 community groups were awarded £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 – that’s a massive £11.7 million being invested into local projects.
“We are already seeing some great results from groups transforming their own environmental and greenspace areas.
“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for round two. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”
Groundwork’s national Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help is giving our communities both the funding and the support to create better, healthier and greener places for everyone to enjoy.
“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.
“They’re all fantastic projects that make a real difference in our neighbourhoods.
“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”
John is a familiar figure around the town and you will have no doubt seen him out and about in all weathers, looking equally cheerful in sunshine or rain.
The bedding plants from Langdale Hall’s beds have been removed today and will be available for members of the public to take from outside our depot at the Leys (next to the Coffee Shed) for the next couple of days. Please bring a bag or container to take some in and please note that you cannot access the depot by car. You can park at the top of the Leys and walk down . The plants are free of charge as we love to see them recycled, but if you would like to make a donation to The Mayor’s charity Ditto we are happy to accept that here at the Town Hall. Please only take what you can use. Plants only available during office hours and while stock lasts. Plants available include the following:
Yesterday evening we were made aware of a problem with a potential contamination of the water in Queen Emma’s Dyke. The Environment Agency and Thames Water were both onsite investigating.
Witney Angling Society’s Chairman, Andy Lawson, has called with an update this morning, confirming that dead fish were found in Queen Emma’s Dyke, the stream alongside the lake, but that they had been working to rescue as many as they cou…ld. The Environment Agency has dammed the dyke upstream while their investigations continue so if you are visiting the lake you will notice that the dyke has been reduced to little more than a trickle. Sadly, you may also see some remaining dead fish in the stream.
Witney Lake is self-contained and no water courses feed directly into it. We have not been notified of any contamination to the Lake itself, but our usual advice stands; that we do not encourage swimming or allowing your dogs to swim in the lake which contains untreated water.
If we receive any further information we will update our social media and website pages.