A request has been received from FreeFlow Traffic Management for a temporary road closure to apply to a length of Curbridge Road, whilst essential new pole installation works are carried out.
A temporary Notice is being made by Oxfordshire County Council to implement the temporary restriction and will operate from 21 August 2023 up to and including 23 August 2023. This will operate between 08:00 and 17:00
Please note that Notices for urgent works can last up to 5 consecutive days only.
A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic is shown.
Looking for things to occupy your young people over the summer holidays? We have a handy list of activities, some paid and some free. There is something for everyone from toddlers with their mums to young adults.
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A grieving 9-year-old girl’s touching wish to send a letter to her grandparents who had passed away has led to the installation of post boxes to heaven in 36 crematoriums nationwide.
Witney Town Council decided that Matilda Handy’s idea is such a lovely one, that they wanted to make this service available to Witney residents too, so the Council is delighted to be installing the cream-coloured post boxes in both Tower Hill and Windrush cemeteries.
Councillor Rachel Crouch, Chair of Halls, Cemeteries and Allotments commented,
“What a beautiful idea and such a kind way to support grieving families.”
Feedback has shown that the act of writing a letter, or posting a card or picture to a lost loved one has brought therapeutic comfort to many people using the boxes and it is hoped that ours too, will offer comfort to those grieving on a daily basis and help ease the more acute feelings of loss felt on anniversaries and special days.
Melanie Jones, Chair of Witney Friends of the Cemeteries group thinks this is wonderful news,
“I am delighted that one of the Post Boxes to Heaven is now in place at Windrush cemetery. This offers those who are missing their loved ones the opportunity to post cards and letters to heaven. Witney Town Council is always keen to support those who are grieving in any way possible, and we thank them.
We are looking forward to seeing a post box in Tower Hill cemetery too, in due course.”
The post boxes are not exclusively for use by those with people buried in the town’s cemeteries. They are available to anyone who is grieving that might take comfort in this connection with their loved ones.
You don’t need a stamp as the boxes will be administered and emptied, when full, by Town Council staff and the contents will be treated sensitively, confidentially and with respect.
We do ask that you don’t post anything other than paper and please do not put anything precious that you will want to keep in the boxes as we cannot return things once they have been posted.
Wow, it’s been beautifully sunny, and so it might seem hard to imagine Christmas, BUT … can you help us with a design for a new Christmas Light for Witney Town Council’s Christmas lights display?
The competition is open to any child currently at primary school in Witney, and we also welcome entries from children enrolled in Witney community groups, such as Brownies, Beavers and others, as well as entries from primary age children resident in Witney.
The winning design will be turned into a super-size 1.5m x 1.5m light, which will be installed on the Town Hall this year as an integral part of the town’s Christmas display. The Town Council also displays some, still serviceable winning lights, from previous years.
Some tips for creating a good design:
Fill the space with your Christmas themed design so that it touches the edge of the frame.
Keep it simple so that it can easily be re-created in lights.
Choosing to design something we don’t currently have will improve your chance of having your design selected. We have a bauble, Christmas pud, star, robin, penguin, candy cane and reindeer.
Windrush Day, 22 June 2023, marks the 75th anniversary of the arrival at Tilbury docks, of the HMT Empire Windrush Ship bringing the first few hundred British Caribbean citizens, who were invited to come and help rebuild a nation that was suffering labour shortages following the impact of WWII.
The day celebrates the contributions of nearly half a million people who made that same journey between 1948 and 1970. It recognises the positive impact and historic contribution of the Windrush generation and their descendants to our culture and country.
The river Windrush, after which the ship was named, runs through our town. To acknowledge this link and to offer an opportunity to learn more about this fascinating period of history and the experiences, good and bad, of those brave people, Witney Town Council has installed a small Windrush reading corner in 1863 café bar.
There is a selection of books for all ages for café users to read and a risograph print based on original illustration by Kim Thompson depicts the arrival of the Windrush generation in 1948. 100% of the profits from these prints go to BME Cancer Communities here in the UK.
Cllr Ruth Smith, Leader of Witney Town Council commented,
“We all use the word Windrush in daily life, with so many things named after our beautiful river. Our ears prick up at news items about the Windrush Generation and their descendants. We are grateful for all they have brought to UK society and we stand in solidarity with those still affected by injustice. These resources are a chance for Witney residents to learn more and to appreciate the history and legacy more deeply.”
Cllr Owen Collins, Mayor of Witney, added,
“I don’t think we all make the connection between our own River Windrush and the Windrush Generation, but that remarkable generation, and the ship that carried that, took its name from the river, like so many other businesses and locations throughout our town. It’s right that we commemorate and celebrate this connection, and on this 75th anniversary, I’m delighted that we’re able to properly mark this link, and the immense contribution that the Windrush Generation have made to our country for three quarters of a century.”
Children in Witney can enjoy playgrounds without the risk of second-hand smoke as Oxfordshire County Council and Witney Town Council install signage with the hope of creating more smoke-free environments around the town.
Witney Town Council hosted a competition for local children to come up with designs for the signage. Winners were decided and the drawings were used for the main image on each of the signs, which are now being installed in 10 playparks in Witney.
Councillor, Dr Ruth Smith, Leader of Witney Town Council said:
“We were delighted with the winning designs – the children really grasped the message. Congratulations Ayzel, Harry Ivy, Rosie, Scarlett, Theodore and Tommy.”
Research has found that children are four times more likely to start smoking if their parents smoke. A recent survey found that 90% of local Oxfordshire smokers agreed with the idea of creating smoke-free parks to help de-normalise smoking around children and reduce the chance of them taking it up later in life.
Councillor Smith continued:
“As vaping increases in popularity, we agree that the time is right to remind everyone that smoking and vaping where people are trying to enjoy the outdoors is not on. We hope this is a healthy message and a healthy measure for children.”
Councillor Michael O’Connor, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Equalities, said:
“Our ambition is for Oxfordshire to be a smoke-free county, which means less than five per cent of the population smoke. One of the main pillars of our Tobacco Control Strategy, which will help us to achieve this aim, is Creating Smoke-free Environments.
As well as helping to de-normalise smoking around children, creating these smoke-free environments will help to reduce the risk of exposure to second-hand smoke.
Town and parish councils are well-placed to support us in promoting smoke-free environments in our local communities. That is why we are delighted to be able to work with Witney Town Council on this project.”
The signage has been funded by Oxfordshire County Council’s Smoke-free Community Fund, a fund in which voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations can apply for up to £1000 to create smoke-free spaces or hold a smoke-free event. More information and application details can be found at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/smokefreeoxon
Oxfordshire residents can receive free support to stop smoking using the Local Stop Smoking Service, Stop for Life Oxon. More information can be found at Stop for Life Oxon’s website (www.stopforlifeoxon.org), by calling 0800 122 3790 or texting STOPOXON to 60777.
Temporary Traffic Regulation Order S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Road Closure, “No Waiting”, No Loading and No Unloading Restriction at Minster Lovell, Brize Norton Road
In the interests of public safety it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the length of Brize Norton Road to facilitate patching / resurfacing in carriageway works / repairs.
A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is being made to implement the temporary closure and “No Waiting”, no loading, no unloading restriction and will operate from 26 June 2023 up to and including 03 July 2023. This will operate between 08:00 and 16:00.
(The maximum duration of a TTRO on a road is 18 months and on a footpath is 6 months, or until completion of the works, whichever is the earlier.)
Notice of intention to make the Order will be published in the local press.
Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor.
A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and the alternative routes for traffic is shown below.