Porch of St Mary’s Longcot

Locals and visitors to our website will doubtless be aware of the sterling work of the Longcot 800, formerly the Friends of St Mary’s. The Committee’s aim has been to raise funds for the modification of St Mary’s so that it could not only remain an iconic and venerable place of worship but also provide a community hall which would serve Longcot for generations to come.

Keith Reid reports that they have now received approval to build a toilet, kitchen and other modifications to St Mary’s Church Longcot, vital for its enhanced community role. Thanks to Longcot 800’s work, The Friends of St Mary’s, and from the generous donations in memory of past Longcot residents, they have funds of almost £23,000. The old Longcot Community Room fund has a similar balance, so the campaign has a healthy start, of nearly £45,000.

However, funds are now needed to see the project through a series of planned steps, starting with Phase 1A. This will provide a gallery, kitchen and toilet which should cost about £88,000. Improving the bell tower in Phase 1B will help make it part of the community space and will need a further £14,000.

Other phases are planned which will require a further £200,000, and these will include the rewiring of the church, the installation of a community IT, system, repairing the church path and all the various works which go with such an undertaking.

Longcot 800 are therefore starting a fund raising campaign to raise between £43,000 and £200,000, which will include grant requests to organisations like the National Lottery, many of which will only contribute to the projects of registered charities.

Longcot 800 is not a registered charity, but the old Longcot Community Room Trust was set up as a charitable trust and still exists. They would like to change its rules to allow it to become the Longcot Community Trust (or some similar name). This will allow Longcot 800 funds to be transferred to the renamed charity account. A Board of Trustees will be needed, involving perhaps 4 trustees, a treasurer and a chairman. Any volunteers as trustees should contact Keith Reid as shown below.

The work done will depend on how much money can be raised and, while we may get some significant grants, small donations will be needed from a variety of sources. If anyone has ideas which could help in the fund raising campaign or would like to be part of the fund raising team, please contact Keith Reid as shown below.

Longcot 800 wants to start work in some 15 months, and any help or ideas you can give will be welcomed by Keith and The Committee.

Contact details Keith Reid Tel 01793 783324 Email



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Parish Council Papers now on PC website

With effect from 2017, some of you might have noticed a transition of responsibilities, as the Parish Council is now obliged to maintain its own website with the parish papers, agendas etc. This can be here:

Papers from 2013 until early 2017 can still be found on this website, via the Parish Council Links above.


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Two black labradors missing since Sunday.

The Hendersons in Majors Rd have lost their two pet black labs. They are mother and daughter, one collared, both chipped. They went missing on Sunday at lunchtime.

They may not be still together, and will by now be getting very confused. Please keep an eye open and if you think you might have seen them please can you call 07879 773661

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Missing Dogs

Morning All,

Two dogs have gone missing from Mallins Lane so please keep an eye out.

  • Black Patterdale Terrier –called Trouble.
  • Brown Terrier-Thistle

They are new to the village and went missing in the Mallins Lane Area this morning.

Please phone Holly on 078554 18958 if you see them.


PS: Please don’t forget Parish Council meeting is on Tuesday 27th June at 7 pm in the Church

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Longcot Info from the Parish Council

  1. PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The next Parish Council meeting is now on Tuesday  27th June, the one last week had to be canceled at the last minute.
  2. WANTAGE INDEPENDENT ADVICE CENTRE: Some people may not know about WIAC – which does not just help people who live in Wantage and Grove  – they are ‘In the Vale For the Vale’.
    1. They have sent a note saying that in these uncertain times, they want to make sure they reach out to all the people living in our area who need their help and assistance – especially with things like transport to doctors appointments and the like.
    2. However they do so much more than that – and and they are extraordinarily helpful, understanding, kind and above all, independent. Their website can be found HERE and it’s well worth having a look. You never know, you might be able to help them too.
    3. They have also sent us this Poster which explains more and it can be found HERE. (It will open in a separate window and you can then print it off if you wish)
    4. Their contact details are: Wantage Independent Advice Centre, 16 Market Place, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AE.  TEL: 01235 765348
  3. TENNIS: Andi Cunningham was wondering whether anyone was interested in playing tennis…… If yes then get in touch with her directly or through the email address above.
  4. AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN: The Head teacher  from our school has been in touch to say that we have people climbing the school roof again in the evenings – so please be aware and if you see this happening then either  phone the police or ask them not to do it, which is a good start.
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Have you lost your mobile?

Brian Cooper reports that he found a mobile phone on the dash at 6:40 this morning, whilst walking the dog.

Model: iPhone 4
Black with a brown cover
Found by the goal posts at the Dash play area
It looks like it had been there all night as the phone was wet from the dew.

To recover, please contact Brian – or try ringing the lost mobile – or send the website an email and we will put you in touch.

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Please be careful in the sun – especially kids

A local mother contacted the website to express her concern at the number of kids seen with no sun-hats on – and she is not alone.

As more hot air pushes north from France and Spain, an amber Level Three Government heat-health warning – one tier below a level four national emergency – has been issued. Lasting until Wednesday, the notice orders community groups to “activate community emergency plans”, and warns hospitals to be on guard. Health staff are also compelled to make daily contact with the ill, vulnerable and elderly.

“You should be aware of the signs and symptoms to help you reduce the risk of fainting. In this hot and sunny weather, one such step is to make sure you keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water or soft drinks, and avoiding alcohol and caffeine.”

Unusual levels of UV are also being recorded in the UK at the moment – with the strength of the UV in some spots being as high as that in Cyprus and Gibraltar.

The guidelines gives the following advice:

  • Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • Drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11 am to 3 pm
  • Take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down
  • Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • Make sure you take water with you, if you are traveling.
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