Archive for July, 2013

Come and ride your bike with us in Witney Carnival tomorrow

July 12th, 2013

Witney Carnival is tomorrow – and it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day for it.

So do you want to join us as part of our bicycle-riding “float” in the procession? Anyone who can ride a bike is welcome, and we’ll be riding along with the children from the Witney Mountain Bike group.

The theme for this year’s carnival is “the history of Witney”, so if you want to dress up please do; if you have a vintage bike then that would be especially welcome! We’ll be meeting at the west of the Leys at 10.10am (near the toilets).

Not sure about riding with us? Come along for the carnival and the floats, and cheer us on! You’ll probably be able to spot us: we’ll be the ones on two wheels.

The Wheel

July 12th, 2013

Building a wheel from Scott Meleskie on Vimeo.

Ducklington Lane Consultation

July 10th, 2013


The consultation on the changes to the Ducklington Lane, Station Lane, Thorney Leys junction opened today. Links to the consultation and the documents can be found here.

Better provision is made for walking and cycling but it still falls short of providing bike access to Thorney Leys Business Park and the Station Lane Estate. These and other issues with the design can be discussed with the county council in the Methodist Church on the High Street at the following times:

  • Friday 12 July – 3pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 13 July – 10am to 5pm

Let us have your comments too.


Ducklington Lane Proposals, Methodist Church

July 10th, 2013

Have your say on Ducklington Lane transport proposals

People are being asked for their views on proposals to tackle congestion along the ‘Duckington Lane Corridor’.

The proposed improvements will be on display at the Wesley Room, The Methodist Church, High Street, in Witney on:

  • Friday 12 July – 3pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 13 July – 10am to 5pm

County Councillor David Nimmo Smith, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for transport, said: “The proposals are part of a wider vision for Witney which were approved by the county council’s Cabinet in March this year. I would urge anyone with an interest in the future of transport in their area to get along to one of the exhibitions or take a look online.”

It is hoped to tackle existing and future congestion problems, and to enhance pedestrian and cycle access, by:

  • Providing safer pedestrian crossing facilities on Ducklington Lane north and Station Lane;
  • Reducing congestion and delay by increasing the number of lanes at the junction approaches and through the corridor;
  • Improving wider traffic movements, including access to and from the A40, by optimising signal timings and road markings, making more efficient use of road space

Alternatively, you can see the plans 9am – 5pm from Monday 15 July until Friday 9 August 2013 at:

  • West Oxfordshire District Council Offices, Elmfield, New Yatt Road, Witney OX28 1PB
  • Witney Town Council, The Town Hall, Market Square, Witney, Oxon,OX28 6AG

Plastic-Free July: how did Week 1 go?

July 7th, 2013

plastic-free-july-logo-straight-lgeI blogged last week that I’m trying an idea called Plastic-Free July, where you try to avoid single-use plastics for a month.

I was initially unsure about the idea, because I already try to reduce the amount of single-use plastic I buy and I wasn’t sure if there was much scope for reducing it further. Comments from family members (who are trying it all the same!) included “Sounds practically impossible” and “How on earth can you buy things like yoghurt?”

So I wasn’t starting with a very optimistic frame of mind, but the first day of Plastic-Free July came with a nice surprise: several people who said they’d like to join in with the idea after seeing our blog post and/or tweets about it. Now that a group of people are doing it together, we can share tips and support each other.

» Read more: Plastic-Free July: how did Week 1 go?


July 5th, 2013

State Bicycle Co. – Falcore from State Bicycle Co. on Vimeo.

Swapshop and Upcycling Workshop

July 3rd, 2013

Upcycling - finished cushion cover400kg of treasure from lofts, garages and cupboards found its way to Madley Park Hall on Saturday June 8th to be swapped or taken away by anyone joining Sustainable Witney for our latest swap shop. Once again we found new homes for most of the items brought to us and we sent what was left to charity shops in the town, the WEE bins at the recycling centre and the fabric bank with only 0.9kg going to landfill. A record for us.

Our ever popular cafe raised funds towards the running costs and we had the help of 15 volunteers throughout the day ensuring another smooth running event.

Sadly our numbers were somewhat down, only 66 people attended down from around 300 at previous events. A shame as the quality of goods this time was very good, however, we were encouraged that most of the attendees were new to our swap shops and we were able to talk to most of them about our projects, including the Friends of the Earth Bee campaign: 25 signing up to ask David Cameron to support the Year of the Bee.

Our upcycling workshop in the afternoon was only attended by 5 but everyone went away happy with mended goods and new skills under their belts, and in my case a new cushion cover.

We hope to be holding our next Swap Shop at Cogges in September or October so watch this space for the date once confirmed.