There will be no alternative crossing for road traffic using the London Road level crossing. In giving the go-ahead for the phase of the East/West Rail project between Bicester and Bedford, the Transport Secretary has agreed that there is insufficient need for a new crossing. Because the barrier will be closed for up to 45 minutes an hour, there had been talk of either a bridge or a tunnel at the site but there is no mention of this in the document that green lights the next stage of the line. There is expectation that changes in signalling will help keep road traffic flowing and comment that another solution would mean undue costs and delays to the railway.
The Langford Village Community Association Chairman has said that the LVCA is disappointed that a better solution to the issues at London Road is not being found.
Your Langford Village Community Association is now joined with the Cherwell Lottery. The top prize is £25,000 and for every £1 ticket purchased we get 50p of that £1. It’s an easy and cheap way for residents to support Langford Village Hall and help us continue with the improvements. Please do click here to learn more and sign up online now.
The yellow box on the wall outside Langford Village Community Centre contains a life saving device but would you know how to use it in an emergency? Last year we made a short video that contains all the details on how to access and use our AED if someone is suffering a cardiac arrest. Please do watch it – just in case.
We’re really proud to announce that new eco-friendly, energy efficient LED lighting is now installed in your hall at Langford Village Community Centre. It’s not only brighter but fully dimmable too, bringing useful new flexibility for anyone running a group or holding events.
This latest improvement has been made possible thanks to the booking fees we receive from all existing users of the hall and through our Langford residents’ support at events such as the 25th anniversary fun day that was held last May.
Thank you all, we hope the new lights will be enjoyed by everyone who books the hall from now on.
If you, or someone you know, would like to book the facilities then please get in touch.
To mark the 25th Anniversary of the Community Centre, the committee wanted to make back issues of the “Langford Life” newsletter electronically. Paper copies have been scanned so they can be published on this website.
The Association itself came about following the first ever Langford Village Residents Public Meeting which was held on 26 November 1992 at Longfields School. More than 200 residents of Langford Village attended along with speakers from Oxfordshire County Council, Cherwell District Council, representatives of local schools, local councillors, the police and church leaders.
The then leader of Cherwell District Council, Cllr Douglas Spencer (among others), raised the importance of forming a residents association. Other issues of note were the provision of facilities including a school, community centre, doctors surgery, shops and a pub along with the necessary access roads. Completion of the ring road which went nowhere was a big issue – at that time there was no bridge underneath the railway line to London.
If local residents were to form an association it would enable them to be involved in local issues – running the future Community Centre, school and transport provision, the completion of roads and other infrastructure, the provision of amenities and policing etc. The general aim was that such an association would be involved in consultation at all levels affecting the future of the community.
A community association (as opposed to a residents association) was suggested in order to engage with a broader base of the population. At the subsequent meeting on 9 December 1992 it was agreed that the name of the new association should be the Langford Village Community Association.
The first “Langford Life” newsletter was published in January 1993. In the headlines then were Langford’s new bus service to be provided by Thames Transit and a second post box. Click on the image below to view it in full.
Although much has changed in 25 years many of the issues of today do seem rather familiar!