Welcome to our website

This is the official website of Marcham Parish Council. It aims to provide information about the role of the Council and what we have been doing on behalf of the village. Please let us know if there is anything else that you would like to see on these pages.

How to contact us

All enquiries about the work of the Council should be addressed to our Clerk, who is Mrs Linda Martin. She can be contacted by telephone/fax on 01865 391833, by email to clerk@marchamparishcouncil.gov.uk or by post to 90 Howard Cornish Road, Marcham, Abingdon OX13 6PU.


  • The Parish Council has been looking at two scenarios: what happens to the provision of a village hall for Marcham should the Anson Trust's plans come to fruition, and what happens if the Trust's plan to sell part of the field to a developer does not progress. The Parish Council has put forward an offer to the Trust, for the Trust to transfer the ownership and running of the Anson Field, and the buildings on it, to a village charity which has similar objects to the Trust, and where the Parish Council is the Trustee. This would provide an opportunity for the Anson Trust to work with the Parish Council and the Charity Commission to transfer that part of the Anson Trust's objects which relate to community and recreational facilities, and to concentrate on the Trust's other objects using all of its remaining assets.

  • Five major planning applications have now been approved for a total of 213 new houses within Marcham, and a further application for 37 is awaiting determination. In an attempt to preserve its rural character and to get the best possible outcome for Marcham, the Parish Council has produced its own guidance for new housing developments. This is primarily aimed at developers, and we are asking all current and future developers to consider this guidance when producing designs for the village. Please click here for the guidance itself.

  • The 31 bus service is now using buses that transmit real time information about their position. This is how the displays like those at the bus stops on Stratton Way in Abingdon are kept up to date. You can find out what time the next 31 bus is due here in Marcham by using an online system called OxonTime. Just tell it your postcode and you can then find out what time the next bus is due at any of the 8 stops here in the village. Click here if you would like to use it. As with all of our bus services, we need to use them whenever possible if we want to keep them running. Could you use the bus the next time you take a trip to Abingdon, Oxford, Wantage or Witney and leave the car in the garage? Click here for the current 31 timetable. or click here for the X15 timetable.

  • Oxfordshire County Council have made an emergency closure for public safety reasons of part of Bridleway 17 that crosses the bridge that spans the river Ock south of Marcham Mill. The order took effect from 5 August 2013, and will stay in force for a period of 6 months or until the works have been completed if sooner. The effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit persons and vehicles from crossing the bridge. Appropriate signs will be displayed to indicate the prohibition is in force. Exemptions are included for emergency services and for the works. There is no convenient alternative route. Please click here for details of the closure.

  • Marcham village shop and Post Office are now open all day from 7.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 1.00pm on Saturday and 8.00am to 1.00pm on Sunday. The shop and Post Office are staffed by a mixture of volunteers and employees.

  • The Freedom of Information Act gives you the right to request information held by public authorities. Under this legislation the Parish Council has now set out where access to public information held by the Council can be found. If you would like further details, then please click in the Publications box on the left of the screen.