The Community

Marcham is a village and civil parish about 2 miles (3 km) west of Abingdon, Oxfordshire. The name "Marcham" is derived from the Old English Merceham, in which ham is a homestead and merece is a place where wild celery grows. The area has long been inhabited and the remains of an Iron Age and Roman village have been excavated. The oldest parts of the Church of England Parish Church of All Saints are 13th-century, including the west tower and probably the font.

In 2011, our population was 1,905 and we continue to expand. The village is surrounded by fields which villagers can enjoy by walking on a network of rights of way and permissive paths. Many of our population work in Oxford or the Science Areas that spread south from that city. Two bus routes serve Marcham: The X1, which is operated by Thames Travel, links Marcham with Abingdon, Oxford and Wantage, and route 15, which is operated by Pulhams Coaches, links Marcham with Abingdon and Witney.

Local children attend the Marcham Primary School with Secondary pupils attending schools in Abingdon, Wantage and Didcot.

The Marcham Centre was opened on 19 June 2020 providing Marcham with a village hall, Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and playing fields. We are a vibrant Community with a large number of societies and activities. For children the groups include Guides, Cubs and St Johns Ambulance. Many of these groups meet at the Community Centre. Marcham Football Club plays in North Berks Football League Division Two. Marcham Cricket club plays in the Oxfordshire Cricket Association League. Both clubs play on the field by the Centre and run teams for all ages. Marcham has a village shop and post office - both staffed by Volunteers.