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 funded a heart defibrillator for the village, which has been installed on the front wall of the Primary School. This is the second defibrillator in the village - the other one is on the front wall of the village shop. Hopefully we won't ever have to use either of them. However, if you witness any incident which looks like it might be needed, ring 999 as soon as possible and, if appropriate, the operator will talk you through what to do.

  • The Vale of White Horse District Council is proposing to put an extra 520 houses in Marcham as part of their Local Plan Part 2. This is in addition to the 260 new houses that are already planned or built. The Parish Council has voted to oppose this part of the Plan for the following reasons: (a) The increased traffic will add to the problems of the Air Quality in Packhorse Lane which already exceeds the maximum safe amount of NOx. (b) There is not enough room in Marcham Primary School to cope with the extra children from these houses and no guarantee that a new school will be built to meet the need. (c) There is no proper link with the rest of the village except via the A415 or Longfields making this almost a separate village next to Marcham. Please click here for our response to the plan for a site to the north of the A415 and click here for our response to the plan for a site to the south of the A415.

  • The planning application which has been submitted for new Community Facilities for Marcham on the Anson Field was approved unanimously by the Vale Planning Committee on 7th September September 2016. Details of the application can be found on the Vale of White Horse DC website by clicking here

  • Marcham village shop and Post Office is open from 7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 12.00pm on Saturday and Sunday. The shop and Post Office are staffed by a mixture of volunteers and employees.

  • Six major planning applications have now been approved for a total of 250 new houses within Marcham. 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 and the 15 bus service now use 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 or 15 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.. Click here for the current 15 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 it has now been extended to 2020. The effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit persons and vehicles from crossing the bridge. Appropriate signs are 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.

  • 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.