Parishioner of the Year

Each year the Parish Council invites nominations for Parishioner of the Year. This is someone (or sometimes a couple) from within the parish who has devoted much time and energy working for the community.

Marjorie Evans

2016
Marjorie has lived in Marcham for many years and has been involved in village life from the outset. She has shown a passion and commitment to improving the lives of parishioners of all ages, from being instrumental in seeking a better play area for children, providing more play equipment, an active proponent of the tree planting in the Millenium Arboretum, to being actively involved as a parish councillor for over 25 years. She was chairman of the parish council for several years and served on different working groups sorting out the various issues that arose. Marjorie entered local politics when she was successfully elected as a county councillor for four years in 1997. She also served for many years as a governor of Marcham Primary School, and held the role of chairman of the school governors for several years. Marjorie is a passionate and a generous parishioner who has the ability to think strategically, and would often suggest an innovative and ingenious solution to a problem. She has always strived hard to improve Marcham for its residents, and to support its growth and prosperity.
Meriel Lewis

2014
Meriel has a passion and commitment for local issues and village life. She has great skills in publishing, which is evident in her generous contributions to the village. These range from her being editor of the monthly Marcham & District News for the last ten years, supporting the Marcham Community Group with the publications they produce and, as if this was not enough, she helped produce the Coral Rag. Then in 2009, working with Marcham Society, she went on to design Marcham Remembered, a first class book showing how village life has developed and changed from a rural idyll to today’s cosmopolitan community. She also finds the time to offer help in times of need, for example producing the order of service for the funerals of some of our parishioners and help to local groups when printing is needed. She is also regularly known to help many in the village with their computer issues. Meriel can often be seen volunteering in the Marcham Post Office and Community Shop; she gives both her time and technical skills to help and support the smooth running of this important asset. She is selfless in her contributions to village life and is always willing to listen and offer advice and support. Her cheerful enthusiasm is infectious and brings much joy to those around her.
Janey Cumber

2013
Janey's multi-facetted involvement in our community spanned many years. She was a founder member of the Marcham Society and was Chair at the time of her death. She was equally involved with the creation of "Marcham Remembered", and the society's journal, "Coral Rag" . Her encouragement of the archaeological teaching-dig on Manor Farm for 11 years raised Marcham's profile as a pre-historic and Romano-British site. Her forming of the Vale and Ridgeway Trust was instrumental in financing post-excavation research and analysis, a privilege few excavations ever experience. William jnr, Ellen and Sophie gave Janey great joy. With their arrival Janey, supported most generously by Will snr, opened the farm to welcome so many of the village, whether to toddler group coffee mornings, bonfire night parties ( especially for Guides, Cubs and Brownies); picnics and swimming parties; sports days; farm visits; and last year, in the beef unit, " Opera Anywhere". Janey's Christian faith gave her the drive to fulfil many roles in the church community. Villagers and their children will have benefitted from her involvement with Friday club and her organisation of baptisms, marriages and funeral services. Many of our lives were greatly enriched by Janey's warmth and hospitality.
Jean and Donald Creasy

2012
Never have there been such innovative ways of serving the community over so many years! We enjoy Donald's daffodils under village signs. Donald laboured as village handy man before he graduated to Chairman of Parish Council. The award winning youth shelter on the Anson Field was designed and built by him: it is indestructible and shelters all-comers. In retirement, Donald has turned wooden artefacts to raise money for the benefit of the Marcham Moldovan Link charity, as has Jean with her creative, barge-work painting. Jean is seen many a day on her bike visiting: bringing cheer to the housebound. Jean works for the village cafe every week, now she drives those less mobile to enjoy the fellowship and lunch. Donald has restored the churchyard lights, gratefully appreciated by twilight dog walkers. His turned wooden candlesticks are loved by those attending Christmas services; Jean's original and decorative banners add so much to the decor. It is so fitting that their diamond wedding anniversary year should be marked by this award.
Jill Rowe

2011
Much of Jill's working life has been closely involved with animals, but young people have always been a priority for her. She started helping with 1st Marcham Guides in 1985, and since 1995 she has been the Unit Guider, in charge of weekly meetings and camps. There will be so many girls who will be indebted to her for the time she has given, to enable them to succeed and to reach their full potential. The hospitality offered to so many from her home, coupled with numerous village BBQs, has always been a joint effort with Neil, and she is the first to acknowledge his whole-hearted support. Jill, Neil, Emma, Jos and Becca make a great family team. Jill's energy is constant and selfless, and her imagination and creativity never ending, whether she is taking school assemblies, or running clubs in the village and the church, where she is Youth and Children's Minister. Her caring gifts, supported by her Christian faith extend to families and individuals of all ages, wherever there is a need. Nothing seems to be too much trouble for Jill.
Jessica Brod

2010
Being a founder member of The Marcham Society and a significant contributor to the success it is today. She has generously given her time and expertise as a member of the Marcham Society Committee. By her patient and sustained efforts , in conjunction with others, eight volumes of The Marcham Society Journal “Coral Rag” have been published under her editorship. In November 2009 a team of thirteen members of the Marcham Society achieved their greatest undertaking – the publication of the book “Marcham Remembered: a village in pictures". She was the prime motivator in this publication and was instrumental in the major tasks of controlling costs and securing the Lottery Funding thereby enabling every family in the local area to have a free copy. Encompassing two centuries and evoking fond memories of people and times past, this book, acclaimed by a number of local historians is now saved in local libraries and the Oxfordshire Record Office.
Eddie and Pamela Shirras

2009
Through their strong professional dedication, leadership and enthusiasm, together with a sincere love of the community, Eddie and Pamela were able to reinvigorate Marcham’s confidence in the church. In the course of their ministries at All Saints’, they were particularly successful in the involvement of newcomers and children through family services, clubs and a range of seasonal activities, into the family of the church and the community at large. Their tireless commitment enabled them also to develop close and most welcome links with Marcham Church of England Primary School, which brought great benefits to the growing number of pupils, parents, staff and governors alike.
Eric and Sheila Dunford

2008
Their founding of the Marcham Society and their immense contribution to its functioning in so many ways, including the holding of offices, organising meetings and undertaking research have provided parishioners with knowledge, pleasure and joy. Their contribution to the life to All Saints’ Church, in particular to its music, through membership of the choir and through the playing of the organ, is warmly and deeply appreciated by the congregation and adds greatly to the prevailing welcoming atmosphere. Their selfless commitment and their informed and enthusiastic efforts have been pre-eminent in the establishment of the Jubilee walks in Marcham, whilst their many other contributions to the life of the village, including leading walks, running the village ‘Café’ and serving on the Parish Council are welcomed by all.
Christine Whild

2007
Her outstanding contribution to music in Marcham has taken many forms: her playing, organising and production of Marcham V.E. celebrations; her contributions to many performances by the marcham Players and to services at All Saints’ Church are but a few of many. She has been a stalwart member of the Marcham Women’s Institute and has held a number of offices, playing a leading role in all its activities and generously sharing her many skills and enthusiasm with others. Her devotion and care of her husband Victor, through his long illness was an example to all and her unstinting work for charity, especially of the Local Alzheimers’ Group, has been exceptional.
Chris Ricketts

2006
Her leadership, support and enthusiastic contributions to the cause of Marcham’s youth have been outstanding. In particular her leadership and organisation of Marcham’s Cubs for more than twenty-five years, her efforts in establishing a Youth Group and in previous years her efforts in organising boys football for Marcham, youngsters have marked her out as the adult who has contributed the most for the benefit of youngsters in Marcham. She has also contributed actively and in the most hands-on fashion to the Sports and Social Club, Playgroup and Marcham School, and as a volunteer driver of the community minibus. Added to that is her service as a Parish Councillor for more than ten years.
Jack Spicer

2005
His enormous contribution to All Saints Church and especially its music through his role as Choirmaster and organist for more than twenty years has brought pleasure and joy to members of the congregation and to many families on special occasions such as weddings. His participation in the Senior Citizens’ Club and his contribution through organising programmes, events and outings has been a source of enjoyment to many. With his wife Elsa his wisdom, kindness and charitable nature have contributed to many village events and organisations and been of benefit to many individuals within Marcham.
Martin Thorne

2004
His editorship of the Marcham and District News for fourteen years has added immeasurably to the sense of community and brought shared interest and knowledge of the village to all parishioners. His musical prowess and playing has added greatly to the enjoyment of Marcham Players’ productions, scout and cub entertainments and church activities. His wisdom and enthusiasm have contributed to the work of the Parish Council, Marcham Primary School, the Cubs and the Sports and Social Club and been of benefit to many individuals within Marcham.