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VEDay 75 Friday 8th May 2020 - photos from around Marcham, Garford and Frilford

    Yellow Peril
  • Who remembers the Yellow Peril? Back in 1989, a group from Marcham got together to write, perform and film Yellow Peril. It started as a summer holiday project but then just grew, adding actors from all over the village!
    You may recognise some of the actors, and the tune will stay with you for a while!
    Marcham Lockdown Project
  • These are truly unprecedented times indeed. Marcham Society is undertaking a project to record the coronavirus lockdown and its affects on people of all ages and their everyday lives in the village.
    To achieve this we are contacting as many of the villagers as we can to ask them to write a few lines or more, anecdotes or even a poem, with photos if possible, and share their experiences showing how village life has changed for them. Some ideas are to describe home schooling issues, online exercising experiences, social distancing escapades, shopping queues, neighbourhood spirit, isolation, missing family, not to mention panic buying and the temporary closure of The Crown and so on.
    This will all become an historical record held for posterity so people in the future will be able to see how we coped. It may be used in future exhibitions, put on a website or published in book form at some point and if you wish to remain anonymous, that’s fine.
    We would really appreciate your help with this project, we can’t do it without you. Please email your article to
    Thanks and best wishes from The Marcham Society

Go to the lastest government advice here

Go to the latest Vale Council advice here

And protect yourself from scams too - scammers can be very convincing, so if it looks too good to be true, it probably is

Message from Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Oxfordshire's Patient Care during Coronavirus programme is asking experienced practice nurses to join the teams in our dedicated COVID-19 clinics across the county.
If you are not currently working in one of our Oxfordshire practices but are interested in helping care for patients during the pandemic, please complete this quick availability survey and we will contact you. Thank you and please share this link with your networks

If you are self-isolating due to corona virus (Covid-19) or need some help, then there are many neighbours in the village willing to assist you. If you need shopping collected or just a friendly call, we are here to try and help. Marcham Helpers has been formed to try and support everyone in our community through this extraordinary time.

Hopefully you will have had a leaflet from one of your neighbours already. If you would like to help, please go to Marcham helpers COVID19 on Facebook or if you need help please email and we'll put you in touch with people who have volunteered on your street.
See the full list of volunteers here for Marcham and Frilford as spreadsheet THIS HAS BEEN UPDATED 25 April 2020.
Jacquii and Jude
From the Vale:
Residents with no support network around them
Call 01865 897 820 or email
Residents not considered high-risk but without a support network around them and in need of help either:
check online for support volunteers in their area at or call the district council on 01235 422600 / email
Operating hours
The phone lines will be open:
8.30am to 8pm Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday
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    Marcham Village Shop
  • Due to the current situation we are restricting the opening hours to protect our volunteers and customers
    Mon - Sat: 8.00am - 10.00am
    Sunday: CLOSED

    If have difficulty getting to the shops, please see the Covid-19 info above for your local volunteers to help get your essential supplies to you.

    Shop 01865 391993 / PO 391940 Last acceptance of post is 16.45 during the week and 10.15 on Saturday. There is NO post collection on Sunday.
    Free cash withdrawals and deposits on almost all bank accounts

There are lots of online things you can do if you are at home. Apart from films and box sets,

you can learn things with the Open University at OpenLearn,

take an exercise class online

go on a virtual tour of the great art galleries of the world including the National Portrait Gallery in London

And don't forget about that book your were going to write!
The OU tweeted: Allegedly, when Shakespeare was quarantined because of the plague he wrote King Lear. Of course Shakespeare didn't have Netflix, so don't feel bad if you haven't written an acclaimed play just yet! Instead grab your quill and try the OU: 'Fakespeare' game

and kids can jump about with Joe Monday - Friday at 9am on YouTube

Download a colour-in heart for the NHS made by Millie Marotta
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  • Anyone who is new to the village of Marcham and has NOT received a Welcome Pack please contact David or Grace on 01865 392092 or 07807707925 to find out about how much Marcham has to offer you!
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Jubilee Walks
    Jubilee Walks
  • Download a map of Jubilee Walks

    With thanks to W Cumber and Son (Theale) Ltd for these lovely walks around the village!
    This is a temporary map until we have it re-drawn!

    PCSO for Marcham
  • The PCSO for Marcham is C9323 Rich Osborn. You can call him 07980 924693 or you can phone 101 and follow instructions using his badge number 9323 you can leave a message for him.
    The Neighbourhood Team page
  • Planning a night out with friends? A birthday trip with the kids? A family trip to the beach?
    Whatever your plans, why not use the Community Minibus!! 14 seats plus your driver (aged between 25 and 70) (you will need to ensure that your licence covers driving a minibus)
    A standard donation is requested for each booking to cover diesel/maintenance.

    The weekly Tesco run is currently cancelled.
    There is a weekly run to Tesco for any residents with transport difficulties. Leaving Duffield Place at 9.45am and returning from Tesco at around 11am - voluntary contribution (minimum £2) to cover costs. Pick up from your door if required.

    Do you have a couple of hours free every few weeks to join our rota - or would you like to join the passengers?
    Contact Marion Belcher on 07507 797757 to make your booking, volunteer as a driver or for more information
    Safe and Well
  • Visits from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
    Did you know that Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service offer free Safe and Well Visits? Our firefighters will visit you at home to see what they can do to help you reduce the risk of fire. What does a visit cover? It combines a Home Safety Check to help reduce the risk of fire in your home, such as checking and fitting smoke alarms and helping you make a fire escape plan. We can also offer you advice and support to help your health and wellbeing.

    During the visit firefighters are able to provide advice and support to reduce any immediate risk from falls, fire, flood or power cuts, along with advice to help protect you from scams and doorstep crime.

    You can request a visit online at or call our Community Safety Helpline on 08000 325 999. If a loved one or friend would benefit from a visit please let them know about our Safe and Well visits. Do you have a fire safety concern or question? There’s lots of great tips and advice to help keep you and your family safer at home on Or you can call our Community Safety Helpline on 08000 325 999. Oxfordshire County Council Fire & Rescue Service
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