Marcham Community Group and the local church community have jointly planned the Great Marcham and District Weekend taking place on 27th-29th September 2019. This will raise much-needed funds to fit out the new village hall. It will also mark Harvest Festival and celebrate 10 years of Marcham Moldova Lifeline with some funds going to projects in one of Europe's poorest countries.

Local organisations are taking on fund-raising activities involving as many local people as possible in Marcham, Frilford and Garford. Here is a list of the events taking place over the weekend.

We hope you will come along, have some fun and raise some money too!
Please note: times and arrangements may change so please look out for announcements or if you revisit this page, refresh to make sure it is up to date.

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    21 and 22 of September
    Sculpture Workshops
  • Two sculpture workshops in aid of the Marcham Charity of MOLDOVA LIFE LINE in the Garford studio of Beatrice Hoffman Sculpture.
    21 and 22 of September, either two mornings, or two afternoons; a mixed group of eight students of all ages, adults and children 8+. £70 including clay and firing.


  • Student's sculptures will be exhibited from 1-5pm on Sunday 29th in Garford, along with Beatrice Hoffman's sculptures when the studio opens for an afternoons's exhibition, as part of the Great MaD Weekend. 25% of sculpture sales will go towards furnishing of the Marcham village hall.

    For information see beatricehoffman.co.uk, and for booking contact her on beatricemhoffman@gmail.com, or ring her on 01865-391502

    Scarecrow Trail
  • Back again in Marcham and the theme this year is

    Children's Book Titles
    Once all the scarecrows are in place (from Saturday 21st September) you can get a Trail Leaflet (£2 each) from Marcham Village Shop or from various locations during the weekend and go and find them!

    The trail ends at 6pm on Sunday 6th October so you have plenty of time to get your entry in!
    All weekend
    Treasure Hunt
  • Try your hand at one of Malcolm's treasure hunts! Follow the clues, find the answers and you could be in for a prize!
    Pick up your sheet - only £5 - from Marcham Village Shop or from various locations during the weekend and get cracking!

    You can hunt in Marcham, Garford ... or BOTH!
    All weekend
    Share your ideas for the new Marcham Centre logo
  • The new Marcham Centre needs a logo and a strapline! The logo will provide a visual identity that will enable us to promote the hall and sports facilities in the local area, and everyone loves a strapline!
    Come along to the art exhibition in the Baptist Hall with your ideas.
    NB: The final decision about logo and visual identity of the new Marcham Centre will made by the board of Trustees.
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    Volunteers Required
    Could it be you?
  • Volunteers needed for
    • Marshalling
    • Setting up gazebos, tables etc
    • Donation collectors
    • Refreshment stalls
    • Baking cakes and biscuits
    Contact Denise 391727 or denise.asher@btinternet.com
  • Calling all First Aiders!
  • If you hold a valid first aid certificate and are available for any time during the weekend, please call Ruth Mander on 01865 392 861 and leave a message.
    Film Competition Create your 3-minute film, upload it to YouTube and send the link with your name and age (if under 16) to
    malcolm_denton_954@msn.com

    Closing date for entries is 15th September.

    A £5.00 per film entry fee will go towards the New Building Fund. Winners will be announced during the weekend.
    Sunflower Extravaganza Competition
  • Entries with the fee must be submitted by 21st September. Judging will be by photograph, details on the entry form.
    Winners will be announced during the GMaD Weekend.
    Which class does your sunflower excel in?!
    • Tallest, grown in the ground
    • Tallest grown in a pot
    • Biggest head
    • Best multi-head
    • Prettiest
    • Best group display (min of 3)
    • Shortest
    • Best fancy-dressed sunflower
    Forms available from Marcham Village Shop
    Marcham Village Shop
  • The shop and Post Office will open over the GMaDWeekend as a refreshment stop and cash point
    8 am - 4 pm on Saturday 28th
    8 am - 12 noon on Sunday 29th
    Friday 27th Sept
    Night Quiz
  • Marcham School, Morland Road DOORS OPEN AT 7.00PM - 7.30PM START Teams of up to five persons, £10 entry per team. Everyone welcome. A range of questions to suit everyone - which are not too difficult!! Don’t worry if you are on your own or just a team of two, we will make sure that you join another team! Entry forms in the shop. Or you can pay on the night. We look forward to seeing you
    For further information call Trevor Hill on 01865 391321
    Saturday 28th
    10.00 - 12.00
    Open Nursery
  • Come and see inside our new nursery space and get an idea of how our new centre will look
    Helen and Kaye from Little Angels will be on hand to tell you all about the nursery and answer your questions.
    Saturday 28th
    11.00 - 13.00
    Church Tower Visits
  • All Saints' Church
    Climb up to the top of the church and get great views of the village and surrounding countryside. Can you see our new village hall?
    To get to the top you must be 10 or over, wearing sensible footwear, can climb ladders and fit through a small hole! All children must be accompanied by an adult.
    Saturday 28th
    11.00 - 12.30
    Historic Walk
  • Meet outside The Institute, North Street
    Guided walk of Marcham with Eric Dunford. Learn about all the nooks and crannies of Marcham that you have never visited, or have walked past but want to know more about. May include a visit to one of our famous dovecots! £2 per person or £5 per family.
    Saturday 28th
    11.00 - 17.00
    Model aircraft display
  • Marcham School Playground
    See a selection of model and RC aircraft and chat to the pilots!
    Saturday 28th
    11.00 - 17.00
    Archaeology Exhibition
  • Sharrards Farm, Mill Road
    See a selection of finds and information from the digs on Trendles and Anson Fields. Talk to members of Marcham Society about their work cataloguing the history, natural history and environment of the village and the local area ... plus a chance to sample 'Marcham Mulsum' - a spiced wine made to an authentic Roman Recipe!!
    Saturday 28th
    12.00 - 14.30
    Teddy Bears Picnic
  • Next to Little Angels on Anson Field
    If you go down to the field today you'll be in for a big surprise
    Lot of activities to join in - singing, stories, Name the Bear, What's the Time Mr Bear?, Bear Races, Blindfold Bear, Bear Hunt and Pass the Bear - oops we mean parcel!
    Bring teddy (a prize for the best-dressed bear), a rug and a picnic (or get fish and chips from the Happy Plaice van!) with ice cream to finish
    Saturday 28th
    12.00 - 17.00
    Art Exhibition
  • Baptist Hall
    An exhibition and sale of paintings, drawings and glass from amateur and professional artists including Pip Stacey and Beatrice Hoffman.
    If you would like to enter, pick up an entry form at the shop, contact Brian Gower on 01865 391224 or download the entry form
    The exhibition will continue on Sunday
Download entry form
    Saturday 28th
    14.00 - 18.00
    Flower, Produce and Craft Show
  • Marcham School
    Marcham WI have organised a wonderful event to showcase your talent. Bring your entries for the show, compare and share tips over a cuppa!
    Refreshments available
    Entry form available from Marcham Village Shop
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    Saturday 28th
    14.00 - 16.00
    Apple Juicing
  • Marcham School Field
    Bring your apples to be identified and squished into delicious juice, or just come and buy a bottle!
    Saturday 28th
    15.00 - 17.30
    Dog Show
  • Anson Field (near the swings)
    Back by popular request, Boundary Vets invite all the pooches of the area to come and be judged. There is a category to suit your best friend: Best Bitch • Handsomest Dog • Golden Oldie • Best Puppy • Waggiest Tail • Best Trick • Best Dressed • Dog that most looks like its owner • Overall Best In Show. Judging starts at 3, entries from 2.30.
    Saturday 28th
    17.00 - 19.30
    Pub Games
  • The Crown
    Your chance to throw a stick at Aunt Sally, chuck a dart, score one for his knob or pocket a stripe in the top corner! Pub games of all descriptions, and a pint - what else do you want?!
    Saturday 28th
    19.00
    Moldovan Gala Dinner and Favours Auction
  • All Saints' Church
    SOLD OUT!
Enter Here
    Sunday 29th
    11.00 - 16.00
    Marcham Motor Show
  • Lime Walk, Denman College
    access off North Street via The Farthings OX13 6QD
    Cars, bikes, tractors ... anything with a motor!

    If you have an interesting vehicle you would like to bring along please contact
    Neil Rowe 07856 502578
    or Gordon Brown 07748 513986 for more details
    Sunday 29th
    11.00 - 12.30
    Historic Walk
  • Meet outside The Institute, North Street
    Another chance to take a guided walk of Marcham with Eric Dunford. Learn about all the nooks and crannies of Marcham that you have never visited, or have walked past but want to know more about. May include a visit to one of our famous dovecots! £2 per person or £5 per family.
    Sunday 29th
    12.00 - 17.00
    Art Exhibition
  • Baptist Hall
    Continuing the exhibition and sale of paintings, drawings and glass from amateur and professional artists including Pip Stacey and Beatrice Hoffman.
    If you would like to enter, pick up an entry form at the shop, contact Brian Gower on 01865 391224 or download the entry form
Download entry form
    Sunday 29th
    13.00 - 15.00
    BBQ
  • Marcham School Field
    Come and buy your lunch from us - the usual burgers, sausages all in a bun with all the extras and lovely sauce! And ice cream for pudding!
    Sunday 29th
    13.00 - 16.00
    Church Tower Visits
  • All Saints' Church
    Climb up to the top of the church and get great views of the village and surrounding countryside. Can you see our new village hall?
    To get to the top you must be 10 or over, wearing sensible footwear, can climb ladders and fit through a small hole! All children must be accompanied by an adult.
    Sunday 29th
    13.00 - 17.00
    Sculpture Exhibition
  • Garford
    Beatrice Hoffman will be opening her studio to visitors to see her striking sculptures along with the results of her students' classes!

    Beatrice will be running two half-day Ceramic Sculpture Workshops on 21 and 22 September as part of GMaD Weekend.
    See here for more details.
    Sunday 29th
    13.00 - 17.00
    Open Farm and Church
  • Garford
    Come and see what happens on a farm, visit St Lukes Church and stop off in Garford Village Hall for tea and cake!
    Follow the signs in Garford
    Sunday 29th
    13.30 - 17.00
    Garden Teas
  • 62 North Street
    Rest your feet after walking round the village and take tea in Christine Whild's delightful garden!
    Sunday 29th
    15.00 - 17.30
    Family Games
  • Marcham School Field
    Try your hand at throwing a raw egg, racing in a sack and watch the competitors in the Great Marcham Tug of War!
    Sunday 29th
    17.00 - 19.30
    Pub Games
  • The Crown
    Your chance to throw a stick at Aunt Sally, chuck a dart, score one for his knob or pocket a stripe in the top corner! Pub games of all descriptions, and a pint - what else do you want?!
    Sunday 29th
    18.00 - 19.30
    Songs of Praise and Harvest Service
  • All Saints' Church
    End the weekend with a family service to celebrate nature's bounty.
    All Welcome.
    During the weekend a lot of people will be taking photographs
  • If you would prefer not to be photographed, please let the organisers of the event you are attending know, and try and avoid the cameras!
    Thank you to everyone who has helped make this happen
  • too numerous to mention but you know who you are!
    We are grateful to the following for their support:
  • AD Maclean Ltd
    Denman College
    Millets Farm Centre
    W Cumber and Son (Theale) Ltd
    and everyone who made this event possible