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Marham is a village in the centre of a triangle formed by Downham Market, Kings Lynn and Swaffham. Our village has nearly 400 dwellings and in excess of 1000 residents. These numbers fluctuate due to additional housing development and shifting population, this particularly through the influence of RAF Marham. Marham shares many of the problems common to Norfolk villages. It has housing styles suitable for young and growing families and those who are retired. The village supports a social club, but the last of the local pubs closed several years ago. There is a Junior School in the village and an Infant School within the Family Quarters of RAF Marham
The Parish Council
The Parish Council has 11 Councillors, who are elected for a four-year period or until the next ordinary election. The Council meets each month in the Village Hall on Wednesdays but aims not to meet in August or December with meetings normally starting at 7.00pm.
In the main, Marham Parish Council deals with matters relating to the provision and maintenance of the Village Hall, Coronation Playing Field, Sports Pavilion, Multi Use Games Area, childrens’ play area and other open spaces, play equipment and signage, cemetery management and maintenance, closed churchyard management and maintenance, clearance of unadopted walkways and footpaths, street lighting maintenance, litter bins, grit bins, dog bins, public seats and other street furniture, allotments, editorial and delivery of the Proposed and Seconded magazine, social media, village events, land acquisition and sale of, legal matters in the interests of the public, traffic calming, planning consultation and general spending (in accordance with statutory law) deemed to be of direct benefit to the community.
The Parish Council does have a variety of powers and duties, all of which impact directly on the community. Because some services are not the responsibility of the Parish Council, there is an official procedure governing certain affairs. The Clerk of the Council’s responsibility is to carry out the policy decisions of the Council, provide guidance on matters relating to law and procedure and ensure financial transactions are authorised and recorded.