Medmenham is a small Parish in the south of Wycombe District. It is bounded by the River Thames in the south, Marlow to the east and Hambleden to the west. It is a largely rural Parish with one main settlement, Medmenham, in the southeast corner of the area. The well known Danesfield Hotel is found on the road into Medmenham village from Marlow along with RAF Medmenham, a community for RAF personnel and families. The Danesfield Hotel was formerly Danesfield House and during WW2 was the main interpretation centre for photographic reconnaissance.
The River Thames is down Ferry Lane and up past Lodge Farm, the farms at Bockmer and Bockmer End, Woodend to Chisbridge Cross there are wonderful views across the county,
As at the 2001 census there were 322 households and 974 people living in the Parish.
Medmenham is one of the oldest villages in England. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book with a value of £8.00.
Danesfield School is situated in the area known as Wittington and has about 400 pupils.
The Church of St Peter and St Paul is a grade II listed building constructed in the 12th century. It is set in its own beautiful grounds at the crossroads at Medmenham. The two other buildings in the village dating from this time are No. 6 Church Cottages next to the Church, and across the road the Dog and Badger Public House.
Medmenham Parish Council: Who we are:
We’re a body of seven local representatives, elected to represent the residents of Medmenham Parish every four years. Councillors represent the two wards, Danesfield and Medmenham village. People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a Councillor.
The council meets every other month, and all council meetings are open for the public to attend. The dates and times of these sessions are on Parish Council website page. There is an opportunity for members of the public to speak at the beginning of each meeting to raise any questions or items for future agendas.
Councillors are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected Councillors depends on the size of the electorate and is decided by the Principal Authority (Buckinghamshire Council).
Parish Councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue.
Medmenham Parish Council: What we do:
The Council represents and serves the whole parish community. The Council is responsible for a budget which is used for a number of services. It establishes policies for action and decides how money will be raised and spent on behalf of the community. It is responsible for spending public money lawfully and achieving the best value for money.
A Parish Council is a corporate body under section 14 (3) of the Local Government Act 1972, and that the decisions it takes are the responsibility of the Council as a whole.’
Individual Councillors work together to serve the community and to help the Council to make decisions on behalf of the local community. Councillors contribute to the work of the Council by suggesting ideas, engaging in constructive debate and by responding to the needs and views of the community. Councillors comment on proposals to ensure the best outcome and vote to enable the Council to make decisions.
The Chairman is responsible for ensuring that effective and lawful decisions are taken at meetings of the Council and, assisted by the Clerk, guides activities by managing the meetings of the council. The Chairman is responsible for involving all Councillors in discussion and ensuring that councillors keep to the point. The Chairman summarises the debate and facilitates the making of clear resolutions and is responsible for keeping discussions moving so that the meeting is not too long. The Chairman has a casting vote. His/her first vote is a personal vote as a member of the Council. If there is a tied vote, the Chairman can have a second, casting vote.