A picturesque Suffolk village
Welcome to our village website where you can find details of upcoming events, local news, parish council papers and information on Parham's interesting history.
Parham is situated in the Suffolk Coastal area some 10 miles from the east coast, about half way between the market towns of Framlingham and Wickham Market. It is a small rather scattered village with 114 properties housing 310 parishioners, 45 of which are children under 18 years. It is a rural community covering 896 hectares of mainly farmland although it is fortunate to have two large commons, one at North Green the other at Silverlace Green, and a smaller common at Mill Green. Although Parham cannot be classified as a 'chocolate box' village it does have its pretty corners.
The majority of houses flank the B1116 and The Street leading to St Mary the Virgin Church although there are clusters around the three Greens too. New executive style houses sit shoulder to shoulder with timber framed houses and terraced cottages.
Parham has no Shop, Post Office, School or Public House but the community has adapted itself to the lack of these amenities. Parham's Village Hall, which has a licensed bar, stage, disabled facilities and a creditable snooker annex, is becoming a multi-user centre providing a venue for 'Pub Night' every Friday night and Supper Night on the first Friday of the month, and the Rendezvous (drop-in) on Tuesday mornings. The new Annex, containing a small meeting room and access to the back of the stage for drama productions, also has an ICT Centre providing Computer/Internet training. Play Area can be found on North Green.
Parham has one of the few remaining 2nd world war Air Museums in the Country that has connection with the USA. This is a special tourist attraction open on Sundays and Wednesdays, housing an exhibition of wartime artefacts in the redundant Control Tower. It commemorates the 390th Bomber Group of the American 8th Air Force. Also in the museum is a room devoted to the Parham section of the British Resistance Organisation.
The old air base also supports light industrial units providing employment. About 11% of Parham's electoral roll in 2003 were either self-employed or had employment in the village.
Circular Walk (copies can be found in the Church) directs walkers on a picturesque walk along public rights of way passing a number of notable listed buildings. The result of various environmental projects can be seen along the route such as the excavation of Jubilee Pond & Twin Ponds on North Green and the new cutting regime of Parham's Greens to increase bio-diversity, which are part of Parham's Bio-diversity Action Plan.
Parham has such a vibrant community that it won the district 'Village of the Year' competition three times in the space of 6 years and went onto represent Suffolk at national level in 1997 and 2001.
The parish carried out a Village Review in 1994 that resulted in the Village Hall being re-roofed and the Play Area being erected adjacent to the village hall. This was followed up by organising House Group Meetings in 1998, to discuss social, economic and environmental issues that created an Action Plan which was included in the Millennium Parham Parish Scan. A copy can be obtained from Framlingham Library. In 2003, Parham embarked upon an all-inclusive consultation, the results of which can be found on the Parham Parish Plan page.