Culham is a small village by the river Thames near Abingdon in Oxfordshire, with more than 12 centuries of recorded history. Though small, it is known round the world through the nearby research centre which bears its name. Culham Laboratory is home to two major nuclear fusion experiments, JET and MAST. When JET was built, the European Commission set up the European School in Culham to provide an international education for the children of Euratom scientists who would come to work at JET. The European Commission withdrew from managing the school, and it is now a multicultural multilingual UK state school called the Europa School. Another claim to fame is the old ticket office at Culham Station, a listed building designed by the famous Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.


After successfully fighting a plan by Oxfordshire County Council to close our primary school a few years ago, Culham village is again under threat, this time from South Oxfordshire District Council. SODC want to build a new town of 3500 houses the size of Wallingford, on Green Belt land between the Europa School and Culham Laboratory. Save Culham Green Belt action group was set up last year to fight this and other attacks on our Green Belt. It is now a committee of Culham Parish Council. Please support us!

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The Mouthpiece for July/August 2019 and Parish Council financial papers for 2017/2018 are now on the website.

Please send items of village interest for possible inclusion in the website to (John Storrs). The background shows the bridge over the Thames at Culham.