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Thame Bowls Club has started a remarkable process that may grow into a notable feature in the world of flat green bowling.
On the 4th September 2016, Thame Bowls Club hosted the first ever Oxfordshire Blind Bowling Competition event. The organisers were the Thame Lions Club assited by Bill Giles OBE and the Committee of Thame Bowls Club.
The success of this event has now aroused attention on Bowls International level and Foxhill Indoor Bowls Club in Aylesbury have requested a friendly match against our visually impaired bowling friends.
Bill Giles extended his sincere thanks to all the Thame Bowls Club members that helped to make this historic day such a great success; in Bill's own words in an email to club members:
"As you can see from the e-mails below it was so successful Bowls International are interested and Foxhill want to play them this winter. Look what you’ve started!!"
Read a full report of the Thame Bowls Blind Bowling Competition in the "In The Spotlight" section of the website (this link will direct you to the article). Images of the event can be viewed in the Gallery.
Propositions received from members for consideration and then put to a vote.

Proposition 1:
It has been proposed that the Club agree to make Keith Wright a life member of Thame Bowls Club.
Proposed By: Bill Giles 
Seconded By: Les Canfield
Proposition 2:
It has been proposed that the Club agree to make Graham Penn a life member of Thame Bowls Club. 
Proposed By: Bill Giles 
Seconded By: Ken Bennell
Proposition 3:
It has been proposed that the rules for the Men’s Jubilee Handicap singles competition are refined with respect to treatment of the player’s handicaps. Current rules state that the full handicap is added to the nominal target total of 21 shots – meaning a match between two high handicap players has to be played with both needing to get to 27 points. The recommendation is that the rule is amended so that the net difference in handicap only needs to be added to the targeted winning total. This will still give the lower handicap player the advantage the handicap is designed to achieve, but will not unnecessarily over-lengthen all of the games. 
Proposed By: Paul Heafey 
Seconded By: Les Canfield
To be held at the Club House 7.30 pm Monday 24 October 2016


Update on plans for the Club House rebuild (Paul Swart-architect)
  1. Minutes of the last AGM
  2. Matters arising
  3. Secretary’s report (Chris Shannon)
  4. Treasurer’s report ( Keith Wright)
  5. Club Captain’s report (John Rawson)
  6. Ladies Captain’s report (Caroline Walker)
  7. Midweek Captain’s report (Brad Liddle)
  8. Sunday Captain’s report (Andy Walker)
  9. Indoor carpet bowls Organiser’s report (John Hurley)
  10. Fixture Secretary’s report (John Hurley)
  11. Competition Secretary’s report ( Paul Heafey)
  12. Green Steward’s report (Mike Smith)
  13. OWBA delegate’s report (Doreen Penn)
  14. OBA delegate’s report (John Timms)
  15. Chairman’s report
  16. Propositions from members
  17. Election of Officers
  18. Any other notifiable business (subject to notice in writing 5 days before AGM)
  19. AOB
  20. Draw for free membership 2016/2017



The 2016 finals weekend saw some excellent bowling and some very close games as well as extremes of weather.
The Saturday kicked off with the Ladies 2-Wood competition and saw Carol Boyland winning comfortably against Maire Duncan and also the Men’s Walker Cup with Robin Jenner beating John Coward. Both of these games were played in the rain which was heavy at times and these were followed by the Ladies Ford Cup pairs competition. This was played during the worst of the day’s weather and produced some very spirited bowling from the ladies involved and a match finally decided by just a single shot. Maureen Giles and Shirley Foster came out the winners against Jenny Lowe and Carol Boyland.
With the wet conditions starting to dry up, the afternoon saw the Men’s and Lady’s Championship singles competitions. For the ladies, Doreen Penn overcame Maxine Plested by 7 shots in the Pomeroy Cup and Graham Penn joined his wife as club champion beating Paul Heafey after 24 competitive ends in the Coronation Cup.

Sunday was a complete contrast in the weather with warm, sunny conditions and the programme started with Maureen Giles gaining her second trophy of the weekend, beating Jenny Lowe in the Honour Cup. At the same time Paul Heafey played Ian Rutherford in the 3 set Michael Jones competition. Paul comfortably won the first set but Ian came back well to take the second. The final set went to 7 ends with Paul Heafey finally coming out on top. The men’s Victory handicap pairs final was next and this saw Gerry Barry and John Coward overcome their 2 shot handicap deficit to win against Mike Ralls and John Timms. Next was the Jubilee Handicap men’s singles final between Jonathan Dadson and Ken Calcutt – approximately 6 decades age difference between them! The match was close with barely a shot between the players until the 18th end when Ken began to pull away and held on to achieve victory. This was Jonathan’s first competition final for the club and we’re sure there will be many more to come! The Josey Cup Married Pairs competition was next between the Giles’s and the Heafeys and was another very close affair, decided by just a single shot with the trophy going to Bill and Maureen – Maureen’s third success of the weekend. The last Sunday final was the Taylor Cup final between Steve Silver and Brad Liddle. This was another close affair with Steve taking the win by 3 shots.

The last final was one of the most exciting and played on Monday – the Mixed Pairs competition with Jill Brooks and Bill Giles taking on Caroline Walker and Graham Penn. Jill and Bill stormed ahead and led by 16-4 after 12 ends but Caroline & Graham then found their form to take the next 7 ends and go 1 shot ahead with the final end to play. Jill and Bill held 3 shots and looked certain to take the match until Graham’s final wood of the day which deflected off a front wood to roll in for shot and win the cup for him and Caroline.

Congratulations to all of our trophy winners, commiserations and a big well done to all runners up and thank you to all who came to watch and help with marking etc.
A number of Thame players took part in the annual Watlington U25 funday on 28th August 2016, including Victoria Nemar for the first time. Eight teams were drawn and played each other in a round robin format competition. Thomas Tisbury, Matt Canfield, Victoria Nemar and Jonathan Dadson (all from Thame BC) were drawn on different teams. The competition, decided on shot difference, was won by one of the two Triples teams including Matt Canfield from Thame, with Jonathan Dadson in the runners up team.
The top three placed teams were as follows:

Winners: David Leighfield, Matt Canfield and Katie Bland
Runners Up: Jazz Alder, Bradley Squires, Lucas King, Jonathan Dadson
Third: Chris Gilkes, Dan Swanson, Jody Buckett, Luke Gilbert

The winners received their medals from Watlington's President Henry Franklin.
Matt (on the right) displaying his winner's medal
Mathew displaying his medal...
Jonathan (second left) displaying his runner's up medal
Jonathan displaying his medal...


It was a wonderful day last Sunday (4 September 2016) when 22 blind bowlers used our green and played a competition over 5 games.
Keith Wright organised all the helpers and markers from our club as well as supplying all the medals for those who played. He has asked me to thank, most sincerely, all those who gave up their time to mark and help all the bowlers last Sunday. He says, and I completely agree with him, that you all did a wonderful job and that you can all be very proud of yourselves.
I would also add my thanks to all of our members and friends who helped out in the kitchen and behind the bar and together with the markers and helpers made it such a successful and memorable day. I felt very proud to be a member of Thame Bowls Club.
Bill Giles OBE


Last weekend Thame Bowls Club members celebrated their annual Presidents Day Triples Competition In honour of President Doreen Penn.
The day was a great success with some excellent bowling between the teams.

The eventual winners were John Walker, Maire Duncan and Skip Ron Duncan who won their rink by 29 shots to 5 shots. Many of the ends were won on the last wood bowled.
The Runners-Up were Christine Liddle, Terry Emberson and Skip Ray Plested who took the lead on the 14th end forging ahead to win by 7 shots.

As usual a very tasty meal was prepared by the ladies which was enjoyed by all, followed by the presentation of the trophies.
Vic Brooks passed away at 2.30 pm on Sunday 10 July.
He was inspirational to the Bowls Club and was instrumental in recruiting 31 members some 4 years ago and continued to work in recruitment ever since enabling Thame Bowls Club to have over 120 members.

He was a great leader and motivator which he put to great effect as Club Captain for three years. Not only that but he was an exceptional bowler having won the Coronation Cup (the premium singles competition for men at Thame) in only his second year and continued to win many club competitions to such an extent that Finals Day had to be changed to Finals Weekend so as to accommodate all the finals he was in.

He was a very loyal friend who helped me tremendously in developing the very successful Friday League in which 74 people now take part.

He was a great and witty orator and his total dedication to Thame Bowls Club will be sorely missed.
Bill Giles

Friend and Chairman Thame Bowls Club.
The Ladies of Thame Bowls Club have reached the final of the Oxfordshire Ladies Top Club competition by beating a very strong Oxford City & County side last weekend. Having already beaten Banbury Boro in the quarters, Thame showed their class at Oxford.

Captain Caroline Walker got them off to a great start by winning her Singles match 21 shots to 16. In the fours, namely Sharon Heafey, Marion Keal, Maureen Giles and skip Maxine Plested had the best start possible by winning with all eight woods on the very first end (known as a "hotshot" ) in their match. They ran out winners by 26 to 16.
Meanwhile the Triples of Jill Brooks, Christine Liddle and Barbara Waters were battling their way to a 20 shots to 15 victory over their opponents.
Only the Thame pair of Maire Duncan and Shirley Foster lost, by just 3 shots, in this very competitive tournament.
The final, in August, will be played at Banbury Chestnuts Bowls Club.


Several of our valuable Sponsors were there to see all Six Rinks being used by 48 of the 75 Members who took part in this year's League Competition. After this "exhibition" game of just 10 Ends, players joined other Members in the packed Clubhouse to enjoy the usual Friday "Club Night" atmosphere which has become synonymous with Thame Bowls Club.
The Winning Team for this season's Friday league was Team B led by Andy Walker, with Jesse Matthews, Maire Duncan, Christine Liddle, John Wheeler and Jane Kimber. Runner up was Team C with Captain Ron Duncan ably assisted by Leonard Grimshaw, Jackie Emberson, Frances Goodyear, Dave Holland and Pat Wills and in third place was Team J with Casper DuPreez, Gerry Barry, Margaret Boynton, Keith Rouse, Peter Southam and new bowler Carsten Jochum. All players received Cash Prizes for their efforts handed over by President Les Canfield.
Chairman Bill Giles then invited Vic Brooks to hand over the profit from this year's Friday League to Club Treasurer, Keith Wright who was able to announce that the sum of £1380 would be paid into our already substantial Club Funds. This has now increased by a further £75 after the final figures have been collated.

Then came a rather special presentation. Having learned that one of our Junior Bowlers had already received generous Sponsorship from Josie Silver, widow of the late and respected Member Les Silver, one of our generous Sponsors, Lightfoot Solicitors, had kindly offered to present a cheque for £200 each to two of Thame Bowls Club other Junior Members.
Thomas Tisbury and Jonathan Dadson received their cheques from Chris Biggs of Lightfoots and as an added surprise they each received a specially engraved trophy. Two active "senior" Club Members, Norman Hyde and Richard Ramsey had designed and made two unique trophies featuring Woods and Jack and each one engraved with the message "In Recognition of your Continued Bowling Success at Thame Bowls Club" and were both on hand to present these trophies personally to the two youngsters.


All three Junior Bowlers have represented Oxfordshire in Under-25 and Under- 18 Competitions this year as well as playing regularly in the Club's Thursday League team. We hope to see even more of their considerable playing ability next season.
The usual Friday Night Cash Prize Draw resulted in Prize Money totalling £75 being handed out to lucky winners.

The evening ended with a vote of thanks from President Les Canfield to the organisers of the Friday League, Bill Giles and Vic Brooks, who in turn promised that it will continue in similar format next season and for as long as it remains as popular. 


Nearing the end of the Bowling season and a quieter week at Thame Bowls Club.
Bad weather curtailed two games, however, in better weather, a rather unique fixture took place this week when Thame bowlers hosted a game against Wycombe Chestnuts, a group of blind and visually impaired bowlers. Two of these bowlers, Bob Gerhardt (who recently was winner of the National Blind Bowling Pairs Championship) and Mary Pitman, who both live in Thame, are members of Thame Bowls Club and together with their helpers and "guides"they brought some of their friends to take on two Triples of Thame Bowlers. The outcome was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon's bowling played in competitive but friendly spirit, and it was only in the latter stages of the game that Thame pulled ahead to record a victory. A double fixture (home and away) is already being planned for next season.

The week at Thame finished with Finals Weekend at which 12 of the Club's Knock-out Competitions were completed. 


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