Welcome to Thame Bowls Club's new website...
Our Pavilion is a prominent feature in Queens Road
Thame Bowls Club members on tour in 2009...

Many club members may remember John Rust who recently passed away at the age of 91.
John was a very active member of the bowls club, organising roll ups and looking after the hedges and gardens for many years.
For those of you who would like to attend, we are advised his funeral will be held at 12pm Thursday 22nd February at Oxford Crematorium. 

Our friend the Thame Town Mayor has asked Bill to promote his Quiz Night and Golf Day, both being run in aid of the Thame & District Day Centre and the Red Kite Family Centre.  Posters for these events appear below.  Bill or IanR have a booking form for the Golf Day if you wish to play.

 

 

 

 

As mentioned by Mike Ralls in his recent article, we are going to try something a little different this year by holding a Pre-Season Dinner in the Clubhouse on 24th March at 7pm.
 
This will enable us all to get together, enjoy some good food and drink and look forward to the new season with our friends in the club. 

The plan is to have our food provided by a company of restaurant and pub food suppliers that has been highly recommended, and it will be prepared by us in the clubhouse kitchen.  Of course we hope it will be such a success that we will all want to do it again next year, if not before! 

I'm sure you will want to join us and it will be helpful to let us know asap if you would like to come.  Details of the menu choices and how to book and pay are on Forms in the Clubhouse.  If you are unable to get into the Clubhouse then please contact Ian Rutherford on 01844 214665. 

The cost is just £6 per person.  Initially we suggest places only be open to Club members plus 1 and we will open it up to friends in a few weeks time depending on demand.  

We are still planning on having a fun ‘secret auction’ on the night inviting closed bids for a number of lots, but more news on that later.

Now that we are into a new year, the thoughts of Bowls Club members are turning to the start of the Summer season and ways of continuing to raise funds to allow the clubhouse to be refurbished.

Race and Bingo Nights
John Hurley’s Race Night in November saw some 40 members enjoy a fun social evening which raised over £250.  John Timms’ Bingo Night in December saw 35 members raise over £40 and on the same night, Ron and Maire Duncan drew their Christmas Draw winners, raising over £380 for club funds.  Winners names can be seen in the clubhouse.  These events take a huge amount of organisation and the Club much appreciates the effort put in by these valued members.

Forum Date – Wednesday 14th March
Going forward, the Club Forum will be held on 14 March to allow Club Members to renew their membership for the new season and to enter the internal Club competitions.  Any new potential members will be made very welcome.

Pre-Season Social Event – Saturday 24th March
This year we will hold a fundraising dinner in the Clubhouse on 24th March and because of health and safety reasons, numbers will be restricted.  Tickets will be sold on a first come/first served basis and the cost will be £6 per person for a three course meal followed by coffee and mints.  More news shortly when tickets are available, but let me know if you want to reserve your seats now. 

We are considering having a ‘secret auction’ on the night inviting closed bids for a number of lots.  If any bowls club members can offer prizes (such as ‘a morning’s gardening ‘) then please contact Graham Watson or any member of the Development Team.

Your Details on the Club Website
Please check your details on the Club’s website list of members and advise either Chris Shannon or Ian Rutherford of any changes that need to be made (address, telephone number or e-mail address).

Here is hoping that we all have a great new season of bowls that will one day lead on to a wonderful refurbished clubhouse.

Mike Ralls

There is now a calendar on the Sports Club website that shows when the clubhouse has been booked for an activity. 

A link to the Sports Club website is here

Some of you will have already noticed we now have a table tennis table in the clubhouse.

The decision to start a table tennis club was an initiative first introduced as part of both the Bowls and Tennis Clubs’ 5 year development plans submitted to SODC in our bid for grant monies of £250,000, towards the ongoing clubhouse rebuilding project.

To qualify for this grant and any future LTA and Sports England grants, as a local Sports Club we need to show that we are trying to accommodate activities for as many diverse groups as possible, of all ages and interests. 

Table Tennis is a very popular activity with most grant bodies as it has wide appeal across all ages and levels of fitness. It also dovetails very nicely with all of the other activities outside of Bowls and Tennis that use the Clubhouse during the week - from art classes, toddler groups, U3A, carpet bowls, whist and crib matches. 

An added bonus was that we were also able to get separate grant monies from the Town Council to purchase the table itself and all the additional equipment. So we have expanded our spread of activities with no additional cost to the Sports Club members.

So that’s the background and it’s likely that someone will organise a regular Table Tennis Club open to all Sports Club members early in the New Year. However there is nothing to stop us using the table and equipment immediately during times when the clubhouse is available and we have earmarked Friday afternoon 15th December from 2pm to 5pm as our first invitation session. This will be open to any member who wants to come along and have a game. We will only play short games to give everybody a chance to play – and also to get their breath back in between matches!

Most of us having a go will not have picked up a bat in many a year, but I suspect there are some experts amongst us waiting to show everyone their prowess at both Ping and Pong. So if you are interested, come along this week to see – I will even open up the Bar!

Chris Shannon

Secretary

Remember to double click on the images (in most of the galleries) to make the photos pop up on your screen!! 

There are photos of 10th December's snow, the Race Night, a Friday Night roll up and Avonmore's work on the green 

 

A reminder to all members that this Bowls Club Christmas event is scheduled for Saturday the 16th December when John and Ruth Timms roll out their talents as your Bingo callers distributing prizes for those successful in their now famous "Timms' Bingo"

Donation of more prizes (bottles of wine, and boxes of chocolates, etc.) would be gratefully appreciated - please give these to John Timms, leave behind the bar or bring on the night to ensure we have numerous prizes to distribute.

Starting at 7pm sharp, this is a terrific evening, and not to be missed. Our first task will be to make the Christmas 200 Club draw, which will be for our top annual prizes of at least £450 and £90. The Bingo will then commence and during the evening, Ron and Maire will draw the winning tickets in their Christmas raffle for which we have a week's holiday for four in the Gites as our top prize. You can still enter the Christmas Raffle by putting your names down on the sheets which are on the notice board in the club house. The more you put in the more you stand to win!

So even if you are not keen on Bingo please come along with friends, have a drink and enjoy the evening as we all get into the Christmas spirit and support one of our regular annual Bowls Club social events.

Chris Shannon

Secretary

 

As the season draws to a close, Thame Bowls Club members can reflect on a mixed few months in 2017 with successes and disappointments in equal measure.
The men’s League team won all their weekly matches in the Oxford and District League to finish top of Division 4 and gain promotion to Division 3. The winning margin of 19 points was a record.
The ladies won 3 of their 11 games and are looking forward to improving that in the coming season.
There was a total of 17 midweek mixed friendly games against local opposition resulting in 6 wins, 9 defeats, 1 draw and 1 abandoned match in foul weather. The Saturday games provided just 2 wins with 10 defeats but many friendly meetings against some old acquaintances and some new friends.
Highlights also included 3 County matches, blind bowler events and the Thame Mayor’s friendly charity game which raised £300.  There have been numerous fundraising events during the year including a horse racing evening, a bingo evening, the Friday night internal league and the annual Christmas draw.
There was also a very successful (if somewhat damp) club trip to Southbourne for a match and meal (to include a little local shopping) enjoyed by all.
The efforts to rebuild the club house are growing apace and it is still hoped  that work will commence at the close of the 2018 season.  A 200 club started this season to assist with funding this rebuild is proving popular and will culminate in a Christmas draw.  A new 200 club will open again in May 2018.
The Forum held at the beginning of each season to assist with the annual enrolment and set out the forthcoming matches and events is scheduled for March 14th 2018 and a fortnightly news letter is planned to show results and giving brief details of events as and when they happen.   
 

The most improved bowler in any one season is voted for by the various Club Captains and this year John Sear is our winner.  Unfortunately John is unable to make the Presentation Evening, so is seen here being presented with his trophy by Club President Les Canfield on Friday 29th September.

Some of the winners of Singles and Pairs competitions from the Finals Weekend of 9th and 10th September were caught in action here by Susan Dadson - see Gallery for larger images.

 

       

 

The weekend of 9th & 10th September saw the culmination of our various club competitions with 12 finals played. There were some cracking games and several were decided by just a single shot providing great entertainment for the several people that came to watch. The weather for the most part stayed dry with a couple of brief flurries of rain on both days but not enough to disturb our intrepid bowlers. So congratulations to all our winners, especially to our Men's Coronation Cup Championship winner Les Canfield who lifts this trophy for the first time after his many years of membership, and also to Caroline Walker our Ladies Pomeroy Cup Championship winner. Commiseration also goes to the losing finalists. Below is the full list of finals weekend results:

 

Competition

Winner(s)

Runner(s) Up

Coronation Cup

Les Canfield

Robin Jenner (receives Bill Dodds Cup)

Jubilee Handicap

Robin Jenner

Jonathan Dadson

Walker Cup

Bill Giles

Paul Heafey

Taylor Cup

Ian Rutherford

John Walker

Michael Jones Cup

Paul Heafey

Ray Plested

Victory Cup (Men's pairs)

Mike Ralls & Chris Shannon

Matthew Canfield & Leonard Grimshaw

Pomeroy Cup

Caroline Walker

Shirley Foster (receives Pomeroy r/up trophy)

2 Wood Cup

Maxine Plested

Shirley Foster

Honour Cup

Marion Keal

Frances Goodyear

Ford Cup (Ladies pairs)

Marion Keal & Caroline Walker

Frances Goodyear & Maureen Giles

Josey Cup (Married pairs)

Sharon & Paul Heafey

Christine & Brad Liddle

Warwick Cup (Mixed pairs)

Maureen Giles & Ray Plested

Jill Brooks & Bill Gile

All trophies will be awarded on Presentation Night on Saturday 30th September 2017. This will be a great night with fish & chip supper AND entertainment so please try to get there.

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.
 
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
 
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Saturday, 17th of February 2018
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