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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.   
 

 

Click the Gallery tab for photos taken at our Presentation night

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

 

       

 

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.

The first draw of the new 200 Club was made at the Clubhouse on the 31 st May.
 
At the time of the draw, 146 of the 200 numbers had been taken up by club members, so the first
prize was set at £73 and the 2 nd prize at £18.25 (instead of the full £100 and £25).
 
The first sold number out of the electronic raffle machine was 77, which belongs to Graham Watson
and who very fortunately was there to witness his win!!
 
Second prize went to Mike Ralls who has the next number selected - number 2.
 
Well done to Graham and Mike and thank you to everyone who has already signed up to the 200
Club.
 
The next draw will be held on Friday 30 th June after the Friday League matches, so please ensure you are in with a chance of winning by signing up as soon as you can. Details and applications are in the Clubhouse or speak to anyone on the Committee.
 
Ian Rutherford 07860 318827
 
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

AGENDA

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
 

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