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A large group of 48 members of Thame Bowls Club enjoyed their trip to Cheltenham on July 1st to play what is now becoming the Annual Ten Rinks Match against Cheltenham Bowls Club.
 
On the hottest day of the year so far, the (much appreciated) air-conditioned coach left Thame at 9am and arrived at the Suffolk Square rinks at around 10.30am. After unloading all Bowls equipment members then headed for the nearby Montpellier district of Cheltenham to seek a shady corner and cool refreshment. By now the temperature was approaching 30 Degrees !
 
After lunch at the various pubs/restaurants/wine bars members returned to Suffolk Square suitably refreshed and ready for a 2pm start.
 
Captain John Timms had agreed with Cheltenham Captain John Doody to play just 18 Ends due to the sweltering conditions.
After 10 Ends with Thame trailing by 14 shots across the 10 Rinks players wearily retired for Tea & Biscuits in the Clubhouse.
After the break Thame slightly improved their overall performance but after the 18 ends were still 11 shots behind their hosts scoring 144 shots against Cheltenham's 155.
 
Notable performances from Thame were the Top Rink of skip Paul Heafey ably assisted by Jonathan Dadson, Jan Sargent and Marthie Du Preez, who won 21 - 11 and the "Penn Family Rink"skipped by Graham with grandson Thomas leading,  daughter Amanda at 2 and Doreen at 3. They won 14 - 13 in a very tight game. 
 
Other winning Rinks for Thame (winning on 6 of the 10 Rinks) were skips John Timms (16 - 13) George Andrews (18-11), Maxine Plested (17 - 12)  and Vic Brooks ((20 - 11).
 
Complete Rink Scores from Rink 3 through to Rink 11 were as follows;
Richard Plested, Marion Keal, Terry Emberson, Chris Billingham  10 - 20; 
Dave Holland, Judy Copley, Barbara Waters, Bill Giles 13 - 22;
Sharon Heafey, Maurice (guest), Casper Du Preez, Vic Brooks (20 - 11); 
Jill Brooks Simon Bell, Robin Jenner, Maxine Plested 17 - 12; 
John Hurley, Derek Goodyear, Trevor Copley, John Timms (16 - 13);
Jackie Emberson, Frances Goodyear, Brad Liddle, Ron Duncan (6 - 24); 
Maire Duncan, Christine Liddle, Bill Sandifer, George Andrews (18 - 11);
Graham Penn & Paul Heafey rinks mentioned previously;
Maureen Giles, Jim Tite, Leonard Grimshaw, Will Hawes (9 - 18).
 
Non-playing members who enjoyed this day and managed to keep cool were John & Pat Wills, Ray Waters, Gwen Andrews, Jill Jenner and Val Birchley.
 
Due to the popularity of this trip, the fixture has already been arranged for next year and therefore another great day out to look forward to.
 
Thame resident, Marjorie Spencer celebrated her 100th Birthday this week and as part of the celebrations, Marjorie together with family members, was invited to a reception at Thame Bowls Club. Marjorie had been a prominent member of the Club having joined in 1974 and played for 25 years until well into her eighties. She was Secretary of the Club for 8 years, played in several National Finals at Leamington. She was also runner-up in the 1979 Champion of Champions competition. The visit last Saturday to the Bowls Club was organised by the current Ladies Captain, Maire Duncan, and coincided with the opening of the green to herald the start of the new bowls season.
 
Marjorie was welcomed to the Club by Chairman Bill Giles, OBE. and over sixty current and past members were there to congratulate Marjorie on her wonderful achievement.  Also present was SODC Chairman Anne Midwinter who added her own congratulations by saying that Marjorie, having achieved this milestone,  was a wonderful advertisement for the game of Bowls.
 
In thanking her many friends Marjorie also suggested that by playing Bowls "maybe we can all live to be 100 !"
 
After enjoying a typical Bowls Club "Tea"of home made cakes etc, Marjorie was presented with a bouquet by the Bowls Club's youngest member, Thomas Tisbury, who at 13 may have another 87 years of bowling to look forward to !
 
Here is the list of all the competition results played during the 2014 season. Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to all the participants that made the 2014 season a success.
 
It is worth noting that many of the competitions on the finals day were won with only one or two shots in it - even the runners up would have been worthy winners on the day...
 
FINALS DAY RESULTS IN ORDER GAMES WERE PLAYED:
 
WALKER CUP
Vic Brooks 12 - 17 John Coward
MICHAEL JONES
Chris Billingham 1 - 2 Casper Du Preez (7-0, 2-7, 0-7)
HONOURS CUP
Janine Rees 11 - 12 Carol Boyland
VICTORY PAIRS
Bill Giles, John Timms 24 - 23 John Coward, George Andrews
MARRIED PAIRS
Doreen & Graham Penn 22 - 21 Marthie & Casper Du Preez
JUBILEE HANDICAP
Chris Billingham 25 - 28  Vic Brooks (36 Ends)
FORD CUP
Maire Duncan, Ann Ashfield 32 - 8 Maureen Giles, Jackie Davis
MIXED PAIRS
Sharon Gardner, Paul Heafey 19 - 18 Doreen Penn, Thomas Tisbury
TWO WOOD SINGLES
Maxine Plested 11 - 13 Maire Duncan
TAYLOR CUP
Derek Goodyear 21 - 20 John Coward
POMEROY
Marthie Du Preez 5 - 21 Caroline Walker
CORONATION (MEN's)
Les Westcott 15 - 21 Vic Brooks
 
OTHER RESULTS:
 
RIPLEY ROSE BOWL
Winners: F. Goodyear & M. Giles
HUBBARD CUP 
Winners: J. Kimber, H. Westcott, J. Brooks
CORONATION CUP (LADIES)
Not played
THAME TRIPLES
Winners: P. Rogers, G. Murray, A. Osborne (Aylesbury Town)
POTTER CUP
Winners: S. Bell, R. Jenner
PURSER CUP
Winners: J. Tite, K. Rouse, M. Du Preez
PRESIDENT'S DAY
Winners: W. Rawson, P. Donathy, V. Brooks, A. Walker
COBBY BOWL
Not played
 
 
To mark Thame's 90th Anniversary Year, 15 of Oxfordshire Bowling Association County Past Presidents, captained by the current President, Mike Andrew, arrived at Thame playing 4 Mens Rinks.
 
Halfway through the game Thame had a slim 9 shot lead; enthusiasm and knowledge of the green helping the home team to play well.  Although Thame lost on 2 rinks and drew on 1, they managed to win one of the most exiting games played at Thame this year by 86 shots to 73.  
 
Top Rink honours went to Rink 6; Derek Goodyear at lead, Terry Emberson, John Hurley and Skip John Timms, who won by 35 shots to 9. After dinner Thame thanked their honoured guests for making the time to celebrate their 90th year.
 
 
 
One wheel on his trolley and still rolling along. Rocket Ron Slater lives up to his name!
 
Having just complete a golden 8 days bowling, playing six days out of the eight with the following results: 
 
Skipped highest winning rink for Thame v Wendover 26  -  10;
 
Skipped club pairs quarter finals, won 27 - 6;
 
Skipped highest winning rink for Oxfordshire v Isle of Wight, won 26 - 10;
 
Skipped a Thame rink to a 26 - 15 win in the Oxfordshire League Div 2;  
 
Won club handicap quarter final 26 - 12;
 
Skipped a Thame rink to a 26 - 12 win v Hazells (Aylesbury).
 
 
Not bad for an 88 year old!
 
 
 
 
To kick off their 90th Anniversary Celebrations, Thame Bowls Club invited the Presidents of Bowls Oxfordshire Men , Mick Andrews together with the President of Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies, Margaret Morris, to bring a mixed team to play at Thame. 
 
Vic Brooks, Margaret Morris, Hazel Westcott and Mick Andrews
 
Players representing many of Oxfordshire's Bowls Clubs were welcomed by Thame Bowls Club President Hazel Westcott and Club Captain, Vic Brooks, and basking in glorious Spring sunshine a great game of Bowls  was enjoyed by one and all. 
 
The Bowls Oxfordshire team included two England Ladies Internationals, Kathy Hawes and Carol Galletly, and many more of the County's top players. The visitors proved far too strong for the Thame team, winning on all rinks. 
 
Thame Bowls Club have several more "special" games lined up this Summer to celebrate their 90th Year, and look forward to seeing many of the Country's top players on the green. 
 
 
 
 
 
Hello All - I hope you are all emerging safely from your Winter hibernation.  Only just over 4 weeks before the new season gets under way, so I thought I would mention a few things that are on the horizon.
 
SATURDAY APRIL 12TH - WORK PARTY 9am -  PLEASE COME ALONG AND HELP TO COMPLETE ALL THE JOBS THAT ARE NECESSARY BEFORE THE GREEN OPENS.  Last year there were over 20 volunteers and all work was done in just two hours!   Many hands make light work, so Les Canfield looks forward to seeing you all there. Les can't be expected to do all of these jobs on his own, so please make a note in your diary NOW to be there. Jobs include: tidying edges of green, weeding area in front of clubhouse, chairs/benches/tables to be put outside and wiped clean, all Sponsor Boards to be cleaned and put in place, and general tidying up.  In this 90th Anniversary Year let's aim to make Thame Bowls Club a club to be proud of and show that we care.
 
WEDNESDAY APRIL 16TH - GREEN OPENS FOR ROLL-UPS 2pm
 
SATURDAY APRIL 19TH - OPENING DAY COMPETITION STARTING 1.30pm.  A Competition is to be arranged for this day, and a list is on the Notice Board for names to be added to enter this competition. Full details of the format will be published shortly on the notice board. There will be bacon and sausage butties ("a la Friday League") included in the £2 entry fee with more available to purchase at £1 each, and a cash prize draw.
 
Finally, sheets are up for the first games of the season, so please get your names down early to avoid disappointment. The first team selections will be made by the various captains quite soon - don't delay - add your name today..

I look forward to the season with great optimism - let's make this special year a year to remember. Please support all team captains and do your bit to make the running of Thame Bowls Club as smooth as possible.

Vic brooks

 

 

Short mat bowls starts Friday, October 4th at 7.30pm. 
 
The first games in this winter's short mat bowls start next Friday at 7.30pm. Based on last years' format, teams will be picked at random from the list of willing participants and the schedule for games two weeks in advance will be available to see every Friday night at the clubhouse. 
 
Derek Goodyear will draw teams from the list and John Hurley will keep all records relating to scores etc. John will also continue to arrange the ever-popular weekly meat draw.

Scoring will be 3 points for a win, 2 for a draw and 1 for a loss, with a bonus point awarded for a score of 15 shots or more. The winner of the league will be the person with the most points scored over 15 games; if a player plays more than fifteen games their lowest scores from the "extra"games will be deducted.

Please support the short mat bowling by adding your name to the list of players on the clubhouse notice board and indicating when unavailable to play (holidays etc). Please help to spread the word to those members not on e-mail.

Knock-out competitions will start in the New Year.
 
See you Friday!

Derek Goodyear/John Hurley 

 

Congratulations to Thame bowlers Adie Twinn (who beat another Thame bowler, Chris Billingham in the quarter final) and Ade Kemish who have both qualified for the Semi Final of the County Alison Cup competition.
 
The Semi Final games take place at Shiplake Bowls Club on Sunday, August 4th and any support would be most welcomed. Good luck to both players - who knows, you could meet each other in the Final if the draw is favourable.
 
Thame Ladies have also done the Club proud by getting to the Final of the County Top Club Competition for the 4th year running. They comfortably beat a strong South Oxford Ladies team last Sunday morning.
 
The pairs combination of Margaret Boynton and Marthie Du Preez were always too strong for their opponents. The Thame Triples of Jill Brooks, Caroline Walker and Doreen Penn had a slightly tougher time but ran out comfortable winners in the end. The Fours of Maire Duncan, Sharon Gardner, Shirley Foster and Skip Maxine Plested picked up two sevens in their storming victory. In the Singles, Hazel Westcott faced a very experience opponent, new to The S. Oxford Club and eventually lost by 8 shots.
 
Another great performance from Thame Ladies !! It will be Shiplake in the final (again) on Sunday August 25th at Kidlington B.C.
 
 
Congratulations to Thame Ladies, "The Three M's" , Maire, Marthie and Maxine who have won through to the quarter-finals of the Oxfordshire County Ladies Triples having beaten a trio of Ladies from Hanborough in the 3rd Round of the competition. The quarter-finals/semi-finals of this competition are being held at Thame this Saturday (22nd) starting at 9.30am. Please come along and lend your support to the occasion.
 
Also, on Friday (21st) Thame's only remaining player in the Men's County Singles, Ade Kemish, is playing at Thame at 6pm against Omar Sharif (no, not that one !) from Oxford City & County B.C. in an effort to reach the quarter-finals of this tough competition.
 
Good luck to all concerned - make Thame proud !
 
 
Last Saturday, Sept 22nd, saw the last game of the season played on our green this year - the Ladies took on the Gents in a 6 Triples game. Played in glorious sunshine, the Ladies, led by Caroline Walker (in the absence of "Cruising" Ruth Timms) came out strongly in the first few ends but faded rather badly as the game went on, and at the end the Gents (led by Vic Brooks) won quite handsomely!
 
The game was played in tremendous spirit, and although this game had been a regular fixture in the Thame Bowls Club calendar it wasn't played last year. It was however agreed by all concerned that it should now be put back in the diary. The Ladies will no doubt be looking for revenge in 2013 so the Gents need to be on their guard.
 
The Trophy (originally presented to the Club by A.W. & M. Liquorish) was duly handed to the winning team and will be kept safely in the Clubhouse until next season.
 
The week before, another fixture that hasn't taken place in recent years, Captain v Vice Captain, was re-introduced. This game was also played in beautiful weather, and the Captain's 6 Triples easily overcame the challenge of the Vice Captain's team with a comfortable 122 shots to 84 victory. The Vice Captain's team was led by President Les Canfield due to John Timms absence on holiday.
 
The game was a "mixed" 6 Triples and it is hoped that this also becomes an annual regular for the diary.
 
JUST A QUICK REMINDER - THERE IS A WORK PARTY NEXT SATURDAY MORNING (Sept 29th) STARTING AROUND 9AM AT THE CLUBHOUSE TO PUT ALL THE BITS AND PIECES AWAY FOR THE WINTER.
 
ALSO - DON'T FORGET - PRESENTATION EVENING ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 20TH - LIST ON THE CLUBHOUSE NOTICE BOARD - AND OF COURSE THE A.G.M ON MONDAY OCTOBER 22ND STARTING AT 7.30PM SHARP.
 
 
Twelve students from Lord William's School took part in a unique experiment at Thame Bowls Club this year.
 
For 6 weeks during the summer 12 students attended a course in Lawn Green Bowls under the guidance of Terry Gripes, Oxfordshire coach and Keith Wright, Thame coach with the help of six other coaches from across the county together with many Thame bowls club members.
 
The course was arranged by teachers, Chris Daplyn and Sue Benson and was part of their GCSE Sports examination which they all passed with flying colours. The course was featured on BBC1 Television Oxford News.
 
Bill Giles, Thame Bowls Club Chairman, said he was delighted with the way that all of the students adapted to bowling and hoped that many of them would join Thame Bowls Club next year. This will become an annual event with each successive GCSE year having the option to learn and enjoy bowling at Thame.
 
 
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Thursday, 14th of December 2017
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