Welcome to Thame Bowls Club's website...
There is nothing better than playing a game of bowls and soak up the sun at the same time !
Our Clubhouse is no longer a prominent feature in Queens Road
A new Clubhouse is being built to replace the old one recently demolished.
Welcome to our website, created to provide an insight into our both friendly and competitive club. Established in 1924 and still flourishing with a male and female membership in excess of 100. You will find our present day management well prepared for 21st century bowling.
The outdoor season starts around mid April and ends mid September.  During that time we play some 40 to 50 matches against other clubs usually on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.  In these games bowlers of all abilities are invited to take part. Bowls being a social game it is important to mention most matches are followed by a light meal and if you wish, a soft or alcoholic drink from the well stocked bar.
Most afternoons and evenings in the week there is social bowling, called roll ups, when the game is simply played for fun and is a great time to practice and hopefully improve play.
We also play a number of competitions within the club open to members; all can enter and provide much entertainment most evenings. Members may also enter all the County and National Competitions.
“It’s a young person’s game that old people can play”
Gone are the days when the game was perceived as a game for the old; persons of all ages do play successfully and thoroughly enjoy.

If you are thinking you would like to come into the game you may appreciate to know that we are very liberal with our dress code; the ladies wear a blue cardigan over white, with grey or white skirts or trousers and the men wear club coloured shirts with grey or white trousers for matches and competitions.

Flat soled shoes are a must and second hand bowls can be purchased within the club.
Our playing surface is professionally maintained and is arguably the finest in Oxfordshire. In summer the club is open for play every weekday from 12 noon and from 10am on Saturday and Sunday.
There is a winter short mat bowls programme within the clubhouse open on Wednesday and Friday evenings. This attracts many members to the club for a game and a drink.
Social facilities are excellent; our clubhouse is unique and boasts a good-sized kitchen and a superb L-shaped bar.


We have vacancies for both experienced bowlers and beginners.
If you have not bowled before you will be welcomed as a friend and we have many members who will delight in getting you proficient in a very short time.



Some of us sweltered in the heat last week with a closely fought Purser Cup competition on Sunday eventually won by John Walker and Marion Keal beating Ken Calcutt and Maire Duncan in the final.

The ladies on Monday lost to South Oxford by just 3 shots and the highest winning rink (17 – 8) was played by Marion Keal, Jill Brooks and Maxine Plested.

The men on Thursday comfortably beat the Oxford City and County B team on all rinks to consolidate their third spot in the Oxfordshire Division 3 League with four games left to play. The highest winning rink was played by Ron Duncan, John Hurley, Bill Giles and Graham Penn.

The mixed match on 30 June against High Wycombe was a disappointing 94 – 108 shots defeat, but the highest winning Thame rink was played by Marion Keal, Jill Brooks and Ray Plested.

Mike Ralls

Another very warm week for Thame’s bowlers provided one win, two defeats and a draw but for Frances Goodyear it was a very successful time, being on the highest winning rink on three occasions. 
The win came in the mixed game against Long Crendon by 69 points to 53 and the highest winning rink was played by Peter Southam, Frances Goodyear and skip Graham Watson 27 – 9.
The mixed team lost their earlier match against Didcot going down 41 – 60 with the highest winning rink again played by Peter Southam, Frances Goodyear and Graham Watson.
The men’s League match against League leaders Adderbury was a resounding defeat by 45 points to 91 without any winning rink.
Thame ladies drew with Watlington last Tuesday 45 points all and their highest winning rink was played by Janet Shannon, Jill Brooks and skip Frances Goodyear.
The week commencing 9th July will see no fewer than seven fixtures in a very busy schedule for the club.
Mike Ralls

Please check this out in the Members Only Area. It's a fascinating insight to what goes on behind the scenes.


Yup - it's that time of year when the leg end that is John Hurley presides over the annual race night.


Saturday 24th November with the first race at 7pm sharp.


Those of you who have been before you know what to expect. 


Those of you who haven't then this is a race night with a difference. Almost zero technology, virtually no electricity used but more laughs than you would have thought possible. Metal horses are moved along a well used race track with the jockeys - that is you - wearing caps that don't fit, by throwing dice.


It's only a quid to enter then you can become a jockey for £2 - and get £8 if you win. To own a horse is £5 but netts you £20 when you win. There is a list on the notice board if you want to be an owner. Just put your name against your choice.


Alongside this there is a tote betting system for as little as 50p per bet and of course the bar is open all evening.



If you need any further info please give John a call - his number is in the members only area - or drop an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



SATURDAY 2ndFEBRUARY starting at 7 pm


By popular request we shall be holding a quiz night at the Clubhouse on Saturday 2 February starting at 7 pm.


People will be encouraged to put in teams of up to 8 but individual players will be allocated teams on the night.


The cost will be £5 per head which will include some snacks with all the profits going to the Bowls Club.


Please support the club by arranging teams and put your name down on the sheet below or let Bill Giles know by phone (01844 351008) or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Everyone is welcome so please bring friends along as well.

John and Ruth Timms' Bingo Night just before Christmas was a spectactular success with around 60 people coming along to enjoy themselves.

One or two players seemed to have unbelieveable luck (or was it skill) to have multiple wins and many of us walked away with prizes as the evening went on.

We also had the Sports Club 200 Club Christmas draw with the year's major cash prizes to be won and Messrs Canfield and Reed took away the cheques - congratulations to them.

Special thanks go to John and Ruth for running the event.



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We are committed to respecting your privacy. This notice is to explain how we may use personal information we collect before, during and after your membership with us. This notice applies to you if you have registered to become or are a member of our club. This notice explains how we comply with the law on data protection, what your rights are and for the purpose of data protection, we will be the controller of any of your personal information.


References to we, our or us in this privacy notice are to Thame Bowls Club.


We have not appointed a Data Protection Officer to oversee our compliance with data protection laws, as we are not required to do so, but our Data Protection Compliance Manager has overall responsibility for data protection compliance in our organization. Contact details are set out in the “Contacting us” section at the end of this privacy notice.




You may initially provide us with, or we may obtain personal information about you, such as information regarding your:


a.  personal contact details that allow us to contact you directly such as name, title, address, email address and telephone numbers.

b.  date of birth

c.  gender

d.  membership start and end date

e.  records of your interactions with us such as telephone conversations, emails, and other correspondence and your instructions to us.

f.  details of any county membership

g.  details of next of kin, family members and emergency contacts

h.  any disciplinary and grievance information





We typically collect personal information about our members when you apply to become a member of the club, you register an account with us at Thame Bowls Club, when you purchase any service or product we offer, when you make a query and or/complaint or when you correspond with us by phone, email or in some other way.






Personal Information Used.

Lawful basis.

To administer any membership you have with us and managing our relationship with you, including dealing with payments and any support, service or enquiries made by you.

All contact and membership details transaction and payment information, and records of your interactions with us.            

This is necessary to enable us to properly manage and administer your membership contract with us.

To answer your queries or complaints.

Contact details and records of your interactions with us.

We have a legitimate interest to provide complaint handling services to you in case there are any issues with your membership.

Retention of records.

All the personal Information we collect.

We have a legitimate interest in retaining records whilst they be required in relation to complaints or claims. We need to retain records in order to properly administer and manage your membership and run our club and in some cases, we may have legal or regulatory obligations to retain records.

The security of our IT Systems.

Your usage of our IT systems and online portals.

We have a legitimate interest to ensure that our IT systems are secure.

For the purposes of promoting the club, our events and membership packages.

Images in video and/or photographic form.

Where you have given your consent.

To gather evidence for possible grievance or disciplinary hearings.

All the personal information we collect.

We have a legitimate interest in doing so to provide a safe and fair environment for all members and to ensure the effective management of any disciplinary hearings, appeals and adjudications.


For some of your personal information you will have a legal, contractual or other requirement or obligation for you to provide us with your personal information. If you do not provide us with the requested personal information we may not be able to admit you as a member or we may not be able to properly perform our contract with you or comply with legal obligations and we may have to terminate your membership. For other personal information you may not be under an obligation to provide it to us, but if you do not provide it then we may not be able to properly perform our contract with you.


Where you have given us your consent to use your personal information in a particular manner, you have the right to withdraw this consent at any time, which you may do by contacting us as described in the “Contacting us” section below.


Please note however that the withdrawal of your consent will not affect any use of the data made before you withdrew your consent and we may still be entitled to hold and process the relevant personal information to the extent that we are entitled to do so on bases other than your consent. Withdrawing consent may also have the same effects as not providing the information in the first place, for example we may no longer be able to provide certain member benefits to you.





We share personal information with the following parties:


a.  Any party approved by you


b.  To any governing bodies or regional bodies for the sport covered by our club: to allow them to properly administer the sport on a local, regional or national level.


c.  The Government or our regulators: where we are required to do so by law or to assist with their investigations or initiatives.


d.  Police, law enforcement and security services: to assist with the investigation and prevention of crime and the protection of national security





The personal information we collect is not transferred to or stored in countries outside of the UK.




The duration for which we retain your personal information will differ depending on the type of information and the reason why we collected it from you. However, in some cases personal information may be retained on a long term basis: for example, personal information that we need to retain for legal purposes will normally be retained in accordance with the usual commercial practice and regulatory requirements. Generally where there are no legal requirements we retain all physical and electronic records for a period of 2 years after your last contact with us or the end of your membership. Exceptions to this rule are:


a. Details regarding unsuccessful membership applicants where we hold records for a period of not more than 12 months.


b.  Information that may be relevant to personal injury or discrimination claims may be retained until the limitation period for those types of claims has expired. For personal injury or discrimination claims this can be an extended period as the limitation period might not start to run until a long time after the event.


It is important to ensure that the personal information we hold about you is accurate and up to date and you should let us know if anything changes, for example you change your phone number or email address. You can contact us by using the details set out in the “Contacting us” section below.





You have the following rights in relation to your personal information:


a.  the right to be informed about how your personal information is being used.

b.  the right to access the personal information we hold about you.

c.  the right to request the correction of inaccurate personal information we hold about you.

d.  the right to request the erasure of your personal information in certain limited circumstances.

e.  the right to restrict processing of your personal information where certain requirements are met.

f.  the right to object to the processing of your personal information.

g.  the right to request that we transfer elements of your data either to you or another service provider.

h.  the right to object to certain automated decision-making processes using your personal information.


You should note that some of these rights, for example the right to require us to transfer your date to another service provider or the right to object to automated decision making, may not apply as they have specific requirements and exemptions which apply to them and they may not apply to personal information recorded and stored by us. For example, we do not use automated decision making in relation to your personal data. However, some have no conditions attached, so your right to withdraw consent or object to processing for direct marketing are absolute rights.


Whilst this privacy notice sets out a general summary of your legal rights in respect of personal information, this is a very complex area of law. More information about your legal rights can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website at https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/.


To exercise any of the above rights, or if you have any questions relating to your rights, please contact us using the details set out in the “Contacting us” section below.


If you are unhappy with the way we are using your personal information you can also complain to the UK Information Commissioner’s Office at your local data protection regulator. We are here to help and encourage you to contact us to resolve your complaint first.





We may update this privacy notice from time to time. When we change this notice in a material way, we will update the version date at the bottom of this page. For significant changes to this notice we will try to give you reasonable notice unless we are prevented from doing so. Where required by law we will seek your consent to changes in the way we use your personal information.





In the event of any query or complaint in connection with the information we hold about you, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to The Data Protection Compliance Manager at Thame Bowls Club, Chiltern Grove, Thame, Oxon. OX9 3NH.


Version dated February 2019




We have a single, simple purpose – to contribute to the continued success and development

of Thame Bowls Club by adhering to and promoting a set of values that enable our members

and volunteers to feel respected and valued.


1.We commit to supporting one another and the Club aims.


2.We respect one another and work best as a team.


3.We are cheerful, welcoming and friendly at all times.


4.We aim to be successful, but remember it is as important to enjoy ourselves and have fun.


5.We use our experience and knowledge to help new members develop and grow.


6.We have a commitment to caring about the well-being of our fellow members.


7.We welcome healthy debate and ideas, but strive for solutions not barriers.


8.We value tradition, but recognise that we also need to embrace change to progress.


Thame Bowls Club Committee 2019



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Thame Bowls Club
Chiltern Grove
Queen's Road


'Contact Us' for Contact Names, Numbers and email.


Thame Bowls Club

Safeguarding Policy Statement


Thame Bowls Club acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and both Bowls England and Lawn Tennis Association requirements.


The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children and adults at risk are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and adults at risk


  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport at Thame Bowls Club in a safe and appropriate environment

  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in Bowls or Tennis or outside of the activity.

Thame Bowls Club acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.


As part of our safeguarding policy Thame Bowls Club will:-


  • promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and adults at risk

  • ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children, young people and adults at risk

  • ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern

  • ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored

  • prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals

  • ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.

The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Thame Bowls Club. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.




The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances:


  • changes in legislation and/or government guidance

  • as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, UK Sport and LTA and Bowls England requirements.

  • as a result of any other significant change or event.

  • (Last reviewed November 2018)

Responsibility for the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Code of Conduct and Reporting Procedure




  • Thame Sport’s Club management committee has overall accountability for this Policy and its implementation

  • Our club Welfare Officer, Chris Shannon, is responsible for updating this Policy in line with legislative and club developments

  • All individuals involved in/present at the club are required to adhere to the Policy and Code of Conduct

  • The LTA Safeguarding Team and Tennis Scotland, Tennis Wales and Tennis Foundation Safeguarding Leads can offer support to help clubs proactively safeguard.


Where there is a safeguarding concern/disclosure:


  • The individual who is told about, hears, or is made aware of the concern/disclosure is responsible for following the Reporting a Safeguarding Concern. Unless someone is in immediate danger, they should inform the relevant club Welfare Officer. For concerns related to a bowls incident this would be The Bowls Club Welfare Officer. For concerns related to a tennis incident, this would be the Thame Tennis Club Welfare Officer. For concerns not related to tennis or bowls, this would be the Thame Bowls Club Welfare Officer.


  • The relevant Welfare Officer would then follow the procedures in their club’s safeguarding policy.


  • Dependent on the concern/disclosure, a referral may be made to:


  • The police in an emergency (999);

  • Local Authority Children’s Services contact at 01865 810603 or individual officer contact details via: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/local-authority-designated-officers

  • Local Authority Adult Services: Oxford County Council adult services on 0345 050 7666 or for more information www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/contact-social-and-health-care

  • Disclosure and Barring Service for concerns/disclosures about a member of staff, consultant, coach, official or volunteer 03000 200 190


Contact Details


Welfare Officers:


Thame Bowls Club: Names: Chris Shannon

Contact number(s): 01844 212796 07850 638 909


Thame Tennis Club Name: Zoe Smith

Contact number(s):


Thame Sports Club Ltd: Name: Peter Bozier

Contact number(s): 01844 214469 07707 183113







What to do if a disclosure from a child or adult at risk is made to you:


  1. Reassure the child/adult that s/he is right to report the behaviour

  2. Listen carefully and calmly to him/her

  3. Keep questions to a minimum – and never ask leading questions

  4. Do not promise secrecy. Inform him/her that you must report your conversation to the relevant Club Welfare Officer (and the police in an emergency) because it is in his/her best interest

  5. REPORT IT! If someone is in immediate danger call the police (999), otherwise talk to the relevant welfare officer as soon as possible. The relevant officer will then follow their club’s procedures.

  6. Do not permit personal doubt prevent you from reporting the concern/disclosure

  7. Make an immediate objective written record of the conversation using the Incident Reporting Form. Make certain you distinguish between what the person has actually said and the inferences you may have made. Pass on the form promptly to the welfare officer.




























Codes of Conduct


All members of staff and volunteers agree to:

  • Prioritise the well-being of all children and adults at risk at all times

  • Treat all children and adults at risk fairly and with respect

  • Be a positive role model. Act with integrity, even when no one is looking

  • Help to create a safe and inclusive environment both on and off court

  • Not allow any rough or dangerous behaviour, bullying or the use of bad or inappropriate language

  • Report all allegations of abuse or poor practice to the club Welfare Officer

  • Not use any sanctions that humiliate or harm a child or adult at risk

  • Value and celebrate diversity and make all reasonable efforts to meet individual needs

  • Keep clear boundaries between professional and personal life, including on social media

  • Have the relevant consent from parents/carers, children and adults before taking or using photos and videos

  • Refrain from making physical contact with children or adults unless it is necessary as part of an emergency or congratulatory (e.g. handshake / high five)

  • Refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol during club activities or coaching sessions

  • Ensure roles and responsibilities are clearly outlined and everyone has the required information and training

  • Avoid being alone with a child or adult at risk unless there are exceptional circumstances

  • Refrain from transporting children or adults at risk, unless this is required as part of a club activity (e.g. away match) and there is another adult in the vehicle

  • Not abuse, neglect, harm or discriminate against anyone; or act in a way that may be interpreted as such

  • Not have a relationship with anyone under 18 for whom they are coaching or responsible for

  • Not to have a relationship with anyone over 18 whilst continuing to coach or be responsible for them


All members, adults and children agree to:

  • Be friendly, supportive and welcoming to other children and adults

  • Play fairly and honestly

  • Respect club staff, volunteers and Officials and accept their decisions

  • Behave, respect and listen to your coach

  • Take care of your equipment and club property

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, culture, religion or sexual identity

  • Not use bad, inappropriate or racist language, including on social media

  • Not bully, intimidate or harass anyone, including on social media

  • Not smoke, drink alcohol or drugs of any kind on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions or events

  • Talk to the club Welfare Officer about any concerns or worries they have about themselves or others