Our new clubhouse completed Autumn 2020
Our former Clubhouse was a prominent feature in Queens Road
Remember those sunny days....
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We at Thame Bowls Club are delighted that you have chosen to join us and hope you enjoy many years of bowling. It is a great social game and you will meet lots of people who have many years of experience in the game who will help you in the learning process, but you will also meet many newcomers to the game.


Roll-ups are a great way to make friends and spend an enjoyable hour or so. The Green is open from 11am till dusk. This season we are organising roll-ups on Tuesday evenings at 6pm for those new to the game. Alternatively arrange with a few friends to meet up and enjoy a pleasant afternoon bowling. Or, you could meet up any other weekday evening, have a game and a drink in our bar from 7pm. You can book space on the green using the booking sheets in the Clubhouse.


The bowling season starts around mid-April and finishes late September. There are various Social Events at the Club all year round, fun days including Ladies v Gents and Captain v Vice Captain matches and the socially minded Friday Evening club games with bacon or sausage butties afterwards.


Matches - a brief introduction:


Midweek matches - a great introduction to mixed friendly games against local clubs for men and ladies together.
Dress code - Club tops, grey trousers/skirts. 


Men’s Oxfordshire League matches - a game for those who want competitive matches.
Dress code - Club shirts and grey trousers. 


Ladies matches - any lady can play, you will be put in a team with experienced bowlers.
Dress code - Club tops and white skirts/trousers. 


Saturday Matches - friendly mixed games against local opposition.
Dress code - Club shirts and white trousers. 


Sunday Matches - mixed friendly games played against local teams.
A must for all new members to get involved.
Dress code - Club tops and white trousers/skirts. 


You will find all these matches in your fixture card and on the Club notice board where you can indicate your availablity to play.  I am sure any club member will be happy to assist in any way they can. 


Join in and take advantage of what Thame Bowls Club has to offer. You will find friendship, good company and good bowling on the best green in Oxfordshire.


Our Values

Thame Bowls Club has a set of Values that we seek all members to abide by, they are:

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


  • Bowls should not be dropped on the green.

  • Bowls should not be kicked in until the shot has been decided.

  • Bowling is a friendly game and all players should show courtesy and good sportsmanship.

  • Dress appropriately and ensure that you know the dress code for each game or match in which you are participating.

  • Do not walk across rinks that other people are using.

  • Introduce yourself and shake hands with your opponent(s) both before play commences and after the game is complete.

  • During the game do not move around the head when your opponent is about to deliver his bowl. Stand well back from the head, keep quiet and do not do anything that would distract your opponent. Wait until the bowl has been delivered before moving.

  • If you are at the same end as the player delivering a bowl you must stand behind the mat thus staying out of the player's line of vision.

  • Bear in mind that some people like to see the rink boundary markers and the centre pin while playing so make sure that you are not obscuring them.

  • On sunny days you must also ensure that your shadow does not fall on the jack.

  • Spectators who are in the player's line of vision should also keep still while bowls are being delivered and they should not distract players on the green.

  • After you have delivered a bowl and before it has come to rest you should remain on the mat so that your skip can advise you on how well your bowl was delivered.

  • It is customary to offer to buy them a drink if you have won the game. Where a marker has been involved in a singles game you should also offer them a drink.




In all team games it is the Skip's job to direct the play. Other players should play the shot directed by the Skip even if they don't agree with it. In fours games the 'Third' should direct the Skip when required to do so. In Triples or Pairs the Second or Lead may do this. Other players should not interfere unless invited to do so.

The Skip

  • The Skip shall have sole charge of his team, and his instructions shall be observed by his players. With the opposing Skip he shall decide all disputed points, and when both agree, their decision shall be final.

  • If both Skips cannot agree, the point in dispute shall be referred to, and considered by, an Umpire whose decision shall be final.

  • A Skip may at any time delegate his powers or any of his duties to other members of his team provided that such delegation is notified to the opposing Skip.

  • The Skip also keeps the score of all shots as from 2011.

The Third

  • The third player may have deputed to him the duty of measuring any and all disputed shots.

The Second

  • The Second should work in tandem with The Lead.

The Lead

  • The Lead shall place the mat and shall deliver the Jack ensuring that the Jack is properly centred before playing his first bowl.

  • In addition to the duties specified in the preceding clauses any player may undertake such duties as may be assigned to him by the Skip.

  • It is also worth emphasising that the head must not be disturbed by any player until the shots have been finally agreed. When the Thirds or Skips are deciding the shots the other players should stand well back from the head and give them the space to do so.

  • During the game encourage your team mates, do not criticize them. Commend good shots and learn to accept that flukes are a part of the game. Sometimes they go for you, sometimes against.




  • A marker is serving two people.
  • When a player has delivered the jack the marker should centre it then stand back and to one side, ensuring that all rink markers are visible to the players.
  • He should answer any specific question (from the player in possession of the rink) about the state of the head. He should not offer any additional information that has not been requested. For example if someone asks, "Who lays the shot?", you should just answer that question, e.g. "You are" or "He is". You should not say anything like, "You are laying two shots".
  • If you are unsure of the situation, for example you cannot decide who is lying, don't guess. You can offer an opinion but make sure that the player who is asking the question is made aware of this.
  • The marker should mark all touchers immediately they come to rest and remove chalk marks from non touchers. He should also remove all dead bowls from the rink with the players' agreement. He should also mark the position of touchers and or the Jack which are in the ditch.
  • The marker should not move any bowls until the end is complete and the players have agreed the number of shots.
  • He shall measure disputed shots when required but once again he should not move the bowls until the players agree. If an Umpire is available then he may be called upon for a decision. Where no Umpire is available the marker may select one. Both players may also agree that the marker should make the decision.


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