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.

Peter Desbrey

As you probably already know Peter Desbry passed away recently and his funeral will take place at Bierton Crematorium just outside of Aylesbury at 2 PM on 23rd December. 

The full address of the crematorium is Cane End Lane, Bierton, Aylesbury HP22 5BH.

Peter was a very hard working member of Thame Bowls Club running the bar for many years and was also a very keen bowler.  He will be sadly missed.


Ingrid Dale

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Ingrid passed away on Tuesday evening and all our thoughts go out to her husband Mel and her family.

Ingrid was a very active member of Thame Bowls Club being the Ladies’ Captain on the year that I joined.  

Ingrid's funeral will be at Oxford Crematorium in Headington on 10th January at 3pm.


Bill Giles

Chairman Thame Bowls Club

You can follow the rebuild project by clicking the Tab at the top of this page and then clicking on the link that says: 

Photos HERE of the Clubhouse Rebuild project

If you then click on each photograph you will see a brief caption that gives you a little information about the progress being made.

Some very familiar faces were busy again this sunny 29th November morning.

Thanks Ray, Jess and Chris for all your year-round hard work.

Hi Everybody,

Just a note to say that we have already started Friday Table Tennis sessions from 2pm to 4pm at Thame Scout HQ in Southern Road.

We play some Table Tennis within a range of mixed and dubious standard in a relaxed atmosphere!  Not only do we have a quality table, but plenty of bats and balls as well - so come along and get some closed season exercise with a bit of fun included.

It's also a chance to have a natter with your fellow Club members, have a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit! 

Do come along, everyone is welcome

Chris Shannon


Despite the fact that we will not have a clubhouse this Xmas this event is still going ahead. It will be at Towersey Memorial Hall on Saturday 14th December at 7pm. There is no bar, so please bring your favourite beer or two, bottle of wine or bottle of coke with glasses and nibbles.

We would also like donations of prizes please of biscuits, wine or whatever you can spare either before the event (to the Duncans), at the AGM or on the night.
The cost to you will be only £5 for a book of bingo numbers.
We also plan to do the 200 Club Christmas draw that evening when the December prizes will be £500 and £100.
Please let Ron or Maire Duncan or any member of the committee know if you will be attending.

The Competition Honours tab has been updated with this seasons winners. Please have a look and if there are any errors please contact us.



Summary of Week End Games 2019
Played 30 [ 2 cancelled by our opposition] 9 won 21 lost
64 club members played in Week End Games
Most Played: Alfred Jochum 23
                 Jane Kimber 23
                Marion Keal 21
Top Rink: Jane Kimber 8
                   Graham Watson 6
                   Jesse Matthews 6
                                             Best % Leonard Grimshaw 75% but only 4 games!!!
                       Jesse Matthews 46%
                        Graham Watson 37%
                    Jane Kimber 34%
Bowlers with top rink success in their first game for the week end side
Gini Williams
Roger Mackreill
Steve Balne
Terri Blackburn
Paul Youens
Best Home Made Cakes
Maire Duncan and Gini Williams
Best Savouries
Carsten Jochum [ although it is rumoured his mother made them?]
Derek Goodyear [ Frances influence?]
Best Sandwiches
Jane Kimber [ including edible flowers?]
Kevin Sharman with wraps, a nice change
ME with a little help from Waitrose or M & S
Many thanks to all the 64 players who have supported me in my first season as Captain, it's been a pleasure to play with you and enjoy your company.
It's not the winning that counts, it's the taking part. Bulls**t, next year we will win more than we lose.
John Walker

Competition Finals 2019 - The Results


Thursday 22nd August

 Josey Cup                Janet & Chris Shannon 


Friday 23rd August

 Ford Cup                  Jane Kimber & Maire Duncan

 Victory Pairs             Tony Adamson (substitute) & Paul Costin

 Warwick Cup             Jill Brooks & Bill Giles


Saturday 24th August                                                          

 Honour Cup              Jane Kimber

 Two Wood Cup          Jill Brooks

 Michael Jones Cup     Chris Shannon

 Taylor Cup                Geoff Roynon 

 Walker Cup               Chris Shannon

 Pomeroy Cup            Jill Brooks

 Coronation Cup         Ken Calcutt           


Sunday 25th August

 Jubilee Handicap      Paul Costin

Dear All
Please note that the green is now closed.
There are no rink markers and we are treating the green, the surrounding ditch and borders.
It is most important that no one attempts to use the green for practice or walks on the grass because there is a danger it could then be damaged for next year.
Many thanks

In true Thame Bowls Club fashion the final Friday Evening Leagues matches were played on Wednesday 21st August. The results and final table are in the Friday Evening League section which can be found here

The winners trophy will be presented, rather appropriately, on Friday the 20th at the Presentation Evening. 

Competition Finals 2019


Thursday 22nd August

5.00pm Josey Cup                Janet & Chris Shannon v Val & Michael Sawyer


Friday 23rd August

5.00pm Ford Cup                  Jane Kimber & Maire Duncan v Janet Shannon & Caroline Walker

5.00pm Victory Pairs             Mike Zakaszewski & Paul Costin v Vic Webb & Ken Calcutt

5.00pm Warwick Cup             Doreen Penn & Thomas Tisbury v Jill Brooks & Bill Giles


Saturday 24th August                                                          Markers

10.30am Honour Cup            Janet Shannon v Jane Kimber            Bill Giles

10.30am Two Wood Cup        Marion Keal v Jill Brooks                    Sharon Heafey

10.30am Michael Jones Cup   Ken Calcutt v Chris Shannon              John Walker

1.00pm Taylor Cup                Kevin Sharman v Geoff Roynon          Alfred Jochum

2.00pm Walker Cup               Chris Shannon v John Coward            Les Canfield

3.00pm Pomeroy Cup            Jill Brooks v Jane Kimber                   Maire Duncan

3.00pm Coronation Cup         Graham Watson v Ken Calcutt            Gordon Taylor


Umpires Ron Duncan and Les Canfield


Sunday 25th August

10.30am Jubilee Handicap      Paul Costin v Chris Shannon              Graham Watson


A number of pictures have been uploaded to the photo gallery. Don't forget you'll need to be registered and logged in to see them. 

Any questions send us a message via the Contact Us page.

These can be found here.

The Ladies v Men annual match is on August 16th. Please either put your names on the list on the noticeboard or email Graham Watson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let him know you want to be thrashed - if you're a bloke - or victorious if you're not.

The following message is from from Jeanette Berry - Secretary of BOL -  to all involved in hosting the Quarter and Semi Finals of the Oxfordshire Ladies Pairs last weekend, when we witnessed some fine bowls being played. 


Please pass on my thanks to the committee (on behalf of BOL) at Thame Bowls Club for the excellent organisation, catering and hospitality that all bowlers and officials experienced on Saturday, both prior to and during the quarter & semi finals of the Ladies Pairs competition.  Thank you for all the hard work that was put into making the day an enjoyable and successful occasion”.


The two winning pairs on the day (from Banbury Central and Oxford City & County) have qualified for the national ladies pairs held at Leamington Spa in August.



The latest round of competition results is now complete and the results can be found here.

Next Tuesday 23 July, 24 new bowlers will start to play for the Paul Heafey cup with a further round on 30 July followed by the final on Tuesday 6 August.

We, at Thame Bowls Club, should all be very proud of the Development Team and others who have given their time and expertise every Tuesday to recruit and coach the new bowlers. I doubt if there is another bowls club in the county or indeed in the country who has put so much work and dedication to welcome all our new players and it is paying off by seeing so many encouraged to play in our friendly games.


The cup, in honour of Paul Heafey, will be played along similar lines to the President’s Cup on a four end basis.


The matches will start promptly at 6 pm, the bar will be open, the weather will be glorious, so please would as many members as possible come along to support our new bowlers and the coaches and helpers that have done so much to earn our respect.



Bill Giles OBE

Chairman, Thame Bowls Club


The latest round of the competitions are now complete and the draws have been updated.

Click here for the Mens Coronation Cup

here for the Men's Jubilee Handicap Cup

here for the Men's Walker Cup

here for the Men's Taylor Cup

here for the Men's Victory Pairs Cup

here for the Michael Jones Cup

and here for the Warwick Cup

Please don't forget that the quarter finals of all competitions need to have been played by the 24th July.

The updated draws will be put on the notice board in the clubhouse soon.

We have updated the Home Page so please take some time to scroll down and check out Our Values which have been added.

There are a few pictures from this years Purser Cup in the Photo Gallery.

In the final Chris Shannon, Tony Adamson and Jane Kimber beat Dave Holland, Jill Brooks and Janet Shannon.

This is now in the members only area so that we can include everyones phone number and everything is in one place. You will therefore need to login to see it.

Not registered yet? Go to the contact us button near the top of the page, send us a message and we'll get back to you. 

Results and league standings can be found here :-


The Friday League begins tonight at 6:15pm so even if you're not playing why not come down to the club for a drink and a sausage or bacon roll.

The Purser Cup Competition Sunday 23rd June 
This is an annual triples competition for Club Members only that is held on our green.
We arrive on the day and teams are drawn there and then to balance the teams as much as possible to ensure an enjoyable and friendly contest.
Please indicate you wish to play by putting your name on the Noticeboard - again if you want me to put your name up for you please let me know.
Arrival time at the Clubhouse by 1:15pm
Dress code Whites.
No organised food is being provided but feel free to bring your own snacks if you wish.
John Walker
01844 351036

Unfortunately, the Gloucester Trip has been cancelled due to lack of players.

In it’s place we are organising a Post Code Challenge Match starting at 2.30pm.

The Thame Townie’s: Captained by Maire and Ron Duncan

will play 

The Village Peasant’s: Captained by Jane Kimber and John Walker

Who do you play for?

All members living within the OX9 post code will play for the Townie’s.

All member living in ANY other post code will play for the Peasant’s.

Dress code: Club Shirt with Grey: Match Fee £3 to include Pizza’s after the match.

Format will be decided when number of players are known.

Please sign your name on the Noticeboard in the Clubhouse if you wish to play.

Final Results


Team A comprising Barry Green, Val Sawyer, Jill Brooks and Leonard Grimshaw win the May midweek Cup.



Team A                                  Team B

Barry Green                           Virginia Williams

Val Sawyer                             Mike Sawyer

Jill Brooks                              Barbara Waters

Leonard Grimshaw (C)            Gordon Taylor (C)


Team C                                   Team D

Mike Zak                                 Vic Webb

Roger Blackburn                      Phil Reed

Frances Goodyear                    Marion Keal

Sandy Webb (C)                      John Hurley (C)


                                           Result                              Result

May 14th Team A v Team D   12-5    Team B v Team C   5-12

May 21st  Team A v Team C   8-9     Team B v Team D   5-12

May 28th  Team A v Team B   9-6     Team C v Team D   5-10


Scoring is 1 point for each end won and 2 points for the winning team.

Scores will be totalled week by week and the team with the highest overall points total will be deemed the winners.


Final points totals (as at 28th May) :-

                                       Team A 31

                                       Team D 29

                                       Team C 26

                                       Team B 16


Whitsun Trophy Sunday 26th May

Format – Rinks 12 ends

Four teams in total, each team consisting of four players. The first round of the competition will be drawn and the two winning teams from the first matches will play one another in the final, the two losing teams will play off for third place. 


Teams are as follows :-

Team A                  Team B                     Team C                       Team D

Mike Zak               Ann Ashfield             Kevin Sharman          Janet Shannon

Jane Kimber          Marion Keal              Frances Goodyear      Maire Duncan

Jill Brooks             Ron Duncan              John Hurley               Mike Ralls

Chris Shannon (C) Ray Plested (C)         John Walker (C)         John Ashfield (C)



Graham Watson – Competitions Secretary





Please note that the first named in the Draw is the CHALLENGER


The CHALLENGER is responsible for:


  • Providing their opponent with 3 dates (preferably including a weekend)


  • Providing dates as early as possible to enable the tie to be played well before the ‘to be played by’ date on the Chart


  • Booking a Rink


  • Arranging a Marker – preferably not a family member unless agreed by your opponent


For more Competition Information see the Members Handbook




This seasons competition draws can be found here 

They will be updated with results once the play by dates are past.

The new bowlers program is now underway with a roll-up every Tuesday evening between 6 and 7 at which there will be qualified instructors. If you know anyone who might be interested please give Mike Ralls a shout.

There are a few photos from the first Tuesday in the photo gallery. You need to login to see them. If you haven't registered then please do it is free and there are more enhancements on the way.


If you're not sure how to do any of the above please email Phil or Ian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll sort you out.



The Committee were recently approached by the SODC Go Active Gold Team to work in partnership with them on their Learn to Bowl beginners course initiative that is taking place at a few clubs across South Oxfordshire.

This free course is designed to provide beginners with a pressure free environment where anyone can Learn to Bowl.

The course will start on Tuesday 7th May from 6pm and will continue weekly through the season.

SODC have been advertising the course with posters (see below) and in the media, and you may have seen this recent article in the Thame Gazette.

This is a perfect opportunity to invite friends and family down to the club to learn the sport, so please spread the word and get them down to give it a try - our recently qualified coaches will be running the course.

There is obviously an appetite for the game locally because, at our first Club Recruitment Day on Saturday 20th April we had all 6 rinks in use when 16 new people turned up - luckily the day was supported by around 10 club members who were there to help!


We had an excellent turnout of members this Saturday 6th April to set up the Green and the surroundings ready for the New Season, which commences this coming weekend with an in-house friendly.  Although because of the clash with Spring Holidays quite a few regular helpers had informed me they would be unable to attend, around 35 members turned up to help, which enabled us to quickly achieve all the tasks we had planned. Thank you to everyone who was involved and it augurs well for another good season of friendship and participation throughout the Club.

There are a couple of photos in the gallery.

Chris Shannon

Hon Secretary and Green Keeper

Check the Photo Gallery for a few pictures of the pre season dinner.

It is with great sadness to report that Jim Tite passed away on Monday afternoon 25th March.  Jim was a great club man and enjoyed his bowls even when in poor health in recent years.  Jim’s funeral will take place at St. Mary’s Church, Thame at 11am on Friday 5th April. 

Will Hawes, who passed away recently, will be cremated at Oxford Crematorium on Monday 8th April at 2pm.  Will was very enthusiastic when playing bowls, reading the head with great knowledge and understanding, and his love of the game was there for all to see.

Marjorie Spencer, who also passed away recently, was a stalwart of Thame Bowls Club in years gone by.  Photographs of her can be seen on the clubhouse wall and by reputation she didn’t suffer fools gladly on the green.  Marjorie would have been 104 years old this April and many of you might remember we celebrated her 100th birthday at the Club.  There will be a remembrance service for her.

Bill Giles OBE
Thame Bowls Club


Avonmore visited yesterday and completed the latest Spring maintenance routines. The Green was Verticut twice and solid tined to aerate and promote root growth. The green was then over-seeded and spiked rolled to help promote new growth on the remaining bare patches. They will return in the next ten days to fertilize with a product that stays active for 8 to 10 weeks encouraging growth in the early part of the season.


We will continue brushing every day there is heavy dew, because the current weather conditions make us still very susceptible to a further attack of fusarium which would create fresh bare patches and the necessity for the application of more chemicals to control the disease spread.


From Monday 1st April we will commence cutting three times a week at 6ml, which although may not remove lots of grass at the moment, but will encourage the plant to put up more shoots from the roots as a natural defence to constantly getting the top of it’s new shoots cut off. This will thicken the cover of grass overall. What we need is a sustained period of warmer weather to increase the ground temperatures, but that is in the lap of the Gods – so we will do our best in the meanwhile.


Don't forget Saturday the 6th April to set up the Green and surrounding areas for opening on Wednesday the 10th April.


Chris Shannon 

Greenkeeper & Hon. Secretary.


The Pre-Season Forum was held at the clubhouse on 14th March starting at 7pm and was very well attended by so many.  

The following people gave brief presentations on the following subjects:

Bill Giles -Welcome and introductions

Graham Watson - Overview of the evening and sponsorship

Chris Shannon - The Green, Membership List, League Applications 

Mike Ralls - New member recruitment and development and Tuesday roll-ups

Ian Rutherford and Phil Reed - Website

Ian Rutherford - Re-build update

Graham Watson - Fixture booklet

Graham Watson - Competitions

John Walker - Weekend games

Jill Brooks - Ladies fixtures

Terry Emberson - Midweek fixtures

Ron Duncan - League games

Maire Duncan - Gloucester Trip 10th June

John Walker - Bar and staffing

Bill Giles - Friday League

Graham Watson - Pre-season event

Bill Giles - Volunteering and close

During the evening our Treasurer Ian Rutherford collected around 60 Membership Renewal Forms and money.  This clearly reflects how full the clubhouse was for the event, especially when taking into account some people attending had already renewed their membership in advance. 



Please see the flyer below which is part of the 2019 recruitment drive. If you need any copies please contact a member of the development group.





 A message here from Chris Shannon, our Greenkeeper & Hon. Secretary.

Avonmore visited this morning and carried out a full programme of treatment.  They cut and slit the green to aerate the roots and sprayed with tonics and herbicides then added lawn sand to kill off the moss that was starting to infiltrate the bare patches.  There is some scarring from the fusarium problems we had before the cold spell hit us, but there is already some good new growth coming through on these bare patches.

We need to keep off the green entirely until after the weekend, then re-commence brushing from Monday onwards.  It will be extremely beneficial to keep as much dew off the grass as the weather warms up again.  The more we do that the better chance we have of keeping any further disease at bay.  We will start cutting to 7mm from now on and we should see some increased growth if or as the weather warms up.

It is great to think this club has such a fantastic 'green team' whose work largely goes unseen when nobody else is about and who oversee the condition of our playing surface all year round.  All club members appreciate their hard work.  

This year's Pre Season Dinner will be held in the Clubhouse on 23rd March at 6:30pm for 7:00pm. 

Hopefully you will have had an email with menu and booking information from Ian Rutherford, but if not details of the menu choices and how to book are on Forms in the Clubhouse.  If you are unable to get into the Clubhouse then please contact Ian by email or on 07860 318827. 

The cost is just £10 per person including an entry in the evening's prize draw.  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, but special requests always entertained.
Last year's event was immensely successful so I'm sure you will want to join us this time.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to come.   

This year's Pre Season Forum will be held on 13th March at the Clubhouse at 7:00pm.

As usual on this evening you will hear from various Committee Members what is planned for 2019. 

Please come along, have a drink and learn what is on the agenda for the season to come.  

Our very first Quiz Night held on 2nd February was a highly successful event with 74 quizzers taking part.  

Our thanks to everyone who came and made it such a great night out, but especially to Graham Watson for putting the questions together and for conducting the evening so well, to John Walker for providing snacks for the tables, Jane for the hot pizzas and Alfred for making sure the bar ticked over all evening.

Some photos from the evening are now in the Gallery.  

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.


In support of our friends at Lightfoots, our Clubhouse will provide facilities overnight on Friday 30th November  - 1st December from 7pm until after breakfast the next morning for a 'Sleep Out' in and around the Clubhouse.
The Sleep Out is a nationwide fundraising event with a view to helping to End Youth Homelessness, details of which are on the Lightfoots website here https://lightfoots.co.uk/mortgage-sleep-out/  
Lightfoots are aiming to raise £1,000 to contribute towards the combined aim of raising £100,000 across the country.  To find out more and contribute if you wish, please visit www.justgiving.com/lightfoots-solicitors
The plan, weather permitting, is for a number of Lightfoots' Partners and staff to build rudimentary shelters using cardboard or other materials outside the Clubhouse and, as the initiative suggests, sleep out overnight.  If the weather is poor, they will sleep inside.
Prior to the actual Sleepout on Friday evening we will be opening the bar and Lightfoots hope to be able to get hold of a short video to be shown around 8.30pm about the fundraising initiative.
Bowls Club Members will be welcome during the evening if you wish to drop by.
For one week only, our usual Friday short mat session will be held on the Thursday evening 29th.

Hi Everybody,

Just a note to say that we have resumed the Friday Table Tennis sessions from 2pm to 4pm. It's an opportunity to have a natter with your fellow Club members, have a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit - oh and we play some Table Tennis of a mixed and dubious standard - everyone is welcome! Not only do we provide the Table, but plenty of bats and balls as well - so come along and get some closed season exercise with a bit of fun included.

Chris Shannon


Thame Bowls Club.

Check this out in the Members Only Area. It is a fascinating insight behind the scenes.

Dear Bowls Club Members, to see all the photos uploaded over the last couple of months, please log in with your User Name and Password and click on the Gallery link in the Club Member Menu that will then appear on the left.  There are photos of the recent Sponsors Evening, Finals Weekend, Blind Bowlers Competition Day, Town Council match and our Club's Presentation Evening.

Please also note that the AGM Agenda and detail of the Propositions for Consideration and Vote at the AGM have now been transferred to the Members Only area.

This weekend is Club Finals Weekend - the schedule of play (and winners) was as follows:

Saturday 8th September
11am Victory Pairs 
Les Canfield and Leonard Grimshaw v Ian Rutherford and Chris Shannon (winners)
11am Warwick Cup 
Thomas Tisbury and Doreen Penn (winners) v Shirley Foster and John Ashfield
1pm Ladies 2 Wood Singles
Ann Ashfield v Maxine Plested (winner)
1pm Walker Cup
Robin Jenner (winner) v Paul Costin
3pm Jubilee Handicap Cup
Bill Giles (winner) v Chris Shannon
3pm Honour Cup
Janet Shannon v Frances Goodyear (winner)
Sunday 9th September
11am Josey Cup (Married Pairs)
Doreen and Graham Penn (winners) v Janet and Chris Shannon
11am Ford Cup 
Shirley Foster and Frances Goodyear (winners)  v Jill Brooks and Ann Ashfield
11am Taylor Cup
Paul Costin (winner) v John Sear
1pm Michael Jones Cup
Chris Shannon v Paul Costin (winner)
3pm Pomeroy Cup
Doreen Penn v Maxine Plested (winner)
3pm Coronation Cup
Graham Watson (winner) v Bill Giles
The final of the Paul Heafey Memorial Cup was held on Tuesday 7 August and was well attended by a number of spectators.
The final result was as follows : -
Team D beat Team A by 8 points to 3 and Team B beat Team C by 5 points to 4.
This combined with the scores from the previous two rounds evenings meant an overall Cup win for Team C.
Using our points scoring system of 1 point for winning an end and 2 points for winning the match, the Final Table looks like this:
Team Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total    
C 7 6 2 15
D 1 7 6 14
B 4 1 6 11
A 4 2 3 9
Team C collected the trophy presented by Sharon Heafey and President Les Canfield and comprised Judy Kingston, Ian Griffiths, Mike Zakaszewski and skip Adrian Wilcox. 
Photos of the participating players and the winning team are in the gallery section.
Mike Ralls

Our Oxfordshire Men's Bowls League performance resulted in a satisfying 3rd place in what turned out to be a tight finale, because right up to the last game we could have ended up 2nd from bottom and potentially relegated if we hadn't have got the 2 points we needed for safety.  As it was we won 4-2 against Blackbird Leys to cement that 3rd place. 

Captain Les Canfield passes on his thanks to everyone who played for us during the season and to those who supported the team, especially Jane and her team for excellent catering, those who worked the bar and of course Chris, Jesse and the greenkeepers for providing a super surface for us to play on.

Our results this season were:

Team Played Win/Lost Home/Away Score (Thame score first) 
Oxford City & County B win away 4 - 2
Adderbury lost home 2 - 4
Headington B win away 4 - 2
Banbury Central B lost home 2 - 4
Blackbird Leys lost away 2 - 4
Oxford City & County B win home 6 - 0
Adderbury lost away 0 - 6
Headington B win home 4 - 2
Banbury Central B lost away 2 - 4
Blackbird Leys win home 4 - 2

Final League position:

Team Played Points For / Against Shots Diff 
Adderbury 10 52 362
Headington B 10 34 118
Thame 10 30 9.5
Banbury Central B 10 27.5 -101
Blackbird Leys 10 23.5 -154.75
Oxford City & County B 10 13 -219.75


President Les Canfield invites you to play in the Annual President's Day Competition.
Last year's President's Day was a fabulous day enjoyed by all, both experienced and new bowlers, so this year's event is not to be missed!
This one-day competition is one of the highlights of the season and will cost just £8 per person including a meal afterwards with wine included. 
Play is scheduled for a 10:30 start (so please arrive by 10:00) and the meal will be served shortly after play finishes in the afternoon.
Full details of the format of the competition will be posted shortly but please add your name to the list on the Club Notice Board as soon as can.

The Paul Heafey Cup
We are holding a new bowlers competition over three Tuesday evenings, the 24th just gone, 31st July and 7th August.
16 new bowlers will be taking part on each of those evenings, in teams of 4, playing six ends.
The winning team will receive a trophy on Presentation Evening and this will be known as “The Paul Heafey Cup”.  We hope this will be seen as a fitting tribute to Paul's memory. 
On the final evening of the competition there will be some “special offers” on drinks at the bar along with some nibbles.

Thame Town Council afternoon event 30th August
We have been asked by Thame Council to host a fun afternoon for their employees.

They have made Bowls their activity of choice and would like to sample playing in a match.
There will be 16 of them attending and we would like to find 16 players from the club to mix in with them, so we can play a four rink match together.
The match will take place on Thursday afternoon 30th August starting at 1.30pm.  Dress Code will be Grey.
We also need the help of a few volunteers to assist on Tuesday evening 21st August from 5.00pm – 6.00pm when they will be coming to the green for a practice session. 
Please let one of the Development Team know if you are able to assist in this.


Ladies v Gents Match / Sponsors Evening 31st August
On 31st August we will be playing the annual Ladies V Gents fixture. 

We will also be inviting our Sponsors to come along to see us in action in front of their sponsor boards and be entertained. 
After the match we will be providing a buffet supper for everyone. 
Hopefully this will prove to be a very enjoyable and beneficial evening.
The list for names will go up on the board shortly.

Graham Watson

The first round of the Paul Heafey Cup, competed for by our new bowlers, took place on Tuesday evening and proved to be an unqualified success with a convincing win for Team C over Team D by 7 points to 1. 
Team C comprised Judy Kingston, Ian Griffiths, Mike Zakaszewski and skip Adrian Wilcox.
The other match between Team A and Team B was a draw with both teams scoring 4 points each.
The next round will be played on Tuesday 31 July at 6.00pm with Team A playing Team C and Team B playing Team D.
Mike Ralls

Monday 11th sees the Club go to Cheltenham for an awayday - see Gallery for photos.

The home League fixture on Thursday evening June 14th is against bottom of the league Banbury Central, then on Friday evening we play the 2nd leg of the Norfolk Cup Competition against South Oxford, which we go into with an 11 shot lead after a brillinat victory away in June!  See Gallery for photos.

On Saturday we have friendlies against High Wycombe at home and Princes Risborough away on the Sunday.

If you haven't yet put your names down for next weekend's games against High Wycombe and Princes Risborough, please do so as soon as you can!

The long awaited photo of the Ladies' Top Club of Oxfordshire 2016 Winners is now in the Gallery and under Club Honours - click on the content menu items on the left to view.

And come and support the Ladies in their 2nd Top Club match of this season, this time against Banbury Central on Sunday 3rd June at 10.00am at Chiltern Grove

Having won our first league match of the season away at Oxford City & County, effectively extending our unbeaten league run to over 12 months, we are scheduled to play our first home league game in 2018 on Thursday evening 31st May against Adderbury.
Then at 10am this Sunday 3rd June, the ladies play in the next round of the Oxfordshire Top Club against Banbury Central.
All supporters and spectators will of course be welcome at both games.
Also, having beaten a strong South Oxford side in the 1st leg of the Norfolk Cup away on Friday night, another date for your diary is the return leg which will be played at 6pm on Friday 15th June at the Chiltern Grove.

The local Cub Scout Group were entertained on Wednesday evening 9th May when 18 young hopefuls tried their luck on the Green.  All thoroughly enjoyed themselves and some may go on to take up the game as there were several positive performances.

The club is hosting another recruitment afternoon on Sunday 20th May and the parents who collected the scouts were also encouraged to return to come and have a go themselves.

Mike Ralls

We held our first recruitment day on Saturday and signed up six new members and with two more recruitment days to come (on Wednesday May 2 from 6.00pm and Sunday May 20 from 2.00pm) we have had an encouraging start from a numbers point of view.  We are also continuing with our Tuesday evening rollups for potential new members from 6.00pm when the only kit required is a pair of comfortable flat soled shoes as bowls will be provided.

Mike Ralls

The Pre-Season Dinner on the 24th March went like a dream (rather than a nightmare) with everyone arriving well before time and sitting up straight waiting to be served.  There might have been a small delay in serving the soup but this was cunningly disguised by opening the Chairman’s raffle board and encouraging more bids for the silent auction.  

After the soup plates had been cleared (despite calls from elderly Oliver Twists for more) everyone joined in the Heads and Tails game which was keenly disputed by four finalists; eventually the bottle of Vintage Port went to Mrs Lynch.

The main course was despatched promptly and with compliments raining in from all sides (rather than bread rolls), the evening began to feel like a success.  The miracle workers in the kitchen Irena and Sue had masterminded the cooking of two varieties of soups, 72 portions of cottage pie and lasagne and a heap of mixed veg whilst ensuring everything arrived piping hot to the table.  This was helped enormously by plate warming in Les’ hostess trollies, the thermal dishes provided by John and Ruth and the speedy serving by Sandra, for which many thanks.

With the desserts, coffee and mints all included in the price, many favourable comments were received about both the value for money and the tasty food. 

The raffle prize winners were spread among several tables and the auction lot bids were most generous.

The evening raised in excess of a fantastic £1,100 and an album of photos can be viewed in the gallery. 

Thame Bowls Club would like to thank the following for their very generous support:
Chinnor Rugby Club; The Crown, Sydenham; The Black Horse, Thame; Pretty As A Picture, Thame; The Spread Eagle, Thame; Eclipse Salon, Thame; The Seven Stars, Dinton; The Six Bells, Thame; Hozelock Ltd, The Oxfordshire Golf Club; The Thatch, Thame.  

Mike Ralls
Development Team

The Silent Auction winning bids on Saturday evening at the Pre Season Dinner now appear on the table below - a tremendous total of £635.
Thanks to everyone who bid and especially those who bid the highest!
And special thanks goes to those people and companies that donated the auction lots to us. 
By all accounts the whole event was a roaring success and a report of the evening together with photos will appear on this website in the coming days.



Gifted By


Use By











John & Ann Ashfield

Two tickets for a match at Chinnor Rugby Club in March/April as a guest of John and Ann, to include Lunch & a Bottle of Wine











The Crown Sydenham

£40 Food and Drink Voucher












The Black Horse Thame

Two Course set Lunch for Two

Mon - Fri










Pretty as a Picture Thame

Framing Voucher

1 Year










The Spread Eagle Thame

Three Course Sunday Lunch for Two











Eclipse Salon Thame

Voucher for a Cut and Finish











Seven Stars Dinton

£25 Food and Drink Voucher











The Six Bells Thame

£40 Food & Drink Voucher











Hozelock Ltd

20m Auto-reel including fittings

Plus Multi Spray Gun











The Oxfordshire Hotel

Round of Golf for four

1 Year










The Thatch Thame

£50 Food & Drink Voucher

1 Year




Avonmore have today Verti-cut the grass, which controls weed grasses and helps maintain more upright growth.  The Green was then mown, spiked and over-seeded.  We will not mow it now for a week to ten days, to allow the seed time to become established, but just brush it regularly in the morning if it is damp with dew.

Avonmore will fertilise the Green in the next two weeks, we will then start to lower the mowing cut as we approach the beginning of season on the 11th April. What we really need is some sunshine and warmth to help promote further growth as we are a few weeks behind normal progress due to the cold weather.

Chris Shannon

Paul Heafey passed away on Saturday morning 10th March after a heart attack.

Paul was a relatively new member of Thame Bowls Club but very quickly learned the rudiments of the game such that he won his first club competition, The Taylor Cup, in 2012.

That was just the beginning, winning The Michael Jones Cup in 2016 and 2017 as well as being the runner up in The Coronation Cup, basically the top Men’s competition.  In 2017 he was also the winner of The President’s Trophy with Jill Brooks and John Walker, but the pinnacle of his achievements must be winning The Josey Cup - also named the married pairs - with Sharon last August.

Not only was Paul one of the best bowlers in the club but he also played with great enthusiasm and success in the County Competitions.

He was a true, loyal club member and as Competition Secretary and League Club Captain was outstanding leading Thame Bowls Club to be undefeated in Oxfordshire League 4 during the 2017 season.

He appeared very laid back but had a very astute mind and a clever managerial approach which put everyone at their ease but he was not frightened to be quite firm when the occasion arose.  He was also an accomplished bar steward travelling down from Bicester to serve the thirsty bowling members on his allotted days.

To say that he will be sadly missed is an understatement and it will be a long time before we see the likes of Paul again - he was loved by everyone. 

Paul's funeral will be held at Oxford Crematorium at 10.00am on Tuesday 3rd April and after the service, from 11.30 onwards, we will celebrate Paul's life at Thame Bowls Club.

Bill Giles OBE
Chairman, Thame Bowls Club


The Pre-Season Forum was held at the clubhouse on 14th March starting at 7pm. 

Our Chairman Bill Giles opened the meeting with a one minute silence to honour Paul Heafey, our highly regarded League Captain and Competitions Secretary who passed away on Saturday morning.  Paul will be greatly missed both as a friend and as a very active member of the bowls club.

The following people then spoke:

Bill Giles -Welcome and introductions

Chris Shannon - Apologies for Absence, Membership List, League Applications

David Owens - Overview of the evening and sponsorship

Mike Ralls - New member recruitment and development, Tuesday roll-ups, Newsletter

Ian Rutherford and Phil Reed - Website, Twitter, Instagram, Members Booklet, 200 Club

Graham Watson - Fixture booklet

Bill Giles - Competitions, League games

Les Canfield - Weekend games and the Green

Jill Brooks - Ladies fixtures

Bill Giles (on behalf of Gordon Taylor) - Midweek fixtures

Ron Duncan - Cheltenham Trip 11th June

John Walker - Bar and staffing

Bill Giles - Friday League starting 1st June

Graham Watson - Pre-season event

Bill Giles - Volunteering and close

The speakers were asked to limit themselves to brief 4 minute sessions to allow for socialising afterwards, with any questions to be covered in conversation later in the evening.


Our turf contractors Avonmore visited us on the 7thMarch to carry out their regular maintenance of the green.  

The green was cut and then spiked, followed by the application of lawn sand for the moss and agents to encourage growth and kill the weeds.

They inform us that the green is looking good, but as with all other greens, it has been held back by the weather conditions we have experienced to date this year - please see photos in the gallery.

We are now cutting weekly to a length of 6.5mm reducing to 6mm in a few weeks, but with the season fast approaching it will be imperative for us the recruit more assistance to maintain the green, if we are to enjoy the usual standard of play we all enjoy.

Would any volunteers please contact either Chris Shannon or Les Canfield - all guidance and training will of course be given.

Great news for us all is that South Oxfordshire District Council have now formally announced their offer of a £250,000 grant to the Thame Sports Club in a press release.  

Their public support will surely help us in our quest for further funding towards the rebuild. 

You can see the full article on the SODC website here. 


And also copied here:

A quarter of a million pounds awarded to sports club in Thame

Released on March 1, 2018

A new sports clubhouse in Thame is a step closer after South Oxfordshire District Council awarded a grant of £250,000 to Thame Sports Club, which will help to provide a new building for the whole community to use.

Thame Sports Club is home to the town’s tennis and bowls club, but the clubhouse doubles up as a community building where many other groups meet to take part in a variety of activities including whist, art, wine appreciation and toddler groups.

The South Oxfordshire District Council Capital grant will make up over 45 per cent of the estimated total project cost of £554,000.  The sports club has now raised around 70 per cent of the total cost and the sizeable funding from the council will make it much easier for the club to attract the final 30 per cent.

The grant was agreed by the capital grants panel and has now been given the final stamp of approval by South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for community services, Cllr Lynn Lloyd.

Cllr Lloyd said: “I am absolutely delighted that we were able to make such a substantial contribution towards the rebuilding of the clubhouse, which has been a part of Thame for almost a century.

“However, all those years of use have taken their toll and a full rebuild will make it a wonderful community hub for generations to come.

“I hope that our contribution will encourage other funding organisations and local residents to support them. I also hope the new building means that people in Thame will continue to have great place to meet for decades."

The original part of the clubhouse was built in the 1920’s and is in poor condition, especially the roof and much of the woodwork. Also, because it has little insulation it is expensive to heat during the winter months.

The club has, in their own words, “an ambitious project to demolish it and to replace it with a modern pavilion”.

The new designs could mean that the clubhouse could accommodate indoor bowling which means the Bowls Club could join the local winter leagues, increasing participation numbers during winter months. 

The rebuild committee is aiming to start building in October this year with completion by the end of March next year.



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 4pm 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


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 


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