Welcome to Thame Bowls Club's website...
Our Pavilion is a prominent feature in Queens Road
Bowls won't roll in the snow; roll the snow flat and try curling...
There is nothing better than playing a game of bowls and soak up the sun at the same time !
Soon, a new pavilion will replace the old, sporting modern facilities, serving the members and others proudly ...
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.
 

Lot

Number

Gifted By

Details

Use By

 

Winning

Bids

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

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

30/4/18

 

£50

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

The Crown Sydenham

£40 Food and Drink Voucher

 

 

 

£40

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

The Black Horse Thame

Two Course set Lunch for Two

Mon - Fri

 

£40

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Pretty as a Picture Thame

Framing Voucher

1 Year

 

£20

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

The Spread Eagle Thame

Three Course Sunday Lunch for Two

01/09/18

 

£55

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

Eclipse Salon Thame

Voucher for a Cut and Finish

10/05/18

 

£20

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

Seven Stars Dinton

£25 Food and Drink Voucher

30/06/18

 

£35

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

The Six Bells Thame

£40 Food & Drink Voucher

14/12/18

 

£40

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

Hozelock Ltd

20m Auto-reel including fittings

Plus Multi Spray Gun

 

 

£75

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

The Oxfordshire Hotel

Round of Golf for four

1 Year

 

£200

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

The Thatch Thame

£50 Food & Drink Voucher

1 Year

 

£60

 
 

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. 

http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/news/2018/2018-03/quarter-million-pounds-awarded-sports-club-thame

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.

 

 

 

 

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