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Our Clubhouse is no longer a prominent feature in Queens Road
A new Clubhouse is being built to replace the old one recently demolished.

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.

 

 

 

 

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

Secretary

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 

 

As the season draws to a close, Thame Bowls Club members can reflect on a mixed few months in 2017 with successes and disappointments in equal measure.
The men’s League team won all their weekly matches in the Oxford and District League to finish top of Division 4 and gain promotion to Division 3. The winning margin of 19 points was a record.
The ladies won 3 of their 11 games and are looking forward to improving that in the coming season.
There was a total of 17 midweek mixed friendly games against local opposition resulting in 6 wins, 9 defeats, 1 draw and 1 abandoned match in foul weather. The Saturday games provided just 2 wins with 10 defeats but many friendly meetings against some old acquaintances and some new friends.
Highlights also included 3 County matches, blind bowler events and the Thame Mayor’s friendly charity game which raised £300.  There have been numerous fundraising events during the year including a horse racing evening, a bingo evening, the Friday night internal league and the annual Christmas draw.
There was also a very successful (if somewhat damp) club trip to Southbourne for a match and meal (to include a little local shopping) enjoyed by all.
The efforts to rebuild the club house are growing apace and it is still hoped  that work will commence at the close of the 2018 season.  A 200 club started this season to assist with funding this rebuild is proving popular and will culminate in a Christmas draw.  A new 200 club will open again in May 2018.
The Forum held at the beginning of each season to assist with the annual enrolment and set out the forthcoming matches and events is scheduled for March 14th 2018 and a fortnightly news letter is planned to show results and giving brief details of events as and when they happen.   
 

The most improved bowler in any one season is voted for by the various Club Captains and this year John Sear is our winner.  Unfortunately John is unable to make the Presentation Evening, so is seen here being presented with his trophy by Club President Les Canfield on Friday 29th September.

Some of the winners of Singles and Pairs competitions from the Finals Weekend of 9th and 10th September were caught in action here by Susan Dadson - see Gallery for larger images.

 

       

 

The weekend of 9th & 10th September saw the culmination of our various club competitions with 12 finals played. There were some cracking games and several were decided by just a single shot providing great entertainment for the several people that came to watch. The weather for the most part stayed dry with a couple of brief flurries of rain on both days but not enough to disturb our intrepid bowlers. So congratulations to all our winners, especially to our Men's Coronation Cup Championship winner Les Canfield who lifts this trophy for the first time after his many years of membership, and also to Caroline Walker our Ladies Pomeroy Cup Championship winner. Commiseration also goes to the losing finalists. Below is the full list of finals weekend results:

 

Competition

Winner(s)

Runner(s) Up

Coronation Cup

Les Canfield

Robin Jenner (receives Bill Dodds Cup)

Jubilee Handicap

Robin Jenner

Jonathan Dadson

Walker Cup

Bill Giles

Paul Heafey

Taylor Cup

Ian Rutherford

John Walker

Michael Jones Cup

Paul Heafey

Ray Plested

Victory Cup (Men's pairs)

Mike Ralls & Chris Shannon

Matthew Canfield & Leonard Grimshaw

Pomeroy Cup

Caroline Walker

Shirley Foster (receives Pomeroy r/up trophy)

2 Wood Cup

Maxine Plested

Shirley Foster

Honour Cup

Marion Keal

Frances Goodyear

Ford Cup (Ladies pairs)

Marion Keal & Caroline Walker

Frances Goodyear & Maureen Giles

Josey Cup (Married pairs)

Sharon & Paul Heafey

Christine & Brad Liddle

Warwick Cup (Mixed pairs)

Maureen Giles & Ray Plested

Jill Brooks & Bill Gile

All trophies will be awarded on Presentation Night on Saturday 30th September 2017. This will be a great night with fish & chip supper AND entertainment so please try to get there.

Thame Bowls Club has started a remarkable process that may grow into a notable feature in the world of flat green bowling.
 
On the 4th September 2016, Thame Bowls Club hosted the first ever Oxfordshire Blind Bowling Competition event. The organisers were the Thame Lions Club assited by Bill Giles OBE and the Committee of Thame Bowls Club.
 
The success of this event has now aroused attention on Bowls International level and Foxhill Indoor Bowls Club in Aylesbury have requested a friendly match against our visually impaired bowling friends.
 
Bill Giles extended his sincere thanks to all the Thame Bowls Club members that helped to make this historic day such a great success; in Bill's own words in an email to club members:
 
"As you can see from the e-mails below it was so successful Bowls International are interested and Foxhill want to play them this winter. Look what you’ve started!!"
 
Read a full report of the Thame Bowls Blind Bowling Competition in the "In The Spotlight" section of the website (this link will direct you to the article). Images of the event can be viewed in the Gallery.
 
The 2016 finals weekend saw some excellent bowling and some very close games as well as extremes of weather.
 
The Saturday kicked off with the Ladies 2-Wood competition and saw Carol Boyland winning comfortably against Maire Duncan and also the Men’s Walker Cup with Robin Jenner beating John Coward. Both of these games were played in the rain which was heavy at times and these were followed by the Ladies Ford Cup pairs competition. This was played during the worst of the day’s weather and produced some very spirited bowling from the ladies involved and a match finally decided by just a single shot. Maureen Giles and Shirley Foster came out the winners against Jenny Lowe and Carol Boyland.
 
With the wet conditions starting to dry up, the afternoon saw the Men’s and Lady’s Championship singles competitions. For the ladies, Doreen Penn overcame Maxine Plested by 7 shots in the Pomeroy Cup and Graham Penn joined his wife as club champion beating Paul Heafey after 24 competitive ends in the Coronation Cup.

Sunday was a complete contrast in the weather with warm, sunny conditions and the programme started with Maureen Giles gaining her second trophy of the weekend, beating Jenny Lowe in the Honour Cup. At the same time Paul Heafey played Ian Rutherford in the 3 set Michael Jones competition. Paul comfortably won the first set but Ian came back well to take the second. The final set went to 7 ends with Paul Heafey finally coming out on top. The men’s Victory handicap pairs final was next and this saw Gerry Barry and John Coward overcome their 2 shot handicap deficit to win against Mike Ralls and John Timms. Next was the Jubilee Handicap men’s singles final between Jonathan Dadson and Ken Calcutt – approximately 6 decades age difference between them! The match was close with barely a shot between the players until the 18th end when Ken began to pull away and held on to achieve victory. This was Jonathan’s first competition final for the club and we’re sure there will be many more to come! The Josey Cup Married Pairs competition was next between the Giles’s and the Heafeys and was another very close affair, decided by just a single shot with the trophy going to Bill and Maureen – Maureen’s third success of the weekend. The last Sunday final was the Taylor Cup final between Steve Silver and Brad Liddle. This was another close affair with Steve taking the win by 3 shots.

The last final was one of the most exciting and played on Monday – the Mixed Pairs competition with Jill Brooks and Bill Giles taking on Caroline Walker and Graham Penn. Jill and Bill stormed ahead and led by 16-4 after 12 ends but Caroline & Graham then found their form to take the next 7 ends and go 1 shot ahead with the final end to play. Jill and Bill held 3 shots and looked certain to take the match until Graham’s final wood of the day which deflected off a front wood to roll in for shot and win the cup for him and Caroline.

Congratulations to all of our trophy winners, commiserations and a big well done to all runners up and thank you to all who came to watch and help with marking etc.
           
A number of Thame players took part in the annual Watlington U25 funday on 28th August 2016, including Victoria Nemar for the first time. Eight teams were drawn and played each other in a round robin format competition. Thomas Tisbury, Matt Canfield, Victoria Nemar and Jonathan Dadson (all from Thame BC) were drawn on different teams. The competition, decided on shot difference, was won by one of the two Triples teams including Matt Canfield from Thame, with Jonathan Dadson in the runners up team.
 
The top three placed teams were as follows:

Winners: David Leighfield, Matt Canfield and Katie Bland
Runners Up: Jazz Alder, Bradley Squires, Lucas King, Jonathan Dadson
Third: Chris Gilkes, Dan Swanson, Jody Buckett, Luke Gilbert

The winners received their medals from Watlington's President Henry Franklin.
 
Matt (on the right) displaying his winner's medal
Mathew displaying his medal...
 
Jonathan (second left) displaying his runner's up medal
Jonathan displaying his medal...

 

It was a wonderful day last Sunday (4 September 2016) when 22 blind bowlers used our green and played a competition over 5 games.
 
Keith Wright organised all the helpers and markers from our club as well as supplying all the medals for those who played. He has asked me to thank, most sincerely, all those who gave up their time to mark and help all the bowlers last Sunday. He says, and I completely agree with him, that you all did a wonderful job and that you can all be very proud of yourselves.
 
I would also add my thanks to all of our members and friends who helped out in the kitchen and behind the bar and together with the markers and helpers made it such a successful and memorable day. I felt very proud to be a member of Thame Bowls Club.
 
Bill Giles OBE
 
Last weekend Thame Bowls Club members celebrated their annual Presidents Day Triples Competition In honour of President Doreen Penn.
 
The day was a great success with some excellent bowling between the teams.

The eventual winners were John Walker, Maire Duncan and Skip Ron Duncan who won their rink by 29 shots to 5 shots. Many of the ends were won on the last wood bowled.
 
The Runners-Up were Christine Liddle, Terry Emberson and Skip Ray Plested who took the lead on the 14th end forging ahead to win by 7 shots.

As usual a very tasty meal was prepared by the ladies which was enjoyed by all, followed by the presentation of the trophies.
 
Vic Brooks passed away at 2.30 pm on Sunday 10 July.
 
He was inspirational to the Bowls Club and was instrumental in recruiting 31 members some 4 years ago and continued to work in recruitment ever since enabling Thame Bowls Club to have over 120 members.

He was a great leader and motivator which he put to great effect as Club Captain for three years. Not only that but he was an exceptional bowler having won the Coronation Cup (the premium singles competition for men at Thame) in only his second year and continued to win many club competitions to such an extent that Finals Day had to be changed to Finals Weekend so as to accommodate all the finals he was in.

He was a very loyal friend who helped me tremendously in developing the very successful Friday League in which 74 people now take part.

He was a great and witty orator and his total dedication to Thame Bowls Club will be sorely missed.
 
Bill Giles

Friend and Chairman Thame Bowls Club.
 
 
 
The Ladies of Thame Bowls Club have reached the final of the Oxfordshire Ladies Top Club competition by beating a very strong Oxford City & County side last weekend. Having already beaten Banbury Boro in the quarters, Thame showed their class at Oxford.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Captain Caroline Walker got them off to a great start by winning her Singles match 21 shots to 16. In the fours, namely Sharon Heafey, Marion Keal, Maureen Giles and skip Maxine Plested had the best start possible by winning with all eight woods on the very first end (known as a "hotshot" ) in their match. They ran out winners by 26 to 16.
 
Meanwhile the Triples of Jill Brooks, Christine Liddle and Barbara Waters were battling their way to a 20 shots to 15 victory over their opponents.
Only the Thame pair of Maire Duncan and Shirley Foster lost, by just 3 shots, in this very competitive tournament.
 
The final, in August, will be played at Banbury Chestnuts Bowls Club.

 

The 2015 finals of the Men's, Ladies and Mixed competitions were held over the weekend of 29th and 30th August - the first time that the finals had been held over 2 days rather than one. 
 
This made it a less crowded programme and certainly helped those bowlers who had managed to reach multiple finals. Six finals were played on Saturday 29th and six more on Sunday 30th. Unfortunately rain intervened on the Sunday afternoon but this did not deter the bowlers, and the spectators that attended were able to watch some entertaining and competitive games.

Saturday's programme kicked off with the final of the Men's Taylor Cup - a competition for men who have never previously won a club singles competition. This was won by Matthew Canfield who had a convincing win over Trevor Copley. This was followed by The Ladies Ford Cup final, a drawn pairs competition, and Ann Ashfield and Maire Duncan beat Marion Keal and Marthie du Preez. The Men's drawn pairs competition, the Victory Pairs final was played next and John Ashfield and Les Canfield were victorious against Mike Ralls and John Coward. (It's been pointed out that by coincidence the winners are both Presidents ! - Les of course is our own President and John Ashfield is President of Chinnor Rugby Club). Next was the final of the Michael Jones competition which is the only singles event in the club open to both Men and Ladies. Casper du Preez and Caroline Walker played out a very closely fought game with Casper just coming out on top. Next up was the Men's Jubilee Handicap singles competition which was won by Vic Brooks against John Coward playing in his second final of the day and the last final on Saturday was the Ladies 2 Wood singles which was won by Maxine Plested who beat Marthie du Preez, also playing in her second final of the day.

Sunday's finals started with the Married Pairs Final for the Josey Cup and this was a very close game which could have gone either way but was narrowly won by Marthie and Casper du Preez beating Sharon and Paul Heafey. The Mixed Pairs final was next and this produced another thrilling game that was eventually won by a single shot with John Ashfield and Shirley Foster beating Doreen Penn and her grandson Thomas Tisbury. This was very hard luck for Doreen and Thomas as it was the second successive year that they had reached this final and both times they lost by just a single shot! The Ladies Honour Cup was next and this was another very tight game played between Ann Ashfield and Marion Keal. This competition is played over 15 ends but the scores were tied at that point with Ann just managing to draw level. So the game went to an extra end and Ann was just able to secure the win following a measure. The men's Walker Cup was next, a 3 wood competition, and this saw John Coward playing in his third final of the weekend and he was finally able to mark up a victory with a convincing win over John Timms. This just left the two club championship singles finals to be played - the Pomeroy Cup for the Ladies and the Coronation Cup for the Men. The Ladies final saw Jill Brooks take an early lead but Marthie du Preez, playing in her fourth final of the weekend, clawed her way back into the game to lead by 14-10 after 14 ends. Jill replied decisively scoring 8 shots in the next 4 ends without reply and maintained her lead to eventually win by 21 shots to 17. The Men's final was played between Les Canfield and Vic Brooks and was unfortunately marred by an injury to Les who slipped in the wet conditions and injured his hip. Les was unable to carry on and both players agreed to resume the match at a later date when Les has recovered. The match stands with Vic leading by 6 shots to 3 and will be continued from that point.

A summary of the finals played and results follows:

Mens Taylor Cup - Matthew Canfield beat Trevor Copley 22-7
Ladies Ford Cup - Ann Ashfield & Maire Duncan beat Marion Kean & Marthie du Preez 28-18
Mens Victory Pairs - John Ashfield & Les Canfield beat Mike Ralls & John Coward 25-8
Michael Jones (Mixed) - Casper du Preez beat Caroline Walker 7-5, 5-8, 7-3
Mens Jubilee Handicap - Vic Brooks beat John Coward 27-17
Ladies 2-Wood Singles - Maxine Plested beat Marthie du Preez 15-8
Married Pairs - Marthie & Casper du Preez beat Sharon & Paul Heafey 20-16
Mixed Pairs - John Ashfield & Shirley Foster beat Thomas Tisbury & Doreen Penn 18-17
Ladies Honour Cup - Ann Ashfield beat Marion Keal 15-13
Mens Walker Cup - John Coward beat John Timms 23-10
Ladies Pomeroy Cup - Jill Brooks beat Marthie du Preez 21-17
Mens Coronation Cup - Vic Brooks leads Les Canfield 6-3 (game to be resumed to completion)

DON'T FORGET THAT PRESENTATION NIGHT IS ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th STARTING AT 7pm. THERE WILL BE A FISH/CHICKEN SUPPER, A PERFORMANCE BY LOCAL HANDBELL RINGERS, AND PRESENTATION OF ALL 2015 TROPHIES (including Winter Short-Mat).

IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY GOT YOUR NAME ON THE LIST IN THE CLUBHOUSE PLEASE DO SO AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. ALL-IN COST WILL BE £6 PER PERSON.
 
Kevin Dennington and Janine Rees were recently married, and pictured here are the happy couple after signing the book to prove it !
 
Kevin and Janine both joined Thame Bowls Club around 5 years ago after our annual Recruitment Drive and soon became good friends. It's nice to know that the Bowls Club brought them together.
 
They have both been extremely busy this year what with work commitments and organising their Wedding day but hope to find more time next season to be more involved again.
 
Congratulations to you both from all of your friends at Thame Bowls Club.
 

 

Avonmore complemented us on the great condition of the green when they treated it on 20 August 2015.
This is no doubt due to the hard work that Les Canfield and his merry helpers, who cuts the green on a daily basis, puts in. Well done to Les and all his helpers! Thank you for giving us a GREAT green to play on!
 
Here is the report we received from Avonmore.
 

 

A busy week for the Thame bowlers finished on Sunday with the annual Men's drawn pairs competition, the Potter Cup. 
Ten pairs of bowlers competed for this trophy on a "round robin"basis, and at the end of a closely contested competition, the eventual winners were Matthew Canfield and Vic Brooks.
 

Mathew Canfield and Vic Brooks

 

Thame Bowls Club's 3 youngest bowlers represented Oxfordshire in the National Championships at Leamington on August 8th and 9th competing in the under 16's section for the Sutton Winson Trophy.
 
 
Thomas Tisbury, Jonathan Dadson and Mathew Canfield in Leamington.
 
Thomas Tisbury, Jonathan Dadson and Matthew Canfield all bowled well against some of the best young bowlers in the country but narrowly lost their matches.  Matthew progressed to round 2 before being beaten, and Thomas reached the semi-final of the Drawn Pairs competition with a young lady from Wiltshire.  Well done to all the lads - Thame Bowls Club is proud of your efforts.
 
 
 
Thomas Tisbury (above) and 
 
Jonathan Dadson (Left) in action...
 
 
 
President Les Canfield hosted the annual President's Day on Saturday July 18th and was rewarded with glorious sunny weather and a turnout of 12 Triples to contest the Trophy.
 
Assisted by many of his family members, sons and grandchildren, Les put on a wonderfully organised event culminating in a lavish 3 course feast with free wine.
 
Son Russell was responsible for the playing side of things and all instructions, score-cards etc were professionally produced leading to a very smoothly-run Competition.
 
Starting and finishing with a "Spider", Les donated £25 to each of the two lucky winners - Derek Goodyear and Maurice Ward.
 
The actual President's Trophy was competed for in two leagues of 6 teams, and after the initial session of play, the finalists emerged as Doreen Penn's trio with Jenny Lowe and Richard Plested, and making it a family affair, the Triple of skip Graham Penn with Grandson Thomas and Simon Bell.  In a very closely fought final over 8 ends, Doreen's team ran out winners by just a couple of shots.
 
They were presented with the President's Trophy by Les, and the runners-up received shiny medals.
 
A really enjoyable and well-organised day was appreciated by everyone who took part, and thanks again to Les and all his family for doing all the work to make is so successful.
 
The Ladies of Thame Bowls Club fought their way through to the semi-finals of Oxfordshire Ladies Top Club competition this week by defeating rivals South Oxford Ladies. This competition, which the Thame Ladies have already won twice in the past, is made up of a Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours match.

Representing Thame in the Singles was Hazel Westcott, who despite her efforts was defeated by in-form South Oxford's Sue Stewart. In the Pairs match Jill Brooks and Marthie DuPreez overcame an early 9 shots to 2 deficit to gradually claw their way back into a tight game and eventually take the match by 25 shots to 20 against the excellent Oxford pairing of Diane Rocket and Carol Mobley So, honours-even at this stage.

In the Triples match skip Doreen Penn was leading her other Thame Ladies, Margaret Boynton and Barbara Waters to a decisive 24 shots to 6 victory with some excellent bowling from the Thame trio.

It was now left to the Thame four of Maire Duncan, Maureen Giles, Caroline Walker and skip Maxine Plested to pick up the necessary point to carry Thame to the next stage of the competition and in the closest fought match of the tie it ended 18 shots apiece to share the point, leaving Thame Ladies with a two and a half to one and a half points victory.

The semi-final match at either Banbury Borough or Oxford City & County will take place on Sunday 16th August.
 
On Saturday July 4th the Ladies Coronation Cup Singles competition was competed for by 12 players who braved the sweltering conditions.
 
On one of the hottest days of the year, the Ladies played in two Leagues of 6 playing a total of 5 ends against the other 5 players in their group. At the end of this stage the winners of each group played a 5 end final.
 
This final was between Caroline Walker from League A and Jill Brooks from League B . Caroline coped with the hot conditions better than Jill and won by 7 shots to 3.
 
The whole competition was played in a tremendous spirit by all the Ladies who took part and they all deserve a mention.  In no particular order these were Frances Goodyear, Maureen Giles, Christine Liddle, Pearl Wheeler, Jill Brooks, Marthie Du Preez, Judy Copley, Jackie Emberson, Caroline Walker, Maxine Plested, Shirley Foster and Marion Keal. 
 
Well done to Competitions Sec. Paul Heafey for another well organised event, and thanks to the 6 Men who acted as Markers for the afternoon. They shall remain nameless - they know who they were !

 

A large group of 48 members of Thame Bowls Club enjoyed their trip to Cheltenham on July 1st to play what is now becoming the Annual Ten Rinks Match against Cheltenham Bowls Club.
 
On the hottest day of the year so far, the (much appreciated) air-conditioned coach left Thame at 9am and arrived at the Suffolk Square rinks at around 10.30am. After unloading all Bowls equipment members then headed for the nearby Montpellier district of Cheltenham to seek a shady corner and cool refreshment. By now the temperature was approaching 30 Degrees !
 
After lunch at the various pubs/restaurants/wine bars members returned to Suffolk Square suitably refreshed and ready for a 2pm start.
 
Captain John Timms had agreed with Cheltenham Captain John Doody to play just 18 Ends due to the sweltering conditions.
After 10 Ends with Thame trailing by 14 shots across the 10 Rinks players wearily retired for Tea & Biscuits in the Clubhouse.
After the break Thame slightly improved their overall performance but after the 18 ends were still 11 shots behind their hosts scoring 144 shots against Cheltenham's 155.
 
Notable performances from Thame were the Top Rink of skip Paul Heafey ably assisted by Jonathan Dadson, Jan Sargent and Marthie Du Preez, who won 21 - 11 and the "Penn Family Rink"skipped by Graham with grandson Thomas leading,  daughter Amanda at 2 and Doreen at 3. They won 14 - 13 in a very tight game. 
 
Other winning Rinks for Thame (winning on 6 of the 10 Rinks) were skips John Timms (16 - 13) George Andrews (18-11), Maxine Plested (17 - 12)  and Vic Brooks ((20 - 11).
 
Complete Rink Scores from Rink 3 through to Rink 11 were as follows;
Richard Plested, Marion Keal, Terry Emberson, Chris Billingham  10 - 20; 
Dave Holland, Judy Copley, Barbara Waters, Bill Giles 13 - 22;
Sharon Heafey, Maurice (guest), Casper Du Preez, Vic Brooks (20 - 11); 
Jill Brooks Simon Bell, Robin Jenner, Maxine Plested 17 - 12; 
John Hurley, Derek Goodyear, Trevor Copley, John Timms (16 - 13);
Jackie Emberson, Frances Goodyear, Brad Liddle, Ron Duncan (6 - 24); 
Maire Duncan, Christine Liddle, Bill Sandifer, George Andrews (18 - 11);
Graham Penn & Paul Heafey rinks mentioned previously;
Maureen Giles, Jim Tite, Leonard Grimshaw, Will Hawes (9 - 18).
 
Non-playing members who enjoyed this day and managed to keep cool were John & Pat Wills, Ray Waters, Gwen Andrews, Jill Jenner and Val Birchley.
 
Due to the popularity of this trip, the fixture has already been arranged for next year and therefore another great day out to look forward to.
 
The Purser Cup on Sunday was enjoyed by 6 Triples of players and was won by the team skipped by Marthie Du Preez ably assisted by John Walker and Jim Tite.
 
Purser Cup Winners: John Walker, Marthie du Preez and Tim Tite
 
John Walker, Marthie du Preez and Jim Tite
 
Thame resident, Marjorie Spencer celebrated her 100th Birthday this week and as part of the celebrations, Marjorie together with family members, was invited to a reception at Thame Bowls Club. Marjorie had been a prominent member of the Club having joined in 1974 and played for 25 years until well into her eighties. She was Secretary of the Club for 8 years, played in several National Finals at Leamington. She was also runner-up in the 1979 Champion of Champions competition. The visit last Saturday to the Bowls Club was organised by the current Ladies Captain, Maire Duncan, and coincided with the opening of the green to herald the start of the new bowls season.
 
Marjorie was welcomed to the Club by Chairman Bill Giles, OBE. and over sixty current and past members were there to congratulate Marjorie on her wonderful achievement.  Also present was SODC Chairman Anne Midwinter who added her own congratulations by saying that Marjorie, having achieved this milestone,  was a wonderful advertisement for the game of Bowls.
 
In thanking her many friends Marjorie also suggested that by playing Bowls "maybe we can all live to be 100 !"
 
After enjoying a typical Bowls Club "Tea"of home made cakes etc, Marjorie was presented with a bouquet by the Bowls Club's youngest member, Thomas Tisbury, who at 13 may have another 87 years of bowling to look forward to !
 
Here is the list of all the competition results played during the 2014 season. Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to all the participants that made the 2014 season a success.
 
It is worth noting that many of the competitions on the finals day were won with only one or two shots in it - even the runners up would have been worthy winners on the day...
 
FINALS DAY RESULTS IN ORDER GAMES WERE PLAYED:
 
WALKER CUP
Vic Brooks 12 - 17 John Coward
MICHAEL JONES
Chris Billingham 1 - 2 Casper Du Preez (7-0, 2-7, 0-7)
HONOURS CUP
Janine Rees 11 - 12 Carol Boyland
VICTORY PAIRS
Bill Giles, John Timms 24 - 23 John Coward, George Andrews
MARRIED PAIRS
Doreen & Graham Penn 22 - 21 Marthie & Casper Du Preez
JUBILEE HANDICAP
Chris Billingham 25 - 28  Vic Brooks (36 Ends)
FORD CUP
Maire Duncan, Ann Ashfield 32 - 8 Maureen Giles, Jackie Davis
MIXED PAIRS
Sharon Gardner, Paul Heafey 19 - 18 Doreen Penn, Thomas Tisbury
TWO WOOD SINGLES
Maxine Plested 11 - 13 Maire Duncan
TAYLOR CUP
Derek Goodyear 21 - 20 John Coward
POMEROY
Marthie Du Preez 5 - 21 Caroline Walker
CORONATION (MEN's)
Les Westcott 15 - 21 Vic Brooks
 
OTHER RESULTS:
 
RIPLEY ROSE BOWL
Winners: F. Goodyear & M. Giles
HUBBARD CUP 
Winners: J. Kimber, H. Westcott, J. Brooks
CORONATION CUP (LADIES)
Not played
THAME TRIPLES
Winners: P. Rogers, G. Murray, A. Osborne (Aylesbury Town)
POTTER CUP
Winners: S. Bell, R. Jenner
PURSER CUP
Winners: J. Tite, K. Rouse, M. Du Preez
PRESIDENT'S DAY
Winners: W. Rawson, P. Donathy, V. Brooks, A. Walker
COBBY BOWL
Not played
 
 
To mark Thame's 90th Anniversary Year, 15 of Oxfordshire Bowling Association County Past Presidents, captained by the current President, Mike Andrew, arrived at Thame playing 4 Mens Rinks.
 
Halfway through the game Thame had a slim 9 shot lead; enthusiasm and knowledge of the green helping the home team to play well.  Although Thame lost on 2 rinks and drew on 1, they managed to win one of the most exiting games played at Thame this year by 86 shots to 73.  
 
Top Rink honours went to Rink 6; Derek Goodyear at lead, Terry Emberson, John Hurley and Skip John Timms, who won by 35 shots to 9. After dinner Thame thanked their honoured guests for making the time to celebrate their 90th year.
 
 
 
 
To kick off their 90th Anniversary Celebrations, Thame Bowls Club invited the Presidents of Bowls Oxfordshire Men , Mick Andrews together with the President of Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies, Margaret Morris, to bring a mixed team to play at Thame. 
 
Vic Brooks, Margaret Morris, Hazel Westcott and Mick Andrews
 
Players representing many of Oxfordshire's Bowls Clubs were welcomed by Thame Bowls Club President Hazel Westcott and Club Captain, Vic Brooks, and basking in glorious Spring sunshine a great game of Bowls  was enjoyed by one and all. 
 
The Bowls Oxfordshire team included two England Ladies Internationals, Kathy Hawes and Carol Galletly, and many more of the County's top players. The visitors proved far too strong for the Thame team, winning on all rinks. 
 
Thame Bowls Club have several more "special" games lined up this Summer to celebrate their 90th Year, and look forward to seeing many of the Country's top players on the green. 
 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to Thame bowlers Adie Twinn (who beat another Thame bowler, Chris Billingham in the quarter final) and Ade Kemish who have both qualified for the Semi Final of the County Alison Cup competition.
 
The Semi Final games take place at Shiplake Bowls Club on Sunday, August 4th and any support would be most welcomed. Good luck to both players - who knows, you could meet each other in the Final if the draw is favourable.
 
Thame Ladies have also done the Club proud by getting to the Final of the County Top Club Competition for the 4th year running. They comfortably beat a strong South Oxford Ladies team last Sunday morning.
 
The pairs combination of Margaret Boynton and Marthie Du Preez were always too strong for their opponents. The Thame Triples of Jill Brooks, Caroline Walker and Doreen Penn had a slightly tougher time but ran out comfortable winners in the end. The Fours of Maire Duncan, Sharon Gardner, Shirley Foster and Skip Maxine Plested picked up two sevens in their storming victory. In the Singles, Hazel Westcott faced a very experience opponent, new to The S. Oxford Club and eventually lost by 8 shots.
 
Another great performance from Thame Ladies !! It will be Shiplake in the final (again) on Sunday August 25th at Kidlington B.C.
 
 
Congratulations to Thame Ladies, "The Three M's" , Maire, Marthie and Maxine who have won through to the quarter-finals of the Oxfordshire County Ladies Triples having beaten a trio of Ladies from Hanborough in the 3rd Round of the competition. The quarter-finals/semi-finals of this competition are being held at Thame this Saturday (22nd) starting at 9.30am. Please come along and lend your support to the occasion.
 
Also, on Friday (21st) Thame's only remaining player in the Men's County Singles, Ade Kemish, is playing at Thame at 6pm against Omar Sharif (no, not that one !) from Oxford City & County B.C. in an effort to reach the quarter-finals of this tough competition.
 
Good luck to all concerned - make Thame proud !
 
 
Last Saturday, Sept 22nd, saw the last game of the season played on our green this year - the Ladies took on the Gents in a 6 Triples game. Played in glorious sunshine, the Ladies, led by Caroline Walker (in the absence of "Cruising" Ruth Timms) came out strongly in the first few ends but faded rather badly as the game went on, and at the end the Gents (led by Vic Brooks) won quite handsomely!
 
The game was played in tremendous spirit, and although this game had been a regular fixture in the Thame Bowls Club calendar it wasn't played last year. It was however agreed by all concerned that it should now be put back in the diary. The Ladies will no doubt be looking for revenge in 2013 so the Gents need to be on their guard.
 
The Trophy (originally presented to the Club by A.W. & M. Liquorish) was duly handed to the winning team and will be kept safely in the Clubhouse until next season.
 
The week before, another fixture that hasn't taken place in recent years, Captain v Vice Captain, was re-introduced. This game was also played in beautiful weather, and the Captain's 6 Triples easily overcame the challenge of the Vice Captain's team with a comfortable 122 shots to 84 victory. The Vice Captain's team was led by President Les Canfield due to John Timms absence on holiday.
 
The game was a "mixed" 6 Triples and it is hoped that this also becomes an annual regular for the diary.
 
JUST A QUICK REMINDER - THERE IS A WORK PARTY NEXT SATURDAY MORNING (Sept 29th) STARTING AROUND 9AM AT THE CLUBHOUSE TO PUT ALL THE BITS AND PIECES AWAY FOR THE WINTER.
 
ALSO - DON'T FORGET - PRESENTATION EVENING ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 20TH - LIST ON THE CLUBHOUSE NOTICE BOARD - AND OF COURSE THE A.G.M ON MONDAY OCTOBER 22ND STARTING AT 7.30PM SHARP.
 
 
Twelve students from Lord William's School took part in a unique experiment at Thame Bowls Club this year.
 
For 6 weeks during the summer 12 students attended a course in Lawn Green Bowls under the guidance of Terry Gripes, Oxfordshire coach and Keith Wright, Thame coach with the help of six other coaches from across the county together with many Thame bowls club members.
 
The course was arranged by teachers, Chris Daplyn and Sue Benson and was part of their GCSE Sports examination which they all passed with flying colours. The course was featured on BBC1 Television Oxford News.
 
Bill Giles, Thame Bowls Club Chairman, said he was delighted with the way that all of the students adapted to bowling and hoped that many of them would join Thame Bowls Club next year. This will become an annual event with each successive GCSE year having the option to learn and enjoy bowling at Thame.
 
 
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