With two fantastic Bank Holidays this month (Thank you Kate and Will) our free time may take a little more planning than usual. As usual, our top three local events are listed first, followed by an incredibly lengthy event listing for our area – enjoy!

Thame TV’s TOP THREE

1: The fantastic Mayors Ball!

Thame TV will be providing video footage for the Mayors Ball, held at the newly opened Medowview Park home of Thame United. The Ball is organised to Celebrate Councillor Adam Buckland’s year as Thame Mayor and raise money for two fantastic charities; Thame Wombles (SAFARI) and Thomley Hall in Worminghall. Tickets cost £55 per person, including champagne reception and four course dinner. Tables are available for groups of Ten, please contact the Town Council for more information.

Our video has kindly been sponsored by David Wilson Homes and showcases both Thame Mayors work for the town and council since May 2010, and gives an insite into both charities. The video will be on Thame TV the week commencing 4th April along with photographs from the night. For more images, please contact Rob Wheal Photography who was the event’s official photographer.

2: The CAB Fashion Show at The Spread Eagle Hotel

On Thursday 14 April 2011, why not attend the fantastic CAB fashion show organised by Sandy Davidson, chair of Friends of Thame & District Citizens Advice Bureau. The group raises money towards the running of the bureau which costs c.£70,000 annually. Contrary to popular conception the CAB are not centrally funded and so have to raise this money annually from donations, trusts and fundraisers such as the fashion show.

In the present circumstances the services of the CAB are needed more than ever. To raise funds for The Thame & District Citizens Advice Bureau, tickets for the show are being sold for £10 each including a glass of wine. The show will be held in the Eden Suite at The Spread Eagle Hotel at 7.0 for 7.30pm, and will be attended by The Mayor & Mayoress of Thame.

Fashions being shown by: Anna McDonald bridal gallery, CC (County Casuals), freerange, Muse, Ricochet and Togs4U supported by Brothers and House of Colour. CC and freestyle will have accessories for sale and there will be a raffle. Tickets are £10 including a glass of wine and are available from participating shops or call 01844 260603 02 214498. Come along to a fantastic evening, take a look at the fantastic clothes available locally, support your local retailers and raise some much needed funds for your local CAB!

3: Thame Country Fair 24th and 25th April 2011
Venue – Thame Showground, Kingsey Road, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3JL

We absolutely couldn’t miss showcasing the 13th Thame Country Fair – reported to be the biggest yet. In Keeping with all our Country Fairs there are two main show arena’s offering all day entertainment supported by a whole array of smaller country sports and attractions. All three of the main show arenas provide the heartbeat of the show, first class arena entertainment is provided by some of the Countryside’s top sports names and organisations in the UK.

The main attractions consist of a Falconry Village, Target Field Sports, Dog events and demonstrations, Equestrian Competitions and working horse demonstrations, Angling and many more country pursuits. There is also a craft village, chainsaw carving displays and a fantastic array of food, Childrens entertainmnet, stunts, and displays.

Full Event Listing

1st – 31st April 2011
Chapungu Sculpture Exhibition, Waterperry Gardens

Friday 1st April 2011
An evening looking back at the most notorious robbery of the 20th Century – The Great Train Robbery. The stable block, James Figg Pubb from 7pm

Saturday 2nd April 2011
The Boom Jennies-Boisterous Sketch Comedy from London Comedy Circuit Regulars
The Phoenix Studio Theatre, Lord Williams’s Lower School, Thame, Bar available, Doors open 7.15 for 8.00
Tickets available from Julie Anne’s Shoe Boutique, The Buttermarket, Thame £10 or £8.00 concessions
Sponsored by the Spread Eagle Hotel

Monday 4th April 2011
David Wilson Homes open day at Windmill Place with Thame Mayor and children from John Hampden Primary School.

Tuesday 5th April 2011
Housing Benefit Surgery – Soha Housing &Housing Benefit Advisers on hand from 10am to 12pm at Thame town hall. Contact Soha 01235 515 900 or 8000 14 15 45 (freephone from a landline)

Wednesday 6th April 2011
Thame Townswomen’s Guild Meeting; 7.15pm Girl Guide Headquarters, Southern Road, Thame.
Guest speaker: Jim Osborne, Subject: National Trust Greys Court. Visitors welcome. Light refreshments and raffle.

Thursday 7th April 2011
Out of the Workhouse talk at Thame Museum on Social Welfare support in Victorian Oxfordshire. £4.00 (£3members) available from the museum during opening hours or by telephone on 01844 212801.

Film ‘Economics of Happiness’ What An Inconvenient Truth did for understanding climate change, this new film, is sure to do for understanding localisation versus globalisation. Find out more about the film at: http://www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org/

First Thursday Music Club – Open mix session, James Figg, Thame (in the Stables) from 7.30pm – www.FirstThursdayMusicClub.com

Saturday 9th April 2011
THE NEW FOXTROT SERENADERS at The Players Theatre, Nelson Street, Thame, 7.45pm – Tickets Anywhere, Greyhound Walk or from the box office at the theatre from 7pm

Sunday 10th April 2011
Clay Shooting at The Crazy Bear Hotel, Stadhampton. £17.50 for full course and competition entry. See http://www.crazybeargroup.co.uk/ for further details.

Tuesday 12th April 2011
Annual Town Meeting, Thame Town Hall, chaired by the Town Mayor, Cllr Adam Buckland. 7.30pm Representatives from the Town, District and County Councils

Wednesday 13th April 2011
Thame Speakers Club to improve presentation skills, St Andrews Court. 01844 358189 7.45pm – 10pm

13th, 14th and 20th April 2011
Easter Camp at Racquets Fitness Centre. Competitions, coaching and training, join a class, workout, make friends and have fun. From 10am – 3pm. £15 per day for members, £18 per day non-members. Lunch included!

Friday 15th April 2011
The Magic and Mystery of Glenn Miller. Speaker; Bill King, Inner Wheel Club of Thame’s Charter Anniversary Dinner. Eden Suite, Spread Eagle Hotel. OX92BW. 6.30pm for 7pm.

Tuesday 19th April 2011
Pork To Fork Event – A unique day where you can see first hand how the free-range pigs from Jimmy Butler’s Suffolk farm are transformed into the succulent pork dishes you see on our menu. Held at North Aston, Oxfordshire (under an hours drive from Thame). Tickets cost £125 for the day including coffee and cake on arrival and a Roast pork lunch with seasonal, organic veggies from the farm. For £150, this also includes a delicious 2 course dinner at The Thatch that evening with wine. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Frazer at The Thatch. 01844214340

Thursday 21st April 2011
Court Challenge at Racquets fitness centre, Thame. 10am – 3pm, contact Martin or Simon on 01844 261754 for more information.

Sunday 24th April – Monday 25th April 2011
Thame Country Fair at Thame Showground, show and arena attractions.

Monday 25th April 2011
Stadhampton Farm easter egg hunt, The Crazy Bear Farm Shop, Stadhampton. 10am – 2pm, hunt for easter eggs, hidden on the trail around our farm THERE WILL BE TRACTOR RIDES, A BARBECUE, AND OUR NEW MONSTER CASTLE! in addition to our reindeer, llamas, and alpacas, there are lots of spring lambs and piglets to see.

Friday 29th April 2011
Royal Wedding day at Waterperry Gardens. Every visitor receives a special wedding present from Waterperry!

Saturday 30th April 2011
Charity football game this Saturday Cuddington v Ickford at cuddington recreation ground Bernard’s close. It’s a 2pm kick off, the bar is open and there’s a raffle. All money goes to Thame Dove Coat Day Care Centre – under threat because of the cuts.