What will you be doing now that summer is officially here? Check out Thame TV’s event listing for June, and our top three for more inspiration! If you have an event you would like to add to our listing, please contact emma@thametv.com

Thame TV TOP THREE:

1: Thame Town Carnival 2011
This year’s theme for the fantastic Thame Town Carnival is the Mardi Gras, and promises to be a festival of colour and a great celebration for the towns residents and visitors.

The history of Mardi Gras began when ancient Romans celebrated the “Lupercalia”, a circus like festival of abandon and merriment that preceded the penance of Lent. Traditional masks and costumes were worn as the people abandoned social conventions for the festival of “fat tuesday”, referring to the practice of the last night of dancing and eating richer foods. We like the sound of that!

The Mardi Gras promises to wow with fantastic costumes and performances in the procession with schools, residents and businesses dressing up and parading through the town centre from midday to end up at the Southern Road Recreation Ground.

The recreation ground will be alive with music and colour, with the fete running from 1pm – 4pm offering gourmet treats and tantalising tastes, among many other attractions.

For more information or to if you would like to get involved, email: thamecarnival2011@gmail.com. If you would like to get your club, organisation or business involved in Thame’s Mardi Gras, can be obtained from Town Councillor Nicola Dixon, via the town hall.

2: The Mix 96 Tour De Vale Bike Ride!

Mix 96 Tour De Vale Bike Ride from 9:00am – 11:00am at WheelPower, Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, HP21 9PP Tel: 01296 395995

Now into its 8th year, the fantastic Mix 96 Tour de Vale Bike Ride starts and finishes at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. There are three fantastic routes to suit all abilities, and each will take you through beautiful countryside and villages that offer something for everyone

– 15 miles is perfect for families
– 35 miles is ideal for the leisure cyclist but beware of the hills!
– 55 mile is the ‘challenge route’

The three routes are fully signed and there are safety marshals and mechanics in case of emergency. There are friendly water stops on each route plus refreshments and changing facilities at the start and finish. Last year an amazing 1200 riders registered and raised a fantastic £40,000 for WheelPower and with your help, they can raise even more in 2011!

To enter online, go to http://www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=476 and click on “enter” in the middle of the yellow box.

To download an entry for or View the provisional 15, 35 and 55 mile routes, please go to http://www.wheelpower.org.uk/WPower/index.cfm/featured/mix-96-tour-de-vale-bike-ride/

Start Times:
55 mile ride: 9-9.30am
35 mile ride: 10-10.30am
15 mile ride: 10.30-11am

3: Treat yourself to a summer matinee!

Sakespeare In The Gardens – A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Waterperry, Near Wheatley, Oxfordshire, OX33 1JZ

Lord Chamberlain’s Men return to Waterperry to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream exactly as Shakespeare intended – by an all male company!

This fantastic event takes place all day as The school’s matinee at 1.30pm is also open to the general public, with gates opening an hour before the performance for picnics in Waterperry’s beautiful ornamental gardens.

No seating is provided so make sure you bring your own picnic chairs or blankets. All matinee tickets are £11. Groups get one free ticket for each complete block of 10 booked. Tickets are non-refundable and the performance will go ahead except in severe weather conditions.

EVENT LISTING:

Wednesday 1st June
Thame Townswomen’s Guild Meeting -7.15pm at the Girl Guide HQ, Southern Road. Bring and buy sale for funds, plus discussion of NCM mandates.

Friday 3rd June
Biscotti Business Networking – The Oxfordshire Golf Club. Any time between 9.30 and 11.30 am. It’s free to attend, but a £3 contribution is asked to be paid to the venue to cover Coffee, Tea and Biscuits.

Cricket Nets Opening Party at Thame Town Cricket Club, Church Meadow in Thame 7pm following the completion of the new 3 lane net facility BBQ, music, the bar will be open and a range of games will be organised for all children present.

Saturday 4th June
Fantastic swap shop at Thame Town Hall from 10- 12 noon. Bring and take many items for free. CDs, DVDs, Videos, books, clothes, bric-a-brac, toys and games, small household items, including portable electrical (no electric blankets, please) All items must be in good condition, for more info call 01844214295.

All About Bikes
Come and sell or purchase your bikes outside Thame Town Hall from 1 – 3pm. Bring your bikes to sell to the cycle racks by the side of the Town Hall, labelled with your name, telephone number, and asking price by 1pm. Just £5 will be kept for every bike sold.
For further information call 01844214295, 21st Century Thame – Environment Group.

Thame and Wheatley Ramblers
Meet at Hambleden – Stag and Huntsman pub – at 10am for a 9 mile walk to Homefield Wood, then to Pullinghill Wood and Medmenham. Bring a picnic. Sorry, no dogs allowed. For more information, please call 01865 358905.

Councillors’ Saturday Surgery
Thame Information Centre will be open between 10- 12. There will be a Town Councillor, a District Councillor and County Councillor Nick Carter, together with a member of the Customer Services staff who will be present to offer all the services offered to the public from Monday to Friday. All are welcome, and no appointment is required to see a councillor

Sunday 5th June
NGS Gardens Open in Thame – Of the 3,700 gardens open for charity this year for the National Gardens Scheme, five gardens in Thame will be opening on Sunday from 2 – 6pm pm. Admission to all gardens is just £4, with no charge for children. All monies raised go to a number of charities including Macmillan Cancer Care, Marie Curie Cancer Care. Help the Hospices and the Queen’s Nursing Institute. The familiar yellow signs will identify the gardens. – www.ngs.org.uk

Thame open gardens:

18 Willow Road (on the Lashlake estate)
12 Park Terrace (opposite the BP garage)
143 Chinnor Road
7 Newbarn Close (off the Chinnor Rd)
The Stables, Bell Lane (near the Waitrose entrance)

Wedding Fayre at Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3AJ. 11am to 5.pm – free entry. Come and meet local wedding suppliers in a fun and inspirational wedding event, whilst helping to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Find more information at www.icethecake.co.uk.

Wednesday 8th June 2011
Summer Menu Tasting Dinner Club at The Thatch, Thame. This famous event will be held on 8th June, giving you a chance to taste our new menu accompanied by a glass of wine or three to match. Please reserve early for this popular event. The evening will start at 7.30 for a sit down at 8.00 Tickets are £30 per person. For your chance to join us give us a call on 01844 214 340.

Friday 10th June 2011
Promises Evening, Windmill pre-school at Brill Memorial Hall, Church St, Brill from 8:00pm
Windmill pre-school are holding the popular ‘Promises Evening’ where the talents and skills of friends of the pre-school are auctioned off to the highest bidder! This is a busy event
attracting parents, friends and villagers within the local community, and they also auction donations from businesses such as hotel and restaurant vouchers, sports coaching & beauty therapies. Tickets are £5, including welcome drink & nibbles, and can be purchased
from Emma Taplin (01844) 238335, Hannah Tuffley (01844) 238758 or Brill
Stores

Saturday 11th June
Edinburgh fringe comes to Risborough Community Centre, Stratton Road Tickets £6 from www.wegottickets.com/event/120667 or from ‘Crumbs Too’ in the High Street. The show starts 8pm; Light Refreshments but bring wine or beer if you wish, however, the event will not be licensed for the sale of alcohol.

Sunday 12th June
Mix 96 Tour De Vale Bike Ride from 9:00am – 11:00am at WheelPower, Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, HP21 9PP Tel: 01296 395995 See Thame TV TOP THREE for more information.

Clay pigeon shooting at The Crazy Bear Stadhampton 100 BIRD SPORTING £30 / 50 BIRD SPORTING £17 entries 10am to 2.30pm please click on http://crazybeargroup.co.uk/farm/clay-shooting.pdf for more information.

Wednesday 15th June 2011
Sakespeare In The Gardens – A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Waterperry, Near Wheatley, Oxfordshire, OX33 1JZ See thame TV’s top three for more information.

Sunday 26th June 2011
Towersey Church Fete 12:30pm – 4:00pm, Manor Road, Towersey, Thame
Tel: 01844 214888
Towersey’s traditional Fete in lovely surroundings offers an afternoon of fun & entertainment. With The Moviestars Band, children’s entertainer Professor Boodle, Towersey Morris, BBQ & Pimms, Light lunches, Cream Teas, Garden Tours, Raffle & Silent Auction, Fire Engine, Bouncy Castles, Coconut Shy and lots more games & stalls. Free parking. 12:30pm – 4pm. Admission just £1 for adults / accompanied children free.