Spring is finally here and what better way to celebrate than some of these fantastic local events! Here is our pick of this month’s offerings, with our regular full events listing below.

Thame TV’s Top Three

1: New Balls Please!

To celebrate spring and the fact that we can venture out without five layers of clothing, we wanted to introduce a fantastic local club to encourage us all to get out in the fresh air and move a little! Thame Tennis Club provides a high quality facility with a welcoming membership for all ages & standards, and has 6 All weather courts – 3 floodlit until 9:30 in the evening, a Hitting wall, lovely Club House with Bar & Changing Rooms.

Thame Tennis Club will be having an Open Day on Sat 24th March starting at 13:00, finishing at 17:00, and everyone is invited to come and play or simply just look around. It’s a fantastic local club with Club evenings on Tuesdays & Thursdays, all year round and match play in Oxfordshire and Aylesbury & District leagues at all levels. There is also a range of coaching available from mid week classes for Adults and for Juniors, Saturday morning organised doubles, individual lessons and Junior Tennis Camps in Easter and Summer Holidays.

Why not head over to the club and take a look for yourself, and if you sign up for membership on the day, you even get a free can of balls!

2: Sport Relief hits Waddesdon!

Sunday 25 March 2012

11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm

Waddesdon village is set to host its first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile and needs local people from Waddesdon and surrounding areas to come together and show their support by entering now at www.sportrelief.com. As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives – so it’s time to dust off those trainers and enter right now.

Setting off from in front of the Manor the Waddesdon Mile will pass through/take in the sights of the gardens at the Manor and is set to be an incredible event. Entrants don’t have to be sporty to take part, but can choose to complete 1, 3 or 6 miles knowing that all the money raised will help to change the lives of people living unimaginably tough lives right here on our doorstep, across the rest of the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries.

At Thame TV, having ran through Waddesdon Manor grounds before, we can certify that the provisions for spectators and beautiful grounds are motivational and inspiring, and their coffee shops to a lovely afternoon tea once you’ve finished!

To enter the Waddesdon Mile visit www.sportrelief.com

3: Celebrate the start of spring at local charity fair

The Inner Wheel Club of Thame are holding a Charity Spring Fayre in aid of Thame Young Carers on 31st March at the Spread Eagle Thame, who are sponsoring the event. Starts at 10am – 4pm. Entrance fee is £1.00 for adults and children go free. Products include Beauty, Jewelry, Clothing, Food, Books, Cards, Gifts and more. There will also be a Tombola, so come along for some great finds and to raise money for this fantastic charity!

Full Events Listing

10th – 18th March 2012
To celebrate English Tourism Week, attractions across Buckinghamshire, including Longridge Activity Centre, Stowe and Buckinghamshire County Museum and Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, are offering special offers to Bucks residents during this week. To find out more and download your discount vouchers visit: www.visitbuckinghamshire.org  or call 01296 330559 for more information

Sunday 11th March 2012
Waddesdon Manor Wedding Open Day. 11am-4pm
The Dairy and the Five Arrows are opening their doors for you to see the superb wedding facilities we can offer for your special day. Set in private grounds beside two beautiful lakes, The Dairy is the perfect exclusive wedding venue, which the Five Arrows, positioned at the gates of Waddesdon Manor, offers a warm welcome, with 11 bedrooms of character and charm. If you wish to visit the Manor and Gardens while you are here, normal admission charges will apply.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Le Manoir Chocolate and wine with William Curley, ‘Britain’s best Chocolatier’, and Nancy Gilchrist MW This year, chocolatier William Curley is accompanied by wine expert Nancy Gilchrist. Not only will they divulge the secrets behind some of the most delicious chocolates produced in England, but match these amazing treats with wine.

Morning coffee
Chocolate and wine talk, and tasting
Laurent-Perrier Champagne reception with canapés
Three-course lunch with accompanying wines
Priced at £195 per person

For more information and to book, please go to https://www.orient-express.com/web/olem/calendar_of_events_form.jsp?id=156739&date=16%20March%202012

The Birdcage – Somebody To Someone 
21:00 until 00:00

Come join us at the BIRDY for some live acoustical wonder, live music between 9pm and midnight. There be some original Somebody To Someone songs, also playing some tracks from the 00’s, and some sacred classics from the 50’s till now. Everything from Ike & Tina, The Kinks, Otis Redding, Incubus, Amy Winehouse, Johnny Cash, Paloma Faith, Fleetwood Mac, George Michael, ..you know the score by now! See you there for a paddy pint of Guinness, bottle of Brooklyn Lager, IPA or Pinot Noir whatever you like to trickle down your neck on a Friday evening.

Sunday 18th March – Mothering Sunday

The Thatch Thame
Our Mum’s deserve a day off so let us do the cooking and washing up this Mothering Sunday! Come and enjoy a relaxing family meal with delicious food and a great atmosphere. Call Frazer on 01844213430 to book.

The Crazy Bear, Beaconsfield and Stadhampton
Special menu to treat your Mum on mothers day at Crazy Bear. To view the menu and further details go to: http://crazybeargroup.co.uk/stadhampton/mothers-day.pdf

Waddesdon Manor – The Five Arrows
Mothering Sunday Lunch Served at 12noon and 3.30pm £32.00 per person
Enjoy a glass of Bucks Fizz on arrival and traditional three course lunch. A small gift will be presented to all mums attending.
For reservations, please call on 01296 651727 or email five.arrows@nationaltrust.org.uk

Monday 19th March
Art At The Edge: Where Sport Becomes Art
To celebrate the London Olympics 2012, the Ashmolean in Oxford will display a group of bronze sculptures from Art At The Edge, a commissioned series of sculptural studies, representing different Olympic and Paralympic sports. Each sculpture is cast in bronze and made by a different artist to reflect the cross-section of contemporary British sculpture. The works will be placed in the Ashmolean’s Human Image Gallery, amongst the Museum’s permanent collections. Admission is free and the exhibition will be running from Monday 19th March until Sunday 20th May.

Wednesday 28 March 2012
The Thatch Midweek Treat for The Ladies – Join us every wednesday for half price bubbles! Call Frazer on 01844213430 to book.

Thursday 29th March 2012
Waddesdon Manor
Taking Time: Chardin’s Boy building a House of Cards and other paintings
Exhibition runs from 28 March – 15 July 2012

This exhibition brings together some of the greatest works to come out of 18th-century France. Prompted by Waddesdon’s recent acquisition of Boy building a house of cards (1735) by Jean-Siméon Chardin (1699-1779), the exhibition will unite all four of the artist’s paintings of the subject for the first time ever. Loans from the UK, France and the USA will demonstrate how Chardin paired these works with other compositions to explore themes of childhood, adolescence and play. A group of Chardin’s images of servants – again, never seen together before – will provide a contrast with these images of children playing. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition will include essays by Juliet Carey, Curator of Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, Pierre Rosenberg, former director of the Louvre and the pre-eminent scholar of Chardin’s work, and Katie Scott, lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art, specialising in French art and architecture of the early modern period. There will be curator-led tours of the exhibition: please see the 2012 diary for details of exhibition-related events.Taking Time: Chardin’s Boy building a House of Cards and other paintings

Moules and Frites at The Thatch, Thame.
Join us every thursday for The perfect bowl of mussels and frites to be served with some the finest wines known to humanity.

Friday 30 March 2012

Posh Fish and Chips Every Friday at The Thatch, Thame.
Join us for Posh Fish and Chips Thatch Style. Beer Battered Monkfish, King Prawns, Sea Bass and Lemon Sole with Triple Cooked Chips and Braised Peas- For two to share. Call us on 01844 214 340 to bookyour table.