There’s nothing quite like a British Summer, we started the summer season with our typically British Jubilee weekend… Grand Celebrations across the country despite the terrible weather, the coming together for street parties, and for those who braved London – a lot of cooing at royalty and celebrities and a good old whinge about people’s brolly’s being in the way.

Now that Wimbledon is well under way, The British Grand Prix will be roaring into action this weekend, and the Olympics are nearly upon us, why not look a little closer to home and embrace the fantastic events on offer locally to us, come rain or shine! As always, here’s our top three followed by our monthly listing, Enjoy!

Thame TV’s Top Three

1: The Band With No Name rocks Thame’s First Thursday Music Club
The Band With No Name Feature at FTMC


TBWNN; Dave Bradley, Clive Henry, Clive Taylor and Phil Westerman

The Band With No Name (TBWNN) are set to take the 10 o’clock feature spot at this month’s First Thursday Music Club on Thursday 5th July 2012. TBWNN features Dave Bradley on vocals and rhythm guitar, Kev Lucas on lead guitar, Clive Henry on Harmonica backed by Clive Taylor on drums/cajon and Phil Westerman on Bass.


Kev Lucas

Having just played Thame Carnival as a loud, Indie Rock outfit, TBWNN have arranged an acoustic set for the night but promise to feature some up-beat rock – as well as a few laid back toons! Last month’s FTMC event featured Emma Davidmann who returned to Thame from her Brighton base to play to her “home” crowd. Another 13 acts also performed throughout the evening including 2am Blue, Kerraleigh & Martin and Sir Walter J Wallis.

The July Open Mic’ event is on Thursday 5th with the first act on around 8.30. Sign up for performers is from 7.45pm. Check out the club on Facebook “The First Thursday Music Club” or at www.firstthursdaymusicclub.com where you can find more info’ including contact numbers and addresses for the organisers.

2: A Summer’s Evening Flute Recital on Saturday 7th July
Celebrate Summer with a beautiful Evening Flute Recital from Suzanna Watson, accompanied by Pavel Timofejevsky.
The event starts at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Thame and will include works by Mozart, JS Bach, Prokofiev, Schumann and Ian Clarke.

Suzanna has lived in Thame since the age of 4, studying at Lord Williams’s and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior Department, where she won the Topwind flute prize. She is now in her final year at the Royal College of Music, studying under Jaime Martin and Sue Thomas. She has won numerous prizes and played with many major orchestras and ensemebles. She has now been awarded a place on the Master of Arts course at the Royal Academy of Music in September 2012. The proceeds from this concert will help her with funding these postgraduate studies.

Tickets £9 or £7 (concessionary for seniors, full-time students and age 14-18), Under-14s free with ticket.
Available from Bridget Hill 01844 212306 or the Vintage and Modern Guitars shop at 1a Cornmarket, Thame and FROM at 16 Cornmarket, Thame.

3: The Round Table Annual Duck Race

The Thame annual Duck Race will take place on Sunday the 17th June. This year the round table plan to release over 2,000 Ducks into the river, a sight which is not to be missed. Prize vouchers of £50, £30 and £20 will be awarded for the first three ducks to reach the finish.


Thame Duck Race 2011. Photo Courtesy of Thame Gazette

All proceeds will go to local charities, worthy causes and sports clubs. Gates open at 10:30am and the race will start at 11am. Thame Round Table would like to recognise and thank the following organisations for providing their help and services:

– Helpful Hirings for loan of the Dump truck.
– Advanced Labeling Systems for printing the posters.
– Freebee for printing the tickets.

Tickets are being sold by the following groups (each of which will benefit from ticket sales):

– Lord Williams’s Association
– Barley Hill PTA
– John Hampden Nursery
– Thame Youth Football Club
– Thame Girl Guides
– Oxford Gymnastics Club
– Chiltern Netball Club
– Thame Day Centre
– Air Training Corps Thame
– Thame Citizens Advice Bureau
– SAFARI

Tickets can also be obtained from the following places in Thame:

– Wallaces Home Boutique (selling on behalf of Thame Care Centre).
For more information, go to http://www.thame.roundtable.co.uk/events/3351/thame-2012-duck-race/

Full Event Listing!

Wednesday 4th July 2012
Thame Townswomen’s Guild meeting at 7.15pm at the Girl Guide Headquarters, Southern Road, Thame.
Guest speaker: Sqn. Ld. A Garret MBE Berlin Airlift
Visitors are very welcome to attend
Light refreshments and a raffle

Thursday 5th July 2012
Racquets’ Quiz Night

Friday 6th July 2012

Glow Worm Spectacular at the Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve from 9.45 – 11.30pm. (Also on 10th July)
Join us for a magical after-dark glow worm spotting expedition! Guests will meet at the Aston Rowant NNR car park signposted from the A40 near Stokenchurch, M40 J5. (Nearest post code HP14 3YL) The route does have to involve some steps so is unsuitable for those with very limited mobility. Please bring a torch, sturdy footwear and warm clothing.
Numbers are strictly limited and booking is essential, call Cathy Rose on 01844 355 506 or email crose@chilternsaonb.org. Adults £3, children £1

Saturday 7th July 2012

NOT TO BE MISSED!! Roald Dahl Festival, Aylesbury Town Centre.
This year’s Roald Dahl Festival will take place on Saturday 7 July in Aylesbury Town Centre. Look out for the biggest event yet as we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the festival.
All the amazing Roald Dahl themes covered over the last ten years will be brought back for one spectacular show: James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, Fantastic Mr Fox, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Revolting Rhymes and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. Everyone’s favourite Roald Dahl story will be there!


Roald Dahl Festival, courtesy of http://www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk

The spectacular Roald Dahl Parade starts at 11am and features a multitude of characters and themes from Roald Dahl’s stories recreated in the form of giant puppets, as well as other original artwork made by young people from across Aylesbury Vale. In addition to the colourful and spectacular artwork and puppets created by school children, the parade is brim full of music and street theatre featuring some of the top Samba Bands in the region.
Why not stay for the day?! After the Parade there will be plenty to do in Aylesbury town centre and for this year only, the Roald Dahl Games are taking place in Vale Park, Aylesbury as part of Aylesbury Vale’s celebrations for the London 2012 Games. The Roald Dahl Games are fun games with a Dahl twist! Have a go at tossing a snozzcumber or see how fast you can complete the Fantastic Tunnel Relay.

Men’s breakfast in Thame in the Chinnor Rugby Club, Kingsey Road, Thame at 7.45am until 9.30am.
Tom Farrell: Higher, Faster, Stronger.
Liverpool-born Tom Farrell represented Britain in the 1956 (Melbourne) Olympics at 400 metres hurdlesand the1960 (Rome) Games at 800 metres. He held the UK 400 metres hurdles record and captained the British team at the 1958 European Championships.
To book, please Email David Feuchtwanger ( david@2thelight.co.uk) or call 01844 17529 and a place will be reserved for you. £5 Payment can either be made before the event or at the door.

A Summer’s Evening Flute Recital of Suzanna Watson, accompanied by Pavel Timofejevsky.
7.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Thame. See Top Three for more information.

Haddenham Real Ale Festival
Haddenham Real Ale Festival takes place in the grounds of the Haddenham Junior School (marquee will be provided in case of wet weather!) and features Bars, BBQ, pig roast, paella, Indian food, ploughmans, olives, delicatessen, Pimms and wine bar, and a bouncy castle for the kids! Ales, lagers and ciders and world beers. Jazz, pop and rock bands, Morris Men and Hoofers.
It’s a fantastic day out for all the family, so make sure you pay a visit!
For full information visit http://haddenham-beer-festival.co.uk
11.00am to 9.00pm (last entry 6.00pm) Ticvkets £5 each in advance (available from various outlets including Thame Town Hall), £6 on the door.

Chinnor Musical Theatre presents Jubilation
http://www.chinnormusicaltheatre.org.uk/ for more information.

Tiddington Fete
Tiddington Fete held on the playing fields on Saturday 07 July from 2pm. The Benson & Roke Brass Band, family games, traditional stalls, refreshments. Everyone welcome; bar open all day.

Monday 9th July 2012


Olympic Torch. Photo Courtesy of http://www.expressandstar.com/

On Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th July the Olympic Torch will pass through the centre of Oxford! If you don’t fancy battling with the crowds in London, why not take a short trip into Oxford to watch the relay? The relay will start at 17: 13 on Oxford Road next to the BMW manufacturing plant, and weave its’ way around Cowley. For full details go to http://www.london2012.com/torch-relay/route/evening=oxford/

Tuesday 10th July 2012

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard Thame Players (Until 14th July 2012)

Glow Worm Spectacular!- See listing above for full details.

Saturday 14th July 2012

The Phoenix Studio, Towersey: Pastel Pleasure! (Until 15th July)
Come and partake in a perfect weekend of pastel pleasure! Accomplished artist Jenny Halstead invites you to roll up your sleeves and brighten your finger tips as you explore the exciting world of pastels! Taking you on an introductory tour of this wonderful medium, she will teach you how to capture two broad themes – landscapes and the human figure. With years of teaching experience and unquestionable talent, Jenny’s course is not to be missed! Perfect for all abilities, why not book your place now?! Call James on 07765980508 or visit the website for more info: www.phoenixstudio.co.uk.

Karl Jenkins: The peacemakers Lord Williams’s Festival Chorus
The Peacemakers: World Premiere January 2012
7.30pm at Thame Leisure Centre Tickets £13, concessions £10, under 18s £1. Online: lordwilliamssfestivalchorus.org.
Cargo: 18 Cornmarket, Thame. Rosemary 01844 344083.

Wildlife watching train rides on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway
Join Chilterns Conservation Board volunteers for the chance to observe and identify wildlife on the move as you travel by train along the foot of the Chiltern Hills between Chinnor and Princes Risborough. Who knows what we might see, but look out for red kites soaring overhead! Location: Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, Station Road, Chinnor OX39 4ER. Adults £9.50, Seniors £8.50, Children £5. Family tickets available. No need to book in advance. For more information visit www.chinnorrailway.co.uk.

Sunday 15th July 2012

Senior Citizens Day at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway
All senior citizens travel half price throughout the day. The railway also offers superb cream teas on the afternoon steam services. Advance booking essential. Call 07979 055366. Talking Timetable 01844 353535. www.chinnorrailway.co.uk. Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, Station Road, Chinnor OX39 4ER.

Thame & Wheatley Ramblers
Meet at Splendlove car park, Charlbury at 09:00am for a 15 mile walk through delightful Cotswold villages. Bring a picnic. Dogs on leads please. 01869 249128. ALL WELCOME

Thursday 19th July 2012

Art in Action at Waterperry (Until 22nd July 2012)
Hundreds of artists demonstrating their art at Waterperry, nr Wheatley, Oxfordshire OX33 1JZ. Tel 020 7381 3192.
www.artinaction.org.uk.

Saturday 21st July 2012

Thame & Wheatley Ramblers
Meet at Bledlow (near the church) at 10:00am for a hilly 11 mile walk to Radnage, The City, Town End and Chinnor Hill. Possible pub lunch/picnic. 07796 661449. ALL WELCOME

Monday 23rd July 2012

Lighthouse Thame (Until 27th July)
9.45am to 3.30pm Lighthouse Thame is a holiday week for children and young people in Thame and the surrounding area that takes place in the summer holidays at Lord Williams’s Upper School. It is run through a partnership of local churches and supported by hundreds of experienced volunteers. For more information visit www.lighthousethame.org.uk.

Lacey Green Maize Maze Opens today. For more information go to: http://www.laceygreenmaze.co.uk/

Tuesday 24th July 2012

Thomley Hall Summer Holiday Programme (Until 28th July) Thomley Hall Summer Programme 2012 for young people and adults with autism (aged 16 and above)! 9.30am to 3.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
A safe and supportive environment for young people to enjoy fulfilling experiences throughout the long 6 week summer holidays. Please contact Claire at: My World, Thomley Hall Cottage, Menmarsh Road, Worminghall HP18 9JZ.
Tel 01844 339840. myworldautismsupport@googlemail.com.

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July 2012
Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.
Peppa, George and Danny Dog are up to fun and games on a day out on Grandad Dog’s boat. Help them, with Pedro Pony, Polly Parrot and Zoe Zebra to follow the clues and find their treasure as they all enjoy a day of adventure.
For tickets and more information go to: http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/peppa-pigs-treasure-hunt/aylesbury-waterside-theatre/#overview_tab