Thame was on full alert this morning as a team of expert judges were given a guided tour of the town to find out what makes our High Street so special.
A judge from Holland & Barrett , sponsors of the small market town category, spoke at the reception this afternoon at James Figg about why we are a great contender to win The GB High St telling guests how Impressed he was with the community spirit driving the #GBHighST competition entry, and the collective effort from the team, finishing by encouraging us “to nurture this, and keep growing as I’m sure you’ll be extremely successful”
Judge from Holland and Barrett at Thame's GBHighSt Reception

The Judges Decision is not final – 50% goes to public vote!

Helen Johns and Sonja Francis of the Thame Town BID Team were given special mention for their hard work on the project before guests heard about the importance of the project and supporting local initiatives from MP John Howell.
John Howell with the #GBHighSt Social Media Champions

John Howell with the #GBHighSt Social Media Champions

We also heard from mayor Linda Emery, and heard an exciting announcement from Jon Littler of The First Thursday Music Club – watch this space!
Jon Little First Thursday Music Club

Frazer and Goldie of Peach Pubs, with First Thursday Music Club’s Jon Little after announcing the date for the inaugural Thame Music Festival 2017!

Thame is now in the final three to win a share of £100,000, expert training from Google’s digital task-force for shops, bars and restaurants, and a trip to Twitter’s London office for social media training. But the judges vote counts for only 50% of the overall result – PLEASE VOTE for our town at every day, to help us be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize which will benefit all of our community.
James, helping Mark celebrate a recent promotion to Head Coach at Thame Tennis Club

The Reception hosted Thame’s “Movers and Shakers” James joined Mark in celebrating his recent promotion to Head Coach at Thame Tennis Club

Helen Johns, Thame Town BID Team, said:

“As proud winners of a Rising Star award in the Great British High Street Competition 2015, Thame couldn’t resist entering again this year, our sights firmly set on becoming champions in the small market towns category.

“Now we’ve heard, not just that Thame is a finalist, but that Thame’s Chris Hurdman is a finalist in the high street heroes market trader category. So we’re pulling out all the stops to wow the judges – Chris has even taken to writing poetry to describe our beautiful town.

“We’re asking every resident, every business and every shop to vote for Thame and for Chris once every day until the voting period ends on 18tth November. We will be rooting for a double victory, confirming Thame as a vibrant destination, from its historic foundations to its ambitious vision for the future.”

The public can vote directly for their best-loved high street online. Between now and 18 November you can cast your vote for Thame for free via and for Chris via 

Vote For Thame #GBHighSt

Vote For Thame #GBHighSt

Peter Aldis, Chief Executive Officer of Holland & Barrett International said:

“We are proud to be supporting this celebration of the greatest that the British high street has to offer. Looking at the finalists, it’s going to be a tough competition, but I’m excited to see examples of the innovation and community spirit that make our British high streets the institutions they are today.”

The Great British High Street Competition 2016 celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets. It is one of a number of initiatives to help champion high streets as the cornerstones of the community.

This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops.

The twenty-seven finalists in the 9 categories for places were announced on 18 October. In the small market town category, Thame is competing against county rival Chipping Norton and Hebden Bridge in Calderdale.

Lets GET VOTING and Raise a Glass to our fantastic town!

MP John Howell - Cheers to Thame!

MP John Howell – Cheers to Thame!