Death Announcement - Ann Ducker MBE

It is with regret that Thame Town Council received the news this morning that Ann Ducker has passed away after a short illness. The Council expresses its sincere condolences to her family at this very difficult time.

Ann has been a District Councillor for Goring ward since 1983 and Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council since 2003, receiving an MBE for services to local government in 2010.

New Perch for the Park

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Pop into Elms Park and take a pew on the new commemorative bench that has recently been installed. The bench is another addition, courtesy of Friends of Elms Park, to help transform the area into a traditional park for use by people of all ages in a variety of ways.  The bench has been paid for with money raised from Thame's annual music festival, Music in the Park, and follows the recent installation of lighting along the footpath, which is helping to make the park a safer and friendlier place to walk in the twilight hours. 

Jeans for Genes Day - We're Fundraising!


The Town Council will be taking part in Jeans for Genes Day on Friday 19 September to help raise money for Genetic Disorders UK. Individually, genetic disorders are rare but together they affect 1 in 25 children born in the UK – that’s more than 30,000 babies each year. Jeans for Genes day provides funding for the care and support of children with genetic disorders so please come into the Town Hall and make a donation. 

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Thame's Neighbourhood Plan is Sound

Last night, Thame Town Council rejected the demands of the Elms Petition Group to hold a second referendum on its Neighbourhood Plan.

Beryl Guiver, Planning Policy Officer at South Oxfordshire District Council, explained the legal status of a Neighbourhood Plan, which was followed by an impassioned presentation to Councillors by the Elms Group spokesperson to have the site removed.

However, to take such action would require a sound planning policy reason, and with no new significant material planning information coming forward since the Plan was made, removing the site would not prevent the owner of the site from developing it.

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