Town Awards Winners Announced

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On Thursday evening, representatives from community organisations across Thame came together to celebrate this year's deserving recipients of a Thame Town Award. Seven awards were given out to some truly remarkable members of our town. Below is a full list of the 2016 award winners:

Creative Arts Achievement - Holly Shiels
Sporting Achievement - Mark Wilkins
Service with a Smile - Chris Wren
Sporting Achievement - Josh Preston
Voluntary Individual - Angela Willson
Lifetime Achievement - Sheena Beard
Lifetime Achievement - Nick White

Congratulations to all of this year's winners! Find out more about why they won their awards by clicking here!

On-street Parking Crack-down

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The Town Council is aware that on-street parking is a bugbear for many residents and visitors, particularly since the retirement of Peggy the traffic warden. The on-street parking is currently monitored by Thames Valley Police but, with it's limited resources, this has not been undertaken as frequently as necessary and it is widely known that drivers regularly take advantage of the lack of enforcement.

Thame is proud to be able to offer up to three hours of free parking to both residents and visitors and believes this is an important part of retaining the vibrancy and vitality of the town centre. In a joint initiative with the police, the Town Council will be extending the patrols of our car park attendants to include all on-street parking in the town centre. Details of offenders will subsequently be passed on to the Local Neighbourhood Policing Team to action accordingly.  It is hoped that this additional monitoring will ensure a higher turnaround of vehicles and prevent all-day parking in spaces designed for shoppers and visitors. 

RAF Halton Freedom Parade

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On 2 May 2012, RAF Halton was granted the Freedom of Entry into Thame, the highest civic honour that can be bestowed on a military unit. Many residents will fondly remember Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall's visit to our town and the impressive spectacle of the troops parading past the Town Hall.

The Town Council is delighted to announce that, on 8 May 2016, RAF Halton will be exercising their 'Freedom to march through the town with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing and Colours flying'. 

      
From 11am, the regiment will parade through the town to the High Street where the Mayor of Thame will have the honour of inspecting the troops. Dignitaries including the Chair's of South Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council and John Howell MP will be in attendance.

The Council invites the people of Thame to join the celebration from 11am in the town centre. Please note that a road closure will be in force from 9am - 1pm along the High Street, Cornmarket & Butter Market and a rolling road closure on Southern Road. The Council apologises in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Photos courtesy of Nick White

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