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Corona Virus Updates

Supermarkets in Thame are offering selected hours for the elderly, vulnerable and NHS workers:

Sainsbury’s – Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8am-9am

Waitrose – Mondays-Saturdays 7:30am-8:30am, and Sundays 10am-11am. Daily essentials kept aside for NHS workers in cafe.

Friday 27th March

Thame Town Music Festival

We have decided that it is best to postpone Thame Town Music Festival until 2021.
Gratifyingly most people are agreeing to roll over their support and commitment to play/be a venue/stall until next year.
We will be back on 10/7/21
We would love it if you are with us!
#staysafe

Monday 23rd March

Thame Tuesday Charter Market

Our dedicated traders will now
NOT be trading tomorrow. Please support them when we are out of lockdown.

Friday 20th March 2020


Racquets

Our priority is your health, your fitness and your wellbeing

Most important : please do not come to Racquets for a workout if you feel in any way unwell. 

You are very welcome if you are feeling well having not been ill or have been ill and have completed any isolation required.  Please ensure that you complete the full isolation period – and maybe give it a few days more before resuming exercise.

To reiterate some of the measures that Racquets is taking to ensure that your wellbeing is being looked after.

Constant cleaning

All members and staff are using hand sanitiser in reception on the way in.   The staff are cleaning constantly.  All members are spraying and cleaning the gym equipment as they use it.  Some are even bringing their own spray bottles !  But we have plenty of hand sanitizer and plenty of sprays and hand soap.

Proximity

We have reduced the number of people allowed in any class whether that’s in the studio or the spin classes.  We are offering some of the smallest classes outside e.g. lunchers that lift on Wednesday lunchtimes.  It is important for you to pre-book any classes to ensure you get a place.
We are asking everyone to keep some distance between each other at all times.
Classes are being designed such that there is no sharing of equipment or mats etc.
Many classes will be streamed live – you can rerun Nig’s circuit class from last night via the Racquets facebook page and you can link through to that via http://www.racquets-fitness-centre.com/live-streaming-classes/ where we will try to update with a streamed timetable if we can.  
Although we have just taken ownership of 2 new spin bikes today we have taken every other bike out of action to ensure that anyone working out is a safe distance from the next.  So you can use the spinning studio at any time knowing that you won’t have to ask someone to move away.
We have closed the saunas.

Squash coaching is now reduced to 3 people with a coach.  Otherwise no more than 4 on a court.  Squash coaching is available for private sessions for 1, 2 or 3 people.  Please contact Jason, Sue, Simon or Ollie direct.  So all our coaching sessions are still on – but pre-booking is essential.

Isolation

We really want to help everyone keep fit, healthy, mobile, mentally happy etc.

To this end we need to maintain our great community and club spirit.

So, please do join in with any live streaming classes if you are in isolation and are feeling healthly.

If you want more please do request specific workouts for yourself.  Our gym instructors need something to do while we are a little quieter at the club so they are happy to write out your own home workout and send it to you.  Email memberships@racquets-fitness-centre.com if you would like this.  If you have a specific gym instructor that you would like to write you a workout then please specify.

Additionally, our instructors could personally train you at home via Facetime or similar app.  Again request this via memberships@racquets-fitness-centre.com and we will hook you up.

Help

Racquets membership is a community and we are here and willing to help.  So if your street hasn’t had a leaflet delivered identifying your neighbourly helper then please do ask us if we can help.  We can do shopping, friendly phone call, collect prescriptions (though J M Vicary are brilliant for prescription delivery https://www.jmwvicary.co.uk/ !).  Please just ask.

Juniors

Currently we are still running all the academy sessions.  As the children are still able to be with other children but in much smaller numbers please remember they can book a court and play and we are keeping academy session down to 2 to 4 players per court.

Membership

Our standard rules for membership apply. 

We have always offered an option of what we call ‘freezing’ membership.  This is where you tell us you are not going to be coming in for a period longer than 2 weeks.  When you return we add this period onto your current membership.  In the meantime you continue paying your monthly membership.  So although you are paying when you are not coming, you will be coming and not paying later on.  For most of our members this works and it helps the club even out any reduction in membership income to allow us to stay in business through this difficult time.
Of course, you do have the option of cancelling your membership completely but you have to give one month’s notice and you will be charged a joining fee on your return. 
We are able to see from our records when you stop coming and when you start again so when your membership comes round for renewal we will be able to add on the time automatically so you do not need to contact us as this might become difficult to do.

Eating and drinking at home

Don’t forget that our Chinese restaurant delivers.  It is known for consistently great food – see the menu at http://www.racquets-fitness-centre.com/wild-lemongrass-restaurant-open-at-racquets/

We can also deliver drinks with your Chinese.  We have bottles of soft drinks and small and large bottles of wines, ale and lager.  For draught ale and lager we have 2 pint takeaway cartons.  We’re offering 10% discount for drink delivery.

Events

We have not cancelled the squash club nights, doubles club nights, graded tournament, junior tournament yet as you never know !!!!  We’ll let you know if we do.

Change

As this is a constantly changing situation we are reviewing our arrangements almost by the minute and we will update you via email and facebook with updates as we have them.

Keep fit, keep healthy, lets get through this together.

The Team at Racquets


Thursday 19th March 2020


What’s Cooking

Here’s the current frozen ready meals available for collection or with free local delivery (all 2 people portions):
• Cottage pie (£9.80)
• Chicken Dijon (£11.80)
• Spanish chicken (£11.80)
• Thai green chicken curry (£11.80)

• Tuscan lamb (£11.80)
• Lamb moussaka (£11.80)
• Lamb tagine (£11.80)
• Pasta al forno with pork and venison meatballs (£11.80)
• Beef casserole (£11.80)
• Beef Stroganoff (£13.80)

• Vegan cottage pie (£9.80)
• Vegetarian cottage pie (£9.80)
• Thai sweet potato & aubergine curry (£11.80)
• Vegetable chilli (£11.80)
• Vegetable Bourguignon (£12.80)

We will be making beef lasagne and fish pies later today.

Soups (to serve 2, £4.50)
• White onion soup
• Minted pea and leek
• Spiced carrot
• Parsnip and apple

+ HALF PRICE OFFER on a selection of artisan chocolates

If you’d like to order any of our homemade meals, please pop in if you’re able, or call 01844 215 782. We’re keen to help in any way we can, local delivery is possible.

Thame Choral Society

Sadly but not unsurprisingly we have had to cancel our 60th anniversary Messiah concert on 18th April. We hope to reschedule it for the autumn. Keep singing everyone, even if just in your kitchens / showers!

Thame Duellists

Thame Duellists fencing club sessions suspended until further notice, in order to avoid inessential social contact during the coronavirus epidemic. Sorry, everyone. Keep healthy.


Wednesday 18th March 2020


Black horse

Important information – closed for the time being…

It is with great sadness that we let you know we are now closed until further notice.

Taking the advice from the government and the well being of our guests and our teams into consideration, we feel it is our only option at this moment in time.

Apologies to all of you who had bookings with us, especially those looking forward to celebrating Mother’s Day at one of our venues. We will miss you and your families a great deal and hope you can find other ways to mark your special occasion. If you have an up coming reservation with us, a member of our team will be in touch to cancel your booking.

We have a strong business and we have strategies in place to get us through this crisis and out the other side so we look forward to being back, firing on all cylinders, as and when the time is right.

We would like to thank you for your loyalty and we will keep in touch with news and updates throughout our period of closure.

Along with our standard social media platforms, we have set up a public Facebook group called #BBKind to keep spirits uplifted. We hope this will provide a source of inspiration and community for the coming weeks ahead and look forward to welcoming you as part of the group.

Wishing you well, stay safe.

From all at The Black Horse.


Thame Carnival

THAME CARNIVAL 2020 CANCELLED
Our aim as organisers of Thame Carnival is to provide the people of Thame and surrounding
villages with a fun-packed day out in a safe environment.
With guidance from local authorities, we have regretfully decided that the most responsible course
of action to take in the current situation regarding COVID-19 is to cancel Thame Carnival 2020.
Our priority in doing this is to safeguard the people of Thame, our performers, stall holders and
volunteers.
We plan to be back in 2021 on the second Saturday of June. Keep an eye on other social media
accounts and website for further details.
To all of our procession entries, performers, stall holders and traders, we will be in touch shortly.

Thame Cricket Club

With immediate effect all coaching and practice will be suspended until further notice – i.e. junior and adult indoor nets and outdoor training / nets”

We hope to be back on the field as soon as possible 🏏

Best wishes to all!

Lord Williams’s School

Please see the below from headteacher John Ryder:

LORD WILLIAMS’S SCHOOL CLOSED TOMORROW, THURSDAY 19TH MARCH

Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s)

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Update 7

The staff absence rate went up considerably today and I regret to inform you that we have made the very difficult decision to close the school to ALL years groups tomorrow, Thursday 19th March, until further notice.

We note today’s government announcement regarding schooling for the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable and will issue information on this as soon as possible.

I have asked staff to start loading lesson resources onto Show My Homework for students to be able to study from home. Could I please ask you to be patient as we transfer to this new method of teaching? All students who were in school today have been shown a presentation about working effectively from home. This is available from our website with links to other on-line resources: https://www.lordwilliams.oxon.sch.uk/information-to-support-working-from-home/577473.html

I am sorry if this causes you difficulties with regards to childcare but we have no other option in these circumstances. 

With Best Wishes during these difficult times,

Yours sincerely

Jon Ryder
Headteacher

Thame Tidy

Please note that the organisers, the OX9ers have taken the decision to postpone the Thame Tidy, Muckout Moreton and Tetsworth Takeaway events that were scheduled to take place in April.

Thame Town Council

The Town Council has taken the decision to delay next week’s annual town meeting. Details of the re-scheduled date will be advertised as soon as possible.

Thame Cricket Club

Given the government’s announcements yesterday it has been decided to postpone the Comedy Night until later in the year. The Cricket Club will announce details of the rearranged event in due course
and will look forward to the chance to give everyone some much-needed laughs!

Thame Tennis Club

Unfortunately our primary school tennis roadshow has been cancelled for next week, along with our planned open day on Sunday (29th)

Thame Town Council

In light of the current Corona Virus (Covid-19) pandemic, please find below some useful information including contacts for local support services & advice:

Thame Information Centre will be closed until further notice but please call 01844 212833/07545 450960 or email info@thametowncouncil.gov.uk if you require any help or advice. Please check the Town Council’s Twitter Feed for updates or Thame Town Council new Facebook page.

Below is a list of useful numbers and local support services, and make sure to check out the links to the Useful and Emergency Contacts pages too.

Age UK Oxfordshire – 01865 411 288 (new telephone support service including a friendly, regular weekly call to see how people are and offer advice if needed)

Love Thame Helpers – www.facebook.com/groups/lovethamehelpersThame Good Neighbour Scheme – 07913 713 452 – www.thamegns.org

Please be advised that Thame Museum and Thame & District Day Centre are currently closed as a precautionary measure.
Citizens Advice Oxfordshire South and Vale – 0300 330 9042 – has issued a notice about its restricted services during the Corona Virus infectious disease outbreak. Previously booked appointments will now be changed to telephone consultations. 

Thame and District Twinning Assocation announce that the trip from Montesson to Thame has been cancelled 

Given the latest actions & advice from the French & UK governements, we have sadly had to cancel the visit to Thame by our friends from Montesson planned for May.

Here is the message we sent to Anne Gillet, president of the Montesson Twinning Association, to inform her of our decision:s with much sadness and deep regret that we acknowledge that it is now impossible for us to go ahead with our Annual Twinning Exchange week-end in Thame in May 2020.We, as an Association, have been closely following the advice given by the Government, who, in turn, have been taking advice from Medical and Scientific experts.  

The statement made by the UK Prime Minister at the Press Conference yesterday afternoon included the following:

“now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel”

“everyone should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other social venues”

“avoid all unnecessary social contact, with particular importance for people over 70, and for those with health conditions”

The health and welfare of our members and friends in Thame and Montesson is paramount. In light of the demographic of our membership and yesterday’s statement made by the UK Government, we sincerely regret that our annual exchange is now cancelled. Our friends at Towersey Village where we were having our VE Day Celebrations have now also taken steps to postpone their event.

I am sure you will all realise that in these unprecedented times, we have had to be guided by the information from the Government. 

Anne, we will look at alternative plans for holding the Montesson visit to Thame some time in the future, when it is deemed safe to do so.

We can assure you that the health and welfare of our friends in Thame and Montesson is paramount and to this end, there have been e-mails, telephone calls and lots of discussion to bring us to this inevitable decision.Sincere wishes 

Linda and all your friends In Thame xxx”


Tuesday 17th March 2020


Taste of Thame Postponed

Unfortunately we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone Taste of Thame. We will not be going ahead on Sat 30 May 2020. However we absolutely will run the event at a date in the future, so stay tuned for updates as soon as we have them. Meanwhile stay safe.

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