Corona Virus Updates

Wednesday 15th April

New coronavirus clinics to help patients in Thame

Several new clinics to support patients with suspected or confirmed coronavirus are now open across Oxfordshire. A home visiting service will also be available for people suffering from coronavirus who are deemed suitable for this. This service is supported by GPs and community staff from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

GP practices are still open and caring for their patients but we need to make arrangements to ensure patients, NHS staff and the general public are supported to stay safe and avoid spreading the virus. This means access to all primary care services is via the telephone in the first instance.

Your GP practice or NHS 111 will ask about your symptoms and those of people you live with before arranging an appointment for you. The appointment might be over the telephone with your GP, it might be to attend your local coronavirus clinic or it might be to attend your usual practice in person.For the time-being, all GP practices and coronavirus clinics are asking patients not to walk in. Only patients with a pre-arranged appointment will be seen.

Dr Kiren Collison, GP and Clinical Chair of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The coronavirus clinics and home visiting service will bring together clinicians and resources to support patients with coronavirus in the community.”

“Precautions are being taken in each clinic to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. This is to protect patients, staff and the general public.”

“The appreciation for our local NHS shown by the public across Oxfordshire has been encouraging for all of us who work in the service. We are doing all that we can to support and treat patients with coronavirus. However, it is important that patients know we are still here for their other health care needs. So if you need care, we will do everything we can to ensure you receive it, but please telephone us first.”

If you have coronavirus symptoms, which are a high temperature or a new continuous cough, you should stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. Others in the household should self-isolate for 14 days. You can visit NHS online and use the 111 coronavirus service to get support and advice. Only call 111 if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home or you do not have internet access.

For any other health condition or symptoms you should contact your practice as usual, unless it is outside normal working hours, then please contact 111, which will direct you to the appropriate service.The most important thing you can do to stay safe, protect your family and protect your NHS is to follow Public Health advice to stay at home. The only reasons to leave home are to shop for basic necessities, pick up medicines, travel to work when you absolutely cannot work from home and exercise once a day – alone or with members of your household. If you go out, stay two metres away from other people at all times and wash your hands as soon as you get home for at least 20 seconds.

Note:The new clinics have been set up in various locations across Oxfordshire:

  • Banbury
  • Bicester
  • Carterton
  • Witney
  • East Oxford
  • Kennington
  • Woodfarm
  • Abingdon
  • Henley
  • Wallingford
  • Thame
  • Didcot
  • Wantage

Tuesday 7th April

CPM Thame 10k

The organising committee decided that 28th June was not going to be viable in the current circumstances. A revised date of Sunday 6th September is planned with the caveat that the situation will be continually in the coming months in the hope that 6th September will be ok. 

All current entrants have been contacted and offered the option of transferring their entry to the new date of 6th of September, or if they cannot make that date, the option of deferment to our 27 June 2021 race or a refund minus £1 admin fee. New entries to the revised date of 6th September 2020 will be on Run Britain site soon.

Monday 6th April

3B Haddenham – Like most small businesses locally we have felt the impact of the current situation more than most. However, we are still OPEN in our Haddenham branch for vehicle servicing, maintenance, tyres & MOT’s. We are also still operational for car, van and minibus hire in line with government guidelines.

Thursday 2nd April

Supermarket Information

Source Thame Town Council

Sainsburys – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am-9am for elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers. NHS and social care workers 30 mins before opening each Monday to Saturday – with NHS ID

Tesco – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-10am (Except express stores) for elderly, disabled and vulnerable. Sunday 1 hour extra browsing before checkouts open for NHS and Social Care workers

Asda – Prioritising NHS workers in larger stores every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 9am.

M&S – First hour of opening Monday and Thursday for elderly (70+) and vulnerable. First hour of opening Tuesday and Friday for NHS and emergency workers (not petrol stations)

Co-Op – 8am – 9am Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 11am on Sundays in all stores

Morrisons – NHS hour from 7am -8am Monday to Saturday

Waitrose – First hour of opening everyday. Daily essentials kept aside for NHS workers (ask staff) and priority at tills

Iceland – First hour of opening each day but may vary at some stores – need to check locally.

Aldi – Check local stores

Lidl – Check local stores

Local buisnesses delivering food

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

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
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:


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:

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

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 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 – Good Neighbour Scheme – 07913 713 452 –

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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