About us

Who are 21st Century Thame?

The story of 21st Century Thame begins in 2003. Following a Market Town Health Check, a town-wide partnership was established, driven by a committed group of local volunteers (some representing local organisations), together with representatives of the Town and District Councils. The group was motivated by a passion to ensure that Thame prospered and remained viable as a social, cultural and economic centre – at a time when many high streets were struggling and starting to see footfall diminishing. From these beginnings, after moving through various formative stages, 21st Century Thame was born. 21st Century Thame has continued to thrive, working hard to communicate their vision to the whole community, engaging others who were also passionate about implementing this vision. As a result of all their hard work, they have been instrumental in developing and implementing projects and ideas that have helped to continue to achieve their vision, year on year.


21st Century Thame’s vision is:

“To enhance the historic market town of Thame by protecting its past and promoting its future as a vibrant and flourishing centre serving the whole community”



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How do we achieve our vision?

21st Century Thame works to attract and invest resources; delivering against an action plan; providing a platform for partnerships and initiatives; and lobbying for change when we’re unable to effect change. In the early days, the partnership identified key areas to concentrate on, focusing on things that had already received a great deal of public consultation and so reflected the needs and desires of Thame’s residents, businesses and visitors.