Poet’s rhymes about Thame

Thame poet and author Simon Baynes with wife Caroline
Thame poet and author Simon Baynes with wife Caroline

A retired vicar has self-published a book of more than 50 poems all about Thame after living in the town for 15 years.

Simon Baynes, 81, compiled the anthology The Gentle Market Town – A Poem Sequence On Thame about all aspects of the town, including its cattle market, shops, restaurants, pubs, churches and schools.

Mr Baynes, of Moor End Lane, said: “I started writing them at the beginning of last year. We’ve lived in Thame for 15 years and love the place.”

The grandfather of six, who lives with wife Caroline, 75, studied English at Oxford University and says writing has always been a hobby of his.

He said: “The book is collection of varied work, but some of it’s not the more traditional poetry that Caroline likes!”

The book was first published in December and since then has sold 140 copies, with £1 from each sale going to the Friends of St Mary’s Church, where Mr Baynes is a congregation member.

He said: “It’s also being sold at The Book House in Thame, but people can buy it directly from me too.”

Mr Baynes can be contacted on 01844 213673.