HELPING to shape the future of our area, the chair and founder of 21st Century Thame, Cat Young, tells us why it is important for her to ‘enhance the historic market town of Thame’.
The 36-year-old moved to the area to be with her boyfriend in 1993. She said: “It has a lot of vibrancy on the high street with lots and lots of independent shops with personality, it makes it a real pleasure to wander around, it’s a gem.”
Explaining the concept behind the partnership, Cat said: “21st Century Thame is a ‘Town Partnership’ which brings together businesses, councils, residents, schools and churches into a collaborative group which has the town’s interests at heart.
“Under the partnership there are working groups who concentrate on particular areas of interest, environment and tourism, business and economy, transport and community.
“I decided to get involved in Thame’s partnership because I think Thame is a fantastic place, with lots of great events, activities and groups already doing amazing things.
“I took on the chairman role in September 2009 and under my leadership we have secured funding of over £200k from South Oxfordshire District Council, SEEDA and Thame Town Council. The only trouble is that not everyone gets to know about it.
“I wanted to help do something about it, to improve the situation. So, when I was approached and asked if I would consider standing for chairperson of the Steering Group I was delighted to be able to get involved and make a difference myself.”
The keen motorcyclist who can be seen zipping around the country roads on her Kawasaki GPZ added: “There are lots of people working really hard and put a lot of time and energy into the town. So, if you can see something needs doing, get involved and help get it sorted.”