At the end of 2013 Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry chaired a meeting with the aim of setting up an association to look after the Oxford canal in the Banbury Area. At a packed meeting at ‘The Mill’ in Banbury the suggestion was discussed at length and names were taken to forward this idea. Several members of the IWA Oxfordshire Branch Committee were in attendance and Branch Secretary, Brian Saunders added his name to the list.
Colin Garnham-Edge volunteered as Temporary Chairman and was able to commence preparations including a web site, logo (as above) and other necessary details including a constitution etc. An AGM was held at the turn of the year when Colin was elected Chairman. Brian has remained as IWA representative/liaison person.
The main aim has been to set up working parties to provide TLC to the canal infrastructure. The first item on the agenda was Kings Sutton lock, which following several days work has now been completed with the fence rebuilt, the encroaching greenery cut back on the lock cottage side and all paintable objects being cleaned and repainted. See pictures below.
All materials were supplied by Canal and River Trust along with great camaraderie by representatives of C&RT, IWA, and the Banbury Canal Partnership.
The Saga continues at Grants lock, with Sir Tony Baldry promising to come during August.
Work is carried out on the third and fourth Tuesday of each month. Give Colin Garnham-Edge a ring on 07833 190 115 or 01295 816 025 before travelling or of course contact Brian Saunders. The next few dates are 19/26 August, 16/23 September and 21/28 October
Secretary, IWA Oxfordshire Branch