A look back at the past year

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Painting at Cropredy Lock
Painting at Cropredy Lock

This year we have seen some 360 hours of volunteering by our Partnership – this is a considerable achievement and many thanks to all of you who have come along on a Tuesday.  We now have a break until April 2015, although we will have one day in Feb to lay some more Spread & Tread along the footpath below Banbury lock.  There are a couple of very ‘muddy’ patches and now that we have cleared all the overgrown vegetation along this stretch it would be nice to finish the job off properly.

The date for that and  the new date for the AGM will be announced in the New Year.

The Volunteers have really worked hard this year and we have made many noticeable improvements along the canal, so much so that the Partnership has been asked by C&RT to adopt a stretch of the canal on an official basis.  Essentially this means we are ‘trusted’ group who can now manage their own days and C&RT will supply the necessary paints, tools, etc.  Good news and thanks to all those Volunteers who have come along on a Tuesday.  The stretch we have officially adopted will be from the turning point above Banbury to the turning point below Banbury (Grimsbury Wharf to Calthorpe Winding Hole) .  Essentially this will involve litter picking, vegetation cutting, path work and painting.  Not too onerous a job!

I think the most memorable Tuesday this year was when McDonald’s in Banbury offered their services and 12 young people came along – they shifted the 3 tons of spread and tread in no time at all and the latest news is that they have agreed to help again there in February!

Great work and we hope to see you all again when we are working in Banbury.


Here’s a compilation of some of the activities we have been involved in thanks to Robin Williams.