Meet the Wardens

TCCC has seven Security Boats positioned along its moorings to keep an eye on the vicinity. Meet them below:

Duty Wardens – Mel Jackson and Jan Dytor (and Tigger) – NB Merlin X

Mel and Jan became security wardens 3 years ago at Thrupp and jumped at the chance to become part of the Duty warden team. Mel works in a garden centre and is always on hand to help with any work that needs doing along the towpath.
Jan works with the homeless in Oxford. tigger
Tigger is 6years old and has lived on board since she was 8 weeks old. She likes to welcome walkers and dogs who walk down the towpath. Her favourite game ‘is scatter the ducks’ and is very happy ‘supervising’ at the work parties.


Duty Wardens – Sandy Swindells and Drew Melbourne – NB English Rose

Hi we are Sandy and Drew and have just been appointed as two of the new Duty wardens at Thrupp. We live on our boat English Rose with our three dogs, Tilly, Daisy and Jazz. We travelled from south Yorkshire to Oxford passing through Thrupp on the way. We loved your club and the area but also the people were really friendly. When we got the opportunity to apply for the role of Duty warden we were thrilled. We are both looking forward to maintaining and keeping the club as pretty and pleasant place to visit for everyone.

Mooring Master and Security wardens – Ken and Linda Haynes – NB Carpe Diem

kenandlindaHi. We are Ken and Linda Haynes, moored on the wide.

Ken is a retired truck driver and Linda works as an archivist at the Oxfordshire History Centre.

We have been boating for over 30 years, 20 of those years with our present boat.



Security Warden – Peter Ormerod – NB Lucky

peterHello. I’m Peter, the Warden nearest the Jolly Boatman.

I’ve been living onboard “Lucky” since 2000 and moored at Thrupp since 2003. The boat’s name wasn’t my choice, as she was called “Lucky” when I bought her but to change it would be unlucky in more ways than one – I didn’t want to tempt fate!

The dog in the photograph isn’t mine – she was visiting with the photographer!!


Mark and Karen Paris (and Stanley) – NB Helene of Troy

markkarenHello we are Mark and Karen Paris on Nb Helene of Troy moored between the Boat Inn and Jolly Boatman pub.

We are here to help visitors and Club Members in any way we can, as well as our warden jobs of security, grass cutting and plant watering.

With over 30 years’ boating experience, we can often help people out, as we have probably made the mistake before.


Security Wardens – Laura and Amy(Poppy)NB Luna


Hello, we’re Laura and Amy and we live aboard NB Luna with our lurcher, Poppy.

Laura works for a charity providing yoga in prisons and Amy works for an educational publisher. We fell in love with Thrupp after spending a winter here, and were very happy to take up the role of Security Wardens when the chance arose.

As typical boaters, we love nothing more than chatting all things boaty out on the towpath – so please do say hi when you see us around!

Laura and Amy


Security Warden – PJ – NB Carinya

Hi, I’m Steve, but more often known by my nickname PJ around the cut. This is my on my boat Carinya with my partner Liz.

I’ve been boating for as long as I can remember. Our family bought its first canal cruiser back in 1968 and we have been associated with the club since its inception back in the 80’s.

You can find me at the Shipton end of the site, so don’t be shy to say hi if you’re passing