TCCC has seven Security Boats positioned along its moorings to keep an eye on the vicinity. Meet them below:
We’re Kerry & Phil, with our two Whippets Sidney & Ivy. We’ve been living aboard our Narrowboat Zep Tepi for the last 3 years, initially as continuous cruisers before moving to Welton Hythe Marina on the Leister arm of the Grand Union in Northamptonshire, where we’ve worked as there resident caretakers.
Prior to this we lived in Pembrokeshire in West Wales, where Phil worked as a Welsh Harp Maker and I as a Community Worker but the draw of the inland waterways of Britain, and our desire to live on a boat however, won the day!
We visited Thrupp in the first few months of having our boat and thought it was a delightful location, friendly and welcoming so, when we saw the role of No1 Wardens advertised, we were very excited and compelled to apply. We’re looking forward to meeting you all in June and are exciting by the challenge of starting our new role.
No 2 Wardens – Ken and Linda Haynes – NB Carpe Diem
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 Wardens – Jane Rouse and Family – NB Gallifrey
We are Jane, Wilfred and Sylvester.
We live in our lovely big green boat Gallifrey which is moored between the pubs at the Boat Inn end. I’ve been living on boats for 23 years and on Gallifrey for at least 20.
I’ve been Warden since about 2000 and love living in Thrupp and being part of the Thrupp Community. You can often find me sitting on the bench outside my boat and chatting to passers-by.
Security Warden – Peter Ormerod – NB Lucky
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!!
Security Wardens – Mark and Karen Paris (and Stanley) – NB Helene of Troy
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 of boating experience, we can often help people out, as we have probably made the mistake before.
Mel has had her boat for 12 years. She has lived on the Thames and used to winter moor at Thrupp. She then had a permanent mooring at Langford lane for 3 years before becoming a warden at Thrupp. Her day time job is working in a garden centre and is always on hand to help with any work that needs doing along the tow path.
Tigger is nearly 4 years old and has lived on board since she was 8 weeks old. She likes to welcome walkers and dogs who walk down the tow path. Her favourite game ‘is scatter the ducks’ and is very happy ‘supervising’ at the work parties.
Security Wardens – Steve Rogers (PJ) – NB Carinya
Our new Warden is Steve Rogers on Carinya.