On Friday 27 January 2017, North Oxfordshire MP, Victoria Prentis was invited to present prizes to members of Banbury Swimming Club.
Throughout the year, the children of the club have been working hard to improve their swimming times, culminating in four club championship events at the Spiceball Leisure Centre at the end of last year. Prizes from the Club Championships were given for different strokes and distances achieved by the members of the club.
During the evening, which was held at the General Foods Sports and Social Club, Victoria also had the opportunity to thank the volunteers, parents and coaches of the club, for all of their hard work ensuring the club remains open for its many keen swimmers.
Following the award ceremony, Victoria commented: “I was honoured to be invited to present the club’s prizes, not least because I learnt to swim in Banbury, like many of the clubs members. Sport is an integral part of our community, and the opportunity to learn to swim is particularly important for young people. I was delighted to present awards to swimmers for their excellent achievements, and wish them all the best in the coming year.”
Club Chair, Ian Walkden said: “Parents and swimmers really enjoyed the evening. It’s a great encouragement to all young swimmers and volunteers to receive recognition for their dedication throughout the year. It was great that Victoria could spend some time with us acknowledging their acheivements”
For further information on how to get involved with Banbury Swimming Club, including opportunities to learn to swim, please visit www.banburyswim.co.uk.
On Friday 16 December, Victoria visited CTG in Banbury to gain an insight into the company, and their operations.
CTG is a leading company in the composite industry, and one of UTC Aerospace System’s 126 manufacturing sites around the world. UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defence products. CTG has developed and patented a number of key composite technologies, and has established an international reputation for quality and innovation in the aerospace industry.
During the visit, Victoria experienced first-hand the production of CTG composite technology, and discussed challenges facing the aerospace systems industry. She was able to look at a number of key areas of the organisation including design and production.
Following a tour of the site, Victoria commented: “As a leading company in its industry, the visit was an important opportunity for me to engage with CTG, and find out more about how they contribute to technological advances in the UK. I was particularly interested in its development of new, lighter composite materials for the aerospace sector. It was great to hear of many exciting developments within the company, and sector as a whole. CTG employs hundreds of local people, and is a key part of North Oxfordshire’s economy.”
John England, Managing Director, UTC Aerospace Systems CTG said: “Our business is at the forefront of aerospace innovation and technology. It was fantastic today to show Victoria around the facility and demonstrate our capabilities. We are working on next generation aircraft composite parts to enable lighter, stronger components to be used on aircraft reducing fuel usage and emissions.”