Hillmorton Canal Heritage Society was formed in 2003 by local residents of The Locks, Hillmorton and boaters who frequent the area, with these aims:
to record the history of the canal and people involved with it, and to restore and maintain the local canal and items con
nected with it for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations. 

The Society ceased activity in 2011 on the death of its founder Tony Miles, but then was reinstated to adopt the local canal. Although they were pleased when Canal and River Trust granted the Society a certificate to adopt the Oxford Canal from Bridge 69 at Hillmorton Lane to Bridge 72 at Moors Lane, including locks 2 to 7,  it just wasn't the same, and the Society was wound up.

In 2015, the same folk formed a new Canal Society with similar aims, named OLD MORTONIANS after the old name for the area - MORTON.  They won a lottery grant and produced a very successful canal festival. They are now working on a new and exciting project.

Call in to the Cafe to join in with the Old Mortonians and help to restore Brunel's Basin as a Centre for Historic Boats.  For more information go to or click on the links section of this website.