Sign to be a museum piece after its rescue

Daniel Messer, Cherwell District Council's spatial information officer, left, gives the Banbury Ambulance Station sign to Ambulance Heritage Society director Rod Woodward. NNL-150120-114739001
Daniel Messer, Cherwell District Council's spatial information officer, left, gives the Banbury Ambulance Station sign to Ambulance Heritage Society director Rod Woodward. NNL-150120-114739001

A piece of modern Banbury history has found a new home thanks to a council officer.

Daniel Messer, Cherwell District Council’s (CDC) spatial information officer, was looking around the former Banbury Ambulance Station – which is being demolished and turned into flats – when he found the tin signage from the front of the building

Mr Messer was told the sign was to be thrown away, so he asked if he could take it away with him.

After walking the sign home because it was too big to fit in his car, he contacted the Ambulance Heritage Society after finding it online.

The society collects and preserves historic ambulances, equipment and uniforms and plans to set up a museum to display their artefacts.

Mr Messer said: “I didn’t want to see the sign destroyed. I’m a bit of a hoarder to be honest. The society seemed to be the best place for it.”

The sign, which refers to the now defunct Oxon Ambulance NHS Trust, was collected by the society’s director, Rod Woodward, who came down from Mansfield.

Mr Messer said: “They were delighted to get something unique.”

The former station was bought by CDC and is to be redeveloped through its Build! project.

Visit the Ambulance Heritage Society’s website at ambulanceheritagesociety.com