Ouse & Cherwell originated on 1st May 1967 following the amalgamation of 48 Members from ‘Ouse Valley Trading Co. Ltd’ and 38 Members from ‘Cherwell Farmers Co. Ltd’. The Group was established by six local farmers as they were disgruntled with the situation for purchasing their main farm supplies and thought they could do better – strength in numbers! This was a common theme of the time, as the 1960’s were a boom period for farmer owned cooperatives and buying groups to be established.
In the early days of trading the site at Manor Road also incorporated a retail shop stocked with a wide range of both domestic and agricultural goods, from groceries, toilet rolls, work wear, boots and wellies to washing powders, dog food, protective clothing, ropes and buckets. The Board of Directors back in the 60’s did their bit to cover staff holidays to ensure the shop stayed open! It was a very popular place on ‘payment days’ when the Members brought in their monthly cheques they would then take advantage of the shop and start their account for the following month!
Since those early days we have grown in number to just shy of 300 Members from small holdings to large country estates and contract farmers.