An aerial view of Apollo Park, Wroxton, near Banbury

If you haven’t been to our training centre at Apollo Park, Wroxton, near Banbury you may not know that Apollo Park was built on the former site of the North Oxfordshire Ironstone Company’s headquarters and railway locomotive yards.

The North Oxfordshire Ironstone Company was established in June 1917 after approaches were made by the Ministry of Munitions, who were keen to increase substantially the production of home ore in the English Midlands. The quarries were connected to the main line railway system via a 3.5-mile industrial railway built by German prisoners of war and the quarries grew to become one of the most important single sources of iron ore in Britain. The Wroxton quarries went into liquidation in September 1967, although some workings were sold off and struggled on until c.1978. The scale and importance of the undertaking is shown by the production figures of 40,000 tons of ore per week in 1965, with a total production of 33 million tons over a fifty-year period.

When you enter Apollo Park you will see an Iron Ore Tippler Wagon which has been restored by Apollo as a “respectful nod” to the park’s industrial heritage.

As you will see from the aerial photo below, there is a local playing field adjacent to the site’s north west boundary – otherwise the surrounding area is characterised by open farm land.

For information on the forklift training courses that we can provide at our training centre at Apollo Park, call us at Stackers Training on 0800 024 8084 or e-mail

20 Years of the National Operator Registration Scheme (NORS)

RTITB has recently celebrated 20 years of the National Operator Registration Scheme (NORS) database which verifies and records key lift truck operator training details.

All candidates that we train are registered on the NORS database and provided with an RTITB certificate and/or e-card (depending on requirement).The RTITB trained operators remain on the database for three years. After this time, refresher training must be completed for the operator to remain on the register. This helps to make sure that the operator maintains the relevant skills and knowledge to operate equipment safely.

It is therefore important that trainees fill out the candidate registration forms carefully at the start of their course to ensure we have the current information to submit to RTITB.  Any missing data could mean that their training record cannot be processed and registered onto the NORS database.

For more information on the RTITB NORS scheme, click on the link below:

RTITB’s Lift Truck Operator Training Database Celebrates 20 Years

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