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Foxton Inclined Plane Trust

Lift On Opening Day

The inclined plane boat lift on its opening day in 1900

The Foxton Inclined Plane Trust (FIPT) is a Registered Charity run by volunteers drawn from its membership. We have some very experienced and knowledgeable people who love our canals, and in particular, love Foxton's unique Inclined Plane Boat Lift. Foxton Inclined Plane Trust runs the Foxton Canal Museum which is also our headquarters.

Fundraising to raise £11m

The cost of restoring the Inclined Plane to full working order is currently estimated at £11m. Much of this will be raised through grants and the Heritage Lottery Fund but the Trust still needs to do its share.

Volunteers take our fundraising stall out and about to local fetes and fairs including boat rallies not just to raise money but also to capture public interest.

We also run fundraising events down at the locks the remaining one in 2012 is our Christmas Music Event on 16th December.

Could you lend a hand at this events? The only skills necessary are enthusiasm, honesty and a sense of humour, we will supply the rest.

If you feel you could help then either contact the museum on 0116 2792657 or email festival@fipt.org.uk. Any help or skills you can bring to help us will be much appreciated by our fundraisers.

Forthcoming Events 2012/2013

Seasonal Songs and Music

Sunday 16th December 2 to 4 pm at Foxton Canal Museum - music from the Museum Folk Group Box a Holiks and friends.

29th & 30th June - Foxton Locks Festival

10.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. Saturday

10.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. Sunday

Leicestershire's Premier Family Day Out.

Something for all the family.

See our Festival website www.foxtonlocksfestival.co.uk or our Foxton Locks Festival 2013 page for more details

How Can I Help?

The Trust stall at Harborough Carnival

VOLUNTEERS are a key part of the Trust and its aims to restore the Inclined Plane. With the exception of the Museum‘s full time staff, everything done by FIPT is done by Volunteers!

There is something for every volunteer at Foxton

Out and about with our Display Stand – We need volunteers to help with our fund raising activities and to take the message out to other venues – canal festivals, local fetes, carnivals, late night shopping, etc.

In the Museum "Front of House" – dealing with customer enquiries and entry, and working in our shop. Behind the scenes – sorting and recording the archive, cleaning and labelling historic items, helping to produce new displays. Help is required to run the Museum during holiday periods, and at weekends and bank holidays when one member of staff is not sufficient to field questions from the public, take entry payments and deal with sales.

On Site – We need your help to restore the site and keep it neat and tidy for visitors. Work parties maintain our outdoor exhibits to ensure they are safe for visitors. Volunteers learn new skills and meet interesting people. Work parties are currently held at any time which is convenient for volunteers and fits in with the plans.

If you would like to help in any of these areas please contact the museum on 0116 2792657 or email info@fipt.org.uk.

Job Opportunity

We have two opportunities for a volunteer position at Foxton.

Wages: the satisfaction of a job well done and working with a team of enthusiasts to improve Foxton.

Hours: to suit yourself, you will need to spend some time at Foxton, but much of the work could be done from home.

Volunteer Co-ordinator. We need someone to recruit and co-ordinate volunteers. The co-ordinator will keep records of the volunteers and keep in touch with them. When we need help, you will be asked to organise the volunteers for specific jobs. This will mean knowing what we plan to do. We also need you to actively recruit new volunteers. Training will be provided if necessary and you will learn new skills which could be transferred to other occupations. This would suit someone who likes working with people. We would be very happy to have someone learn as they go along.

Publicity officer. We need a person to co-ordinate the Trusts publicity efforts in raising the profile of the Trust and the Museum. You would be responsible for press releases and getting them to local newspapers and national magazines, radio and TV. You would also be responsible for distribution of posters and leaflets. Training will be provided. This would suit someone who likes working with people. We would be very happy to have someone learn as they go along.

Please Contact Mike Beech on 0116 2792657

Or e-mail info@fipt.org.uk

Go on give it a try!

A New Way to Donate


Foxton Inclined Plane Trust will be amongst the first charities in the country to use its own, unique personalised text code, FIPT11 to raise funds using JustTextGiving by Vodafone.

This is a brand new, free service for charities that has no set up or fundraising costs for charities, no network charges for people making donations and every penny donated goes to charity. Gift Aid can also be added to donations.

From today, supporters of Foxton Inclined Plane Trust can make donations of up to £10 by texting FIPT11 and either 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 to 70070 to make their donation. The text message is free and all of the donation will be passed to Foxton Inclined Plane Trust

Ann Bushby of Foxton Inclined Plane Trust said: “This is a wonderful way for us to raise money as it’s speedy, simple and spontaneous. Most people have a mobile phone these days so we expect this to be very popular with our supporters.”

For further information contact Mike Beech at Foxton Inclined Plane Trust on 0116 279 2657.

For further information about JustTextGiving by Vodafone please visit www.justtextgiving.co.uk