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FOXTON LOCKS OPENS ITS GATES TO THE PUBLIC

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Press release

10th February 2020

FOXTON LOCKS OPENS ITS GATES TO THE PUBLIC

·         Month of free public open weekends begins on Saturday 15th February

·         Visitors can step down into a drained lock to learn about the important maintenance work

·         Activities for the whole family include photography, fishing, traditional canal painting and Lego big builds – with different activities each weekend

 

The Canal & River Trust, the national waterways and wellbeing charity, is inviting the public to step down into the drained Foxton Locks this weekend for a chance to see what it takes to keep the 200-year-old famous flight of locks working smoothly.

Over the next two months the Trust is completing important works at Foxton, the longest and steepest ‘staircase’ of locks in the UK, including replacing a number of giant oak lock gates. The programme of works will see new lock gates lifted into seven of the site’s ten locks as well as repairs to historic brickwork and other parts of the lock structures.

With support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery the charity is opening up the works to the public with free open days taking place over the next four weekends. Giving visitors the rare opportunity to walk on the bottom of a drained lock and get a close-up look at the giant lock gates and historic stonework, the weekends will give people a new perspective on their local canal heritage.

As well as the opportunity to walk down into a lock each weekend will include an activity giving visitors the chance to take part in photography workshops, guided walks, fishing taster sessions, traditional canal painting and a Lego big build. Visitors are advised to check the Trust’s website for details of the activities taking place each weekend. 

Phil Mulligan, director for the Canal & River Trust in the East Midlands, said: “People may have visited Foxton Locks many times before but they’ve probably never seen it quite like this, there’s nothing quite like descending down into one of the famous locks. It’s fascinating looking up at the giant oak lock gates and in some places you can even see the mason’s marks in the stonework from when the locks were built over 200 years ago.

“By opening up our work to the public we want to celebrate the hugely impressive feats of engineering created by previous generations, as well as showcase the care and craftsmanship that goes into maintaining them today.  

“The events promise to be a real experience but they will also give visitors the chance to have a go at a variety of fun and creative activities whether that’s traditional canal painting or getting involved in our Lego big build. Come along and enjoy some fresh air and quality family time at this amazing engineering marvel.”

The works are part of a six-month-long national programme of repairs to England and Wales’ waterways, where the charity is investing £43.6m repairing and restoring waterways across England & Wales this winter.

Before the locks were drained to allow the work to take place, a specialist ‘fish rescue’ took place to temporarily rehome thousands of fish in the sections of canal either side of Foxton. 

Activities are taking place each Saturday and Sunday from 15th February through to 8th March. All activities are free however some have limited spaces so booking is advised. Visitors are advised to wear warm clothing and sturdy footwear. Parking is limited so please car share where possible.

 

To find out more, and to book on to specific activities, visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/2020-02-15-open-day-at-foxton-locks

 

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For further media requests please contact:

Stephen Hardy, Communications & Campaigns Manager

m 07920 077190 e [email protected]

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I wonder if there will be talks on the different coloured paddle gear.

 

Giving access to the chambers is a good idea, though. 

 

I see there is no mention of the incline plane 

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Press Release

 

I’m sorry to say that, with high winds and heavy rainfall forecast, the planned public open days at Foxton Locks this weekend have been cancelled. We’re really disappointed as we were looking forward to it but the safety of our visitors has to be the main priority.

 

The good news is that we still have three more weekends planned, starting on Saturday 22nd February, where people can see behind the scenes of our lock gate replacement works and walk down into a drained lock.

 

More details can be found at:

 

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/2020-02-15-open-day-at-foxton-locks

 

Thanks

Stephen

 

Stephen Hardy

Comms & Campaigns Manager (East Midlands)

 

T  01636 675703     M  07920 077190

E  [email protected]

 

Canal & River Trust

The Kiln, Mather Road, Newark, NG24 1FB

 

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14 minutes ago, Ray T said:

Press Release

 

I’m sorry to say that, with high winds and heavy rainfall forecast, the planned public open days at Foxton Locks this weekend have been cancelled. We’re really disappointed as we were looking forward to it but the safety of our visitors has to be the main priority.

 

The good news is that we still have three more weekends planned, starting on Saturday 22nd February, where people can see behind the scenes of our lock gate replacement works and walk down into a drained lock.

 

More details can be found at:

 

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/2020-02-15-open-day-at-foxton-locks

 

Thanks

Stephen

 

Stephen Hardy

Comms & Campaigns Manager (East Midlands)

 

T  01636 675703     M  07920 077190

E  [email protected]

 

Canal & River Trust

The Kiln, Mather Road, Newark, NG24 1FB

 

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Thanks for posting that....probably the right move...does mean I now have to find something indoors to amuse myself with this weekend! 

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It is nice to see these locks being made available for public inspection on the 22nd, but with staff cut backs, I do wonder with the damage of storm Ciara, available staff will be needed elsewhere to tidy up and prepare for the next storm due. As noted elsewhere storm Ciara has had serious effect on the Calder and Hebble and the prospect of that navigation being available through to Sowerby Bridge may not be for a lengthy period.

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22 minutes ago, Heartland said:

It is nice to see these locks being made available for public inspection on the 22nd, but with staff cut backs, I do wonder with the damage of storm Ciara, available staff will be needed elsewhere to tidy up and prepare for the next storm due. As noted elsewhere storm Ciara has had serious effect on the Calder and Hebble and the prospect of that navigation being available through to Sowerby Bridge may not be for a lengthy period.

They mainly use volunteers plus entice some of the higher up office Engineering  staff out to see what lock actually looks like so not too many of “on the ground” staff are tied up. 
 

tbh the last open lock day at foxton a couple of years ago was very well attended by both public & boaters from all over the country...it’s good PR for CRT and even as a local boater of many years it was interesting to see how the water moves as it does in the flight and look at the engineering behind it. 

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I had booked the photography tour for this weekend, but they have rescheduled it due to the weather.

 

Hi all, regrettably we have taken the decision to cancel the photography workshops this weekend at the Foxton open days.

 

This is due to the high winds and heavy rains brought it by storm Dennis making the Foxton site unsafe for the public.

 

There are 2 options for rearranging the workshops:

 

Thank you.

 

Daniel Du Heaume

Community & youth events coordinator

M  07826 941735

E  [email protected]

 

Canal & River Trust

The Kiln, Mather Road, Newark, NG24 1FB

 

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The work at Foxton, some of the gates have been taken out for replacement.

 

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Edited by buccaneer66
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Great pictures, thanks Buccaneer66.  Have a virtual greenie.

Edited by cuthound
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