Foxton museum needs volunteers
I have read and written a lot about Foxton history and I am proud of what has been presented to the public over the last 50 years. But like all mortals I cannot go on forever — or much longer for that matter.
The two organisations I have been involved with are the Historical Society and the Flax Stripper Museum and both have reached the point of needing help.
Although the closing of the museum was a blow to the Historical Society it has struggled on and now “help is on the way”.
A new committee is in the process of being set up with Te Kenehi Tiera, Jenny Lundy and Jim Harper leading the way.
They are prepared for the effort that is going to be needed to get the Museum up and running again, and the work that has be done to upgrade the archives collection. I am certain they will succeed.
The Flax Stripper Museum is also in need of new blood. Although we are keeping the museum open daily for visitors there are many other duties that are not being done efficiently.
Our number of trustees has fallen to the lowest allowable number of five and three of them are active in many other organisations. I'm “not as young as I used to be” and cannot do jobs that I used to. We need HELP.
Most of the tasks are relatively simple, but need to be done regularly. We are organising a video presentation so that the demands on anyone showing visitors around will be much easier.
If you want to learn more about the Flax Industry and Foxton's unique place in it we have the information. But if you can yield a broom, lift a paint brush, cut some grass and use a hose you will also be most welcome to come and help.
Contact me at the museum between 1 and 3pm daily (except Sunday), or ring 363-6846, or email tony_and_ ju[email protected](underscores each side of and) if you are interested in helping.