The next meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust

The next meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust will be held on

Thursday 28 April 2016 @7.30pm, in the George lV Bore St, Lichfield.

The Lichfield Waterworks Trust is a Community Incorporated Organisation, registered with the charities commission who are fighting to save the Grade II* listed building known as Sandfields Pumping Station for the benefit of the community.

Sandfields Staff c1893

Do you recognise anyone in this photo?

The unique 190 Hp Cornish Beam Engine and building are a magnificent monument to the lives of the people who died in the black Country during the mid-nineteenth century due to the cholera epidemics. It also celebrates the achievements of the Victorian water engineers who gave clean water to the nation.

English Heritage has designated Sandfields Pumping Station as a building that has ‘more than special interest’, hence the reason it has been listed at Grade II*

At a meeting on 23 October 2015 held at the offices of Lichfield District Council, Persimmon Homes PLC agreed that they would transfer the freehold or grant a long term lease to the Lichfield Waterworks Trust to secure the future of this building. The trust is in an active dialogue with the owners working together to agree a licence to enter the building.

Members of LWT have worked tirelessly over the last three years, however now with this access agreement in place, the real hard work begins.

All are welcome to become involved in this challenging but rewarding project.

Excellent food and drinks are available in the bar.

We do not share your personal data with anyone else whatsoever, however we do like to have your details correct, so if there are any errors or omissions, please let us know.

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Great article in the Lichfield Mercury last week….

Mercury Article 7 Apr 2016

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Easter Bank Holiday Days Out

The Cromford Canal

If you’re looking for an amazing day out over the bank holiday, then how about a visit to the Cromford canal. Leawood Pump House, High Peak Junction and Cromford mill are must see places in an area rich with our industrial past.

 

A postcard from the past – Leawood Pump House from David Moore on Vimeo.

You can do a liner walk along the Cromford Canal from Cromford mill. Along the canal to pick up High Peak Junction and Leawood Pump House on the way, then catch a train back form Watsandwell

A train time table is available here

Claymills Victorian Pumping Station

Claymills Victorian Pumping Station will also be in steam over the Bank Holiday (Sunday & Monday March 27th & 28th 10.00am – 5.00pm) and is one of the finest preserved pumping stations in the UK.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/114671908″>A Postcard From The Past – Claymills Pumping Station</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/morturn”>David Moore</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Claymills is a testament to a group of dedicated volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the last twenty years or so to save this magnificent monument to our industrial past that could have very easily been lost.

Whatever you choose to do, have a great holiday.

 

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Annual General Meeting

The Trustees of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust hereby give notice of an Annual General

Meeting to be held 31 March 2016, 7.30pm, George lV, Bore St, Lichfield.
The following resolutions will be made:
Proposal to accept annual accounts
Proposal to dissolve and re-elect a Committee
Proposal to have monthly committee meetings and quarterly open meetings
Proposal to formally associate Lichfield Discovered to the Trust and to elect Kate Gomez as an additional Trustee to facilitate this
Proposal to adopt a core value statement
Proposal to introduce an individual membership fee of £0pa, £1pa, £5pa or £10pa to be voted on by Members
Proposal to introduce a 2-layer Group Member category at a fee to be decided (less for registered charities).
You are welcome to offer yourself for election as a committee member or as a shadow member to assist the elected incumbent using the attached nomination form. Present committee members who are willing to remain in their present capacities need not nominate themselves.
You are also welcome to call for any other resolutions to be discussed, receipt required by 10 March 2016
After the formal proceedings there will be a small celebration of our first year as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation which you are welcome to enjoy.

The Trust has a number of vacancy’s for volunteer posts below.

Vacancies – Job descriptions are available by clicking the link on each job.

PR/Marketing/Comms. Officer; manages web site, social media, press releases

Fund Raiser; prepares funding bids, attracts sponsors, manages appeals

Governance Officer; ensures LWT is carrying out its duties in a professional and appropriate manner having regard to the Charities Act and other legislation.

Finance Officer

If you are interesting in becoming part of this exciting project, please drop us a line, email address on the link in the job descriptions

 

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Meeting with Persimmon Homes Ltd

On Wednesday 2 March we meet with Persimmon Homes PLC again to try to agree a rescue plan for Sandfields Pumping Station. We have been here several times before, so let’s hope that this time we can now have a meaningful discussion, without hidden agendas and agree a sustainable way forward that will give the deserved benefits back to the community.

We will of course update you of the outcome as soon as we can.

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Monthly Progress Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust

The next monthly Progress Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust, formerly known as the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station.

Thursday 25 February @ 7:30pm

The meeting place is;

 

The Kings Head

21 Bird Street

Lichfield

WS13 6PW

Tel: 01543 256822

 

Sandfields Exterior

The Lichfield Waterworks Trust is a Community Incorporated Organisation, registered with the charities commission who are fighting to save the Grade II* listed building known as Sandfields Pumping Station for the benefit of the community.

The unique 190 Hp Cornish Beam Engine and building are a magnificent monument to the lives of the people who died in the black Country during the mid nineteenth century due to the cholera epidemics. It also celebrates the achievements of the Victorian water engineers who gave clean water to the nation.

English Heritage has designated Sandfields Pumping Station as a building that has ‘more than special interest’, hence the reason it has been listed at Grade II*

At a meeting on 23 October 2015 held at the offices of Lichfield District Council, Persimmon Homes PLC agreed that they would transfer the freehold or grant a long term lease to the Lichfield Waterworks Trust to secure the future of this building.

Members of LWT have worked tirelessly over the last three years, however now with this access agreement in place, the real hard work begins.

All are welcome to become involved in this challenging but rewarding project.

Excellent food and drinks are available in the bar.

 

We do not share your personal data with anyone else whatsoever, however we do like to have your details correct, so if there are any errors or omissions, please let us know by responding to this email.

 

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WHAT DO THE PUBLIC THINK OF INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE?

Earlier this year, English Heritage commissioned BDRC Continental to do a survey into people’s attitudes towards industrial heritage. 2,007 adults in England completed the online survey. 189 adults responded from the West Midlands (209 weighted), 60% had lived in the local area for 20 years or more.

Why industrial heritage is important

  • 64% of those in the West Midlands agree that the industrial revolution is the most important period of British history (63% England)
  • 56% of those in the West Midlands agree that the local area where they live is well known for a particular type of industry (43% in England)
  • 90% of those in the West Midlands agree that “it is important that we value and appreciate the industrial heritage we have in this country” (87% England)
  • 87% of those in the West Midlands agree “it is important to identify the industrial heritage sites of significance, so they can be protected” (86% England)
  • 83% of those in the West Midlands agree that “our industrial heritage is as important to preserve as our castles and country houses” (80% England)

Why there is an issue

  • 52% of those in the West Midlands agree that “we seem to care less about what happens to the industrial heritage sites of this country than most of our other heritage sites” (57% England)

Industrial heritage is important for identity

  • 76% of those in the West Midlands agree that its industrial heritage sites ‘are an important reminder of what makes this country great’. (71% England)
  • 70% of those in the West Midlands agree that its industrial heritage sites ‘are important in making this area of England special’. (62% England)
  • 68% of those in the West Midlands agree that its industrial heritage sites ‘provide me with an important connection to this area’s history’. (62% England)
  • 59% of those in the West Midlands agree that its industrial heritage sites ‘make me feel proud of my local area’. (56% England)
  • 41% of those in the West Midlands agree that its industrial heritage sites ‘provide a link to my or my family’s history’. (33% England)
  • 36% of those in the West Midlands agree that its industrial heritage sites ‘are important to me because my direct ancestors worked in those buildings’. (29% England)

Industrial heritage is important for the economy

  • 69% of those in the West Midlands agree that its industrial heritage sites ‘help to attract visitors to the local area’. (61% England)
  • 50% of those in the West Midlands agree that its industrial heritage sites ‘play an important role in the local economy’. (40% England)
  • 48% of those in the West Midlands agree that its industrial heritage sites ‘are a reminder of the economic decline of the area’. (41% England)

Industrial heritage is important for quality of life

  • 78% of those in the West Midlands agree that its industrial heritage sites ‘are important to pass down to future generations’. (75% England)

When asked what words of phrases they associate with local industrial heritage sites

  • West Midlands ‘educational’ (55%) – England (51%)
  • West Midlands ‘thought provoking (47%) – England (41%)
  • West Midlands ‘inspiring’ (41%) – England (33%)
  • West Midlands ‘decaying’ (29%) – England (26%)
  • West Midlands ‘famous’ (26%) – England (20%)

Getting involved

  • 46% of people in the West Midlands would be interested in ‘getting involved with helping to protect the industrial heritage’, for example through volunteering or helping with fundraising’ (44% England). 10% would be very interested (10% England)

The future for industrial heritage

  • 71% of those in the West Midlands agree that “industrial heritage sites should be reused for other, modern day purposes, but make sure that their character is preserved” (71% England), 92% in the West Midlands agree that “industrial sites should be preserved to remind us of our industrial past (85% England). Only 5% in the West Midlands agree that “industrial sites should be demolished and replaced with modern buildings and structures” (8% England) and 10% in West Midlands agree “industrial heritage sites should be left exactly as they are to decay naturally” (12% England).

 

 

Ok, now tell me that Sandfields Pumping Station is not worth saving for the community.

Source:

 

English Heritage

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