Florette Festival Market at Lichfield Festival – Saturday 4 July

The Lichfield Waterworks Trust (Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station) have a stall at the Florette Festival Market in Lichfield, and will be on hand to chat and answer questions. Do pop along and say hello, stand C16 in the Cathedral Close.

John Child will have his live steam working model of a Newcomen Atmospheric engine on our stand, it is an amazing and detailed working replica of the very first working steam engine, invented right here in the midlands.

The Florette Festival Market  will also be featuring artists and craftspeople from across the region, the popular Lichfield Festival Market is a great day out for all the family. Choose from around 150 craft stalls or sample a variety of local food and drink. You can also watch demonstrations of traditional crafts or take a tour of the Cathedral, while younger visitors have their faces painted or take their turn at a number of charity game stalls.

With entertainment from local performers throughout the day, this is a perfect day out for all the family.

Stalls will be set up in and around the Cathedral Close, Dam Street and around Minster Pool will once again be brimming with artistic flair, as over 150 stalls are set up featuring local artists and crafts people selling handmade goods from jewellery to pottery and paintings, woodcarving and stained glass.

Keep a look out for those baby elephants

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Brindley Bank Pumping Station

Today the Lichfield Waterworks Trust and Lichfield Discovered seized at the rare opportunity to visit Brindley Bank Pumping Station.

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Built be the South Staffordshire Waterworks Company in 1903, this stunningly beautiful Grade II* listed building still contains the original Horizontal Tandem Compound Pumping Engine by Hathorn Davey of Leeds.

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There are more photos on our Flicker page

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Monthly Progress Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust

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

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

The unique 190 Hp Cornish Beam Engine and building area magnificent monument to the lives of the people who died in the black Country during the mid ninetieth 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*

Unfortunately, what some see as Lichfield’s most significant pieces of Industrial Heritage, a true hidden gem from the past is now a building at risk.

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

Thursday 25 June 2015 @ 7:30pm – please note the new venue

The meeting place is;

Duke of York

23/25 Greenhill

Lichfield

Staffordshire

WS13 6DY

 

T: 01543 300 386

 

Excellent food and drinks are available in the bar.

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Monthly Progress Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust, formerly known as the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station

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

The unique 190 Hp Cornish Beam Engine and building area magnificent monument to the lives of the people who died in the black Country during the mid ninetieth 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*

Unfortunately, what some see as Lichfield’s most significant pieces of Industrial Heritage, a true hidden gem form the past is now a building at risk.

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

Thursday 28 May 2015 @ 7:30pm – please note the new venue

The meeting place is;

Duke of York

23/25 Greenhill

Lichfield

Staffordshire

WS13 6DY

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Great things are made by everyday people for the love of their community.

I recently received a group of photographs that blew my socks of a few weeks back. I am always astounded at the way great things can be made by everyday people for the love of their community.

 

There is an old saying ‘if you think its expensive to hire a professional, wait until you’ve hired an amateur’. This really got me thinking about the self proclaimed status of the professional, and how they see amateurs.

 

Its interesting how professionals, like most professionals, tend to emphasize the differences between themselves and others. Yet, I think something is lost when people specialise; professionalism is often the death of intellectual inquiry, through over thinking. The word amateur is literally “lover,” it’s from amore, so what better than to do something special just because you love it.

 

Philip Jones is of these incredible people, doing something great for his community, doing something special just because he loves it. Phillip has sent me a set of remarkable aerial photographs of Sandfields Pumping Station, taken recently on a flight past Lichfield. Phillip is a volunteer at the Abbey Pumping Station (APS) in Leicester, he tells me about himself;

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A few years ago I decided to volunteer at the Abbey Pumping Station (APS) in Leicester and I haven’t really looked back since. I visited the museum when I was very young with my parents and I never thought that twenty odd years later I would be running and maintaining the mighty beam engines for the benefit of the general public. I’ve done a bit of research on the engines at APS since becoming a volunteer as I have always had a keen interest for stationary steam engines. I also collect toy and model steam engines as well. Along with my volunteering, I do visit other pumping stations on my travels and have built up a good working relationship with the Claymills Pumping Engines Trust in Burton upon Trent, plus I keep in contact with several of the engine drivers at Papplewick Pumping Station in Nottingham.

I’m also interested in wildlife (particularly anything vulpine related) and one of my other hobbies beside steam is wildlife photography. A very recent pastime has been flying, in 2014 I had trial lesson as a Birthday gift with the Leicestershire Aero Club and I enjoyed it so much, I decided to become a member and have lessons with a view to becoming a private pilot. Given my love of stationary steam engines, photography and flying, it was only natural that I would take the opportunity to combine the three and take some aerial photos of nearby pumping stations. I still have a long way to go before getting my private pilot’s licence but the photographic trips have been very beneficial, not only to the sites I have photographed, but also to myself since I have had some experience of navigation early in my flying training.

If you would like to see some of my wildlife photos and photos of my model steam engine collection they can be found on my website link :

 

The photograph below is me at the controls of one of the beam engines at Abbey Pumping Station; this was during the landmark event of June last year when we steamed all four Gimson beam engines simultaneously, a tremendous achievement for all involved.

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The second photo is me standing next to one of the Leicestershire Aero Club’s aircraft, a Cessna 172.

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Cornish Engine House annexe roof finally repaired

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Its taken two years, but the roof at the rear has finally been repaired, looks like they have done a great job too.

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Monthly Progress Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust, formerly known as the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station

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

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

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*

Unfortunately, what some see as Lichfield’s most significant pieces of Industrial Heritage, a true hidden gem form the past is now a building at risk.

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

Thursday 30 April 2015 @ 7:30pm – please note the new venue

The meeting place is;

Duke of York

23/25 Greenhill

Lichfield

Staffordshire

WS13 6DY

 

T: 01543 300 386

 

Excellent food and drinks are available in the bar.

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