May 2106 Meeting

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

Thursday 26 May 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.

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*

Sandfields Exterior

At this month’s meeting the trustees will ask the members to agree and vote to approves the following changes to our objectives as a charity

(1) To promote and preserve for the benefit of the public the Grade II* listed nineteenth-century Sandfields Pumping Station complex and associated infrastructure, and to facilitate its safety, conservation, security and accessibility.

(2) To promote and preserve for the benefit of the public the unique 1873 Cornish Beam Engine and other fixtures and fittings situated at Sandfields Pumping Station, Chesterfield Road, Lichfield.

(3) To promote access to Sandfields Pumping Station for the purposes of education, arts, community development, and protection of the historic environment.

(4) To work in partnership, as appropriate, to promote the social and historical context of Sandfields Pumping Station in Staffordshire and the West Midlands, and to build a community of interest around these topics.

(5) To promote, manage, maintain and restore water supply industry infrastructure assets and archives which are of historical significance for the benefit of the public.

(6) To acquire, disseminate, publish and make accessible historical information, archival material, artefacts and experiences relating to Britain’s water supply industry for the purposes of education, recreation, tourism and community development.

The trustees would also like the following change to the constitution approved

(5) Quorum at general meetings

 (b) Subject to the following provisions, the quorum for general meetings shall be the greater of 10% or three members. An organisation represented by a person present at the meeting in accordance with subclause (7) of this clause, is counted as being present in person.

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

Excellent food and drinks are available in the bar.

The minutes of the April meeting are here

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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Sandfields Pumping Station – Lichfield Greenhill Bower

#Sandfelds Pumping Station, page 42 of the  page 42 of the Lichfield Bower Programme

The Bower is well known in Lichfield, England and nearby areas. It is a festival held each spring on a bank holiday. It is about 800 years old. A statute of Henry II of England (1134-1159) ordered that all men capable of bearing arms should be inspected by the magistrates. Since there was no standing army, this was a way to find out how many men could fight in a war. The men would then march through the streets and retire at a “Bower House” for roast beef and spirits. This ensured a good turn-out.

Sandfields Pumping Station from above

Today the Bower has many competitions such as tombolas. There are markets which sell local produce. The main attraction is a large funfair.

The Origins of the bower go back many centuries to the time of Henry II (1145-1189). At that time England had no standing army and when the King needed troops to defend the realm he had to raise them by mustering all the able bodied men between the ages of 16 and 60 throughout the kingdom.

To enable him to do this Henry set up a Commission of Arraye (an early example of quango) which had every year to submit to the king, a return of all the men-at-arms available throughout the kingdom. To do this they ordered every city and town to hold a muster of fighting men on one day in the year and to send the figures in to the Commission of Arraye. These musters were known as the Courtes of Arraye, and in Lichfield the Courte if Arraye was always held on Whit Monday.

source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichfield_Bower

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Newcomen Society’s Western Branch Meeting

For the Newcomen Society’s Western Branch meeting of Thursday 19 May 2016, David Moore, Chairman of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust, will speak on the Cornish Beam Engine at Sandfields Pumping Station.

Cholera and the silent higway

Built by George and Jonah Davies of the Albion Foundry, Tipton, the engine was installed at Sandfields in the wake of repeated cholera epidemics during the mid-nineteenth century. Mr Moore estimates that it pumped over two million gallons of water every day between the years 1873 and 1927. In his talk, he will tell the story of how clean water changed the lives of the people of the industrial midlands and supported the area’s growth and development.

The meeting will be held at 7.30pm, in Room 1 at BAWA (Bristol Aeroplane Welfare Association), 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, satnav postcode BS34 7RG. Admission is free, although we request a small donation towards the cost of room hire. Visitors are always most welcome.

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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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