We are now in a position to make real change

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The Lichfield Waterworks Trust has made significant progress in it endeavours to save Sandfields pumping Station. The volunteers have made the building and the unique Cornish beam engine look better than it has done for years.

We are now in a position to make real change:

Change that will preserve this unique heritage asset, and make it both accessible and beneficial to everyone.

Change that will make a difference to the community, and bring about a significant positive social benefit.

Change that will make us as an even better organisation so we can deliver and manage our objectives effectively and efficiently. 

We are about to commission a viability study to help us take the first steps towards community ownership of this heritage asset. The viability study underpins the options appraisal and help us build a firm foundation to take the project forward.

The viability study will cost us £10,000 to complete, some of the money coming from grants, the rest we will have to raise ourselves. As we do not charge for membership, and income is entirely by voluntary contribution, therefore we would like to ask our members and supporter if they could chip in £10 as a one-off donation.

You can donate by following this link to our Virgin Money Giving website. If you are a UK tax payer, then please consider Gift Aiding your donation too.

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You can also do a direct bank transfer:

Bank Details:

HSBC Bank

Account Name: Lichfield Waterworks Trust

Sort Code: 40-28-18

Account Number: 02050722

 

Many thanks for your continued support.

 

 

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Revealing the Past, Telling the Story of Clean Water

Nice article in the Express and Start last week. They would like to follow our progress so this is a great opportunity to show the links between Sandfields and the black Country.

Sandfields Express and Star

 

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The next monthly open public progress meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust

The next monthly open public progress meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on:

Monday 27 March @7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the

The Bowling Green
Friary Road
Lichfield
Staffordshire
WS13 6QJ

Tel: 01543 257344

The Bowling Green serves some great food and real ales, so do come along, everyone is welcome.

February Meeting notes can be downloaded here

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A Key Milestone now Passed

Persimmon Homes Ltd handed a set of keys to the trust on the 1 February to commence a six-month licence to enter the building to conduct a feasibility study.

This is a ket milestone achievement as the Lichfield Waterworks Trust is now one step closer to achieving its plan to bring the redundant Grade II* building back into reuse as a community facility.

Following a short ceremony presided over by the Lord Mayor of Lichfield, Sheelagh James Paul Foster of Persimmon Homes Ltd handed the keys to David Moore, chairman of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust. David Moore said that this is one small step for the Lichfield Waterworks trust, and one giant leap for the people of Lichfield.

The aim and objective of this study is to develop and produce a sustainable business plan to demonstrate that as a trust we are capable of managing this site in a business-like manner that clearly outlines how we will deliver an ongoing programme of funding, maintenance and renovation of the site. We will also outline how we will make it accessible, preserve the heritage and give benefit to the community in perpetuity.

These are indeed exciting times, and opportunities to make a difference. It is therefore it is important that we have a robust membership as a record of your support.

So please, join us now by filling in Membership Application Form by going to our membership page here. It is free to join and be a part of this incredibly exciting project.

We have incurred some considerable expenditure covering legal costs, insurance and training. We will always invest in our people, and we are planning further training days soon too. All these costs soon mount up, so if you can donate, then please visit our donation page here, any amount is helpful and well appreciated.

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Exciting developments at Lichfield’s Historic Waterworks

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The Lichfield Waterworks Trust, a registered charity set up to save Lichfield’s Historic Waterworks at Sandfields, is now one step closer to achieving its plan to bring the redundant Grade II* building back into reuse as a community facility.

The trust has been working jointly with the owners, Persimmon Homes Ltd, Lichfield District Council and the City Council and have now agreed the terms of a licence to enter the building to conduct a feasibility study. The study will enable the trust to find a sustainable long term solution that will preserve the Victorian Waterworks for the benefit of the community in perpetuity.

Following a short ceremony presided over by the Lord Mayor of Lichfield, Sheelagh James Paul Foster of Persimmon Homes Ltd handed the keys to David Moore, chairman of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust. David Moore said that this is one small step for the Lichfield Waterworks trust, and one giant leap for the people of Lichfield.

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David then spoke about how in 1854 the city of Lichfield in an act of unselfish generosity completely remodelled itself to become a living waterworks. Both lakes were substantially enlarged, the museum gardens created and a mile-long tunnel built to convey the water to the pumping station at Sandfields, so it could save the people in the Black Country from the dreaded cholera epidemics that had wiped out thousands of lives.

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Sandfields Pumping Station is one of the region’s most exciting pieces of industrial heritage that played a significant part in the development of the industrial revolution. 

The trust welcomes new members who have an interest in heritage or social history and who wish to support the community. If you would like to be a part of this exciting project, please join us here.

 

 

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We are almost there

We are not quite ready to open the door to Sandfields Pumping Station yet.

We are working hard with the owners of the Building, Persimmon Homes Ltd, Lichfield District Council, the City Council and a number of other specialist agencies and individuals, so that we can secure this incredible piece of our industrial heritage for the community. 

Make it your place now by joining us

 

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The countdown begins.

The next monthly open public progress meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on: 

Monday 13 February @7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the

The Bowling Green

Friary Road

Lichfield

Staffordshire

WS13 6QJ 

Tel: 01543 257344 

The Bowling Green serves some great food and real ales, so do come along, everyone is welcome. 

January Meeting notes can be downloaded here

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Persimmon Homes Ltd handed a set of keys to the trust on the 1 February to commence a six-month licence to enter the building to conduct a feasibility study.

The aim and objective of this study is to develop and produce a sustainable business plan to demonstrate that as a trust we are capable of managing this site in a business-like manner that clearly outlines how we will deliver an ongoing programme of funding, maintenance and renovation of the site. We will also outline how we will make it accessible, preserve the heritage and give benefit to the community in perpetuity.

Our safety training day on Monday 23 January at Woodhouse Farm went rally well with fifteen people attending. Apart from the cold, we had an amazing day.

These are indeed exciting times, and opportunities to make a difference. It is therefore it is important that we have a robust membership as a record of your support.

So please, join us now by filling in Membership Application Form by going to our membership page here. It is free to join and be a part of this incredibly exciting project.

We have incurred some considerable expenditure covering legal costs, insurance and training. We will always invest in our people, and we are planning further training days soon too. All these costs soon mount up, so if you can donate, then please visit our donation page here, any amount is helpful and well appreciated.

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Teas and Wee’s

Today was the first opportunity to get a proper look inside Sandfields Pumping Station. It’s going to take a lot of TLC to pull this historic gem back from the brink. So, let’s get our priority’s right on day one.

This is going to be a community project, at its heart it will be our people. It is with our people we will make it happen, so therefore we will do our upmost to provide the best possible working environment we can. Clean decent welfare facilities are our priority’s, a place to do our teas and wee’s is essential.

So, on day one we have made a start on cleaning the rest room/office and the loos. Linda has done an amazing job of moving lots of old documentation to a safe place and cleaning the loos.

 

 

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