Do Something Different This Weekend

At a loose end this weekend? Got that #Friday feeling?

Got that #Fridayfeeling fancy a #dayout Get yourself down to #Claymills Pumping Station near Burton on Trent.

Claymills Pumping Station is a must see place. it is an excellent example of Victorian engineering at its finest, and has buildings dating back to 1885. It was important in the development of Burton upon Trent during the Victorian age, bringing much needed improvements to local sewerage handling.

Built by Burton on Trent corporation to meet the increasing the rising demand for health and welfare. The engines and buildings were built in 1885, and contain four rotive beam engines, supplied by Gimson and Company of Leicester. There are also a number of small steam engines of the site.

The beam engines were decommissioned in the early 70’s and suffered from neglect, vandalism and metal theft throughout the 80’s until a group of people came together to form a trust with the objective of saving these magnificent giants from the past.

It is now preserved as a museum offering a varied programme of steaming days, talks, guided tours and hands on learning, and is described by English Heritage as ‘the most complete site of its kind in the UK’.

The museum now opens on a weekly basis and runs two of the engines on steam throughout the year.

Claymills Pumping Station is a living credit to the volunteers who freely give their time; protecting the past, so that you may enjoy its future.

 

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August monthly progress meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust

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

Thursday 25 August 2016 @7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the

George lV

Bore St

Lichfield

WS13 6LU

Tel: 01543 523025

Sandfields Pumping Station from above

 

July Meeting notes can be downloaded here

Full Steam Ahead, Steady as She Goes.

The trust is now in negations with persimmon Home Ltd where we are working jointly to prepare and agree a licence for access to undertake a site investigation/assessment study that will last six months. We have asked that as part of the licence agreement, we will open Sandfields Pumping Station for 3 hours a week to allow supervised visits by member of the trust.

We see the issue of this licence as the first stage of an on-going process to hand back Sandfields Pumping Station to the public, and a significant step towards protecting this unique piece of our industrial heritage.

The draft licence is now complete and has been returned to Persimmon Homes Ltd for their approval.

The trust is also very busy preparing a bid for a Resilient Heritage Grant. The Resilient Heritage Grant will enable the trust to commission a specialist engineering company to conduct a feasibility study on the 190 HP Cornish Beam Engine with a view of returning the engine to steam operation again.

The Resilient Heritage Grant will also be used to fund some training for members of the trust, so that we can allow access to the building to the public.

The trust is now looking for volunteer building supervisors to conduct organised visits to the pumping station. If you would like to become a building supervisor, please let us know. Full training will be given free of charge and we will issue a certificate of competence.

This is an incredibly exciting project, and we would like everyone to become a part of it, so please consider joining the Lichfield Waterworks Trust by clicking the membership link here.

Online membership application form

Membership is free, but a small donation would always be very much appreciated. We have an enormous amount of expenditure coming up with the legal fees relating to the access licence, so any amount, however small, will be most welcome.

You can donate either at our online donation link here.

Link to our donation page of our website

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

 

or

Please make cheques payable to; Lichfield Waterworks Trust, and send to our address:

 

22 Walsall Road

Lichfield

WS13 8AB

 

Our data protection policy is 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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Lichfield City Neighbourhood Plan

Great to know that Sandfields Pumping Station has now taken its rightful place in Lichfield City Neighbourhood Plan.

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“The water history of Lichfield is an important part of the City’s heritage, with its focus on the Sandfields grade II* listed building and Cornish beam engine, which was completed in 1873 to pump clean water to the Black Country. Its refurbishment and reopening to the public will be supported. More generally, opportunities for appropriate economic development linked to all heritage assets in the City will also be supported”.

You can download a copy of the Neighbourhood Plan here.

 

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Full Steam Ahead, Steady as She Goes.

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

Thursday 28 July 2016 @7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the

George lV

Bore St

Lichfield

WS13 6LU

Tel: 01543 523025

The minutes of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) can be downloaded here.

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The trust is now in negations with persimmon Home Ltd where we are working jointly to agree a licence for access to undertake a site investigation/assessment study that will last six months. We have asked that as part of the licence agreement, we will open Sandfields Pumping Station for 3 hours a week to allow supervised visits by member of the trust.

We see the issue of this licence as the first stage of an on-going process to hand back Sandfields Pumping Station to the public, and a significant step towards protecting this unique piece of our industrial heritage.

The draft licence is now with our solicitors, who are busy preparing a response to Persimmon Homes Ltd.

This is an incredibly exciting project, and we would like everyone to become a part of it, so please consider joining the Lichfield Waterworks Trust by clicking the membership link here.

Online membership application form

Membership is free, but a small donation would always be very much appreciated. We have an enormous amount of expenditure coming up with the legal fees relating to the access licence, so any amount, however small, will be most welcome.

You can donate either at our online donation link here.

Link to our donation page

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

or
Please make cheques payable to; Lichfield Waterworks Trust, and send to our address:

22 Walsall Road
Lichfield
WS13 8AB

Our data protection policy is 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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The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust will be held on

Thursday 30 June 2016 @7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the

 

George lV

Bore St

Lichfield

WS13 6LU

Tel: 01543 523025

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AGENDA

Apologies.

Matters Arising.

Annual Trustees Reports.

Treasurer’s Report and Presentation of Accounts for the year ended 31st. December 2015.

Election of Trustees

 

Matters Arising.

At this meeting the Trustee will offer the following resolution the amended the constitution to read:

(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.

 

The Trustees will ask the members to agree and vote to approve the following changes to the text of 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.

 

Annual Trustees Reports.

The Trustees annual report can be downloaded here

Treasurer’s Report

The annual statement of accounts can be downloaded here

 

Election of Trustees

All three Trustees are to stand down and are eligible to stand for re-election

David Moore – Chairman

Gill Bellenie – Secretary

Chris Pattison – Treasurer

 

Non-members are welcome to attend but cannot vote at the AGM.

 

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.

 

The minutes of the May meeting can be downloaded here

 

 

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Membership

Our ultimate aim is to have free access to everyone. However, at this moment in time, very few people have been in the Sandfields Pumping Station since 2005. We are looking into the small print on the licence, and will need a legal opinion, but its looking like access will be limited to members of LWT for the time being.

We want everyone to visit Sandfields Pumping Station.

We like to keep things as simple as possible, so membership brings with it no obligations what so ever, no fees, no need to attend meeting and no complicated rules.

We want everyone to feel free to join us or leave us as they wish, and not feel obliged or tied into anything in any way.

All we ask is that you join us so that we have a record of the people who support the work we do. This then increases our chances of getting grants, corporate donations and improved negotiating powers with those in authority, so ultimately we can save Sandfields Pumping Station and give fee access to everyone.

We also understand that finances are tight at the moment, so we would like people to feel that there is not an obligation to pay fees or donate money, we will always welcome just your valuable personal support.

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Do you recognise anyone in this photo?

 

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Our Industrial Heritage Needs You!

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Would you like to do something different, and save one of the country’s finest pieces of industrial Heritage?

Would you like to make a difference to the community’s we all live in?

Would you like to be a part of an incredibly exciting project that has started with very little, and is now growing rapidly, a project that will make a difference to people’s lives?

Have you got what it takes to give something back to the community?

Then join the Lichfield Waterworks Trust and be a part of something special. Membership is free, however a small donation is always very welcome. However, if you do not wish to donate, that’s ok too, we still welcome everyone. We provide fee training for members, if you wish to learn something new.

Just click this link to join and make a difference

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