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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Today, one small step

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.

— George Bernard Shaw

Today we took one small step. Together we took the first step that will make a difference to people, communities and our industrial heritage.

Today was the first of a number of training sessions that Lichfield Waterworks Trust will undertake during the six-month licence to enter the building in our quest to save Sandfields pumping station.

Saving industrial heritage is not just about getting out the oily rags, the sandpaper and the tins of paint. It’s about inspiring people to make a difference to people, communities and our industrial heritage by building and developing the confidence, knowledge and skills of the people who are going to make it happen.

As a Community Incorporated Organisation (CIO), one of our key values is to keep our members, visitors and the community safe. So today was Health and Safety training for our building supervisors.

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Our trainer was Nick Platt from Growing Rural Enterprise. Nick is a health and safety professional who advises and trains small to large organisations at all levels. He is a qualified trainer with over twenty years’ experience managing health and safety and fire safety.

Nick made the training both engaging, interesting and practical. While a number of the team members already hold health and Safety qualifications, it was still nice to get down to some practical work that was relevant to Sandfields Pumping Station and our future objectives.

A very big thanks to Nick Platt: http://growingruralenterprise.co.uk/

Our host for the day was Annamarie at Woodhouse Farm and Garden. Woodhouse is a traditional small farm created in 1808 from the walled garden, cherry orchard (a seven-acre field which had wild cherry trees in it) and other small scraps of land which had once been part of the grand Fisherwick Estate.

Woodhouse Farm is a community interest company (CIO) that wants to encourage the use of local seasonal produce, growing and cookery as therapeutic activities and training in heritage skills. As a community interest company the farm goes about it’s business producing fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and eggs while having a secondary aim to use the farm for community good.

Annamarie is also a wonderful cook and provided the team with a lunch that made our mouths love us forever.

A very big thanks also to Annamarie at Woodhouse Farm and Garden CIC:

http://www.woodhousefarmandgardencic.org.uk/

A very big thank you to Philip Manton. Philip has been a supporter of our save Sandfields pumping Station campaign from day one. He has provided support advice and guidance on numerous occasions, and bought about clarity and direction when on a few occasions, we felt that we were pursuing a lost cause.

Philip has been great asset by inviting us to think about job roles within our organisation, helping us to learn to delegate and motivating others, by developing our teambuilding and leadership skills,

Thank you Philip Manton for organising today’s events.

Fillip Training – learning for change: https://twitter.com/Fillip_Training

Finlay, a big thank you to all of the people who took part in today’s training day. Working together we can make a difference to people, communities and our industrial heritage, sowing the seeds of community sprite so that our future generations can reap the benefits tomorrow.

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There is nothing more invisible to the human eye than an industrial building.

#HeritageTreasures

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There is nothing more invisible to the human eye than an industrial building.

The remarkable thing about industrial heritage is that one does not notice it, because familiarity and its sheer longevity with the everyday erodes away the curiosity of the passers-by.

Industrial buildings are Architecture parlante (“speaking architecture”) it needs someone to speak on its behalf, to tell its story. 

Sandfields Pumping Station can tell a remarkable story of how it saved a million lives, and extended the average life expectancy by more than twenty years.

Built following the Black Country’s cholera epidemics of the mid nineteenth century, where almost 20% of the population died within the space of six weeks, the pumping station provided fresh clean drinking water to the beleaguered communities of the industrial Black Country towns.

This building still contains it original and unique 190hp Cornish beam engine that pumped over 2.5 million gallons of water every day from 1873 to 1927. Within a few years, cholera was assigned to the history books in the UK, ensuring the industrial growth of the area.

By telling the story of industrial heritage, we are able to contextualise our past, and can begin to understand our parents, and grandparents, their lives, how they lived and their values. We can bring their past forward in time and make it a useable past, so that we can learn for our future.

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