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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Day Out? – Enjoy our Industrial Heritage

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

Get yourself down to Leawood Pump House and High Peak Junction on the Cronford Canal. Take a train ride from Whasandwell to Cromford and walk back along one of the most beautiful places full of industrial heritage

A postcard from the past – Leawood Pump House from David Moore on Vimeo.

Industrial Heritage does not have to be an abandoned factory, or an oily workshop, quite often it is a thing of beauty, you only have to look, then look again.

This is industrial heritage that speaks to us, it’s a way of confronting the past in an immediate way and allows you to immerse yourself in it. It brings together the concept that that heritage alone cannot do and confronts you in the multi-sensory way in which we experience place.

Leawood Pump House and High Peak Junction is must see place. Nestled down in the Derwent Valley, the railway junction with the canal is one of the country’s earliest railways and was a hub of transport activity.

Visiting the Derwent Valley is like standing in the historical house. Each room has a theme. Each theme has a feeling and each feeling engages your mind with the past. You can set yourself free and move from room to room, experiencing a different time and place as you explore the historic house.

Leawood Pump House was built in 1849 to pump water from the River Derwent to top up the Cromford Canal.

The pump house is now well over 150 years old but remains in pristine working condition thanks to the sterling work of the Middleton Top and Leawood Pump Volunteer Group. Leawood Pump House is open and operated on steam regally throughout the year.

Spending a few moments just watching the beam engine working, quietly, the gentle hiss of steam, the clicks and clunks of the valve gear. You can step back in time and immerse yourself in nostalgia, and somehow feel differently about history.

derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/countryside/countryside_sites/visitor_centres/high_peak_junction/default.asp

middleton-leawood.org.uk/

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Getting up Steam

Great news, we have just received the first draft of the licence to enter the building from Persimmon Homes.

Sandfields Pumping Station Lichfield 

The licence will have to be checked by a solicitor as it will place certain obligations on the trust, but we feel that this is a significant step forward. #sandfields

 

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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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