Maplebrook Pumping Station in Burntwood

Fantastic tour of Maplebrook Pumping Station in Burntwood this morning. Thanks to all who came and special thanks to Chris Pattison and all the volunteers from the Lichfield Waterworks Trust plus South Staffs Water for allowing us to visit. Do share your photos folks

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Lots more photos here

 

 

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November monthly open public progress meeting

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

Thursday 24 November 2016 @7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the

George lV

Bore St

Lichfield

WS13 6LU

Tel: 01543 523025

October Meeting notes can be downloaded here

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Full ahead, steady as she goes.

The trust held a very positive meeting with a representative from Persimmon homes on the 31 October. True to their word, Persimmon have done a great job of tidying up the pumping station and have blocked of the open widows to prevent any further bird ingress.

They have also done the asbestos survey and removed much of the bird mess. The place looks in much better shape. We are now just awaiting the return of some final documentation to handover the keys for the licence.

Safety training is in an advanced state of planning, details of which should be released soon. Finally, we have a arranged a new meeting venue for the January meetings in the new year. All of this is major steps in the right direction to achieving our aims.

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.

Saving Sandfields Pumping Station is an incredibly exciting project, and we would like everyone to become a part of it. 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

We do not share your data with anyone else, but we do like to have your details correct. If there are any errors or omissions, please let us know.

Our data protection policy is here:

 

 

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Miracles we can do immediately

News Flash

Today the team met with Persimmon Homes Ltd at Sandfields Pumping Station to finalise the access licence.

We are very pleased to say that Persimmon Homes have done an amazing amount of work to clean up the pumping station, make safe the wells, boreholes and guard rails and they have completed an asbestos survey.

With just a few small items to finalise, we should be looking at obtaining the keys in about two weeks’ time.

Great news indeed and a very big thank you to everyone in making this project happen.

Miracles we can do immediately, doing the impossible sometimes takes a little longer.

 

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Monthly open public progress meeting

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

Thursday 27 October 2016 @7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the

George lV

Bore St

Lichfield

WS13 6LU

Tel: 01543 523025

September Meeting notes can be downloaded here

We are now in that quite period where lots of things are going on in the background, but not much new to report back at this time.

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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 ongoing 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.

Saving Sandfields Pumping Station is an incredibly exciting project, and we would like everyone to become a part of it. 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

We do not share your data with anyone else, but we do like to have your details correct. If there are any errors or omissions, please let us know.

Our data protection policy is here:

 

 

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Monthly open public progress meeting

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

Thursday 29 September 2016 @7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the

George lV

Bore St

Lichfield

WS13 6LU

Tel: 01543 523025

August Meeting notes can be downloaded here

Steady as She Goes.

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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 has also been involved in the heritage Open Days at Maplebrook Pumping Station on Thursday 8 September. The trust worked with South Staffs Water so that we could allow pre booked visitors into one of the most interesting water pumping stations in the area.

A selection of photos are available here

Saving Sandfields Pumping Station is an incredibly exciting project, and we would like everyone to become a part of it. 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

We do not share your data with anyone else, but we do like to have your details correct. If there are any errors or omissions, please let us know.

Our data protection policy is here:

 

 

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Lichfield Georgian Festival – Waterworks Walk

Lichfield celebrates it Heritage Open Day with a Georgian Festival this year from Friday 16 – Sunday 18 September 2016.

As part of Heritage Weekend there will be a fantastic range of historic themed talks, walks and entertainment to suit all ages – so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Highlights include a Georgian encampment in Beacon Park, costumed characters, a Georgian Fashion show and a Son-et-Lumière light show!

Lichfield Waterworks Trust will again be organising a Waterworks Walk on Saturday 17 September, commencing at 11:00am at Speakers Corner.

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So get into character a little or a lot, and prepare to celebrate and absorb our Georgian heritage!

 

You can download details of the weekend’s events here.

 

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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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