Lichfield Waterworks Trust December News and Events

The next public meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on:

Monday 8 January @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

This is an incredibly exciting community heritage project, so do come along and become involved, we make everyone welcome.

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News and Events

May we take this opportunity to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New year. 2017 has been a very eventful year for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust.

The trust was granted a licence to enter the building in February 2107 after four years of hard work. While initially we were quite dismayed at the state of the building and engine, the volunteers quickly rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in.

A lot of volunteer hours later, the transformation has been remarkable, with significant headway being made. There is still a lot to do, but we know that the task in hand is achievable. Thank you to everyone who has taken part.

Sandfields Works Day from David Moore on Vimeo.

 

Great News from the Architectural Heritage Fund

Press Release – Lichfield Waterworks Trust

The campaign to save the Grade II* listed Victorian Waterworks at Sandfields Pumping Station, Lichfield takes another step forward with the award of a Project Viability Grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund.

The Lichfield Waterworks Trust was set up to save what is considered to be one of the Black Country’s hidden historic gems, and the regions least known about pieces of Industrial Heritage. The provision of clean water played a significant part in the growth of the Industrial Revolution, and added twenty years to the average life expectancy of everyday working people.

Trust Secretary Gill Bellenie said that the award of this grant is a significant achievement and places the trust in a position to really move forward with its quest to save this iconic building for the benefit of the community.

If you would like to be a part of this very exciting project, or would like further information, then please visit our website

www.lichfieldwaterworkstrust.com

Grants

We are also very pleased to announce that have been successful in a grant application to the Tesco Bags of Help programme. The grant amount is dependant on the number of votes cast by the customers of the local Tesco Stores. Voting for our project is due to start in Tesco store/s on the 2 January 2018. We will update you with further and better particulars in the new year.

Work Teams

The pumping Station will be closed over the Christmas period and will reopen to the work parties on Friday 12 January 2108.

Finally – A word or two from our Chairman

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Why are we doing this?

Industrial heritage buildings sit there quietly in the landscape, often unloved, often long forgotten. Their familiarity in the landscape has eroded away the curiosity of the passer by. But given the opportunity, our industrial heritage can tell remarkable stories of the past, of everyday people, and help us define who we are.

The gothic revival style gave Brittan its industrial look and identity. It took the language from the past and built the way to the future. The water engineering achievements of the Victorian engineers gave something back to the community, removing deaths from cholera from Brittan, enabling a new improved quality of life for all.

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But let us never forget that Cholera is still the seventh biggest killer in the modern world. With 1.3 million people still infected with this dreadful disease, and 130 thousand death each year, it still has a significant impact on the quality of lives of millions of people.

This is why is so important to preserve our industrial heritage, to allow it to tell its remarkable story’s, to give us voice, and bear witness to history, so that others may learn, so they may celebrate our triumphs and be warned of our failures.

We are all creatures of memory. We cannot have a future idea unless we access a memory of the past. This is why we should save this building.

Thank you all, have an amazing Christmas.

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Press Release – Lichfield Waterworks Trust

The campaign to save the Grade II* listed Victorian Waterworks at Sandfields Pumping Station, Lichfield takes another step forward with the award of a Project Viability Grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund.

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1. Left to right Trust Secretary Gill Bellenie, Elizabeth Perkins, Support Officer, Architectural Heritage Fund, Trust Chairman David Moore,

 

The Lichfield Waterworks Trust was set up to save what is considered to be one of the Black Country’s hidden historic gems, and the regions least known about pieces of Industrial Heritage. The provision of clean water played a significant part in the growth of the Industrial Revolution, and added twenty years to the average life expectancy of everyday working people.

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Sandfields Pumping Station, a gothic revival masterpiece that defined the industrial identity of the Country.

Trust Secretary Gill Bellenie said that the award of this grant is a significant achievement and places the trust in a position to really move forward with its quest to save this iconic building for the benefit of the community.

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Inside the Grade II* listed Victorian Waterworks, a cathedral to the Industrial Revolution and a fitting testament to the Black Country’s Iron Masters skills 

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Architectural Heritage Fund Viability Study Grant

Great news!

Lichfield Waterworks Trust have been awarded an Architectural Heritage Fund Viability Study grant. Another big step towards saving one of the most important pieces of industrial heritage in the midlands #Sandfields

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Chairman David Moore and Trust Secretary Gill Bellenie posting the grant acceptance letter back the AHF

 

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Sandfields Works Day

Sandfields Works Day from David Moore on Vimeo.

Everyday people can make great things happen. An amazing team of volunteers restoring the Victorian Waterworks at Sandfields Pumping Station Lichfield.

Lichfield Waterworks Trust – Preserving the past of your future
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Talk: Sir Joseph Bazalgette & the Great Stink of London

Following the meeting on Monday 13 November 2017 @7:30pm at the Bowling Green Inn, Lichfield we have an extra special treat. Our very own Alan Hill will give a talk on:

Sir Joseph Bazalgette & the Great Stink of London

Sir Joseph Bazalgette & the Great Stink of London

Throughout human history, the number one cause of death has been contaminated water – in some parts of the world it still is. In mid-19th century Britain, polluted water was still a major problem – four outbreaks of Cholera in London claimed over 37,000 lives. This is the story of how Sir Joseph Bazalgette, Chief Engineer to the Metropolitan Board of Works overcame disease & reshaped London in the process.

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This is a free events and everyone is welcome

Alan is a member of the trust and is working as part of our engineering team who are carefully cleaning and protecting the brightwork on the engine. The engineering team are doing sterling work, so do pop down to the pumping station and say hello.

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust November News Letter

The next public meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on:

Monday 13 November @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.

 

This is an incredibly exciting community heritage project, so do come along and become involved, we make everyone welcome.

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Notes of the October 2017 Meeting are here

 

Events

Following tonight’s meeting we have an extra special treat. Our very own Alan Hill will give a talk on:

Sir Joseph Bazalgette & the Great Stink of London

 

Throughout human history, the number one cause of death has been contaminated water – in some parts of the world it still is. In mid-19th century Britain, polluted water was still a major problem – four outbreaks of Cholera in London claimed over 37,000 lives. This is the story of how Sir Joseph Bazalgette, Chief Engineer to the Metropolitan Board of Works overcame disease & reshaped London in the process.

 

Alan is a member of the trust and is working as part of our engineering team who are carefully cleaning and protecting the brightwork on the engine. The engineering team are doing sterling work, so do pop down to the pumping station and say hello.

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Health and Safety

We are really pleased to report that there have been no incidents relating to health and safety. A very big thank you to everyone for working safely.

Membership

 We would like this opportunity to welcome a few new members.

Thank you for joining the Lichfield Waterworks Trust. We hope you will enjoy your membership and become part of a very exciting heritage project that will benefit the people, the place and the community.

If you wish to visit Sandfields Pumping Station then please use the links below.

To book a visit, please go to our Eventbrite booking page here.

 It would really help us if we develop and grow our membership. If you are not already a member and would you like to be a part of one of the region’s most exciting heritage projects then 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.

Donations

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.

 

Finally

 Thank you everyone for your continued support and helping to make a difference in your community.

We never 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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Sandfields Architecture

Sandfields plumping Station is a Gothic Revival masterpiece, a cathedral to the industrial revolution, for years abandon, and for years unloved.

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The Gothic Revival style gave Briton its industrial look and identity. Inspired by the Gilbert Scots, it embraced the glory of god and reflected the sheer power of money. The gothic style, is architecture parloir, architecture that speaks. It took the language from the past and built the road to the future. A celebration of new technology and processes, of wealth and opportunity.

The Gothic Revival style inspired architects if both industrial and public buildings and influenced the architecture of the twentieth century. Just look at the marriage between the achievements of Victorian engineering and the Gothic Revival architecture, a match made in heaven. Its an eclectic mix; an honest expression of the means of construction and the philanthropic endeavours of the Victorians.

 

Source:

Dan Cruickshank

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