Lichfield Waterworks Trust September 2019 public meeting takes place next Monday evening

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Sandfields Pumping Station – a great historic building with immense history and social significance – not just to Lichfield, but to the Black Country. Lichfield Discovered and local historian Dave Moore have saved this valuable asset for the community.

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 9th September 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group.

The meeting is at the Bowling Green pub, Lichfield from 7:30pm and is of course open to anyone interested.

Dave wrote:

Lichfield Waterworks Trust September Newsletter

The next public meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on:  Monday 9th September 2019 at 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.

Latest News

Important Note:

Throughout September Persimmon Home s Ltd will be completing some essential repairs to the building, therefore there will be no access until October 2019. We will post further updates.

Building Lease Update:

Following our submission of a set of revised Heads of Terms, we have received the following response from Persimmon Homes Ltd. on the 12 August:

‘We feel that we are still not in a position whereby we can commit to your requirements; and that a meeting would be better to thrash out the details.
 
‘Would you be available on 3rd or 4th September to come in and we can try reach a resolution to the HoT’s’

We are more than happy to meet, however in our opinion the most productive way forward would be to draw up a list of the items within the Heads of Terms that we can agree and a list of items that Persimmon cannot commit to.
 
We can then tick off as done agreed items and have an opportunity to first discuss and consider the implication of the outstanding items with the trustee team beforehand.
 
We have asked Persimmon Homes Ltd. twice for this information and are awaiting a response.

Important Note:

After the visit by Historic England on 16 Jan, the site has unfortunately been placed on the Heritage At Risk Register. This is indeed sad news to see that this magnificent piece of industrial heritage is now officially at risk of permanent loss.
 
The trust is committed to continue working with the owner, Persimmon Homes Ltd And has therefore submitted a five-point five-year plan which we feel is the best option in achieving a sustainable community reuse:

  1. Complete the essential repairs works as identified in the 2013 options appraisal.
  2. Bring the building into a condition that would make it safe and accessible to the public.
  3. Grant simple a lease and apply for a change of use and cover basic running costs for a five-year time   scale
  4. Allow the Trust to use the building as on an as is basis or meanwhile use to research and develop a sustainable end use that will benefit the community.
  5. Commit to a dowry to enable the Trust to apply for match funding. 

Tonight’s Talk

Tonight’s talk is a continuation of a previous talk by Ian Pell and his story of the South Staffordshire Railway called the “Lichfield Diamonds”. Tonight, Ian will be presenting:

‘Tales from Beyond’, an engaging talk that considers the South Staffs from Lichfield City to Wychnor Junction.

Events:

Lichfield Heritage Water Guided Walk
 September 14th and 15th 2019

The Lichfield Waterworks Trust will offer a joint experience with the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, that starts each day at 10:30 on Saturday and Sunday, September 14th and 15th, from Speakers Corner on Dam Street, with a walk along part of the line of the tunnel under Lichfield, that brought water to the pumping station at Sandfields, built to pump clean water to the Black Country during the Industrial Revolution, saving thousands from Cholera.

After a bit more than an hour’s walk, walkers will be able to stop and view the pumping station and then be guided back to Speakers Corners.

Walkers may also take an optional guided walk along the trails and towpaths of the nearby Fosseway Heath section of the Lichfield canal up to the restored Lock 18 (about 3/4 mile), and back, to be met by a Heritage free bus ride to take them to the restored Gallows Wharf on the canal near London Road, to see part of the Heritage Towpath Wall dating from 1797 on the adjacent Gallows Reach, recently exposed by the Canal Trust.

The bus will then take visitors back to the City Centre.

There is no charge but a donation would be much appreciated.

More details:
Lichfield Canals Restoration Trust

Details of the walk can be found here

From Speakers Corner in Lichfield City Centre:

Follow the line of the Hanch Tunnel to Sandfields Pumping Station

Take a look inside Sandfields pumping station 

The Lichfield canal passing Sandfields Pumping Station in 1924 

Walk up to Lock 18 at Fosseway Lane through the wetlands under construction at Fosseway Heath 

Travel by vintage bus to the restored Gallows Wharf, London Road.

Health and Safety:

We are really pleased to report that we have been working for yet another month where there have been no incidents relating to health and safety. This is now 20 moths of indecent fee working, so a very big thank you again to everyone for working safely and looking after your fellow volunteers.

Engine Team Report:

The cylinder teak cladding has been cleaned and lacquered & the copper retaining bands cleaned, at the engine house floor level. The cast iron cylinder pedestal casting (around the lower part of the cylinder) has been cleaned and a coat of linseed oil applied to the black paintwork. This part of the cylinder is now complete and the teak cladding & copper retaining bands around the top of the cylinder (on the middle floor) are now being cleaned.

The chequer plating on the engine house floor level (this is the floor level at which one enters the engine house from the outside), at the counterweight end of the beam, is currently being cleaned….

The complete report can be found on this link

Building Team Report:

The building team continue to make steady progress. The focus has been to improve the welfare facility’s on-site. The work on the one toilet to convert it to a washing area with a sink and drainer, improving the welfare facilities to benefit all visitors is almost complete.

The team have also freed up the sliding door and made it more secure and also made some improvements to the display area.

The electrical team are doing some sterling work on the electrical installation. There is now a temporary power supply to the building and the team have wired in power to the welfare facilities. This has bought a significant benefit for the teams on the Friday works teams and visitors.
 
We will be meeting representatives of Dudley college on Friday 6 Sep to discuss using Sandfields as a training facility for apprentice builders. The first item will be the commissioning of the power supply to the offices, toilets and kitchen.
 
The electrical team have also been removing redundant wiring. The existing wiring installation is now in such poor condition with the building being unoccupied since 2005 and with no power since 2012, that it is in the best interests to start afresh.

The pumping station grounds are looking splendid as if someone now cares. It would be a great opportunity to create a garden of the teams and visitors to enjoy.
 

Procurement Team Report:
 
The team has submitted a bid from a grant from the ScrewFix Foundation to fund materials to make improvement to the welfare facilities. The foundation meets in August and November, so hopefully they will look favourably on our application

Archive Team Report:
 
The archive and research team are continuing with their sterling work preserving and cataloguing the historic artefacts left on site. Lists of water quality documents, tables, customer complaints and numerous other documents have been carefully and skilfully sorted, catalogued and stored. Their efforts are now bearing fruit as the extraordinary story of clean water unfolds, waiting to be told.
 
“The heritage of the modern water industry is almost entirely absent despite its unarguable relevance to human development.”
 
J. Douet.

3D Walkthrough:

Dudley Technical College has been extremely kind in producing a 3D Walkthrough for the trust. This is an amazing piece of work that not only showcases the site, it also provides an opportunity to those who are unable to visit the site or climb the stairs.

Please click here to explore it.

History West Midlands – Podcast:

History West Midlands have produced a stunning podcast titled – Making Cholera History in the Black Country.
 
Presented by writer and broadcaster Graham Fisher and Directed by Andy Partington, featuring David Moore, the podcast gives a detailed history of both Sandfields pumping Station and the story of clean water.

Please click here to find out more about the podcast.

Donations:

We have no paid staff, therefore 100% of all money donated is spent on restoring this remarkable building or training the teams so that they can give everyone a better visitor experience.

With almost 3,000  volunteer working hours, (equates to more than two full time equivalents) and over £14,000 spent in cleaning equipment, materials and scaffold over the last two years, the teams have been remarkable busy.  Looking at the engine and the building now, as opposed to how it looked in 2016, the volunteers have made some remarkable progress.

We will also always invest in our people and we are planning further training days soon. All these costs soon mount up, so if you can donate, then please visit our donation page here.

Any amount is helpful, is well appreciated and will be carefully spent preserving our industrial past for our future generations, developing skills for our people and making our community a better place.

Please make cheques payable to; Lichfield Waterworks Trust, and send to our address:
 
22 Walsall Road
Lichfield
WS13 8AB
 
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.

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.
 
Finally:
 
Please note, there will not be any workdays or visits in September 2019

Thank you everyone for your continued support and helping to make a difference in our community. We hold work days every Friday between 10:00 and 12:00am, please feel free to pop in a see us, we make everyone welcome and have free tea and coffee!

Do pop over to Dave Moore’s blog and check out the history of Sandfields Pumping Station, an almost forgotten gem – the group also has a Facebook page.

Dave is, of course, one of the leading lights of Lichfield Discovered, along with Kate ‘Cardigan’ Gomez from Lichfield Lore.

It’s great to see people like Dave encourage a better attitude to our historic buildings -please do attend if you’re able, it’s sure to be enlightening and educational.

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Lichfield Heritage Water Guided Walk

September 14th and 15th 2019

The Lichfield Waterworks Trust will offer a joint experience with the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, that starts each day at 10:30 on Saturday and Sunday, September 14th and 15th, from Speakers Corner on Dam Street, with a walk along part of the line of the tunnel under Lichfield, that brought water to the pumping station at Sandfields, built to pump clean water to the Black Country during the Industrial Revolution, saving thousands from Cholera.

After a bit more than an hour’s walk, walkers will be able to stop and view the pumping station and then be guided back to Speakers Corners.

Walkers may also take an optional guided walk along the trails and towpaths of the nearby Fosseway Heath section of the Lichfield canal up to the restored Lock 18 (about 3/4 mile), and back, to be met by a Heritage free bus ride to take them to the restored Gallows Wharf on the canal near London Road, to see part of the Heritage Towpath Wall dating from 1797 on the adjacent Gallows Reach, recently exposed by the Canal Trust.

The bus will then take visitors back to the City Centre.

There is no charge but a donation would be much appreciated.

More details:
Lichfield Canals Restoration Trust    https://www.lhcrt.org.uk/

Lichfield Waterworks Trust           https://lichfieldwaterworkstrust.com/

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From Speakers Corner in Lichfield City Centre

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Follow the line of the Hanch Tunnel to Sandfields Pumping Station

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Take a look inside Sandfields pumping station

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The Lichfield canal passing Sandfields Pumping Station in 1924

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Walk up to Lock 18 at Fosseway Lane through the wetlands under construction at Fosseway Heath

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Travel by vintage bus to the restored Gallows Wharf, London Road.

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust August 2019 public meeting takes place Monday evening

Posted on August 11, 2019 by BrownhillsBob

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Sandfields Pumping Station – a great historic building with immense history and social significance – not just to Lichfield, but to the Black Country. Lichfield Discovered and local historian Dave Moore have saved this valuable asset for the community.

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 12th August 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group.

The meeting is at the Bowling Green pub, Lichfield from 7:30pm and is of course open to anyone interested.

Dave wrote:

Lichfield Waterworks Trust August Newsletter

The next public meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on:  Monday 12th August 2019 at 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.

Latest News

Building Lease Update:

Persimmon have not offered a revised lease to the trust that unfortunately has given us no alternative to reject on the following grounds:
 
The main issue for the Trust is the limitation of Persimmon’s responsibilities for repairs, outgoings and insurance to 5 years, despite the following undertakings.

 The 4th schedule of the S106 agreement dated 24 Dec 2004 between Persimmon, LDC and others states that Persimmon will submit maintenance arrangements for Sandfields Pumping Station to the planning authority and thereafter maintain it.

 The Development Strategy Document which formed part of the planning documents for the residential planning permission headed Future Use of the Pumping Station said, ‘Persimmon will set up an adequately funded management company with trustees to maintain the property in perpetuity.’

Design Drawing AAA4729 which was submitted and approved as part of Planning Application 06/00763/FUL and listed building consent 06/00762/LBC included the words ‘Original pumping station basically renovated for weather resistance, security and safety, prior to being donated to a charitable trust.’

Persimmon therefore acknowledged responsibility in a number of documents for this now Grade ll* listed building in perpetuity, not for 5 years.  If you want to pass some of this responsibility onto LWT the Trust will require decades of financial support or a capital payment in lieu.
 
Turning now to the other amendments, with regard to the Term, and the repairs needed prior to the lease commencing, LWT would additionally need the following identified in the ‘Urgent and Essential Repairs’ document provided to the Staffordshire Historic Buildings Preservation Trust in the 2013 Options Appraisal:
 
1. Improve security at rear
2.Test and repair lightning conductor
3. Treat stanchions to 1960s building
4. Provide tanking to areas below ground level
5. Reseal concrete panels in the 1960s building
6. Reglaze with toughened or laminated glass
7. Carry out health and safety and access audit
8. Reposition metal staircase to provide safe head height
9. Improve access arrangements to roof
 
With regard to the Termination, we understand that you would like to have a Landlord’s break, but that would make it impossible for the Trust to seek external funding, as a guaranteed 35 year plus tenure is required by most funding bodies including the Heritage Lottery Fund.   

With regard to Outgoings, we suggest using the definition in the draft lease you sent the Trust in October, plus the annual inspections identified by our Quantity Surveyors, Greenwoods Project Management, for electrics, fire, lift ,crane, and lightning conductor.
 
With regard to Outgoings, Insurance and Repair, we find the 5 year limitation period as discussed above unacceptable, although we agree that the future repairs could be those requested by LDC/HE.
 
With regard to Consents, we accept your proposed amendment. 
 
This is not the end of the world, just another round of negotiations with the Persimmon.

Important Note:

After the visit by Historic England on 16 Jan, the site has unfortunately been placed on the Heritage At Risk Register.

This is indeed sad news to see that this magnificent piece of industrial heritage is now officially at risk of permanent loss.
 
The trust is committed to continue working with the owner, Persimmon Homes Ltd to find a sustainable solution that will bring this building and its historic contents aback into a community use.

Tonight’s Talk:

This month’s talk is by our very own Katy Shore-Kapsis and is all about Bee Keeping.
 
How the Victorians made key discoveries and developments which have led to current bee keeping practices.   Also, a look at what is involved in a typical year for a beekeeper.
 
We will be selling some honey on the night – with the profits going to Sandfields.
 
Honey will be on sale – £4.50 a jar, with a £2.50 donation of that going to Sandfields

Health and Safety

We are really pleased to report that we have been working for yet another month where there have been no incidents relating to health and safety. A very big thank you again to everyone for working safely and looking after your fellow volunteers.

Engine Team Report

The new tower scaffold has proved its worth, enabling the difficult to access parts of the cylinder lagging to be cleaned and lacquered, and the remaining brass banding to be cleaned. Good progress has been made and this task is nearing completion.

Work to clean the chequer plates on the middle floor has proceeded well. Whilst the work to examine the regulator valve on the valve chest, carry out repairs to the corroded valve spindle and reassemble the valve has been proceeding, the team have been cleaning the chequer plates around the valve gear on the engine house ground floor. To protect the cleaned plates – in an area which is subject to a lot of foot fall – temporary matting has been secured in place with taping. In the long term the intention is to use some form of matting such as coir matting, which would have been used to cover walkways when the station was in use.

Read more here: Progress notes from the engineering team.

Building Team Report

The building team continue to make steady progress. The focus has been to improve the welfare facilities onsite.
 
The work on the one toilet to convert it to a washing area with a sink and drainer is now completed and the team are focusing improving the office and remaining toilets and shower.
 
Electrical Supply
 
Great news, we now have a power supply. This is a significant step forward and has improved the working environment for all of the members and visitors.

3D Walkthrough

Dudley Technical College has been extremely kind in producing a 3D Walkthrough for the trust. This is an amazing piece of work that not only showcases the site, it also provides an opportunity to those who are unable to visit the site or climb the stairs.

Please click here to explore it.

History West Midlands – Podcast

History West Midlands have produced a stunning podcast titled – Making Cholera History in the Black Country.
 
Presented by writer and broadcaster Graham Fisher and Directed by Andy Partington, featuring David Moore, the podcast gives a detailed history of both Sandfields pumping Station and the story of clean water.

Please click here to find out more about the podcast.

Archive and Historical Research Team Report

The archive and research team are continuing with their sterling work preserving and cataloguing the historic artefacts left on site. Lists of water quality documents, tables, customer complaints and numerous other documents have been carefully and skilfully sorted, catalogued and stored. Their efforts are now bearing fruit as the extraordinary story of clean water unfolds, waiting to be told.
 
“The heritage of the modern water industry is almost entirely absent despite its unarguable relevance to human development.”
 
J. Douet

Donations

With over 2,500 volunteer working hours, (equates to more than two full time equivalents) and over £14,000 spent in cleaning equipment, materials and scaffold over the last two years. This month has seen quite a drain on our bank balance with invoices for the viability study and scaffolding landing on the desk. Looking at the engine now, as opposed to how it looked in 2016, the volunteers have made some remarkable progress.

We will also always invest in our people and we are planning further training days soon. All these costs soon mount up, so if you can donate, then please visit our donation page here.

Any amount is helpful, is well appreciated and will be carefully spent preserving our industrial past for our future generations, developing skills for our people and making our community a better place.

Please make cheques payable to; Lichfield Waterworks Trust, and send to our address:
 
22 Walsall Road
Lichfield
WS13 8AB
 
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.

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.
 
Finally
 
Thank you everyone for your continued support and helping to make a difference in our community. We hold work days every Friday between 10:00 and 12:00pm, please feel free to pop in a see us, we make everyone welcome and have free tea and coffee!

Do pop over to Dave Moore’s blog and check out the history of Sandfields Pumping Station, an almost forgotten gem – the group also has a Facebook page.

Dave is, of course, one of the leading lights of Lichfield Discovered, along with Kate ‘Cardigan’ Gomez from Lichfield Lore.

It’s great to see people like Dave encourage a better attitude to our historic buildings -please do attend if you’re able, it’s sure to be enlightening and educational.

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust August Newsletter

The next public meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on:  Monday 12 August 2019 @7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the

The Bowling Green

Friary Road

Lichfield

Staffordshire

WS13 6QJ

Tel: 01543 257344

Everyone welcome, members and none members alike

Tonight’s Talk

This month’s talk is by our very own Katy Shore-Kapsis and is all about Bee Keeping.
 
How the Victorians made key discoveries and developments which have led to current bee keeping practices.   Also, a look at what is involved in a typical year for a beekeeper.
 
We will be selling some honey on the night – with the profits going to Sandfields.
 
Honey will be on sale – £4.50 a jar, with a £2.50 donation of that going to Sandfields

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Skills From the Past

A joy to behold. People doing what they do best, working together in cohabitation preserving a site that tells the remarkable story of clean water, and the health and wellbeing it bought to everyone.

Skills of the past, preserving industrial heritage for the future. #Sandfields

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Annual General Meeting

The Trustees of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust hereby give notice of an Annual General Meeting to be held 7.30 pm 15 July 2018, Meeting Room, Bowling Green Pub, Lichfield.

The following resolutions will be made:

After the formal proceedings there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the Trustees.

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The power of people who do things in the community

We are so pleased to receive these stunning HDR images from Russell Edmunds. Russell and his dad Mike are regular members at Sandfields and have made a significant contribution to the renovation work on the building.

We are incredibly grateful for the contribution of people like Mike and Russell, the quality of the work they have done will help keep the building safety, maintained and accessible to everyone in the community to share and enjoy.

The power of people who do things in the community….

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A Postcard From the Past – National Mills Weekend

Don’t forget that National Mills Weekend is starting today. Water and windmills are quite magical places and have been a part of our landscape for hundreds of years. Not only are they places of peaceful contemplation, they are the guardians of our past.

Holding memories deep within their foundations, telling stories of everyday people, the way they lived, worked and their lives. There are stories that enrich our lives….

….as we are creatures of memory. We cannot have a future idea unless we access a memory of the past….

 

#365daysofdogwalking #fridayfeeling #daysout

 

 

 

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust Monthly Talk

Following on from last months talk from Alan Taman, a researcher based at Birmingham City University, Cholera, Burgers and Blame: The politics and psychology of health inequality we would like to continue with the theme of health benefits from engineering.  

Our very own Alan Hill, who is a member of our extraordinary engineering team will be presenting a talk entitled:

Water as a Mechanical Agent – the many forms of water power.

Water is arguably the single most useful and valuable substance known to man. We drink it, bath in it and, since the earliest times, have used it to transport goods & people, and produce power – all of which are as important today as they have always been. This talk will look at ways in which water has been harnessed to produce power and some of the unusual uses to which it has been applied.

Alan is a retired manufacturing systems consultant, who has worked both in the UK and overseas. At the end of his career he worked for Warwick Manufacturing Group at Warwick University.

Born at Barrow-in-Furness a shipbuilding town in south Cumbria, from a young age he was brought up in a coal mining village near Barnsley, South Yorkshire but has lived in Birmingham for the last 45 years.

Alans talks are always interesting and innovating, this is certainly one not to miss, everyone is welcome to attend this talk

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust May Meeting

The next public meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on:  Monday 13 May 2019 @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, everyone welcome.


Sandfields Pumping Station, a cathedral to the industrial revolution.
 
“The heritage of the modern water industry is almost entirely absent despite its unarguable relevance to human development.”
 
J. Douet

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