Lichfield Waterworks Trust November News Letter

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

Monday 12 November 2018 @7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the

The Bowling Green

Friary Road



WS13 6QJ

Tel: 01543 257344

The Bowling Green serves some great food and real ales.


Sandfields Railings

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

Meeting Notes

 September meeting notes are available here


 Friday 26 October 2018 was the 160 anniversary of the first water to be pumped from Sandfields Pumping Station. A truly remarkable achievement in Victorian water engineering that changed the course of the industrial revolution. The Victorians achieved many things that shaped the world we all live in today, but do we really understand Victorian culture?

It is said that the way a civilisation treats its dead it the key to understanding the culture, so how did the Victorians treat their dead?

Our very own David Moore, Charman of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will be talking tonight about the symbolism found in Victorian Cemetery’s.

Symbols are a language that can help us understand our past. As the saying goes, “a picture paints a thousand words”: but which words? Understanding our past determines actively, our ability to understand the present. Tonight, we take a journey back in time to look at the symbolism found in Victorian cemetery’s and try to understand what messages the living left, to tell the story of their dead loved ones.



As always, this talk will invite you to think about the past differently.

Health and Safety

We are really pleased to report that we have been working for 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.

Engineering Team Report

 The engineering team are continuing to make steady but continual progress. Read more on the link below.

Progress notes from the engineering team are available here.


 With over 2,500 volunteer working hours, (equates to more than two full time equivalents) and over £6,000 spent in cleaning equipment, materials and scaffold. 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


Do we have your correct details? We do our best to get things right, but occasionally something slips of the tray. Please let us know if we have your correct contact details, or you would like any additions or amendments.

If you would like to unsubscribe form this mailing list, then just replay to this email with unsubscribe in the subject line.

 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.


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

Data Protection

We hold only your Name, email address, phone number and contact address.
We only use these details to send you a monthly newsletter, invitations to meeting and the occasional progress update.
 There is only one copy of your data held on a secure computer that no one else has access to.
We never share your data with anyone else, and it is not available to third parties.
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

About Morturn

Historian – Photographer – Filmmaker Retired construction professional with a passion for public, social and industrial history. I believe in equality, dignity and integrity for all. Don’t like people who try to belittle the ambitions of others. I am of the opinion that my now 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.
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