Lichfield Waterworks Trust October Newsletter

The next public meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on:  Monday 14 October 2019 @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.

September meeting notes are available here

Sandfields Pumping Station, Lichfield

Latest News

Persimmon have emailed the trust on 12 August 2019 stating:

“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”.

As the trust is a not for profit entity and is without a revenue stream, thrashing out details is not the way we would wish to work or conduct our business. Therefore, we have asked Persimmon to list the items in the heads of terms we can agree, and place those to one side as agreed. Then to list the items that they cannot agree, so that the trustees can have the opportunity to study, consider and agree if this would or would not leave the trust in a financially viable position.

The trustees have chased Persimmon twice on this issue to no avail.

Tonight’s Talk

Following on from last months talk from Ian Pell who gave a very interesting and insightful talk on the South Staffordshire Railway
Our very own David Moore will be presenting a talk on:

 Digital Photography including video filming, producing time lapse sequences and drone photography

David’s interest in photography began in the early 70’s supporting his passion for exploring industrial sites. Inspired by the industrial photographer George Watkins, he soon realised that to carefully record these sites he needed more than a Kodak Instamatic camera. What followed was a steep learning curve into the world of photography.

From the days of hijacking his mother’s bathroom for a darkroom, digital photography has not only made great quality photography accessible to many, it has continued to initiate new skills in computing and digital media processing.

If you will like to know more about photography, film-making time lapse sequences and digital processing then this will be an interesting evening to anyone with a remote interest in digital media.

Site Report

With the site now on the at-risk register for Historic England, Persimmon have taken possession of the site to complete the repairs identified, therefore there is very little to report in September.

Persimmon has indicated that we should be able to take back possession of the site on 7 October 2019, however this need to be confirmed.

We will keep you updated on progress.


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


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.

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.

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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