Lichfield Waterworks Trust – January 2016 public meeting this Thursday


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 Thursday evening (Thursday 28th January 2016) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group.

The meeting comes hot on the heels of the announcement that the group had been successful in securing the building for the future as revealed here last month.

It takes place at the Duke of York pub, Greenhill, Lichfield from 7:30-9pm.

Dave wrote:

Dear Brownhills Bob,

The next meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust (Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station) will take place on Thursday 28 January 2016 at 7:30pm

The venue is:

Duke of York
23/25 Greenhill
WS13 6DY

T: 01543 300 386

This is a public meeting and is to be used as a brainstorming session to focus on our vision for LWT and what we want to achieve, so everyone is welcome.

The meeting will be hosted by Philip Mantom of Fillip Training:

Philip has a wealth of experience in designing and delivering training that leads to change in organisations and individuals. Philip also has a vast knowledge of funding option and heritage lottery bids; we are pleased to have him on-board.

The evening will be open to your ideas and suggestions so that we can make Sandfields Pumping Station a sustainable entity and enable it to deliver the objectives of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust.

LWT’s Charitable objectives are to

• promote and preserve for the benefit of the public the nineteenth century Sandfields Pumping Station complex and associated infrastructure and to facilitate its safety, conservation, security and accessibility.

• promote and preserve for the benefit of the public the unique 1873 Cornish Beam Engine and other fixtures and fittings situated at Sandfields Pumping Station.

• promote access to the complex for the purposes of education, community development, and protection of the historic environment.

The evening is open to anyone who would like to be part of this exciting project, and is an opportunity for you to shape the way forward.

November 2015 [the last meeting] notes can be found here.

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, rather than that which we seem to have here in Walsall, where we regard heritage architecture as merely ‘fuel’.

Please do attend if you’re able, it’s sure to be enlightening and educational.

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