Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday (8th May 2017) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group.
Its worth noting The Trust have announced that they had been successful in securing the building for the future as revealed here last year, and recently gained access to the interior of the pumping station for the first time.
Note the new venue – the meeting takes place at the The Bowling Green pub, Friary Road, Lichfield from 7:30-9pm.
The next monthly open public progress meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on:
Monday 8 May at 7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the
The Bowling Green
Tel: 01543 257344
The Bowling Green serves some great food and real ales, so do come along, everyone is welcome.
A Key Milestone now Passed
Persimmon Homes Ltd. handed a set of keys to the trust on the 1st February to commence a six-month licence to enter the building to conduct a feasibility study.
This is a key milestone achievement as the Lichfield Waterworks Trust is now one step closer to achieving its plan to bring the redundant Grade II* building back into reuse as a community facility.
We now have regular working parties at the pumping station each Friday, who are doing some sterling work. The site is like a time capsule, so all of the artefacts are being carefully cleaned, photographed and catalogued.
The bid team are working hard to put together a grant application for a feasibility study.
The aim and objective of this study is to develop and produce a sustainable business plan to demonstrate that as a trust we are capable of managing this site in a business-like manner that clearly outlines how we will deliver an ongoing programme of funding, maintenance and renovation of the site. We will also outline how we will make it accessible, preserve the heritage and give benefit to the community in perpetuity.
These are indeed exciting times, and opportunities to make a difference. It is therefore it is important that we have a robust membership as a record of your support.
So 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.
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.
You can also do a direct bank transfer:
Account Name: Lichfield Waterworks Trust
Sort Code: 40-28-18
Account Number: 02050722
Please make cheques payable to: Lichfield Waterworks Trust, and send to our address:
22 Walsall Road
We do not 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.
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.
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.