Action Stations

Some people make things happen. While the rest of us are stood around wringing our hands, these people are getting their hands dirty and making things happen by writing letters and emails, building, renovating, fundraising, promoting, volunteering and generally not taking ‘no’ for an answer! Last night I received news that there had been some good progress in the campaign not only to preserve Sandfields Pumping Station, but also to transform it into a working community heritage building. Lichfield District Council have agreed to holding an open day at the building (possibly to coincide with the Lichfield Heritage weekend in September), and in the short term, the developer has agreed to carry out work to rectify some of the damage caused by metal thieves. Whilst things are moving forward, this is really just the beginning, and the campaign needs your support to make it happen.  If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact David Moore, who is co-ordinating the campaign and is in the process of setting up a Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group. You can get in touch with David, or find out more information on the history and significance of Sandfields by visiting the blog or liking the Facebook page. David also has an excellent article in this month’s Lichfield Gazette about Lichfield’s role in the fight against the cholera epidemic which ravaged the Black Country in 19th century. Whilst it’s not quite time to break out the champagne yet, perhaps I should propose a toast with good old tap water – to those who worked to provide people with clean and safe drinking water and to David Moore and everyone else working to ensure that this important part of our history is not forgotten.

7 thoughts on “Action Stations

  1. Thank again for all of the help and support; publicity certainly is the way forward, very little bit will move this project one step closer to achieving our goal.

    The beautiful building and unique Cornish beam engine at Sandfields has stood there since 1874 and has become a familiar landmark on the landscape.

    Unfortunately, familiarity with everyday indeed erodes the curiosity of the passersby. It is clear in this instance, that there is a perception that this monument now is may be unable to influence the senses of the observer, and this may be due to its sheer longevity or familiarity eroding the curiosity of the passerby, and it is this perception that we need to change through publicity.


  2. Wonderful news that a iconic building has been saved ,Buildings can have
    second lives and remain as links to the past at the same time fill a need
    today,You cannot put a building back into an area once it has been replaced
    with a glass and concrete shed that has no soul ,As much as I like the Art
    gallery in Walsall I hate the shoebox design of the building ,A small amount
    of red brick and a odd angle other 90′ would have made all the difference.


  3. Anyone who has visited a working pumping station like Millmeece can not
    help been impressed by the workmanship of these wonderful engineering
    examples of times past,It is so easy to turn on a water tap or flush a toilet
    without thinking how does it all happen,I hope with all my heart that this
    can become viable and become another jewel in Lichfield’s crown.


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