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Underground reservoir tours

The reservoir bus is currently undergoing an engine change which means it will not be available to drive visitors up to the underground reservoir for the Easter steam weekend (April 16th & 17th). We will however be walking groups up to the reservoir for those that still wish to go on a tour. Tours will start from 11.30am and then every 45 minutes until 4pm. Please be aware that the walk is approximately ¾ of a mile up a track and unfortunately will not be suitable for everyone due to the incline and nature of the surface. We hope to have the bus repaired as soon as possible for our future steam events this year. Thank you for your patience.

Press Release: 31-3-2015
New Chairman for Papplewick Pumping Station.

As a founder Trustee of Papplewick Pumping station 42 years ago and for the last 15 years Chairman, Geoffrey Bond OBE DL FSA has decided to retire in favour of a new Chairman and will take on an honorary role as President. During his time as Chairman Geoffrey has been responsible for developing strong relations between the Trust and the Papplewick Association, the members of which he regards as ‘gold dust’ in their huge support for the Trust. He also led the successful £2m Heritage Lottery funding bid culminating in major restoration works between 2003 and 2005 and also organised for the Trust to have its first paid Director, advancing the Trust into a new commercial era for the museum. Geoffrey also set up the Water Education Trust (WET) to carry many of the Trustees’ education programmes which together with the Universities of Nottingham and King’s College, University of London, is giving a national and potential international profile to the Trust.

The new Chairman, John Britten, has made his mark already in becoming one of the few Trustees to have learned how to operate the Pumping Station’s beam engines. He has had a successful career in the law as a former Partner in Actons Solicitors Nottingham and has a long held interest in engineering and vintage cars. John also has an interest in the history and working of Victorian steam engines and in the case of Papplewick, how it transformed Nottingham’s fresh water supply and health.

Geoffrey said ‘I would never have believed that when I was invited to assist with the formation of the Trust in 1972 by the late Sir Michael Nall that I would still be at the helm in 2015. Now it is time to hand over to a new Chairman and I am certain that in John Britten we have found someone well equal to the task of taking the Trust into the future, further developing WET and the building of our proposed new education and exhibition facility that will make the Trust financially sustainable. I thank all the Trustees and volunteers over the years that have supported me and I look forward to supporting the new Chairman in my role as President.

John Britten said ‘It is a great pleasure to be asked to take over from Geoffrey Bond. He will be a difficult man to follow but I am sure that with the help of my fellow Trustees we can sustain and develop the preservation of this fantastic Pumping Station for future generations’.

Bat and Tree Surveys at Papplewick

As part of a proposal to construct a new Education, Exhibition and Community Centre at Papplewick Pumping Station, the Trust has undertaken bat and tree surveys to study the area where the proposed building may one day be built. The Trust is pleased to announce that no bats are present and that the trees that will need to be removed will not have any impact upon the visual appearance of the area or the local habitat and environment. These surveys were funded by Museum Development East Midlands. Click here to download the Bat Survey, click here to download the Tree Survey.

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