Speaker Meeting 18th February 2019

Peter Nicholls - Papplewick Pumping Station

The Rotary Club of Church Wilne welcomed Peter Nicholls to its recent speaker evening. He gave a fascinating talk on the history of Papplewick Pumping Station, which supplied Nottingham with clean water from 1885 to 1969. Following extensive renovations in 2003-2005, it is now Britain's finest working Victorian water pumping station.

President Elect Andy with speaker Peter Nicholls

The engine room is home to the original twin beam James Watt and Co engines and is a testament to the outstanding combination of Victorian engineering and artistic design.

Visitors are impressed by the splendour of the stained glass windows, elaborately decorated columns, polished mahogany and brass work. There are many attractions to see on a visit, the pumping station, underground reservoir, working blacksmith, miniature railway, woodland play area, picnic areas and tea room. Making this a great family day out. Best to arrive early for the reservoir tours.

The ornate interior with two of the massive wheels.

Four of the six boilers for driving the engines.

Since 1975, volunteers have been the backbone of activities at the pumping station. Should you wish to be involved in the preservation and maintenance of the Papplewick Pumping Station for future generations, the Papplewick Association is keen to welcome new members.

To find out more, please visit the website www.papplewickpumpingstation.org.uk or call on 0115 963 2938.

Church Wilne Rotary Club is attracting new members through various initiatives, associate membership, satellite clubs and Friends of Rotary, where people can assist with running some of our events. Volunteering helps to get a taste of what it would be like to join the club

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact our Secretary, Mick White at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Rtn Dr John A Cook
For Church Wilne Rotary

4th February 2019


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