Ian Henery, Walsall’s own Poet Laureate

POETIC  ODE TO A WATERWORKS…AND THE STEAM-POWERED MACHINERY WITHIN…!

Lichfield Waterworks Trust

The waterworks at Sandfields has preserved the integrity of men and places, it has nurtured advance minds and has sheltered the very ordinary people of the Back Country who drove our industrial revolution.

Much of its distinctive life and tradition has been lost within living memory. The enemies of this fascinating place are those whose carless existence fail to preserve, share and celebrate the contribution to the health and wellbeing clean water gave to our citizens.

If ever the day comes when this beautiful building and its magnificent Cornish beam engine is ruined, then Britain will have destroyed without redemption part of her heritage.

Fortunately there are people who care; Ian Henery, is Walsall’s own Poet Laureate, and outside of his daytime job, a fine historian. Ian has kindly written a poem for about Sandfields, the inspiration for this came from The Blackcountryman vol. 46, Spring 2013 in an…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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