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Welcome to Transition Stourbridge

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Transition-Network-logo-77pxTransition Stourbridge is a community-led response to climate change, inequality and shrinking supplies of cheap energy. This process, called ‘Transition’ aims to create stronger, happier communities.

We are based in and around Stourbridge, West Midlands, UK and are part of the Transition Movement.

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Nature Returns to the River Stour

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River Stour behind Lion Health Centre

River Stour behind Lion Health Centre & Murrays Chemist

Thanks to our dedicated and committed volunteers we’ve almost completely cleared the River Stour behind the Lion Health Centre. The wonderful news is that as we’ve cleared away discarded shopping trollies and tyres, the wildlife has returned.

On Sunday 5th June we saw fish swimming in the now fast flowing river, and as we were leaving we spotted a Kingfisher. It’s incredible to see nature returning to this stunning wildlife corridor we have right in the heart of Stourbridge.

Giant hogweed, River Stour behind Lion Health Centre

Giant hogweed, River Stour behind Lion Health Centre

If you visit be very careful as also at the moment there is Giant Hogweed growing, which contains toxic sap which can cause severe burns. And if you see any litter, please pick it up and help us keep our town Green and Tidy for us all and the wildlife. Many thanks.

 

Photo’s from Sunday 5th June

More Info

Giant Hogweed
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=458

River Stour Clean-up – Sunday 5th June

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River Stour Clean-up Event, Richardson Drive, Amblecote, StourbridgeOur next event is Sunday June 5th at Murray’s, Bradley Road, Stourbridge.

Please check email before coming on Sunday in case of changes due to weather, etc. For any newcomers : Please email rosanneadams@yahoo.co.uk to be added to the mailing list, thanks

Date: Sunday 5th June
Time: 10.15 for 10.30 start
Place: Murray’s by Lion Health, Bradley Road.

Contact

Please contact Rosanne (rosanneadams@yahoo.co.uk) to be added to our River Stour Clean-Up email list to be kept up-to-date with any changes due to the weather conditions closer to the time.

Photo’s from previous events

 

Foraging Walk – Saturday 9th April

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foragingJoin us for a Spring Foraging Walk led by Owen Raybould. These walks have always been very interesting and informative, as well as highly enjoyable!

Date: Saturday 9th April
Time: 2pm
Meet: Blackstone Riverside Park free car park, meet there at 2pm, start the walk at 2:15pm. Tel number Owen: 07525261683
Cost: Donations

Please Note, very important: The location is the Blackstone Riverside Car park located on the B4194, situated just outside the town centre, (see map link below), and not the Blackstone picnic site car park which is located on the A456 Stourport Road on the other side of the river.

Map link:
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Bewdley,+Worcestershire/52.3658366,-2.3109947/@52.3706853,-2.3225424,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m5!1m1!1s0x48706180b4fee04b:0x89a1061589a23d3d!2m2!1d-2.316973!2d52.375539!1m0

Directions: Coming from the Kidderminster area, enter Bewdley and cross over the bridge in the town centre. Turn left at the church down the narrow street, follow the road over a small hill and then under the bypass, the car park is then clearley signposted immediately on your left after the bypass.

Owen’s Meetup website: http://www.meetup.com/Heart-of-England-Nutrition-Network/

Looking forward to seeing you there!

FILM: Planetary – Saturday 19th March

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Our next film evening we’ll be showing ‘Planetary

Date: Saturday 19th March
Time: 7pm – Refreshments, 7.30pm – Film
Venue: Friends Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR (map)

We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective and have forgotten the undeniable truth that everything is connected. A provocative and breathtaking wakeup call, a cross continental journey, exploring our cosmic origins and our future as a species. Planetary is a poetic and humbling reminder that it is time to shift our perspective. It asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us.

planetary

  • Donations on the door to help cover costs
  • Refreshments available
  • Do come, and bring friends! All welcome

Foraging and the Future of Food – Saturday 27th February

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foragingAn Evening with Owen Raybould – Nutrition researcher and Forager – on ‘Foraging and the Future of Food’.

Date: Saturday 27th February
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Friends Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR (map)

Exploring different ways of bringing nature and wild ecology back into our food production. Including a short documentary and time for Q & A.

Owen’s talk will cover Permaculture, Re-forestation, Organics, Wildflower seeding, Herd and forest grazing, the importance of fungi in soil, and direct human involvement, such as Community Supported Agriculture.

  • Refreshments available
  • Entry by donation
  • All Welcome!

Swap Shop – Saturday 13th February

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swap-shopAll welcome to our  SWAP SHOP – the antidote to eternal economic growth – share, re-use, reduce demand on the Earth’s resources, and reduce waste!

Clothes, Books, Household items, Shoes, dvds, games etc. Bring along unwanted items, find something useful, re-use! Clear out your wardrobe and your store room!

When: Saturday 13th February, 3pm – 5pm

Where: Friends Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR (map)

Find out more about your local environmental group Transition Stourbridge and see if you’d like to get involved with great local projects!

  • Refreshments available
  • All Welcome
  • FREE

Black Country Food Bank

The Friends Quaker Meeting House also has a box for donations to the Black Country Food Bank. See what items you could donate

 

 

River and canal litter event this Sunday 24th January

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bonded-warehouseThis Sunday join us with Tidy Stourbridge and do a litter pick by the canal & river.

Date:  Sunday 24th January
Where: Meeting at the Bonded Warehouse:
Time: new time 10am.

Proposed dates for river clean-up events

  • February 28th Sunday
  • March 13th Sunday
  • April 10th Sunday
  • May 1st Sunday

There will be confirmation nearer the time also as to the location.

Update

In the pipeline:

  • With the help of Dave Wesson from Dudley Council it appears that we shall have a place to store our equipment in Lye. He is making it secure and hopefully we’ll be able to move all the equipment – and the boat into their new home soon.
  • After a meeting with senior planners from Dudley Council it looks as if things may be moving forward with the upgrading of the Stour Bridge. I’m optimistic!
  • I would like to continue visits to local primary schools taking a short film and talk about the river. It seems that the only way is to have contacts. Does anyone have a useful contact in a local school? It seems to fit into the curriculum and was well received in the four schools I visited.

All the best to everyone. Let’s hope we can get going again with improved weather conditions!

Rosanne

 

The Stour Bag in the shops now!

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Stour-Bag

Designed by Stephanie Green

Our new reusable Shopping Bag now available in the following shops, costing £4. All proceeds will go towards the River Stour clean-ups and future projects. Designed by local artist/designer Stephanie Green

With the new 5p charge for plastic bags introduced in October, our new shopping bag is high quality and durable with a beautiful design celebrating our River Stour and the bridge…after our town’s name… an iconic bag which people be proud to carry their shopping in.

We wanted the River Stour to be the focus of the bag design, as we as a group have been working tirelessly to remove tyres and shopping trollies from the river in our monthly clean-ups.

Stour Bag Group

 

 

 

 

Send David Cameron Giant Christmas Card for the Paris Climate Summit

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David-Cameron-Xmas-CardJoin us for a super sized xmas card signing event, to pressure the Government to take action at the Paris Climate Conference

Date: Saturday 28th November
Time: 11am till 2pm
Where: Outside the Rye Market, near Boots, Stourbridge

We will be inviting members of the public to sign a large Christmas card for David Cameron to remind him that we expect strong binding commitments on climate change from the British Government at the Paris summit.

Just turn up or sign up on Avaaz Event

Dress Christmassy!🙂

Organised by Climate Action Network West Midlands (an informal network of groups and individuals across the West Midlands).

Other similar signings will be taking place across the West Midlands by various groups.

Guerilla Gardening around Stourbridge

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Some guerilla gardening has been going on this year around Stourbridge…here are a few photos🙂

The River Stour Bridge

Lion Health

Around Town

At the Station

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