River Stour News and Events – March 2013

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Rosanne Adams from Transition Stourbridge is calling for people to change the way they treat the river Stour

A brief update and dates for future events.

Stourbridge News

The Stourbridge News has done a front page feature on the River Stour.
“Campaigner claims people cannot bank on river Stour plan for water clean up”

Margot James (MP for Stourbridge)

Margot James invited Rosanne to meet her to talk about future plans for the river. Karen Shakespeare of Halesowen Council was there. Margot did say she would kayak down the River Stour (as did David Harcourt of Waitrose) if we could organise a river ‘event’ to publicise its existence and condition. Anyone else for that? Contact Rosanne

Last Clean-up Event

Below the Bonded Warehouse. As there was no growth in the Himalayan Balsam we did a litter pick while Paul, Wayne and Bob got into the river and did a clean up there. This very bad area belongs to Revelan property developers. I have written and sent photos to ask them to help us with a clean up.

Himley Hall Meeting

The meeting about the River Stour (and tributaries) at Himley Hall was brilliantly organised and left us  feeling very optimistic. There seemed to be a real will to move things forward.

Next Clean-up Event

DATE: Sunday 28th April Let’s hope for good weather and a good turn out.

TIME: 10.15 for 10.30

PLACE: To be decided

Water Testing Date

DATE: Saturday 20th April

For those who wish to be part of this partnership with the Environment Agency We will do a quick refresher on identifying invertebrates and choose sites for water testing ..then learn to do it. Details nearer the time but probably starting around 10.30 and finishing around 3pm. Possible venue: Canoe Hut (if not too cold!)

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FILM: Growing Change – Friday 22nd March

GrowingChangeFilm: ‘Growing Change’ – A journey into Venezuela’s food revolution.

When: Friday 22nd March 7.30 for 8pm

Where: The Duke William, Coventry Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1EP

Growing Change is a documentary that looks at one of the most exciting experiments in the world to grow a fair and sustainable food system. In Venezuela, from fishing villages to cacao plantations to urban gardens, a growing social movement is showing what’s possible when communities, not corporations, start to take control of food.

Further film info: http://www.simoncunich.com.au/

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Start Growing! Sow some herb or salad seeds to take home. Also: Vegetable seed swap – bring along any spare seeds you may have. Plus have a go at our competition: Match the vegetable to the cake!

Donations on the door to help cover costs. Do come, and bring friends!

Due to venue restrictions, 18’s and over only. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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