FILM: The Truth Behind the Dash For Gas – Saturday 11th October

fracking-natural-gasFILM: The Truth Behind the Dash For Gas 2014

A documentary about fracking in the UK

Date: Saturday 11th October, 7pm for 7.30pm start

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

Cost: Donations

Can UK communities protect their land from becoming gasfields?

This film examines the potential impacts of fracking and coal bed methane extraction in Somerset and beyond.
It includes the social, health and environmental consequences associated with unconventional gas drilling

All Welcome + Refreshments


TALK: Wild Edibles and the Ancestral Diet – Saturday 4th October

evolution_of_manTALK: Wild Edibles and the Ancestral Diet: What can they Teach Us?

Owen Raybould, a nutrition researcher and forager will deliver a one hour talk which covers some of the latest theories on nutrition, tips and inspiration on foraging, and some thoughts on human health in the modern world.

Date: Saturday 4th October, 7pm for 7.30pm start

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

“For many thousands of years humans have used the huge variety of plants and animals of our environment as food, raw materials, medicines and as a source of inspiration for life. How does the modern diet compare to that of our ancestors, and do we need to re-evaluate how we eat nowadays? What can we learn from the evidence of how humans ate during our evolution? Does foraging have a place in modern society? What are the consequences of modern foods on our health and on the environment? ”

Owen Raybould, Ancestral Health and Nutrition

Heart of England Foraging and Wild Edibles

River Stour Event – Sunday 28th September

River Stour, The Stour BridgeNext River Stour Event

We will be clearing the rubbish from the river under the bridge and nearby and once again have The Little Stour Warrior helping to transport it.

Date: Sunday 28th September, 10:15 for a 10.30 start
Place:  The Stour Bridge near the Bonded Warehouse, Stourbridge
Parking: Bonded Warehouse or Fox Removals


Very many thanks to all those who came last Sunday to clear the silt from the slipway by the bridge. It was a massive task but amazingly it got done with some formidable teamwork! Helen V. cleared the last bit of grass and weeds from the lower parapet and that’s now ready for some plants and seeds.

It’s beginning to look a bit more dignified! If you are coming and have plants or seeds.. please bring them. There are some more ambitious thoughts rumbling around about future improvements! Hopefully with the activity going on in the bridge area it will draw attention to the river. We had some friendly comments from passers by.

Litter pickers:
These are very hard to manage and transport. Would anybody have a large sports type bag
or two smaller ones they don’t need? The length needs to be at least 36″. It would be a great
help.. and they don’t need to be beautiful.. just strongish! Thanks.

So many thanks again to all of you who are making it possible to get something done about the River. Hopefully little by little, the ‘lost River Stour’ might become a bit less lost!

All the best, Rosanne

FILM: The UK Gold – Tuesday 7th October

Tax Dodgers FilmYou are invited to this screening of The UK Gold, hosted by Stourbridge Churches Together.

Date: Tuesday 7th October, 7.30pm

Venue: St Thomas’s Church Hall, Market Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1AQ

Cost: FREE

There will be an exhibition and the film will be followed by an open panel discussion.

Christian Aid has partnered with Oxfam and Action Aid to sponsor the film, The UK Gold: a story ‘seismic enough to shift perceptions of finance and flag forever.’


The UK Gold follows Hackney vicar Father William Taylor as he stands up and speaks out against tax dodging.

Narrated by Dominic West and featuring a stunning soundtrack by Thom Yorke and Robert Del Naja, it reveals how the UK’s tax havens are complicit in maintaining the financial secrecy that fuels tax dodging, robbing poor countries of an estimated US$160 billion a year.

Father Taylor told Christian Aid: ‘I can see the City of London from my parish in Hackney and I’ve often wondered what goes on over there.

‘This film is about joining the dots and showing the connection between those with power and wealth and those without.

‘There are countries in Africa struggling because the City is helping companies that operate there to channel funds through havens and avoid paying the taxes they owe.’


Bread Making Day – Saturday 27th Sept

Sourdough LoafLearn to make real bread. Join us for the whole day or just part of it.

Or just pop by for a soup and fresh bread lunch.

Date: Saturday 27th Sept, 10.30 – 3pm

Venue: The Christian Community, 22 Baylie St, Stourbridge, DY81AZ (map)

Cost: Donations, approx £5 for whole day, or what you can afford

Create a Bee World – Saturday 27th Sept

King George VI Park, KingswinfordCreate a Bee World at King George VI Park, Kingswinford

Date: Saturday 27th September at 11:00–15:00

Where: King George VI Park, Kingswinford (map)

Calling all volunteers to help us clear some ground and sow some seeds to create a Bee World ready to bloom in the Spring! Bring a spade, shovel or fork, and a picnic too, for a lovely afternoon socialising and doing your bit for the bees. We’d love to see you there!

We have a prominent position in King George VI Park, Kingswinford, kindly donated by Dudley MBC. There is plenty of parking at the Park Lane entrance by the bowling green. Walk towards the lake and you’ll find us!

Facebook Event:

Friends of the Earth Dudley & District (Facebook)

Foraging Walk – Saturday 13th Sept

Foraging-WalkAfternoon guided foraging walk round Lickey Hills

Date: Saturday 13th Sept
Time: 2pm – 4pm

Meet: The Visitor Centre, Lickey Hills Country Park, Warren Lane, Birmingham, B45 8ER (map) at 2pm

Donation: £3 (suggested)

“I’ll be able to identify sweet chestnuts, bilberries, raspberries and hazelnuts among others there. Information about trees and management of the land, interesting fire lighting material and uses of tree sap”  Owen Raybould

More Info

Coming up…

Date: Saturday 4th October – 7pm

TALK: Wild edibles and ancestral human nutrition: What can it teach us? by Owen Raybould

Where: Quaker Friends Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR