Apple Juicing Day at Ashfield Gardens – Sunday 23rd Sept

pick applesApple Juicing Day at Ashfield Market Garden, Stourbridge

Date: Sunday 23rd Sept, from 10am

Where: Ashfield Camphill Market Garden, Sugar Loaf Lane, Iverley, near Stourbridge, DY10 3PB.

It’s that time of year again when the fruit is falling from the trees. We are holding our first Apple Juicing Day on Sunday 23rd September.

Bring apples / bottles if you have, apron / chopping board if you want to. There will be plenty of apples there, so come also if you don’t have any apples to bring.

  • Bring and Share lunch!
  • Bring aprons and chopping boards!
  • All welcome!
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River Stour Clean-up – Sunday 14th May

River Stour clean-up event

Date: Sunday14th May
Time: 10.15 for 10.30
Place: Still to be decided

Other dates: June 11th, July 16th, August 20th

Please email Rosanne for further information rosanneadams@yahoo.co.uk

Update

We have managed to get the river bank cleared of tipping at Bagley Street by contacting the owners of the adjoining business. There was quick co-operation which was wonderful.

A bird watcher has alerted us to another blockage in the river where a fallen tree is stopping a lot of rubbish at Bells Mill before the fishery. We are looking into who has riperian ownership of the river there.
This may be a good way forward for the future – tracking river rubbish and contacting and pressing riperian owners to meet their responsibilities.

All the best to everyone. Hoping for good weather and a low river level for our next event. As usual, many thanks for the support. Rosanne

Nature Returns to the River Stour

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

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 and the Future of Food – Saturday 27th February

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

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

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!

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

 

 

 

 

River Stour Clean-up – Sunday 29th November

river-stour-lion-healthOur next River Stour Clean-up event

Date: Sunday 29th November
Time: 10.15 for 10.30 start
Place: Lion Health, Bradley Road, Stourbridge via Murray’s

Update

Firstly, many thanks to those who came to the last event. Nine trolleys were extracted along with all the other usual plastic muckage and some tyres. We were around 11 people. Murray’s are happy to let us in through their gate for easier access and for the next event there are some real horrors to remove. There are many tyres, a massive red bin and all the other things that appear once one gets started on removal – with the help of the brilliant winch.

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.

This-Changes-Everything_Final-692x1024Next Film

The next film is called ‘This Changes Everything‘ It takes a look at 7 communities around the world with the proposition that we can seize the crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.’ 7pm refreshments. 7.30 film. Friends Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR Entry by donation.

 

Video: volunteers cleaning up the river Stour

Our new video about volunteers clearing rubbish out of the River Stour.

Anyone wanting to get involved we’re always looking for new people, there’s something for everyone to do.

Film produced, music written and played by Ian Winstanley
www.ianwinstanley.net

Next Event

River Stour Clean-up – Sunday 18th October – Next River Stour clean-up event Place: Lion Health, Bradley Road, Stourbridge Date: Sunday 18th October Time: 10.15 for 10.30 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.

River Stour Booklet

We’ve recently reprinted the River Stour booklet  (written by Gerald Darby). This gives the history and course of the Stour with photos. The cost £3.95 of which £1.50 will go to Mary Stevens Hospice. Available from the Fair Trade gift shop Fair & Square, Market Street, Stourbridge.

About the River

This River Stour page gives details of the course, history, ecology and maps of the river