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

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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

 

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

River Stour Clean-up – Sunday 18th October

River Stour, Lion Health CentreNext River Stour clean-up event

Place: Lion Health, Bradley Road, Stourbridge
Date: Sunday 18th October
Time: 10.15 for 10.30
Parking: Excellent

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.

River Stour clean-up – Sunday 19th July

The-Stour-BridgeNext River Stour clean-up event

Place: River Stour Bridge
Date: Sunday 19th July
Time: 10.15 for 10.30
Parking: pretty good in Mill Race Lane

As last time this will involve work in the river and hauling it up the slipway for the Council to take away. I will bring some gardening tools if you would prefer something more gentle as the parapet garden always needs attention! There’s usually something for everyone!

Future dates: September 6th and October 18th. Always a Sunday and will be confirmed nearer the time.

Update

  • Richard and Rosanne went to a workshop in Birmingham to see if there was any hope of getting Heritage Lottery money for upgrading the bridge. We found out that in that form the request would not be fruitful! However there might be some mileage at looking at a different way forward. We will investigate!
  • Richard, Maris and Rosanne put up a river display for Stourbridge in Bloom. The judges always seem very interested in the river work.
  • The window in the town centre does seem to generate interest and Nigel Blunt has offered to take photos to help keep it refreshed with new angles on the work of volunteers.

Hope to see you on Sunday.. it always helps to have some idea who might be able to come!

All the best Rosanne

Photos from last time

Bridge over the River Stour

 

 

 

River Clean-up Event – Sunday 28th June

River Stour, The Stour BridgeNext river clean up event

Date: Sunday 28th June
Time: 10.15 for 10.30
Place: River Stour Bridge
Parking: Wherever you can along Millrace Lane or Bonded Warehouse area. Watch out for
No Parking signs there.
Contact: Please contact rosanneadams@yahoo.co.uk if you intend to come. Thanks

All being well we will go back to finish up under the Stour Bridge and under Fox’s. As always it depends on whether we get a deluge and the river levels change. If there is doubt I will email again. This needs people who are prepared to go into the river to load up the boat and others to barrow the rubbish up to the top of the slipway.

Anybody who would rather something a bit less demanding can contact Richard Brooks on rjbglobal@btinternet.com. Richard is waging war against himalayan balsam which is an invasive species which doesn’t allow space for our native species. He would very much like help on Sunday if you would prefer to do that. He has already made a huge impression almost banishing it by the river at Richardson Drive.

Update

  • The flowers on the bridge parapets look really marvellous and have done brilliantly. Bees are visiting them and quite a few people have stopped to admire them! By the way Waitrose has a green counters box for wild flowers all round the ring road if anyone’s interested!
  • Rosanne has been to three primary schools to show the Message in the Waves film and talk to the children about the river Stour. It seemed to go quite well and it would be good to do a bit more. Many thanks to Jean and Helen for making that possible. The teachers and children were really great.
  • Transition Stourbridge has reprinted Gerald Darby’s booklet on the river Stour .. its history etc with quite a few photos. They sell at £3.95 of which £1.50 goes to Mary Stevens Hospice. Available at Fair & Square, Market St, Stourbridge. I will bring some on Sunday so bring some money if you’d like one.

So, hoping for a fine week and a low water level and that we may be able to finish the job under the two bridges.

All the best, Rosanne