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!

FILM: We the uncivilized – Saturday 21st April

The film documents the search of a young couple to find a different way of living-to find community, meaning, and a way of living in harmony with the earth and raises questions about our so called ‘civilized’ ways of living and hence the title.

Refreshments will be served and we hope to generate some discussion after the film.

Date: Saturday 21st April
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Friends Quaker Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR (map)

Entry by Donation | Refreshments | Discussion | All Welcome

Synopsis

Disillusioned by a story of consumption and alienation, a couple are called to action, and embark on a yearlong exploration around the UK, in search of the seeds of a different story, and with it, hope for the future.

We join Pete and Lily on an intimate and life-changing journey as they confront the stark reality of our times, and discover a hidden culture of connection and belonging.

Featuring conversations with grassroots activists alongside pioneering voices, including; Satish Kumar, Polly Higgins, Bruce Parry, Martin Shaw, and The Late Patrick Whitefield. A tale of both deep grief and inspired hope. www.wetheuncivilised.org

Trailer

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

Transforming the Food System – A public talk and short film

start_a_groupTransforming the Food System – A public talk and short film

You are warmly invited to an evening on ‘Transforming the Food System’.

When: Saturday 10th December, 7pm for 7.30pm

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

Short film featuring the ‘Incredible Edible’ grow your own food network http://incredibleediblenetwork.org.uk/

A talk from forager and nutrition researcher Owen Raybould: ‘Can healthy eating save the planet?’ about: Ecological farming, Soil science, Climate change, Human health, food network and local projects.

  • Refreshments available
  • Entry by donation
  • All welcome!

Looking forward to seeing you there…

 

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

 

FILM: Planetary – Saturday 19th March

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

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

 

Send David Cameron Giant Christmas Card for the Paris Climate Summit

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.