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.

 

FILM: This Changes Everything – Saturday 14th November

hands-save-beautiful-transparent-earthOur next film screening is This Changes Everything, inspired by Naomi Klein’s international best selling book.

Date: Saturday 14th November
Time: 7pm – Refreshments, 7.30pm – Film
Venue: Friends Quaker Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR (map)

Synopsis

A look at seven 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

Entry by Donation | Refreshments | Discussion | All Welcome

Trailer

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This-Changes-Everything_Final-692x1024Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

The film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

March for Climate, Justice and Jobs

United Nations Conference on Climate Change, Paris, COP21
LONDON: 29th NOVEMBER 2015:

In the UK a wide coalition of campaign groups and organisations, people from all walks of life, will come together in London for the biggest UK climate protest ever. The People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs Join us!

https://www.facebook.com/events/516078015212179/
http://www.timetoact2015.org/

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Apple Juicing Days – October & November 2015

margys-apple-treeApple Juicing Days for October & November

Bring any spare apples if you have, windfalls are good too, come anyway if you don’t, there will be plenty of apples there. Bring bottles to take juice home. Bring apron if you want to keep your clothes clean! Bring and share lunch if you’re there over lunchtime. Weather permitting!

Dates for this Autumn:

Sat 17th Oct – from 10.30am, at 57 Corser St, Stourbridge, rear garden – come up alleyway to left of house. Margy’s house.

Wed 28th Oct – from 10am, at 5 Mill Lane, Blakedown, DY10 3ND. Diane’s house – picking her apples and juicing them. Bring any spare apples too.

Sat 31st Oct – from 10.30am, at Hay Farm, Six Ashes, WV15 6EX, picking and juicing.

Sat 7th Nov – from 10.30am, at Ashfield Gardens, Sugarloaf Lane, Iverley. Our second Apple pressing day there, as there are so many apples!

Sun 15th Nov – from 10.30am, Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge, in the Tea Gardens.

All welcome! Come and enjoy some fabulous community productivity! Any questions, please call Margy on 01384 351414 or 07817 555204.

Making the most of local fruit and vegetables

margys-bottlesDo you have an abundance of fruit or vegetables in your garden? We can help pick, process and distribute spare crops. Transition Stourbridge set up Harvest Share in 2010 to save good local food from going to waste. We make jam, chutney, cordial and juice, and share the produce with local people. Please get in touch if you’d like help with harvesting or processing a crop, or if you want to help pick, use, process or distribute.

Energy Saving Event – Saturday 10th October

Energy EfficiencyCome along to our free energy awareness morning

Date: Saturday 10th October
Time: 10am till 1pm
Where: Elton Age UK Centre, (behind the church, next to bus station and town train station), St John’s Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1ES

  • Worried about your gas and electricity bills?
  • Have you got draughts and cold spots in your home?
  • Would you like to save some money, help the planet and make your home cosier?
  • Refreshments available

We will be offering practical advice, showing you how to do simple energy saving measures at home, and offering materials at cost for you to take home

There will be also chance to find out about the  ‘Dudley Winter Warmth Support’ scheme; bring your gas and electric bills along to find out if you qualify!

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.

Apple Juicing Day at Ashfield Gardens – Saturday 3rd October

pick applesApple Juicing Day at Ashfield Market Garden, Stourbridge

Date: Saturday 3rd October,  from 10.30am

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

Come and help pick apples from the orchard, and turn the fruit into delicious fresh juice – bring bottles to take some home in!  If you have spare apples, feel free to bring them along too, to be juiced.

  • ‘Bring and Share’ lunch!
  • Bring aprons and chopping boards!
  • All welcome!

Pick your Own at Ashfield Gardens

Also ‘Pick your own apples, eating and cooking, for a small donation to Ashfield Garden, lots of different varieties. Weekdays, or Sat mornings 9 – 11am.’

FILM: “I AM” – Saturday 3rd October

i-am-movieOur next film screening:  “I AM Documentary

Date: Saturday 3rd October
Time: 7pm – Refreshments, 7.30pm – Film
Where: Friends Quaker Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR (map)

Synopsis

Tom Shadyac conducts interviews with scientists, religious leaders, environmentalists and philosophers including Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, Lynne McTaggart, Elisabet Sahtouris, David Suzuki, Howard Zinn, and Thom Hartmann.

The film asks two central questions: What’s Wrong With the World? and What Can We Do About it?. It is about “human connectedness, happiness, and the human spirit” and explores themes including Darwinism, Western mores, loneliness, the economy, and the drive to war.

From the director of Bruce Almighty and Ace Ventura: Pet detective, comes a powerful and incredibly beautiful film.

Film director Tom Shadyac thought he had it all until something happened to make him realise he might have it all….wrong.

All Welcome  |  Refreshments  | Entry by Donation

Trailer

 

http://www.iamthedoc.com/

 

Blackcurrant picking, Kinver – Thursday 13th August

blackcurrantsOur final blackcurrant picking at Vale Head Farm (Compton Road, Kinver, DY7 5NJ) is planned for this Thursday 13th August, arrive from 5pm this time.

Everyone is welcome to take home half of what we pick as a Thank You and the other half the farm keeps for juicing.

  • Bring containers!
  • Feel free to bring a picnic if it is your supper time!

Any queries feel free to call Margy on 01384 351414 or 07817 555204.

Happy picking!

Blackcurrant picking, Kinver – Thursday 6th August

blackcurrantsWe’ve planned another blackcurrant picking session this Thursday 6th August, from 6pm.

Picking has been very successful but there are still loads of lovely organic blackcurrants at Vale Head Farm (Compton Road, Kinver, DY7 5NJ) needing to be picked!

Everyone is welcome to take home half of what we pick as a Thank You and the other half the farm keeps for juicing.

  • Bring containers!
  • Feel free to bring a picnic if it is your supper time!

Any queries feel free to call me on 01384 351414 or 07817 555204.

Happy picking!

Margy Henderson

Blackcurrant picking, Kinver – Thursday 30th July

blackcurrantsWe’ve planned the next blackcurrant picking session this Thursday 30th July, from 6pm.

Picking has been very successful but there are still loads of lovely organic blackcurrants at Vale Head Farm (Compton Road, Kinver, DY7 5NJ) needing to be picked!

Everyone is welcome to take home half of what we pick as a Thank You and the other half the farm keeps for juicing.

  • Bring containers!
  • Feel free to bring a picnic if it is your supper time!

Any queries feel free to call me on 01384 351414 or 07817 555204.

Happy picking!

Margy Henderson