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.

 

Organic and recycled clothing company in Stourbridge: Follow The River

green-fish-brown-m-600x600Follow The River is a small eco-friendly clothing company based in Stourbridge. They use Organic and recycled materials. More

http://www.followtheriver.co.uk/shop/

About Follow The River

All of our suppliers comply with the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) code of labour practices.

Our garments are manufactured in a climate neutral factory in India using renewable wind and solar technologies.

Screen printed by hand in the UK with water based inks that are free of PVCs, phthalates and CFCs. All inks are approved by the Soil Association.

http://www.followtheriver.co.uk/information/

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

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.

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.

The Circular Economy – Free Business Support locally

FREE Business Support for Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the West Midlands

NISP Network is a business opportunity programme, devised and managed by International Synergies Ltd, which aims to help businesses cut cost by making better use of their resources to move towards a Circular Economy.

How NISP Network can help

Instead of being destroyed, undervalued as a by-product or sent to landfill, waste streams and other under-utilised resources generated by industrial processes are redirected for use by other companies as raw material inputs, typically from different sectors, providing a mutual benefit. NISP Network’s role is to facilitate discussions between different organisations, identifying reuse opportunities for materials and resources from one company for use by another, either in the same condition or reprocessed for a different use. Continue reading “The Circular Economy – Free Business Support locally”

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