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Send David Cameron Giant Christmas Card for the Paris Climate Summit

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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.

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Guerilla Gardening around Stourbridge

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Some guerilla gardening has been going on this year around Stourbridge…here are a few photos 🙂

The River Stour Bridge

Lion Health

Around Town

At the Station

River Stour Clean-up – Sunday 29th November

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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

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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/

FILM: This Changes Everything – Saturday 14th November

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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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Video: volunteers cleaning up the river Stour

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. Read more…