River Stour Clean-up Event – Sunday 27th April

River-Stour-Bridge-Street-Butchers-Lane-Cradley-Heath-08Our next River Stour clean-up event

Date: Sunday 27th April – 10.15 for 10.30am

Place:
Forge Lane, Dudley Road, Halesowen (map)

Directions: Place: Halesowen. Just off the roundabout at the bottom of Mucklow Hill, take the Dudley/Russell’s Hall exit. Almost immediately on the left is a row of cottages (B63 3LS). The river is down a small passage to the left of them. Park at Chemix on the right.

Please Bring: Wellies (for getting into the river) or stout boots and gloves advisable and rubbish bags useful. We can provide some equipment.

Future Dates

Venues still to be decided.

  • Sunday 18th May
  • Sunday 29th June

Environment Agency

I had a talk with Julia Morris of the Environment Agency this week and she emphasised how important it is for people to report pollution, smelly or discoloured outfalls, etc to the emergency number of the Environment Agency
0800 807060.

She described how one report caught several misconnections from new houses which were polluting the river.

Boat

Little Stour Warrior
Little Stour Warrior

Rod has finished working on the boat and she is now stored behind Wayne’s garage. She will be named Little Stour Warrior. We are now planning her official launch and naming and when this will take place. Hopefully we will be able to make a good event out of this.

Photo competition and next year’s calendar

Laurie has very kindly designed and had printed A4 and A3 posters for the competition if you are able to distribute any of these to others who would reliably get them put up in churches, community spaces, shops, schools, colleges and any other useful space please let Rosanne know.

I will bring some to the next event, but would appreciate addresses to send them to if you won’t be coming and could help with this. I can also send it by email if you could print it yourself. Many thanks that would really be a very great help.

Stourbridge Lions Plant Sale

Kingswinford-Stourbridge-Lions-Club-Plant-SaleA request from Rob Owen of Stourbridge Lions (who donated our sturdy wheelbarrows). Please check out www.lions-plant-sales.info Lions are running a deliver to your door plant sale on Saturday 17th May
(last orders 10th May).

Money raised goes to free prostrate screening. This is a simple blood test at Thursday 1st May 2014 at Stourbridge Institute & Social Club starting at 7pm

“The lives of many men have been saved by this simple test”

 

 

River Stour clean-up event – Sunday 14th July

Date: Sunday 14th July

Time: 10.15 for 10.30 start

Place: Formula One in Lye (down hill on the right from Lye Cross)

River Update

We are getting close to midsummer and I’m hoping that people are helping to publicise the photo competition with posters and flyers 🙂 Continue reading “River Stour clean-up event – Sunday 14th July”

River Stour News and Events – March 2013

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Rosanne Adams from Transition Stourbridge is calling for people to change the way they treat the river Stour

A brief update and dates for future events.

Stourbridge News

The Stourbridge News has done a front page feature on the River Stour.
“Campaigner claims people cannot bank on river Stour plan for water clean up”

Margot James (MP for Stourbridge)

Margot James invited Rosanne to meet her to talk about future plans for the river. Karen Shakespeare of Halesowen Council was there. Margot did say she would kayak down the River Stour (as did David Harcourt of Waitrose) if we could organise a river ‘event’ to publicise its existence and condition. Anyone else for that? Contact Rosanne

Last Clean-up Event

Below the Bonded Warehouse. As there was no growth in the Himalayan Balsam we did a litter pick while Paul, Wayne and Bob got into the river and did a clean up there. This very bad area belongs to Revelan property developers. I have written and sent photos to ask them to help us with a clean up.

Himley Hall Meeting

The meeting about the River Stour (and tributaries) at Himley Hall was brilliantly organised and left us  feeling very optimistic. There seemed to be a real will to move things forward.

Next Clean-up Event

DATE: Sunday 28th April Let’s hope for good weather and a good turn out.

TIME: 10.15 for 10.30

PLACE: To be decided

Water Testing Date

DATE: Saturday 20th April

For those who wish to be part of this partnership with the Environment Agency We will do a quick refresher on identifying invertebrates and choose sites for water testing ..then learn to do it. Details nearer the time but probably starting around 10.30 and finishing around 3pm. Possible venue: Canoe Hut (if not too cold!)

River Stour Event – Sat 29th Sept

Our next event will take place on Saturday 29th September. We will meet on the grass in front of Formula 1 in Lye, though any cars might need to be parked elsewhere (perhaps in the carparks on the bypass?) As usual 10.15 for 10.30. Continue reading “River Stour Event – Sat 29th Sept”

River Stour Event – Sunday 26th August

Rubbish in River Stour beyond bonded warehouse

Date: Sunday 26th August
Where: Bradley Road by Bonded Warehouse (other side of the river)
Time:  10.15am
Contact: rosanneadams@yahoo.co.uk

We will return to the fallen log area where we feel we can safely practise with the grappling hooks. The log has been removed.  Access is good and there is enough to do there to practise on. Continue reading “River Stour Event – Sunday 26th August”

River Stour Clear Water Project update – June 2012

Last Clean-up Day

Wayne Haywood with Julia Morris from the Environment Agency
Wayne Haywood with Julia Morris from the Environment Agency

We returned to the blockage caused by a fallen tree in the wooded area near the Bonded Warehouse and a lot of energy and enthusiasm went into clearing out the debris and plastic caught in it. We also litter picked and pulled out quite a lot of Himalayan balsam.There is a lot of rubbish lying in the river silt. It would be nice to be able to extract some of this in the future.

Future Dates

We are going to alternate between Saturdays and Sundays for events so the next one will be:

Sunday 17th June (Coalbourne Brook)
Meeting at the carpark on Collis Street at 10.30. As vegetation is high all around the brook, we suggest protective clothing and wellies. The brook has some litter in it but also a lot of blockage from wood. Small saws might be useful and if you have any equipment like hoes and rakes that you could bring it would be useful too.

Saturday 14th July (to be confirmed)
To be confirmed but it will probably be a ‘get to know river walk’/litter pick and look at the outflows shown to us by the Environment Agency where pollution can occur. This is one of their requests that we learn to spot and report pollution. There will probably be Himalayan balsam to pull as well.

Environment Agency Meeting

We are hoping to meet Julia Morris from the Environment Agency shortly to see where the water testing points are and have selected the areas where the pollution shows up as worst. (zinc, ammonia, low oxygen, phosphate, cadmium, classed variously as moderate poor and bad).

Do let us know if you have thoughts or suggestions for the future?

If you are interested in getting involved with the River Stour project, we’d love to hear from you…Please contact Rosanne using the form below:

Continue reading “River Stour Clear Water Project update – June 2012”

Save the River Stour – Front Page in Stourbridge News

Save Our Stour

Stourbridge News Article:

“Neglected and littered with junk, its time to Save Our Stour”

“CAMPAIGNERS are sending out an SOS to rescue a neglected waterway which is at the heart of Stourbridge history.

The Transition Stourbridge group says it is time to Save Our Stour and is urging people to get involved with their project to transform the shabby litter-strewn river into a wildlife and tourist haven.

The eco-friendly group’s River Project aims to highlight how people can play their part in cutting levels of litter and pollution in the Stour.

Continue reading “Save the River Stour – Front Page in Stourbridge News”