Where: The Duke William Pub, Coventry Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1EP
This documentary exposes the public health dangers of genetically modified foods and features leading scientists, physicians, professors, attorneys and activists. Revealing the deep corruption surrounding GMOs and the nefarious deception being perpetrated against the world. (December 2012, 90 minutes)
We are showing a film at the Glasshouse Arts Centre soon. Donations on the door to help cover costs. Do come, and bring friends!
When: Friday 3rd May at 7.30pm
Where: The Glasshouse Arts Centre, Wollaston Road, Amblecote, Stourbridge, DY8 4HF
What: Cultural Creatives – The (R)Evolution
The so-called “Cultural Creatives” comprise over one-third of the adult populations of the United States, Europe, Japan, and other major cosmopolitan cities worldwide.
Rather than forming a global organization or a political movement, these people are identifiable only by their mindset — one that demonstrates a major shift in consciousness that leads to a deep interest in finding solutions to the pressing issues of this new millennium and anticipating the future as filled with possibility and abundant opportunity.
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!)
“Roundup Ready soybeans did not exist except by science. It was man-created. We took something that would not have occurred without our efforts and intervention and we created something of much higher value. In this country, that qualifies for a patent.” Scott Baucum on the Monsanto website. Continue reading “Good Morning Mr Monsanto – a poem by Peter Howe”→
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”→
We have been made very aware of choosing the right season for the different events. The vegetation is at its highest now and some of the outfalls are obscured. There is visible litter and now we have some excellent bin bags from ‘The Big Tidy Up’. Continue reading “River Stour Event – Saturday 14th July”→
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.
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:
Stourbridge and Dudley households are closer to having kerbside collections to recycle plastic bottles and cardboard.
Dudley Council has branded a Plastic and Cardboard Recycling trial in Wordsley, Pedmore and Kingswinford a “success” and have decided to apply for Government funding to roll out the kerbside collections.
Over 200 streets were included in the recycling pilot scheme across including Hagley Road, Pedmore Lane, Kingswood Road and Westminster Road.
Residents were given a blue bag for paper and cardboard, a green one for plastic bottles along with food and drink cans and black boxes are used for glass bottles and jars.