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”

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FILM: Seeds of Death – Unveiling the lies of GMOs – Friday 5th July

seeds-of-death-unveiling-the-lies-of-gmosFilm: Seeds of Death – Unveiling the lies of GMOs

When: Friday 5th July, 7.30 for 8pm

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)

http://prn.fm/2013/05/24/gary-null-and-richard-gale-seeds-of-death-understanding-the-deception-behind-gmos/#axzz2U3OTG9Mv

Donations on the door to help cover costs. Do come, and bring friends. Due to venue restrictions, 18’s and over only.

River Stour Event: Sunday 26th May

Rosanne by the River Stour Rubbish
Rosanne by the River Stour Rubbish

The next River Stour clean-up event will be:

Date: Sunday 26th May

Time: 10.15 for 10.30

Meet:  at the Bagley Street car park (opposite the footpath sign).

Please contact Rosanne using the form below, if you have any questions Continue reading “River Stour Event: Sunday 26th May”

FILM: Cultural Creatives – Friday 3rd May @ Glasshouse Arts Centre

Cultural Creatives – The (R)Evolution
Cultural Creatives – The (R)Evolution

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.

Come along and be prepared to be inspired!

For more information see http://culturalcreatives.cc/

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!)

Good Morning Mr Monsanto – a poem by Peter Howe

Good Morning Mr Monsanto
Peter Howe
http://peterhowe.wordpress.com

“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”

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 – Saturday 14th July

The next River Stour Event will be:

  • Get to know the next bit of the river
  • Litter pick and outfall spotting

Date: Saturday 14th July. 10.15 for 10.30
Meeting: Richardson Drive (near Sunrise Medical), Amblecote, Stourbridge

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”

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”

Plastic and cardboard recycling trial a success

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.

Source: http://www.stourbridgenews.co.uk/news/9572269.Plastic_and_cardboard_recycling_scheme_gets_green_light_for_expansion/