FILM: Occupy Love – Saturday 17th May

Our next film screening…

Occupy Love explores the growing realization that the dominant system of power is failing to provide us with health, happiness or meaning

Date: Saturday 17th May, 7.30pm
Where: Friends Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR (map)
Entry: By Donation

Occuopy-Love-World-HeartSynopsis

Join director Velcrow Ripper on a journey deep inside the revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet, as he asks the question, “How could the crisis we are facing become a love story?”

The old paradigm that concentrates wealth, founded on the greed of the few, is causing economic and ecological collapse.

The resulting crisis has become the catalyst for a profound awakening: millions of people are deciding that enough is enough – the time has come to create a new world, a world that works for all life.

See more at:
http://occupylove.org/about/

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cTBlGcZCeA

Next Film Date

Our next film will be No Impact Man, and is showing on Saturday 12th July at 7.30pm, Friends Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge.

Recycle Swap Shop and Film evening – Saturday 8th March

reduce-reuse-recycleRecycle Swap Shop & screening of film ‘Chasing Ice

Date: Saturday 8th March, from 6.30pm
Where:  Friends Quaker Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR

Swap Shop

Bring along your unwanted items, find something useful, reduce waste!  No money involved!
e.g. Clothes, Books, Household items, DVDs, Toys, etc
Also, any donations for the local Foodbank e.g. Can opener, Wash bag, Bowls, Mugs, Set of cutlery, as well as food

Film – Chasing Ice

Starting at 7.30pm

Chasing-IceAcclaimed photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey in the Arctic, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet.

His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.
http://www.chasingice.com/

  • All Welcome
  • Tea and cake
  • Entry by Donation

River Stour Event – Sunday 23rd February

The Stour at Cradley (photo. Nigel Brown 2002)
The Stour at Cradley (photo. Nigel Brown 2002)

Next River Stour clean-up event

Date: Sunday 23rd February

Time: 10.15 for 10.30

Where: Bridge Street, Cradley Heath (map)

The river follows Butcher’s Lane and Overend Road. If we park up at Bridge Street, there is an enormous quantity of litter where the river path meets the road at the far end. This is a very good moment to do it before the vegetation starts to grow. It would be great to clean it up!

Working in the river will be impossible for a while, but we can clean up the banks and area around it.

 Film Night

The film Message in the Waves will be shown at the United Reformed Church just off the Queensway/Hagley Road roundabout, Halesowen.

Date: Thursday 27th February: 7.15 for 7.30

There is parking round the back just to the left of the building.

 Looking Forward…

I’m looking forward to the day we can get into our new boat and let it do some of the work for us. Also I hope we’ll be able to explore some of the more difficult more unreachable areas. It’s good to dream!

If the weather is truly awful I will be in touch nearer the time to confirm cancellation of the event. Otherwise we’ll be there to go ahead. Hope to see you!

Photos

Update 26th February
The River Stour between Bridge Street and Butcher’s Lane, Cradley Heath, West Midlands.
Photos of volunteers and the river on the day.

FILM: Message in the Waves – Thursday 27th February

message-in-the-wavesFILM: Message in the Waves

When: Thursday 27th February
Time: 7.15 for 7.30pm
Where: United Reformed Church, Hagley Road, Halesowen, B63 4PX

A film from the BBC Natural History Unit looking at some of the environmental challenges facing the people and wildlife of the Hawaiian Islands. A captivating film showing the effects of plastic on ocean wildlife when it is indiscriminately thrown into our waterways. Donations on the door

Film Trailer

River Stour Event – Sunday 26th January

River-Stour-downstream-of-Furnace-Hill
River Stour downstream of Furnace Hill © John M

The next River Stour clean-up event

Date: Sunday 26th January
Time: 10.15 for a 10.30 start
Where: The bottom of Furnace Hill, Halesowen (where Haden Hill and Dudley Road, north of Halesowen)

  • Please bring strong bags for litter and cans if you can, and wear thick gloves and good footwear. We can provide some gloves. Furnace Hill is good as there is masses of litter which follows the river. For those who like a challenge the river can be reached down a steep slope and there is a shallow area which can be worked.
  • Please contact rosanneadams@yahoo.co.uk if you are planning to come

UPDATE

  • There will be a river Stour exhibition in Halesowen library during the month of February
  • FILM: Message in the Waves
    Date: Thursday 27th February at 7.30pm
    Where: United Reform Church, Halesowen
    This film shows the devastating effect that plastic has on the oceans, particularly on wildlife. It is a very beautiful and moving film and it would be great if you could come and bring friends.

    • Place: United Reform Church on the Queensway roundabout in the town centre. There is parking at the back though the entrance into the site is not very clear. It is just as you leave the roundabout onto the Hagley Road.
    • We are printing off posters for this event. It would be really helpful if Halesowen and Cradley people could put them up in appropriate places. Could you please contact me if you can help with this? Thanks.
  • The calendar sold well. We have very few left after printing 150. Thanks to all who made sure they were circulated to help with getting a higher profile for the river. We hope to do this again next year, so again help will be needed publicising this so people can start photographing! Very many thanks to those people who worked hard at this last year.
  • Our three groups plan to start serious water testing this year.

Look forward to seeing you on the 26th

All the best, Rosanne

FILM: Dive! – Saturday 25th January

Dive-the-MovieFilm: Dive the Film and (The Story of Solutions)
Date: Saturday 25th January at 7.30pm
Where: Quaker Friends Meeting House , 37 Scotts Road , Stourbridge, DY8 1UR (http://www.quaker.org.uk/stourbridge)

Synopsis
The film follows director Jeremy Seifert and his friends as they dumpster dive behind several grocery stores in the Los Angeles area to demonstrate the massive amount of food that is wasted each year in America.

After showing that much of the food found in dumpsters is perfectly edible, Seifert confronts the managers of the stores to question why they don’t donate more of it to local food banks.
http://www.divethefilm.com/

Please bring any donations for the Black Country Food Bank
http://www.blackcountryfoodbank.org.uk/supporters/donate-goods-or-gifts-in-kind/
(suitable donations)

FILM: Gasland – Saturday 16th November

A documentary about Fracking – a controversial natural gas drilling method

When: Saturday 16th November, 7.30pm

Where: Quaker Friends Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR
(http://www.quaker.org.uk/stourbridge)

  • All Welcome
  • Refreshments available
  • Entry by Donation on the door

Gasland is a 2010 American documentary written and directed by Josh Fox. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011, the film focuses on communities in the United States impacted by natural gas drilling and, specifically, a method of horizontal drilling into shale formations known as slickwater fracking.

More: http://one.gaslandthemovie.com/about-the-film

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.

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/

FILM: Growing Change – Friday 22nd March

GrowingChangeFilm: ‘Growing Change’ – A journey into Venezuela’s food revolution.

When: Friday 22nd March 7.30 for 8pm

Where: The Duke William, Coventry Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1EP

Growing Change is a documentary that looks at one of the most exciting experiments in the world to grow a fair and sustainable food system. In Venezuela, from fishing villages to cacao plantations to urban gardens, a growing social movement is showing what’s possible when communities, not corporations, start to take control of food.

Further film info: http://www.simoncunich.com.au/

GrowingChange-1

Start Growing! Sow some herb or salad seeds to take home. Also: Vegetable seed swap – bring along any spare seeds you may have. Plus have a go at our competition: Match the vegetable to the cake!

Donations on the door to help cover costs. Do come, and bring friends!

Due to venue restrictions, 18’s and over only. Looking forward to seeing you there!

GrowingChangeCity