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 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.

River Stour Event – Sunday 23rd February

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

Next River Stour clean-up event

Date:     Sunday 23rd February 2014
Place:   Probably the bottom of Furnace Hill, Halesowen
(where Haden Hill and Dudley Road, north of Halesowen)
To be confirmed (please contact rosanneadams@yahoo.co.uk)

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

Local Bicycle Information

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BICYCLE RE-CYCLERS

Bicycle re-cycling at the Glasshouse College – Training for students with learning difficulties in bicycle building and maintenance. Donations of bikes and parts welcomed. Contact Andy at the Glasshouse College or at andrew.bill@ghc.rmet.org.uk Continue reading “Local Bicycle Information”

Plastic Recycling in Stourbridge & Dudley – Update 3rd May 2011


Plastic Bottle Recycling is now available at these sites:

  • Sainsbury’s, Sandringham Way
  • Stafford Street Car Park, Dudley
  • Birmingham Street Car Park, Halesowen
  • Morrisons Stallings Lane, Kingswinford
  • Co-op, Halesowen Road, Quinton
  • Co-op, High Holborn, Sedgley
  • Church Street Car Park, Stourbridge
  • Wordsley Green Car Park, Wordsley
  • Stourbridge Household Waste Recycling Centre (Stourbridge Tip)

Also See:

Dudley Council Recycling

Dudley Council Plastic and Cardboard Recycling Trial