River Stour Event – Sunday 28th September

River Stour, The Stour BridgeNext River Stour Event

We will be clearing the rubbish from the river under the bridge and nearby and once again have The Little Stour Warrior helping to transport it.

Date: Sunday 28th September, 10:15 for a 10.30 start
Place:  The Stour Bridge near the Bonded Warehouse, Stourbridge
Parking: Bonded Warehouse or Fox Removals

UPDATE

Very many thanks to all those who came last Sunday to clear the silt from the slipway by the bridge. It was a massive task but amazingly it got done with some formidable teamwork! Helen V. cleared the last bit of grass and weeds from the lower parapet and that’s now ready for some plants and seeds.

It’s beginning to look a bit more dignified! If you are coming and have plants or seeds.. please bring them. There are some more ambitious thoughts rumbling around about future improvements! Hopefully with the activity going on in the bridge area it will draw attention to the river. We had some friendly comments from passers by.

Litter pickers:
These are very hard to manage and transport. Would anybody have a large sports type bag
or two smaller ones they don’t need? The length needs to be at least 36″. It would be a great
help.. and they don’t need to be beautiful.. just strongish! Thanks.

So many thanks again to all of you who are making it possible to get something done about the River. Hopefully little by little, the ‘lost River Stour’ might become a bit less lost!

All the best, Rosanne

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 29th September

River Stour volunteers
River Stour volunteers

The next river clean-up event

Place: Corngreaves Hall

Date: Sunday September 29th 2013

Time: 10.15 for 10.30

Many people wrote in to say that there were tyres in the river Stour between Corngreaves Hall and Hayseech Road. Compared to other sites we have cleaned the problems are much less dramatic, so in some ways it could be called a ‘mini’ event.

We will still need people to help get the tyres out (I will bring the waders) litter pickers, and people in wellies to fish litter out of the river debris.

Our last event received good publicity (with excellent photo) in the Halesowen News and notification of this new one, so hopefully this will have reached the local community. Continue reading “River Stour Event – Sunday 29th September”

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”