Date: Sunday 1st February Time: 10.15 for 10.30 start Place: Bradley Road by the new Lion Health Centre Parking: Good parking facilities there.
The Lion Health development has done work on the river beside the building (already rubbish in it!) but downstream there is a huge amount of rubbish which we have not been able to tackle. River permitting we are going to have a go this time.
We plan on using The Little Stour Warrior to help us. If we are unlucky with the weather and unable to get into the river we will park in the Bonded Warehouse area (check where you park, some areas are fiercely private) and try to deal with the really dreadful litter in the area between Bradley Road and the river, also around the Bonded Warehouse.
River/Eco friendly cleaning products
One of our volunteers has started a new business creating organic household cleaning materials, Called Organic EverClean. Much of what we use is not at all friendly to the environment or the river (where it often ends up!) Sonja is having a launch event with samples of her products at Graham’s Place in Wollaston, from 7 – 9 pm. January 21st. All are invited. She also offers house cleaning. I am going to send her letter separately as it explains her plans. I believe January is ‘Mother Earth’ day so she has chosen a good moment!
River Stour Sign
All rather quiet on the Council front. We have to believe that they are busy creating a fine sign to be situated on the bridge informing that the River Stour is below what doesn’t appear to be a bridge!
We are still looking for a safe dry convenient place to store our equipment and our boat (if possible). Quite a tall order but if you can help with this let me know please.
Hope you may be able to make the next event. I will confirm nearer the time.
Place: Richardson Drive ( Off Wollaston Road), Stourbridge
Directions: Take Harrop way off Richardson Drive. Parking needs to be sensitive as it’s a residential area.
There is some nasty rubbish in the river around the small bridge there and a great deal of Himalayan Balsam which needs to be pulled out (for those who don’t want to get into the river).If you have some favourite gloves please bring them or we can provide.
Himalayan Balsam is an invasive species which is taking over and ousting our native plants (though it’s true the bees do like it.) This is a good time to remove it.
We hope to get back under the bridge at some point before too long to finish the job with the help of ‘The Warrior’!
I understand that the Council may have given the green light for a sign on the Stour Bridge saying River Stour.
A lovely Sunny morning, with lots of enthusiastic river clean up volunteers ready for action.
Geraldine Bray named the new boat the ‘Little Stour Warrior’ and she was launched down the slipway into the river – helping to haul out rubbish from under the Stour Bridge. The pile of rubbish included 12 shopping trolleys!
Those who had brought seeds set to work cleaning out a gulley in a girder and planting seeds to cheer up a forlorn spot.
Date: Sunday 18th May, 10.15 for 10.30 Where: TheStour bridge – Park at Bonded warehouse
It is definitely a far more adventurous and challenging site than we have ever done before. The work is under the two bridges so light is a bit limited. Do you have a head torch?
Rod is asking a friend to provide an extra strong winch
Helen hopes to bring some buoyancy jackets
Rosanne plans some better waders will look into head torches
At least 8 confident and fairly robust people to go into the river and also two people to work the winch to pull the rubbish out. Then there are people needed to cart the rubbish a very short way for the Council to pick up.
The ‘Little Stour Warrior’
The boat will have her new name painted on her and a new Save our Stour banner.
Rosanne will bring some pure Malvern Water to launch and name her with.
Geraldine would you do the honours here if you are coming?
Anyone who would like to support the launch would be most welcome!
If you intend to go into the river please bring
A strong stick. (this really is needed)
A head torch (if you have one)
And please let me Rosanne know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you will be able to come and where you think you might help, thanks.
River Stour Photo Competition
Send us your photos of the River Stour and surrounding Flora and Fauna for our 2015 calendar. Here are some photos from last year.
Please include the location and any nearby identifying landmarks. Please state if applicant is under 16.
All images must be of a high resolution for reproduction in the calendar
(a minimum of 300dpi / 1200 pixels wide)
Photographs may be taken anywhere within the Dudley Borough.
Judging will take place in September.
Send Photos to: (please Include your contact details)
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.
Venues still to be decided.
Sunday 18th May
Sunday 29th June
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
She described how one report caught several misconnections from new houses which were polluting the river.
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
A 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”