Video: volunteers cleaning up the river Stour

Our new video about volunteers clearing rubbish out of the River Stour.

Anyone wanting to get involved we’re always looking for new people, there’s something for everyone to do.

Film produced, music written and played by Ian Winstanley
www.ianwinstanley.net

Next Event

River Stour Clean-up – Sunday 18th October – Next River Stour clean-up event Place: Lion Health, Bradley Road, Stourbridge Date: Sunday 18th October Time: 10.15 for 10.30 Contact Rosanne (rosanneadams@yahoo.co.uk) to be added to our River Stour Clean-Up email list to be kept up-to-date with any changes due to the weather conditions closer to the time.

River Stour Booklet

We’ve recently reprinted the River Stour booklet  (written by Gerald Darby). This gives the history and course of the Stour with photos. The cost £3.95 of which £1.50 will go to Mary Stevens Hospice. Available from the Fair Trade gift shop Fair & Square, Market Street, Stourbridge.

About the River

This River Stour page gives details of the course, history, ecology and maps of the river

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River Clean-up Event – Sunday 31st May

IMG_5987New River Clean-up date

Date: Sunday 31st  May
Time: 10.15 for a 10.30 start
Where: Lion Health, Bradley Road, Stourbridge

If we are unlucky with the weather and the river is too deep to work we may go in for some Himalayan balsam bashing. I will not be able to contact you till the Friday or Saturday morning to confirm the final decision. Rosanne (rosanneadams@yahoo.co.uk)

Photos from previous event

Join our email list

Please contact Rosanne (rosanneadams@yahoo.co.uk) to be added to our River Stour Clean-Up email list to be kept up-to-date with future events. Thank you

You Tube film of river event

The You Tube film is now ready (I haven’t seen it yet) and it has been suggested that it is a link from a facebook page. My daughter Kat has offered to set this up for me and help with it but in the long term it would be great if one of our volunteers who enjoys computer work could dedicate some time to making this a really good page and to refresh it regularly. Would also need to be a good communicator! Please let me know if this might be for you!
Very many thanks to Ian Winstanley for giving time to do this for us and to Kat for offering to help with the facebook page.

The River Stour Booklet

A reprint of this is now at the printers and should be ready in about 10 days. This will sell at £3.95 of which £1.50 will go to Mary Stevens Hospice. 1000 copies gave us a good price with Direct to Print (who were excellent to work with and gave us a generous discount and recycled paper was the same price. If you have contacts with local historical societies, local shops etc who might be prepared to sell the booklets please let me know as we need to move them along quickly to recover expenses.

School visits

Rosanne has done a first school assembly showing clips from Message in the Waves and relating the plastic in the oceans (effect on mammals, animals and birds) to the River Stour. The children were lovely and several came up afterwards to share concerns about their own area. Thanks to Jean Cooper and Helen Lacey for making contact. Three more schools have shown interest and two are booked in for a talk.

So various things are moving along thanks to you all! It’s great the way so many contributions are made by so many in different ways.

All the best to everyone.
Rosanne

River Stour Clean-up – Sunday 26th April

River Stour, Lion Health Centre
River Stour, Lion Health Centre © Stourbridge.com

Next River Stour Clean-up Event

Date: Sunday 26th April
Time: 10.15 for 10.30
Place: Lion Health, Bradley Road, Stourbridge
Parking: no problem

Update

We were incredibly lucky last Sunday with the weather and cleaned the river in bright sunshine. It was good to see well known faces and some new ones too. The boat ferried the rubbish and the bit we cleared looked very much better. There’s still more to do in the same area.

Storage Space

We are still in urgent need of storage space for our equipment and boat. If anyone knows of someone who can help with a secure lock up or garage do please let me know.

River Stour booklet

We have the go ahead for reprinting Gerald Darby’s River Stour booklet. It’s on a Microsoft Publisher data stick. (help!) If anyone knows anything about this and can help – all expenses met- that would be a great help. Profits go to Mary Stevens Hospice. I hope to get this sorted very soon.

Graham Beckley’s River Stour Exhibition

This will be held in Himley Hall and will be up and running starting April and running through the summer. Will let you know dates when I have them. Photos of the full length of the River Stour to where it flows into the Severn at Stourport.

River Stour Sign

Photo and copy for this have not appeared this week in St. News. Hopefully next week!

With many thanks to everyone for all the help and support.