River Clean-up Event – Sunday 28th June

River Stour, The Stour BridgeNext river clean up event

Date: Sunday 28th June
Time: 10.15 for 10.30
Place: River Stour Bridge
Parking: Wherever you can along Millrace Lane or Bonded Warehouse area. Watch out for
No Parking signs there.
Contact: Please contact rosanneadams@yahoo.co.uk if you intend to come. Thanks

All being well we will go back to finish up under the Stour Bridge and under Fox’s. As always it depends on whether we get a deluge and the river levels change. If there is doubt I will email again. This needs people who are prepared to go into the river to load up the boat and others to barrow the rubbish up to the top of the slipway.

Anybody who would rather something a bit less demanding can contact Richard Brooks on rjbglobal@btinternet.com. Richard is waging war against himalayan balsam which is an invasive species which doesn’t allow space for our native species. He would very much like help on Sunday if you would prefer to do that. He has already made a huge impression almost banishing it by the river at Richardson Drive.

Update

  • The flowers on the bridge parapets look really marvellous and have done brilliantly. Bees are visiting them and quite a few people have stopped to admire them! By the way Waitrose has a green counters box for wild flowers all round the ring road if anyone’s interested!
  • Rosanne has been to three primary schools to show the Message in the Waves film and talk to the children about the river Stour. It seemed to go quite well and it would be good to do a bit more. Many thanks to Jean and Helen for making that possible. The teachers and children were really great.
  • Transition Stourbridge has reprinted Gerald Darby’s booklet on the river Stour .. its history etc with quite a few photos. They sell at £3.95 of which £1.50 goes to Mary Stevens Hospice. Available at Fair & Square, Market St, Stourbridge. I will bring some on Sunday so bring some money if you’d like one.

So, hoping for a fine week and a low water level and that we may be able to finish the job under the two bridges.

All the best, Rosanne

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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

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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 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: Message in the Waves – Friday 18th January

message-in-the-wavesFilm: Message in the Waves

Friday 18th January – 7.30 for 8pm

Upstairs @ The Duke of William
Coventry Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1EP.

Bar open 18’s and over only (venue regulations) Donations on the door

The film looks at some of the environmental challenges facing the people and wildlife of the Hawaiian Islands. Because of their size, location and social history, the Hawaiian Islands represent a microcosm of the planet and are in a unique position to tell all of us where we are going wrong and what we can do to help put things right

http://www.messageinthewaves.com