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”

 

 

FILM: Trashed (with Jeremy Irons) – Friday 14th June

trashed_movie_poster_a3_web_v3When: Friday 14th June 7.30 for 8pm

Where: The Duke William, Coventry Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1EP

What: Film – TRASHED (with Jeremy Irons)

We buy it, we bury it, we burn it and then we ignore it. Does anyone think about what happens to all the trash we produce? We keep making things that do not break down. We have all heard these horrifying facts before, but with Jeremy Irons as our guide, we discover what happens to the billion or so tons of waste that goes unaccounted for each year.

Each year, we now throw away fifty-eight billion disposable cups, billions of plastic bags, 200 billion litres of water bottles, billions of tons of household waste, toxic waste and e-waste. Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution.

This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. Brady’s narrative is vividly propelled by an original score created by Academy Award winning composer Vangelis.

More info: http://www.trashedfilm.com

River Stour Clear Water Project update – June 2012

Last Clean-up Day

Wayne Haywood with Julia Morris from the Environment Agency
Wayne Haywood with Julia Morris from the Environment Agency

We returned to the blockage caused by a fallen tree in the wooded area near the Bonded Warehouse and a lot of energy and enthusiasm went into clearing out the debris and plastic caught in it. We also litter picked and pulled out quite a lot of Himalayan balsam.There is a lot of rubbish lying in the river silt. It would be nice to be able to extract some of this in the future.

Future Dates

We are going to alternate between Saturdays and Sundays for events so the next one will be:

Sunday 17th June (Coalbourne Brook)
Meeting at the carpark on Collis Street at 10.30. As vegetation is high all around the brook, we suggest protective clothing and wellies. The brook has some litter in it but also a lot of blockage from wood. Small saws might be useful and if you have any equipment like hoes and rakes that you could bring it would be useful too.

Saturday 14th July (to be confirmed)
To be confirmed but it will probably be a ‘get to know river walk’/litter pick and look at the outflows shown to us by the Environment Agency where pollution can occur. This is one of their requests that we learn to spot and report pollution. There will probably be Himalayan balsam to pull as well.

Environment Agency Meeting

We are hoping to meet Julia Morris from the Environment Agency shortly to see where the water testing points are and have selected the areas where the pollution shows up as worst. (zinc, ammonia, low oxygen, phosphate, cadmium, classed variously as moderate poor and bad).

Do let us know if you have thoughts or suggestions for the future?

If you are interested in getting involved with the River Stour project, we’d love to hear from you…Please contact Rosanne using the form below:

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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.

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