The Stour Bag in the shops now!

Stour-Bag
Designed by Stephanie Green

Our new reusable Shopping Bag now available in the following shops, costing £4. All proceeds will go towards the River Stour clean-ups and future projects. Designed by local artist/designer Stephanie Green

With the new 5p charge for plastic bags introduced in October, our new shopping bag is high quality and durable with a beautiful design celebrating our River Stour and the bridge…after our town’s name… an iconic bag which people be proud to carry their shopping in.

We wanted the River Stour to be the focus of the bag design, as we as a group have been working tirelessly to remove tyres and shopping trollies from the river in our monthly clean-ups.

Stour Bag Group

 

 

 

 

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

River Stour Event – Sunday 19th October

River Stour, The Stour BridgeNext River Stour clean-up event

Date: Sunday 19th October
Time: 10.15 for 10.30 start
Venue: The Stour Bridge (by Fox Removals and Bonded Warehouse)

New Venue:  Bagley Street Car Park

Directions: From the Stourbridge ring road take the Lye road (Birmingham Street). At the first mini roundabout turn left and go down the hill. (At the bottom is the Stour .. invisible!) Start up the hill on the other side and you will see a footpath sign on your right. The carpark is opposite it on the left on the bend.

Please bring gloves if you have them.. or we can supply. Bagley Street area is in urgent need of cleaning up litterwise. We have worked on the river there in the past and still have lots to do in the future in that spot.

Future Dates

Sunday November 16th
Sunday December 7th
Place: The Stour Bridge
Time: As above

We will follow the above calendar IF POSSIBLE! Anyone who went into the river at the last event will be aware of the difficulties with the uneven surface of the river bed. If the river is swollen or turbulent we will let you know of an alternative site for litter picking or balsam bashing!

Last Event

Fabulous weather and a great group of volunteers. Thanks again to Keith for the use of his truly invaluable winch. We really only made a start on the rubbish visible from the bridge .. there’s plenty more to do so we’ll stick with it till it’s done. Thanks also to those who heaved the litter up the slipway, litterpicked or planted up the last bit of the parapet, to Rod and Wayne for storing and carting. And a special thanks to Eden for all her hard work.

Photo Competition

All photos are in now and waiting to be judged by Mr Harcourt of Waitrose who organises Stourbridge In Bloom and supports our events. He has donated the 1st Prize Trophy. We will again produce a calendar in time for Christmas. What a wonderful present! I’ll let you know later how to get hold of one!

Photo of Old Stour Bridge: I’ve just put out an alert to the press in the hope of finding someone who might have an old photo of the last Stour Bridge. If you know of an older person who might have one in their album… we’d love to see it.

GEAR: The more people can bring their own gear, the easier it is for us! So if you are a regular volunteer is it possible Father Christmas might help out here?! Of course we can provide for anyone who needs it.

Hoping for a calm river and a sunny day for the next event. All the best Rosanne

River Stour Event – Sunday 29th June

IMG_8334Next River Stour clean-up event

Date: Sunday 29th June, 10.15 for 10.30

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.

All the best,
Rosanne

River Stour boat launch Photos – May 2014

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.

Stourbridge Photo competition 2014

River Stour - Kinver - Beth Gurney
River Stour – Beth Gurney

Please send us your photos of the River Stour and surrounding Flora and Fauna for our 2015 calendar and this years photo competition.

Judging will take place in September.

Here is the calendar are some photos from last year.

1st Prize:        £50 and a trophy

2nd Prize:      £20 and membership to the RSPB

3rd Prize:       £20 book token

Please include the location and any nearby identifying landmarks.

  • Photos must be large size and of high quality for reproduction in the calendar
  • Photographs may be taken anywhere within the Dudley Borough.
  • Please state if applicant is under 16.
  • Please include your contact details

Send Print or CD/DVD to: c/o Transition Stourbridge, 49 Heath St, Stourbridge, DY8 1SE.

Digital Photos to: stourphoto@gmail.com

 

River Stour boat launch and next event – Sunday 18th May

Little Stour Warrior BoatOur next event…

Date: Sunday 18th May, 10.15 for 10.30
Where:  The Stour bridge – Park at Bonded warehouse

The Mission

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

We Need

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 Boat

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!

Please Bring

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 (rosanneadams@yahoo.co.uk) if you will be able to come and where you think you might help, thanks.

SONY DSCRiver 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)

Print: c/o Transition Stourbridge, 49 Heath St, Stourbridge, DY8 1SE.

Digital: stourphoto@gmail.com

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”

 

 

River Stour Event – Sunday 6th April

Stevens-Park-Wollescote

Next River Stour clean-up morning

Date: Sunday 6th April
Time: 10.15 for 10.30
Place: Ludgebridge Brook (map)

Parking: You can either park in the hollow at the bottom of Wollescote road (having passed Wollescote Hall on your left) or actually in the car park at Wollescote Hall. Contact Rosanne, if you’d like to know more…

Ludgebridge brook

Ludgebridge brook is a stream which feeds into the River Stour, the brook runs through very pretty woodland, under Wollescote Road and into Stevens Park, Wollescote, Stourbridge.  It eventually runs into the Stour somewhere around Bagley Street.

The area we are going to clean is off the Wollescote Road. (A gate on the right.. Hall on the left).

Masses of rubbish

We have cleaned masses of rubbish out of the brook in the past but never quite got to grips with the appalling rubbish at the top of the woodland and into Hilltop. There is also a bit of rubbish in the brook. It would be good if we could get at the rubbish before the vegetation starts to cover it. When we can be more certain of river depth and clarity we’ll be able to get back into the river.

Photo Competition

Last year we ran a photographic competition to get people down to the Stour. We also published a calendar from the photos entered. If we are to do this again we need help with the technical side! If anyone feels they could take this on could you please let me know, thanks (rosanneadams@yahoo.co.uk).

Boat Launch

Message from Rod: ‘our boat is almost ready to launch’!  We will have to find a name for her!

All the best and thanks to everyone for the tremendous support and interest in the project. 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.