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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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.
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!
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.
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
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 (email@example.com) 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”
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 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
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.
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.
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!
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.