The Stour Bag in the shops now!

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





FILM: The Truth Behind the Dash For Gas – Saturday 11th October

fracking-natural-gasFILM: The Truth Behind the Dash For Gas 2014

A documentary about fracking in the UK

Date: Saturday 11th October, 7pm for 7.30pm start

Where: Friends Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR

Cost: Donations

Can UK communities protect their land from becoming gasfields?

This film examines the potential impacts of fracking and coal bed methane extraction in Somerset and beyond.
It includes the social, health and environmental consequences associated with unconventional gas drilling

All Welcome + Refreshments


River Stour Event – Sunday 28th September

River Stour, The Stour BridgeNext River Stour Event

We will be clearing the rubbish from the river under the bridge and nearby and once again have The Little Stour Warrior helping to transport it.

Date: Sunday 28th September, 10:15 for a 10.30 start
Place:  The Stour Bridge near the Bonded Warehouse, Stourbridge
Parking: Bonded Warehouse or Fox Removals


Very many thanks to all those who came last Sunday to clear the silt from the slipway by the bridge. It was a massive task but amazingly it got done with some formidable teamwork! Helen V. cleared the last bit of grass and weeds from the lower parapet and that’s now ready for some plants and seeds.

It’s beginning to look a bit more dignified! If you are coming and have plants or seeds.. please bring them. There are some more ambitious thoughts rumbling around about future improvements! Hopefully with the activity going on in the bridge area it will draw attention to the river. We had some friendly comments from passers by.

Litter pickers:
These are very hard to manage and transport. Would anybody have a large sports type bag
or two smaller ones they don’t need? The length needs to be at least 36″. It would be a great
help.. and they don’t need to be beautiful.. just strongish! Thanks.

So many thanks again to all of you who are making it possible to get something done about the River. Hopefully little by little, the ‘lost River Stour’ might become a bit less lost!

All the best, Rosanne

FILM: The UK Gold – Tuesday 7th October

Tax Dodgers FilmYou are invited to this screening of The UK Gold, hosted by Stourbridge Churches Together.

Date: Tuesday 7th October, 7.30pm

Venue: St Thomas’s Church Hall, Market Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1AQ

Cost: FREE

There will be an exhibition and the film will be followed by an open panel discussion.

Christian Aid has partnered with Oxfam and Action Aid to sponsor the film, The UK Gold: a story ‘seismic enough to shift perceptions of finance and flag forever.’


The UK Gold follows Hackney vicar Father William Taylor as he stands up and speaks out against tax dodging.

Narrated by Dominic West and featuring a stunning soundtrack by Thom Yorke and Robert Del Naja, it reveals how the UK’s tax havens are complicit in maintaining the financial secrecy that fuels tax dodging, robbing poor countries of an estimated US$160 billion a year.

Father Taylor told Christian Aid: ‘I can see the City of London from my parish in Hackney and I’ve often wondered what goes on over there.

‘This film is about joining the dots and showing the connection between those with power and wealth and those without.

‘There are countries in Africa struggling because the City is helping companies that operate there to channel funds through havens and avoid paying the taxes they owe.’


Bread Making Day – Saturday 27th Sept

Sourdough LoafLearn to make real bread. Join us for the whole day or just part of it.

Or just pop by for a soup and fresh bread lunch.

Date: Saturday 27th Sept, 10.30 – 3pm

Venue: The Christian Community, 22 Baylie St, Stourbridge, DY81AZ (map)

Cost: Donations, approx £5 for whole day, or what you can afford

River Stour Event – Sunday 10th August

Next River Stour clean-up eventBoat and volunteers by The Stour Bridge

Date: Sunday 10th August, 10.15 for 10.30
Place: The Stour Bridge
Parking: Bonded Warehouse or Fox Removals

We will have another go at removing rubbish from under the bridge and Fox Removals providing the rain holds off and the river is not too deep.   We will use the boat again for rubbish collection. Continue reading “River Stour Event – Sunday 10th August”

River Stour Event – Sunday 27th July

River clean-up, Richardson Drive, AmblecoteNext River Stour clean-up event

Date: Sunday 27th July, 10.15 for 10.30

 Richardson Drive (Off Wollaston Road), Stourbridge

Directions: Take Harrop way off Richardson Drive. Parking needs to be sensitive as it’s a re
sidential area

The plan is to pull Himalayan Balsam from the bank of the river running downstream from the little bridge. The balsam is an invasive species which displaces indigenous plants and takes over very quickly. This area has alot of it which needs to be cleared if possible.

Wayne Haywood is leading this event and suggests wellies as footwear. I remember the ground to be rather uneven. If you think you might need gloves to protect your hands please bring some gardening gloves with you.

Following Event

Date: Sunday 10th August, , 10.15 for 10.30
Place: Under the Stour Bridge
Parking: Fox Removals or Bonded Warehouse

Photos from last event

FILM: No Impact Man – Saturday 12th July

No Impact Man DocumentaryCan you save the Planet without driving your Family crazy?

Date: Saturday 12th July, 7.30pm

Where: Friends Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR (map)


What does it really take to live eco-effectively? For one year, Colin Beavan lived without plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity, went organic, became a bicycle nut, and tried to save the planet from environmental catastrophe.

In this sensational and funny story, Beavan and his family found that no-impact living is worthwhile – and richer, fuller, and more satisfying into the bargain

  • All Welcome
  • Tea and Cake!
  • Entry by Donation


Stourbridge Community Carnival – Sunday 6th July

Black-Country-Festival-Stourbridge_David-Harcourt_Keith-Horsfall_Jo-Treby_Cllr-Pete-Lowe_David-CraddockBlack Country themed Stourbridge Community Carnival

When: Sunday 6th July, 10.30 – 6pm
Where: Coventry Street and Duke Street area, Stourbridge

We’ll have a stall and also helping to sell plants for Hillside Herbs Community Garden…as they are struggling due to cuts in their funding.

This year’s carnival theme is nations of the world, inspired by the World Cup, and attractions including…

  • Live Music and Street Entertainers
  • Black Country Beers Festival
  • Black Country themed arts and crafts stalls
  • Fair rides and Retro Fair
  • Plus Black Country fun and entertainment throughout the town

Black Country Festival – Stourbridge

craddocks-breweryDuke William
25 Coventry St, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 1EP 01384 440202
Sunday 6th July Faggots an Paeys and entertainment and bostin real ale

Green Duck Brewery / Badelynge Bar Rufford Road, Stourbridge, DY9 7ND
Saturday 12th July. All ale sold that day will be brewed only in the Black Country.

Red House Cone High St, Stourbridge DY8 4AZ 01384 812750

Featuring the legendary Aynuk , Fizzogs, Black Country Gaz, Emma Rollason as Dolly Allen , and The Sponners!!

Red House Glass Cone, WordsleySATURDAY 12th July CELEBRATE DIVERSITY Celebrate the Cultural, musical and artistic diversity of the
Black Country Supporting The Tettenhall Horse and Donkey Sanctuary

SUNDAY 13th July POETRY AND SPOKEN WORD Featuring Heather wastie, Billy Spakemon, Brendan Hawthorne, Dave Reeves and many more.

River Rooms in Stourbridge ”Stourbridge Motorcycle Clubs custom show”
12th July 2014 Last year we had over 900 bikes plus custom/classic cars and scooters and over 2,500 visitors. As Black Country motorcyclists we are proud to be associated with the festival.
Proceeds go to various Stourbridge area charities and for our live music and trade stalls, priority is given to local bands and businesses. In fact we still have pitches available and a couple of band slots. The mini club would be very welcome at our event show.

St Johns Church Off Stourbridge Ring Road
3rd July 7pm Solo art exhibition by experimental artist ‘Cal’ Features painting sculpture photography installations embroidery and design, drinks provided running for 5 weeks, open Saturdays 12 -4

our-big-gig-free-music-festivalStourbridge Carnival Starts Sunday 6th of July Black Country themed

The Arena
27-29 Hagley Rd, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1QH
Saturday 12th July 11 – 4pm OUR BIG GIG Free Music Festival.
Join us for a live showcase of talented bands, singers and musicians, plus tasty food on offer from our jerk barbecue, food stand and cake sale! Proceeds from the food sale will be donated to Mary Stevens Hospice. For more information, contact Aiesha on 07580 969 368. Come and join your local event,

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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,