River Stour Clean-up event – Sunday 1st February

river-stour-volunteersNext River Stour Clean-up event

Date: Sunday 1st February
Time: 10.15 for 10.30 start
Place: Bradley Road by the new Lion Health Centre
Parking: Good parking facilities there.

The Lion Health development has done work on the river beside the building (already rubbish in it!) but downstream there is a huge amount of rubbish which we have not been able to tackle. River permitting we are going to have a go this time.

We plan on using The Little Stour Warrior to help us. If we are unlucky with the weather and unable to get into the river we will park in the Bonded Warehouse area (check where you park, some areas are fiercely private) and try to deal with the really dreadful litter in the area between Bradley Road and the river, also around the Bonded Warehouse.

River/Eco friendly cleaning products

Organic-Ever-CleanOne of our volunteers has started a new business creating organic household cleaning materials, Called Organic EverClean. Much of what we use is not at all friendly to the environment or the river (where it often ends up!) Sonja is having a launch event with samples of her products at Graham’s Place in Wollaston, from 7 – 9 pm. January 21st. All are invited. She also offers house cleaning. I am going to send her letter separately as it explains her plans. I believe January is ‘Mother Earth’ day so she has chosen a good moment!

River Stour Sign

All rather quiet on the Council front. We have to believe that they are busy creating a fine sign to be situated on the bridge informing that the River Stour is below what doesn’t appear to be a bridge!

Storage Space

We are still looking for a safe dry convenient place to store our equipment and our boat (if possible). Quite a tall order but if you can help with this let me know please.

Hope you may be able to make the next event. I will confirm nearer the time.

Rosanne

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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

UPDATE

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