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Another Lye Clean-up

Posted: September 20, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

Another brilliant job on Sunday 18th September by our team of 11 –  Dave & Dawn, Dave W, Rachael, Helen, Tony, Ivor, Jan, Roger and new recruits Arthur & Elaine (on temporary loan from another litter picking group who arrived at Kinver by boat) plus Henry (Jan’s dog).

It was a good job we had a strong team out as Lye was very bad as usual and also very satisfying as it was our first pick of our Autumn/Winter schedule.

We covered Bott Lane, Engine Lane, Lye Station steps and a bit of Jackson St – photos below show the full extend of our work which included, 25 black bags of rubbish, reclaiming 6 traffic cones, a load of wood, 2 gas bottles, a large window, a fly-tipped set of ceramic toilets, a syringe and empty packets of pain-killer tablets. Also please see below photos of fly-tipping in Jackson St Car Park that we weren’t able to collect that, Dudley MBC will be informed. Extra thanks to Ivor for picking up Arthur & Elaine from Kinver.

PS the next few litter picks are:- October – Sunday 2nd Collis St DY8 4EE, Sunday 16th Brythill Drive Brierley Hill DY5 3LU, and Sunday 30th Mill Race Lane DY8 1JN  

Next Litter Pick

Posted: September 13, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

Sunday 18th September 10am

Bott Lane, Lye, Stourbridge. DY9 7AW

The area around Engine Lane will be cleared up.

Winter 2022/2023 Planning Meeting & Social Event.

Posted: September 5, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

We now need to plan for the next 6/7 months, so join us for a drink and a sandwich kindly laid on by The Robin Hood in Collis Street Amblecote from 7pm on Sunday 11th September 2022.

As there was no get together in December 2021, this will be a bit of a social too, we say get a taxi and have a drink or 3… It would be good to see TS volunteers past and present at this one.

Birmingham Street Clean Up

Posted: August 18, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

It was another very hot litter pick on Sunday 14th August 2022 which our team of Dave & Dawn, Dave W, Rachael, Martin, Helen, Roger and new recruit David Edwards managed very well in the conditions.

We collected 20 black bags and traffic bollard, plus a large for sale sign and keep fit equipment. There was also a drug den we found in the trees on the right hand side of the first car park near the entrance to the Council Refuse Site – we will report this to the police.

A number of broken bottles smashed against a wall near the Viaduct. There was a lot glass about which was difficult to pick up until a man walking a dog came along and went to his home and fetched a dustpan and brush which made the job much easier, the before and after photos below show the results of our efforts.

PS Next litter pick – this was the last pick of our Summer schedule so we’ll let you know when the scheduling meeting for our Autumn/Winter plans plus celebrating all the brilliant work of the team throughout the summer will be (likely date is Sun 11th Sept at the Robin Hood). Any suggests for litter picks are very welcome.   

Addison Road Brierley Hill

Posted: August 10, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

9 of the team turned up to clear the canal around this area and plenty of junk was found sadly….

Hot Hot Hot

Posted: July 20, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

Another tough litter pick on Sunday 17th July, both because of the hot weather and the difficulty in getting at the litter that was on a steep slope in the wood behind Brook Crescent.

Dawn and Helen did a pick just round the corner in Sensall Rd because of the volume of rubbish there, which is well illustrated in the photos below – apologies to Helen for admitting her from the photo.

Altogether a brilliant effort by the team of Dave & Dawn, Dave W, Tony, Rachael, Doug, Helen, Ivor and Roger. Due to the difficulty of this pick Doug again brought his mountain climbing ropes, which were essential for us to lower the rubbish to a level where we could them remove them for collection by Dudley MBC Street Cleansing. The photos below show the before and after our clear-up and the process of lowing the rubbish on a pulley system set-up by Doug. 

After we’d finished collecting all the rubbish from the hillside we then removed a large trampoline from the vegetation at the bottom of the hill. In total from Brook Crescent we collected 20 large black bags of rubbish, a trampoline, a load of metal, wood, cans and bottles, a car seat, 6 van wheels (which looked pretty new), a metal cabinet etc etc.

In Sensall Road Dawn & Helen’s rubbish included 16 black bags, a mattress, a number of plastic boxes, bits of metal, a seat and some cabinets. 

On Wednesday 20th July, Rachael is off to London for the final of this year’s competition of the LGC National Awards (Street Cleansing) at the Grosvenor Park Lane Hotel, as a guest of the Dudley MBC Street Cleansing Team. We wish them them success in this very prestigious competition and hope they bring the gong back to Dudley.

Tidy Stourbridge Help out Stourbridge In Bloom

Posted: July 12, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

Tidy Stourbridge did some gardening/litter picking for Stourbridge in Bloom with the judging for Britain in Bloom coming on Friday.  

This work was around the old St Johns Church near the Fire Station on the Stourbridge Ring Road. We found it difficult to clear-out all the weeds because we hadn’t got the best tools with us to dig them out and it was one of the hottest days we’ve ever had a pick. 

The photos below show the area before and after our gardening work plus all the litter we collected including 8 shopping trolleys.

This was a brilliant effort by our team of 8 including Dave & Dawn, Dave W, Tony, Rachael, Doug, John and Roger. Special mention here for Dave G who worked heroically clearing out most of the weeds.

Extra Date

Posted: July 6, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

David Harcourt has been in touch to ask if we could do a litter pick and some gardening on Sunday around the old St John’s Church on Sunday in readiness for the Stourbridge in Bloom judging on Friday 15th July.

So we are meeting on Sunday 10th July at 10am to do some litter picking/gardening for Stourbridge in Bloom, meeting in the car park next to the Fire Station on the Ring Road.

This carpark is just before the turn in to the Fire Station. If you are using the What 3 Words app…. ///palace.dining.goals


Posted: July 2, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

Due to roadworks in the area we intended to clear up on Sunday 3rd July we have had to make the hard decision to cancel the event and reschedule for the winter months.

We return on Sunday July 17th at 10am in Brook Crescent Wollescote weather permitting.

Commonwealth Games Clean Up

Posted: June 30, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

On Saturday 25th June a number of teams of volunteer litter pickers helped the Dudley Street Cleansing team clean-up litter around Priory Park and Coronation Gardens in preparation for the cyclists in the Commonwealth Games coming to Dudley.

Our team from Tidy Stourbridge were assigned Prior Road and around Coronation Gardens which wasn’t too bad until we got to the corner of Priory Road and Priory Street almost opposite the Council House. 

On this corner on the other side of the road to the Council House we found one of the worst spots for rubbish that we’d seen for some time and we’ve been together as a group since June 2010.

From the photos below you’ll get some idea of the mess we faced and unfortunately we go stuck into cleaning it before we thought about taking these photos. Some of this rubbish was behind 4 large metal industrial type wheelie bins and a yellow wheelIe bin, but was clearly visible from the footpath next to them. A large amount of this refuse was in the planted area around the tree which looked like it had been there for years. This included too many drink cans and bottles to count, a number of big broken silver backed mirrors, large plastic shelving (see photo below), metal supports etc etc.