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Posted: January 24, 2023 by tidystourbridge in Litter

It was another very cold day on Sunday for The Magnificent Seven – Dave & Dawn, Doug, Dave W, Tony, Ivor and Roger at Penfields Road (Cycle Pathway to High Street).

Although short on numbers, there was no shortage of effort with another one of our extreme litter picks involving Doug setting up his climbing ropes and a ladder to climb down to the rubbish.

We collected. 15 bags, 1 traffic cones, electrical equipment, 8 shopping trolleys, a road sign, a mattress and bits of metal. Most of this rubbish was below the bridge just off the Cycle Pathway to the High Street.

The photos below show the set-up, the rubbish below the bridge, collecting the rubbish, how good the area looked afterwards and our brilliant team.

Apologies to Ivor for missing him off the photo.

Next Litter Pick – Sun 5th Feb Two Woods Lane, Brierley Hill 

Hawbush Clean Up

Posted: January 9, 2023 by tidystourbridge in Litter

It was a cold day with heavy rain for the Magnificent Seven (Dave & Dawn, Martin, John C, Helen, Dave W and Roger) on Sunday at the Hawbush Community Centre.

Although short on numbers for our first pick of 2023, there was no shortage of rubbish collected. – 17 black bags, 2 traffic cones, a battery, picnic chairs, old washing machine, umbrella, shopping trolley, signs and bits of metal.

This rubbish was from around the Centre, the left-side of Brettell Lane (heading towards Brierley Hill) and the car park of the New Wellington pub.

We were unable to get all the rubbish out of the trees opposite the Centre because of the considerable ground cover in amongst the trees. Still a good haul though as can be seen by the photos below.

Next Litter Pick – 22nd Jan – Please note the suggestion is to park in Bredon Rd (off Penfields Rd) and walk down the cycle path towards Amblecote High St. The rubbish is off this path by the bridge.

Happy New Year

Posted: January 6, 2023 by tidystourbridge in Litter

New year, same old rubbish… but we are back this Sunday at 10am outside Hawbush Community Centre on Brettell Lane in Amblecote.

Thanks for all yours and the team’s help in 2022 and best wishes for the New Year.

This is how the rest of the winter looks…


22 – 10am Penfields Road (Pathway to High Street), Penfields


5 – 10am Two Woods Lane, Brierley Hill

19 – 10am Oakfield Road, Wollescote


5 – 10am Dunsley Road, Wollaston/Norton

19 – 10am Thorns Academy, Thorns


2 – 10am Sainsburys, Amblecote

Christmas Drink

Posted: December 13, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

After a 3 year break due to Covid restrictions, the Christmas drink is back this Sunday 18th December from 7pm at The Waggon & Horses in Worcester Street Stourbridge.

Volunteers past, present and future are all welcome to come along for some festive cheer and enjoy the buffet.

No need to book, turn up, have a natter and enjoy a few drinks.

Birmingham Street Cleaned Yet Again

Posted: November 30, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

Another tricky litter pick on Sunday morning with the rubbish spread on both sides of Birmingham Street from the Viaduct to the Ring Road.

The majority of the rubbish we collected was around The Gym Group car park, back and front of the Premier Inn, the walled area near the Ring Road and on the opposite side of the road where the houses over look Birmingham St.  

The team of Dave, Dawn, Jon F, Doug, Ivor, Tony, Helen, Dave W, Jan (incl Henry – apologies for missing you both off the photo below) and Roger did another excellent job collecting 20 bags of rubbish, pieces of plastic, 5 litre plastic tubs and a mattress (found by Ivor). Unfortunately the fly-tipping on the banks in front of the houses in Birmingham St (which is covered in small trees and shrubs) we couldn’t get to.

This has been reported to Dudley MBC Street Cleaning, but they don’t have any spare resources to clear this rubbish, therefore it’s probably for sometime in our 2023 litter picking schedule. Also the Drug Den we reported to the police in our last visit to Birmingham St is still there and this is being followed by local councillors.

It is very pleasing to report that we did get plenty of support from passing pedestrians and motorists while we were picking up this rubbish and one of the team from the Premier Inn came and thanked us with a box of Chocs which will be passed on to a local Food Bank. 

NB This was our last litter pick of 2022 and our first of 2023 will be on 8th January from Hawbush Community Centre, Brettell Lane starting at 10am.

Please note that we are also trying to organise a Christmas get together for the team at the Waggon and Horses, Worcester Street, Stourbridge to thank you for all for the your brilliant work this year. Therefore please make sure you don’t miss any messages from Dave C.   

Posted: November 15, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

Quite a tricky litter pick on Sunday 13th November with the rubbish in two separate locations of Bells Lane.

The majority of the rubbish we collected was near the top of the cycle path about halfway down Bells Lane, the rest was at the end of Bells Lane in the Woods and on the edge of the Stour which was very muddy.

The team of Dave, Dawn, John C, Jon F, Doug, Ivor and Roger who were brilliant collecting 12 bags of rubbish, a stop sign, road barriers, car tyre, a traffic cone, a large piece of plastic, an old bike and tent out of the river.

A special mention to for the great work of Doug, Dave and Dawn who managed to get all the kit to the pick without the van. We also stopped at 11am for 2 minutes of remembrance.

Next up…

Sunday November 27th 10am Brewers Fayre, Premier Inn, Birmingham Street, Stourbridge

Fast Food Filth

Posted: October 31, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

An excellent turnout this on Sunday 30th October in Mill Race Lane including newcomers Jade & Jim.

We had 15 volunteers who did a brilliant job with litter spread far and wide over quite a difficult site.

Dave, Dawn, Jim, Jade, Stuart, Jan (including her dog Henry), Janette, Chris, Tony, John, Dave W, Doug, Martin, Ivor and Roger collected 20 large compactor sacks of rubbish, plus 4 small black bags, 3 traffic cones, 1 shopping trolley and a car front bumper. Apologies for missing Jade, Stuart and Tony off the photo below.

Every time we visit this area it’s very disappointing to find so much fast-food packaging and it’s a pity that McDonalds, KFC, Costa and Greggs plus their customers can’t do more to keep their parts of this site litter free. 

PS the next litter is Sunday 13th November at Bells Lane, Wordsley starting at 10am.

Posted: October 17, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

Another difficult litter pick on Sunday 16th October 2022 mainly because of initial lack of litter.

After finding little rubbish in Bryhill Drive we found plenty in Bull Street (just off Brettell Lane) and Doug then reminded us that there was a lot on the other side of Brettell Lane (opposite Bryhill Drive).

We therefore split the team, who did a brilliant job,  into 2 and had a bumper haul of rubbish (see photos below)

Our 9 team members today were: Doug, Jan & Chris, Jan and Henry her day, Dave W, Tony, Dave & Dawn and Roger – collecting 21 large and small bags, a mattress, large plastic water carrier, suitcase, bits of metal and plastic and part of a slide.

Change of Meeting Point Sunday 16th October

Posted: October 15, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

We are now meeting at 10am in Bull Street, Brierley Hill DY5 3RA, due to a lack of litter at the original meeting point.


Posted: October 3, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

Another difficult litter pick on Sunday around Collis Street mainly because of the amount of heavy metal (wheelbarrow, trolley, oil drum, office chair and other bits & pieces).  

We found a kiddies slide in the trees on the banks leading down to the playing field plus some long pieces of plastic found at the bottom of Collis St.

Our team of Dave, Dawn, Doug, Martin, Tony, Ivor, Rachael and Roger plus newcomers Jas and Stuart did a brilliant job as can be seen from the photos below. Apologies for not getting Ivor, Jas and Stuart on the photo.

PS the next litter pick is Sunday 16th October Brythill Drive, Brierley Hill DY5 3LU