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Tidy Stourbridge continued: Lye 8th Jan 2017

Posted: January 11, 2017 by tidystourbridge in Litter, News

Graham taking the photos – doing what he does best!

The bottom photo is an area we cleared – and the top left, a Christmas tree!

That’s all for now – may be?

Tidy Stourbridge January 8th Continued.

Posted: January 11, 2017 by tidystourbridge in Litter, News, PicknPint

For some reason this photo was missed off, so here it is.dsc_74711

With thanks to the following volunteers:

David, Colin, Garry, Geoff, Craig, Matt, Helen, Andy, Pat, Dawn, Vanessa, Steph, Holly, Rachael, Graham (Todays Photographer), and a welcome to our latest recruit Sophie C.

Approximately 26 Bags of rubbish, 2 sacks of crushed cans, 4 tyres, 1 office chair, 5 Green fabric/plastic bread or fruit vegetable boxes and other miscellaneous objects.

The general feelings are that not much has changed. it is sad to see Lye always in this state. For the newer members the feeling was  – how much rubbish is around. There are businesses who look after the outside premises and keep them clean as best as they can.  A few of the volunteers took the opportunity to cut back brambles in order to stop them encroaching on the footpath.

The next Tidy Stourbridge Litter Pick will be on Sunday 22nd January from 10.00am at The Thorns Inn, The Thorns, Quarry Bank, Dy5 2JY.


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We split up again looking for any areas that required attention. Some of the group worked as a team – others on a solo basis.

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14064031_10154195124817702_4140655268850153280_nAfter as above. It helps to see what we drag out from one area.

In total we collected the following: 4 wooden packing cases, fence posts with wire netting attached, 3 signs, upholstery foam, 1 divan bed, 1 bin full of crushed cans. 16 bags of rubbish. We did come across a settee but were unable to retrieve it as it was well and truly stuck behind a hedge down a dip.

Not a bad nights collection for 10 of us.


There seem to be some ghosts about this evening! Hey Ho, Hey Ho, its off to work we go!

The next Tidy Stourbridge Litter pick takes place on Wednesday 31st August at an earlier time of 6.30pm on account of the nights closing in.

Venue: We will meet up at The Ten Arches Car Park, Penfields Road, Stourbridge, DY8 4UZ. 6.30PM.

Winter Planning Meeting: The meeting will take place on Sunday 11th September. The Ten Arches, Penfields Road, Stourbridge, DY8 4UZ. Time: 7.30pm.

Bromley Street Lye DY9 8JA at its junction with the A458 The Hayes.


Behind the hoarding A458 The Hayes.


Green land off Lye bypass.


Fly Tipping just rotting away just off Lye Bypass.




A very warm, hot, claggy humid evening before we started our litter pick. Following the ritual start with the dual of the litter picks, we then set off in our various directions singing –

Hi Ho – Hi Ho,  Tis a litter picking that we go, Hi Ho Hi hoooooh Ohhhh!

A total of 13 of us managed to collect 23 bags of rubbish and apart from this and what you can see above, we also found 1 sleeping bag, 2 large signs 3 foot x 3 foot, several large pieces of plastic and 3 wheel hub caps. Also 1 disgusting black rubbish sack was found on the dual carriage way full of dirty nappies. There is no need for this – why do people do it. In the middle of the road???

We were longer out this evening . David took these photos, myself –  (Rachael) and Graham were not back when this photo was taken and 2 of the team had to leave before it was taken.

The usual drink cans, plastic bottles,  glass bottles, sweet / snack wrappers.

My thanks go out to all who turned up this evening as I know Davids thanks do.

The next litter pick will be on: Wednesday August 3rd at 7.00pm. Meeting at The River Rooms, Mill Race Lane, Stourbridge, DY8 1 JN




The evening started with the old spit spots of rain just as we were getting all of the equipment together. It looked like it would set in at one point – but it did not – at least not too much.

We were delighted to see such a turn out of support.

Cllr Paul Bradley asked if he could join us for the evening to see how we operated and as to what it was all about. He seemed rather delighted to see we were well organised.

We either went in pairs or went in our own different directions depending if any of us had anywhere specifically in mind.

The litter collected this week were the same types. Not as much by way of large items I am happy to report. It consisted of sweet wrappers, drink cans, small spirit bottles, many cigarette buts, fast food containers, plastic bottles, 2 tyres, 1 traffic cone, 20 Bags of litter.

So not a bad day, but most of the litter was quite small.

We were 14 Volunteers in all and 30 Martians, as Tim Peek could not make it.! (Sorry just testing to see if you are all still awake.)

**Saturday 2nd July at 9.00am we will be in Llangattock, Powys NP8 with the Llangattock Litterpickers.. ( An early start of 7.30am from the 10 Arches in Stourbridge..)

Otherwise, the next Litter pick for Tidy Stourbridge, will be Wednesday 6th July 7.00 pm, Corbett Hospital, John Corbett Drive, Amblecote, DY8 4BJ.

See you soon.


The Bonded Warehouse 24/01/16

Posted: January 26, 2016 by tidystourbridge in Litter, News, PicknPint

We had a combined effort today when Transition Stourbridge came along and helped us to tidy the rubbish and filth that is around our River Stour and the Canal. We came across many areas of rubbish. A huge thank you to all who came along to help. Many Thanks to Rosanne Adams.

The venue: The Bonded Warehouse, Canal Street, Stourbridge, DY8 4LU.:

Sunday 24th January 2016.

The Next date for Tidy Stourbridge litter pick is as follows: Sunday 7th February. 10.00am start. Corbett Hospital Gates, High Street, Amblecote, DY8 4DG.


Rubbish collected from Bradley Road


David and Geoff clearing some of the grot from the rubble.

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Sunday 13th December. Good news.

Posted: December 13, 2015 by tidystourbridge in Litter, News

Tidy Stourbridge were in Stourbridge on Sunday December 13th 2015 for the presentation of the Waitrose cheque . What a very gratifying act on behalf of all of us at Tidy Stourbridge. It is good to know that we have been acknowledged by the people of Stourbridge for the very hard work that we and Dudley MBC put into keeping Stourbridge as tidy as we are able.

We met up by the River rooms in the car park before 10.00am on a very drizzly wet morning. We made our way over to the Waitrose Supermarket where Graham from our group  very kindly took photographs.

We then split up and started to tidy Stourbridge. The amount of litter – glass bottles, plastic bottles, drink cans,  sweet wrappers, snack containers, plastic wheel hubs – all made for a jolly – wet couple of hours. We even had some large bags with old full large plastic bottles of milk. (Phew these stink when the tops are taken off!) Also some large boxes of breakfast wheat cereal biscuits.

The amount of rubbish collected is the best we can do with the conditions on the day. We could spend an entire day and we still would have plenty more to do. So lets hope for more Volunteers in 2016. Thank you to for all the support we have had from Dudley MBC.

A total of 15 bags of rubbish were collected from 12 of us including Graham are trusty photographer.

As we approach Christmas all that is left to say is Merry Christmas to every one and a Happy New Year in 2016.


Sunday 22nd November 2015 Part 1.

Posted: December 1, 2015 by tidystourbridge in Litter, News


Canal Street Revisited.

Posted: April 10, 2014 by tidystourbridge in Litter, News, PicknPint


It was the first Pick & Pint of the summer season and as with previous years the first litter pick started slightly earlier than normal at 6:30 rather than the usual 7:00pm to take advantage of the available light.

The team of volunteers had previously collected litter from the area by the Bonded Warehouse in the winter season but unfortunately did not have the time to complete the task. So it was decided that a second visit would be required before the undergrowth hid all the litter that had been discarded by a few inconsiderate individuals.

Although it was the second visit within a few months the Tidy Stourbridge team of volunteers, Andy, Pat, Graham, Colin, Dave, Sophie and Craig, managed to collect 10 large bags of general litter one large sack of glass bottles and three large sacks of crushed cans that are kindly sorted into steel and Aluminium by Alun Nicholas of Amcanu’n Uchel Ltd. and weighed in, with all proceeds going to Living Spring, Tidy Stourbridge’s chosen charity. Thanks also goes out to Colin for recycling the glass gathered by the team.

Whilst we are acknowledging people’s contributions we would like to thank Dave Colley from Clent View Carriers for arranging the collection of the litter gathered by the group and Trish from Storage King Dudley for storing and delivering the litter picking equipment.

Map picture

The team will be collecting people’s discarded rubbish from the Lye by-pass area Wednesday 23rd April 2014 at 7:00pm. Meeting at the Jackson Street car park DY9 8HE More importantly we will be having a drink at the Windsor Castle Pub Lye Cross

Everyone is welcome to join us, just look for the group of people with yellow tabards. If previous visits to this area are anything to go on the more people the better.