FOOD, GLORIOUS, FOOD

Free public talk at Knowle Village Hall, all welcome, ‘bring a friend’!
Monday 16 September 2019

Kath Reynolds is keen on reminiscence and, as a former librarian, has an eye for detail. She has spent a great many years of collecting stories, memories and musings and her talks reflect this.

For her hour in the Village Hall next Monday, she will concentrate on food memories. The nation’s diet has changed markedly over our lifetimes, firstly with the availability of the refrigerator and the freezer, then with the advent of the ready meal and, of course, with the eventual arrival of almost unheard of modern favourites such Pad Thai and Fajitas.

Kath, though, will be turning her back on modern dishes and winding back the clock through the decades to remind us of brands we loved, and a few we might have hated. As she reviews the impact of early convenience food, she will feature some that are long lost and some that still limp along with vastly diminished sales, as well as once familiar packaging from the corner stores of yesteryear.

From Nesquik to Angel Delight to Chianti (but always in a basket) Kath will rekindle your memories of shopping and cooking half a century past.

All welcome, as ever at our talks, at 8pm on Monday 16th.

DRIVEWAY REPAIRS

We have had reports of residents being approached with offers to repair their driveways by people claiming that they represent, or are acting with the support of, the Council.  We have been informed by the Council that it is in no way involved with such a scheme. Be alert, anyone who is willing to tell such tales is unlikely to be honest about the quality of their work.

CELEBRATING KNOWLE’S HERITAGE

Each year, in September, organisations and historic places celebrate their past history. This year Knowle Society Local History Committee is running several events.

SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2019, 10am – 3pm

THE WAY WE USED TO LIVE’

A display upstairs in Knowle Library of various artefacts from our archives and on loan, with an accompanying quiz aimed at children aged approx. 8 – 12 years old. 

There will also be a quiz for 4 – 7 years old which will involve the children with appropriate adults walking the High Street. The winner of each quiz will receive a prize of £10.

SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2019, 10am – 3pm

SCRAP BOOKS & PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS’

A variety of these from our archives and from different eras will be available for visitors to look through at their leisure throughout the day. Where possible copies may be ordered with the understanding that where appropriate, copyright lies with Knowle Society.

Also on 21 SEPTEMBER at 12 noon

TOUR OF CHESTER HOUSE (KNOWLE LlBRARY)
& THE KNOT GARDEN’.
Chester House is the oldest building on the High Street and anyone wishing to know more about it and its history should assemble, depending on weather, either in the courtyard of the library or inside the reception area at 12 noon to join a conducted tour led by Dave Pinwell.

BUS SERVICES TO CHANGE (AGAIN)

There are radical and complicated changes to Landflight bus services, commencing this coming Sunday, 1 September.

Knowle Society is one of a number of organisations representing residents in the areas served by Landflight which are concerned that, despite frequent tinkering, the services are still not fit for purpose. We are discussing joining forces to press for a greater frequency, improved reliability and a better match to what passengers actually need from these local services.

Meanwhile, here is a digest of the impact of the coming changes for the areas in which most of our members live:

Knowle:
The Johnson buses operated 87, 88 and 88A services are unchanged.

The Landflight A3 service will no longer run via Knowle. It will be replaced by the A7 service from Solihull, which will run on the former A3 route through Knowle to Dorridge and on to Solihull via Hockley Heath, Blythe Valley Park and Cheswick Green.  The A8 will run in the reverse direction.

Landflight buses from Knowle will no longer go to Solihull Station. Instead the new circular route will stop at Tudor Grange Sports Centre where the footpath opposite goes to the Station.

The A7/A8 timetables are completely different from those presently operating on the A3.  Off-peak daytime Monday to Friday services and all weekend services of the A7 will leave Solihull for Dorridge via Knowle at half past the hour and the A8 will leave Dorridge for Solihull via Knowle at 33 minutes past the hour.

The first A8 bus to Solihull will leave Dorridge at 07:03 and Knowle High Street at 07:13.  The next service, leaving Dorridge at 08:11 may suit some school and office travellers, arriving at Knowle Green at 08:23 and Solihull Town Centre at 09:50.

Older Person’s Pass holders resident between Dorridge and Tilehouse Green will be dismayed that the 09:26 from Dorridge is timetabled to reach Tilehouse Green Lane before their pass is valid and the next A8 does not leave Dorridge until 10:33. Those wanting to use the pass at the earliest opportunity will do better to catch the A7 and go the long way round to Solihull. This will leave Tilehouse Green Lane into Purnells Way at 09:45 and is due in Solihull at 10:28.

Bentley Heath:

The new A7/A7W will not run through Bentley Heath, the only service being the hourly A3/A3W between Solihull & Dorridge.

Services scheduled in both directions before 09:00 and after 15:00 will continue to carry the W suffix and proceed via Widney Manor Road, services between those hours will continue to proceed via Alderminster Road.

All A3/A3W services from Solihull will now leave the Town Centre at 44 minutes past the hour but the last bus will be significantly earlier at 20:44 (18:44 on Sundays). All A3/A3W services to Solihull will be scheduled to leave Bentley Heath at 14 minutes past the hour with a last bus at 20:14 (18:14 on Sundays).

The first service from Bentley Heath to Solihull for Older Person’s Pass Holders will be the 10:14.

Dorridge:

The present A7/A7W services from Solihull and A8/A8W services towards Solihull will be re-numbered A3/A3W services in both directions and will terminate at Dorridge Station.

Services scheduled in both directions before 09:00 and after 15:00 will continue to carry the W suffix and proceed via Widney Manor Road, services scheduled to pass between those hours will continue to proceed via Alderminster Road.

All A3/A3W services from Solihull will now leave the Town Centre at 44 minutes past the hour but the last bus will be significantly earlier at 20:44 (18:44 on Sundays). All A3/A3W services to Solihull will be scheduled to depart at 10 minutes past the hour with a last bus at 20:10 (18:10 on Sundays).

The present A3 service to Knowle and occasionally to Hockley Heath will be re-numbered A7 from Knowle and A8 towards Knowle. Beyond Dorridge these will follow the current A7/A8 route to and from Solihull via Hockley Heath and Cheswick Green.

The first service towards Knowle will depart Dorridge Station at 07:03 Monday to Friday, 07:33 on Saturday and 09:33 on Sunday. The 08:11 from Dorridge towards Knowle will suit many school and work travellers. Whilst peak time services will follow no pattern, during off peak daytime hours Mondays to Fridays and all day at the weekends, buses towards Knowle will leave Dorridge Station at 33 minutes past the hour and weekday evenings at 10 minutes past the hour. Last buses will be at 22:10 Monday to Friday, 21:33 on Saturdays and 18:33 on Sundays.

The first service towards Hockley Heath will depart Dorridge Station at 07:21 Monday to Friday, 07:51 on Saturday and 08:51 on Sunday. Whilst peak time services will follow no pattern, during off peak daytime and evening hours Mondays to Fridays and all day at the weekends, buses towards Hockley Heath will leave Dorridge Station at 51 minutes past the hour. Last buses will be at 21:51 Monday to Saturdays and 17:51 on Sundays.

Unfortunately, as the A8 to Solihull leaves at 09:26, the first service to arrive in Solihull for Older Person’s Pass Holders will be the A3 leaving Dorridge Station at 10:10.

A MAP AND TIMETABLES ARE AVAILABLE AT :-
https://www.networkwestmidlands.com/ways-to-travel/bus/solihull-changes/