Dear Member,

The April Newsletter is expected back from the printers imminently. However, due to the current situation, we have very reluctantly decided that the printed copies will not be distributed until things become easier.

What we are doing is to send a link to everyone we have an email address for, so you can either download a version, or read it on the Society’s website.  When it becomes easier and safer we intend to distribute the hard copies so you have something to read in comfort and to share. We are hoping that this will be well before the July edition is due!

The link is http://www.knowlesociety.org.uk/ please copy and paste it into your browser. The Newsletter item is the first one on the home page.  We hope this will suffice until things return to normal.  We don’t usually provide free access to the current Newsletter, but for now, please feel free to share the link with any of your neighbours or friends who you think might be interested.

An online version can be read here.

In addition a pdf version can be viewed here.



During these challenging times, Arden Academy has set up a website which, together with local people, local businesses and community groups, aims to act as a central hub for local community information.    As well as the website becoming a “go to” for information and advice, it offers people the opportunity to register as volunteers; people who then contact us through the website for assistance can be linked with volunteers offering the required help.

How can you help?
Information which you feel is useful to local people can be submitted in the following ways:

As well as being published on Facebook and Twitter, this information will be uploaded onto the website and made accessible to everyone.    This applies to individuals, businesses and community groups.  We would ask you to make people and local groups, where possible, aware of this service so that they too can submit useful information.

This is a time when our special community must come together – so please get involved. Thank you for your support.

Martin Murphy  CEO Arden Multi Academy Trust, Local Resident


Dear Residents
I just want to reiterate how important it is that you stay at home in order to help stop the spread of coronavirus. You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible;
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household;
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person;
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

Please make sure that you keep your children/ teenagers and young adults at home. If they are going out for their one form of exercise make sure they follow the 2 meter rule. We have seen a rise in youths using the canal paths and fields in order to socialise and refusing to disperse. This is unacceptable and will be dealt with appropriately and enforcement will follow. 

Message From
Akhtar Ali Shah (Police, PCSO, Solihull, Knowle, Meriden, Bickenhill, Dorridge, Hockley Heath, Marston Green NEC)

SCAM ALERT: Please share far and wide.
Scammers are looking to profit from the worry and concerns caused by Coronavirus.
The below image is of a SCAM text message purporting to be from UKGOV, please do not click on links or attachments in suspicious messages. For up to date scam information please visit The Action Fraud website.  https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news


Garden waste

To allow them to manage our resources during this challenging time the Council has taken the difficult decision to postpone the start of the garden waste collection service.  No Green Bins will be collected.

They will be moving the resources they would have used to provide the garden waste service to support the normal delivery of rubbish and recycling services.

They are currently looking to delay the start of the service until after Easter – but as this is a fast moving situation they will review this nearer the time.

Bickenhill Waste Disposal and Recycling Site

The Council has also closed this facility until further notice as it has become crowded with members of the public keen to clear their gardens and other accumulated materials, posing a risk to themselves and the staff.