This year’s Annual General Meeting will take place at 3pm on Saturday 22nd February 2020 at Knowle Village Hall [Only Members may attend.]
Please come along and find out what’s happened and play your part in supporting your Society.  The meeting will receive reports on the activities of the Society and the Accounts of the Society, with the views of the Independent Examiner.  It will elect the Officers and some of the Trustees (who retire in rotation).

It will be followed by Tea and Cakes and the Trustees will be available to speak to anyone who wishes.

We are pleased that, after the formal proceedings, for those who have yet to meet our new MP, Saqib Bhatti, he has agreed to join us at the AGM, tell members a little about himself and chat informally over refreshments. (Please note, in accordance with our constitution, we are offering Mr Bhatti an apolitical platform to speak).

Christmas card campaign raises funds for Solihull Hospital Oncology Day Unit

A big thank you to all those who helped raise funds for the Solihull Hospital Oncology unit by buying Christmas cards through the initiative organised by Janet Eržen – chair of our local History Committee. A thanks also to Mike Humphreys who was behind the design of the cards. A letter from Beckie Knight from UHB Trust follows:

Dear Janet – Thank you so much for your call this afternoon, was lovely to speak to you again. From everyone here at Solihull Hospital Charity, I’d like to thank you all so much for supporting the Oncology Day Unit here at Solihull Hospital Charity with the sales of your Christmas cards.  Your support will make a real difference to patients and their families who visit the unit every week.

As mentioned, we’d love for you to join us at Solihull Hospital for a cheque presentation with our Fundraising Manager, Samantha Howell, and would love to cover your fundraising in our charity newsletter, Love Solihull Hospital. In regards to our Children’s Appeal at Solihull Hospital, I can confirm that this is currently in place in order to raise funds to transform the children’s areas within Solihull Hospital to make them more bright and comfortable, thereby minimising stress for patients and their families when visiting the Hospital. 

This includes a refurbishment of our Children’s Outpatients Department, which will transform the Department, and will include a chill-out area complete with TV and games consoles for the older children to a soft play area for toddlers, making a space for everyone to feel relaxed.

The appeal will also create a sensory room for children who have complex needs.  The room will include equipment and facilities such as bubble machines, soft play areas, projectors, mirrors and sensory toys making the area much more accessible and stress free. For some, hospital may never be an enjoyable place, but with the aid of this beautiful new department along with specialist toys, activities and games it will make it that little bit better.

Please do let me know if I can be of any further assistance, and again, thank you all so very much for your incredibly generous support.

Kindest regards

Beckie Knight
Administration Officer


Do you have an interest in the history of your village, or wish to meet local people?  Did you know that the Society are the keepers of Knowle Archives, with a huge collection of documents and items, including over 2000 photographs, mainly of the village and village people, the first one dating back to 1857.

If you would like to know more about the history of your village, or perhaps have a query about a house you’ve bought, or need help maybe with your family history, please come and see us any Saturday morning 10am – 12.30pm and perhaps you might feel you would like to find out more about being a volunteer.

Volunteers are always needed to help out in the Local History Centre upstairs in Knowle Library, only one Saturday a month.  Why not give it a try, you’ll get all the help you need.

Alternatively, telephone Janet on 01564 779040 to learn more about what is involved.


Highways England have launched a consultation on a proposal toseek views on proposed regulations to introduce variable mandatory speed limits at the M40 / M42 Interchange, including slip roads, between M42 J3 and J4 and M40 J16 as part of the M40 / M42 Interchange Smart Motorway Scheme.

Briefly, they are suggesting converting some sections of hard shoulder into running lanes, extending the variable mandatory speed limits and upgrading the signage that goes with this.  The aim is to reduce the congestion that often occurs at this junction.
The details can be found here.

and the consultation document here.

You can complete the questionnaire on-line or as hard copy.