As you may well know, the Council passed a proposal in June to remove all free parking in the car parks in Knowle.

Once this became known, the Society and others strongly objected to the proposals and to the complete lack of consultation with the Society or with the local traders.  We have since been working with our Councillors and Council Officers to ameliorate the impact.  As a result, the Council agreed to review the position and has come up with three alternative charging schemes.  These are to be put to the reconvened Committee on Thursday and we hope that at least some free parking period will be accepted.

The revised proposals are:-

 Option A – Proceed with the original scheme to remove the 2 hour free period and introduce a 20p per hour charge for the first two hours.

 Option B – Retain a free 1 hour period and introduce a 40p charge for the second hour, and increase the existing charge for the other tariff bands by 20p.

 Option C – Retain a free 30 minute period and introduce a 20p per hour charge across the rest of the tariff bands up to 6 hours.

The responsible Officer has recommended that Option C be chosen.  Andrew Marston, our Chairman, will be addressing the Committee and strongly urging that Option B be chosen.  We hope that this will be supported by our Councillors.


Silversmithing is the art of turning silver sheet metal into items for the home like tableware and candlesticks, for the church, like collection plates and more candlesticks or for personal use, like jewellery, and the Society’s July speaker is a specialist. She taught it at Stafford College for 36 years. Now, since retirement, she takes that expertise on the road, telling groups across the West Midlands about this specialist skill, crafting a precious metal into objects of beauty.

Naturally, Penny brings a variety of exquisite items  with her to illustrate the talk and invites her audience to marvel at the detail of the craft and information about those who make them.
Come and join us for Penny’s talk on 16th July at 8pm in the Village Hall, all welcome.

2018 Arden Free Tree Scheme now open!

Arden free tree portraitWe are running a ‘free tree’ initiative aimed at protecting and enhancing the rural character of Solihull in partnership with Birmingham Airport.

The Arden Free Tree Scheme promotes the planting of traditional native trees in the borough, restoring features typical of the wider local landscape whilst also reducing carbon in the atmosphere.

The scheme is open to any individuals or groups wishing to create hedgerows or small woodlands on their own land, within Solihull.

Landowners in the borough who wish to plant new hedgerows and trees can apply by sending in a location map, sketched plan and list of species. A Solihull Council Ecologist will then visit the site to discuss the plan in person, and adapt it if necessary.

Applications need to be submitted by the end of August. Proposed projects will be taken forward for selection in September, and successful applicants will then receive free trees and plants in time for the planting season (November – March).
Please note, single specimen trees cannot be supplied for gardens but groups of standards may be supplied for wood-pasture creation.

Further information about the scheme is available at:-
or contact the Conservation of Historic Environment, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Ecology  Team on 0121 704 6391.


The fundraising committee for the Knowle Village Hall has arranged “ An Evening at the Opera” with Gaynor Keeble ( mezzo soprano) and Friends on Saturday ,8th September at the Hall  : 7.30p.m.  Gaynor is a well known Opera singer, having been with the English National Opera, and has sung many roles at the Royal Opera House and other places. The programme will be of popular classics as well as some G. and S etc.She has also sung in oratorios such as “The Dream of Gerontius”

Tickets £8.50 . Available from Carolyn Abbott on 01564 779898 and from Stephen Yeomans 01564 778163.