A CENTURY OF HIGH STREET SHOPS

The exhibition in Knowle Library has generated a great deal of interest. Some examples of the exhibits :-


Whitehead’s Butcher’s Shop, High Street early 1900s eventually Sodens who closed down 2001.

Mrs Wood outside her Shop 1930.  Now Glasstower Jewellery.

Come along to the Library to see many more amazing photographs.

KNOWLE SOCIETY Annual General Meeting

This will take place at 3pm on Saturday 23rd February at Knowle Village Hall.  Please come along and ensure that the Society can continue to support the Village.
[It will finish in time for you to watch the Wales v England match!]

The rescheduled talk ‘Getting Recycling Right’ by Kalen Wood, Solihull Council’s Head of Waste and Recycling, will take place after the formal AGM business and a short refreshment break.

Have you ever wondered about whether something with mixed materials can go into your brown bin or not, such as glass with fixed metal collar or paper envelopes with clear plastic windows? Have you asked yourself whether sticks, pine cones or discarded fruit can go in your green bin? Have you wondered what happens to the contents of your bins after they leave your front drive? Now is your chance to find out and ask your own questions about recycling.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN REFERENDUM DETAILS

The referendum will be held on Thursday 14 March

In summary, it works just like any Local Council Election.  Anyone 18+ registered to vote in Local Council Elections and residing in the KDBH Area will receive a polling card in mid February.

Don’t forget that you can register for a postal or proxy vote if you’re going to be away from KDBH on 14 March, in exactly the same way as you would for Local Council Elections.

Copies of the Plan can be found at:- https://www.kdbh-np.org/ There are two versions, a PDF one and an ‘e-book’ which you can read electronically in the same way as a normal book.

PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF THE DATE AND VOTE. It is vital that as many people as possible vote (and in favour!). Every policy in it has been created as a result of local public support.

[NB THIS IS NOT THE SOLIHULL LOCAL PLAN, WHICH IS THE ONE PROPOSING ALL THE EXTRA HOUSES. THE AIM OF THIS PLAN IS: –

To conserve the KDBH Area as a unique place within Solihull Borough, characterised by its community spirit, village character, attractive green spaces, well preserved historic buildings and conservation areas and vibrant local economy.

Created by local people for local people, the Plan defines policies to be used by Solihull Council and developers on how new development should be done in our villages. It will shape development in our Neighbourhood for the next 15 years – however the consequences will be felt by generations to come. More info in a short video at

https://youtu.be/zMf1IPZQVbU. ]

CHANGES TO BUS SERVICES FROM SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY

Most of the local bus services are changing, some to a worse service.  Information is still not easily available and confusing, but the best we can glean is:-

The S3 service between Dorridge, Knowle and Dickens Heath will be withdrawn. The replacement services will split the old route at Solihull and run with reduced frequency. A new HOURLY service (A3) will run between Dorridge, Knowle and Solihull with a change of bus necessary to carry on to Dickens Heath.  It will be provided by ‘Landflight’. Just a few of these buses will extend beyond Dorridge, to and from Hockley Heath. The timetables are available at https://www.landflight.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/A3-Solihull-to-Dorridge-Hockley-Heath.pdf

The 87, 88 & 88A services will be provided by ‘Johnsons’ with a half hourly service Solihull to Knowle and the 87 onto Coventry, the 88 & 88A stopping at Balsall Common.  The 88 service, every two hours, will proceed via Chadwick End, the 87 and 88A will continue along the Kenilworth Rd.   The timetables are available at:-
http://www.johnsonscoaches.co.uk/contentfiles/files/87%2088%2088A%20Fen%202019.pdf

Some members in the west of our patch might also find the new A7/A8 circular services, which will run hourly along the former S2 route then through Hockley Heath, Blythe Valley and Cheswick Green, and vice versa, of interest, as it can be caught in Widney Road.  See:-

https://www.landflight.co.uk/bus-services/

Of these services the A3 will run an hourly Sunday service, but the A7/A8 Sunday service will only run from Solihull to Dorridge via Cheswick Green and Blythe Valley and not through Bentley Heath. The 87/88/88A will not run on Sundays.

In summary, Knowle will be served by three services an hour each way along the Warwick Road, but there will only be one an hour for the areas between Knowle and Dorridge.