A change to our Meetings programme has been necessitated by our planned June speaker leaving the area. We will now welcome former auctioneer Steven Bruce at 8pm on 17th June for an hour of humorous tales and anecdotes entitled ‘Buying and Selling at auction – Stories from the Auction Room’.

TALES OF A FARMER’S WIFE (with cheese samples!)

Jane Barnes is a hands-on farmer’s wife who helps run a family dairy farm near Melton Mowbray, where a herd of 160 Pedigree Ayrshire cows produce milk for cheese production. The farm is one of those supplying the Long Clawson Dairy co-operative, the principal producer of Stilton cheese for over a hundred years. 

It is varied and challenging work which has led her into the world of ‘digital’ (how to code the cows) and even taken her, two years ago, to New England, for the World Ayrshire Conference and the opportunity to rub shoulders and share insights with breeders from all over the world. 

Her well illustrated and amusing talks about the farm, looking after the cows and turning their grass consumption into award winning cheese have made her a popular figure on the speaker circuit across the Midlands and now she is coming, cheese samples in hand, to Knowle.


Jane will be the Knowle Society’s guest speaker on Monday 20th May at 8pm in Knowle Village Hall. All are welcome.

What can be done to rejuvenate the High Street?

Empty premises and reduced footfall in our village centre are a concern to the Society and our local business owners. Dave Pinwell has been running a survey of local people to gather their thoughts on how often they use the local shops and restaurants and what would attract both them and visitors to stop more often. If you have not taken part yet, why not do so now and add your voice at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexIrqoTguUFAaccMpMCQGquFCcwXYqjzQeupFeQfmrGwkVIQ/viewform


Have you wondered what has happened? The bunds were created last year to deter people from driving or camping in the park. This year they have been sprayed with a wildflower mixture in a matrix which will encourage their growth.


ALL RESULTS FOR SOLIHULL WARDS ARE AVAILABLE FROM – http://www.solihull.gov.uk/About-the-Council/Voting/Election-results/Local-results-2019


Candidate Party No. of Votes
JOHNSON Simon Martin Labour Party 187
PINWELL Dave The Conservative Party Candidate 1386
REBEIRO Alan Stephen Independent 1415
ROGERS Antony Richard Liberal Democrats 198
WILSON Alison Natasha Green Party 239

Duly Elected:  REBEIRO Alan Stephen

Independent HOLD

Dorridge and Hockley Heath

Candidate Party No. of Votes
BRITTIN David Jon Labour Party 202
FAIRBURN Paul Martin Liberal Democrats 406
MACKIEWICZ Andy The Conservative Party Candidate 1968
MCINTYRE Iona Elizabeth Jean Green Party 518

Duly Elected:  MACKIEWICZ Andy

Conservative HOLD