Vote on the best start time for the monthly talks.

The society is reviewing the start time of our monthly talks at the village hall. The current start time is 8pm. If there is a consensus for an earlier start at 7.30pm, then the society will consider making the change.

The vote is now closed.

Results :

7.30pm Start.       39 votes

8.00pm Start.       10 votes

The society will therefore start future talks at 7.30pm from a date yet to be decided.

Shipwrecked in Antarctica !


Georgie Hale from Coventry, will tell the tale of her and her husband’s experience whilst being two of 154 passengers and crew on the MV Explorer when it sank in Antarctic waters after it (according to an official report) was driven too fast towards a “wall of ice” by an “inexperienced and overconfident” captain.
Come and hear how they survived this frightening experience.


The latest edition of our much appreciated and lauded Newsletter is on its way to you, or might even have arrived.
This happens because of nearly 100 active Members who write, proof read, arrange the printing, and distribute some 2000 copies every quarter.  In the normal course of things, some of them find that they can no longer support us in this way.  This quarter four of our stalwart distributors have had to hang up their boots for various reasons, so we are in dire need of new volunteers – can you be one?
Your involvement will be to deliver a batch of Newsletters somewhere in the area once a quarter and to collect the annual subscriptions.  You will be provided with all the information you need.

If you’d like to know more, or put yourself forward, please get in touch.

Leighton Jones


Whilst our friends across the pond are letting off their fireworks and waving their stars and stripes on Thursday this week, we in the UK will be marking our tenth annual Independents Day.

Yes, July 4th was earmarked in 2010 as the day to celebrate and support independent traders, retailers and other businesses and has grown in prominence ever since.

This year, as (largely) Knowle residents we have a growing concern about the future strength of our High Street in the wake of more closures and are recognising the importance of our independent shops and restaurants etc in keeping the economic centre of our village as a thriving place with a distinct character.

So, why not make a special point of supporting Knowle’s independent businesses on Thursday. Whether to get a couple of steaks,  meet your DIY requirements, buy a gift and a card, treat your pet or relax over a coffee and/or something to eat.  Our independent outlets have it all.

And then, think for the future, what opportunities are there for you to give more regular support to the businesses we want to continue succeeding at the heart of our village for years to come.

Meanwhile, social media buffs can follow the Independents Day action using the local, Solihull, and national hashtags – #ShopLocalSolihull and #ukindieday.