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.
We 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.
Knowle will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the designation of our Conservation Area on Saturday 21st July. Please put the date in your diary now.
With the Church and Guild House at its heart, the Conservation Area has 87 nationally and locally listed buildings and protects our village. Our celebrations, from 11:30am to 4:00pm, will be for all the family, and will include:
- A Trail for the children to follow and find answers to clues as shown on a Treasure Map;
- Guided walking tours of the village;
- the opening of the church tower;
- an exhibition marquee outside the Guild House;
- Afternoon teas in the Guild House. There will be a longer walk from the Legion to The Guild House at 12:00 noon and a shorter walk from the Guild House to the Library at 2:00pm. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. More guided walks will be arranged subject to demand.
- The high point of the day will be the visit of the Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Flo Nash, who will mark the occasion by cutting the celebration cake at 1.30pm.