Please note that the newsletter incorrectly states the time of the Monday 16 November meeting ‘All the World’s a Stage’ as 8pm; it should be 2pm. The Diary also omits the 11am Boxing Day Walk.

Matters discussed by the Trustee Directors in October 2009

A brief report of matters discussed at the most recent committee meeting. Discussion on Society matters is welcomed on the ‘Forum’.

In order of discussion:

1. Update on Knowle Green Community Project – no news to report yet. It is understood that SMBC is investigating ownership of the land.

2. Safe Routes to School project update – Society’s recommendations broadly accepted by the Council – no work in the park, measures for school travelling time speed restrictions and traffic calming outside Arden School. The Society will begin to gather its thoughts on wider cycling options in anticipation of SMBC accepting our offer of assistance.

3. Christmas Lights event – The Police have agreed to the closing of Kenilworth Road only, now that the event will take place further into the church’s grounds away from the road. The police are supportive of the revised proposals. Details to be sorted out on First Aid and lost children assistance and the risk assessment to be further reviewed.

4. Airport Noise Action Plan – It is expected that this matter will go quiet (!) for the next year therefore it will be dropped from forthcoming agendas, to be returned for consideration when changes arise.

5. The problem of Trustee Directors having computer problems when working on Knowle Society business was discussed and a process was agreed in the event that suitable internal self-help was not available.

6. A FULL planning application in respect of the Stripes Hill Marina proposal had now been submitted by the developers – the Society will ensure that its response to this new application is submitted to SMBC.

7. The Environment Committee will now be known as the Natural Environment Committee – this better reflects its remit and accords well with the naming of such functions within SMBC with whom it will have most relationship.

8. The Society’s fiscal year, subscription collection timing and AGM timing were discussed, recognising difficulties of nighttime subscription collection and the short time for examiners to approve the accounts. The matter was noted pending a view of the success of the Standing Order campaign. The possibility of allowing subscription collection at the April publication date rather than the October one was received with some support but no action was taken at this time.

9.Under AOB it was noted that the next Unitary Development Plan would be due in 2011, which is not far away. Heavy involvement by the Society is anticipated.

The meeting ended at 9.30pm

Heritage Open Day – Saturday 12 September 2009

This annual national free event opens buildings to the public which are not normally open to view. This year in Knowle the church tower will be opening for visits. As a contribution to this event, The Knowle Society is making available for viewing some of its archives, in particular its always popular Scrapbooks of Knowle. These are becoming delicate books and are not normally available for close examination.

The Local History Centre team will be showing a selection of the many old scrapbooks from the archives which chronicle Knowle village life from the early 1900s onwards. Some of the very oldest have now been scanned and will be available to view on-screen.

In addition, the current exhibition ‘Henry Tonks, Surgeon & Artist’ born in Solihull, will be available to view and will be so until the end of September.

Both events take place in the History Centre, upstairs in Knowle Library, Saturday 12th September 2009, 11am-4pm.

All Welcome! All Free!

Matters discussed by the Trustee Directors in September 2009

A brief report of matters discussed at the most recent committee meeting. Discussion on Society matters is welcomed on the ‘Forum’.

In order of discussion:

1. Update on Knowle Green Community Project – initial planning steps are continuing – no news to report yet.

2. Safe Routes to School project update – A copy of the draft report from SMBC’s engineers to the Cabinet Member for his consideration had been received and was considered by the Society. It was agreed to write back thanking the Council for the courtesy of its provision of the document but to express in robust terms the Society’s profound disagreement with several of the facts and figures contained therein.

3. The AGM in November would be conducted along the traditional lines of receiving verbal updates from each committee chairman, who would then answer questions on his or her report. After an interval for free tea and coffee, the floor would be open to general questions.

4. In line with similar organisations, the Society’s balances were being moved from National Savings accounts into funds that would enable better investment returns but which had a solid reputation for being well managed. Funds were therefore being transferred to a COIF Charity Fund. Relatively high current balances at present reflected the fact that one major supplier had not rendered his invoice for several months.

5. The Society has taken commercial storage space at Arden Storage (provided for the last year or so free of charge by a generous member). This quality storage facility was required to hold material from the Archives and the Society’s display boards, much of which had previously been accommodated free of charge by the Library prior to its recent refurbishment.

6. There were no reports from the Knowle Ward Councillors because of other commitments or holidays.

7. Discussion of quotations for proposed new storage cabinets for the Local History Centre archives at the Library concluded that further investigtion was required; the principle of the project was well received.

8. It was agreed to keep the October newsletter to 14 rather than 18 pages and that in future the AGM Nomination form need not be printed as copies could be obtained from the website or from the Secretary.

9. It was agreed that the website could carry a new enhanced search and view facility for access to the Local History Archive that provided free public access to the full records of all archive material. There were no plans at present to make copies of the Archive objects or photographs themselves available on the website.

The meeting ended at 9.30pm

Initial Response to Jacobean Moorings (Marina) Application

We have now made a formal response to the outline application for a marina at Jacobean Lane.

This letter has been sent to Solihull Council and Knowle Councillors recording The Knowle Society’s objections to the second marina. These are: Impact on the Green Belt; Effect on the setting of Grove Farm, a listed building; Impact on views (amenity) for those using the towpath and public footpath through the site; Traffic, particularly at the Jacobean Lane/Warwick Road junction.