Presentation of plaque to Les Kyles’ widow

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At a recent meeting of The Knowle Society in the Village Hall, Mrs Moira Kyles was presented with a plaque to express the Society’s deep appreciation for over ten years of committed support for the Society by Les in his work as a local ward councillor and as one-time Mayor of Solihull. Mrs Kyles received the award with her two daughters.

Mrs Kyles expressed her great pleasure at the presentation and plans that when Knowle Library opens again after its refurbishment during early 2008, the plaque will be held in the library for everyone to see.

Membership tops 3000!

The Knowle Society has achieved a quite remarkable membership figure for a community of the size of Knowle and is delighted that so many people have shown interest in its aims and work.

The Society has achieved half of these 3000 members, largely through the diligent recruiting work of Martin Warr. It also reflects the hard work of many people over the last 45 years who have built up the work of the various sections including, planning, community services, local history and natural history and who have maintained parallel programmes of interesting walks, talks, outings and publications. This heady total is vulnerable to erosion when subscription time comes around as inevitably some members will have moved away or died. Martin working in conjunction with the Membership Secretary hopes that he will be able to maintain this figure. Please encourage your friends and neighbours to consider joining The Knowle Society.

Proposed new care homes on ‘Parkridge’ site

The Planning sub-committee of The Knowle Society was approached by Sunrise Senior Living, a Care Home Company started in the U.S.A. Sunrise has twelve homes in the U.K. including one in Edgbaston and one opened recently in Solihull. The company has now acquired the 2.2 acre site on Warwick Road formerly belonging to Parkridge builders. It tells us it has signed an unconditional contract and intended to complete the purchase in August 2007.

Sunrise held a public meeting in the Greswolde Hotel early in 2007 to explain the proposals to all and sundry and to answer any questions and to listen to comments. Depending on the outcome, it will then go to planning and if successful, intends to start on a 17 month building programme late this year.

The idea is to erect two buildings on the site, the one on the left (south) side to be a 60 bed residential home and the one on the north side to be a 50 bed nursing home. The professed ethos of the company is to provide an up-market care home with catering on a hotel basis at a cost for the residential home approaching double that of other homes in the area. The homes are aimed at people who have substantial insurance policies covering the position or substantial funds of their own.

The one big plus that can be seen at this stage is that we will not be facing the building of the mini-roundabout which was a feature of the Parkridge plans.