To mark this historic occasion, Knowle Society has handed over its exhibition space in Knowle Library to a display of masonic ephemera and historical landmarks, especially some relating to Freemasonry and Knowle.
As is the tradition in Knowle, the Ceremony of placing wreaths at the Cenotaph took place on the Sunday before Remembrance Day. Many Village organisations were represented, Knowle Society by the Chairman, Bill Bohanna who placed a wreath on our behalf.
Knowle Society is one of three groups in this Tesco region selected to receive a cash award in the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme. Tesco shoppers will decide who will receive the top grant. All those shopping in local Tesco stores between 1 September and 31 October 2017 will have a chance to vote for the project of their choice using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop. The award will be one of £4,000; £2,000 and £1,000 and we need your help to get the most out of this.
For your information the rule is that Tesco shoppers will be given a token with every transaction and encouraged to vote for the local project they would like to see receive funding using the voting unit in store. If you are not offered one, PLEASE ask.
The money will be used to improve the Local Nature Reserve which is well used by the local community. In recent years the access to and facilities at the site have deteriorated. Paths have become impassable, signage illegible and biodiversity threatened. In the summer much of the reserve is virtually inaccessible due to brambles, nettles and other vegetation. The signage, which would increase awareness and understanding of the area, is now difficult to read and in a very poor state.
The Knowle Society has contacted local youth groups who use the park and they are interested in taking part in works to improve the site. The Friends of Knowle Park have also pledged their support for this project.
Depending on the amount we receive, the money will be used to
- – firstly, purchase materials to improve the pathways;
- – secondly, buy bird and bat boxes to encourage nesting;
- – thirdly, provide signs to help identify the plants, butterflies and other creatures which make the nature reserve their home.
This project has the full support of SMBC, the owners of the site. Volunteers will undertake the work so the funding will only finance the purchase of materials. This project will have a long-term impact on the LNR and benefit future generations.
The stores where you can vote for us are:-
HALL GREEN STRATFORD RD
SOLIHULL TESCO EXTRA
BIRMINGHAM ALCESTER RD
This will be an opportunity seldom available, to enjoy a walk around the Blythe Valley Nature Reserve with an extension to the Stratford Canal.
Meet at the Reserve Car Park – call at the Blythe Valley Business Park security office for instructions (allow a little extra time for this). The entrance to the Park is off J4 of the M42, Postcode B90 8AA.
Meet in time to start the walk at 2:00pm. The walk is 4 miles long, reasonably flat.
WE ARE PILOTING A SCHEME TO ARRANGE LIFTS FOR THOSE UNABLE TO GET THERE UNDER THEIR OWN STEAM.
IF YOU ARE WILLING TO OFFER A LIFT, OR WOULD LIKE ONE, PLEASE EMAIL WALKS@KNOWLESOCIETY.ORG.UK TO SAY IF YOU ARE OFFERING OR WOULD LIKE A LIFT AND WE’LL SEE WHAT WE CAN DO.