Clean for the Queen & the Knowle Fun Run

Along with groups all over the borough and the country, the Society arranged a day to clean the central area of our local community as part of this national initiative in celebration of The Queen’s 90th birthday. On Thursday 12th May 2016 around 20 volunteers collected litter, painted benches and cared for the Precinct flower beds.

Over 25 bags of rubbish were collected – special purple ‘Clean for the Queen’ bags were supplied by local MP Caroline Spelman. Kerry Mountjoy from SMBC arranged for collection of the waste and Tesco and The Greswolde Hotel provided welcome sustenance for the volunteers on a delightful sunny morning.

Society volunteers also helped with stewarding at the Knowle Fun Run on Sunday 15th May.

Enjoy this compilation of photos from those events.

Mini recycling centres to go

As we are all using our kerbside recycling facilities more and not the mini ones in public areas, the Council has decided to close them. The Tesco car park ones go by 30 November 2015, the Dorridge Station car park ones go by 28 February 2016 and the Greswolde car park ones by 31 May 2016.

New Bus Service to Stratford Skirts Knowle

Johnson’s Coaches has been operating a bus service from Birmingham to Stratford via Hockley Heath for some time, but now it has added a Solihull to Stratford service that passes along one of Knowle’s boundaries. The new, six times a day, S20 service (five times on Saturday and no service on Sunday) runs from Solihull along Widney Manor Road, then up Widney Road to the Cricket Club and down Station Road to Dorridge before proceeding to Stratford via Hockley Heath and Henley-in-Arden. For a full timetable, visit Network West Midlands.

Precinct flower beds given a ‘makeover’

Members of the Society led by its Natural Environment committee worked over three days this month to tidy up the four big raised flower beds in Knowle Precinct which had become a little tired. After removing fifty black sacks of green waste and adding a significant number of new plants, the consensus from passers-by was that it was a job well done. Encouragement, sustenance and access to taps for watering were freely offered by precinct traders and great support was received from the Council and its contractor Amey, even the Council’s political wing got stuck in as well.

The project was ably led by Lilla Baker and it is hoped that the end result gives pleasure to all and better business for our traders. We do know for sure that the result was hugely appreciated by an army of caterpillars that appeared soon afterwards but Lilla led a pincer action with her bug gun!

New parking restrictions from 1st May

Total prohibition of parking in sections of St John’s Close, Lodge Road, Longdon Road and the service road by the GPS Healthcare (Blythe) Surgery as proposed and consulted on by the Council will come into effect on Friday 1st May. Limited parking on a section of road by the same surgery also comes into effect at the same time. Details of the original proposal can be seen in our previous news item.

Proposals Letter


Did someone not realise it’s a good idea to walk to the machine to get a ticket for the car park?