Knowle has been Yarn Bombed!

Over the past few days knitted creatures and items have been mysteriously appearing around Knowle. Who is behind this invasion? Even the recently cleared Millennium Post has new residents – a wedding couple. The newly installed cycle racks are being used by a woollen covered cycle. This was an example of guerrilla knitting art activity initiated by residents of Jobs Close Residential home in Knowle this weekend. Residents (in their 90’s), local artists, staff, relatives have been involved in designing and making a remembrance garden.

The idea was formulated by the art group set up during the Arts Council and Solihull MBC funded project ‘Sustaining the Person Within’. During this time residents rediscovered a variety of art / craft skills and explored new ideas including setting up their own knitting group and they now donate blankets to Birmingham City Mission.

The group then decided that they would like to celebrate the lives of their residents past and present by ‘Yarn Bombing’ their exterior entrance on Thursday 10th April, this was designed to coincide with Solihull Artists Forum Art Fair at Knowle Village Hall where their art work was on display over the weekend. Having completed Jobs Close the ‘infestation’ spread all over the village, creating much amusement.

Changed Aircraft Flight Paths at Birmingham Airport

As reported in recent Knowle Society Newsletters, the Airport Flight Paths to the South are due to be altered. Trials are due to take place over the coming months to judge the effect on local communities, these trial routes will be varied and a final decision will be taken on the routes to be implemented. We strongly recommend that you contact the Airport regarding flights that are off track or more noisy than normal. The number to ring is 0121 767 7433. It is important that Knowle residents are aware that the trials are taking place and should register their concerns.

Millennium Post – Where has all the ivy gone?

The millennium post erected by the Knowle Society outside the Guild House has gradually been overwhelmed by ivy growing up it, until the sculpture on the top was in danger of being lost. Two Society members spent a profitable hour last Wednesday (26th March 2014) clearing the ivy to reveal the post as it was erected. Those who liked some ivy can be relieved that the roots have been left, so it will gradually come back.


The work revealed that the sculpture has cracks so is in need of repair and also needs repainting. If anyone who has experience of this type of specialist work would like to volunteer, we’d be very happy from you.