Every Street, Road, Lane etc, has had its own name since early times. Where do the names come from, and why does every village, town, city etc have one particular street name in common – “HIGH STREET”. What do some of the names tell us about the past history of our towns and villages? Often roads and streets were named after a destination, person, landmark, geographical feature etc.
We thought it would be interesting to explore some clues that local street names give us about the development and history of Knowle – what was the meaning behind Kixley? Who was Cook Close named after and other interesting facts such as – why are streets wider than lanes.
The exhibition explores our research from Local History archives and maps, and is illustrated not only through photographs but also through the wonderful paintings by Mike Humpreys, our local artist.
Come and find out the answers to these questions and learn more about the street names of Knowle by visiting our exhibition. ‘Down Your Way’ in the Local History Centre upstairs in Knowle Library. The exhibition is free to view at any time during library opening hours and Stewards are on duty every Saturday morning 10am – 12pm
You may remember that we encouraged you to recycle your Christmas Cards this year. This is the result!!
The team at Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors in Solihull collected a staggering 30,000 Christmas cards for recycling to raise funds for St Giles Hospice.
They smashed their 10,000 target as news of their collection spread through social media, posters, newsletters and even a man who stood up on a local bus and urged passengers to take their cards to Thomas Bragg’s.
Thrilled Funeral Arranger Kayleigh Hughes explained: “After a successful Christmas Card collection of 5,112 cards from 2017, this year we aimed to receive 10,000 cards.
“We decided again this year that for every 2,000 cards we collected we would dedicate a new tree via The Woodland Trust. One tree can provide 8,333 sheets of paper and we have now dedicated a quarter of an acre of woodland at Uffmoor Wood.
“All the cards were taken to St Giles Hospice where they are being turned into cash. Next year, I would love to collect even more!”
Kayleigh thanked local businesses including Sainsbury’s in Shirley, One Stop and Tesco in Knowle as well as The Knowle Society and local churches for promoting their collection.
She added: “We cannot thank the community enough for their support, the response has been amazing. We emptied the collection box at Knowle Parish Church four times and we had cards that were delivered by post from Cheshire. Cards are still coming in.
“Most importantly, we had a volunteer who wanted to help count the cards, who brought her children in after school one afternoon to count to show them the importance of charity and how they could help.”
Sally Insley, Community & Corporate Fundraising Manager from St Giles Hospice, said: “We would like to thank Thomas Bragg for their incredible efforts in collecting Christmas cards and gaining the support of the local community.
“It takes a community to a make a hospice and this is a great example of people coming together to help raise funds for such a valuable cause – one person’s trash certainly is another’s treasure.”
What can we do next year?
The exhibition in Knowle Library has generated a great deal of interest. Some examples of the exhibits :-
Whitehead’s Butcher’s Shop, High Street early 1900s eventually Sodens who closed down 2001.
Mrs Wood outside her Shop 1930. Now Glasstower Jewellery.
Come along to the Library to see many more amazing photographs.
THE KNOWLE SOCIETY LOCAL HISTORY TEAM
HAVE VACANCIES FOR VOLUNTEERS
If you have some spare time on a Saturday morning, would you like to fill it in a helpful and rewarding manner?
Helpful – because by helping every 4th Saturday 10am – 12.30pm you will be assisting in keeping the Local History Centre open on Saturday mornings when we help visitors with their enquiries (you will have an experienced volunteer on duty with you).
Rewarding – because we are the keepers of the village archives and by doing this you will be getting a glimpse into Knowle’s past and get to know more about the people and the village you live in.
If you are interested and computer literate (does not have to be in depth but at least able to receive and send emails), and would like to know more please contact Janet on
01564779040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Following last year’s successful talk about Baddesley Clinton, this November’s speaker evening takes another look at the house in history.
It was a pivotal moment when Thomas Walker purchased the house in 1940. Carole Preston, a guide and researcher at Baddesley Clinton will tell of ‘The Walker family – Saviours of Baddesley Clinton’ in the Village Hall on November 19th, commencing at 8pm. All are welcome.