Christmas card campaign raises funds for Solihull Hospital Oncology Day Unit

A big thank you to all those who helped raise funds for the Solihull Hospital Oncology unit by buying Christmas cards through the initiative organised by Janet Eržen – chair of our local History Committee. A thanks also to Mike Humphreys who was behind the design of the cards. A letter from Beckie Knight from UHB Trust follows:

Dear Janet – Thank you so much for your call this afternoon, was lovely to speak to you again. From everyone here at Solihull Hospital Charity, I’d like to thank you all so much for supporting the Oncology Day Unit here at Solihull Hospital Charity with the sales of your Christmas cards.  Your support will make a real difference to patients and their families who visit the unit every week.

As mentioned, we’d love for you to join us at Solihull Hospital for a cheque presentation with our Fundraising Manager, Samantha Howell, and would love to cover your fundraising in our charity newsletter, Love Solihull Hospital. In regards to our Children’s Appeal at Solihull Hospital, I can confirm that this is currently in place in order to raise funds to transform the children’s areas within Solihull Hospital to make them more bright and comfortable, thereby minimising stress for patients and their families when visiting the Hospital. 

This includes a refurbishment of our Children’s Outpatients Department, which will transform the Department, and will include a chill-out area complete with TV and games consoles for the older children to a soft play area for toddlers, making a space for everyone to feel relaxed.

The appeal will also create a sensory room for children who have complex needs.  The room will include equipment and facilities such as bubble machines, soft play areas, projectors, mirrors and sensory toys making the area much more accessible and stress free. For some, hospital may never be an enjoyable place, but with the aid of this beautiful new department along with specialist toys, activities and games it will make it that little bit better.

Please do let me know if I can be of any further assistance, and again, thank you all so very much for your incredibly generous support.

Kindest regards

Beckie Knight
Administration Officer

KNOWLE HISTORY CENTRE AND ARCHIVE

Do you have an interest in the history of your village, or wish to meet local people?  Did you know that the Society are the keepers of Knowle Archives, with a huge collection of documents and items, including over 2000 photographs, mainly of the village and village people, the first one dating back to 1857.

If you would like to know more about the history of your village, or perhaps have a query about a house you’ve bought, or need help maybe with your family history, please come and see us any Saturday morning 10am – 12.30pm and perhaps you might feel you would like to find out more about being a volunteer.

Volunteers are always needed to help out in the Local History Centre upstairs in Knowle Library, only one Saturday a month.  Why not give it a try, you’ll get all the help you need.

Alternatively, telephone Janet on 01564 779040 to learn more about what is involved.

CELEBRATING KNOWLE’S HERITAGE

Each year, in September, organisations and historic places celebrate their past history. This year Knowle Society Local History Committee is running several events.

SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2019, 10am – 3pm

THE WAY WE USED TO LIVE’

A display upstairs in Knowle Library of various artefacts from our archives and on loan, with an accompanying quiz aimed at children aged approx. 8 – 12 years old. 

There will also be a quiz for 4 – 7 years old which will involve the children with appropriate adults walking the High Street. The winner of each quiz will receive a prize of £10.

SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2019, 10am – 3pm

SCRAP BOOKS & PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS’

A variety of these from our archives and from different eras will be available for visitors to look through at their leisure throughout the day. Where possible copies may be ordered with the understanding that where appropriate, copyright lies with Knowle Society.

Also on 21 SEPTEMBER at 12 noon

TOUR OF CHESTER HOUSE (KNOWLE LlBRARY)
& THE KNOT GARDEN’.
Chester House is the oldest building on the High Street and anyone wishing to know more about it and its history should assemble, depending on weather, either in the courtyard of the library or inside the reception area at 12 noon to join a conducted tour led by Dave Pinwell.

Down Your Way

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