WW1 Knowle soldier to get a War Graves headstone after research by The Knowle Society

Alfred George Barber – Our Alfie (27 Jan 1899 – 30 May 1919)

After 95 years of lying in an unmarked grave, Alfie will have the recognition he so deserves and will have the appropriate Commonwealth War Grave headstone. After research and correspondence between the Local History team of The Knowle Society and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Commission responded on 11th November 2014 (a poignant date for such a letter) saying “Gunner Alfred George Barber (836287) qualifies for commemoration by the CWGC under the Death attributable to Service criterion. The date for this headstone provision is not yet known but will be advised here and in the Society’s newsletter when the information becomes available.

They were all Heroes! – Exhibition

Knowle Village Hall
10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd August
10.00am – 4.30pm Monday 4th. August

There will be a Living Tommy present each day.

Our exhibition will show how it affected Knowle and is based on Michael Harrison’s book The Price a Parish Paid plus additional research by the history team. It contains a lot of local and personal information of all involved whether they were killed in action, taken prisoner or simply served and survived – they were all heroes! Our aim therefore is to provide names and as much information as possible for each individual including, where possible, a photograph of that person.

 

 

Our exhibition will show how it affected Knowle and is based on Michael Harrison’s book The Price a Parish Paid plus additional research by the history team. It contains a lot of local and personal information of all involved whether they were killed in action, taken prisoner or simply served and survived – they were all heroes! Our aim therefore is to provide names and as much information as possible for each individual including, where possible, a photograph of that person.

There will be a mini exhibition on The Black Prince and the Battle of Jutland and one on the hospital at Hampton-in-Arden and convalescent homes like Springfield, and much, much more.

We will be serving tea and coffee and cakes.

A raffle will be held each day with a bottle of Champagne as the daily prize. The proceeds from this raffle will be donated to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (Patient Welfare Fund) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where the forces’ operational casualties are nursed and provision is made for families who are caring for them while at the hospital.

Come along and see the contributions and sacrifices made by Knowle people.

Photos of the opening day and the formal opening by the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mrs Kate Wild. ‘Living Tommy’ also shown by the war memorial at Knowle Parish Church

 

Knowle a Celebration 2012 – DVD

The Society is pleased to bring to your notice a new DVD Knowle A Celebration 2012 which captures a slice of life in Knowle in this special Jubilee year. This is now available to buy at Oxfam, Toni Barbieri, Royle Household and Lyons Butchers. The DVDs cost £10 each and all proceeds are being shared equally between four local charities; Friends of Knowle Park, 1st Knowle Scout Group, Arden PA and Knowle School PTA. This is your chance to own a lovely memento of a very wonderful year in our community.

This initiative has been produced and promoted independently of The Knowle Society.

Matters discussed by the Trustee Directors in February 2012

1. A meeting was expected shortly in which Kimberley Developments will explain to the Society’s Planning committee representatives what steps it is taking in response to the objections raised by the Society to its latest planning application for a Waitrose store et.al.

2. Yorkshire Tea was reported to have made a generous donation of teabags and decorative paraphernalia for use in the Village Tea Party to be held in celebration of the Society’s Golden Jubilee on 5th May.

3. Any Questions? – This event has been oversubscribed, the name of the fourth panellist has yet to be announced. All arrangements with Arden Academy are now in hand for this prestigious event.

4. AGM – Gary Masters announced that he will be retiring at this AGM and therefore there will be a further vacancy for a Trustee Director. The name of a possible new nominee was discussed. It was agreed to continue with previous practice and have a tea/coffee break after the formal business.

5. The two councillors present provided updates on the Solihull Local Plan (the final version to be submitted for approval by the Secretary of State is out for discussion – the Society will be making a submission on the intended advancing of plans to build housing in Four Ashes, Hampton Road and Grove Road); the removal of protection of the Relief Road Line (aka the by-pass land) [*see further detail below]; the Royal British Legion building will be used again for a polling station instead of Arden School; an area of the Borough (not Knowle) will try reducing street lighting hours on an experimental basis; the Conservation Advisory Committee (CAC) will be brought out of mothballs for consideration of the Kimberley/Waitrose planning application – SMBC decision on this application is expected in late March; a free parking period in Borough car parks will continue – the hours are subject to further discussion; Tilehouse Green Lane is due to be resurfaced in the Spring.

6. No 8 Wilsons Road (the last one in residential use in that block) has been approved for conversion to office use.

7. Copies of a report on an aircraft noise monitoring exercise in Knowle were circulated; the Society is pressing for further clarification on the data about flights made at the extreme edge of the allowed corridor where these pass closest to Knowle.

8. Planting of a tree, possibly in Jobs Close (Knowle) Park in commemoration of the Society’s Jubilee was discussed. Details of the Streamside Trust (land by Wychwood Avenue) were explained by one of the local councillors and the Society expressed its continued interest in being able to contribute to the future trusteeship/management of that land.

9, A very successful guided tour of Knowle for a local cub pack was reported. It was recognised that this sort of activity was important if youngsters were to be encouraged to take a future interest in civic matters; the Society being keen to develop a youth interest within its structure.

10. A new committee of the Trustee board was under consideration that would combine the current one-man-bands of publicity, membership, newsletter, distribution and the website.

11. A member had expressed an interest in moving forward the Knowle Green Community Project (the old toilet block) and the Society would be meeting with him to explore his interest.

[* Reasons given for removal of protection on Relief Road Line were: a) The Highways Agency says that it is no longer needed as the M40/M42 have proved to be effective in carrying traffic away from Knowle, b) a by-pass might prevent people from coming into Knowle to shop, c) the route would cut right between residential areas and cut them off from the village centre and d) a by-pass wouldn’t actually be put on that line today anyway.]