We are very pleased to announce the launch of a new online forum for members to discuss issues of relevance to the ‘village’ of Knowle and The Knowle Society. This facility was originally requested by a member at the Society’s 2006 AGM.
The Knowle Society’s third edition of this informative, illustrated booklet is selling very well (over four hundred copies). See the expanded list of outlets where you may buy copies.
Outlets in Knowle:
Carly’s / Oxfam Books & Music / Knowle Library / Midland Business Equipment
Outlets in Solihull:
Solihull Central Library / Borders Bookshop – Touchwood
As always, copies are also on sale at the Society’s main meetings. The price of the guide is three pounds. These make excellent gifts for distant friends and family members who may have Knowle connections, as well as being a useful reference source for all Knowle families. Why not buy two and keep one to hand for that urgent small gift?
The archives are now available and our stewards on hand to help you with your enquiries. Our display cabinets already have a set of local photographs of the highways and byways around Knowle for your interest and in May there will be a major new exhibition of 100 years of Scouting and Guiding in Knowle.
Although Knowle Library has now reopened (27th March), The Knowle Society has still to assess the work required to reopen the Local History Centre archives upstairs in the Library. As soon as a date is known this will be notified here. Meanwhile a small exhibition of photographs is on display in the display cabinets upstairs – it is called ‘A Walk through Knowle highways and byways in the village in earlier days’.
Eager faces demonstrate the value of this annual event when The Knowle Society displays pictures and talks about old and new Knowle to the children.
Six members of the Society enjoyed a rewarding visit when the Year 6 (final year) children displayed a lively interest and were able to relate what they saw to their own knowledge of the village. The project forms part of the National Curriculum for Knowle’s Year 6 children. This year the Society took its exhibition to the school instead of the school coming to the library, whilst the Library is closed temporarily. The Local History Centre has prepared a set of pictures which combined with material from the Society’s new Guide to Knowle provides a broad view of Knowle to encourage an interest in the village in which the children live. The visit is followed later by a question and answer session in open forum with the children. The Knowle Society is very pleased to be helping in this way with the local primary school.