Calendar launch a great success

Our launch exhibition of the new calendar was well attended, you may also spot a well-known face or two! Much of the calendar stock was sold on the first day so be quick if you want a copy too!

See our news item on 19th September for more information about the calendar.

2012 Calendar of Knowle

To celebrate the Society’s Jubilee year in 2012, a delightful calendar of watercolours of Knowle by local artist Mike Humphreys is available for sale from 1st October 2011 for £4.99 each.

The Knowle Society celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. As part of the celebrations to mark this event the Society has published a calendar with a different picture each month representing Knowle in the present day. The pictures are copies of watercolours painted by a local artist who suffered a stroke in 2009. He had to learn to use his left hand and as part of his therapy he started to paint pictures of the village, with truly amazing results.

There will be a small exhibition of Mike’s paintings including the ones used for the calendar, in the Knowle Society Local History Centre (upstairs in Knowle Library) commencing Saturday 1 October 2011 from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

The calendar will be available for puchase (proceeds to charity) on the above date and afterwards from:

  • Knowle Library
  • Oxfam Bookshop, High Street, Knowle
  • Knowle Society Local History Centre, Saturday mornings 10am – 12.30pm.

Heritage Weekend – great success

As a contribution towards the national Heritage Open Days, the Society had a special display at the Local History Centre of the 1817 Enclosure Map of Knowle, a large and delicate document which is not usually put out for display. At one point the event drew capacity numbers upstairs in the library. Also proving to be a continuing success were our newly created photo albums exhibiting copies of all our photographic records, which would otherwise have to be requested one by one for viewing.

Dodwell Exhibition

The first in our planned series Local Wartime Heroes, tells of the heroic actions of Thomas Brierley Dodwell DSO DFC and can be viewed in our Local History Centre upstairs in Knowle Library until the end of June.

Thomas was born at Grove Farm, Grove Lane, Knowle on 2nd January 1897, son of Henry Dodwell, farmer and eminent County Councillor and Elizabeth Brierley daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Kimbell. He joined the RAF on 19th April 1918 and in the period before he was shot down on 16th August 1918, he had completed 64 missions over the lines, survived four crashes and several forced landings. His flying career ended when his plane was shot down and had to be ditched in a mined area of the Weilingen off the coast of Holland. Thomas was so badly wounded that his arm had to be amputated and he was then interned in Holland.

Come and see our exhibition and find out more about Thomas’s exploits and the amazing act of bravery he committed which led to him being; mentioned in dispatches, receiving the DSO and being the only member of the RAF to receive the American DFC in the 1st World War.

Knowle Landlord’s notorious daughter

Come and see the story in our latest exhibition in the Knowle Local History Centre!

Dorothy Ward, star of pantomime and theatrical comedy was born in Birmingham and once lived in Knowle. Her father was landlord of ‘The White Swan’ public house in the late 1890s. The White Swan was situated where the NatWest bank now stands. Dorothy was purported to be “The Most Famous Principal Boy” ever. Perhaps not just famous but infamous might also be applied to Dorothy whose theatrical life had an element of notoriety about it. Come and see our exhibition to find out why.