Celebrations in Knowle from the 1930s to the 1960s – new DVD

Launched on Saturday 13th September – The Knowle Society’s first DVD, price 8 pounds. It comprises unique black and white and early colour film of carnivals and national celebrations in Knowle taken over four decades by Mr F G Ratcliff.

This is a new version of the VHS video last available in 1993. It provides a fascinating and amusing insight into life in the growing village of Knowle. This DVD makes a delightful gift and will appeal to anyone with a love of Knowle and particularly to anyone with roots in the village.

Available from the main desk downstairs at Knowle Library, at all of the Society’s main meetings and at the Local History Centre upstairs in Knowle Library on Saturday mornings.

New online discussion forum launched

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.

A Short Guide to Central Knowle

 

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?

Local History Centre Exhibition

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’.