The Knowle Society

The next Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham in Jul/Aug 2022.  Solihull Council is a partner in the project and would like to hear whether you are interested in getting involved in any way, from volunteering to spectating.  Please complete one of these short surveys, whichever is relevant:-

The survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.  There are two versions, one specifically for children and young people, as well as one for all residents and stakeholders living and working in the Borough.  The survey will close at 12pm on 17th February so please participate and share before then.
2022 Commonwealth Games Resident & Stakeholder Survey:

2022 Commonwealth Games Children & Young People Survey:


This is our First Online Meeting, join in and tell us what you think of this way of keeping in contact.

The Society is launching a short series of online meetings entitled ‘Foreseeable Future?’ looking at current proposals for change in our village. This will be the first.

Join us online from 7.30pm to 8.30pm on Monday 18th January when we will be joined by Gill Griggs who will acquaint us better with the two proposed Development Sites in Knowle in the Council’s Draft Local Plan.

Gill is a Member of the Society’s Planning Committee (also a member of the KDBH Neighbourhood Forum Team) and spent seven weeks before Christmas critically appraising the draft Local Plan and its implications for our area, contributing significantly to the Representations submitted by the Forum within the Consultation Period.

She will help us understand what is proposed for these sites, the likely housing densities, the suggested points of access from existing roads and footpaths, the potential implications for local services and any concerns about the viability of the plans.

The meeting will be using the Webinar Version of Zoom, for which installation of the widely used Zoom App (Windows, MacOS, Android or iOS) is recommended. Questions are invited in advance and may also be possible on the day.

Places are limited, so book your place today here.


On this beautiful morning, we hope you will be able to celebrate whether you are on your own or lucky enough to be surrounded by your family.  This year will certainly be remembered, not all for good things, but there is a light ahead and let’s hope 2021 will be a great improvement.

Best wishes,
Knowle Society


Now a more cheerful item:-
It is not possible to stage the usual lighting up event this year but local groups are working together to try something equally festive.

We’re delighted to invite residents, from the comfort of their own home to “Light Up Knowle” by synchronising switching on their Christmas lights at home at 5pm on Sunday 29th November.

At 4.55 a video will be streamed (via Facebook) live from the North Pole, where Father Christmas (and possibly a couple of elves) will chat to a member of Knowle Church before leading us countdown via Facebook for residents to then turn on their lights. Who knows, maybe we’ll still have a joke or two. [The link to the video will be issued once we’ve sorted it out!]

Residents will also be invited to view an online map which will show which streets in Knowle have been lit up by residents. Knowle School Parents Association have kindly offered to build the map, in return for a small donation.

Knowle Society’s tree [kindly donated from a local garden by the Lewis family] is already up, as are the Christmas lights on the High Street. These will be switched on at a suitable time and date.  We are not saying when to avoid crowds gathering, sorry.