We regret that the continuing restrictions on gatherings and the closure of Knowle Library mean that we will be unable to run our usual programme of events until at least the end of September.  Look out for updates through this email service for our re-launch arrangements.


Since our last bulletin our joint Appeal with the Solihull Hospital charity has raised over £1000, PLUS Gift Aid!! However, the number of donors contributing this sum represents only a small proportion of our membership, so we are confident that are more of you who would wish to make a difference to the NHS personnel on the front line, the patients and those recently bereaved from the impact of the virus at the Hospital.

Although Solihull Hospital is now about to be transformed to a Covid-free environment to commence urgently needed safe treatment of cancer and other non-Covid patients from 1 June, the need remains to support staff at the hospital who are exhausted as a result of the crisis as well as those still recovering and those coming to terms with loss.

As we commemmorate the end of WW2 in Europe, let us think of those scarred by this recent battle. Please give generously at :-


Design your own Tree of Hope! – Parents are you looking for a creative activity for your children to take part in that also links in with climate change and our environment?

We want to showcase Solihull’s community spirit and we are reaching out to children borough wide to design a ‘tree of hope’ that will be shared via social media across Solihull. Please see attached a beautiful painting by Bethan, aged 12, from Arden Academy. By communities working together we have seen and heard some amazing and inspiring stories, the country has been showing love and support for each other via  images of painted rainbows and we want to add to this by sharing our ‘trees of hope’ with each other. The tree can be drawn, painted, or made out of objects found in your garden- the more creative the better!

For each design received we will be offering a free tree whip for you and your family to plant either in their back garden, school land or within a designated council  area. If you are interested in receiving a tree whip then please send your name, email, postcode and contact details over to Love Solihull via email

Designs can be shared via tagging Love Solihull on Twitter, Instagram @Lovesolihull (using our hashtag #PlantingourFuture) or via email. These will be shared with the community over the coming weeks- to hopefully brighten up people’s day and share hope, kindness and love in our community. Please also feel free to put your ‘tree of hope’ up in your front window alongside your rainbow!

Tree planting season runs from November-March so we will be in touch later on in the year if you do request a whip. Thank you for taking part and please feel free to share your ‘tree of hope’ far and wide! More information about how tree’s can support our environment can be found via:  #Lovesolihull


As of this morning, there has only been one confirmed case in Solihull. Many others are much worse off, and we should expect an increase.  Following the guidance to reduce contact with other people as much as possible will help to reduce the rate of increase.
The best source for advice is the Government website :

Corona virus advice

DO NOT BELIEVE MOST OF THE STORIES ON THE INTERNET. Some may have a kernel of truth, but many of them are completely misleading and may be dangerous.

Locally, many shops are offering a delivery service, so PLEASE use them if you can.  It’s very much a matter ‘USE THEM OR LOSE THEM’.  They really need our custom now even more than in normal times.  They are probably more reliable than the big supermarkets, who have NO delivery slots in the next 3 weeks!  The big supermarkets have tried restricted access for vulnerable customers only, for the first hour, but that doesn’t seem to have worked this morning.

There are many excellent groups springing up locally to provide help to those who need it. Some are to be found on Facebook, others are putting notes through doors offering to do your shopping.  These are excellent, but BE CAREFUL, there are the usual criminals taking advantage to scam you, including some who claim to be from an official source doing virus testing to get access to your home.

Your Society has had to react to the situation like everyone else.  The walk on the 29th has been cancelled, as have the next few Monday Meetings.  Details will be in the April edition of the Newsletter which will be out in a couple of weeks.  Many of our normal distributors are restricted in their movements, so we would be grateful for those at lower risk to volunteer to help out.  You will only need to put the Newsletter through the doors, no contact with the residents is needed. If you can help please reply to this email or contact

Solihull Council are suspending Green Waste collections, due to start next week.  They hope to start again after Easter, but that’s not certain.

You may have noticed a real absence of aircraft movements recently – what a surprise!.  This may not last.  The Military are on standby to help and we will probably have helicopters stationed at the airport to help evacuation of patients.  They need to carry out training to ensure they can operate in all weathers in our airspace, so you’ll hear more of them. In poor weather they will need to fly low, so could be noisy.  Some commercial aircraft will also be flying as pilots need to keep their flying hours up so they stay qualified to fly.



Pig Racing Night


The Society is pleased to be supporting Visit Knowle in its fundraising for its work in the village centre, starting with a fun Pig Racing Night at Knowle Royal British Legion on Friday 27th March. If you came to the similar event run by the Society in 2015, you will know what fun it is as the battery driven pigs tough it out down the track to win each of the six races for those that have backed them. 

For those unfamiliar with Visit Knowle, it is bringing together retailers, non-retail businesses, community groups, including the Society, and residents to work together to ensure that our village centre remains ‘fit for purpose’, that is a sustainable, vibrant centre for our shopping and other community events. Funds raised on March 27th will be used to stage a major ‘Festival’ event in the village in the summer.

Tickets are just £10 per person, for entry to the event and a supper of pulled pork with apple and coleslaw side from Eric Lyons and a late bar.

If you love Knowle and want to see our village centre thrive, please come along and bring neighbours, friends and/or family for what promises to be an exciting night. Details are on the attached poster.

Tickets are available from Jayne at Belle Diva in Brisker Court, or you can fill in the form by following this link: