Silversmithing is the art of turning silver sheet metal into items for the home like tableware and candlesticks, for the church, like collection plates and more candlesticks or for personal use, like jewellery, and the Society’s July speaker is a specialist. She taught it at Stafford College for 36 years. Now, since retirement, she takes that expertise on the road, telling groups across the West Midlands about this specialist skill, crafting a precious metal into objects of beauty.

Naturally, Penny brings a variety of exquisite items  with her to illustrate the talk and invites her audience to marvel at the detail of the craft and information about those who make them.
Come and join us for Penny’s talk on 16th July at 8pm in the Village Hall, all welcome.


The fundraising committee for the Knowle Village Hall has arranged “ An Evening at the Opera” with Gaynor Keeble ( mezzo soprano) and Friends on Saturday ,8th September at the Hall  : 7.30p.m.  Gaynor is a well known Opera singer, having been with the English National Opera, and has sung many roles at the Royal Opera House and other places. The programme will be of popular classics as well as some G. and S etc.She has also sung in oratorios such as “The Dream of Gerontius”

Tickets £8.50 . Available from Carolyn Abbott on 01564 779898 and from Stephen Yeomans 01564 778163.

Celebrating Anniversary of Conservation Area

Knowle will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the designation of our Conservation Area on Saturday 21st July. Please put the date in your diary now.


With the Church and Guild House at its heart, the Conservation Area has 87 nationally and locally listed buildings and protects our village. Our celebrations, from 11:30am to 4:00pm, will be for all the family, and will include:

  • A Trail for the children to follow and find answers to clues as shown on a Treasure Map;
  • Guided walking tours of the village;
  • the opening of the church tower;
  • an exhibition marquee outside the Guild House;
  • Afternoon teas in the Guild House. There will be a longer walk from the Legion to The Guild House at 12:00 noon and a shorter walk from the Guild House to the Library at 2:00pm. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. More guided walks will be arranged subject to demand.
  • The high point of the day will be the visit of the Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Flo Nash, who will mark the occasion by cutting the celebration cake at 1.30pm.



The audience for June’s Knowle Society talk on 18 June is certain to go home amused and entertained, having listened to a speaker who collects ‘Tuneful Tubes’ likes others collect coins or comic books.
David Wornham has a collection of over 300 musical pipes and he never comes to a speaking engagement without a boot full.
From playing cornet in the school orchestra and local town band, through bugle and military flute in the Army Cadet Force, he now plays in four local concert bands and is a dab hand at the euphonium.
But he cannot pick up a pipe without trying to get a sound out of it and his light hearted world-wide history of musical wind instruments talk will be richly illustrated by the sound of instruments from the pride of the classical orchestra to one improvised from a length of hose.
All are welcome to join us at 8pm on 18 June in the Village Hall for what promises to be a most memorable evening.

Our apologies to those who came last month expecting to be enlightened about the ‘Value of Trees’.  We have been unable to contact the speaker who didn’t turn up, so must assume that something dramatic has happened to him.


 An invitation to visit historic Malvern hosted by the Malvern Society.
10.00 : Meet at the Great Malvern Hotel, followed by guided town visit (approx. one mile)
12.15 : Buffet lunch
14.00 : Guided visit to Malvern Priory
15.30 : End of the formal visit (An optional backstage visit to the Festival Theatre can also be arranged by Malvern Society)

Guided visit to Malvern – last call!

 Spaces are still available but bookings need to be received by Friday 4th May.

We are pleased to say that the cost of the visit, which includes lunch, has worked out £5 less than expected at £25 each.  Transport arrangements will be coordinated after Friday 4th.  Anyone choosing to go by train will be treated to the superb station canopy at Malvern station, as seen here.

To sign up, email David Bower at or call 01564 775790. See page 9 of the current, April, newsletter for more details.