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.


All are welcome.

Chadwick End resident, Dr Kate Evans, became enthralled by elephants at the age of seven, in Sri Lanka. After studying zoology at Swansea University, and gaining experience on various projects in southern Africa, she moved to Botswana’s Okavango delta to study elephant behaviour for her PhD.

Kate founded Elephants for Africa in December 2007 and that, alongside her ongoing research work in collaboration with the University of Bristol and University of Exeter, has been the focus of her work ever since.

 The charity is dedicated to the conservation of elephants and the other wildlife that share their natural habitat, understanding and combating the threats to their survival and managing the conflicts between the interests of the elephants and those of local villagers.

 With eighteen years of experience of field work, studying these magnificent mammals, Kate is coming to the Knowle Society to share her passion for them, to explain how ecologically essential it is to sustain them, and the challenges that they face to the survival. No doubt she will also be able to tell a tale or two of the practicalities of living in a tent in elephant country!

 Come and find out more about Kate’s endeavours and the work of her charity at Knowle Village Hall at 8pm on Monday 16 April.

All are welcome.