RSPB talk on Monday 15th May

Forthcoming Speaker Meeting

Middleton Lakes – Gravel Pits to RSPB Nature Reserve

Knowle Society’s 2017/18 Speaker Meeting programme kicks off at 8pm on Monday 15 May in the Village Hall when former RSPB Communications Manger, Chris Edwards, tells the fascinating story of RSPB’s Middleton Lakes Reserve.

Just over a decade ago, the 400 acre site was a cluster of gravel pits, but now it is a network of trails around a jigsaw of hides, lookouts, meadows, wetlands, lakes and ponds that are bird spotter’s paradise. Strolling the trails, which lie nestled between the River Tame and the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, the visitor can readily spot swans, gliding gracefully across the lakes, and then the ducks and other fowl bobbing along in the streams. For the more eagle eyed, there is now a bounty of birdlife to feast on, including the haughty heron waiting patiently on a high branch to the sparrow-hawk soaring and circling overhead to the sandpiper spying from the bank.

All are welcome.

Free day pass to NT properties

As a Member of Civic Voice, the national organisation for civic societies, we are able to apply for a free day pass to NT properties for each of our members.  The current ones run out  on May 31st.  Each Pass allows one free entry to a NT property, so if you would like one, please email me with your name(s) and address and I’ll arrange for one to be sent.


 

A recipe that couldn’t fail!

The traditional Temple Balsall Tea & Cakes walk took place on Sunday in glorious weather which brought 30 walkers out – or was it the cakes that did it? The 4 mile route took us across the fields to Barston Church, then back via Springfield House and the Cuttlebrook Millennium Wood. Refreshments were served in the Old Hall, Temple Balsall and all had their fill of the home-made cakes on offer.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

I am delighted to announce that the Knowle Society has been honoured with the Queen’s award for Voluntary Service.

The achievement of this award recognises and celebrates the activities undertaken by the Society within our local community. I know that without the dedication and hard work of the Trustee Directors, their Committees, Society members and local support, this achievement would not have been possible.

 

David Bower at Buckingham Palace

Clean for the Queen & the Knowle Fun Run

Along with groups all over the borough and the country, the Society arranged a day to clean the central area of our local community as part of this national initiative in celebration of The Queen’s 90th birthday. On Thursday 12th May 2016 around 20 volunteers collected litter, painted benches and cared for the Precinct flower beds.

Over 25 bags of rubbish were collected – special purple ‘Clean for the Queen’ bags were supplied by local MP Caroline Spelman. Kerry Mountjoy from SMBC arranged for collection of the waste and Tesco and The Greswolde Hotel provided welcome sustenance for the volunteers on a delightful sunny morning.

Society volunteers also helped with stewarding at the Knowle Fun Run on Sunday 15th May.

Enjoy this compilation of photos from those events.