Matters discussed by the Trustee Directors in January 2012

1. No further developments were reported in the Kimberley/Waitrose planning application which is expected to be heard by Solihull Council in February. In the meantime the Society will be meeting with the Council to discuss Conservation Area concerns in respect of the application.

2. Arrangements were tabled for the four events celebrating the Society’s Jubilee year. It was agreed in particular that the ‘Tea Party’ with birthday cake to be held in the Village Hall would be thrown open to the whole community, whether members of the Society or not. It was noted that the Any Question? broadcast was likely to be over-subscribed.

3. It was agreed to continue exploring the possibility of a full-colour newsletter – perhaps using a design and print service, though there were reservations about taking that route. The change could be made coincident with appointing a new editor, for which volunteers would be sought.

4. It was agreed to form a new committee (possibly to be named ‘Membership Services’) which would pull together the five member-related activities of Membership, Newsletter, Distribution, Website and Publicity. The need for greater coordination of these activities was recognised as the Society continues to respond to changes in communication and technology.

5. Although the Society has adequate funds at present it is recognised that is growing role in community events (such as the Christmas lights) and developments in the newsletter may cause regular expenditure to exceed income and that the subscriptions which have remained unchanged for many years, could require review.

6. Knowle Green Community Project – It was reported that there was possible private interest being expressed in developing this block. The Society would look further into this report but also noted that the block was actually owned by the Council.

7. Diana Holl-Allen representing the Knowle Councillors assured the meeting that the Local Development Framework would be seeking a lot of input from the community; she also stressed that if the community does not respond then decisions will be imposed upon it. She also reported that Council Tax is to be frozen for the next year and that the cemetery at Widney Manor is to be expanded.

8. Knowle Library – it was reported that the relationship with the library service over our Saturday afternoon opening arrangements is becoming increasingly positive and further developments are anticipated. Some 700 people have used this facility in which a 70% were children.

9. Christmas Lights – the condition and quantity of the remaining tree lights was such that it was agreed that enquiries would be made about the purchase of new LED lights.

10. One much valued committee member resignation was noted and two new ones were approved.

11. The future of the former bypass land and the lack of a potential walking link between Longdon Road and this land; the Society’s continued interest in being willing to assist with the Streamside Trust and the difficulty in selecting a suitable place for planting of a Jubilee tree in the autumn land was discussed. Solihull Council had expressed its willingness to cooperate in the planting a tree.

Any Questions? comes to Knowle

The Knowle Society is delighted to announce that as part of its Jubilee celebrations in 2012 it’s invitation to the BBC to visit Knowle for the flagship Radio 4 programme ‘Any Questions?’ has been accepted and will take place on Friday 17th February.

More details will made available later, including the all important question, “How do I get tickets?”, so please watch this website for details late October/early November 2011. It is also expected that all the arrangements will be made clear in the Society’s January newsletter but it is probable in practice that tickets will be made available before Christmas.

Festival in the Park

A successful day presenting The Knowle Society at the annual Festival in the Park at Jobs Close, Knowle on 19th June 2011 involved important balloon blowing duties for the Chairman of the Society, Peter Ewin (right), ably assisted by Community Services committee chairman, John Rowley.

Switch-on of Christmas Lights

Welcome to Knowle’s biggest Christmas event – Father Christmas arrives in Knowle – Christmas lights on the tree and throughout the village are turned on – carols and (if you are lucky) perhaps a mince-pie. The event begins at 4.15 on Monday 29th November in Kenilworth Road.

Tickets available for Quiz Night

We have a limited number of tickets left (one team table only as at 21 Sept.) for the Quiz Night on the 18th of October, the cost is 4 pounds and this includes a Fish and Chip Supper. Question master for the evening will be the Chairman of The Knowle Society, Peter Ewin. There will also be a raffle on the evening with prizes of M&S Vouchers. If you are interested please contact Charles Robinson on 01564 775770.