Christmas lights switch-on as popular as ever

Good crowds, excellent policing and lots of excited children made this annual event another highlight in the community life of Knowle.

On what must have been one of the coldest afternoons ever for the event the Society’s Christmas Tree was switched on by Father Christmas on 1st December. The crowds however were not deterred from the occasion and the Society expresses sincere thanks to the Vicar, Knowle and Dorridge Round Table for arranging the transport for Father Christmas, Knowle and Dorridge Lions for the stewarding marshals, Midway Hire for the barriers, the Ardenaires for playing their instruments in very cold conditions and finally the local Police for assistance with traffic control. An ad-hoc committee of volunteers from the Society’s membership, namely John, Tony, Phil and Gary organised the event. The Traders’ street lights look as beautiful as ever. This event is now becoming a must in the annual calendar, but it should be remembered that all the contributions were made voluntarily and every effort should be made to continue this tradition.

Successful return of daytime meetings

66 people turned out for the Society’s first daytime meeting for several years and enjoyed a fascinating illustrated story by Colin Smith, a former chairman of the Society, of how Knowle grew from almost nobody at the time of the Domesday Book to 10500 in 2008.

How well do you know Knowle – try our photo quiz?

 

Our 2008 Social Event was a quiz night held on 20th October at Knowle

Village Hall. Why not try it yourself

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Fifty seven people in 10 teams took part in a close fought competition, the winning team triumphing by just one point. One challenge was to identify some of the notable buildings in the centre of Knowle from a set of photographs of small parts of them.

The results were:
Hit & Miss 64; Martin 54; Pick ‘n’ Mix 65; The Dough Boys ‘n’ Girls 55; The Utopians 56; OddBods 68; Chantry Heathens 74; Last Lot 70; Enigma 71; Throstles & Robins 73

Click on the link for the quiz questions. To see the answers go to the news item above.

Answers to the Picture Quiz

Click on the link for the answers to the questions in the item below – but don’t do it until you have tried the questions first!

Carl Chinn fills the school hall

 

The long awaited visit by Carl Chinn was rewarded with a large and enthusiastic audience.

Thursday 9th Oct was an unusual night for a Knowle Society meeting, as was meeting at Arden School, but there was a good reason. After 3 years of trying we were at last to be treated to a presentation from Carl Chinn, the celebrated Birmingham historian. The wait was well worth it, as the 150 plus in the audience will tell you. See the scrum at the end to speak to Carl one-to-one and to buy his books.