Famous Brummie coming to Knowle

 

Everyone is welcome to come and listen to, and question, Prof Carl Chinn when The Knowle Society hosts this famous local historian and promoter of Birmingham. Arden School at 7.45pm on Thursday 9th October. Guaranteed to be a fascinating and entertaining evening. Free entry – visitors welcome.

CARL CHINN’S CV

Professor Carl Chinn MBE FRSA Ph.D. is a social historian, broadcaster, newspaper columnist, public speaker, author and campaigner for the rights of working-class people. Professor of Community History at the University of Birmingham, he is the author of 26 books that include studies of working-class housing, urban working class life, working-class women’s lives, Birmingham, the Black Country, and ethnic minorities. He has appeared as an expert on various television programmes, including Channel 4’s ‘History Hunters’ with Tony Robinson, and most recently on BBC 4’s ‘Edwardian Larder’. In the Midlands he has regular local history slots on BBC Midlands Today and is the expert in ITV’s ‘The Way We Were’ series. Professor Chinn has appeared on numerous Radio 4 programmes, including those presented by Libby Purvess and Laurie Taylor; he has his own local history show on BBC WM; and he writes local history features for the Express and Star and Birmingham Mail. His writing on housing and other issues is deeply affected by his family’s working-class background and life in the back-to-backs of Birmingham, and he is an ardent supporter of manufacturing who played a prominent role in the battle to keep Longbridge open in 2001. That year he was awarded the MBE for his services to local history and to charities. Carl is married to Kay and they have four children, aged from 26 to eleven.

New online discussion forum launched

We are very pleased to announce the launch of a new online forum for members to discuss issues of relevance to the ‘village’ of Knowle and The Knowle Society. This facility was originally requested by a member at the Society’s 2006 AGM.

Large new screen for public meetings

As announced in the January 2008 newsletter, the Society has now acquired a new eight foot projection screen for use in the Village Hall for its illustrated meetings.

Illustrated presentations at Society meetings have been slightly diminished in the past by the effect of a coloured wall and lights and cables on that wall obstructing the projected image. By purchasing a large screen and using the traditional benefits of a raised stage, it is now hoped that all members and visitors will enjoy a greatly improved view at future meetings.

Programme Card date error

Please note that there is an error on the 2008 Programme Card distributed with the January Newsletter on the right-hand inside page – the date of the 2008 Heritage Open Day should be Saturday 13th September (not 11th as shown).

Christmas Lights

 

The Christmas Lights switch-on was again attended by a large crowd confirming the popularity of this annual cooperative event between the Knowle Traders, the Knowle Society, Knowle Parish Church and Arden School with further help from Solihull Council staff.

Father Christmas was in attendance when carols were led by the Vicar, The Revd. Canon Michael Parker and Hannah Brown from the church and accompanied by The Ardennaires from Arden School. This popular event was very well attended, though with no snow as in 2006. The Traders had done very well getting all the lights in the streets set up and lit by Solihull Council. The Knowle Society provided and lit the Christmas Tree and arranged the event for the Village.