Matters discussed by the Trustee Directors in May 2011

1. It was agreed that the Society’s logo would be redesigned to include the number 50 for use in and from the Society’s Jubilee year in 2012.

2. The proposed agreement with SMBC’s Library Service for The Knowle Society to provide volunteers to extend the Library’s opening hours into Saturday afternoons and by extension the hours of accessibility to the Society’s Local History Centre is now close to being finalised and the first training of volunteers in being planned.

3. The need for volunteers for specific roles in the Society was highlighted, especially to take on the Secretary, Membership Secretary and Treasurer roles (some or all of these, as some chair shuffling is envisaged); they need not all have fresh names but any offers would be welcomed).

4. The Appeal Hearing decision on the Jacobean Lane marina is still awaited as is the date for hearing on the Stripes Hill marina Planning Application. The Society is currently surveying the views of businesses in Knowle as to the potential change in business that they envisage from a marina. This activity was prompted by a question raised by the Inspector at the Appeal Hearing.

5. The future of the regional body that supports local amenity societies like ours (WestMASA) will be discussed at its forthcoming meeting. The view of this Society is that it has been a useful body in the past but that value has been diminishing. Civic Voice which replaces the original umbrella Civic Trust, of which WestMASA was a part, appears to be an effective body and the Society’s needs may well be met adequately through our membership of this new body.

6. The Trustees noted the quality of the Birmingham Civic Society’s quarterly journal but did not see that direct emulation was immediately possible though it provided an aspiration.

7. A consultation by Birmingham Airport with local stakeholders, such as the Society, would be requested in respect of proposed changes to night flying arrangements.

8. SMBC had approached the Society to discuss a possible footpath from the Wychwood roundabout to Longdon Road.

9. The Local History Centre had received a very appreciative letter of thanks from the Dodwell family following the current exhibition on their ‘Local Wartime Hero’ family member Thomas (currently on display and throughout June).

10. Birmingham Airport had declined to provide a grant towards the Knowle Green Community Project.

11. A possible memorial headstone for local historian Eva Wootton (died 1981) was discussed.