Residents’ Survey for Neighbourhood Forum

Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath Neighbourhood Forum was set up in response to an initiative taken by, amongst others, this Society. The Forum is now making its first foray into gaining opinions from the community and resident are urged to respond to that survey. It appears that Knowle residents have responded well so far with 56% of the 400 replies having come from this community.

Every household should have been delivered a copy of the survey and is encouraged to return it completed or complete it online by 10th June. More details are in the attachments here.

Survey Leaflet Final 160516

Survey Poster A3 Blck on Yell Final

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.

Those blooming bulbs!


The bulb planting in October was a very successful day due to enthusiastic children, a group of hardworking volunteers, the support of the team from Amey and SMBC, all topped off by the beautiful autumn sunshine.

Almost 40,000 crocus and narcissi were planted and we can now see the beautiful fruits of our labour and of the generosity of those who donated to the bulb-planting fund.

As a picture is said to be worth a thousand words, do enjoy the many more photos taken during the planting and more recently showing the bulbs in full bloom. There is also a short piece on the bulb planting in a video put together by the Council.

Bulb planting and blooming – photo montage

Lost walkers!

Because of the late change in meeting venue for last Sunday’s walk, half the walkers didn’t get to join the official walk and did their own instead. We apologise for the mix-up and have taken steps to reduce this risk in future. See full apology.

Things are moving at last

Almost exactly three years after we made our applications to register three areas of green space as Village Greens, next week we’ll get to the next critical stage.

At a Public Hearing an Inspector, engaged by the Council, will hear our evidence that Area A, off the Wychwood roundabout, should be registered. The objectors will have a chance to make their case that it should not! A selected group of our supporters will appear in person to give their evidence and your attendance in the public gallery will give them great support.

Please come along and support them, even for a short while. The Hearing will take place at the Solihull Moors Football Club, near the rear entrance to the ‘Rover’ works, postcode B92 9EJ. The sessions will be on Monday 1st Feb and Tuesday 2nd Feb from 10:00 to 17:30 with an evening session up to 20:00. There will probably be a session on Thursday 4th as well, but most of this will be taken up by legal arguments. You will be able to come and go, you don’t need to stay for an extended period. There is ample parking on site.

Our Applications for Registration of Areas C & D – next to the Park, will not be heard in person. As the Council has withdrawn its objections to these areas, the Inspector will deal with them as a paper exercise.

We will probably not know the outcome of our Applications for some time, as the Inspector will need to submit his conclusion in writing via the Council.

It’s not going to be easy, so keep your fingers crossed and support our campaign.

Leighton Jones