Local History Exhibitions

Current Exhibition
Regrettably work on these has had to take a back seat for a while due to the Local History Committee being the organisers of the Queen’s Birthday Party event in June – a lot of work and time! Consequently the exhibition ‘Sport in Knowle’ – part 1 did not go in until the beginning of September and because of the large amount of material we have in our archives on sport, it has had to be divided into two parts. The first part (September-December), concentrates on cricket, bowling and shooting and the second part, football, golf and tennis will go in during December 2016. This means that “The Bower Family and Knowle Lodge” will go in during March 2017 followed by the first in our series “Knowle’s Historic Houses – Grimshaw Hall”.

The last exhibition of 2017 has still to be decided upon.

Future Exhibitions

2016 – Oct, Nov, Dec – Sport in Knowle (cricket, bowling & shooting))
2017 – Jan, Feb, Mar – Sport in Knowle (football, golf & tennis)
2017 – Mar – The Bower Family and Knowle Lodge

Past Exhibitions
Recent past exhibitions and Local History talks. Records of most exhibitions are kept within the Local History Archive and of course some of the exhibition material is derived from Archive sources. Follow the link below for a full list of all past exhibitions.

Bulb planting – Phase 2

It’s that time of year again! We will be starting the second phase of the bulb planting on Tuesday 1st November 2016. We are starting at the bottom of Stripes Hill (Warwick Road) by the garden centre and the Knowle Sign. We plan to move from Warwick Road to Kenilworth Road in the afternoon. We will continue on Wednesday 2nd November along Hampton Road in the morning and Warwick Road between Wychwood roundabout and the village in the afternon. Volunteers will be required from 10am to 3pm.

If you could spare us an hour of two to join the fun, it would be much appreciated. Many hands make light work. Most of the heavy labour will be done by a team from Amey. No experience is necessary, enthusiasm is the only requirement.

We are delighted to have the Guides and Scouts helping us out on Saturday 5th and Saturday 12th November.

Please let Liz Hulse know if you can help or just turn up on the day with strong shoes and gloves.

A recipe that couldn’t fail!

The traditional Temple Balsall Tea & Cakes walk took place on Sunday in glorious weather which brought 30 walkers out – or was it the cakes that did it? The 4 mile route took us across the fields to Barston Church, then back via Springfield House and the Cuttlebrook Millennium Wood. Refreshments were served in the Old Hall, Temple Balsall and all had their fill of the home-made cakes on offer.

Village Greens – two new areas agreed

Knowle Society is celebrating a major success in the preservation of TWO green open spaces through their registration as village greens. The two areas border Knowle Park, thereby extending the area of the park for use by local people. Unfortunately, we were not successful in regard to one other area, so this has been lost as a green space open to the public.

More news and maps of the areas will posted in the week beginning 10th October.

Local Nature Reserve – Clear up help request

Two September conservation working days will be taking place in the LNR. Working parties from the Solihull Conservation Volunteers and the Birmingham and Solihull Midweek Volunteers will be there on Sunday 25th September (10.30am to 4.00pm) and then on Thursday 29th September (11.00am to 4.00pm). Anyone who would be willing to help would be welcome.