Design your own Tree of Hope! – Parents are you looking for a creative activity for your children to take part in that also links in with climate change and our environment?

We want to showcase Solihull’s community spirit and we are reaching out to children borough wide to design a ‘tree of hope’ that will be shared via social media across Solihull. Please see attached a beautiful painting by Bethan, aged 12, from Arden Academy. By communities working together we have seen and heard some amazing and inspiring stories, the country has been showing love and support for each other via  images of painted rainbows and we want to add to this by sharing our ‘trees of hope’ with each other. The tree can be drawn, painted, or made out of objects found in your garden- the more creative the better!

For each design received we will be offering a free tree whip for you and your family to plant either in their back garden, school land or within a designated council  area. If you are interested in receiving a tree whip then please send your name, email, postcode and contact details over to Love Solihull via email

Designs can be shared via tagging Love Solihull on Twitter, Instagram @Lovesolihull (using our hashtag #PlantingourFuture) or via email. These will be shared with the community over the coming weeks- to hopefully brighten up people’s day and share hope, kindness and love in our community. Please also feel free to put your ‘tree of hope’ up in your front window alongside your rainbow!

Tree planting season runs from November-March so we will be in touch later on in the year if you do request a whip. Thank you for taking part and please feel free to share your ‘tree of hope’ far and wide! More information about how tree’s can support our environment can be found via:  #Lovesolihull


While the newspapers are full of pictures of hoards of people gathering at beauty spots, it’s been good to see that most people around here are being very sensible and following the guidance to keep away from crowded places and to abide by the social distancing practices.  Unfortunately we are by no means immune to infection and we have heard of at least 15 people in the locality who have, or have had the virus, fortunately most/all were not so ill as to need medical care, so were not counted in the official figure of 8 reported cases.
The restrictions just announced will make life even more difficult, but undoubtedly safer.  Please follow them and ‘encourage’ those in your Families and Friends to do the same.  It is the only way to slow or stop the spread and reduce the number of deaths.
If you need someone to help with collection of prescriptions, shopping, posting mail etc, there’s probably someone in your road who has volunteered to help.  Have a look at and it’ll show if your road is covered.  If not and you are fit and able to help, you can sign up to extend the coverage.  We’ve had to depend on this for urgent shopping and it’s worked very well.

Support during the emergency

For an update on the state of Council Services, go to:-
For more information about Council services, please see our website.

SCHOOLS – The statement by the Secretary of State was published yesterday on the Department for Education website and can be found here.


In the wake of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Solihull Council is warning residents of a series of new scams related to the virus. See here for further information

COVID-19 Scams


There are lots of sites on the internet with suggestions of things to keep you and your children busy, but try the page on the Neighbourhood Forum there are some good ideas.

NB, things are changing so fast we cannot be sure that all the above links will work by the time this message reaches you.



As of this morning, there has only been one confirmed case in Solihull. Many others are much worse off, and we should expect an increase.  Following the guidance to reduce contact with other people as much as possible will help to reduce the rate of increase.
The best source for advice is the Government website :

Corona virus advice

DO NOT BELIEVE MOST OF THE STORIES ON THE INTERNET. Some may have a kernel of truth, but many of them are completely misleading and may be dangerous.

Locally, many shops are offering a delivery service, so PLEASE use them if you can.  It’s very much a matter ‘USE THEM OR LOSE THEM’.  They really need our custom now even more than in normal times.  They are probably more reliable than the big supermarkets, who have NO delivery slots in the next 3 weeks!  The big supermarkets have tried restricted access for vulnerable customers only, for the first hour, but that doesn’t seem to have worked this morning.

There are many excellent groups springing up locally to provide help to those who need it. Some are to be found on Facebook, others are putting notes through doors offering to do your shopping.  These are excellent, but BE CAREFUL, there are the usual criminals taking advantage to scam you, including some who claim to be from an official source doing virus testing to get access to your home.

Your Society has had to react to the situation like everyone else.  The walk on the 29th has been cancelled, as have the next few Monday Meetings.  Details will be in the April edition of the Newsletter which will be out in a couple of weeks.  Many of our normal distributors are restricted in their movements, so we would be grateful for those at lower risk to volunteer to help out.  You will only need to put the Newsletter through the doors, no contact with the residents is needed. If you can help please reply to this email or contact

Solihull Council are suspending Green Waste collections, due to start next week.  They hope to start again after Easter, but that’s not certain.

You may have noticed a real absence of aircraft movements recently – what a surprise!.  This may not last.  The Military are on standby to help and we will probably have helicopters stationed at the airport to help evacuation of patients.  They need to carry out training to ensure they can operate in all weathers in our airspace, so you’ll hear more of them. In poor weather they will need to fly low, so could be noisy.  Some commercial aircraft will also be flying as pilots need to keep their flying hours up so they stay qualified to fly.



Pig Racing Night


The Society is pleased to be supporting Visit Knowle in its fundraising for its work in the village centre, starting with a fun Pig Racing Night at Knowle Royal British Legion on Friday 27th March. If you came to the similar event run by the Society in 2015, you will know what fun it is as the battery driven pigs tough it out down the track to win each of the six races for those that have backed them. 

For those unfamiliar with Visit Knowle, it is bringing together retailers, non-retail businesses, community groups, including the Society, and residents to work together to ensure that our village centre remains ‘fit for purpose’, that is a sustainable, vibrant centre for our shopping and other community events. Funds raised on March 27th will be used to stage a major ‘Festival’ event in the village in the summer.

Tickets are just £10 per person, for entry to the event and a supper of pulled pork with apple and coleslaw side from Eric Lyons and a late bar.

If you love Knowle and want to see our village centre thrive, please come along and bring neighbours, friends and/or family for what promises to be an exciting night. Details are on the attached poster.

Tickets are available from Jayne at Belle Diva in Brisker Court, or you can fill in the form by following this link: