Next weekend – Saturday 22 June

A fun challenge for the family, seeking the answers to a dozen simple posers around the village centre shops.
Collect your treasure maps from the Library at any time from 10.15am and return your correct answers by 2.30pm to be in with a chance of taking home the treasure (a £20 voucher, all correct answers will go into a prize draw at the end).


Organised by The Knowle Society with the support of our local retailers.

Down Your Way

Every Street, Road, Lane etc, has had its own name since early times.  Where do the names come from, and why does every village, town, city etc have one particular street name in common – “HIGH STREET”.  What do some of the names tell us about the past history of our towns and villages?  Often roads and streets were named after a destination, person, landmark, geographical feature etc.

We thought it would be interesting to explore some clues that local street names give us about the development and history of Knowle – what was the meaning behind Kixley? Who was Cook Close named after and other interesting facts such as – why are streets wider than lanes.

The exhibition explores our research from Local History archives and maps, and is illustrated not only through photographs but also through the wonderful paintings by Mike Humpreys, our local artist.

Come and find out the answers to these questions and learn more about the street names of Knowle by visiting our exhibition. ‘Down Your Way’ in the Local History Centre upstairs in Knowle Library. The exhibition is free to view at any time during library opening hours and Stewards are on duty every Saturday morning 10am – 12pm


A change to our Meetings programme has been necessitated by our planned June speaker leaving the area. We will now welcome former auctioneer Steven Bruce at 8pm on 17th June for an hour of humorous tales and anecdotes entitled ‘Buying and Selling at auction – Stories from the Auction Room’.

TALES OF A FARMER’S WIFE (with cheese samples!)

Jane Barnes is a hands-on farmer’s wife who helps run a family dairy farm near Melton Mowbray, where a herd of 160 Pedigree Ayrshire cows produce milk for cheese production. The farm is one of those supplying the Long Clawson Dairy co-operative, the principal producer of Stilton cheese for over a hundred years. 

It is varied and challenging work which has led her into the world of ‘digital’ (how to code the cows) and even taken her, two years ago, to New England, for the World Ayrshire Conference and the opportunity to rub shoulders and share insights with breeders from all over the world. 

Her well illustrated and amusing talks about the farm, looking after the cows and turning their grass consumption into award winning cheese have made her a popular figure on the speaker circuit across the Midlands and now she is coming, cheese samples in hand, to Knowle.


Jane will be the Knowle Society’s guest speaker on Monday 20th May at 8pm in Knowle Village Hall. All are welcome.