Celebrations in Knowle from the 1930s to the 1960s – new DVD

Launched on Saturday 13th September – The Knowle Society’s first DVD, price 8 pounds. It comprises unique black and white and early colour film of carnivals and national celebrations in Knowle taken over four decades by Mr F G Ratcliff.

This is a new version of the VHS video last available in 1993. It provides a fascinating and amusing insight into life in the growing village of Knowle. This DVD makes a delightful gift and will appeal to anyone with a love of Knowle and particularly to anyone with roots in the village.

Available from the main desk downstairs at Knowle Library, at all of the Society’s main meetings and at the Local History Centre upstairs in Knowle Library on Saturday mornings.

Longdon Road Closure and Diversion

We have been advised by Solihull Council that Longdon Road will be closed for work on the Purnells Brook culvert for six weeks from Monday 28 July until Monday 8 September.

During the closure, entry to Longdon Road will be for access only with no through traffic. A diversion will be signposted via Tilehouse Green Lane, Widney Road, Station Road and Lodge Road.

Knowle Green Community Project Consultation

We would like to have your views on the possible revitalisation of the toilet block, bus shelter and surrounding area at the Station Road / Warwick Road junction in Knowle. This a joint consultation between Knowle & Dorridge Rotary Club, The Knowle Society, Knowle Traders and Solihull Council.

A Consultation Document (8pp) on the Knowle Green Community Project was launched at the Festival in the Park on 21st June and may be downloaded (see below). You can also download a separate copy of the Questionnaire alone (2pp).

Replies are requested by 26th July, please.

A further ‘Open Day’ is planned for Saturday 12th July in the Guild House (times to be announced).

Consultation Document

Questionnaire

Marina application temporarily withdrawn

The Stripes Hill marina proposal has been wthdrawn for further work before submission. A public consultation for this proposal took place in the Village hall on 14 June.

The marina saga continues. The Knowle Society received a phone call from the MD of the applicant for the Stripes Hill proposal on 28th May. He confirmed that the application had been temporarily withdrawn. This is because SMBC requires several more reports and surveys and there will be insufficient time to obtain these before the nominal deadline for the end of consultation.

The planned public consultation took place in the Village Hall on Saturday 14th June.

Any comments on the exhibition may also be addressed to Peter Ewin (Chairman, Planning sub-committee). The Knowle Society wants to be able to represent the views of a wide cross-section of local people to this very substantial proposal. Another alternative is to use the new Forum for discussion on The Knowle Society’s website – the link to this Forum is on the home page of this website.

New online discussion forum launched

We are very pleased to announce the launch of a new online forum for members to discuss issues of relevance to the ‘village’ of Knowle and The Knowle Society. This facility was originally requested by a member at the Society’s 2006 AGM.