Although Knowle Library has now reopened (27th March), The Knowle Society has still to assess the work required to reopen the Local History Centre archives upstairs in the Library. As soon as a date is known this will be notified here. Meanwhile a small exhibition of photographs is on display in the display cabinets upstairs – it is called ‘A Walk through Knowle highways and byways in the village in earlier days’.
A public presentation by developers was held at the Greswolde Hotel recently in which plans for a possible marina on the canal at Jacobean Lane were on display. The Society’s photographer offers pictures of the area involved and an aerial view to help to relate the views.
Views 1, 2 and 3 look from the bridge on the footpath over the canal directly onto the area proposed for a new marina of 140 narrow-boat berths, parking for 50 vehicles and a small facilities block (toilets and washing). View 4 looks across the field on which a new access road would run from Jacobean Lane (not exactly along the line of the arrow we show). View 5 looks along the existing path from Grove Farm towards the marina’s entrance at the end of an access road – this path would remain unchanged. View 6 shows the entrance to Grove Farm which has no direct relevance to the proposal but helps to appreciate the location. These pictures do not attempt to give any impression of the proposed marina but only to show the existing location.
Eager faces demonstrate the value of this annual event when The Knowle Society displays pictures and talks about old and new Knowle to the children.
Six members of the Society enjoyed a rewarding visit when the Year 6 (final year) children displayed a lively interest and were able to relate what they saw to their own knowledge of the village. The project forms part of the National Curriculum for Knowle’s Year 6 children. This year the Society took its exhibition to the school instead of the school coming to the library, whilst the Library is closed temporarily. The Local History Centre has prepared a set of pictures which combined with material from the Society’s new Guide to Knowle provides a broad view of Knowle to encourage an interest in the village in which the children live. The visit is followed later by a question and answer session in open forum with the children. The Knowle Society is very pleased to be helping in this way with the local primary school.
As announced in the January 2008 newsletter, the Society has now acquired a new eight foot projection screen for use in the Village Hall for its illustrated meetings.
Illustrated presentations at Society meetings have been slightly diminished in the past by the effect of a coloured wall and lights and cables on that wall obstructing the projected image. By purchasing a large screen and using the traditional benefits of a raised stage, it is now hoped that all members and visitors will enjoy a greatly improved view at future meetings.
Job’s Close duck pond, thought to be an old marl pit, was recently drained and some of the surrounding growth cleared in a bid to bring renewed life to this popular feature of the park.
How many local children of all ages can remember being taken by their parents to see the ducks at the pond at Jobs Close Park? The condition of the pond had declined in recent years and was not ideal for the continued life of those poplar ducks! A major project was devised to drain the pond and deepen the bottom. At the same time cover from the bankside growth was thinned and cleared to enable more sunlight to penetrate to the water and help to reduce the growth of algae that can throttle life in the pond. The Knowle Society’s newsletter photographer Roger Grainger captured these images during the work. The Knowle Society can claim no credit for the project but we thought that you might find the pictures interesting and if we are totally honest we needed a story with which to try out a new facility enabling stories that have several pictures attached to them to be displayed on this website!