Winners announced for children’s photo competition

Three Knowle youngsters were celebrating their knowledge of their village as they collected 25 pound gift vouchers as joint winners of the Knowle Society Local History team’s Photo Competition.

Seven year old William Pearse, eight year old Harry Boddington and ten year old Ben Merrell all correctly identified ten photographs of historic details to be discovered along and around the High Street.

The competition was launched at the recent Festival in Knowle Park and it set a host of primary school children sleuthing in the area to find the subjects of the pictures.

Delighted with their success, the winning trio of artefact spotters went to the Local History Centre in the Library to be presented with their vouchers by Knowle Society Chair, Peter Ewin, and be congratulated by competition co-ordinator and Chair of the Local History team, Janet Erzen.

Peter was delighted with the success of the competition. He said: ‘We were delighted to sponsor this competition. Our aim was to get primary school children to look at the village with new eyes and find out a little about its heritage and history, and we have been extremely pleased at the outcome.’

Winners, L to R: Harry Boddington, William Pearse and Ben Merrell.

Matters discussed by the Trustee Directors in June 2009

The Trustee Directors decided at their May 2009 meeting to report the topics that were discussed at their committee meetings. This is the second such report. Discussion on Society matters is welcomed on the ‘Forum’.

In order of discussion:

1. Update on Knowle Green Community Project – initial planning steps commencing.

2. Plans for the Society’s part in the Knowle Festival in June.

3. Safe Routes to School project update – continued concern about aspects of the handling of this project – noted assurance of senior Council officials that the project is not ‘set in stone’ – discussed plans for the agreed public meeting.

4. Bus Timetable changes – report on recent timetable changes – not much change for travel between Knowle and Solihull – adherence to schedules improving – levels of passengers below economic threshold.

5. Christmas Lights – successful meeting held to plan for this Christmas – investigation proposed (at the recommendation of the police) into temporarily closing the stretch of the Kenilworth Road in front of the church.

6. Received report from the Treasurer.

7. Received updates from and had helpful discussions with two Councillors.

8. Updates on Marina planning application and Sainsburys and Waitrose projects – no news this month. Growing concerns about traffic (lorries and cars) that will pass through Knowle to get to Sainsbury’s in Dorridge.

9. Received report from Community Services committee.

10. Received report from Meetings & Social committee – discussed presentations by speakers at main meetings.

11. Received report from Local History committee.

12. Received report from Newsletter and Website editor.

13. Discussed implementation of new drive to get members to use Standing Orders.

What is Solhull Council planning for waste management this autumn?


Jim Harte, Transport, Highways & the Environment, Solihull Council will be giving a brief presentation on the plans for introducing new waste and recycling facilities in Solihull in the Autumn.

The presentation will take place at the start of the Society’s existing meeting on Energy Saving, in the Village Hall at 8pm on Monday 20th July. It will cover the plans for replacement wheelie bins for the existing black sacks and new provision for cardboard and tin collections.

New Bus Timetables

The revised bus timetables from Knowle to Solihull (and return) are now available on this site.

The new timetables for the S2 and S3 may be found from the home page link to ‘Community Services’ and then to ‘Buses’. These became effective from 31 May 2009. There are some minor changes to bus numbers, e.g. no S802 or S3E now, but instead S2A and S2C have been added. Please note that the times of S2 buses have been slightly changed from the initial postings on this website of the new arrangement because the printed and online Network West Midlands timetables differed and both contain different errors – we have now used the best information from both sources! Compared with the pre-31 May timetable, there are negligible if any changes to times as far as Knowle-Solihull-Knowle journeys are concerned – only service numbers have changed. The further issue of new timetables on 17th June only corrects typographical errors in the online and printed timetables, meanwhile The Knowle Society compilation issued after the 31st May revisions, remains correct. [This update 22 June 09]