Local History Centre display visits Knowle Primary School

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.

Large new screen for public meetings

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.

Jobs Close pond drained

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!

Public Meeting re. proposed Marina

The Knowle Society has been made aware of a public meeting to be held at the Greswolde Hotel, Knowle on Tuesday 29th January from 11.30-20.30 in respect of a proposed development of a marina on the canal near Jacobean Lane. The Society’s Planning sub-Committee will also be given a separate opportunity to view and discuss the plans directly with the developers.

The Knowle Society introduces a News feed to its website

If you would like to receive the latest news from The Knowle Society delivered in a convenient way to your browser then this newly developed home page provides that facility – click the News feed button to the right of the home page.

Using the News feed facility enables you to receive the latest news from The Knowle Society whilst filtering out those items that have been read by you previously – this should lead to a more efficient relationship with your favourite website!