How well do you know Knowle – try our photo quiz?


Our 2008 Social Event was a quiz night held on 20th October at Knowle

Village Hall. Why not try it yourself


Fifty seven people in 10 teams took part in a close fought competition, the winning team triumphing by just one point. One challenge was to identify some of the notable buildings in the centre of Knowle from a set of photographs of small parts of them.

The results were:
Hit & Miss 64; Martin 54; Pick ‘n’ Mix 65; The Dough Boys ‘n’ Girls 55; The Utopians 56; OddBods 68; Chantry Heathens 74; Last Lot 70; Enigma 71; Throstles & Robins 73

Click on the link for the quiz questions. To see the answers go to the news item above.

Answers to the Picture Quiz

Click on the link for the answers to the questions in the item below – but don’t do it until you have tried the questions first!

On Yer Bike!


Cycle routes are being proposed for Jobs Close (Knowle Park). All the paths except the newest one would be widened and split by white-lining into separate pedestrian and cycle paths. This is part of “Safer Routes to School – Arden School. A Government initiative”. The first stage is the approach to the School along St Lawrence Close and Station Road.

Subject to a (possible) forthcoming public consultation, two cycleways will be marked out across the Park, also known as Jobs Close Park, as a part of the “Safer Routes to School” initiative.

There is a national drive to get people out of cars and onto bikes, both to cut carbon emissions and to increase cycling as a healthy activity. So, over recent years, cycleways have been introduced into a number of Parks in the borough, providing improved access for those passing through on their journeys to work and school and to provide a safe place to ride for Park users at leisure.

Detailed proposals for this approach to be extended to Knowle were approved by Solihull’s Cabinet Member for Quality of Life and Neighbourhoods in September. These would permit cycling on each of hard landscaped paths through the park except the ‘new’ one, which follows Purnells Brook between the lower entrances.

The proposal calls for the widening of the two paths from the Landor Road entrance to the St Lawrence Close entrance and along the top of the Park by the allotments and tennis courts, to safely accommodate use by both cyclists and pedestrians.

Carl Chinn fills the school hall


The long awaited visit by Carl Chinn was rewarded with a large and enthusiastic audience.

Thursday 9th Oct was an unusual night for a Knowle Society meeting, as was meeting at Arden School, but there was a good reason. After 3 years of trying we were at last to be treated to a presentation from Carl Chinn, the celebrated Birmingham historian. The wait was well worth it, as the 150 plus in the audience will tell you. See the scrum at the end to speak to Carl one-to-one and to buy his books.

Birmingham International Airport runway extension application submitted (opens link to SMBC site)


The long-awaited application to extend the runway at the airport, including realignment of the A45, a new air traffic control tower, revision of the existing fuel farm and a new exit taxi way, has now been received by Solihull Council.

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The Knowle Society gave its views on the draft proposals at the time of the airport’s public consultation; the Society having undertaken a consultation itself within Knowle prior to making that response. Follow the Community link from this page to view the Society’s submission. The Society will consider the final version of the application (2008/22) and will respond if there are variations that affect Knowle.


Famous Brummie coming to Knowle


Everyone is welcome to come and listen to, and question, Prof Carl Chinn when The Knowle Society hosts this famous local historian and promoter of Birmingham. Arden School at 7.45pm on Thursday 9th October. Guaranteed to be a fascinating and entertaining evening. Free entry – visitors welcome.


Professor Carl Chinn MBE FRSA Ph.D. is a social historian, broadcaster, newspaper columnist, public speaker, author and campaigner for the rights of working-class people. Professor of Community History at the University of Birmingham, he is the author of 26 books that include studies of working-class housing, urban working class life, working-class women’s lives, Birmingham, the Black Country, and ethnic minorities. He has appeared as an expert on various television programmes, including Channel 4’s ‘History Hunters’ with Tony Robinson, and most recently on BBC 4’s ‘Edwardian Larder’. In the Midlands he has regular local history slots on BBC Midlands Today and is the expert in ITV’s ‘The Way We Were’ series. Professor Chinn has appeared on numerous Radio 4 programmes, including those presented by Libby Purvess and Laurie Taylor; he has his own local history show on BBC WM; and he writes local history features for the Express and Star and Birmingham Mail. His writing on housing and other issues is deeply affected by his family’s working-class background and life in the back-to-backs of Birmingham, and he is an ardent supporter of manufacturing who played a prominent role in the battle to keep Longbridge open in 2001. That year he was awarded the MBE for his services to local history and to charities. Carl is married to Kay and they have four children, aged from 26 to eleven.