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.
CARL CHINN’S CV
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.