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Knowle Time Machine Heritage Festival

Knowle Society is one of several local organisations joining forces to celebrate our historic village in the Knowle Time Machine Heritage Festival with a massive programme of events, primarily on Saturdays 11th and 18th September.
As well as our own exhibition in the Library and Guided Heritage Walks, there will be workshops in ancient skills and family history, outdoor theatre, song and dance, church tower visits, a pig roast and more. The full programme can be found at (some events need to be pre-booked). Why not take a look and put in your diary now.
Some volunteers are needed to help on the day with setting up venues and co-ordinating activities etc. If you can spare a couple of hours on one of the days to help make the Festival a success, please email Dave Pinwell (


As has been our practice in previous years, the excess takings from the sale of Knowle Society Christmas Cards has been donated to Solihull Hospital.  Our thanks to Mike Humphreys for providing the image and the volunteers who sold the cards in the forced absence of the usual shop in the Library.


The Knowle Society Christmas card will be on sale over the counter at INDIGO ART GALLERY, from 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.  Indigo are just across the zebra crossing outside One Stop. We have decided only to issue a single design this year. Initial sales have gone well, so don’t delay if you want some.

We are pleased to say that the price will remain the same as last year £3.50 per pack of 6, and that proceeds will go to the same charity as last year, The Chemotherapy Day Unit at Solihull Hospital.

The message inside the card is a simple  ‘Greetings from Knowle’.  The picture has of course again been painted by our talented artist Mike.

Online Exhibition Video for Heritage Weekend

With the Library closed and preventing our using Exhibition programme, we have ventured into the creation of mini online exhibitions. We have started with one of our historic inns, a Grade II listed building. Originally called the Rising Sun, it is now a popular pub/restaurant with a landmark site in the village. We are delighted to break new ground with by launching Part One of this exhibit for Heritage Weekend 2020. Watch out for two more instalments to follow.
The file can be downloaded here as mp4

The file can be downloaded here as wmv

Did you take photographs of a Street Party or street decoration last Friday? Are you will to share them with future residents of Knowle?
If you enjoyed the Society’s montage of VE Day photos, then imagine future generations looking back at how Knowle celebrated VE Day 75 during the Lockdown. We are looking to put a selection of photographs from the day into the village’s Local History archive as well as featuring some of best pictures of that lovely sunny day of socially distant get togethers in the July issue of our Newsletter.
[You would retain copyright but we would ask for ongoing agreement to use the the pictures in the Society’s exhibitions and publications. We would also need assurance that permission was granted in respect of any minors featured in them.]
If you are willing to share your pictorial memories of the day, could you please email