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Presentation of plaque to Les Kyles’ widow

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At a recent meeting of The Knowle Society in the Village Hall, Mrs Moira Kyles was presented with a plaque to express the Society’s deep appreciation for over ten years of committed support for the Society by Les in his work as a local ward councillor and as one-time Mayor of Solihull. Mrs Kyles received the award with her two daughters.

Mrs Kyles expressed her great pleasure at the presentation and plans that when Knowle Library opens again after its refurbishment during early 2008, the plaque will be held in the library for everyone to see.

Membership tops 3000!

The Knowle Society has achieved a quite remarkable membership figure for a community of the size of Knowle and is delighted that so many people have shown interest in its aims and work.

The Society has achieved half of these 3000 members, largely through the diligent recruiting work of Martin Warr. It also reflects the hard work of many people over the last 45 years who have built up the work of the various sections including, planning, community services, local history and natural history and who have maintained parallel programmes of interesting walks, talks, outings and publications. This heady total is vulnerable to erosion when subscription time comes around as inevitably some members will have moved away or died. Martin working in conjunction with the Membership Secretary hopes that he will be able to maintain this figure. Please encourage your friends and neighbours to consider joining The Knowle Society.

Proposed new care homes on ‘Parkridge’ site

The Planning sub-committee of The Knowle Society was approached by Sunrise Senior Living, a Care Home Company started in the U.S.A. Sunrise has twelve homes in the U.K. including one in Edgbaston and one opened recently in Solihull. The company has now acquired the 2.2 acre site on Warwick Road formerly belonging to Parkridge builders. It tells us it has signed an unconditional contract and intended to complete the purchase in August 2007.

Sunrise held a public meeting in the Greswolde Hotel early in 2007 to explain the proposals to all and sundry and to answer any questions and to listen to comments. Depending on the outcome, it will then go to planning and if successful, intends to start on a 17 month building programme late this year.

The idea is to erect two buildings on the site, the one on the left (south) side to be a 60 bed residential home and the one on the north side to be a 50 bed nursing home. The professed ethos of the company is to provide an up-market care home with catering on a hotel basis at a cost for the residential home approaching double that of other homes in the area. The homes are aimed at people who have substantial insurance policies covering the position or substantial funds of their own.

The one big plus that can be seen at this stage is that we will not be facing the building of the mini-roundabout which was a feature of the Parkridge plans.

News Items 2002 – 2006

Stories created before 2007 were not archived but survive in title only.

  • 2000 members!
  • Iron and willow-weave Dragonfly in Knowle Park Vandalised
  • Family History Societies talk January 2006
  • History of Knowle Park (Job’s Close)
  • Notice of November 2005 AGM
  • Visit to HDRA—Henry DoubleDay Research Association at Ryton (photo)
  • Letter from Gary Masters re Licensing hours – 27 July 2005
  • Letter to SMBC from G Masters re. traffic calming on the Kenilworth Rd – 23 June 2005
  • Local History Centre exhibition ‘The Red Lion’
  • Apology for loss of service from web forwarding provider (May 2005)
  • Housing developments in Knowle (3rd February 2005)
  • Musical Evening – The Blossomfield Singers (18th November 2004)
  • Parkridge & PPG (18th November 2004)
  • Images of Lodge Road (1st November 2004)
  • Bus changes (24 October 2004)
  • American Interlude exhibition – preparing for D Day
  • LNR launch 18 (September 2004)
  • Heritage open day (11 September 2004)
  • 1st Knowle Scouts receives cheque from the Wootton Fund
  • Planning applications now feature photographs and maps
  • Recent Newsletters now available in pdf
  • Gumley Wilson – Squire of Knowle and Black Sheep – Exhibition 1 March – 31 May 2004
  • Skateboard proposals in Jobs Close Park
  • Record numbers on Boxing Day Walk
  • Constitution (2002) now on website
  • Plane trees on Warwick Road going
  • Bus timetable amendments
  • Parkridge Development of 78 apartments rejected by Solihull Council
  • St Johns Close questionnaire – broad conclusions and numerical results
  • Goodbye Sodens – the story of a butcher’s shop
  • Knowle Library Local History Month – Knowle Society Local History Centre
  • Latest amenity developments in Knowle
  • Past newsletters are now available on this website
  • Questionnaire about St Johns Close
  • Open Day about St Johns Close, 28th June 2003
  • Report on the Bluebell Walk
  • Pathfinder, Open Letter to Residents, Correcting a misunderstanding!
  • News of current highway and amenity developments around Knowle due in early 2003
  • Report on first walk of the year on Sunday 23rd March.
  • See our programme of meetings and walks for 2003
  • Exhibition for the Church’s 600th anniversary (Guild Register came to Knowle)
  • Saturday 26 October 2002 gales brought down tree at Milverton House
  • Society President’s reminiscences at the 40th anniversary birthday party
  • Society’s response to government proposals for Midlands airports expansion
  • Pictures of Knowle’s highly successful Jubilee street event
  • Millennium sign is one year old!

There were older stories that appeared from soon after the Society’s website began but these have not been archived.