Public Talks

The Society runs a programme of public talks and social events throughout the year, with two meetings in the afternoon and two in the evening, held at the Guild House unless otherwise stated. Tea or coffee is served before the meeting, at 2 p.m. in the afternoon and 7 p.m. In the evening.  Meetings start with a short time for notices, followed by the main talk and questions.  Meetings end by 4.30 p.m. in the afternoon or 9.30 p.m. in the evening.  The Society aims to hold evening talks in the lighter nights, usually in April and October.  

There are usually two talks on Knowle itself, with in-house speakers; the other two talks are on the surrounding area with outside speakers.  They are advertised in the Society's newsletter, Knowle Parish Magazine and on posters round the village.  We also inform other societies with which we have contact, and hope that notice of our meetings will be included in the literature of Warwickshire Local History Society.   Talks are open to the public.  Entrance is free to everyone, but non-members are asked for a donation.  Donations for coffee are also appreciated.

Social Events

There are two social events a year, open to members and their guests only.  As numbers for a summer outing dwindled, these comprise a buffet supper or strawberry tea in the summer and a luncheon at the Wilson Arms in the Spring.


The Society mounts a number of exhibitions during the year, each on a particular theme of village life.  In addition, we normally present an exhibition for Heritage Open Days in September and, where appropriate, for any outside events we attend .

Outside Events

When possible the Society usually takes a stall at a number of fetes in and around Knowle.  We also attends Warwick Words Local History Fair in October and take part in Heritage Open Days in Knowle. In addition, we are often asked to give talks to other organisations.  We are particularly pleased to help Knowle C of E Primary Academy when asked.

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Talks  & Social Events 2018

Wednesday February 21st

Guild House 2.30 p.m.

Talk: The Canals of Lapworth and Rowington

Speaker: Nick Holmes (Lapworth Local History Group)

Saturday March 10th

Wilson Arms 12.30 p.m.

Spring Lunch.  

Members and guests only.

Wednesday April 18th

Guild House 7.30 p.m.

Talk: Farming Life in Knowle

Speaker: In House

Wednesday July 18th

Guild House 7.30 p.m.

Social Evening and Slide Show

The Lippiatt Collection, a collection of postcards and photographs of Knowle collected by the late Eunice Lippiatt.

Speaker: In House.  Members and guests only.

Wednesday October 17th

Guild House 7.30 p.m.

Annual General Meeting

Talk: The Wilson Arms

Speaker: In House

Wednesday November 21st

Guild House 2.30 p.m.

Talk: Some Historic Warwickshire Gardens

Speaker: Dr. Christine Hodgetts

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Exhibitions in Knowle 2018

At Knowle Library (Ground Floor) unless otherwise stated

April 24th to May 8th

Farming Life in Knowle


Oxfam Books & Music (shop window)

Title to be confirmed.

September 10th to September 25th

Along Station Road and Lodge Road

November 6th to November 20th

The Great War in Knowle

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Exhibitions at Solihull Central Library 2018

Local Studies Department, First Floor

Exhibitions may be on show for longer than the advertised time if space is availab

April 9th to June 4th

The Horse Age in Knowle

June 4th to July 30th

Knowle on Wheels

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History of Barston Weekend

Barston Memorial Hall

Saturday 14h April to Sunday 15th April 2018

The Society has been asked to provide an exhibition for this event.

Items relating to Barston from the Society’s archives will be on show plus

a display of the Society’s activities.

Further details when known.

Events for Heritage Open Days 2018

Knowle Parish Church

Saturday September 8th 10 a.m. To 3 p.m.

Members of the Society will be on hand

to answer questions about Knowle’s early 15th century church

Exhibition: Along Station Road and Lodge Road

An album of 200 postcards will be on show; the Society’s image library and its vast database of local information will be available to consult.

Dorridge Day 2018

Dorridge Park

The Society will take a stall at this event if enough people

to erect the gazebo and man the stall are available.

Exhibition: to be announced.

Plus photographs, maps, etc.

Warwick Words Local History Fair 2018

Market Hall Museum Warwick

Saturday 6h October 10 a.m. To 2 p.m.

Date and Venue to be confirmed.

The Society will book a stall at this excellent event which is well worth visiting.

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Outside Events 2018

Events further to those listed below are likely.  

Details of unconfirmed events will be announced when known.

Visitors may be welcome at talks for organizations other than private clubs.  Those interested in attending please contact the organization direct or the Society on 01564 775887 or

email us at


A chronological history of Dorridge from the early 19th century and the opening of the station to the thriving community of today.

Monday January 15th for Solihull Local History Circle.  Solihull Methodist Church Hall 7.45 p.m.


A virtual tour along the main road through Knowle, starting at The Square end and including the main features, including Chester House and the Greswolde Hotel.

Wednesday January 24th for Birchmere Residential Home, Warwick Road.  11 a.m.


A chronological history of Knowle from the Norman Conquest to the present day.

Wednesday February 7th for the National Women’s Register. Private House 8 p.m.

Monday March 12th  for Tanworth-in-Arden Ladies’ Luncheon Club.  

Old Silhillians’ Rugby Club 12.30 p.m.  Private club.

Tuesday August 14th for Barston U3A.  Barston Memorial Hall 2.30 p.m.


That other world, apart from the bustle and noise of High Street. The history of the short stretch of the Grand Union canal which passes through Knowle from 1799 to the present day.

Monday March 26th  for Arden Ladies’ Luncheon Club.  

Solihull Bridge Club 1.45 p.m.  Private club.


The history of one of Knowle’s most prominent inns, including its origins in the late 17th century, when it was owned by the Greswolde family, its time as Knowle’s main coaching inn and evolution to the modern hotel it is today.

Wednesday October 10th for Arden U3A  

Solihull Bridge Club 10 a.m.

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Future Programme