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 2019

Tuesday February 12th

Guild House 2.30 p.m.

Talk: The Sweet Life in Bournville

Speaker: Bob Booth

Saturday March 16th

Wilson Arms 12.30 p.m.

Spring Lunch.  

Members and guests only.

Wednesday April 187h

Guild House 7.30 p.m.

Talk: American Interlude

Speaker: In House

Wednesday July 17th

Guild House 7.30 p.m.

Social Evening and Slide Show

Talk: Walk Along High Street

Speaker: In House.  Members and guests only.

Wednesday October 16th

Guild House 7.30 p.m.

Annual General Meeting

Talk: Lodge Road ~ Across the Common

Speaker: In House

Wednesday November 20th

Guild House 2.30 p.m.

Talk: Some Historic Warwickshire Gardens

Speaker: Dr. Christine Hodgetts

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Exhibitions in Knowle 2019

At Knowle Library (Ground Floor) unless otherwise stated

April 23rd  to May 7th

American Interlude


Oxfam Books & Music (shop window)

The Old Parsonage

September 17th to October 1st

Lodge Road ~ Across the Common

An exhibition about 1st Knowle Guides is planned for their centenary in November.

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Exhibitions at Solihull Central Library 2019

Local Studies Department, First Floor

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

April 9th to June 25th

Images of Barston

June 25th to August 20th

American Interlude

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Events for Heritage Open Days 2019

Knowle Parish Church

Saturday September 14th    and Saturday September 21st

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

on behalf of Knowle Parish Church

September 14th: Exhibition: Lodge Road ~ Across the Common

September 21st: Exhibition: The Westminster Connection

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

Barston Fete 2019

The Bull's Head, Barston

Monday August 26th 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Time to be confirmed


The Society will be present at this delightful village event.

Exhibition: Lodge Road ~ Across the Common

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

NB If the weather is very sunny it may not be possible to see the computer screen.

Warwick Words Local History Fair 2019

Saturday 5th 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 2019

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 Knowle from the Norman Conquest to the present day.

Wednesday July 12th for the Friends of Tamworth Caste.  

Tamworth Castle 7.30 p.m.

Thursday August 1st for Balsall Common U3A

St. Peter's Hall Balsall Common 2 p.m.

Thursday November 21st for Shirley U3A

Shirley Methodist Church 2 p.m.


Monday August 26th.  

Details above.


Saturday September 14th and Saturday September 21st

Details above.


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.

Thursday October 2nd for Arden U3A

Solihull Bridge Club 10 a.m (time to be confirmed).


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.

Thursday October 2nd for St. Helen's.  

St Helen's Church, Solihull.  2 p.m.

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