History - 2007 :
Guest visits since
12th Feb 2004
Latest info @ top, oldest @ bottom.
2007 - Dec : Joint Solihull MBC / FoKP Survey undertaken of park users views on the children's play area. Feedback received from the survey forms suggests many people want addition of equipment to suit older children (6 +) as the current equipment is more suited to the under 6 age group.
2007 - Oct : The AGM took place successfully.
The Chairman reviewed the previous financial year's successes, including the
PATH project & the installation of the bridge. The committee was re-elected & in
addition Jim Fell was appointed to the new committee position of Membership
Secretary to continue the activities already started to further increase the
quantity of members.
Significant debate took place on potential next activities for FoKP support. Evaluation of the various options will be undertaken to help decide which should be prioritised for the coming year.
Also on a positive note, attendance was much better than previous yrs.
Formal minutes of the meeting will be published shortly.
2007 - Sept : The date & venue for the FoKP AGM has now been set as 25th October, 8pm in the Village Hall. Major issue to be discussed is "What do we do next ?". See Events page for more AGM content.
2007 - July : Knowle Park has now been awarded
"Green Flag" status ! The award was made at a ceremony involving FoKP & Solihull
MBC representatives at Leeds Royal Armouries, where many other Parks were also
awarded Green Flag status. The award recognises the importance of the Park in
the local community & the active local involvement in improving the Park.
Solihull has now achieved 5 local Parks with Green Flag status. If the current Solihull parks can retain their Green Flag status next year & an extra park obtains Green Flag status, significant extra funding can be made available for further improvements to the parks.
2007 - June : The
Festival in the Park was very successful & was held in good weather despite the
There was tremendous re-organisation the day before the event - to move stalls & events away from the worse of the "boggy" ground & hold some of the planned stage events in the tennis courts - not ideal, but better than the alternatives !
Learning Curves Dance School, Packington Dogs, The West Midlands CARE Team & the Scouts all put on fantastic demonstrations.
The 5 a side football competition was a little muddy - as can be expected !
Many people attended during the day & it appeared that everyone had a good time (as an aside, we didn't realise Punch & Judy was still so popular !).
Troop Aid provided the liquid refreshments & generated significant extra funds for their good cause.
Thanks to Burchell Edwards, E H Smith, Nando's & Solihull MBC for their support for the event.
See photos from the Festival via the "Festival 2007" link on the left hand side of this page.
The Burchell Edwards "Guess the quantity of balloons in the Mini" competition winner & runner up have been notified (there were 79 balloons in the car !). More details soon.
Please let us know what you think of the event & what could perhaps be improved in the future.
Additional info about the CARE team :
The West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation and Emergency Team (WM CARE Team) is an association of highly trained immediate care practitioners who provide their services in support of the ambulance service, on an entirely voluntary basis, in order to enhance the treatment power that can be delivered to the scene. Immediate care practitioners can be drawn from the professions such as: Doctors, Registered Nurses, State Registered Paramedics and Military Medics.
The team exists entirely on donations and every contribution helps.
2007 - June : Please join FoKP & help us represent Park users views. See "Membership" page via link on left hand side for more reasons to join & how to join
2007 - June : The new bridge over Purnells
Brook into the "Rough Ground" / LNR has now been installed. See more info /
The bridge had been part of the Council's plans for the Park for some time and has cost approx £5,500 !
The relatively high cost is because of installation costs, use of oak wood to maximise the life of the bridge & various requirements to meet Health & Safety legislation.
As the funds were not available for a few years via Solihull Council, the cost has been funded by a generous donation of £2,500 from the Birmingham International Airport Community Trust Fund, with the remainder from Friends of Knowle Park.
Special thanks to Sykes Timber for the durable oak wood & Haystoun Construction Ltd for the installation.
There will be a formal opening ceremony for the bridge soon (date to be announced later), although it is already in use.
2007 - June : 2 additional benches have now been installed alongside the new path, 1 almost opposite the new bridge & the other lower down nearer to the Starbold Court / Landor Road entrance. Both in good positions to catch the afternoon sun !
2007 - March : The "Events
Diary" has finally been updated with everything we're aware of for 2007.
Follow the link on the left hand side of the page. Let us know if we've missed anything !
We've also moved the website navigation menu from the top to the left hand side to improve the appearance. Tell us if you disagree !
2007 - March : The new bricks have now been laid in place of the old ones. Hopefully, they should stay legible for a long time !
2007 January : Replacement of the engraved bricks in the new path should take place very shortly. We understand the replacement bricks are currently being coated to protect them (correct material this time !!).