Celebrating Women of Knowle West

It’s 100 years since some women in Britain had the right to vote – with activities and celebrations taking place across the country.

Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) is keen to make sure the women of our community are recognised for making things happen and their impact on the lives of others.

It is launching a project  – Celebrating Women of Knowle West on International Women’s Day (8 March) to gather stories about amazing women from the area and creating a special gallery at www.knowlewest.co.uk

The organisation is keen to hear about

– women of all ages living, working or volunteering in Knowle West (past and present)

– historical figures with a connection to Knowle West

– groups of women

To share a story get in touch with your name and contact details, the name of the woman / group and why they’re special to you (100 words or less). Email enquiries@kwmc.org.uk, call 0117 903 0444 or text 07520 634144.

Everyone who shares at least one story before 31st May 2018 will receive a free photoshoot session.

For further information visit www.kwmc.org.uk/womenofknowlewest/

Community reporter Kasia Guzowska speaks to some women in Knowle West who have been making a difference…


Women of Worth

Denise Britt, started the Women of Worth Group (WOW) 15 years ago with the intention of “giving the women of Knowle a place to get together and talk.”

Every week they have been getting together to take part in various activities – from flower making and ceramics to hairdressing and beauty.

The ladies of WOW have even taken trips down to Wales and taken part in sign language performances, but Denise says they also “enjoy just sitting and talking over coffee some weeks.”

The group welcomes new members and is open to women of all ages. It meets Wednesdays from 6.30-8.30pm at Knowle West Health Park.

Pat Filer and Chris Stone


Pat Filer, 71 has been running the Eagle House group voluntarily for over 26 years – which had 100 members at one time!

Activities vary weekly, from bingo and skittles to Bring and Buy tables – with unsold items taken to St Peter’s Hospice as a contribution to charity. Over the years there have been various trips to Weymouth and Clark’s Village as well as yearly celebrations of Women’s Day where members could take part in cooking, gardening and henna art.

Pat’s late mother – Chris Stone – started the 500 club, one of the first social groups on the Knowle West Estate.

Their mission was to make Knowle West a nicer place to live by helping with planting trees and giving people a hand with their gardening as well as getting rid of rubbish from the streets.

Pat thinks her mum’s work inspired her to start her own group.

“We wanted to create a place where people could come and talk and where we could contribute towards our community.”

The Eagle House group runs every Wednesday with members currently aged 50 – 90 and new people joining regularly.

Local mums encourage healthy eating

Three local mums have not been phased by faddy eaters – running a Cook and Play group at Knowle West Children’s Centre for families with pre-schoolers.

Janet Naroki, Kelly Harris and Tina Wilson have also produced a cook book to help local parents encourage their children to eat healthily.

They say: “Cook and Play gives children the opportunity to try new foods and also the time for parents to cook with their child…

“We thought the book could help parents to encourage their children to eat a wide range of foods and also show that cooking from scratch can be quick, easy and delicious…”

Cook and Play runs Fridays at The House in Downton Road from 12.45-2.15pm.