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September 2012 Issue No 327
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Inside this month’s issue...
Cycling for Soweto..................................................... 28
Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter Heritage Initiative Launched..................................................... 29
Events .......................... 42
Ladywood Day Centre Moves.................................... 29
Classifieds ................... 45
Gemvision Unveils Winning ‘Matrix Designs’ at IJL... 30
Editorial ....................... 26
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Birmingham Comedy Festival in the Jewellery Quarter...................................................... 31 Birmingham Assay Office - The New Site.................. 32 Goldsmiths’ Fair Celebrates 30 Years of Flying the Flag!..................................................................... 34 EasyMark – ROFINs New Versatile Desktop Laser Marker ...................................................................... 35 Jack Row Launches New Collections of Luxury British Writing Instruments............................. 36 School Children Return to the Jewellery Quarter...... 37 Planning Matters........................................................ 38 Dayus Square............................................................ 46
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Quality jewellery supp with over 600 years of
plies, delivered experience Daniella Jasper 1 year experience â€“ Daniella joined Betts Metal Sales in July 2011 as our Quality Control and Dispatch Clerk. Danni, as she prefers to be called, is now part of our Trade Counter Team and is our resident tool expert.
The essential hand, polishing and workshop tools.
We aim to provide a complete service to the manufacturing jeweller, which is why our range of essential tools and equipment is constantly growing. As always, these products have been sourced to provide excellent value for money and can be supplied from stock. Visit our trade counter on Spencer Street, where Danni will be happy to help.
www.bettsmetalsales.com t: 0121 233 2413
49-63 spencer street, hockley, Birmingham B18 6de
Betts Family 250 years experience! With the original family business founded in 1760, the Betts family have been continuously involved in the jewellery trade for nine generations.
HS WALSH & SONS LIMITED - HEAD OFFICE Hunter House, Biggin Hill Airport, Churchill Way, Biggin Hill, Kent TN16 3BN Phone: 01959 543660 Fax: 01959 574231
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By Christopher Barrow This book combines a fascinating history of the development of the verge pocket watch together with a complete guide to cleaning and repairing a variety of English and Continental verge movements. Ref HB17119
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The specialists in platinum and palladium casting. Visit our new website at www.jewelcast.co.uk
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New PUK4 from Sutton Tools Designed by goldsmiths for goldsmiths
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J E W E L L E RY Q UA R T E R H E R I T AG E
WHAT IS JEWELLERY QUARTER HERITAGE? English Heritage has put the Jewellery Quarter on its ‘conservation areas at risk’ register. Slowly but surely, the Jewellery Quarter’s heritage is being eroded, despite being a Conservation Area and under the protection of the Jewellery Quarter Conservation and Management Plan. English Heritage said ‘it’s not only the buildings that are at risk, but the way the Jewellers work’, and we couldn’t agree more! Marie and Mark Haddleton have worked in the Jewellery Quarter for over 30 years and Marie served on the Birmingham Conservation Advisory Committee for many years, representing the Jewellery Quarter. Marie and Mark are in a position to give unofficial pre-planning
guidance to help people interpret the complicated Jewellery Quarter Conservation and Management Plan and Design Guide. ‘Jewellery Quarter Heritage’ is a new initiative, set up to tackle Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter major problem, its heritage! and will be working with Birmingham City Council to encourage creation of affordable workshops, to encourage both traditional style businesses and modern enterprise to locate in the area in an effort to create employment, and to convert empty buildings back to workshops, for which they were originally built. ‘Jewellery Quarter Heritage’ will support the local Museums and the ‘Coffin’ Museum, ‘Friends of the Cemeteries’ as
“Jewellery Quarter Heritage is a vital initiative to ensure that the historic and manufacturing integrity of this world-famous district is respected in a sensitive, dynamic and sustainable way that engages responsibly with the present and future needs of the area.” Patron: Professor Carl Chinn MBE, Ph.D., FRSA, FBirmSoc., social historian.
well as the charitable institutions in the area, with a future goal to create a ‘Made in The Jewellery Quarter Museum’, featuring everything ‘made’ in the Quarter from its rich industrial past. ‘Jewellery Quarter Heritage’ comprises of ‘friends’ and ‘supporters’, keeping them informed of what is happening in the Quarter and inviting them to participate, and will also hold networking events at regular intervals. Other plans include a ‘Jewellery Quarter Heritage Student’s Annual award’ and a ‘Jewellery Quarter Annual Heritage Award for Restoration Work’. A new quarterly magazine will soon to be launched called ‘Historic Jewellery Quarter’ with stories going back to the Quarter’s very beginnings (including the Hockley castle!)
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MAIN SUPPORTER As Basic but includes 4 quarterly issues of ‘Historic Jewellery Quarter’ magazine (worth £18.40) ............................. £35.00
By cheque (deliver by hand or post to York House) Direct to bank: Natwest bank. Branch 60 02 35. A/c No. 30305292. Jewellery Quarter Heritage. By PayPal (or credit card via PayPal– log onto ebsite for info. www.jewelleryquarterheritage.net An acknowledgement and receipt will be issued. Please complete and return to: Jewellery Quarter Heritage, York House, 22 Frederick Street. Birmingham B1 3HE
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Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.
Did you see the article in the Birmingham Post this month, regarding the launch of Jewellery Quarter Heritage - since then we have received a ‘support letter’ from HRH Prince Charles, who has always had a ‘fond spot’ for the Quarter. If you haven’t already confirmed your support of Jewellery Quarter Heritage, please do so. Please refer to the JQH dedicated page in Trade Talk or visit the website: www.jewelleryquarterheritage.net. There are several ‘levels’ of supporters to suit your choice (and pocket!) Autumn is here and the Christmas brochures are falling on the door mats! Are there any activities planned at all in the Quarter? Let us know if you hear of any - I have heard that the market will return at Christmas only, but what about a Santa race, the carol singing, etc? Well done to the companies and restaurants that put up their own flowers including the new Perry Beeches II School in Newhall Street. We would like at this point to send our most sincere good wishes to Jeff Green’s wife (Crystalink), Sorry to hear that she is very poorly at the moment. Get well soon! Jeff chaired the JQ Marketing Initiative for many years and is a ‘Gentleman of the Trade’ and his wife is very much loved in the area.
Successful Launch of Jewellery Quarter Heritage
Jewellery Quarter Heritage now has its own dedicated monthly Newsletter page in The Hockley Flyer or on line at firstname.lastname@example.org. All of the people who really ‘care’ about the Quarter are joining our growing band of supporters, including English Heritage, the Victorian Society, etc. and the general media are also showing an interest including The Retail Jeweller, Radio WM etc. Plus..... we have just received a letter from HRH Prince Charles signed by Mrs Emily Cherrington, The Assistant Private Secretary to HRH) stating: ‘It was kind of you to take the time and trouble to let His Royal Highness know about the founding of ‘Jewellery Quarter Heritage’ which will hopefully protect your heritage whilst encouraging growth and new jobs in the Quarter’. I know The Prince of Wales would want me to send his heartfelt thanks and his warmest good wishes to all in the Jewellery Quarter Heritage.’ !have already made a most enjoyable visit to meet the Head Teacher of the Perry Beeches 2 School, several members of staff, and a group of 11 year old students). I will be going ‘back to school’ in early October to talk to two classes about the Jewellery Quarter and have been invited to have a ‘school dinner’ with them (concrete and custard for pudding, I wonder?) Hopefully, this will be the first of many such visits. Pupils at this school will have a wonderful opportunity to explore the wealth of local history and, maybe, eventually to take an interest in a ‘creative’ career. There is no other relatively small area like the Jewellery Quarter with so many heritage and learning opportunities per square metre. Marie Haddleton Editor
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Nqobile at Sutton Tools
Cycling for Soweto SuttonTools’ MD Maggie Nichols and Sales Director Geoff Field have completed their 300 mile sponsored cycle ride from London to Paris. Cycling over four days from 15 - 18 August, they were joined by goldsmith Paul Spurgeon and his colleague Nikki Wreford. Whilst none were seasoned cyclists, they were determined to take on the challenge to raise money for the Cornerstone Project, which is providing jobs and skills for disadvantaged young people in Soweto. Leaving from the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace the foursome cycled 105 miles through the Kent countryside to Dover and then from the ferryport in Calais on to their hotel a few miles inland. On day two they faced headwinds as they battled 75 miles into Northern France to spend the night at Abbeville. Day three brought blue skies and soaring temperatures and a further 65 miles to Beauvais. Day four (Saturday) brought the final stretch of 55 miles, arriving at the Eiffel Tower on the hottest day for ten years with temperatures up to 42C. Maggie says, “We are raising money to help the Cornerstone Project in Soweto, Johannesburg, where
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Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more.
six million people live in ramshackle poverty and employment is very hard to find. It seems appropriate, when so many jewellers in the UK have profited from the natural resources of South Africa, that we should put a little back to create jobs and skills and this is a fantastic opportunity to do so.” “A couple of years ago we met a young man from Soweto Nqobile Nkosi whose ambition was to be a
jeweller. He had been befriended by UK goldsmith Paul Spurgeon on a visit to Johannesburg. On his return to the UK, Paul asked for help from contacts in the trade and Suttons happily donated some tools. With expertise and support from Paul, Nqobile has developed remarkable jewellery skills in a very short time. Recently, he spent a two week internship at Weston Beamor in Birmingham. Using the skills he learned and a vacuum casting machine donated by Hean Studio, Nqobile is casting fine jewellery in Soweto. Now 29, Nqobile provides work for three others in a workshop in his mother’s backyard and together with Paul has founded Cornerstone – a foundation to provide skills and employment for others in the township. The project has been given a plot of land by the chiefs and elders of a Zulu village on which he intends to build a small jewellery school. It’s not too late to help or sponsor by sending a cheque (payable to MJ Nichols) to Sutton Tools, 91 Vittoria St., Birmingham B91 3NU or you can donate direct by BACS to: Cornerstone, A/C No 00735117, Sort Code 309399, Lloyds TSB, but please let Maggie know by emailing her at email@example.com.
JQ Heritage Launch – Anna Gibson Photography.
Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter Heritage Initiative Launched
On 6th September 2012 Jewellery Quarter Heritage was officially launched at the Vertu Bar in Frederick Street in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. Birmingham’s Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Len Gregory and his wife Gill attended and in his opening speech he stressed how important it was to conserve the many listed buildings whilst bringing the derelict buildings back into use and, of course, encouraging job creation to sustain the inherent skills which continue to make the area famous. He said they had both visited the Jewellery Quarter many times over the past few years but had not as yet been able to view the Kathleen Dayus sculpture in Dayus Square. The owner of a vintage open top Mercedes (Simon Bland of St Paul’s Gallery) offered to chauffer them and, accompanied by Marie Haddleton (Jewellery Quarter Heritage) they drove off in style. Attendees at the launch included: Dave Keay, Ken Schofield, Anna Gibson (JQ Creative Marketing), Ross
Bellamy (BCS), Brian Flint (Pearson Rowe Solicitors), A Hickman & A Taylor (Else Solicitors) Colin Gilles, R Stanyard & N Evans (Pen Room), A Steward (Dorcas Acton), Sally Hoban (Birmingham Assay Office), Richard Hudson (Conservation Architect), Natalie Osborne (RBSA Gallery), Andy Munro (JQDT), Greg Fattorini, Nicola Ridler (Big Peg), E Siddall Jones, J Slogan (A E Harris), John Kingwell (Resident with conservation interest), A S Bharj (Master Design Studio). There were many ’apologies’ from people who were unable to attend the official launch but who have pledged their support for Jewellery Quarter Heritage. Professor Carl Chinn, MBE, PhD, FRSA, FBirmSoc, Social Historian, who is the Patron of Jewellery Quarter Heritage, was unable to be present but Marie read out his statement: “Jewellery Quarter Heritage is a vital initiative to ensure that the historic and manufacturing integrity of this world-famous district is respected in a sensitive, dynamic, and sustainable way that engages responsibly with the present and future needs of the area.” Marie and Mark Haddleton have worked in the Jewellery Quarter for over thirty years, Marie being born in the Quarter in 1929 and she served on the Conservation and Advisory Committee for many years and was recognised by them to be ‘the expert on the Jewellery Quarter’. They have
also published ‘The Jewellery Quarter History & Guide (Nos 1 & 2) and The Hockley Flyer, the local magazine, which has been in existence for nearly 30 years. Marie founded the Jewellery Quarter Association Ltd 23 years ago until her resignation as Hon. President/Hon Secretary this year. Mark was a Director and Treasurer until his resignation. There are many schemes on the JQH agenda and, judging by the reception so far, there are busy times ahead.
Ladywood Day Centre Moves The Ladywood Day Centre run by Creative Support moved from the Ladywood Community Centre earlier in the summer. The group now meets at 64 Water Street, Birmingham, B3 1HP. The Ladywood Day Centre provided support and community facilities for mental health patients and had been based in the Ladywood Community Centre for a number of years. The group was moved to its new base in the Jewellery Quarter from Wednesday 25th July. To find out more about the Day Centre you can contact Creative Support Birmingham on 0121 359 3479 or the service manager can be reached directly on 07964 125 651.
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the winning design for Best Render ‘Deadly Nightshade’ by Alexander Davis.
Gemvision Unveils Winning ‘Matrix Designs’ at IJL The winners of the first Matrix design software competition have been announced by Gemvision Europe at this year’s International Jewellery London (IJL). With over 100 entries, the competition called on jewellery designers to unleash their inner creativity using Gemvision’s Matrix design software. First prize - an all-expenses paid trip to Gemvision’s Design Symposium at its headquarters in Iowa - went to Alexander Davis of Alexander Davis Jewellery for ‘Best Render’. Alexander designed a unique pendent entitled ‘Deadly Nightshade’ with a central Tanzanite stone surrounded by blue diamond encrusted arms. The judges – Graham Dicks, manager of Gemvision’s UK operation, Gaynor Andrews, deputy head of School at Birmingham School of Jewellery and Ken West, head of technical support at Gemvision – also recognised two runner-up winners. Tom McDanielson from Mallory
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Sporting Theme’ for his Olympic tiara design and Mo Ebrahim accepted Best Technical Design’ for his cocktail ring designs. Both have been invited to take their Matrix design skills to the next level at Gemvision’s Matrix Masterclass hosted by Ken West, Gemvision’s head of technology in January 2013. “We had a fantastic response from jeweller designers UK-wide, the judging process was made even more difficult with so many stunning and innovative designs to choose from,” said Graham Dicks, manager of Gemvision’s UK operation. He commented: Alex’s pendent presented true individuality and his outstanding design concept made him a worthy overall winner. He will join some of the world’s top jewellery designers at the next Gemvision Design Symposium in October.” All the designs can be seen at: http://pinterest.com/gemvisioneurope/gemvision-uk-jewellery-designcomp. visit www.gemvision.com.
Jewellers in Bath was awarded ‘Best
Olympic tiara designed by Tom McDanielson from Mallory Jewellers.
Mo Ebrahim’s cocktail rings design.
Birmingham Comedy Festival in the Jewellery Quarter So far there are twelve events including one play, one art exhibition, and two workshops in the Jewellery Quarter this year as part of the annual Birmingham Comedy Festival! Most events have an admission charge see The Hockley Flyer’s events page for fuller details. The festival is headlined by John Bishop and also features The Hairy Bikers, Seann Walsh, John Cooper Clarke, and The Midnight Beast, which includes some sixty shows across the city... Artist Steve Lilly also works in the Jewellery Quarter, at Cookson Gold, on Vittoria St by day, but will be exhibiting Comedy Classics at Artfull Expression, 23/24 Warstone Lane, Jewellery Quarter, from Fri 5 to Sat 27 Oct. The award-winning and highly collectable artist returns with an exhibition of detailed graphite images of comedy greats inc. Dad’s Army and Norman Wisdom. Also on Fri 5 Oct: Exhibition Opening Event: Meet the artist. Refreshments served. Free. 6pm-9pm.) www.stevelilart.co.uk Other events include Thu 27 Sept to Sat 6 Oct: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “The course of true love never did run smooth.” Oliver Hume directs Shakespeare’s comedic tale of forbidden love, seduction, and mischief. Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton St. Various times Sat 6 Oct: Frankie And Friends An afternoon of laughter as Frankie Peoples introduces some of the best up-and-coming acts including Frankie Farrell. The Red Lion, 95 Warstone Lane. 2.30pm Tue 9 Oct: Joe Lycett - Multi-awardwinning comedian Joe is the latest
star to burst from Birmingham’s ripe comedy scene. Charmingly funny, Joe performs ‘imaginative and cheekily subversive comedy’ (Guardian). With tours supporting Ross Noble, Jack Whitehall, and Tommy Tiernan under his belt, Joe’s also popped up on such TV fare as Show and Tell, 8 Out of 10 Cats. Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton St. www. loudeemy.co.uk Tue 9 Oct: Comedy Launch Night - Witness the birth of the JQ’s (quite possibly, soon to be) legendary comedy night. See the best up-andcoming acts from the Midlands and a top professional headliner for less than the cost of a pint! With Jonny Greatrex. Rose Villa Tavern, 172 Warstone Lane, 7.30pm Wed 10 to Thu 11 Oct: Live Bed Show - A rare revival of comedian, broadcaster and writer Arthur Smith’s 1989 comedy play about a couple and their bed, and so much more... Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton St, 6.45pm. Thu 11 Oct: Ava Vidal - A cool and composed performer with an intriguing past: teenage mum, ex-prison officer now stand-up. As seen on Mock the Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and more. The Red Lion, 95 Warstone Lane, 7.45pm. Fri 12 Oct: The Over the Hill Gang - Fed up of floppy haired 25 year old comedians who live with their parents? Tired of 30 year old comics telling everyone how difficult it is growing old? Well come along and see what the over 40s can do – six of the region’s oldest comedians come together for a night of comedy. What they lack in youth they make up for
in experience. Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton St. 7:30pm. Sat 13 Oct: Birmingham New Act of the Year Final - MC Paul Savage hosts the final of the Birmingham new comedian of the year competition. Over 50 new acts from the West Midlands will have been whittled down to top eight. Who’ll impress the judges and grab top prize? Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton St. 7.30pm. Sat 13 Oct: Improvisation Workshop for Beginners - Learn how to create spontaneous scenes, sketches and characters, and have a bundle of fun at the same time with Box of Frogs. Low pressure, high enjoyment, suitable for any level of experience. Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton St, 10am. Sun 14 Oct: Box of Frogs - Hioctane comedy nonsense from audience suggestions. Unrehearsed, and improvised entirely live. No-one knows what will happen, least of all The Frogs! Expect to laugh, expect to be amazed, but most of all expect the unexpected. Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton St, 7pm. Sun 14 Oct: Stand-up Workshop Ever wondered whether you had what it takes to get up on stage and make people laugh? From turning ideas into material, to performance skills, to building the self-confidence to stand in front of an audience, this one-day workshop is interesting, challenging, and fun. No previous experience necessary. Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton St, 10am. For full festival listings see: www. bhamcomfest.co.uk
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Featured story of the Month.
THE NEW BIRMINGHAM ASSAY OFFICE
The New SiteOF PUBLIC CONSULTATION NOTICE PLEASE COME ALONG... cleanly and efficiently and grasp new opportunities more readily. This will be to the benefit of our staff, customers, and the Jewellery Quarter. Our new Assay Office will be a significant asset to Birmingham.” (Michael Allchin, Chief Executive and Assay Master of the Birmingham Assay Office Group).
The proposed new home for The Birmingham Assay Office is located within the St. George’s development, fronting Icknield Street. This site will provide a prominent location for the new Birmingham Assay Office at a gateway to the Jewellery Quarter. The site is bounded by Icknield Street, Pope Street, and Moreton Street, with its main frontage looking onto Icknield Street. The development of the new Assay Office building will mark the first stage of the development of the wider 2.75 hectare St George’s development, which is to be developed for a wide Source: Glazzard Architects mix of uses. The development of the Assay Office building will be the first new-build project on the site and will provide a significant boost to the regeneration of the remainder of the scheme. “The move is all about securing our future for the next 100 years. The new building will enable us to work more
development has been designed to respond to its location at this key frontage in the Jewellery Quarter, and respect its siting within the Conservation Area. The new building will be 2/3 storeys high, utilising the sloping nature of the site, and will extend to circa 5,380 sq m. The environmentally friendly design is proposed to be built to BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standard and includes prominent facades culminating in a double height colonnaded entrance that addresses the neighbouring Kettleworks opposite. The building’s elevations to Pope Street and Moreton Street maintain the rhythm, character, and civic presence of the principal Icknield Street entrance. Use of high quality brickwork and detailing with full height glazing to all floors is proposed, which will maximise natural daylight and ventila-
The Birmingham Assay Oﬃce plan The site is located within the Jewellery Quarter Conservation Area and to relocate in 2014. its regeneration is seen as part of the vision for the JewelleryWe Quarter, as set like to share our would out in the Big City Plan. The use of this proposals with you. derelict site to provideexciting a commercial development which creates a new To ﬁnd home for the Assay Office is a out pro- more, please come along posal which conformstowith adopted an exhibition on Friday 21st planning policy for Birmingham. September at The Birmingham The New Building Assay Oﬃce between 2pm and 4pm. Project Gateway is a landmark building marking the Representatives Western ‘gateof the design way’ to the Jewellery Quarter and St team will be available to show George’s masterplan. The proposed Source: Glazzard Architects you the proposals and hear your comments.
St Pauls Station
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Source: Glazzard Architects
tion whilst recognising the sensitive nature of activities carried out within the building. A traditional ‘blue’ brick is proposed to reflect the heritage of the Conservation Area whilst differentiating the building from its immediate neighbours. Windows are set back, deep within the facade, in order to reduce solar gain and emphasise the buildings verticality. The scheme will include an active mix of current Assay Office uses as well as providing substantial conference, training and cultural spaces that can exhibit current and historical material of Birmingham and the Jewellery Quarter, including a new home for the Assay Office’s Collection of silver and historic reference texts. The scheme comprises on-site car parking within a secure yard area. Visitors to the Assay Office will use existing on street parking and the new St George’s parking facility, which is in close proximity to the new building, as well as having the ability to park on site by prior arrangement. A lay-by is
proposed on Moreton Street to provide a drop off facility for customers adjacent to the trade entrance. Public access to the building will be from Icknield Street frontage. All the existing facilities in the current Assay Office building, including the hallmarking operations, laboratories, gem certification and jewellery valuation services will be relocated to the new development, which will provide much improved and more efficient facilities to ensure Birmingham Assay Office has a sustainable future. Upon completion of the new Assay Office facility, the existing premises and car park will be brought to market for disposal. Discussions are underway with the City Council and other stakeholders as to the most appropriate future uses for the premises, respecting its heritage and Listed status.
What Happens Next • Submission of Planning Application
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to Birmingham City Council at end of September Consideration of application expected December 2012 Development star ts on site Summer 2013 Open for business during 2014 Invited feedback to - assayoffice@ turleyassociates.co.uk
“The Assay Office is our people, not our building. Our people are the best and we must give them the best. We are proud of our innovation, our integrity and our independence and we believe these will flourish even more successfully in an Assay Office fit for the future. We want to create a world class Centre of Excellence of which Birmingham can be proud. Our objective is that by 2014 we will be ready to face the next 100 years in a new building which is cleaner, greener, and more accessible to everyone, and which fully reflects our heritage, our status, and our ambition.” (Kay Alexander, Chairman of the Assay Office). September 2012 The Hockley Flyer
Goldsmiths’ Fair Celebrates 30 Years of Flying the Flag! For the past three decades Goldsmiths’ Fair has been flying the flag and supporting the skills and artistic talents of the country’s most creative and dynamic contemporary jewellers and silversmiths. Traditionally held in the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall, 180 independent gold/silversmiths will be present to show-off their latest designs and creations providing a
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fantastic opportunity to see and to acquire high quality work directly from those who have created it. 30 years ago the Goldsmiths’ Company noted that retailers had up till that point virtually ignored the existence of the incredible wealth of talent of designer silversmiths and jewellers. By establishing Goldsmiths’ Fair, the Company sought to address
this issue by raising awareness of the huge resource of artistic creativity and encouraging partnerships between designer craftsmen, manufacturers, and retailers. In doing so, it hoped that “these partnerships could revitalise a flagging industry bringing prosperity to the partners and increased pleasure and satisfaction to their customers.” Birmingham based silversmith, Martyn Pugh who has been exhibiting at Goldsmiths’ Fair since the beginning, feels that 30 years on there is now definitely a relationship between the retailer and the designer-maker. “Today contemporary design has permeated throughout the jewellery and silver industry raising the status of the designer. In turn the buying public has become more discerning and knowledgeable – demanding innovative, original designs and superlative craftsmanship. Who the designer-maker is, is now all important.” In 2012 Goldsmiths’ Fair continues to champion the independent designer-maker. Five years ago the Fair expanded to two weeks doubling its capacity. It now features 90 makers in each week and attracts a national and international following. Exhibitors come from all around the country. An international element is introduced by the number of foreign participants, who all work and live in the UK thereby contributing an exciting dimension to the British contemporary design movement. The Fair also seeks out exciting, emerging young talent and offers a graduate bursary scheme to 10 recent graduates each year. The Fair remains the ultimate show-case of what is up-to-theminute in the world of contemporary jewellery and silver, demonstrating stylish, innovative design, combined with high quality workmanship. Week One of Goldsmiths’ Fair opens on Monday September 24 at 11am. Among the first time exhibitors is award-winning jeweller Leyla Abdollahi, renowned for
her flamboyant palette of gemstones which she incorporates into unique and quirky designs, together with Polly Wales whose latest collections are made using her innovative, serendipitous approach to lost wax casting techniques. A doyenne of the British art jewellery movement, Charlotte de Syllas, known for her carved gemstone work, many pieces of which are to be found in distinguished collections around the world, is also exhibiting at the Fair for the first time. Among the recent graduates is Stacey Bentley who explores the new possibilities that industrial liquid enamel can bring to contemporary jewellery, while Katie Roberts has developed a unique and innovative jewellery making technique, forming precious metal sheet by hand into dynamic threedimensional pieces thereby creating soft undulating rhythms and patterns. Then there is Jack Row who at only 26 is making quite a name for himself as a designer and maker of exclusive, luxurious British writing instruments and accessories. Silversmiths Lee Simmons and Max Warren both produce striking silver that resonates with 21st century living. Through innovative use of hand engraving Max creates silver that explore the relationship between image and object, while function, aesthetics and ergonomic are the defining factors in each of Lee’s creations. No one visiting the Fair can fail to be impressed at the sheer breadth of variety, talent, and superlative craftsmanship on display. Thirty years on Goldsmiths’ Fair is still scaling new creative heights of excellence. Week One opens on Monday 24 to Sunday 30 September (closed Monday 1 October) Week Two: Tuesday 2 to Sunday 7 October at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London EC2 Admission by catalogue purchasable on the door £7 for one week - £12 for two weeks.
EasyMark – ROFINs New Versatile Desktop Laser Marker ROFINs new EasyMark stands out due to its versatility and modularity. The compact laser marking system with its modular design can be operated as laser class 1 and IV system by removing side panels and can easily be integrated into production lines. Latest diode-pumped or fibre laser technology and powerful software makes it the ideal all-in-one laser marking system for a wide variety of applications. Modular and flexible - ROFIN’s new desktop laser EasyMark marker realizes an innovative approach. The supply control unit and the working chamber are designed as separate modules. This provides maximum flexibility for assembling optimum system setups for each individual application. With the new EasyMark, ROFINBAASEL offers a solution, which easily integrates into a variety of manufacturing environments. The system not only handles standard applications with manual part placement and removal but also semi or fully-automated production lines. Metals or polymers, flat or cylindrical parts, standard marking tasks or graphical content, mobile or stationary use: the new EasyMark IV does it all. Without the laser class I enclosure, the EasyMark becomes an open laser class IV marking module with
unlimited integration freedom. The side panels can easily be removed to accommodate long and bulky work pieces. It becomes perfectly suited for use with automatic part feeding solutions such as conveyors. The lifting door provides easy access to the entire working chamber. When the door is closed, the process can be monitored from the large inspection window. The system is combined with a camera and pilot laser for exact part positioning within the 120mm² marking area (optionally 180mm²). The EasyMark comes with a programmable z-axis and can be equipped (optionally) with a rotary axis. Additional options like the Through-the-Lens (TTL) camera, automatic door, or foot switch help set up customer-tailored solutions. Depending on customer requirements, the EasyMark is powered by PowerLine F fibre lasers with 20, 30 or 50 W or with the diode endpumped PowerLine E 10. All laser sources are air-cooled and designed for continuous industrial operation. The system requires only a standard, single-phased power supply. With ‘Visual Laser-Marker (VLM)’ a modern, powerful laser software, designing and transferring of marking layouts is a breeze. It offers a comprehensive range of marking functions, fonts, and pre-defined laser setups. The EasyMark is a smart, allin-one laser marking system. The standard configuration comes with a Laptop (WINDOWS 7), VLM software, programmable z-axis, pilot laser, and camera observation. It will be available in October 2012. www.rofin.com/easymark
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Fountain Pen Uncapped: Sterling Silver inner barrel, 18ct Yellow Gold outer filigree, set with petrol-blue diamonds. 18ct gold nib.
Jack Row Launches New Collections of Luxury British Writing Instruments
Award winning British designer Jack Row will showcase ‘contemporary treasures’ at the 30 Annual Goldsmiths’ Fair after a successful Harrods debut and scooping ‘Best of the Best’ accolade. Following the successful launch of his debut ‘Architect ‘collection of solid gold and diamond set fountain pens at Harrods, Birmingham based graduate, Jack Row, has found his handcrafted works of art being rapidly snapped up by international purveyors of luxury goods, and the hot topic in exclusive magazines and journals. The young goldsmith has even been commissioned to create a bespoke
piece for a discerning Middle Eastern collector. To top this success, the USA’s top luxury magazine, the Robb Report, awarded Jack Row a coveted ‘Best of the Best’ honour in their annual awards, declaring the designer’s stunning debut work a “… collection of fascinating intricacy and modernity”. High praise indeed considering that Jack is only twenty-six years old and only established his brand in 2011, following graduation from the Birmingham School of Jewellery. Jack hopes to build upon his early success by launching his latest ‘Jaali’ and ‘City’ collections, as well as several one off pieces of objet’s d’art and fine jewellery, at the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Fair in the City of London later this month. The Fair is celebrating 30 years of supporting the skills and artistic talents of the country’s most creative contemporary jewellers and silversmiths and offers the opportunity to meet and buy from leading designer-makers. Concerning his luxury ‘Jaali’ col-
Fountain Pen Uncapped with Leather Pouch: Sterling silver set with cornflower-blue sapphires and a 22ct gold plated clip. Accompanying hand made leather pen pouch. 18ct gold nib.
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lection Jack Row commented; “My newest collection of luxury fountain pens and cufflinks are intended to be collectable contemporary treasures, each piece being hand crafted in England from solid sterling silver and 18ct gold and set with accents of precious petrol-blue diamonds. Inspiration for the collection is drawn from the geometric patterns of Islamic art, which is translated into the Jaali latticed screens characteristic of Moghul Indian architecture.” Appreciative of the fact that his Architect and Jaali collections are priced to reflect the high precious metal content, Jack is also launching his more affordable City Collection. Concerning his philosophy behind this range, Jack explained; “Each pen is handcrafted from solid sterling silver and is stylishly minimalist, yet discreetly defined with precious gemstones such as diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. These luxury writing instruments will appeal to the discerning city professional who requires everyday practicality, and that added ‘wow factor’. Jack is keen to promote contemporary British design and craftsmanship; “Each piece is individually made to order in my Birmingham studio and carries a UK hallmark, struck by the Birmingham Assay Office, guaranteeing the authenticity and quality of the precious metals. Each pen also features a solid 18ct gold nib, although all the designs are also available as a roller-ball version, upon request.” Jack Row will be exhibiting at Goldsmiths’ Fair from 24 -30 September at the Goldsmiths’ Hall near St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London.
School Children Return to the Jewellery Quarter by Marie Haddleton Jewellery Quarter Heritage
History is like a ‘wheel’ and what goes around comes around. This has been especially true with the Jewellery Quarter. The families living in the slums of Hockley in the early 1930’s were rehoused in Great Barr and the children attended Beeches Road School. Now, eighty years later, Perry Beeches II School has set up a ‘free’ school in The Jewellery Quarter, where they have taken over Tame House in Newhall Street, (previously the headquarters of Severn Trent Water). I was born in 1929 in a back-to-back slum house, the façade of which can still be seen at No.10 Tenby Street (Grade 2 Listed), where it has now been absorbed into a commercial development. Despite 1929 being the year of ‘The Depression’ when people were dying of starvation, disease and the cold, and TB and rickets were rife, the City Fathers (Birmingham Corporation - now of course Birmingham City Council) in their ultimate wisdom decided that everyone had the right to fresh air with a bit of space around them, and inside sanitation. For this purpose an estate of semidetached houses was built in Great Barr a few miles from Hockley, which at that time seemed to be in the heart of the countryside. These were not council houses but owned by private landlords, but were still ‘affordable’. My family was given a certain amount of priority because I had been diagnosed with TB and arrangements had to be made for my father, a local policeman, to move from Kenyon Street to Perry Barr police station. I can still remember the excitement when we moved (around 1935) of having a proper bath and an inside toilet with hot water on tap and a large garden. The house was in Dyas Avenue where the houses were only built to halfway down the hill. The Towers and the Co-op were there and they were just building The Clifton cinema.
The only school was Beeches Road School which was a row of wooden huts separated into Infant, Junior, and Senior. Because of the sudden influx of children from Hockley into Great Barr, it became imperative to expand Beeches Road School and a new Infant, Junior and Senior school were soon under construction. By the time War was declared In 1939 my family had moved into a slightly larger house in Yateley Avenue at a cost of a few shillings more per week. On completion, one of the new Beeches Road school buildings was allocated as an A.R.P. (Air Raid Precautions) post – therefore the Senior School was moved to the newly constructed Aldridge Road School (from where they were evacuated in 1940, to avoid the bombings). The school was quite a long walk from the other side of Walsall Road, and despite better living conditions, money was still short and children often had to make a choice of spending a halfpenny on a bus ride or spend that halfpenny on a bottle of school milk - (no free milk or dinners, family/maternity allowances, social security or family credits in those days). Because of War shortages, you couldn’t spend money on fruit (none at all in the shops) or sweets (you needed coupons and parents allocated these). Now, some 80 years later, Perry Beeches School is reversing the
events of the 1030’s and moving into The Jewellery Quarter (Hockley). I spent a lovely couple of hours in the new school this month and in early October I will be talking to two classes of 11 year olds, telling them about how The Jewellery Quarter is a fascinating area with almost every room, in every building, in every street, having a history of its own. We have the busiest Assay Office in the world, the finest Jewellery School in Europe, three award winning Museums (Museum of The Jewellery Quarter, The Pen Room, The Evans Silver Museum, plus Soho House, with the Coffin Works on the way, and of course Soho House), a ‘Jewellers’ Church set in the only Georgian Square left in Birmingham and with famous people like Joseph Chamberlain, James Watt, Matthew Boulton and Baskerville all having lived and worked here – what more can you ask for? We also of course have several art galleries and I have already introduced the Head teacher to The Assay Office, the School of Jewellery and the museums etc. There are lots of activities where the schoolchildren will have an opportunity to participate in, and we hope that many of them will go on to attend the School of Jewellery and many become the future Designer Makers! The Jewellery Quarter welcomes Perry Beeches II School just as they welcomed the slum kids of Hockley to Beeches Road School nearly 80 years ago!
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Property Planning Matters GENERAL
The ‘GOLDEN TRIANGLE’ and the ‘INDUSTRIAL MIDDLE’ are the areas protected against inappropriate residential use. A large number of Planning Applications are not in accordance with the Planning Legislation which is there to ‘protect’ the Jewellery Quarter and the trade. Please help the Jewellery Quarter to survive by making your ‘official’ protest against such Applications.
2012/06297/PA 20 Sytner Birmingham Ltd Parade Birmingham B1 3QJ. External alterations for installation of new doors and rendered wall. 12-09-2012 2012/06040/PA 1-4, Hockley Hill Birmingham B18 5AA. Change of use from retail (Use class A1) to take away (Use class A5). 03-09-2012 2012/05797/PA 89 - 97 Camden Street Birmingham B1 3DE. Listed Building Consent for alterations to the building in conjunction with change of use from offices (Use Class B1) to terraced houses (Use Class C3). 21-08-2012 2012/05794/PA 89 - 97 Camden Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3DE. Change of use of offices (Use class B1 & B8) to 7 no. two, three and four bedroom houses (Use class C3). 21-08-2012. 2012/05700/PA Severn Trent Water Ltd Tame House 156 Newhall Street Birmingham B3 1SE. Display of 6 no. non illuminated fascia signs and 2 no. externally illuminated other signs. 16-08-2012 2012/05575/PA 60-64 Livery Street McCreadies St James House Birmingham B3 1HA. Change of use from office to a yoga studio (Use Class D2) on ground floor. 10-08-2012
2012/05513/PA 12 Fleet Street Islington Gates Bluu Bar Birmingham B3 1JL. Replacement of existing shop front & installation of new smoking and lobby area 07-08-2012. 2012/05422/PA BT Kiosk 108 Vyse Street Adjacent to Birmingham. Display of non-illuminated vinyl advertisement 02-08-2012 2012/04908/PA 5 - 8 Caroline Street Birmingham B3 1TR Erection of a
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three storey rear extension, with undercroft parking to provide 6 no. 1 bed apartments and 6 no. 2 bed apartments, roof extension and refurbishment of frontage building to provide 2 no. 1 bed apartments, ground floor cafe (Use Class A3) and offices at first and second floor level. 16-07-2012 2012/04308/PA Land off Charlotte Street (Adjacent to Newhall Square) Birmingham B3 1RY Erection of 195 bed hotel (Use Class C1) with associated car parking & commercial/retail unit. 21-06-2012 - withdrawn 2012/01001/PA Sloane House 1-7 Sloane Street Birmingham B1 3BX. Listed building consent for restorative work to exterior of 1-7 Sloane Street and renovation and restorative internal works. Removal of internal partition walls to Sloane House and creation of internal walls to form the division into 4 town houses. Demolition of 2 storey rear lean-to at 1-7 Sloane Street and selective demolition of buildings within curtilage of 1-7 Sloane Street and erection of replacement 2 storey extension. 08-02-2012 2012/00954/PA Camden St/Sloane St/Camden Drive/Legge Lane land at Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EH Conservation Area Consent for demolition works in association with redevelopment of site to provide 25 townhouses and 86 apartments. 07-02-2012 2012/00952/PA Camden St/Sloane St/Camden Drive/Legge Lane land at Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EH. Redevelopment consisting of new build, refurbishment and selective demolition to provide 25 townhouses and 86 apartments and associated development. 07-02-2012
2012/05339/PA 63 Water Street (rear of 86b Old Snow Hill) Birmingham B19 3LY. Change of use from vacant factory/ warehouse (B1/B8) to 1.no two bedroom dwellinghouse (C3). Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/05319/PA 12 Regent Parade Hockley Birmingham B1 3NS. Listed Building Consent for removal and replacement of render to party wall between 12 Regent Parade and 56-60 Regent Place and 65-67 Caroline Street. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/04972/PA 133 Great Hampton Street Birmingham B18 6AQ. Replacement of windows and louvres to railway elevation, removal of roller shutters and general cleaning to existing facade
Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/04951/PA 19 Newhall Street Birmingham B3 3PJ. Listed Building Consent for installation of internal glazing and stud wall partitions and window vinyls at ground floor level. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2012/04888/PA. Adjacent to Car Park Vyse Street Birmingham B18 6ND. Installation of 1 no. equipment cabinet. Final Decision - Prior Approval Required and to Refuse 2012/04887/PA Charlotte Street adjacent to Tame House 156 Newhall Street Birmingham B3 1SE. Installation of 1 no. equipment cabinet. Final Decision Prior Approval Required and to Approve with Conditions. 2012/04622/PA Land to the rear of The Former Duke of York PH site & 50 Hylton Street (off York Terrace) Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6HN. Conservation Area Consent for the part demolition of buildings on site in connection with the creation of 13 no. live/work units and associated development. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/04621/PA Land to the rear of The Former Duke of York PH site & 50 Hylton Street (off York Terrace) Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6HN. Construction of 13 no. live/work units (Use Class Sui Generis), through partial demolition, refurbishment and new build, with associated parking and landscaping. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2012/04484/PA 19 Augusta Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6JA. Installation of 1 BT DSLAM cabinet. Final Decision - Prior Approval Required and to Approve with Conditions. 2012/04324/PA 17 Key Hill Drive Hockley Birmingham B18 5NY. Change of use from commercial (Use class B1) offices to live/work units (Use Class Sui Generis). Final Decision - Refuse. 2012/03976/PA Aquido Ltd 17C Vyse Street Birmingham B18 6LE. Change of use from B1 (Offices) and B8 (Storage & Distribution) to hydro clinic (Use Class Sui Generis). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions.
2012/04375/PA 102-107 Carver Street Land at side of Birmingham B1 3AP Installation of 1 no. telecommunications equipment cabinet Final Decision - Prior Approval Required and to Refuse 2012/04373/PA 10-16 Branston Street Land outside Birmingham B18 6BP. Installation of 1 no. telecommunications equipment cabinet. Final Decision - No Prior Approval Required. 2012/04366/PA 10 Mary Street Land
outside Birmingham B3 1UD. Installation of 1 no. telecommunications equipment cabinet. Final Decision - Prior Approval Required and to Approve with Conditions. 2012/03950/PA 35 Frederick Street Barclays Bank Birmingham B1 3HH. Listed Building Consent for installation of wheelchair access, external hoist and raised platform on frontage. Final Decision - Refuse. 2012/03938/PA Environmental Evaluation Ltd 24 Pemberton Street Birmingham B18 6NY. Change of use of light industrial unit (Use Class B1) to a Domiciliary Care Agency comprising of ground floor office and 6 no. staff bed sitting rooms on upper two floors (Use Class D1), with associated external works. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/03937/PA 23 Pemberton Street Birmingham B18 6NY Change of use of light industrial unit (Use Class B1) to a Domiciliary Care Agency comprising of ground floor office and 6 no. staff bed sitting rooms on upper two floors (Use Class D1), with associated external works. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2012/03856/PA 27 Fleet Street Birmingham B3 1JP. Display of No. 2 halo illuminated fascia signs. Final Decision Approve Temporary.
Summary Guide to Use Classes A1 - Shops. A2 - Financial and Professional Services. A3 - Restaurants and Cafes. A4 - Drinking Establishments. A5 - Hot Food Takeaways. B1 (a) - Business. (b) - Research & development, studios, labs, high technology. (c) - Light Industry. B2 - General Industry. B3 - Storage/Distribution. C1 - Hotels C2 - Residential Institutions C2A - Secure Residential Institutions. C3 - Dwelling Houses D1 - Non-residential Institutions. D2 - Assembly/Leisure.
Plans are available for scrutiny at the Spring Hill Library. You must register any objections (or support) to the above Applications in writing direct to Birmingham Core Strategy, Birmingham City Council, 4th Floor, 1 Lancaster Circus, Birmingham B4 7DJ, quoting the Planning Application number. Remember, there is a restriction against inappropriate housing within the Golden Triangle and the Industrial Middle - but your objections still need to be recorded!
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13 Oct - 10.30am - 3.30pm - Silver Ring and Bangle Class - Spectacle Works, Workshop 11 - Spend an afternoon in a traditional jewellers workshop making your very own sterling silver ring.
27 Sep – 6 Oct – 6.45pm – other times as well. Check website for details. Blue Orange Theatre presents… A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “The course of true love never did run smooth.” Oliver Hume directs Shakespeare’s comedic tale of forbidden love, seduction and mischief. Now - 13 Oct - RBSA Gallery - Brian-Steventon RBSA. Brian is inspired by the compositional elements that form a landscape. Atmospheric light conditions enhance the abstract quality that he is seeking. Meet Brian at the Gallery on Saturday 6 October. Now - 26 Oct - RBSA Gallery - Automatic People. Handcrafted automata and toyware feature heavily in this exhibition of eclectic mixed-media objects. 05 - 08 Oct - INTERGEM 2012: Jewellery Trade Fair 05 - 27 Oct - Artfull Expression Steve Lilly’s Comedy Classics The award-winning and highly collectable artist returns with an exhibition of detailed graphite images of comedy greats inc. Dad’s Army and Norman Wisdom. www.stevelilart.co.uk. Fri 5 Oct: Exhibition Opening Event: Meet the artist. Refreshments served. Free. 6pm-9pm. 06 Oct - 2:30pm - 4:30pm The Red Lion - Frankie And Friends. An afternoon of laughter as Frankie Peoples introduces some of the best up-and-coming acts including Frankie Farrell. 09 Oct - 7.00pm - JQ Bookwormers Group @thedropforge Local BBC Journalist, Author and Co-Editor Yvonne Brisset. www.meetup.com/JQBookwormers. 09 Oct - 6:30 pm - Blue Orange Theatre - Joe Lycett. Multiaward-winning comedian Joe is the latest star to burst from Birmingham’s ripe comedy scene. Charmingly funny, Joe performs ‘imaginative and cheekily subversive comedy’ (Guardian). With tours supporting Ross Noble, Jack Whitehall and Tommy Tiernan under his belt, Joe’s also popped up on such TV fare as Show and Tell, 8 Out of 10 Cats. www.loudeemy.co.uk 09 Oct - 7.30pm - Rose Villa Tavern - Comedy Launch Night. Witness the birth of the JQ’s (quite possibly, soon to be) legendary comedy night. See the best up-and-coming acts from the Midlands and a top professional headliner for less than the cost of a pint! With Jonny Greatrex. 10 - 11 Oct - 6.45pm - Blue Orange Theatre - Live Bed Show. A rare revival of comedian, broadcaster and writer Arthur Smith’s 1989 comedy play about a couple and their bed, and so much more… 11 Oct - 7.45pm - The Red Lion - Ava Vidal. A cool and composed performer with an intriguing past: teenage mum, ex-prison officer now stand-up. As seen on Mock The Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and more. 12 Oct - 7:30pm - Blue Orange Theatre - The Over the Hill Gang. Fed up of floppy haired 25 year old comedians who
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13 Oct - 10am - 3.00pm - Blue Orange Theatre - Improvisation Workshop For Beginners. Learn how to create spontaneous scenes, sketches and characters, and have a bundle of fun at the same time with Box Of Frogs. Low pressure, high enjoyment, suitable for any level of experience. 13 Oct - 7:30pm - Blue Orange Theatre - Birmingham New Act of the Year Final. MC Paul Savage hosts the final of the Birmingham new comedian of the year competition. Over 50 new acts from the West Midlands will have been whittled down to top eight. Who’ll impress the judges and grab top prize? 14 Oct - 2.00pm - 4.00pm. RBSA Gallery - Witches and Wizards! - Family event - Come and join Paul Hipkiss for an afternoon of printmaking inspired by fireworks and bonfires! Paul will teach you how to use different materials to combine monoprint with collage. For children aged 6 to 12, accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance. £6 per child, £4 for Members, Associates and Friends of the RBSA. 14 Oct - 10.30am - 3.30pm - Silver Cufflinks Class - Spectacle Works, Workshop 11 - Working with sterling silver sheet, wire and chain you will design and make a pair of silver cufflinks, adding patterns, texture or even personalising with letter stamps or numbers. 14 Oct - 10:00am - 3:30pm - Blue Orange Theatre - Standup Workshop. Ever wondered whether you had what it takes to get up on stage and make people laugh? From turning ideas into material, to performance skills, to building the self-confidence to stand in front of an audience, this one-day workshop is interesting, challenging and fun. No previous experience necessary. 14 Oct - 7:00pm - Blue Orange Theatre - Box of Frogs. Hi-octane comedy nonsense from audience suggestions. Unrehearsed, and improvised entirely live. No-one knows what will happen, least of all The Frogs! Expect to laugh, expect to be amazed, but most of all expect the unexpected.
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The Jam House, St.Pauls Square, 14 Nov - 7.00pm - JQ Bookwormers Group @thedropforge JewelleryKatharine Quarter, Birmingham QU - Local Self Published Author D’Souza.B31 www. meetup.com/JQBookwormers. Book online at www.thejamhouse.com
17 Oct - 20 Oct - Blue Orange Theatre - Birmingham School of Acting presents - Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. In 2012, the Higgs Boson was the greatest scientific discovery of the year.In 2009 we were asked ‘is Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia the greatest play of it’s age?’ Various times/prices see website.
20 Nov - 9.00am to 4.30pm - Birmingham Assay Office - Exploring The Private Collection - This course provides a unique object handling experience using items of silver from the Assay Office’s outstanding collection. £300 +VAT Per Delegate
23 Oct - 10.00am to 4.30pm - Birmingham Assay Office Understanding Diamonds - This hands on course is intended for retail staff who already have some experience of selling jewellery and precious stones. £250 +VAT Per Delegate
21 Nov - 24 Nov - Blue Orange Theatre - A double bill of plays... Yesterday an incident occurred by Mark Ravenhill Ravenhill invites us to explore the relationship and conflict between security and freedom, Dark Angel by Phil Preece -Kit Marlowe was the bad boy playwright of the English renaissance. Alleged street brawler, atheist, mocker and spy. At the height of his fame Marlowe was famously killed in a tavern brawl at the age of 29. Various times/prices see website.
24 Oct - 9.00am to 4.30pm - Birmingham Assay Office Buying Scrap Gold And Silver. This one day course offers training for those who wish to engage in buying scrap gold and silver from the public £475 +VAT Per Delegate 25 Oct - 03 Nov - Blue Orange Theatre - Dracula by Bram Stoke rDirected by Simon Ravenhill The classic story of gothic horror which has inspired so many others.On the coast of England a ship with only a dead man strapped to the wheel and dark sails flying from it’s mast crashes into the shore and a mysterious black dog leaps to land and disappears. Various times/prices see website. 27 Oct - 10.30am - 3.30pm - Recycle Your Old Gold Jewellery Class - Spectacle Works, Workshop 11 - Bring along your old unworn pieces of gold jewellery to be used to create new pieces. 28 Oct - Day 1 - Day 2 on 04 Nov - 10.30am - 3.30pm Spoon Forging Workshop - A 2 day course over consecutive weekends - Spectacle Works, Workshop 11 - You will learn the process of hand forging, shaping the metal by hammering and heating. Punching a spoon bowl, hand piercing, filing and finally polishing. 31 Oct - 10.00am to 1.00pm - Birmingham Assay Office - Understanding Hallmarking (Behind The Scenes At The Birmingham Assay Office) - This half-day event provides a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and visit the Hallmarking Floor. £75 +VAT Per Delegate 04 Nov - 2.00pm - 4.00pm. RBSA Gallery - Banging Prints! Family event - Use a variety of craft materials to create your own witch or wizard outfit, including a pointy hat, magical wand, flowing cape and a spooky bat friend. This workshop provides fun for all the family and will help you create a spellbinding outfit for Halloween. For children aged 6 to 12, accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance. £6 per child, £4 for Members, Associates and Friends of the RBSA. 06 Nov - 10.00am to 4.30pm - Birmingham Assay Office - Identifying Hallmarks And Important Gemstones - This introductory one day training course covers various aspects of the jewellery trade to help give retail staff confidence £150 +VAT Per Delegate
27 Nov - 10.00am to 4.30pm - Birmingham Assay Office Understanding Diamonds - This hands on course is intended for retail staff who already have some experience of selling jewellery and precious stones. £250 +VAT Per Delegate 09 Dec - 2.00pm - 4.00pm. RBSA Gallery - Festive Fun Family event - Create something special for your seasonal celebrations. Make a card or gift using textiles! Cynthia will provide examples to inspire and guide you so why not join us and get creative this Christmas? For children aged 6 to 12, accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance. £6 per child, £4 for Members, Associates and Friends of the RBSA.
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28 & 29 Sept - THE INTENTIONS: The soul of James Brown, Otis Redding and Wilson Picket live on in the guise of Graham Dee - major players in the Midlands Soul Scene for decades, the artistes formerly known as the Receivers always attract a great audience. 02 Oct - THE WIZE GUYZ: The Wyze Guyz are a guitar & vocals duo that present a shaken but not stirred cocktail of swing classics and kitsch anthems from the 20th century, with few pleasant surprises thrown in. 03 Oct - After releasing their second studio album ‘Moments’ in January, ΦEARTH became one of the most talked about bands in progressive rock. Whether you are a fan of the power ballad, the guitar instrumental, ambient dance or orchestral pieces, there is something for you in an ΦEARTH show.After a successful run of
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8 Nov - 10 Nov - 7.45pm Blue Orange Theatre presents Misery - 2012 Tour By Stephen King, adapted by Simon Moore You’ve read the novel, you’ve watched the movie, now see the stage play. Adapted from Stephen King’s award winning novel by Simon Moore, Misery is a dark and twisting tale which enthrals the audience from the very beginning to it’s climactic and unexpected end. It then goes on tour!
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13 Nov - 10.00am to 4.30pm - Birmingham Assay Office - Understanding Coloured Gemstones - This one day interactive training course takes an in depth look at some of the most important coloured stones used in jewellery £250 +VAT Per Delegate
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17 Oct - 7.00pm - JQ Bookwormers Group @thedropforge - English Novelist Mez Packe. www.meetup.com/ JQBookwormers.
Events concerts in the UK, Europe and America, its time once again for ΦEARTH to unleash their genre defying music on the Jam House. http://www.ioearth.com
18 Oct - DR TEETH’S BIG BAND: These Kings of Swing really rip it up at the Jam House with their Jump ‘n’ Jive! Hep Hep!
04 Oct - LES AND THE LICKS: Les & the Licks are a guitar based 4 piece band that sound amazing and play a selection of rock, pop, funk and soul hits.
19 - 20 Oct - UP4 THE DOWNSTROKE: Stellar vocal harmony is blended with excellent musicianship to make Up 4 The Downstroke the UKs premier band playing RnB faves from the likes of Beyonce, Timberlake, Rhianna and more.
05 - 06 Oct - URBAN INTRO: Terrific range of classic jazz-funk & soul favourites. A smooth but powerful four-piece (www.urban-intro.co.uk). 09 Oct - ITCHYFEET BIRMINGHAM: The Itchy Feet parties return to the Jam House ... Itchy Feet is the rock n’ roll, swing and blues night that has taken the country by storm and leaving revellers up and down the country with a’tapping in their toes and with a thirst for more. At Itchy Feet parties - it’s all about the old. See www.itchyfeetonline.co.uk for further details. 10 Oct - Richard Street of the TEMPTATIONS: Three-time Grammy Award winner, Richard Street was the lead vocal of the Temptations from 1971, creating such Motown classics as “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”, “Heavenly”, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, “Hey Girl”, “Masterpiece”, and so many, many more. Richard’s allAmerican show brings the authentic and legendary music of the Temptations to the Jam House along with other classic hit songs that document the golden Motown years. 11 Oct - THE PARIS 1940s: The Paris 1940s are a tremendous new five-piece who completely reinvent well-known pop music fusing it with soul, jazz, swing, samba and even drum and bass. www.theparis1940s.com 12 - 13 Oct - The SUBTERRANEANS: The SUBS rock the Jam House on every visit with their powerful selection of Massive Rock Anthems from the likes of U2, the Stones, Queen, and even the Kaiser Chiefs! 16 Oct - JAZZLINES presents ... The JONATHAN SILK QUARTET: Jazzlines presents the highenergy, drum-led quintet of the talented Scottish drummer and composer, Jonathan Silk. Performing a rocky, but subtle, set of intricate grooves and diverse melodies, inspired by the exploratory improvisations of Jim Black and Ornette Coleman, the band also features the very exciting double tenor sax front line of John Fleming and Nick Rundle. 17 Oct - GOSPEL CENTRAL: Another of a series of evenings celebrating the talent to be found in the local Gospel music scene - featuring Colin Peters & Andre Bassing.
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22 Oct - LOOPSTATION & VDRUM CHAMPIONSHIP: Two great international music competitions reach their UK final stage at the Jam House this evening. Boss Loopstation World Championship, Roland V-Drum Championship. Expect stellar performances from twenty of the best performers of either the Loopstation or V-Drums from the UK 24 Oct - Birmingham Repertory Theatre presents ... Following the success of our last five Business Bands nights, more bands from the local business community are gearing up to play at the Jam House to support Birmingham Repertory Theatre. The Rep has had a couple of years off and are back with a vengeance, showcasing the best of the region’s business talent. Tickets are £10 and are available from the REP Box Office on 0121 236 4455 25 Oct - LatinMotion presents DEL CAMINO: Popular seven piece Salsa Band supported by LatinMotion DJs. Always a busy night. Salsa classes from LatinMotion’s own Mauricio Reyes, from 9pm. (www. latinmotion.co.uk) 26 - 27 Oct - GROUPER: Rock this weekend with this four-piece guitar band playing a complete range of classics old & new. 30 Oct - The ACOUSTIC SESSIONS: New talent showcase presented by Ben Drummond. To be part of this regular feature at the Jam House, all musicians should contact the Jam House direct on 0121 200 3030. 31 Oct - THE LAUNCH PAD: A showcase of some of the unsigned bands that the Jam House considers “ones to watch”, 01 Nov - The SUBS: Great chance to see one of our most popular of weekend bands play not only some of their rock anthem set, but a few of their own material! 02 - 03 Nov - SOLID SOUL: Soul Greats from this talented group of musicians - always a popular choice at the Jam House - featuring classic James Brown, Motown, and even Hendrix & Kravitz. 06 Nov - IAN PARKER: Over the last 10 years, Ian Parker has established himself throughout Europe and in the US as one of the leading roots music singersongwriters and performers of his generation. Ian’s recent album, reflects the solo acoustic approach: ‘The Bare Bones’ features 11 tracks, and has been enthusiastically received by fans and the press alike.
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OFFICES, MUSIC STUDIOS, AND WORKSHOPS TO LET FROM £25.00 PER WEEK 1 month’s notice from Tenant accepted No Legal Fees Regent Place, Caroline Street, Regent Parade also Northwood Street
07836 579371 or 07976 265455 Website: www.gandfltd.co.uk
COLD ENAMELLER required. Deakin and Francis require an experienced enameller to carry out all aspects of cold enamelling on detailed three dimensional high quality products. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org JEWELLERY AND WATCH Polisher/ Finisher. A leading quality retailer of Jewellery and Watches requires an experienced jewellery and watch polisher/finisher for its busy Wolverhampton workshop. Applicants must be familiar with all polishing, plating and finishing techniques and be able to work on their own initiative. Attention to detail is a must as is the ability to be part of a large and successful retail team delivering a quality product to its customers. Excellent pay and conditions are offered to the successful candidate as part of working for a large UK wide retail company. If you feel you have the skills and experience that meet the requirements of this role then please send your details or cv to email@example.com. OUTWORK MOUNTER. Due to large orders we are looking for an outwork mounter to work on 18ct two part mounts and other aspects of manufacturing. Work all year round, good rates of pay, prompt turn around essential. Tel: 0121 551 9944.
ADMINISTRATOR REQUIRED for warehouse area, must be computer litereate, numerical skills are an important requirement as well as general experience in administrative tasks. Phone: 0121 236 5752 P C D MANUFACTURING Staff. Due to investment in a new PCD Tooling Facility, Guhring are looking to recruit personnel with experience in Induction Brazing or a similar discipline with a willingness to learn. Full training will be given. Apply in writing including current CV to Chris Weston – Production Manager, Guhring Limited, Castle Bromwich Business Park, Tameside Drive, Birmingham B35 7AG
WANTED OLD WORKSHOP, factory and office items, steel and wooden filing cabinets, plan chests, lockers, desks, workbenches, stools, chairs, storage bins, industrial lighting, old patterns, Tote tins, trolleys, and old stock etc. Ring: 07860 307446. WE ARE looking for second hand CD jewel cases for use to store pen nibs at l local museum. Only small quantities required at a time, and we require the original chunky ones, not the slim ones. Don’t throw them away – recycle! Contact us at www.thehockleyflyer.info
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Recruitment Advertisements Recruitment
Recruitment METALOR TECHNOLOGIES (UK) LTD We are the UK subsidiary of a major Swiss refiner and fabricator of precious metals, based in the Jeweller Quarter close to the City Centre, and we currently have the following vacancy for the following position, offering;
Competitive salary. 20 days paid holiday per year plus statutory holidays. Private Healthcare and Non-contributory Pension. Free Staff Car Parking. JEWELLERY PRODUCTS SALES CO-ORDINATOR
The ideal candidate will be a conscientious and motivated individual with good all round office experience with excellent communications skills to join our sales office team. Duties will include customer and supplier liaison and related clerical/computer work such as stock administration, processing of customer orders, quotations and field sales support. The hours of work are 35 hours per week. Applicants should have GCSE’s in Math’s and English, preferably be IT Literate including Microsoft Word & Excel. Experience of working in a jewellery sales environment would be a distinct advantage. Experience of SAP systems would also be desirable but not essential. Applications should be made in writing enclosing a current CV and salary details to: PAUL CANNING JEWELLERY SALES MANAGER METALOR TECHNOLOGIES (UK) LTD 74 WARSTONE LANE BIRMINGHAM B18 6NG
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the decision to wait for some months in order to monitor which parts of the crossings would fail and in order to allow the Engineers sufficient time to properly understand the problem. In recent days I have contacted the
Dayus Square Several people have contacted us regarding the apparent break-up of some of the block paving at the newly constructed Dayus Square. We contacted the appropriate person at the Council who has replied as follows: “I am aware of the issue regarding the block paving at Dayus Square: the problem is not the bricks, which are well suited to heavy loads and not susceptible to frost damage (as you can see by the good condition of many other such surfaces around the Quarter, some of which are a century old). The defect is caused by the way the blocks were laid - the compound which anchored the blocks to the foundation layer has failed in some
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places, causing the blocks to move around under traffic loads and effectively to crush one another. I picked up on this issue when the Square was first completed, and took
Constituency Engineer and requested a meeting to discuss carrying out full repairs and ensuring that the defect will not return - I will let you know when the repairs have been arranged.”
BULLION DEALERS • SMELTERS ASSAYERS • WHOLESALE JEWELLERY We are specialists in the recovery of Precious Metals for the Jewellery and Dental Trades, and we will buy scrap, lemel, sweeps etc in any form or quantity.
We buy Gold, & Silver, Hallmarked & Unhallmarked at the same rate. Premium Prices Paid for Surplus Jewellery Stock. Lemels, Sweeps and Polishings, including Dental Scrap. Fast turnaround 24hrs Lemels, 5 days Sweeps. Gold & Silver Solutions and Residues, Cyanide & Acid based. Fluxes, Pots & Crucibles, and other low grade materials. Free Collection or Free Insured Postal Service. Prompt payment by Cash, Cheque or T.T. FOR YOUR BULLION NEEDS WE SUPPLY
Solders Casting Grain Tube Sheet Wire For a fast, efficient and confidential service call Dave or Steve on
0121 236 7597 OR CALL IN TO OUR TRADE COUNTER AT
43-45 SPENCER STREET, HOCKLEY, BIRMINGHAM Fax: 0121 233 1470 Open 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday - Friday
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Trade magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter September 2012, # 327