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April 2013 Issue No 334



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Inside this month’s issue...

The Hockley Flyer is distributed free of charge around the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter and left at various pick-up points. If you would like a copy posted to you personally we can provide a subscription service, which costs £10.50 for the next 12 issues (Including postage).

Don’t Miss Out!.......................................................... 26 Obituary - Ken Fraser................................................ 26 Lead Content regulated from 9 October 2013........... 26 Jewels of Our City - Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter...................................................................... 27 The Birmingham Assay Office Opens New Sub-Office at Hockley Mint................................ 27 Concept Laser Mlab cusing Now Builds Titanium Components............................................... 28 Creative Director for WB The Creative Jewellery Group......................................................................... 29 Perry Beeches 11- Easter Cake Coffee Morning...... 29 Brighten up Summer with Fabulous Jewellery........... 30 WB The Creative Jewellery Group expands its Australian Operation ............................................ 31 New Trams on Streets of Birmingham....................... 32


Assay Office Staff in Great Midlands Fun Run.......... 33 Heritage News........................................................... 33 Planning Matters........................................................ 38


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Quality jewellery supp with over 600 years of

plies, delivered experience Clare 24 years experience – After working in retail jewellery for 11 years, Clare joined the Stephen Betts refining department in 1999. Clare is one of our experts working within refining and is responsible for taking in scrap and issuing payment. Our highly trained staff, process the materials to ensure the highest possible recovery of precious metals. Did you know payments can be processed the same day?

Refining services

Stephen Betts & Sons have been refining precious metals for the last 253 years, having been in the trade since 1760. The company’s state of the art factory contains the latest in recovery equipment which makes possible the smelting and refining of lower grade wastes containing precious metals. Whilst the main trades we service include jewellers, dentistry, silversmithing, photographic, potteries, electronics, glass silvering and bookbinders, we are equipped to recover precious metals from practically any source imaginable. t: 0121 233 2413

49-63 spencer street, hockley, Birmingham B18 6de

Betts Family 253 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



LONDON SHOWROOM 44 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8ER Phone: 020 7242 3711 Fax: 020 7242 3712 BIRMINGHAM SHOWROOM 1-2 Warstone Mews, Warstone Lane, Birmingham B18 6JB Phone: 0121 236 9346 Pax: 0121 236 9355


Very comfortable to wear, ample clearance for spectacles and fully adjustable. The lenses are of precision optical glass available in three magnifications.


Mag. 2.5x Focal length x 200mm Ref HH48

WAS £39.00 NOW £29.95

Mag. 3.5x Focal length x 100mm Ref HH49

WAS £39.00 NOW £29.95



Mag. 2.75x Focal length x 150mm Ref HH50

WAS £39.00 NOW £29.95

WAX RING TUBES USUALLY £7.89 each NOW ONLY £5.78 Round Solid Bar 22mm diameter.


GREEN Ref TC0114 BLUE Ref TC0115

Round Solid Bar 27mm diameter.

GREEN Ref TC0116 BLUE Ref TC0117

Round Tube O/D 22mm – 16mm Hole.

GREEN Ref TC0118 BLUE Ref TC0119

Round Tube O/D 27mm – 16mm Hole.

GREEN Ref TC0120 BLUE Ref TC0121

Round Tube hole off centre O/D 27mm –16mm Hole.

GREEN Ref TC0122 BLUE Ref TC0123

Flat Sided Tube 25mm Flat x 25mm high.

GREEN Ref TC0124 BLUE Ref TC0125



With three precision ground glass lenses for virtually distortion free magnification, this loupe is ideal for gem evaluation. Gold colour metal finish and supplied in a leather case. Lens Ø18mm. Magnification 10x. Ref HP4610G

WAS £19.50 NOW £9.75

152mm long tubes in 2 hardnesses. Hard (Green) for intricate carving and Medium (Blue) for general carving Flat Sided Tube 25mm Flat x 28mm high.

GREEN Ref TC0126 BLUE Ref TC0127

Flat Sided Tube 28mm Flat x 28mm high.

GREEN Ref TC0128 BLUE Ref TC0129

Flat Sided Tube 32mm Flat x 32mm high.

GREEN Ref TC0130 BLUE Ref TC0131


GREEN Ref TC0137 BLUE Ref TC0138 WAS £21.12 each NOW £13.66

225g Slices 3mm to 6mm.

GREEN Ref TC0139 BLUE Ref TC0140 WAS £16.92 each NOW £10.83



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A REFINING INDUSTRY LEADER DEFINING NEW STANDARDS IN CONVENIENCE, TURNAROUND TIME AND LIQUIDITY NTR Metals is one of the worlds largest precious metals companies serving over 20,000 jewellers, pawnshops and precious metals exchanges in London, Birmingham and throughout the United States. NTR Metals is a fully-integrated precious metals company that aquires, refines and mints precious metals. This unique business strategy allows NTR Metals to service all of the precious metals needs of their commercial clients.

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“Looking to make savings in Accountancy fees” We are a locally based firm of Qualified Accountants, offering a professional partner led approach to your circumstances. Services include: - Company, sole trader and partnership accounts - Corporation tax, personal tax returns, capital gains tax and Inheritance tax, VAT returns - Payroll bureau, bookkeeping and management accounts - Company secretarial services including company formation Contact: Steven Brown at Tel: 0121 233 1030, 33 Ludgate Hill Birmingham, B3 1RB

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50 NORTHAMPTON ST, HOCKLEY, BIRMINGHAM B18 6DX, ENGLAND Tel :- 00 44 (0) 121 236 6671 Email:- Fax:- 00 44 (0) 121 233 4513 Supplier of Gems Pearls Beads Synthetics CZ & Findings Fast Pearl threading, Stone matching & replacement service Very good selection for all types of manufacturing and repairs Sapphires, Rubies, Emeralds, Diamonds, Iolite, Tanzanite, Blue, Pink & Mystic Topaz Smoky Quartz, Amethyst, Peridot, Citrine, Garnet, Synthetics, Cubic Zirconia, Opals, Cameos Moon Stone, Lapis, Amber, Onyx, Hematite, Carnelian, Mother Of Pearl, Green Agate, Pink Blue Chalcedony, Pearls Cultured Fresh Water and Simulated….. Same Day Mail Order Service. All enquiries welcomed.

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Suppliers & manufacturers of: Diamond Tools Trained Diamond cutters who can either re-polish, re-cut or re-shape smoked, chipped or broken diamonds. No order to small, Payment by either cheque, cash, transfer or credit card. Telephone: Julie or Lisa on: 0121 554 3434 Or Call in at: 44 Hockley Street, Hockley, Birmingham B18 6BH Web: Email:

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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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Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.

The Golden Square

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Publishing Editor: Editor: Advertising:

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Editorial: Marie Haddleton Tel: 0121-233 3468 Email: web site Deadline 25th of month preceding cover date. The Hockley Flyer is published by YBA Publications. The Editor is pleased to receive any contributions suitable for use in The Hockley Flyer, and all correspondence should be sent to: The Hockley Flyer, York House, 22 Frederick Street, Birmingham B1 3HE Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the contents are correct, we cannot be held responsible for any errors, omissions, etc. and the views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher or the editor. All advertisements are accepted in good faith, and anyone trading with advertisers do so entirely at their own risk. © 2013 YBA Publications

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For those who have been enquiring about the removal of the trees outside the Big beg, especially those along Vyse Street, we knew that work of the Golden Square was imminent. However, it was quite a shock on the Monday morning - it looked as if a hurricane had hit the Quarter and doesn’t the side Vyse Street elevation of the pub look dreadful? I suppose the Visitors Centre (a present from HRH Prince Charles) will also soon disappear. No doubt the new square will be infinately better better, but what can be done to the Vyse Street side of the Pub! I must admit that I found the ‘parking spacing bars’ on the car park dangerous and a nuisance, especially when I had a full trolley of Hockley Flyers to pick up over the bars! Wonder how many of you have tripped over those bars also! have been trying to get a schedule of work for the site, but are still waiting!

Closing of Tunnels

As you will see from the news item, the road tunnels on the very edge of the Jewellery Quarter are to be closed whilst improvements are made.

Cakes, Coffee and Snow!

Sadly, on the 22nd March, due to heavy snow, I couldn’t make it to Perry Beeches II School on their Easter Cakes meet, but lots of others did get there, including Anna Gibson who took some photographs for the Flyer (see news item). Many friends were going to attend to support the Easter Cakes day and, at the same time, wish me a Happy 84th Birthday. However, my birthday was not forgotten and a couple of weeks later, I am still receiving cards (and flowers and chocs). On the day following my birthday, I noticed a car struggling up our very steep hill and a young lady in white wellies knocked on my door bearing a bottle of wine and a huge box of Thornton’s chocolates and a lovely card from The Assay Office - she had to climb up my even steeper drive to make it to my front door - many thanks to all my friends at the Assay Office and all my other friends in the Quarter. Another vehicle which ‘bravely goes’ in all weather is the Tesco delivery van - very often soaked to the skin, their delivery personnel always have a bright smile.

‘Jewels of our City’

In this month’s Flyer we review Jean Debney’s new book ‘Jewels of our City’. It would be nice to organise a Book Signing event.

We Have ‘Left’ the VAT Club!

After over 30 years, YBA Publications is no longer registered for VAT purposes. This will be of great help to small businesses who are not registered and cannot claim back the 20% VAT on advertising. All invoices issued after 1st April 2013 will not include VAT but invoices issued before that date and not yet paid will still include VAT. Marie Haddleton Editor

HAVE YOU MOVED PREMISES OR JUST MOVED INTO THE JEWELLERY QUARTER? IF YOU ARE IN BIRMINGHAM’S JEWELLERY QUARTER OR ST’ PAULS SQUARE AREA MAKE SURE YOU RECEIVE YOUR COPY OF THE HOCKLEY FLYER FREE OF CHARGE IN THE POST Please send me the next 12 issues of the Hockley Flyer starting with the next issue. Have you changed address yes/no Are you new to the area yes/no OLD ADDRESS (if applicable) Name:_______________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ POSTCODE: _________________________________________________ NEW ADDRESS Name:_______________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ POSTCODE: _________________________________________________ Send to: THE HOCKLEY FLYER, YBA Publications, York House, 22 Frederick Street, Birmingham, B1 3HE

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Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more.

Lead Content regulated from 9 October 2013 (Courtesy The Anchor’)

Don’t Miss Out! Birmingham City Council is Inviting Applications for ERDF Land and Property grants in Digbeth and the Jewellery Quarter. A limited amount of ERDF grant funding is still available and yet to be allocated. If you have a scheme in mind and require help with capital funding then please get in touch with us immediately, and we will assess your eligibility for the grant.

Two levels of grant are available: Key Opportunities – grants from £100,000 up to £1m are available up to 35% of eligible project costs.

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm, Tuesday 28th May 2013. Property Assistance – grants up to £100,000 are available up to 50% of eligible project costs. Applications will be considered on a first come first served basis, until the funding is allocated. Works could include new building work, extending existing commercial premises, external and internal structural works, fixed plant and equipment. Please note: Retail, housing, education, and leisure uses are not eligible. For further details of the scheme and how to contact us, please follow the link: http://www.birmingham.

Obituary - Ken Fraser Chris Williams and Roy Hands formerly of Hands and Williams are sorry to report the sudden death of Ken Fraser, aged 81, on Monday 8th April 2013. After suffering breathing difficulties ken was taken to hospital and rushed to intensive care but a suspected heart attack proved too much and he sadly passed away. Ken was the figure head of Andra jewels, a major manufacturing company that supplied hundreds of retail shops across Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He retired over 20 years ago but never lost his love of the jewellery quarter, he made the 60 mile round trip from his home every two weeks to come into the trade and have a cuppa with us and other friends reminiscing

with many stories of the trade and his antics whilst he was working. A lovely man who will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He leaves a wife Chris and two children and four grand children. God bless you Ken Chris, Roy, Colin and friends.

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Regulation of Lead content under the REACH Regulations is expected to be enforceable from October 2013. The regulation applies to all ‘Jewellery and imitation jewellery articles, hair accessories, bracelets, necklaces, rings, piercing jewellery, wrist watches, wrist-wear, brooches and cufflinks. It applies to paints, plastics, and metals as well as to the article itself. The Laboratory offers UKAS accredited testing to demonstrate that items comply with the new Lead regulations. Crystal glass, precious and semiprecious stones are exempt, as any lead present is unlikely to migrate and cause any harm. However, if the stones are treated with lead or its compounds they will need to comply. This impacts on watches and beads and The Laboratory has been inundated with enquiries as to what is meant by ‘Crystal glass’. Officially ‘Crystal glass’ is defined as glass which contains lead, barium, zinc, or potash combined or alone, of at least 10% by weight. It has a refractive index above 1.545 and a density above 2.45 grams per square centimetre.

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The Birmingham Assay Office Opens New SubOffice at Hockley Mint

Jewels of Our City Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter Starting with an overview of the Jewellery Quarter’s origins and development, chapters follow with personal narratives from those working in the Quarter today. Personal stories are followed by a series of individual and old established firms still at work today. Their stories include Deakin and Francis gold jewellery including cufflinks, Charles Green with diamond and gold production, The Acme Whistle Company and their world famous productions used by Police Forces and at Cup Finals, Toye Kenning &

Spencer and their military insignia, medals and buttons, Thomas Fattorini Ltd, silversmiths, and medallists, Gladman and Norman with their military brooches and medals (including the new Elizabeth Cross), not forgetting The Assay Office and their hallmarks and The Pen Room which traces Birmingham’s pen trade from Priestley and Boulton’s day to date. Smaller jewellery manufacturers are not forgotten including those producing contemporary work such as Crescent Silver and Silver Birch. The work of the Jewellery Quarter Museum completes the story. Title: Jewels of Our City Author: Jean Debney ISBN: 978­1­85858­480­5 Price: £14.95 Size: 240mm x 170mm Pages: viii + 256 + VIII – PB Illustrations: 152 B&W + Colour Available: April 2013

The Birmingham Assay Office has announced the British Hallmarking Council has authorised the opening of a Sub-Office at Hockley Mint, located in Warstone Lane, right in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. The Birmingham Assay Office is always keen to respond to the changing demands of the market and improve customer service. This latest advance is the opening of a ‘Sub-Office’ hallmarking facility for Hockley Mint. A Sub-Office is effectively the extension of an Assay Office to other premises, typically within a manufacturers or importers premises. There are obvious benefits for larger operations, and in line with the continuing redevelopment of the Hockley Mint building a brand new space for the Sub-Office will be created at the heart of the custom built production facility. The Sub Office, which is a satellite of the Central Office in Birmingham, will be staffed by employees of The Birmingham Assay Office and will be in operation from early June. Gary Wroe, Managing Director of Hockley Mint stated: “We will be able to offer an improved service to our customers by decreasing the movement of metal, and making a significant time and quality improvement to our processes. With the addition of a sub-office Hockley Mint will be able to further improve their operations and work more efficiently, for the good of its customers.” Michael Allchin, Chief Executive of The Birmingham Assay Office said: “We are pleased to be able to respond positively to Hockley Mint’s request for a Sub-Office. The Birmingham Assay Office is keen to support UK jewellery manufacturers and enable them to give their customers the fast, high quality service they require. The new facility will be commissioned as soon as possible and we know that Hockley Mint will find it very beneficial to their business. April 2013 The Hockley Flyer


Concept Laser Mlab cusing Now Builds Titanium Components Concept Laser’s Mlab cusing has already firmly established itself as a successful additive manufacturing platform, for the production of parts in a wide range of materials including Cobalt Chrome, Stainless Steel, and precious metals such as Gold and Silver. The latest version of the system, Mlab cusing R, now offers the capability to produce components in Titanium. The introduction of the Mlab cusing system in 2011 opened up a series of new application areas for metal additive manufacturing, especially within the dental, medical and jewellery market sectors. This enhanced capability, to produce components in a range of titanium alloys, will further expand the opportunities for additive manufacturing of intricate medical and dental parts.

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Extremely compact, measuring just 705 x 1833 x 1220 mm (WxHxD) and lightweight at just 500kg, the Mlab cusing R is ideally suited to either a production or laboratory environment. A special feature of all Mlab cusing variants is the user-friendly, pull-out drawer system. This includes both the construction and dosing chambers and the powder storage container. To accommodate the reactive nature of Titanium and Titanium alloys, the Mlab cusing R has been designed to meet the stringent ATEX directives for processing such materials in a safe manner. The operating principle for the new Mlab cusing R is both practical and straightforward. A glove-box module is docked onto the front of the machine to allow loading and unloading. The build module can simply be pulled out into the glove-box, thanks to the machine’s original pull out drawer concept. With the build module in position, the glove-box is then purged with argon making the chamber inert, an essential pre-requisite for safe processing of Titanium. The operator

accesses the build chamber through the glove-box carrying out the loading process or removing finished components. After the end of this process, the build module is returned to the machine and the glove-box can then be removed. The drawer system is available with three different build envelope versions: 50 x 50, 70 x 70 and 90 x 90 mm. The height of the build envelope is always 80 mm. At the heart of the Mlab cusing R is robust and powerful 100 W fibre laser with a focus diameter of less than 25 µm. This provides the capability to produce excellent surface finishes and intricate component structures, essential characteristics for the production of medical and dental components. The full range of Concept Laser LaserCUSING® systems are available from ES Technology Limited, who are responsible for the marketing, sales, servicing and support of Concept Laser products throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Creative Director for WB The Creative Jewellery Group Naomi Newton Sherlock has been promoted to the role of ‘Creative Director’ by WB The Creative Jewellery Group, one of the UK’s largest jewellery companies. She will take responsibility for overseeing creative activities for all the Domino brands and will bring added creative knowledge to its board. Sherlock who has been with the Group for five years, firstly as a jewellery designer and then as Head of New Product Development and National Accounts, is well qualified for the role with a number of prestigious design awards, including several from The Goldsmiths’ Company and a Lonmin Design Award for platinum, under her belt. A graduate of Cardiff University where she achieved a BA Hons in Italian and Japanese, Sherlock then studied at The School of Jewellery in Birmingham before going on to work, on the bench, for

Naomi Newton Sherlock

some of the most exacting names in the industry. Past employers include Cellini in Cambridge, James Newman in Birmingham and David Marshall in London - a career path which has given her unique experience in creating highly-contemporary, modernist jewellery as well as more traditional, luxury gem-set designs. “Naomi has a broad range of skills. Not only is she a terrific designer

with a wonderful eye, she is also a highly competent technician who understands how jewellery is made. It is she who has been at the heart of creating many of Domino’s most successful recent collections – such as Rosabella, our highly successful platinum bridal ranges and Trends and Fashions – and it is she who has built and successfully managed our thriving nine-strong new product development team. She has great creative and indeed commercial vision and I feel sure, as a Director, she will have much to bring to the Domino board and to the further development of the company,” says managing director, Andrew Morton. “I’m delighted and excited in equal measure. Since I joined five years ago the company has changed out of all recognition and it has been being tremendous to play a part in its ongoing expansion. Having a seat on the board will give me the opportunity to contribute even more directly to its future development and I am looking forward to working with Andrew and my fellow directors to grow the reputation of Domino as a truly creative jewellery producer, both at home and abroad,” Sherlock commented. there was a good turnout and the cakes were delicious and, on such a freezing cold morning, the hot coffee was more than welcome. Jackie - Head Mistress of the School said: “We would like to thank all those people who braved the heavy fall of snow to attend our Easter cake morning to raise funds for our year 12 trip to New York. The event was a great example of a community coming together in a common cause and we hope it will be the first of many similar events. Anna Gibson JQ Creative Marketing 07966 981695

Perry Beeches 11- Easter Cake and Coffee Morning On 22nd March 2013 Perr y Beeches II school held an Easter

Coffee Cake morning. The event was intended to introduce the school to the businesses in the Quarter and also to ‘sell’ cakes and coffee with a view to raising funds towards a ‘Year 12’ trip to New York. Even in deep snow

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Cabochon trio rings – in 18 carat gold and set with a colourful mix of gemstones from £2,950 By Lilly Hastedt

Brighten up Summer with Fabulous Jewellery

The Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion, which runs from June 26 to Saturday June 29, is now firmly established in the calendar as one of London’s most exciting and inspirational events of the summer season. It is both an exhibition where you can admire great contemporary designs in the fields of jewellery, silver and furniture, as well as a fabulous retail opportunity. All the works are for sale, added to which not only do you get see great works close up, you also have the chance to meet and talk to the creative minds of the skilled craftsmen behind them. You can even commission something totally bespoke and tailor-made to suit your needs and budget! Historic Somerset House on the Strand provides the convenient, central location complete with great restaurants and views of the Thames, while its elegant 18th Century rooms offer the perfect back-drop to cutting-

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edge contemporary design. The season’s vibrant colours will be reflected in the dazzling designs of some of the country’s leading jewellers – the perfect excuse to liven up your summer wardrobe. For example jeweller Lilly Hastedt has added a new range of cabochon trio rings to her collection. Each one is set with a colourful mix of gemstones from candy pinks, hot reds through to cool greens and azure blues. Perfect for work or play! Then there is plenty to team up with vintage-style floral tea dresses – take a look at Beth Gilmore’s delicate lacelike creations or Regina Aradesian’s exquisite enamel jewellery. Raising the tempo a pair of Ingo Henn’s drop earrings set with stunning gem-stones, selected for the intensity of their colour and perfection, will transport you straight onto the red carpet, and make you feel like a Hollywood “A” lister! So will Jon Dibben’s gorgeous “Meadow Collar” necklace made in 18 carat Fair-trade and Fairminded ecological white gold and set with individually sourced hand carved beryls, cabochon aquamarines, seagreen tourmalines, yellow beryls and traceable white diamonds. A veritable labour of love it took Jon five years to complete this sublime piece. If a more relaxed, casual environ-

ment is more your scene – you can still add a touch of glamour with understated rings by Ruth Tomlinson, chunky silver by Sarah Herriott or keep it simple with one of Ute Decker’s dramatic, sculptural bracelets. Holidays are also the perfect occasion to be adventurous and try out slightly-more cutting edge jewellery – jewellery which pushes the boundaries in terms of technique, design, and mixed media. This adds a further dimension and blurs the distinction between precious and purely decorative. Goldsmiths’ Pavilion offers plenty of exciting jewellery in this category. Among the leading enamellists taking part are Alexandra Raphael, Fred Rich and Rachel Emmerson. Their mastery of this exacting technique is breath-taking and their jewellery, each with their distinctive artistic style, is dazzling in its range of colours and subtleties of gradation and tone. A relatively new rising star on the jewellery scene is Jig Pattni. His jewellery is not only made to exacting standards but combines a sensitivity and edginess that makes it ultramodern. An element of playful humour is also in evidence for example in his collection that pays homage to Elvis Presley. Stunning silver works of art made by inspirational contemporary silver-

Jon Dibben’s ‘Meadow Collar’ necklace made in 18 carat Fair-trade and Fairminded ecological white gold and set with individually sourced hand carved beryls, cabochon aquamarines, sea-green tourmalines, yellow beryls and traceable white diamonds. £48,000

smiths are another important feature of the Goldsmiths’ Pavilion. Think ahead to long summer evenings with dinners on the terrace, your table enhanced with silver accessories designed to serve both a practical purpose as well filling an aesthetic role. Silversmith Abigail Brown for example specialises in hammer forming technique to produce her stylish silver which is feminine, unique, and gracefully sculptural, while Ryan McClean uses form and texture in his distinctive pieces inspired by the natural world. An additional exciting dimension to Goldsmiths’ Pavilion is the inclusion of sleek pieces of modern hand-made British furniture crafted by master furniture-makers in association with the Worshipful Company of Furniture makers. Like every craft, furniture can be customised to your desires and the specifications of your home. For example Martin Lane’s elegant inlaid marquetry cabinet and Edward Johnson’s petal shaped table would grace and enhance any interior, be it traditional or modern – and look all the better combined with contemporary silver. Or why not commission a furniture-maker to design a bespoke jewellery box for your jewel collection. The Goldsmiths’ Pavilion is a true celebration of British talent and craftsmanship in three diverse yet complementary and equally challenging crafts. Whatever else is in your diary this summer, be sure not to miss it! Admission: £5 per person. Opening times – Wednesday to Friday 11.00am to 6.30pm, Saturday 10.00am to 6.00pm

Ben Williams

WB The Creative Jewellery Group expands its Australian Operation WB The Creative Jewellery Group is moving a key member of its team to Australia with a view to expanding its operations in the continent. Ben Williams, FGA, DGA, who is also trained in marketing, has been appointed ‘Group General Manager’ for Australia. Williams, who joined WB The Creative Jewellery Group in 2007 has held a number of different roles within it - serving previously as marketing manager for Domino and most recently as business development manager for Advalorem. Williams’s initial role on reaching Sydney will be to work closely with Domino’s Australian distributor Peekays to expand countrywide sales of the brand’s extensive range of ring mounts and findings as well as its finished jewellery collections such as Rosabella. Peekays, which is a long-established findings company with significant market penetration, is owned and managed by Anita Kornmehl. It has been collaborating with Domino for the past two years. Other members of the WB’s UK Team – including Glenn Day and David Fuller - have spent time working at its offices in Sydney helping their staff to develop

a presence for Domino’s products in this growing marketplace. A new, dedicated sales team has recently been put in place to support Williams in his mission. “This is a tremendously exciting opportunity for me. The Group’s extensive market research over the past couple of years has identified real opportunities for Domino in Australia – particularly we feel for our platinum collections. This is, as yet, a relatively undeveloped metal in the region and there is great potential. I am much looking forward to working with Peekays’ sales and management team and most particularly with our existing customer base around Australia to grow the Domino brand,” said Williams. Andrew Morton, Managing Director of WB The Creative Jewellery Group, who is himself a regular visitor to Australia and will be joining Williams there for a couple of weeks later this year said: “Ben’s appointment is in line with our ongoing plans for the overall expansion of WB The Creative Jewellery Group. We have recently made a key appointment in Europe to develop our sales there and Ben’s move to Australia will provide a firm foundation for further growth in this still relatively young market for jewellery. The design-led nature of our products, our on-going NPD programme and the fact that Peekays holds many Domino items in stock for immediate delivery, is already proving popular with Australia retailers and we feel sure that under Ben’s guidance the brand will flourish further,” he said. April 2013 The Hockley Flyer



Featured story of the Month.

New Trams on Streets of Birmingham

Trams are set to return to the streets of Birmingham after the Government approved Centro plans to extend Midland Metro through the heart of the city. The extension is well underway with the completion of the Great Charles Street Bridge linking the line from Snow Hill to its now on road route through Colmore Gate.

The exciting project also includes a fleet of new, bigger trams increasing passenger capacity and frequency of service to every six minutes throughout the day. The process of procuring these trams has now started. The joint project by Centro, the Black Country and Birmingham City councils, is expected to boost the West Midlands economy by £50 million a year and create up to 1,300 sustainable new jobs. It will revolutionise the way people travel to and around the city, giving a fast link between Birmingham’s two major rail stations, while delivering more than 3.5 million passengers a year right into the heart of the city’s shopping district, the new shopping on the Gateway development. It will also provide a fast link from New Street Station to the emerging business district at Snow Hill, the unique and historic Jewellery Quarter and serve as a platform for a future rapid transit network that can connect and feed into the city’s forthcoming High Speed Rail terminus. Major engineering work was carried out over the Easter period meaning there were no tram services operating along the whole line. Trams stopped

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running at the end of service on Friday 29 March and start running again at the start of service on Monday 15 April. A complete closure of the route was necessary for the engineering works to be carried out quickly and in a safe environment. As part of the extension through Birmingham City Centre a new fleet of trams has been ordered to operate on the whole route. During the closure we will be modifying the platforms at all stops to accommodate the new trams. This work will enable the new trams to start running next year between Wolverhampton and Birmingham Snow Hill. Other enhancement works on the platforms will take place to improve their appearance.

Editors comment: Many will remember that up to 1990 (covered in The History & Guide to the Jewellery Quarter) discussion was ongoing about what to do with the old railway track - could it be turned into a walkway/cycle route perhaps? Then came plans to re-establish a train track and then to add a tram track alongside. Graves had to be moved in the cemetery to allow for the extra space needed. At first the proposed new ‘Hockley’ station was to be near to Icknield Street (the site of the original station) but The Hockley Flyer intervened and insisted that the station be sited in the heart of the Quarter at Vyse Street - and after a

Assay Office Staff Supports Great Midlands Fun Run (Courtesy The Anchor’)

A nine strong team of staff across all trading divisions have signed up to run 8.5 miles in the Great Midlands Fun Run on Sunday 2nd June to help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Serious training is now underway. A Virgin Giving page has been opened and can be accessed at www. All donations will be very much appreciated. Please help to support this gallant effort by Michael Allchin, Marie Brennan, Steve Franklin, Sophie Whitehouse, Anu Manchanda, Karen Reilly, Liz Brogan, Antony Charalambous, and Luke Summlar. Assay Office comment: “The more money we raise, the more people we can help. Encouragement from cash and cheque donations are also welcome. Please make cheques out to Muscular Dystrophy.”

Heritage News

The Crimean War Memorial Gardens.

few heated meetings when we were told “It’s impossible”, we got our way! Then we asked for the name to be changed to ‘The Jewellery Quarter’ station and later named the line ‘The Jewellery Line’. By the time the line was completed, the newly formed JQA officially ‘opened’ the station with the Lord Mayor and the Assay Office provided a new ‘stamp’. A ‘Welcome’ plaque was paid for by the JQA and Roy Hancocks was involved with the station clock which is in the shape of a steam engine. The first train to run on the line was photographed and featured in The Hockley Flyer. This new linkup between Snow Hill and New Street is vitally important,

especially since the 101 bus route was changed some years ago to ‘stop’ on the edge of the City Centre at Snow Hill (there was a free singledecker bus provided for a time but this disappeared) and the only way to get from Snow Hill to New Street to access not only the station but also the main shopping areas, the Chinese Quarter, the markets, the Back-toBacks Museum and of course, the theatres, is to use a taxi or walk it. In Vyse Street it is easy to tell when a train/tram has just arrived by the number of people around near to the station entrance. With parking expensive and difficult to find, it has been a boon for the workers in the Quarter as well as encouraging visitors.

As our readers will know, Jewellery Quarter Heritage, together with Perry Beeches II School, Birmingham Council Park Rangers etc., are planning to restore the gardens on Summerhill. I wrote a letter to ‘Amateur Gardening’ magazine telling them about the soldiers bringing back snowdrop bulbs from the frozen battlefield (for which I received vouchers for £40). I have tried to ‘buy’ bulbs for the gardens, but every time I tell suppliers what I want the bulbs for, they keep supplying them free ‘for such a good cause’. I now have hundreds of snowdrop, crocus, daffodil and grape hyacinth bulbs, all waiting for the children to start planting ready for next spring...! It never ceases to warm my heart that despite everyone feeling the ‘pinch’ some people still believe in and are willing to give to a ‘good cause’. Marie Haddleton

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Heritage The Jewellers Arms The Jewellers Arms is the oldest licensed house In the Hockley District, being licensed long before the railway was cut or cemetery made, and when the ground from Key Hill and Icknield Street up to Vyse Street were in the hands of a well-known gentleman. Part of the lodge is still to be seen in the yard at the rear of the house. Here the host (A H Miller) has fitted up an open range for shooting. Mr. Miller is an ardent air-gunner, and was president of the Cradley and District League. This house is well appointed throughout and fully

Brave Rescue of Children by their parents About four o’clock this morning Mr George Lurwell, a wood carver, who resides in Ladypool Lane, was awakened by a suffocating smell of smoke. He got out of bed and found that his house was in flames. He opened the door of an adjoining bedroom in which four of his children were sleeping. The room was enveloped in flames. He rushed in, notwithstanding that the flames singed his hair and his whiskers, and snatched up two of the children, carried them down stairs, and placed them in safety in the

Shocking Machinery Accident An inquest was held yesterday before Dr.J. Birt Davies, on the body of Edward Dale (14), nut and bolt worker, whose parents live at 2, Victoria Court, Lower Camden Street. The deceased was employed by Messes. Barwell and Smith, nut and bolt manufacturers, Hockley Works, Brookfields, and on Tuesday morning, about half-past seven o’clock, a man named Coates was putting a heat in the furnace, and, on turning round to put his tools down, he saw

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Some interesting, unusual and downright bizarre stories from old newspaper cuttings etc...

licensed. The air-gun club is in the Hockley and West Birmingham League, and holds a prominent position. The Floral Society is strong in number and to-day all members will show what they choose (culture of the earth) for the benefit of the salesman. The dividend 8s.6.1/2 for the quarter will be paid out and the club re-started at once. Secretary, Mr. E. James. Mr. and Mrs. Miller extends a hearty welcome to all, and visitors are requested not to be late for dinner’. (The Birmingham Echo. 10 April 1910).

garden. In the meantime is wife ran into the room and took up the other two children, opened the window and threw them out to her husband, who caught them safely and placed them out of the way of harm. A messenger was despatched for the fire engines, and the neighbours all worked zealously in throwing water on the burning parts of the house and in removing the furniture. On the arrival of the fire engines the fire had got such hold upon the house and workshop at the rear, that both were completely gutted. A great portion of the furniture was burned, with all the unfortunate man’s tools and workshop. He was not insured. The origin of the fire is unknown’. (Birmingham Mail. February 5 1874)

the deceased entangled on a leather band which went round a wheel on the main-shaft, worked by steam, and about 15 feet from the ground. The engine was immediately stopped, but not before his feet had been cut off, his left thigh broken, and severe laceration of the right arm. He expired soon afterwards. Coates had seen the deceased that morning take hold of the band, and hold it until he was drawn up some 3 feet when he would let go his hold and drop to the ground. Coates cautioned the deceased about it. A verdit was returned of ‘Accidental death’.’ (Birmingham Mail. October 5 1872).

Fire at Hazelwood and Dent A fire broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning at the engineering premises of Messrs. Hazlewood and Dent, of 88-90, Great Hampton Street, Birmingham. The damage to the engineering shops was severe. Several firemen were also slightly injured. (Published by Birmingham Weekly Post 23rd June 1928)

Singular Accident

Mr. Lichfield Watton Sutcliffe, of Great Hampton Street, varnish manufacturer, etc., who carried on busines in the name of his father, the late Isherwood Sutcliffe, was seriously injured yesterday, through the furnace fire of a vat in which oil was being boiled not being kept under proper control. He had sent the workman in charge for cold oil to pour into the frothing mass, and was in the act of ladling some in from a barrel close by when the flames burst forth with a loud report, burning his face and right arm rather badly. Although knocked down and unable to see for some minutes, Mr. Sutcliffe managed to roll himself towards the furnace side and lower the lid. The usual throwing on of bags of sand put the flames out. Upon medical examination nothing more than bad burns and singeing were evident, from which Mr Sutcliffe will, no doubt, soon recover.’ (Birmingham Mail. September 16 1874)

Fire Mr Lucas Vyse Street At about 10.30 last night a fire broke out on the premises of Mr. Lucas, Jeweller, Vyse Street. The superintendent with the brigade attended and extinguished the fire in about half an hour’. (Daily Argus. February 27 1892).

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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.

New Applications 2013/02682/PA 50-54 Carver Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3AS. Change of use of parts of office building to residential units (Use Class C3). 17-042013. 2013/02411/PA 87-89 Camden Street Ladywood Birmingham B1 3DD. Application for a new planning permission to replace an extant planning permission 2010/01041/PA for Installation of external spiral staircase and creation of first floor emergency exit to rear. 15-04-2013. 2013/01878/PA Block 7, The Mint Icknield Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6RU. Erection of four storey frontage building for 9 no. residential apartments (use class C3) and ground floor commercial (use class B1). 18-032013. 2013/02414/PA 29 Legge Lane Hockley Birmingham B1 3LD. Conservation Area Consent for demolition of existing works to allow for redevelopment with 78 residential apartments. 14-03-2013 2013/01795/PA 29 Legge Lane Hockley Birmingham B1 3LD. Application for planning permission to extend the time limit for the implementation of extant planning permission 2010/02208/PA for the demolition of the existing building and redevelopment to provide 78 apartments, car parking and access. 14-032013. 2013/01728/PA Queen Chambers 86B Constitution Hill Birmingham B4 6HW Change of use of first, second and third floors to 6 no. 1 bedroom apartments (C3) 12-03-2013.

Ongoing 2013/01878/PA Block 7, The Mint Ickn-

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Planning Applications and Decisions from the Jewellery Quarter.

ield Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6RU. Change of use from Business (use class B1) to 9no. Residential Apartments (use class C3) 18-03-2013 2013/01795/PA 29 Legge Lane Hockley Birmingham B1 3LD Application for planning permission to extend the time limit for the implementation of extant planning permission 2010/02208/PA for the demolition of the existing building and redevelopment to provide 78 apartments, car parking and access. 14-032013 2013/01725/PA 13 Caroline Street Hockley Birmingham B3 1TR. Listed Building Consent for internal and external works to provide 2 commercial units (restaurants/cafes) Use class A3, 4 no. live/work units and 4 no. apartments. 12-03-2013. 2013/01627/PA Land at The Quarter Warstone Lane Jewellery Quarter Hockley Birmingham B18 6NG. Erection of 105 apartments above existing basement car park in three blocks, with associated landscape and parking 06-03-2013 2013/01561/PA 9 Regent Street The Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3HG. Listed Building Consent for alterations in conjunction with a change of use from residential/workshops to retail, restaurant and offices and creation of new doorway fronting Vittoria Street. 05-032013 2013/01282/PA Land at 86-87 Carver Street Birmingham B1 3AL. Conservation Area Consent for the demolition of existing industrial buildings. 26-02-2013 2013/01280/PA Land at 86-87 Carver Street Birmingham B1 3AL. Demolition of existing buildings and erection of a mixed use residential and commercial development comprising of 61 apartments and a four storey office building of 1,583 sqm with associated access and parking. 26-02-2013 2013/01109/PA 49-63 Spencer Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6ED. Installation of roof-mounted photovoltaic panels. 19-02-2013 2013/00361/PA 70 Constitution Hill Birmingham B19 3JT. Erection of a six storey and part seven storey building to provide 109, one, two & three bedroom flats with associated car parking and landscaping. 21-01-2013 2013/00197/PA 48-56 Branston Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6BP. Change of use from void factory premises to ground floor uses within Classes A1, A2

and B1 and first and second floor use as C3 residential. 11-01-2013.

New Decisions 2013/01389/PA 1-2 Mary Ann Street Blackthorn House/Works St Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1RL. Conservation Area Consent for the demolition of rear two storey building in association with application 2013/00384/PA for a new planning permission to replace an extant planning permission 2009/03720/ PA. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2013/01389/PA 1-2 Mary Ann Street Blackthorn House/Works St Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1RL. Conservation Area Consent for the demolition of rear two storey building in association with application 2013/00384/PA for a new planning permission to replace an extant planning permission 2009/03720/ PA. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2013/01362/PA 5-11 Fleet Street Birmingham B3 1JP. Listed Building Consent for refurbishment of ground floor windows Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2013/01177/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 - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/01086/PA 65 George Street Birmingham B3 1QA Listed Building Consent for installation of secondary glazing to the front and rear windows. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2013/01088/PA Unit 103 119 Camden Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3DJ. Change of use from live/work unit (Sui Generis) to one bedroom apartment (Use Class C3). Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions. 2013/01087/PA Unit 104 119 Camden Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3DJ. Change of use from live/work unit (Sui Generis) to a one bedroom apartment (C3). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2013/01011/PA 39 George Street Hockley Birmingham B3 1QA. Change of use from offices (Use Class B1) to a residential dwelling (Use Class C3). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2013/00911/PA 16 Hockley Street (First Floor Front) Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6BL. Change of use from Use Class B1 (Business) to Use Class A1 (Retail). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2013/00521/PA 9 Regent Street Hock-

ley Birmingham B1 3HG. Change of use from vacant workshops (B1) and first floor caretakers flat (C3) to retail (A1), restaurant (A3) and offices (B1), with caretakers flat relocated to second floor and creation of new doorway fronting Vittoria Street. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2013/00377/PA Sytner Birmingham Ltd 20 Parade Birmingham B1 3QJ. Erection of single storey building and external alterations. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions

Older Decisions 2013/00971/PA 90-104 Constitution Hill Hockley Birmingham B19 3JT. Non Material Amendment attached to approval 2012/01119/PA to widen existing door opening for fire escape, create new double door and side screen for goods in / out, omit glazed screen leaving existing door and portico details, omit aluminium glazed screen, replace with panelled timber and glazed screen and changes to 1970’s elevations in terms of rebuild and brickwork. Final Decision - Approve.

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.

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3 GREAT BOOKS ON SALE AT YBA PUBLICATIONS Around Hockley by Ted Rudge & John Houghton ‘When Hockley was in the old Manor of Birmingham it was the largest district with clearly defined boundaries. Today the boundaries around this inner city district, part of the massive conurbation Birmingham became, are indistinct to many who lived or live within. The world renowned Jewellery Quarter and St Pauls Church have long been established in Hockley and still provide a major contribution to the workforce and the district’s history. This fascinating selection of more than 180 photographs traces some of the many ways in which Hockley has changed and developed over the last century. It costs £14.99 + £1.40 P+P Hockley by David Harvey. This fascinating collection of photographs, including many rare and old images (some from as early as 1865) explores Hockley over the past century and a half, and details the social, architectural and functional changes in the area. With sections on industry, transport, leisure and religion, all aspects of everyday life are covered. This volume provides a unique insight into life in the town as it used to be. This book will be a nostalgic journey for older residents and a revelation to newcomers to the area. It costs £12.99 + £1.40 P&P The Jewellery Quarter History and Guide 2nd edition has over 150 photographs, many of which are unique, and has 148 pages packed with the history of the Jewellery Quarter, and makes an ideal gift for anyone who has memories of the Jewellery Quarter, or for those keen on the development of the area. It costs £5.95 + £1.10 P&P


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Art and Crafts

NOW - 04 May - THE ART OF CLAY YOUNG CURATORS’ PROJECT. RBSA Gallery - Galleries 1 & 2. The RBSA Young Curators’ project returns for an exhibition of studio ceramics. Curated by local art history students under the guidance of renowned ceramics writer, David Whiting. NOW - 11 May - RBSA Gallery - W. MICHAEL BROWN RBSA - Experimenting with Still Life. Ranging from naturalist to semi-abstract works, this solo show includes paintings in various media exploring aspects of composition with inanimate objects. NOW- 08 Jun - RBSA Gallery - JUNE RIDGWAY ARBSA - A collection of burnished ceramics inspired by the patina of age on weathered surfaces. NOW- 22 Jun - RBSA Gallery - MICHAEL SALT ARBSA - A solo show of landscapes and seascapes exploring the atmospheric effects of water. NOW - 20 Jul - RBSA Gallery - WOODLANDS - Take a walk through the woods this spring at the RBSA Gallery. An exhibition alive with the sights and smells of the forest, ‘Woodlands’ showcases jewellery and ceramics inspired by the flora and fauna of Britain’s woodlands alongside innovative work exploring the potentials of wood as a craft medium. Delightful jewellery by Layla Amber Rous, Phoebe Sherwood-Moore and Lucy Ramsbottom is on show together with wooden homeware by Swedish designer Lotta Cole and wood-fired ceramics by Hannah McAndrew. 06 May - 18 May - RBSA Gallery - An exhibition focusing on the artistic identity of the Naxi ethnic minority from Yunnan. Also includes work by Robert Perry RBSA inspired by his trip to China with the University of Northampton. 06 May - 01 Jun - RBSA Gallery - An invited exhibition of work by established printmakers, including acclaimed artists Hilary Paynter Hon. RBSA and Sarah van Niekerk Hon. RBSA. 06 May - 22 Jun - RBSA Gallery - BEACH Stephanie Redfern RBSA - Painted, collaged and stitched textiles responding to weather, form, colour and light. 20 May - 01 Jun - RBSA Gallery - DRAWN TOWARDS THE SEA, John Scott Martin VP PPRBSA - An exhibition of recent drawings, paintings and prints. Ships and boats seen under many skies. From classic yachts to bulk carriers, if they are on the water, they are inspirational.

Trade Shows

11 - 12 Jun - 10am to 6pm - Somerset House - THE JEWELLERY SHOW London is a prestigious trade-only event that showcases the most influential international brands,

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suppliers and British jewellery designers within a cuttingedge environment over the course of two days. 26 - 30 Jun - 11am to 6.00pm - Goldsmiths’ Company PAVILION AT SOMERSET HOUSE - A summer showcase for the remarkable talents of contemporary British jewellers filled with stunning cutting-edge creations in not only precious metals but incorporating an exciting element of varied mixed media. In addition a suite of rooms will display the work selected silversmiths as part of British Silver Week. 01 - 04 Sept - 09.00am - 6.00pm - NEC - THE AUTUMN FAIR is a unique opportunity to discover exciting new talent, buy the hottest festive products and preview all that spring 2014 has to offer. 23 - 29 Sep then 01 Oct - 06 Oct - Goldsmiths’Hall - GOLDSMITHS’ FAIR 2013. It is the ultimate one-stop destination for those seeking out jewellery and silver by the most exciting independent designer-makers in the UK. Established in 1983 the Fair has grown in stature and allure.

Training & Education

01 May - 10.00am to 1.00pm - The Birmingham Assay Office - TOUCH ACID TESTING. Presented By: Ian Bayley B.Sc, C.Chem, MRSC. This half day course is aimed at delegates with little or no experience of Touch Acid testing for precious metals. By the end of the course, delegates will be able to test and identify precious metals including gold, silver, platinum and palladium. The course provides three hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity. Course fee £250 per delegate + vat - maximum of 4 delegates. 14 May - 10.00am to 4.30pm - The Birmingham Assay Office - BUYING SECOND HAND JEWELLERY? THE FACTS Presented By: Marie Chalmers FGA DGA & Sally Hoban BA (Hons). This one day course gives practical training and advice for staff who need to identify and assess new, second-hand and antique jewellery. In addition to theoretical information it includes interactive sessions on identifying hallmarks, diamonds and coloured gemstones. Delegates will gain basic knowledge and will have more confidence when assessing jewellery with a view to either buying or selling it. They will also be more aware of potential imitations and pitfalls. The course provides 6 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity. Course fee £150 per delegate + vat - maximum of 10 delegates.

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22 May - 9.00am to 4.30pm - The Birmingham Assay Office BUYING SCRAP GOLD & SILVER. Presented By: Ian Bayley B.Sc, C.Chem, MRSC & Sally Hoban BA (Hons). This one day course offers training for those who wish to engage in buying scrap gold and silver from the public. It covers basic standards to establish trust and best practice, followed by a comprehensive overview of interpreting UK and foreign fineness marks, testing by touch acid and by XRF. The day includes a visit to the Hallmarking and Melting areas within the Assay Office. Delegates will be trained by experienced experts within The Laboratory and will learn the chemistry behind the testing in order to interpret the results accurately. The course provides 6 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity. £475 + VAT per delegate maximum of 4 delegates. 05 Jun - 10.00am to 1.00pm - The Birmingham Assay Office - TOUCH ACID TESTING. Presented By: Ian Bayley B.Sc, C.Chem, MRSC. This half day course is aimed at delegates with little or no experience of Touch Acid testing for precious metals. By the end of the course, delegates will be able to test and identify precious metals including gold, silver, platinum and palladium. The course provides three hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity. Course fee £250 per delegate + vat - maximum of 4 delegates. 11 Jun - 10.00am to 4.30pm - The Birmingham Assay Office - UNDERSTANDING COLOURED GEMSTONES. Presented By: Marie Chalmers FGA DGA. This one day interactive training course takes an in depth look at some of the most important coloured stones used in jewellery, including sapphires, rubies, emeralds and tanzanite. Delegates will gain a good commercial understanding of these stones and the key selling points for each one. A practical session looking at gemstones will give participants greater confidence in identifying coloured stones and their imitations. This course is an excellent refresher for those with some experience, or a good starting point for delegates who are new to assessing or selling coloured gemstones. The course provides 6 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity. £250 + VAT per delegate maximum of 4 delegates. 12 Jun - 9.30am to 4.30pm - The Birmingham Assay Office - EXPLORING THE PRIVATE COLLECTION. Presented By: Sally Hoban BA (Hons) & Craig O’Donnell BA (Hons) FGA. This course provides a unique object handling experience using items of silver from the Assay Office’s outstanding collection, which contains pieces dating from the 18th century to the present day. The course also includes a rare opportunity to visit the Hallmarking floor (which is not usually open to the public) to see how Hallmarks are applied to precious metals and jewellery and a visit to the Assay Office’s historic library, which contains many rare books. The course is ideal for auctioneers and valuers working in auction houses, museum curators, independent valuers and

collectors. The course provides seven hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity. £200 + vat per delegate, minimum of 4 delegates, maximum of 6 delegates. 19 Jun - 10.00am to 1.00pm - The Birmingham Assay Office - UNDERSTANDING HALLMARKING - (Behind The Scenes At The Birmingham Assay Office). Presented By: Sally Hoban BA (Hons). This half-day event provides a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and visit the Hallmarking Floor at the Birmingham Assay Office, which is not usually open to the public. During a special guided tour you will see how Hallmarks are applied to precious metal items and jewellery and have the chance to ‘have a go’ at Hallmarking. The event is ideal for those working in the jewellery or precious metal trades, collectors, and members of the public who would like to learn more about Hallmarking, including the history of Hallmarking in the UK and current legislation. Event Fee: £75+ vat per delegate. minimum of 6, maximum of 10 delegates.


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02 May - 1.15pm -1.45pm St Pauls Church - THURSDAY LIVE Organ Recital. Played by Paul Carr: Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) - Finlandia, Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921) - Bénédiction Nuptiale, Louis Vierne (1870-1937) - Berceuse from Pièces en style libre, Sir William Walton (1902-1983) Coronation March 1937: Crown Imperial 06 Jun - 1.15pm ro 1.45pm. St Pauls Church - THURSDAY LIVE Organ Recital. Played by Paul Carr: Henry Purcell (1659–1695), Trumpet Tune in D Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924), Prelude in E flat founded on an old Irish church melody Sir William Harris (1883-1973), Organ Sonata in A minor


Pop, Rock, Blues, Soul,

01 May - LARRY McCRAY BAND: Larry McCray is one of a handful of talented blues performers leading the genre across boundaries and into the new century. McCray’s savage blues-rock guitar and warm, soulful vocals have drawn attention worldwide. A professional recording artist for over 20 years and with many impressive accolades over his career, McCray has released six studio albums, receiving rave reviews from critics and fans in the U.S. as well as Europe.

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21 May - 10.00am to 4.30pm - The Birmingham Assay Office - UNDERSTANDING DIAMONDS. Presented By: Marie Chalmers FGA DGA - This hands on course is intended for retail staff who already have some experience of selling jewellery and precious stones. The one day course will provide an in depth understanding of diamonds improving their confidence when selling. It gives each delegate a chance to study and observe loose diamonds using a 10x loupe as in retail conditions. Delegates will gain a greater understanding of the 4 C’s and also diamond treatments, simulants and synthetics. The course provides 6 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity. £250 + vat per delegate maximum of 4 delegates.


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McCray received the prestige title of Orville Gibson Male Blues Guitarist in the year 2000, beating out seven other nominees including Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. The Larry McCray Band toured the UK last year, headlining the Carlisle Blues Festival and the Harvest Blues Festival in Ireland, featuring in “Blues in Britain” magazine as ‘gig of the month’ 02 May - JAKI GRAHAM: Jaki Graham is a unique vocalist and one of the most appealing Soul entertainers to emerge from the UK, who rose to prominence in the UK charts back in the ‘eighties with solo & duet releases, such as ‘Could it Be I’m Falling In Love?’, ‘Mated’, ‘Breaking Away’, ‘Step Right Up’, and, of course, ‘Set Me Free’. A tremendous International career followed her UK chart success, with her projects gaining acclaim and massive record sales in Japan, Australia, and the US, with ‘Ain’t Nobody’ reaching No.1 in the Billboard dance charts for 5 weeks. Jaki has been recording and performing with the likes of Michael McDonald, Al Green, James Ingram, Percy Sledge, Freda Payne, Lamont Dozier and even, Sir Cliff Richard on his recent Soulicious Tour. Jaki will be with her own band and will be supported by Ryan Curtis 03 and 04 May - THE INTENTIONS: The soul of James Brown, Otis Redding and Wilson Picket live on in the guise of London vocal ace, Andy Mitchell and the stellar Intentions band - major players in the Midlands Soul Scene for decades with Curtis Little, who continue to attract a great audience. 07 May - SHEROES for AFRICA Appeal: “SHEroes for Africa” is a charity on a mission to support development projects for the women of Africa. Tonight’s fundraiser at the Jam House is a creative event of positive vibes, inspirational poetry and an eclectic mix of music, including soul, R’n’B and modern jazz. All donations to “Sheroes for Africa” welcome 08 May - The ZOMBIES: The album ‘Odessey & Oracle’ by the Zombies was placed at No.32 in a recent Top 100 British Albums chart featured by New Musical Express along with the quote…’British psychedelia with a kaleidoscope vision that rivals even The Beatles.’…..Praise indeed! Now forty or so years after that album release and hard on the heels of a recently released studio album ‘Breathe Out, Breathe In’, The Zombies featuring their two most iconic members Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent are taking to the road to play a series of selected live dates. With Zombies hits such as ‘She’s Not There’ and ‘Time of The Season’ plus solo recording hits from Colin Blunstone, ‘Say You Don’t Mind’, I Don’t Believe In Miracles’, What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted’ and Rod Argent’s ‘Hold Your Head Up’ & ‘God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You’…..this will be a live show not to miss. 09 May - 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. 10 and 11 May - The SUBTERRANEANS: The SUBS rock the Jam House on every visit with

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their powerful selection of Massive Rock Anthems from the likes of U2, the Stones, Queen, and even the Kaiser Chiefs! 14 May - The WEDDING CRASHERS: Born out of a long-running feature on local radio, The Wedding Crashers are a lively piano & drums duo that play an incredible range of songbook classics from boogie-woogie jazz to good time singalong favourites. Joe Stafford & Jayme Tovey are regular weekend players at the Jam House, supporting the main bands on some very busy nights - it is a pleasure to have them here with their own show. 16 May - MATRIX CLUB MATRIX: MATRIX CLUB MATRIX are a talented five-piece with a unique repertoire of the very best club classics and dance floor fillers of the early nighties – all played completely live. Remember the tunes of Faithless, Jocelyn Brown, Candi Staton, Basement Jaxx, Bizarre Inc, Ce Ce Peniston, Living Joy … the list goes on. 17 and 18 May - 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. 21 May - JAZZLINES presents ... The MARTIN TROTMAN BAND: Martin Trotman a pianist, vocalist and composer with an extensive background in music education having studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire, delivers a smooth, soulful eclectic mix of piano instrumental music with breathtaking vocals. The evening will feature the traditional sound of the late Oscar Peterson through to the more smooth soulful contemporary sound of Bob James and George Dukes lingering tempo of an urban fusion mix. Martin Trotman also brings the finest musicians in the west midlands featuring Leon Small on drums and Stephen Morgan on bass. 23 May - 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. 24 and 25 May - TRU GROOVE: Smooth soul five piece of accomplished and very individual musicians playing classic funk & soul favourites from the likes of Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Plan B and Jessie J 28 May - 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. 29 May - HAMILTON LOOMIS: Grammynominated Hamilton Loomis brings his own contemporary funk-a-fied Blues style to the Jam House. Not just another cat-in-a-hat with a Strat. A real treat! 30 May - LatinMotion presents DEL CAMINO: Popular seven piece Salsa Band supported by LatinMotion DJs. Salsa classes from 9pm. 31 May and 1 Jun - ROCKET: Rock this weekend with this five-piece guitar band playing anthems from the likes of Bon Jovi, Kings Of Leon, Jay-Z, Nelly, The Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Oasis and James Brown.

Why UHY? UHY Hacker Young (Birmingham) LLP is an ambitious and growing firm of chartered accountants located on Vittoria Street in the Jewellery Quarter with offices across the UK. We offer a Professional, timely and appropriate service at competitive rates taking an avid interest in your business, as we are focused on helping you prosper.

What Services do we provide? • Sole Trader, Partnership, LLP & Limited Company Accounts; • Personal, Corporation Inheritance & Capital Gains Tax; • VAT Returns; • Company Incorporation & Management Accounts; • Solicitors Audit Reports; • Audit Services – Limited Companies & Charities; • Business & Tax Planning; • Company Payroll Schemes & PAYE; • Remote Accounting.

9-11 Vittoria Street – Birmingham – B1 3ND Tel: 0121 233 4799 Fax: 0121 233 4794 To speak to Malcolm Winston or Glenn Thomas from our Private Client Services team please call us or email Malcolm.Winston@uhybirmingham. or April 2013 The Hockley Flyer


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TWO TONE Transport And Courier Service. Birmingham based transport and courier service. Offering a local and nationwide service from a single item to exhibition work. Same day collection and delivery from a reputable, reliable and trustworthy company. All appropriate insurances are in place. References and insurance documentation are available on request. For all your courier needs please contact Kevin on 07855 186 378.


SWALLOW GARAGE – For all your vehicle repairs/MOT’S etc. 11 Well Street, Hockley, Birmingham B19 3BG. Tel: 0121 554 2830, Fax 0121 554 2830.


HELD IN our silversmiths workshop in the heart of the jewellery quarter we hold a range of jewellery and silversmithing classes including evening classes and weekend/day courses. With expert tuition, tools and materials included as well of course as plenty of teas, coffee and luxury biscuits! Classes are kept to 4 students to allow for lots of one to one tuition. “I have to say that I have learned so much more than in previous courses, and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my evening class!” class participant. Visit PROFESSIONAL JEWELLERY Courses 1,2,3 and 5 day professional jewellery courses.


TAYLOR HOBSON Model D Engraving Machine. Excellent Condition. Complete with set of alphabet letters. A very versatile and sturdy machine ideal for model makers and for milling small components,and engraving different shapes and designs. This machine can do a variety of jobs not just engraving names and dates etc. Phone: 07812 513859. LAMPERT PUK welder, model 3S professional plus. Cost £3,600. Hardly used, in near-new condition, complete kit (all that is needed is a cylinder of argon). First offer over £1,500. Michael Hall 0780 105 1262. IPAQ DOCKING cradle with a mini usb connector and ipaq serial connector which allows much faster charging than

through the mini usb connection alone. USB desk Cradle is essential for those who have purchased a iPaq 200 210 211 212 214 PDA, the item allows charging (mains charger provided) and data transfer over sync via USB. Get two and have one for home and the office! email


JEWELLERY REPAIRS while you wait. Wedding rings at manufacturers prices. 7 Warstone Lane, Jewellery Quarter, Hockley, Birmingham B18 6JE. Contact Bob Turley. Phone: 0121 233 2220.


THE PEN Room Museum. Come, see, and learn about Birmingham’s domination of the making of Steel Pen Nibs in the 19th Century at The Argent Centre on Frederick Street, Birmingham B1 3HS. Tel: 0121 236 9834. Admission Free.


HOCKLEY BASED Pearl company has a full time opening for an office administrator with excellent sales, service and organisational skills. Dealing with stock and customers, the applicant should possess a helpful- friendly manner and ideally have a jewellery background. The role is varied and interesting,requiring accuracy, honesty, flexibility, and meticulous attention to detail. A high degree of computer literacy- including MS Office would also be an advantage. A competitive salary and benefits are offered for the right candidate. Applicants should apply with CV and covering letter to the email address on our advert on www. web site. FUSION JEWELLERY Services are looking for a jewellery polisher. We need someone who is competent in polishing and rhodium plating all types of jewellery to a high standard. Previous experience in a similar role would be an advantage,

but we would be happy to train someone with similar jewellery experience. The position would provide 16-20 hours per week so could suit someone all read self employed looking for extra work or someone wishing to join an expanding business. Phone: 0121 523 6641. Location: Jewellery Quarter.


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!email or Phone: 0121 233 3468.

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The magazine for business in and around Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter



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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.

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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


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April 2013 The Hockley Flyer


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The Hockley Flyer  

Trade magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter Apr/May 2013 Issue # 334

The Hockley Flyer  

Trade magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter Apr/May 2013 Issue # 334