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The magazine for the Jewellery Quarter
March 2013 Issue No 333
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New Sterling Silver Collections Launch by Fei Liu.... 26 Stan’s Cafe: Of All The People Homecoming............ 27 The Art of Clay.......................................................... 27 Andy Munro - A Fond Farewell but Not Goodbye...... 28 My Happy and Productive Years in The Jewellery Quarter...................................................................... 30 Inhorgenta Munich 2013 ........................................... 30 Exhibition of Silver at Erddig House, Wrexham......... 31 Chancellor of The Exchequer Visits The Birmingham Assay Office.......................................... 32 School of Jewellery 2013 Short Course Programme.33 Is your Bling the Real Thing?..................................... 34 Artifex Young Jewellery Designer Awards ................. 35 The Birmingham Assay Office Mourns Loss of Former Assay Master Bernard Ward, OBE........... 36 Mr Bernard Ward ‘A Gentleman of the Trade’............ 37
New ‘We Made it Gallery’ at Thinktank...................... 37 Planning Matters........................................................ 38 Domino Designers Win Goldsmiths’ Awards.............. 40
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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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Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.
What about the snow? How sad I was when I couldn’t get to Perry Beeches II School for their Easter Cakes & Coffee ‘do’ on the 22nd March because of the snow! The ‘do’ was to introduce the school to businesses in the area, and proceeds from the sale of goodies was to go towards fund raising for the 12 year olds to go on a trip to New York - I have suggested they ‘try again’ when the weather is more settled and perhaps hold an ‘open day’. It was also my 84th birthday and I looked forward to seeing some friends and colleagues there.
Bernard Ward R.I.P.
We have ‘lost’ yet another dear friend of The Jewellery Quarter - Bernard Ward, who was Assay Master before Michael Allchin. Many people in the Quarter will remember this ‘Gentleman of the Trade’ and a tribute to Bernard is in this issue.
In this issue also there is also a tribute to Andy Munro’s achievements before and after he became ‘Jewellery Quarter Operations Director’, from which post he has recently been made redundant. It would be a wicked waste not to keep to hand Andy’s knowledge of The Jewellery Quarter, but he assures us that he will still be around for some time yet. He has also written an editorial, setting out some of his projects and the funding he has brought into the Quarter.
‘Jewels of our City’
In next month’s magazine we will be reviewing Jean Debney’s new book ‘Jewels of our City’.
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The advantages provided in this new section are being recognised why not have a go yourself! This scheme is in line with The Hockley Flyer’s dedication over the past 25 years or so to ‘help’ the smaller, small business to advertise who they are and what they do. Our advice has always been: ‘Advertise your business - or - you will end up advertising your business’! 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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New Sterling Silver Collections to be Launched by Fei Liu The CMJ Spring Trade Event in March sees the official launch of two brand new Sterling Silver collections from international jewellery designer Fei Liu. Cascade and Peony feature the sculptural forms and intricacy that have become Liu’s signature, along with the dazzling shine of all-over micro pavé cubic zirconia – creating a new look for 2013 that is elegant and refined, yet unashamedly bold. Exclusively previewed at The Jewellery Show Birmingham in collaboration with the Birmingham Assay Office and the Pandora Catwalk Café, the Cascade collection is a striking combination of line and curve. A delicate, architectural framework of Sterling Silver supports a sweeping ribbon of cubic zirconia; inspired by the movement and strength of flowing water. The Peony collection also takes inspiration from nature, capturing the effortlessly luxurious petals of the majestic peony flower. With sparkling all-over micro pavé and a delicate 18ct rose gold finish, Peony is a soft yet
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Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more.
sumptuous statement look for 2013. Already a firm success with CMJ retailers Green + Benz, the collection has so far been available exclusively in their Manchester, Sheffield and Chesterfield stores. The CMJ Spring Trade Event, along with the official trade launch of the collection, will also see further colour options available. By introducing larger, more ornate Sterling Silver pieces to his portfolio, Liu hopes to provide contemporary designer jewellery with a distinctly couture look and feel, without the price tag of couture fine jewellery and with a greater focus on innovative and creative design.
Stan’s Cafe: Of All The People ... 10th Anniversary Homecoming Birmingham-based theatre company Stan’s Cafe’s celebrate the 10th anniversary of their famed performance piece, Of All The People In All The World, with a very special return to the City. Recently wowing Australian audiences at the Perth International Arts Festival, the free to visit show, which straddles the line between theatre and art, can be seen at Two Snowhill, Birmingham, from Friday 12 to Sunday 21 April 2013. Both monumental and moving, Of All The People In All The World uses grains of rice to represent individual people and through carefully measured piles, communicates human population statistics in a direct and powerful way. These statistics, including
The Art of Clay
RBSA Gallery, Wednesday 24th April - Saturday 4th May 2013 About the Young Curators ‘We are four second year students studying History of Art at the University of Birmingham and are very pleased to take part in the Young Curators project at the RBSA Gallery. It has given us the opportunity to work with renowned ceramics expert, David Whiting, and has provided unique first-hand experience of curating a public exhibition. In addition, the Gallery is ideal for the presentation of ceramics since it is one of the few
country and city populations, people being born and dying each day and commuters passing through Snow Hill station, tell the daily, changing story of the planet’s inhabitants. Twenty three tonnes of rice - representing 1.5 billion people - will be shipped into Two Snowhill for the event. Conceived by James Yarker, Stan’s Cafe’s founder and artistic director was inspired to create a meaningful way to bring incomprehensible statistics to life after observing how we often struggle to truly grasp huge numbers. Since debuting in 2003, the show has been seen in over 50 cities world-wide, from Adelaide, Buenos Aires, Bucharest and Barcelona, to Washington, Tokyo, Toronto and Zurich, via Los Angeles, Copenhagen and New York. Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett, music legend Lou Reed and Prince Charles are among the 250,000 people who’ve visited the show. The 10th Anniversary Homecoming performance has been commissioned by property developers Hines and
Ballymore to mark the opening of Two Snowhill. Situated in the heart of Birmingham city centre, the 14-storey, 310,000sq ft building is the biggest new UK office development to be built outside of London since the start of the recession. Taking up the entire sixth floor, the 10-day anniversary collaboration allows unique public access to the landmark building before it’s occupied. “After a decade of touring the world with the show we are excited to be celebrating its anniversary in such a spectacular venue with amazing views over our home city,” said James Yarker. “We hope to welcome people of all ages from all walks of life to this show, which is about us all and the world we share.” Of All The People In All The World runs from Friday 12 to Sunday 21 April 2013 at Two Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, Birmingham B4 6GA. Open Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat/Sun 11am-6pm. Admission free. For more information, see: www.stanscafe. co.uk
naturally lit galleries in the centre of Birmingham’ The Art of Clay aims to convey the range of ceramic work being produced by artists in Britain today and to highlight the importance and diversity of clay as an art medium. It showcases abstract, figurative, and functional forms in a variety of styles, subject matter, and techniques. The majority of works on display are for sale, with prices starting from £35. Emerging and inter nationally renowned ar tists are included: Michelle Arieu, Beverly Bell-Hughes, Dylan Bowen, Neil Brownsword, Nic Collins, Rob Hand ARBSA, Peter Lewis, Andrew Matheson RBSA,
Kate McBride, June Ridgway ARBSA, James Robson, Emma Rogers, Daniel Smith, Annie Turner, James and Tilla Waters, and Jon Williams. Demonstrations and events: Andrew Matheson RBSA will be giving a free clay demonstration on Saturday 27 April (11.00am - 1.00pm and 2.00 - 4.00pm). There will also be a celebratory event from 2.00 - 4.00pm. All are welcome. www.rbsa.org.uk
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Andy Munro - A Fond Farewell but Not Goodbye by Marie Haddleton Pictures by Anna Gibson
When writing about Andy Munro it is difficult to find schemes and events that he has not been involved with rather than those he has! I have picked out some of these events from past issues of The Hockley Flyer but apologise if have missed anything. The first record we have of Andy is 1998 when he was appointed Jewellery Quarter Animateur and shared an office with ‘Design Gap’ in The Big Peg, having previously been Leader of the Newtown and Ladywood Task Force. In 2000 he helped organise the Jewellery Quarter Festival (first of several) and later the JQ Management Group was formed with Peter Taylor in the chair. Andy was part of that group, the main object being to divide the Quarter into areas of use, then later, the EDU Property Management group was set up in Anvic House with Andy as manager, funded by Groundworks. At this time the Urban Village scheme was in the process of being
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adopted. To counteract the anticipated devastating effect of the Urban Village scheme on the Jewellery Quarter, in 2001 Supplementary Planning Guidelines were being laid down and the Jewellery Quarter was declared as one Conservation Area (rather than the previous three separate areas) and English Heritage Grade 2 listed over 120 buildings. Also in 2001 we had a ‘dedicated’ Jewellery Quarter bus!
In 2002 the name ‘Urban Village’ was dropped altogether and changed to ‘Jewellery Quarter Regeneration Partnership’ and Andy became its Operations Director, moving into No. 57 Frederick Street, employing several members of staff and with a separate meeting room which could be used free of charge by groups operating in the area. The JQRP booked a monthly News-
letter in the Hockley Flyer, written by Andy, to keep everyone up to date with news. At this time the various groups in the Quarter worked separately but also joined together on important issues affecting the Quarter and each group was represented at the JQRP meetings - (Andy had taken over and provided free secretrial back-up and meeting space for the various teams originally started by the JQA which ‘saved’ the Association a great deal of time and money). These teams included ‘Planning’, ‘Security’, ‘Parking’, ‘Urban Realm’, ‘Tourism’, Cemeteries, and ‘Business Support’. He also organised Designer/Maker Forums and produced various directories etc, including of course the Essential Guides, working in close co-operation with the Advertising Fund (which he helped to set up in the first place, later being renamed the Jewellery Quarter Marketing Initiative). Through Andy the Jewellery Quarter was involved with ‘In Bloom’ and won several awards, Christmas Lights and Santa Races, etc. schoolchildren planting bulbs in St Paul’s churchyard, getting the Cemeteries Group going, The Pen Room and the JW Evans museum and the Coffin Works. Also, of course, the two Trails and the various
pieces of artwork around the Quarter. If there was a problem in the Quarter, you only had to contact Andy’s office, (including pot-holes), and he was always involved with parking issues and promoting the Quarter. I reckon we should also take this opportunity to say a special ‘thank you’ to Mary Bradley who has done such a wonderful job in running the Visitors Kiosk (a present from HRH Prince Charles) over many years, winning an award in the process, With the knowledge that the Kiosk could be demolished at any time, Mary’s future in the Quarter is uncertain. Andy, together with the JQA) has been involved over the years with every ‘reopening’ of not only the Visitors Kiosk but also the Police Station and even keeping the The Museum of The Jewellery Quarter open after the Council decided to close it down during the winter months! A little ‘farewell’ party for Andy was held on Thursday 21st February in The Virtu Bar which was well attended and he was presented with several gifts, all organised by Anna Gibson who has worked so closely with Andy over the years. The Silver ‘plate’ was engraved: ‘To Andy Munro. February 2013. In recognition of 12 years dedicated service to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.’ Andy tells us it has “pride of place in his lounge”. This was subscribed to by Andy’s friends and colleagues in the Quarter and presented by Marie Haddleton (past Hon. President/Hon. Secretary of the JQA, Leader of JQ Heritage and Editor of The Hockley Flyer). The silver pen was from Andy’s friends and colleagues from within the City Council. Cllr Kath Hartley made the presentation on their behalf. The book (‘Matthew Boulton’) was a momento from The Assay Office in acknowledgement of Andy’s contribution to the Jewellery Quarter and was presented by The Assay Master, Michael Allchin. I don’t reckon we have seen the last of Andy however, because, as I have always said: “If you have lived or worked in The Jewellery Quarter, it’s as if a piece of elastic is attached between you and the Clock and every time you try to escape, something pulls you back again!
B.D.G. Manufacturing Ltd www.gainsboroughsilver.co.uk B.D.G. Manufacturing was set up in 1939 and was originally called Swatkins & Turvey. In 1941 the Company became limited and changed its name to William Bayliss and Sons Ltd. The Company has moved twice since its initial base in Mary Street, but is still located in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. The business is now a manufacturing based silversmiths and sells its premier quality silverware under the name Gainsborough, which can be found gracing the tables of some of the most famous hotels, cruise liners and restaurants in the world, including The Peninsula in Tokyo, Raffles in Singapore, The Orient Express, The QM2, the Queen Victory and The Savoy in London. The Company has produced some famous awards over the years including replicas of the 1904 original FA Cup commissioned by David Gold, Chairman of Birmingham City Football Club, the Professional Football Association Awards and more recently winning a 5 year contract to supply the Isle of Man TT Awards. The gift presented is a fine example of their craftsmanship and engraving in quality silver.
L J Millington www.ljmillington.co.uk L J Millington are specialist manufacturers of English Silverware. They are an established family owned business and have been trading successfully since 1966 in the Jewellery Quarter when Leonard J Millington founded the company. Their highly skilled craftsmen have, between them, over 200 years experience in the silversmithing trade. LJ Millington design, manufactures, and stock a wide range of high quality sterling silver products; they can also create pieces to customer’s own specific designs. They purchased a Birmingham Manufacturing Silversmiths and have now successfully incorporated a wide selection of their high quality pens, pencils, toothpicks, and corporate gifts into their range. Andy’s gifts were two solid silver engraved pens presented on behalf of his long standing friends and colleagues at Birmingham City Council.
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My Happy and Productive Years in The Jewellery Quarter
Inhorgenta Munich 2013 – Renewed Increase in Visitor Numbers
by Andy Munro
All Hockley Flyer readers will already know of my activities over the past twelve years in The Jewellery Quarter, but as a reminder as well as a way of saying goodbye, I set out a few of these achievements, which would not have been possible without the support of my many friends and colleagues. I have only listed below those things that I don’t think would have happened without a proactive approach and a measure of determination, acknowledging that in countless cases I was very ably supported by various organisations and individuals, especially my staff at the time, and Anna Gibson who has always been a source of inspiration.
(MP - Main Partner; F Funding Source)
• Business Improvement District; MP Dev Trust/BCC; F £50,000(BCC) • CCTV across the JQ; MP Police; F £40,000(S106/Home Office) • Cemetery Improvements (benches, landscaping, interpretation boards etc); MP Groundwork/BCC Bereavement Sv; F £30,000(HLF) • Gateway Public Art; MP BCC Planning/ Highways; F £28,000 (S106) • Golden Square; MP BCC Planning and Dev; F £1.9m(BCC/EU). • Health Centre; MP PCT/Developer; F £1m (PCT/Developer) • Information Centre/Set up and manning over 7 yrs; MP BCC/Space Foundation; F £200,000 (BCC/Space Found.) • In Bloom over 7 years; MP BCC Parks/ Pr ivate Sector ; F £140,000 (BCC £40,000,Com Chest/private sector £100,000) • Jewellery Apprenticeship pilot; MP JQ Trade Alliance; F £90,000 (Central Gov) • Lighting of St Paul’s Church; MP Regional Dev Agency; F £50,000 (RDA) • Ludgate Hill Exemplar Project; MP BCC; F £25,000( BCC) • Made in JQ Initiative; MP Jewellers; F £5,000 (Jewellers) • Marketing Initiatives/Events,inc Four Guides,3D Map, Press Visits, 5 Summer Festivals etc MP Jewellery • Quarter Marketing Initiative (Anna Gibson), Private Sector, BCC; F £200,000 (BCC £50,000, remainder JQMI/Private Sector) • New Benches in St Paul’s Square; MP
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BCC Parks; F £10,000 (S106) • New JQ Website; MP Marketing Bham/ JQMI; F £35,000 (EU) • Painting of all JQ Lighting Columns; MP BCC Highways; F £30,000 (EU) • Public Art Pavement Trails; MP Groundwork; F £70,000 (EU) • Trees in Newhall St; MP BCC Planning and Dev; F £30,000 (S106) • Retail Radio/Security Measures; MP JQMI/Home Office; F £25,000 (Home Office) • Signage/Plaques (Various); MP BCC Highways/Conservation; F £10,000 (Community Chest/S106) • Christmas Lights over 7 years; MP JQMI/ BCC; F £120,000 (JQMI/BCC)
The above doesn’t include my involvement in extensive negotiations with funding agencies to assist (a) landowners on various developments or (b) Coffin Works and JW Evans where the Regen Partnership was a supporting rather than lead body, and all the other aspects of being a virtual ‘town centre manager’. In other words being available,visible and with a commitment to high quality customer care particularly for those ‘fine grain’ issues which are important to the local community. During the period the Regeneration Partnership was operating, it won three ‘In Bloom’ Awards, a West Midlands Police Award for Community Safety and the Urban Academy’s ‘Great Neighbourhood’s ‘Award. The average budget for the Partnership Team was £110,000 per annum including salaries and including the time I started as a JQ Animateur ie £1.1 m over 10 years which will have levered a further £3m ie a ratio of 3:1 a ratio of which I’m proud. The annual budget for BIDS is £400k (over its 5 year period) - I hope it will also attain the same ratio.
A total of around 30,000 trade visitors and 1,237 exhibitors came from 85 countries to Inhorgenta Munich on 22 -25 February 2013 – an increase of around two per cent. One third of these travelled here from abroad. Among the countr ies most strongly represented were Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Great Britain. Visitors also came to Munich from the USA, Russia, China, South America and the United Arab Emirates. Thus the trade show can further strengthen its international character and consolidate its role as the leading show worldwide for affordable luxury in the area of jewellery, timepieces and lifestyle. Klaus Dittrich, Chairman & CEO of Messe München GmbH, explains: “Inhorgenta Munich is no longer just the most important trade show for German-speaking visitors – it is clearly gaining in significance on international level too.” The positive outcome of Inhorgenta Munich 2013 is also confirmed by Messe München’s visitor survey (conducted by GMM Gelszus Messe-Marktforschung). A good 97 per cent of visitors assessed the trade show as excellent, very good or good; a sustained improvement is thus becoming apparent. In particular, the atmosphere in the halls thanks to the highquality surroundings was assessed very positively in every respect by the visitors. 55 per cent found the atmosphere to be very good to excellent, a further 37 per cent good. According to the survey, 38 per cent of visitors expect Inhorgenta Munich to gain in importance in the next twelve months, 55 per cent assume it will remain of constant importance. Inhorgenta Munich 2014 takes place on 14 -17 February at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre.
Rauni Higson with the silver Sweet Pea Bowl, decorated with a Sweet Pea design, jointly won by the Squire, Philip Yorke II and the Head gardener, awarded for growing Sweet Peas c. 1903 © Jan Davies
Vase ‘Fit for purpose’ by Rauni Higson © Clarissa Bruce
Exhibition of Silver at Erddig House, Wrexham
The Goldsmiths’ Company, in collaboration with the National Trust is hosting an exciting capsule exhibition ‘Studio Silver Today’ at Erddig House in North Wales, one of Britain’s finest 18th century country houses. The exhibition, which opens on Friday March 9 (until November 2), focuses on the work of local silversmith Rauni Higson, who lives and works in a converted chapel in Snowdonia. Rauni’s highly sculptural silver is inspired by the beauty of the Welsh countryside. As well as showing a dynamic and fully representative display of Rauni’s work, part of the installation of the exhibition in the Print Room at Erddig includes her silversmiths’ workbench, complete with tools and equipment. As ‘artist in residence’ on specified Saturdays throughout the duration of the show Rauni will be present to talk to visitors about her work and demonstrate her skills.
One of the pieces she will be working on is a beaker inspired by sweet peas, which have long been cultivated in the glorious gardens at Erddig. It was a modest silver bowl decorated with a design of sweet peas presented in 1903 to the Squire and his gardener for their award winning sweet peas that drew Rauni’s attention to Erddig’s romantic sweet pea connection. When finished the stunning beaker,
which has been specially commissioned by the Goldsmiths’ Company, will be offered as a prize in a draw open to any visitors to the house and exhibition.
Studio Silver Today From Saturday March 9 – Saturday November 2, 2013 At Erddig House, Wrexham, LL13 0YTTelephone: 01978 355314 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/erddig/
Please check website for opening times and to see on which Saturday’s Rauni will be ‘in residence’.
Rauni Higson in workshop © Jan Davies March 2013 The Hockley Flyer
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Chancellor of The Exchequer Visits The Birmingham Assay Office The Birmingham Assay office was first in line when the Chancellor, the Right Honourable George Osborne MP visited Birmingham on Friday. The Chancellor was in the City for the launch of the prospectus of the Enterprise Zone which includes 26 separate zones including the area where building of the new Birmingham Assay Office will start later this year. A tour of the existing Victorian building revealed the wide variety of work carried out at The Birmingham Assay Office, not just in hallmarking but also in precious metal analysis and product safety testing. Chief Execu-
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tive Michael Allchin introduced the Chancellor to many of the staff during a tour of the hallmarking area and they demonstrated their skills in assaying, traditional hand marking, and the latest laser marking. Birmingham is the largest of the four UK assay offices and in recent years has diversified to offer a wide variety of services to the jewellery industry and other closely linked sectors. The Chancellor also
visited the analytical laboratory where he saw a range of methods being applied, from scrap gold being melted to elemental analysis using highly sophisticated technology, all of which he seemed to find very interesting. Michael explained that while hallmarking volumes are falling, due to ever increasing precious metal prices, new activities, which also include gem certification and jewellery valu-
School of Jewellery 2013 Short Course Programme Launch Date: 6th March 2013
ations, are growing strongly but are constrained by the inflexibility and lack of space in the current building. The business has to move in order to protect jobs, to survive and to continue to grow. The Enterprise Zone brought benefits which made the new site on the opposite side of the Jewellery Quarter attractive and, along with a grant from the European Regional Development Fund, made building a new Assay Office in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter a viable option. Detailed designs are in their advanced stages and it is expected that building will begin in Summer 2013. The Chancellor and his team were very appreciative of the time given to them and left The Birmingham Assay Office with a much better understanding of one of Birmingham’s oldest institutions and the positive plans it has for the future.
The School of Jewellery launched its highly acclaimed summer programme of inspirational and affordable short courses this spring. Their courses have been continuously developed over the last 20 years and are taught by the very best practitioners from the jewellery industry in the School’s well-equipped contemporary workshops, making the School of Jewellery the ideal place for professionals or beginners to obtain expert training, make useful jewellery industry contacts and enjoy learning in the heart of Birmingham’s historical Jewellery Quarter. Summer Courses: From one to five days in duration and beginning from the end of June. The course selection offered provides a wide range of courses for; • Beginners: Introductory practical workshops • Professionals: Masterclasses experienced makers • Retailers: Product knowledge and valuation courses • Open to all: One-day taster courses in various techniques Bespoke Courses: Specially tailored anytime one-day courses can be arranged for: Electroforming, Polishing, Anodising & Colouring Aluminium, Enamelling, 3D Scanning/CAD, Laser Welding (Rofin), Resin Jewellery & GRS Pave Microsetting. Bespoke one-day sessions can be arranged at any time subject to tutor availability. Contact for more details: dawn. firstname.lastname@example.org or www. bcu.ac.uk/biad/courses/short March 2013 The Hockley Flyer
Is your Bling the Real Thing? Birmingham Assay Office spent a fantastic day at Thinktank during half-term at their Meet the Experts event. Sally Hoban (Heritage & Training Officer), Penny Parkes (Marketing Manager) and Jack Brown (who is currently on placement from Newman University College) were joined by Hand Hallmarking expert Faye Grove for a day of interactive demonstrations and activities aimed at teaching people of all ages and especially young children more about Hallmarking and why it is so important in protecting consumers when buying precious metals and jewellery. Sally says: “We set up our stand by the entrance to the new We Made It Gallery and presented visitors with a challenge. Their first task was to try to pick out by look and touch alone any gold and silver articles in a large pile of costume jewellery. Some people did realise quite quickly that there weren’t any precious metal items hidden within the ‘bling’ because none of the pieces were Hallmarked. The next stage of the challenge was to crack the Hallmark code and date several pieces of silver from our collection, including two silver spoons (one by Matthew Boulton), a Britannia silver box and a silver bracelet. With
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Artifex Young Jewellery Designer Awards 2013 Launched Artifex Gallery in Sutton Coldfield is a gallery for contemporary British Arts
and Crafts, and directors, Nigel Bates and Ross Fenn, are continuing to continue their support for the British jewellery industry with the Artifex Young Jewellery Designer Awards 2013; a concept they felt was important in keeping the industry exciting and in helping young jewellery designers to gain exposure. The Artifex Young Jewellery Des-
the help of some large magnifying glasses our young visitors in particular took great delight in finding the Hallmarks on the pieces, working out the date letters and looking them up on an interactive screen. The children loved the fact that they were able to hold a
spoon from the late 18th century and find out how old it was just by looking at the Hallmark. I think we may have encouraged a few budding antique specialists of the future! One young girl was so amazed at the age of the Matthew Boulton spoon she asked if it really was older than her Grandad! After cracking the Hallmark code the children were able to see Faye applying the marks by hand and perhaps most excitingly of all they got to have
igner Awards is open to young jewellery designers from or studying in the West Midlands and aged between 18 and 25, to bring their vision of a winning jewellery piece to life as well as to showcase their talent. All entries will be exhibited at the Artifex Gallery throughout the competition. The winning piece of jewellery will win its young jewellery designer a £250 cash prize and a one month display in the gallery following the awards ceremony, where it will be exhibited for sale. Runners up will each receive a £100 cash prize. The competition has now been launched and all applicants must design and produce their jewellery pieces which they will enter into different categories. A panel of judges made up of Artifex directors, a member of the press, a jeweller and a jewellery trader, will select a winner from each category as well as an overall winner. All information regarding the awards along with application forms can be found online at www. artifex.co.uk.
a go at applying a mark themselves.” But it wasn’t just the youngsters who enjoyed having a go at Hallmarking. Kenny Webster, Sarah Hayes and Lynsey Fairweather from Thinktank couldn’t resist having a go either! If you missed The Birmingham Assay Office experts at Thinktank this time, look out for us at the next Meet the Expert event on Tuesday, October 29th. We look forward to seeing you then.”
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The Birmingham Assay Office Mourns Loss of Former Assay Master Bernard Ward, OBE ‘We are very sad to announce the death of Bernard Ward OBE, former Assay Master of the Birmingham Assay Office who passed away on Friday 15th March 2013. Bernard had been ill for some time and now has found peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his widow Margaret and his children Val and Michael. Bernard’s funeral took place on Saturday 23rd March at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium, Sheffield, S8 0HN, at 11.00am Bernard Ward will be fondly remembered for many, many years to come not only by his colleagues and friends at The Birmingham Assay Office but by the whole of the UK jewellery and precious metals industries. During his 15 years at the helm of the Birmingham Assay Office, Bernard re-invigorated the business. He encouraged progress through expansion and exemplary customer service, acquired new equipment, and boosted team effort, to position Birmingham as the largest assay office in the UK in just three years. Today the Birmingham Assay Office enjoys a reputation in the jewellery industry and beyond as leaders in the field of service and technical expertise. A fitting testimony to the ground work laid down by Bernard Ward. Bernard came from a working class family in Sheffield and though he worked with the most exquisite precious metals for almost 48 years, he was certainly not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He lost his father during World War Two and was left in the care of his grandparents when his mother re-married. Shortly after, his grandmother died, leaving a very young Bernard and his grandfather, a steel mill worker, to get along as best they could. “I grew up in very humble circumstances. When my grandmother
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died my grandfather and I shared the work between us. It wasn’t something I thought much of, it was just the way things were,” said Bernard at the time. “I passed the test for grammar school, but turned it down. I knew my grandfather couldn’t afford it and to save him the embarrassment I said that I wasn’t interested in going. Since then I have worked really hard to get what I wanted, because I knew that nothing would be handed to me on a plate.” At 17, he was noticed by the headmaster of his school for his flair in chemistry and physics, and in 1951 his Headmaster facilitated an interview which started Bernard’s career in the precious metals business, working for the Sheffield Smelting Company. He took an immediate interest in the business and started attending night classes to qualify for university where he obtained a degree in metallurgy. Quite amazingly, he did all this while playing professional football at Sheffield Wednesday and Peterborough United, devoting his wages and spare time to getting his education and preparing for life after the game. How things have changed. In 1978, 27 years after he had started as a laboratory assistant, he was appointed Managing Director of Sheffield Smelting and Director of Operations, Engelhard Industries in Chessington, with 1,000 people
working under him. In 1983, the American mother-company decided to move out of the smelting business and wanted to close down Sheffield Smelting. Mr Ward convinced them to let him try and sell the business rather than close it down. He did sell it and saved 450 jobs, before moving on to Birmingham and the Assay Office. He said at the time “I’ve always said that business is about people. I’ve been there myself, I can identify with the working people and I just couldn’t face up to seeing all those people made Redundant.” In 1994 Mr Ward’s eldest daughter died from a brain tumour. It affected the lives of the Ward family deeply, and led to Bernard making a commitment to improving the conditions and rehabilitation of victims of serious illnesses or accidents. Bernard became a trustee and chairman of the fund raising committee at ARCOS, a charity focusing mainly on rehabilitation. Bernard retired as Assay Master of the Birmingham Assay Office at Christmas 1998. In a very emotional moment he told everyone at the Assay Office that they held a great place in his heart, “my other family” as he described them, and at a big bash thrown in his honour, he was given a standing ovation worthy of a monarch. Bernard said at the time “Looking back at my life, I must say, I have no regrets. There have been bad times, but I have been very fortunate throughout in my working life and in my marriage.” He was an exceptional man who truly ‘stamped his mark’ on the UK jewellery industry. In recognition of all of his hard work and achievements and for services to the jewellery industry, Bernard Ward received an OBE at Buckingham Palace on 20th May 1999, the day of his 65th Birthday. Michael Allchin Assay Master
Mr Bernard Ward ‘A Gentleman of the Trade’ By Marie Haddleton
Bernard Ward, when he was Assay Master, was one of the first people to realise the potential influence The Hockley Flyer would have on The Jewellery Quarter and how beneficial a Trade to Trade magazine would be to both advertisers and readers. On the emergence of The Jewellery Quarter around 250 years ago, the area was divided into hundreds of small groups of self-employed skilled craftsman crammed into small (very often semi-derelict) workshops who were ‘fed’ work’ by the larger companies, or brought into the area by ‘factors’ who virtually ‘sold’ the work to the lowest bidder, which kept these hard-working people very poor in their need to be highly competitive. The area was ruled by ‘secrecy’ and very few self-employed people had their name displayed on their door. No-one had any idea of what went on in the area, and many didn’t even care - they were too busy just surviving! Some of these small groups shared corridors with other similar groups in the same building, but didn’t even know their names. Also, Birmingham City Council
appeared to have abandoned the area and by the 1960s the area was overrun with rubbish in the streets, and had almost no street lighting, etc. and many buildings had already collapsed or were in the process of doing so. But things were due to change, thanks very much to The Hockley Flyer and Bernard anticipated this. We have traced the first Assay Office advertisement to August 1987 (when the magazine was first printed on ‘glossy’ paper) and The Assay Office have continued to advertise to this day and they now keep the area advised of their innovations and activities instead of being somewhat ‘remote’ as in the ‘olden days’. When I first met Bernard I gave him a copy of The History & Guide to The Jewellery Quarter Issue 1 and he was most impressed. When Issue 1 sold out and I told him about Issue 2 he offered to write a Foreword to the book, which is as follows: ‘I welcome this opportunity to write this Foreword as a tribute to Y.B.A Publications for this second edition of a History and Guide to the Jewellery Quarter. The last few years have seen important developments in the Jewellery Quarter, so that a new edition of this History and Guide, first published in 1987, is both opportune and welcome. The opening of the Jewellery Busi-
New ‘We Made it Gallery’ at Thinktank Wardens, Guardians, Directors, present and past Staff and family were all recently invited to a Private View of the new ‘We Made It Gallery’ at Thinktank Science Museum, Birmingham. The project has taken over three years since The Birmingham Assay Office agreed to sponsor the ‘Treasure’ section of the gallery. “The association with Thinktank is significant for The Birmingham Assay Office because this is a Science museum. It presents what we do as an important, current activity, rather than just looking back at our history. ‘Treasure’ focuses on precious possessions made from gemstones and precious metals and, with our help, Thinktank have created
L-R: Robin, Veronica, Martyn & Hannah Pugh, Joanna Good, Ross Bellamy & Bill Good
Wade Lyn and Dippal Manchanda go head to head on the BOING exhibit…..
brilliant interactive displays which
allow visitors to better understand the
ness Centre is one example that typifies the determination to maintain the Quarter as an active manufacturing location, a home for both large and small firms. These are of course the basis of the Quarter’s very survival, and of its unique and fascinating attraction. The parallel development of the area as a major tourist attraction is seen in the many renovated buildings, the tempting shops, and the opening of the Jewellery Discovery Centre. Alongside the International Convention Centre and the National Indoor Arena, the Jewellery Quarter is part of the ‘new’ Birmingham. A magnet for visitors is well as a great industrial and commercial city. With plans now being formulated by the Birmingham Polytechnic to establish a National School for Jewellery and Silversmithing in Birmingham which will be a centre of excellence in the teaching of all aspects of Jewellery and Silversmithing including research and consultancy for the Jewellery Trade - the future for the Quarter looks secure. The Birmingham Assay Office, whose existence is closely bound up with that of the local Jewellery Trade, is proud of its place in the Quarter’s absorbing history, its busy present, and its promising future’. Signed: Bernard Ward
Thank you Bernard for your encouragement over many years. R.I.P. principle and practice of hallmarking. They can also ‘inspect’ gemstones and ‘try on’ jewellery in the Bling section. The objective of our sponsorship is to showcase the importance of everything we do at The Birmingham Assay Office and bring it to the attention of the many thousands of people who visit Thinktank every year. We are really proud of ‘Treasure’ and we wanted to share it with The Birmingham Assay Office family.” Michael Allchin, Chief Executive of The Birmingham Assay Office welcomed the guests to this unique and very special event and asked for the new Gallery to be opened for viewing.
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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 2013/01878/PA Block 7, The Mint Icknield 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 2013/01418/PA Crowford House 83-85 Caroline Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1UP. Application for the variation of condition 12 attached to p r ev i o u s p l a n n i n g a p p l i c a t i o n
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Planning Applications and Decisions from the Jewellery Quarter.
2012/00943/PA to allow insertion of mezzanine floor within existing approved roofspace and associated alterations to include changes to roof profile. 28-022013 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. 27-02-2013 2013/01362/PA 5-11 Fleet Street Birmingham B3 1JP. Listed Building Consent for internal alterations and refurbishment of windows. 27-02-2013 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 2013/01177/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). 21-02-2013. 2013/01109/PA 49-63 Spencer Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6ED. Installation of roof-mounted photovoltaic panels. 19-02-2013 2013/01086/PA 65 George Street Birmingham B3 1QA Listed Building Consent for installation of secondary glazing to the front and rear windows. 18-022013
Ongoing 2013/01088/PA Unit 103 119 Camden Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3DJ. Change of use from live/work (SuiGeneris) to residential apartment (Use Class C3). 18-02-2013 2013/01087/PA Unit 104 119 Camden Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3DJ. Change of use from live/work unit (Sui Generis) to apartment (C3). 18-02-2013 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). 14-022013. 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). 12-02-2013. 2013/00521/PA 9 Regent Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3HG. Change of use from residential/workshops to retail, restaurant and offices and creation of new doorway fronting Vittoria Street. 28-01-2013. 2013/00377/PA Sytner Birmingham Ltd 20 Parade Birmingham B1 3QJ. Erection of new building consisting of steel frame/ aluminium clad to provide valet and overnight parts delivery facility. 22-012013 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 2013/00971/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. 2013/00421/PA Severn Trent Water Tame House 156 Newhall Street Birmingham B3 1SE. Conservation Area Consent for the reduction to the height of walls at the rear and addition of a secondary gate to the existing vehicular access. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/00404/PA Deli Heaven 22 Caroline Street Birmingham B3 1UE. Change of use from cafe/takeaway (A3 and A5) to retail shop (A1) and offices (B1 and A2) Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2013/00384/PA 1-2 Mary Ann Street Blackthorn House/Works St Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1RL. Application for a new planning permission to replace a n ex t a n t p l a n n i n g p e r m i s s i o n 2009/03720/PA to extend the time limit for implementation for the conversion of existing building from offices to three apartments with addition of two storeys, and one commercial unit (Use Classes
A1, A2, B1) at ground floor, plus demolition of rear buildings and erection of three townhouses and two duplex apartments. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/01051/PA Sytner Birmingham Ltd 20 The Parade Birmingham B1 3QJ Conservation Area Consent for demolition of existing pre-cast concrete building and brick extension to workshop Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/00151/PA 90-104 Constitution Hill Birmingham B19 3JT Display of 4 no. internally illuminated fascia signs and 1 no. externally illuminated projecting sign. Final Decision - Approve Temporary
Older Decisions 2013/00153/PA 110-118 Northwood Street Birmingham B3 1SZ. Continued use of the site for a further two years for a change of use of vacant former manufacturing space (use class B2) to performance space for art exhibitions installations and performances (use class D1. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2012/08573/PA The Jam House 3-5 St Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1QU. Listed Building Consent for single storey rear infill extension. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions
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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Domino Designers Win Goldsmiths’ Awards Natasha Bagnall and Siobhan Maher, both of whom are designers working within the New Product Development team at Domino, have won recognition for their creative abilities in the 2013 Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship and Design Awards. Natasha won a Gold Award in the ‘3D Design – Contemporary Jewellery in Gold or Platinum’ category for her striking ‘Heroa’ necklace design in platinum and diamonds with stunning ruby highlights set in rich 18ct yellow gold. This piece was also awarded the ‘IJL Special Award’, and will go on display at International Jewellery London in September. Natasha’s colleague, Siobhan Maher, won a Silver Award in 2D Fine Jewellery design for her Onyx and Sapphire necklace. She was also a joint winner of the Marcia Lanyon Special Award for innovative use of coloured stones, and received a Commendation for 2D CAD presentation. Speaking after awards were announced, Natasha said she felt incredibly flattered that a piece that so reflected her own design style and passions was given such a wonderful seal of approval from both Goldsmiths and IJL. While Siobhan commented: “It is always so exciting to have your
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designs recognised in such prestigious awards, and to be a winner of the Marcia Lanyon Award as well was fantastic.” Both have received Goldsmiths Awards before, but this is their first time as ‘Domino’ winners. “We are incredibly proud of them both and it is truly gratifying to know that we have such a depth of talent in our NPD team, which - when it is not being used to scoop Awards - is focused on creating winning designs for our customers,” said Andrew Sollitt, Domino’s sales and marketing director.
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.
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Events are subject to change and given as a guide only!
Info on Jewellery museum events Tel: 0121 554 3598. Info on RBSA Tel: 0121 236 4353. Info on Goldsmiths’ Hall: Tel: 020 7606 7011
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Dates for your Diary
On now - 26 Apr - RBSA Gallery - Exploring living environments, ‘DOWN OUR STREET’ offers an insight into the dayto-day observations of contemporary designer makers and the methods they use to capture interaction between people and their surroundings. The craft on display will stimulate thinking about cities, our roles within them and the sense of belonging they evoke. Work on display includes Lucy Harding’s framed textile illustrations inspired by her milk round, Lucianna Gallucci’s fun ceramic vessels and Sarah Brown’s contemporary glassware exploring everyday life. On now - 27 Apr - JOHN SHAKESPEARE RBSA - RBSA Gallery Art & Music. John presents a series of paintings around the theme of music and musicians, with some visual art thrown in for good measure. 06 Mar - 06 Apr - RBSA Gallery - OPEN ALL MEDIA EXHIBITION. An ‘Open’ exhibition for artists working in all media (except photography). Works including jewellery, ceramics and textiles as well as drawing, painting and printmaking are all welcome. 11 Mar - 13 Apr - 10am to 5.00pm - Goldsmiths’ Hall GROWING TALENT - The work of the many jewellers and silversmiths who have benefited from the Goldsmith Graduate Bursary to exhibit at Goldsmiths’ Fair, is on show in this fascinating exhibition. 18 Mar - 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. 25 Mar - 08 Jun - RBSA Gallery - JUNE RIDGWAY ARBSA - A collection of burnished ceramics inspired by the patina of age on weathered surfaces. 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. 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.
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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, 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.
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26 Mar - 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. 27 Mar - THE LAUNCH PAD: A showcase of some of the unsigned bands that the Jam House considers “ones to watch”, 29 and 30 Mar - 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! 02 Apr - The BOOGIE BAPTISTES: Boogie-woogie classics from Dino Baptiste and his fellow Jam House regulars - dance and sing along! 03 Apr - The G P L Trio: “The Greg Platt Lake Trio” is a rocking band who play a range of funky blues & soul from a wide selection of influences, such as Gary Moore, ZZ Top, Joe Bonamassa, and the Meters as well as plenty of their own material. All local players, with Greg Lake Platt on guitar & vocals, Ian Haughton on drums and Stu Madden on bass 04 Apr - B’SPOKE: A popular & funky young ten piece of talented musicians perform a range of soul & R’n’B classics.
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05 and 06 Apr - The SOUL SESSION Band: Jennifer Wallace, known for her silky smooth velvet tones, fronts this collection of the Midland’s finest contemporary musicians who play an array of classic to modern soul with a gospel flavour. 09 Apr - CAPITAL GROOVE: A fresh and alternative five-piece band, playing the best dance floor tracks & party anthems of the ‘eighties & ‘nineties! Guaranteed to keep you moving All Night! 10 Apr - GOSPEL CENTRAL: A monthly celebration of the talent to be found in the local Gospel music scene giving an urban and contemporary edge to gospel music - featuring Colin Peters & Andre Bassing. 11 Apr - THE REAL THING: A major influence in the British soul scene in the ‘70s & ‘80s, Liverpool trio, The Real Thing, shot to recognition with the chart success of “You to Me are Everything” in the UK and US. They followed this with a series of classic dance tracks – “Can’t Get By Without You”, “You’ll Never Know What You’re Missing”, “Can You Feel the Force”, “Love’s Such a Wonderful Thing”, “Whenever You Want My Love”, “Let’s Go Disco” , “Rainin’ Through My Sunshine”, “Boogie Down (Get Funky Now)”, “She’s a Groovy Freak”, and of course, “Can You Feel the Force?”. This homegrown “hit machine” plays the Jam House tonight; join us, you’ll be dancing all night. 12 and 13 Apr - DETROIT SOUL: An explosive collection of classic and contemporary dance music, with all of your Tamla Motown, Atlantic Soul and funk favourites. 16 Apr - JAZZLINES presents ... SAM ROGERS and the HOSPITAL DODGERS: We have heard Sam Rogers in many great contexts, notably in the Walsall Jazz Orchestra and the Latin jazz band Del Camino. Finally after much persuasion Sam fronts his own band featuring Tom Forde on guitar and Ben Kane on drums. Sam is a wonderful, forceful and entertaining player who always takes an audience with him in his compositions and solos on the various saxophones. 17 Apr - BEERS with the ENGLAND BOYS: This BLUE MONDAY annual event has become one of the biggest of the social rugby calendar. Enjoy an evening rubbing shoulders with an array of England Rugby Legends at the Jam House. It’s an informal drinks party style event which includes food and live entertainment. As always some of the English Rugby greats will be present (which in previous years have included the likes of Ben Kay, Dean Richards and Matt Tait) but this year we will also be working along side and raising money for the Matt Hampson Foundation. It’s a great foundation, that our England boys obviously strongly support, and one that Blue Monday is excited to have formed a partnership with. The night is set to be a resounding success, with a silent auction and plenty of entertainment lined up, along with the inevitable banter from the boys. For further information on the event, call 08456 444 188
18 Apr - 1-EYE: 1EYE are back with their exciting new Reggae sound. Taking influence from the likes of John Holt, Ken Boothe and The Heptones, their eagerly awaited second album ‘Worries & Trouble’ is guaranteed to rock the dance-floor! 1EYE are proud to have support from the legendary David Rodigan who has played their music on his new Radio 1Xtra show, who has said, “Check out the infectious new single and video ‘Mr. Bailiff’ by the 1Eye Band from Birmingham, out now via Industryrecords.org...radio station Programme Controllers should listen as it has serious pop cross over potential.” 1EYE recently toured as official support for the legendary Jimmy Cliff on the UK leg of his world tour in May 2012. Catch them tonight at the Jam House, the exciting new Reggae set with its sweet sounds and skanking licks will take you back to 70’s Kingston 19 and 20 Apr - GROUPER: Rock this weekend with this four-piece guitar band playing a complete range of classics old & new. 23 Apr - JOSH HEWITSON & NEIL BARTLETT: Josh Hewitson combines outstanding musicianship and a tight rhythm section for a night of funk, rock and soul featuring the music of Michael Jackson, Steely Dan and Stevie Wonder, while Neil Bartlett takes the bass guitar to a new dimension playing a range of styles from Beyonce to the Chilli Peppers via David Guetta. A great night of music - not to be missed. 25 Apr - LatinMotion presents DEL CAMINO: Popular seven piece Salsa Band supported by LatinMotion DJs. Always a busy night. 26 and 27 Apr - 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. 30 Apr - 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.
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Recruitment THE GENUINE GEMSTONE COMPANY The Genuine Gemstone Company, the UK’s fastest growing company based in Redditch, has a turnover approaching £100 million in sales of precious gemstone jewellery, is recruiting three
JOBBING JEWELLERS to join our Product Team - adding product repairs to our capability. One Senior Jobbing Jeweller with significant experience and 2 Junior Jobbing Jewellers, with skills in gemstone setting, gem sorting / selection, plating, polishing and metal work are required urgently. The Senior Role will mentor and develop the team staff. These are permanent positions. The successful candidates will need to have a good working knowledge of all aspects of the repair and manufacturing process and a flexible and versatile approach to their work. Hours of work – Monday to Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm. Salary– dependent upon experience and level of skill. Please send your CV and covering letter to Penny Donnan, HR & Recruitment, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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March 2013 The Hockley Flyer
Trade magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter Mar 2013 Issue # 333