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Hallmarking Advert (Hockley Flyer Cover 2014) 15/01/2014 11:55 Page 1

Issue No 343







The Help with Hallmarks App is available for iPhone/iPad as well as Android devices, and enables users to quickly research and identify the date letter on precious metal jewellery and silverware. The app includes date letters from the key assay Offices in the Uk and Ireland, going back to 1544.

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Editorial ....................... 22 News............................. 26 Events .......................... 38 Classifieds ................... 44 Follow us on the Social Networks

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).

AnchorCert Gem Lab Open Day to be Repeated...... 26 Lord Mayor of Birmingham - New Collection............. 26 Maguire Jackson’s Tenth Year with New Office.......... 26 WB The Creative Jewellery Group Increases its European Presence................................................... 27 All Change at the Birmingham Assay Office.............. 28 Obituary - Michael P Brunner - A Diamond............... 30 2014 The Year of the Horse! ..................................... 30 Talbots Group Strengthens its Team.......................... 30 Shortlist Announced For Weston Beamor’s Annual Student Competition...................................... 31 New Combined Test for Crystal Glass....................... 32 OBITUARY - John Michael Bickerton (Mick)............. 32 BID For Hatton Garden?............................................ 32 OBITUARY - Brian Jones MBE................................. 33 Heritage Pages.......................................................... 34


A Man Boiled A Windfall for Creditors

Planning Matters........................................................ 36

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Quality jewellery supp with over 600 years of

plies, delivered experience Karen 30 years experience – Karen has worked within the jewellery trade since 1984, having vast experience in jewellery sales Karen joined the Stephen Betts Group in 2007 as the Operations Director and Group Sales Manager. Due to her vast knowledge and expertise Karen can identify our best selling products and predicts that this month our Polished Mounts will be at the forefront.

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February is key wedding ring and engagement ring season, with retailers stocking up and refreshing their collections. Why not take a look at our range of British made Polished Mounts? Available in Platinum, Palladium, 18ct and 9ct yellow and white gold, these mounts are supplied highly polished and hallmarked so all you need to do is set the centre stone. We can also provide shaped wedding rings and eternity rings to match this fantastic collection. t: 0121 233 2413

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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.

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Comprising: Enamelling kiln Ref TK191; Mesh support; Stilt; Firing fork; Palette knife; Tweezers; Sieve and Abrasive sponge.100g copper offcuts. 5 each copper shapes and rectangles. Glass beads. 10 coloured enamels. Enamel threads. Enamel transfers. Comprehensive instructions. Ref TE1 £390.00


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5 LUXURY DETACHED VILLA’S FOR RENT IN ALICANTE, SPAIN These beautiful detached villa’s sleeps 6 people. All have their own private swimming pools and some with hot tubs. Within 5 minutes drive from Campello and San Juan beaches and only 20 minutes drive from Alicante airport, you can also enjoy being right next to Bonalba 18 hole golf course. Just a 20 minute drive away and you’re in Benidorm where you’ll find lots to do for all the family including Terra Mitica theme park (mini Disney World), Aqualandia Water Park and Mundamar.

Prices start from £500 per week. For more details contact Julie on: 0121 554 3434/ 07989582820 Email or

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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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“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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s ’ e i l Ju Specialising in:

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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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Do you have a CD collection and-or a vinyl record collection gathering dust, or even an old hi-fi system? We might be interested in buying them from you. There are many new ways of connecting your computer or laptop for higher sound quality than CD and played back on equipment smaller than the usual ‘seperates’ great if you simply don’t have space or the wife objects to large hi-fi boxes in the lounge! We can also rip your CD’s to hard disc in various formats and include the metadata and album cover artwork ready to be played on your system. Take a look at our website -, order to have delivered or click and collect at a pre-arranged date. Email

Our stock is constantly changing, please see  our website for latest prices and offers.

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Second hand Hi-Fi latest arrivals in stock Pioneer XCHM81 wireless networked micro system with Ipod dock and Airplay. It featured a CD player, FM (with RDS) tuner and wired and wireless networking. Speakers are not included with this item. As new with all items included.


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Cambridge Audio Azur 540A V2.0 Amplifier. Supplied with original box and original remote control, manual etc. Sony CDP-550 CD Player. Dual D/A Converter System. Rated at 60 watts per channel at 8 Ohms, A chunkier heat CD Player works perfectly. sink allows the amplifier to Cosmetic condition is near dissipate more energy and run mint - the only scratch is cooler meaning the amplifier on top but right at the back. Comes complete with original punches well above its weight. remote control but no original Tuner pictured above amplifier not included box or instruction manual.

Technics Stereo Integrated Amplifier SU-V60 in superb condition. Class AA Amplifier rated at 100w per chanel into 6 ohms, it has inputs for Phono, Tuner, CD, AV/aux, Tape 1 and Tape 2, as well as a loudness switch, subsonic filter and a switch on the phono stage for MM or MC. It also features a defeat control to bypass the bass and treble controls, and a CD direct switch. Speakers A + B outputs are included. It weighs a hefty 8.5kg

about a pair of hi-fi quality speakers that connect to your laptop or computer wirelessly via bluetooth and dont even need an amplifier as it’s built in. Very small - but big on sound! Ruark Audio MR1 Bluetooth Speaker System. Real walnut finish pictured, also soft white and soft black available.


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Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.

The Spring Fair is over and it didn’t snow this year! Hope everyone found it worthwhile and picked up loads of orders!

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Editorial: Marie Haddleton Tel: 0121-236 4230 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. © 2014 YBA Publications

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The Christmas lights have been removed from the lamp posts but we still have the clanking chains from the 2012 Christmas lights - come on Council - let’s have them removed, also please remove the ‘Quiet’ signs from around the Industrial Middle where there are no residents. All clutter on street furniture (and illegal signs) should be removed by the Council’s Enforcement Department it is their responsibility. Mind you, we have a new ‘attraction’ with the lamps now nearly full of water from the recent rains, how about some goldfish (I am not shinning up to feed them though). When the water reaches the fuse will it blow all the street lights? The light bowl must be very heavy, so potentially dangerous of falling and injuring someone. January was a very sad month for The Jewellery Quarter with two well-loved jewellers passing away and then the sudden death of Brian Jones (The Pen Room) on the last day of January. Brian had locked up the Pen Room at 6.00 and was on his way home - sadly he collapsed in the City Centre and died. He had just completed his book on Pen and Pen Nib manufacture over the centuries and various events to launch the book had been planned. These events will still take place, as it was felt that Brian would have wanted it that way. A ‘perfect gentleman’, Brian will be sorely missed by everyone who had the pleasure of working alongside him. More details inside the mag. about the book and events. As you can’t help but notice, work on the Golden Square has at last started and cars can no longer park, although to date the Information Centre (a gift from HRH Prince Charles) is still there, but not for long now. Also, the cobbles in Dayus Square have been replaced. Apparently the cobbles originally laid were unsuitable for purpose. Maybe now the road surface in Carver Street will be re-laid. Surely it will stop raining soon! We are lucky in The Jewellery Quarter as we are not subject to flooding. Marie Haddleton Editor

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AnchorCert Gem Lab Open Day to be Repeated After the success of the first AnchorCer t Open Day a fur ther event is planned for 2014 on Wednesday 30th April. The AnchorCert team were keen to show guests round the excellent facility they have for testing diamonds, coloured gemstones and pearls and there was an equally enthusiastic response from visitors. The entire AnchorCert team played a part in the day which gave a real boost to morale and reinforced the team’s pride in the unrivalled range of equipment they have at their disposal. Many visitors, even those from the

Lord Mayor of Birmingham Launched New Collection Manufacturers of cufflinks and fine jewellery Deakin & Francis® launched their latest collection, the

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Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more.

local Jewellery Quarter, had not visited before and were surprised to see the huge investment The Birmingham Assay Office has made to ensure that the AnchorCert Gemmological Laboratory is fully equipped to deliver a competent and consistent service. Sophie Whitehouse who championed the event said: “People read about our services but it’s only when they come into AnchorCert that they really see what it’s all about. We had a great day and are looking forward to making it bigger and even better in 2014.” Places are limited so to register to attend the next Open Day T: 0871 871 6020 or email Please include contact name, address, email, and telephone number.

MechAnimals™ Collection ahead of Autumn Winter 2014 at Jewellery and Watch Birmingham at Spring Fair in February. The MechAnimals™ collection was inspired by creamy neutrals and camouflage trends, the Deakin & Francis MechAnimals™ collection features mechanically moving cufflinks and a wide range of animals from the farmyard to the exotic.

Maguire Jackson Kicks off Tenth Year with New Office Maguire Jackson has celebrated the start of its tenth year with further investment in the city by opening its third office. Located on Waterfront Ducks that waddle, piglets that wiggle and rhinos that charge; and for the gentleman farmer we have tractors with moving tyres in red, green, gunmetal grey and brushed satin. James Deakin Head Designer believes that this collection is sure to get people moving. ‘I have created a range of cufflinks like no other. These designs are so far away from our classic cufflink designs and I’m constantly trying to push the boundaries of what it means to wear cufflinks. They’re so much more than a shirt fastener, they’re a fashion statement and a way to show personality.’ The MechAnimals™ Collection was launched by The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham.

Walk which connects The Mailbox and Brindleyplace, Maguire Jackson’s new office will enable it to bring its established expertise in sales and lettings to the main city core linking with its two other offices in the Jewellery Quarter and Convention Quarter. Philip Jackson, director of Maguire Jackson, says, “We are continuing to see a positive uplift in the property market - not just from professionals looking to get their first or second step on the ladder - but also from individual and institutional investors looking to build their portfolios. Property in central Birmingham is currently seen as a great investment opportunity, offering good value for money and strong demand from tenants.” Maguire Jackson opened its first office in 2004 in Sheepcote Street in the Convention Quarter before opening in George Street, Jewellery Quarter in 2008. “The opening of the Waterfront Walk office ensures Maguire Jackson is well positioned to advise on property deals in the very heart of the city, providing the best advice on the market to those living in Birmingham or indeed looking to invest,” says Philip. “We know that both clients and applicants appreciate the convenience of our well located offices and the specialist local knowledge they each have. We expect to quickly build further success in this core location.”

WB The Creative Jewellery Group Increases its European Presence WB The Creative Jewellery Group, one of the UK’s leading jewellery and jewellery component producers, has announced that it is to have a larger and more prominently-sited presence at BaselWorld 2014 where Domino, the Group’s fine jewellery and jewellery component business, will be joined for the first time by the award winning jewellery supplier

Gecko, renowned for its branded and in-house costume, silver and gold collections. The Group’s eye-catching new stand will still be found in Hall 2.1 – Hall of Visions – but has moved to stand K91 where it will now occupy a spacious 77 sq metres. Domino, which has appeared at the show regularly during recent years, has made strong in-roads into the European precious jewellery market and the Group’s directors believe that Gecko can also achieve excellent sales amongst the European and global retailers who visit Basel looking for stylish silver, gold and fashion jewellery designs. The increased investment by WB The Creative Jewellery Group at BaselWorld underscores The Group’s strong commitment to growing further its export activities. Domino already

employs a full-time European representative, who is based in France, and also has a representative in Australia. “We are delighted with our new position within the exhibition and much welcome the increased floor space the expanded stand provides. As well as showing our extensive platinum bridal collections we shall use Basel 2014 to showcase a number of brand-new, predominantly British-made ranges, including some stylish diamond neckwear and earrings, not previously exhibited in Europe,” says sales and marketing manager Andrew Sollitt. Take up in Europe for Domino’s Diamond Ring Mounts range and for its Rosabella Collection of finished diamond jewellery has been particularly pleasing and Sollitt is confident that as overseas retailers become more familiar with the brand and with the excellence of the service and products it offers, sales will grow further.” Sollitt concluded. Speaking for Gecko, Co-Head of Design Hannah Trickett said, “We are thrilled to be back at Basel after a long break... we love this show and are eager to showcase our successful brands Fiorelli, Fred Bennett, and D for diamond for further presence and recognition in Europe. All of our new spring collections will be unveiled, including the brand new men’s watches from Fred Bennett, whimsical themed children’s keepsakes from D for diamond and contemporary silver and fashion jewellery from Fiorelli - just a selection among many to excite retailers everywhere.“ Vicky Leyshon, Co-Head of Design at Gecko also adds, “As we will also be showcasing our house brands Elements Silver and Elements Gold, we are looking forward to the opportunity to show international buyers the fabulous variety of both trend-led and classic ranges, in sterling silver or 9ct gold, which we design and select here in London. With both collections encompassing affordable prices, we hope to attract many new retailers.” February 2014

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Featured story of the Month

All Change at the Birmingham Assay Office By Marion Wilson

It’s the end of one era and the beginning of another for the Birmingham Assay Office and the jewellery industry as Chief Executive and Assay Master Michael Allchin retires after 15 years and Stella Layton steps into the role. Michael has spent his entire career in the jewellery industry and has travelled most of the world, buying and selling for companies ranging from small private concerns to Signet Group Plc. He joined the Birmingham Assay Office in 1998 when it seemed likely that  EU harmonisation would eradicate the UK’s rigorous independent statutory hallmarking, His brief was to fight the EU Directive and drive diversification to ensure the business could survive without statutory hallmarking. This challenge has clearly been delivered. The EU Directive was eventually ‘retired’ in 2004, and The Birmingham Assay Office now has four additional successful trading divisions, The Laboratory, AnchorCert Gemmological Laboratory, SafeGuard Jewellery and Watch Valuations, and Heritage & Training. Michael’s relentless energy and positive approach has driven the business forward and his sound understanding of the jewellery industry has been beneficial not only to The Assay Office but to the jewellery community has a whole. His contribution to the Responsible Jewellery Council and CIBJO (The World Jewellery Confederation) has been significant. He has worked with the British Jewellers’ Association and the Goldsmiths’ Company to encourage the re-introduction of apprenticeships and is supportive of the Birmingham School of Jewellery. He has always been active in

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Michael Allchin

protecting the long term economic interests of the Jewellery Quarter and has been very active in the foundation of the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust, which will enable the local community to drive the regeneration of the area. Michael leaves The Birmingham Assay Office with his most significant legacy still in progress, the move to a new purpose built building, a project which Michael considers vital to its future. ‘The Birmingham Assay Office is only still here because of our great team of people with their innovative thinking and classic Brummie entrepreneurial spirit”. says Michael. “I feel very privileged to have been in a posi-

tion to move The Birmingham Assay Office forward into the 21st Century. We have created the platform for the next 100 years and it is time for me to move on and let a new Chief Executive and Assay Master bring in a fresh approach and a new burst of energy and enthusiasm to the Assay Office.” That new burst of energy has arrived in the form of Stella Layton, incoming Chief Executive & Assay Master for The Birmingham Assay Office, who has been in post since January 2014. Only the 13th Assay Master in 240 years, Stella will be the first female Assay Master in the UK. She joins a strong, mainly female team headed by Chairman Kate Hartigan, (although

Stella Layton

the Office as Cooksons have been a customer for decades and Stella herself has been a Guardian since 2007. She is also a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths Company. Stella has also applied her management skills outside the precious metals industry, having served as a non-executive director of the Birmingham Women’s Hospital Foundation Trust, and also the Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust. Stella joins The Assay Office at a significant time when, in addition to attracting an increasing number of hallmarking customers, the Office is driving growth through diversification. The Birmingham Assay Office is already a respected, well equipped centre of independent expert opinion for all issues relating to jewellery, gemstones, precious metals and an increasing amount of consumer product safety testing such as nickel. lead and cadmium in fashion accessories. The move to a new purpose built facility in the Jewellery Quarter will bring new opportunities for the business. Stella has the potential to really make her mark as she builds on the foundations laid by Michael and his team and applies her strategic and management skills to take the Birmingham Assay Office through its next stage of development.  Stella says, “The Birmingham Assay Office is a unique institution with an unusual mix of heritage, tradition, state of the art kit and innovation. Driving its growth whilst balancing all  is an exciting challenge which I am really looking forward to.  I have had a great welcome and have been very encouraged by the enthusiasm, commitment and obvious pride of all of the staff. There are great opportunities to

be developed. As the Assay Office team say: “Bring it on’.”  

Farewell Drinks for Michael

There will be an informal gathering at The Jam House from 5pm until 8pm on Friday 21st March for friends and colleagues to come and say goodbye to Michael before he retires on April 4th. Everyone is welcome so please do drop by and say hello and goodbye!

About The Birmingham Assay Office Now the largest Assay Office in the UK, this not-for-profit organisation has been a centre of expert opinion and independent assessment of jewellery and precious metals for nearly 250 years. The organisation takes pride in its high level of service and the use of the latest technology by all its commercial divisions, from Hallmarking, Diamond and Gemstone Certification, Jewellery, Watch and Silverware Valuations through to precious and non precious metal testing, product safety and quality assurance testing as well as educational training and consultancy.

Kate Hartigan

Technical Director Dippal Manchanda represents the boys admirably!) Stella is well known in the precious metal industry, where she was Global Divisional Director for Cookson Precious Metals until their recent takeover by Heimerle & Meule. She has worked in precious metals for 28 years and brings a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience to The Birmingham Assay Office. She is no stranger to

Presentation in lecture theatre the great and the goodAnnual Hallmarking Review 2014.

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Obituary Michael P Brunner - A Diamond It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Michael P Brunner (known as ‘Mike Brunner’). On New Year’s Eve 2013 he passed away after a short illness at Redditch Hospital, aged 78. He will be missed by all who knew him in the Jewellery Quarter over the last 60 years, where he had spent his entire working life. Michael produced individual bespoke diamond rings together with all types of jewellery to special orders. Latterly being selfemployed, his work was produced specially for many people, both local and for customers abroad. He will be missed as a jeweller and

2014 The Year of the Horse! On Friday January 31st the Chinese New Year began. In Chinese culture, every year is symbolised by a different animal which is said to represent the personality traits of those born during that year. This year will be the Year of the Horse which translates as a year for action! Previous years have been the year of the snake in 2013 and the year of the dragon in 2012. Twelve animals form the twelve year cycle of the Chinese

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as a friend to many in the trade. His son Mark and family have lost an important part of their lives. His sense of humour was great being a happy, friendly, and patient man to many who will be fondly remembered, but never forgotten ‘Diamonds are Forever’

zodiac which includes the year of the rat, tiger and rabbit. Those born during the year of the horse which also fell in 2002, 1990 and 1978, are believed to be active and highly energetic, quick witted and born to travel. The Chinese New Year is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar, it symbolises the start of new life and a time to make resolutions for the year ahead. You can buy your very own Horse Head cufflinks for the year of the horse here http://

Talbots Group Strengthens its Team Birmingham based jewellery, gift and retail packaging specialists Talbots Group has appointed a new business and development executive to drive sales growth. Francesca Dematteis, 24, brings with her extensive skills in leadership and strategic management from previous sales and event management roles. She will be responsible for generating new business opportunities for Talbots Group, a total packaging solution for some of the UK’s leading jewellery and retail brands. Francesca’s role will see her driving national and international business growth and development, as well as helping to raise Talbots Group profile through project management events and social media. Julie Fowler–Drake, managing director of Talbots Group, said, “Francesca is an exciting new addition to the team with invaluable experience and expertise in sales management. We’re looking forward to seeing how she can grow Talbots Group within current target markets, as well as extending our reach internationally.” Francesca said, “Julie’s vibrant and innovative ideas are what set Talbots Group apart from its competitors, so it’s fantastic to be working alongside her. Talbots Group is one of the most established solution providers in the industry with some ambitious growth plans which I’m delighted to be leading on.”

Shortlist Announced For Weston Beamor’s Annual Student Competition Three students from The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University have been short-listed to win the Birmingham casting house and 3D printing company Weston Beamor’s annual competition for jewellery design. The students - Natalia Antunovity, Faith Pope and Zi Ye (aka Sophie) – who are all in their second year of study on the School’s HND in Jewellery and Silversmithing Course, were asked to design using the GemVision Matrix CAD software, a piece of jewellery of their choice, incorporating a choice of three semi-precious jewels – either a 4.55ct citrine, a 7.8 ct amethyst or a 9.52ct topaz. They were also asked to produce a consumer-facing advertisement that could be used to market their designs. The short-listed designs, which will now be made by Weston Beamor for display on its Stand Hall 17 G43, are all extremely different. Antunovity’s ‘Intimacy’ earrings in 18ct yellow gold which feature the citrine are the height of glamour and sophistication. Zi Ye also offers glamour but her ‘Fatal Attraction’ cocktail ring uses an amethyst, surrounded by tiny feature green tsavorite garnets, in a more edgy, rock-chic style. While Faith Pope’s ‘A Stitch in Time’ pendant in 18ct yellow gold – which is also a sewing kit - catches the mood of the moment with its 1940’s style marketing and utilitarian purpose. Her citrine pendant incorporates a bobbin of cotton while a small tube, which attaches to the fastening of the chain and hangs down the wearer’s back, provides a home for needles. “We were knocked out, as usual, by the creativity of the entries and the high level of technical excellence the students achieved. Each design has something special. Natalia made excellent eye-catching use of the stones and her designs would sit well in any jewellers’ window. Sophie, provided us with a high-quality CAD render of a complex design and

made imaginative use of the stones, while Faith’s sewing kit idea is very much in vogue and demonstrated real attention to detail,” says Weston Beamor’s Head of Business Development, Glen Day. The winning student will receive a £500 cash prize. The person in second place will receive £200 and the third prize will be £100. All are invited to have a week of work experience with Weston Beamor. Speaking about the competition Gaynor Andrews - Course Tutor and Deputy Head of the School of Jewellery said, “This competition offers our students an invaluable opportunity to understand the workings of a commercial jewellery company. They are invited to visit Weston Beamor’s premises prior to starting their design and to see for themselves exactly how

designs are translated into finished pieces of jewellery. The work experience for the three winners is the most fantastic opportunity and one that will undoubtedly help them to pursue a successful career in the industry.”

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New Combined Test for Crystal Glass The Laboratory at The Birmingham Assay Office have announced an improved ‘crystal glass’ test. This has been developed specifically for those who wish to ensure their products meet the criteria required for it to be described as ‘crystal glass’ as defined by an EU Directive of 1969 (Annex I of Council Directive 69/493/EEC -1969). This may be necessary for compliance with straightforward Trades Description requirements or it may be due to new legislation relating to lead in certain articles. The European REACH (Restriction, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Regulation, enforceable from October 2013, restricts the levels of lead content in all types of jewellery and hair accessories but ‘crystal glass’ is exempt. In order to be classified as one of the categories of ;crystal glass’ the material must comply with three different criteria. It must contain oxides of Lead, Barium, Zinc or Potash combined or alone of at least 10%, have a refractive index of above 1.52 and a density above 2.45 grams per cubic centimetre. The Birmingham Assay Office has the specialist resources needed to offer this test, having the expertise and equipment to carry out both chemical and gemmological testing. Samples are subjected to assessment by both The Laboratory, who check the level of oxides, and the AnchorCert Gemmological Laboratory, who assess the relative density and refractive index and the final outcome is reported as ‘Crystal – Exempt’ or ‘Glass’ which may then be either ‘Compliant’ or ‘Non Compliant’, depending upon the amount of lead contained. Technical Director Dippal Manchanda says, “Many customers want to confirm that their products have the necessary chemical composition and physical qualities to be classified as ‘crystal glass’. In response to this The Laboratory at The Birmingham Assay Office has developed the test method and the software which will simultaneously analyse Lead,

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OBITUARY John Michael Bickerton (Mick) 1935 - 2014

‘It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that my father Mick Bickerton passed away on 24th January 2014. My dad had worked in the Jewellery Quarter for over 50 years and built up some great relationships and friendships within the trade over that time. My mother (Shirley Bickerton) and I joined him in the trade, and together we opened Bickerton Jewellery on Vyse Street some 30 years ago. My dad’s love was the regimental jewellery that he made for members of the Armed Forces, and he continued to work as a mounter until his death on Friday. He was very proud of the fact that he had made some pieces which had been presented by British Forces to members of the Royal Family, including the Queen and Diana, Princess of Wales. He died suddenly, at home, of a pulmonary embolism on Friday morning (24th January) aged 79, Cadmium, Barium, Potassium and Zinc. This will quickly identify if the glass article being tested meets the chemical criteria for it to be classified as crystal. Only if the article proves compliant with regard to its chemical composition do we take it forward for the gemmological testing. This way we can keep the cost of the test down.” “For those who are testing jewellery items we also offer the option of testing for lead content alone to start with. If the lead content of each individual part is less than or equal to 0.05% (500 parts per million) by weight then the article complies with the Lead regulation and further testing to prove it is crystal glass, which is exempt, may not be required. Again we are working with our customers, offering them options to quickly and accurately prove compliance and establish reassurance at the lowest possible cost. Due to the mix of expertise required The Birmingham Assay Office is in a unique position to offer this test and we have had an excellent initial response.” For more infor mation on this

sadly just eight weeks after his son (my brother) died very suddenly in London, aged 50. Mick’s funeral was held at Robin Hood Crematorium on 10th February at 12 noon. Bickerton Jewellery. UNIQUE test contact the Laboratory at The Birmingham Assay Office on 0871 871 6020 or email: testing@

BID For Hatton Garden? A meeting was arranged on 15th January, hosted by the Chairman of The British Jewellers Association and sponsored by Presman Mastermelt. Subject under discussion was: ‘Does Hatton Garden have a Jewellery Future - Will your business survive - what is a BID?’

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and for his determination, dedication, perseverance and talent; but I also held him as a dear friend, whose friendship I valued. I know how much his loss will be felt by all of you and as his close friends I send you my deepest and heartfelt sympathy. Please pass on my condolences on to Edna and her family. God Bless Professor Carl Chinn’ ‘ It is with great regret that we have to tell you that, after leaving the Pen Museum yesterday evening, Brian Jones collapsed and died unexpectedly. Our thoughts are with Edna and their family at this time’. Larry Hanks (Chair)


The sudden death of Brian Jones MBE was announced on Friday 31st January 2014.

to be able, at last, to write and give you the good news that the book is now available. It has been a long process from researching and writing to publication but now we have an excellent result, the journey has been worthwhile’).

by Marie Haddleton


In 1998 Brian Jones visited The Hockley Flyer offices to tell us about his idea to open a Pen Museum to display the artefacts he had collected over many years and to inform the world of the wonderful heritage of manufacturing pens and pen nibs as part of the story of The Jewellery Quarter, and of course Birmingham, and to set this museum in an original pen/pen nib factory. (The Argent Centre). We were of course excited about this idea and Brian soon collected many followers and volunteers. The Museum earned Brian an MBE, and has won many awards. The Pen Room is a Registered Charity and its President is Professor Carl Chinn MBE, Vice Presidents are Sir Adrian Cadbury, Professor Sir David Cannadine and Dr Malcolm Dick. All the information collected by Brian needed recording and he started work on his book, which was finally published in January 2014. Many events were planned to launch the book and when Brian died suddenly just a couple of weeks before these could take place, it was decided to still carry on as a memorial to his wonderful work. (Brian quoted: ‘I am so pleased

• 11 February 2014, Tuesday – launch at the Pen Museum 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Presentation on the Book and a talk by John Berkeley former Chairman of Brandauer, one of the 12 former major pen companies followed by a tour of the Pen Museum. • Talk by Professor Carl Chinn in the Studio Theatre, New Library of Birmingham (date to be arranged) • 1 March 2014, Saturday - Book Launch and sale at Library of Birmingham – Spotlight Area in the foyer, including Braille and Calligraphy workshop 11 a.m - 4 p.m. • 21 June 2014 Presentation at University of Birmingham, Arts Building, History Day 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (usual charge by University for this event).

‘ Brian was one of the nicest blokes that I have ever met and will be a sad loss to the Jewellery Quarter’. Andy Munro ‘That is sad indeed, I met Brian a couple of times; he was always charming and passionate about the Pen Room, which will be the poorer without him. He will no doubt be welcome as a scribe ‘upstairs’. Ross Bellamy

‘People, Pens and Production - in the Birmingham Steel Pen Trade. by Brian Jones MBE. 368 pages - 272 illustrations. Available from The Pen Room, Amazon and at book stores. Price: £14.95. Contact: 0121 236 9834. Website:

Comments Received to date at The Hockley Flyer: ‘How sad - please pass on the Leader’s condolences to the family.’ Email from Cllr Sir Albert Bore’s office, Leader, Birmingham City Council. ‘I am shocked and deeply saddened by this most unhappy news. I admired Brian as a fellow historian

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News and Stories with a Historical or heritage interest... End of Gunn era, but beginning of Canning.

1789. Original Premises

The Canning & Co. Story 1785-1985

By Marie Haddleton (& Courtesy David A Thomas)

Cannings. along with other major industries such as Joseph Lucas, Swan Kettles, Rabones, etc. have long since disappeared but at one time all were major players in the history of manufacturing, not only in The Jewellery Quarter, but in Birmingham. Canning’s building on the corner of Great Hampton Street and Hall Street was taken over in 2001 and the building was extended by The College of Law, (one of the College’s original intentions was to provide a ‘free walkin’ advice service to businesses in the Jewellery Quarter - backed up by various established solicitors, but this didn’t materialise, although the Jewellery Quarter Association did hold one or two ‘question and answer’ seminars in 2001 which were highly successful and well-attended.

History: It all began in a small druggist’s

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shop on a corner site in Hockley, trading for nearly a century under the name of Gunn and later in the name of William Canning, taking advantage of the supply of chemicals and equipment to the cycle industry, which boomed in the 1800s. The company led the way with chrome plating, harvesting a rich reward in the 1920’s with the growth of the family car. Ernest Canning, grand-nephew of William and later Lord Mayor of Birmingham, led Cannings into the real, luxuriant growth years of World War II and the post-war years of enormous demand for domestic consumer goods.

Gunn/Canning William Gunn was a wealthy Birmingham citizen who had four daughters and three sons. The first recognisable reference to a Gunn-Canning connection is reference to Kenyon Street (or Kenion Street - as it appears in the St. Paul’s District Rate Levy Book for 1823-7 where an Edmund Gunn carried on the occupation of grocer and druggist. Also he had premises in Constitution Hill. When William Gunn died in 1835 he left two daughters who inherited, but there is no mention of William Canning age 24 who was living above the premises at the time, in Kenyon Street.

1837 saw the end of the Gunn era but the beginning of the Canning era when William Canning married Eliza one of the Gunn daughters. The shop sold a very wide range of groceries and other products, but one of the largest sales were of sugar, and oil. 1851 was a propitious one and Birmingham mirrored the country’s industrial climate. The emerging industry of machine tools, production of standard gauges, classified screws, and screw threads were of crucial interest and explosives, phosphates, and a host of other chemical products were being produced in the city. Michael Faraday’s researches brought the elements of electrochemistry to the knowledge of industry and Birmingham industrialist Elkington who was making a fortune from the process of electroplating gold and silver. William Canning was prospering at the same time and William and his wife Eliza decided to leave their living accommodation in Kenyon Street and to buy more property in Soho Road, Handsworth. 1909 saw a great increase in the chemical business before the War when the company was even buying in cyanide rather than making it themselves. Additional premises were taken in Kenyon Street and in 1910 new premises were taken in Great Hampton Street, followed by new offices and warehouse nearby. The years leading up to the beginning of the First World War was not easy for the company but the company itself was known for its generosity to its serving employees and parcels were distributed freely. In 1916 an additional storey was added to the Kenyon Street building. In 1923 the works produced 697 tons of polishing compositions, 12 tons of felt bobs, 44 tons of stitched mops and nearly 20,000 Z quality mops. In 1924 a New Lacquering Shop was built in Northwood Street - also In 1924 a gigantic outing was arranged (even a train was chartered) to take all of its employees to the great Wembley

1896. Engineering Works, Snow Hill. The premises were burnt to the ground on 23 August 1918. See story next month.

1910. Kenyon Street Extension.

1925. Lacquer Works, Northwood Street.

provided a base for supplying chemicals to Ford of Cologne, to Mercedes and to BMW. These German activities were among the most profitable in the group. Cannings had an enormous input into the chrome-plating industry incidentally Kenyon Street policemen were among the first to adopt chrome plated buttons! In 1927 the works on the corner of Great Hampton Street was constructed by T. Elvin’s & Sons of Soho Hill and was the first specially constructed building for engineering, which was extended later and in 1936 a new office block, corner of Great Hampton Street and Hall Street was built. In 1938 more new premises were built in Constitution Hill. Sir Ernest Canning who was a heavy smoker had survived the war and celebrated his 80th birthday but in 1946 he collapsed and died whilst bending over to tie his shoe laces! The boom in chrome plating caused by the cycle industry was quickly followed by an even bigger upsurge with the growing car industry, which was also boosted by the demand for domestic appliances and a growing relationship was emerging with Cannings’ neighbour Joseph Lucas Ltd who had the distinction of buying more automatic plants from Cannings than anyone else in the world, but the heyday of the 40s and 50s was gone when the electroplating trade was in decline. (Birmingham Mail. November 27 1873)

A Man Boiled Yesterday morning Thomas Humphries, 29, Water Street, went to the house of Mr. Wm. Shayler, Brookfield Tavern, Hingeston Street, to brew. About eight o’clock he was called to his breakfast. He replied that he was coming, but as he failed to do so after half an hour had elapsed, Miss Shay-

1938. Administration Block, Great Hampton Street.

(Birmingham Weekly Mercury. April 14 1900).

Exhibition. Although Birmingham was the centre of UK trading, a previous relationship with Australia was rebuilt and business opportunities in other countries were being sought. The subsequent formation of Canning GmbH

A Windfall for Creditors It is worth recording that Mr. Thomas Fawdry, who some years ago carried on business as a corn factor at Great

Attempts were made to recover and many takeovers occurred including that of John Betts but there were many set-backs. In 1981 the famous Canning landmark on the corner of Kenyon Street and Great Hampton Street was demolished and in 1982 they moved into ‘Canning House’ in St. Paul’s Square, originally occupied by Rabone Chesterman. In the 1980s, it became necessary to make hundreds of redundancies, including 200 staff on one Friday, Harper Canning Ltd emerged as the largest element of the engineering business to survive in one piece and it continued to occupy half of the new premises in Pitsford Street. In 1984 ‘Canning Walk’ was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and 1985 opened with a New Years Honour award of the BEM. It went to Patrick McGillicuddy, a Transport and General Works Union convenor in the Materials company for twenty years. 1998 W. Canning was taken over by MacDermid Incorporated.

David A Thomas: David A Thomas (firmly established as a naval historian of WWII joined Cannings as a sales and marketing executive in 1946. In 1985 he gained access to Canning’s basement and from the archives he found there he wrote ‘The Canning Story - 1785-1985’ ISBN 0 86254 1301. ler again called him. In the afternoon the landlord went into the brewhouse, and was horrified to find the body of Thomas in a large mashtub containing boiling-hot wort. The body presented a sickening sight, having been actually boiled, and it almost fell to pieces when removed. It is supposed that the unfortunate man, while enaged in brewing, was seized with a fit, to which he was subject, and fell into the vat of boiling liquor. Hampton Street, and was adjudged bankrupt in 1886 has recently paid the whole of his unsecured creditors the full amount of their debts. He has been successful as a paper manufacturer in Tasmania and has lately become possessed through the death of his brother, of means which have enabled him to discharge his former liabilities. February 2014

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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 2014/00215/PA 15 Caroline Street Hockley Birmingham B3 1TR. Listed building consent for change of use from 4 no. live/work units (C3) to 8 no. aparthotel units (C3 & C1), including minor internal alterations. 14-01-2014 2014/00212/PA. 15 Caroline Street Hockley Birmingham B3 1TR. Change of use from 4 no. live/work units (C3) to 8 no. apart-hotel units (C3 & C1), including minor internal alterations. 14-012014 2013/09440/PA Chamberlain Court 26-27 Hall Street Ladywood Birmingham B18 6BS. Display of 3 no. nonilluminated fascia signs. 24-12-2013 2014/00233/PA 55 Charlotte Street Birmingham B3 1PX. Application for a non material amendment following a grant of planning permission 2011/05271/PA for an increase of rooflights from 4no. to 5no. 14-01-2014. 2013/09442/PA 90-104 Constitution Hill Hockley Birmingham B19 3JT. Installation of solar panels to roof. 23-12-2013


Planning Applications and Decisions from the Jewellery Quarter.

access. 19-11-2013 2013/07515/PA 29 Warstone Lane Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6JQ. Listed building consent for internal alterations to form 6 no. 1 and 2 bed flats 07-10-2013 2013/07514/PA 29 Warstone Lane Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6JQ Change of use from office to 6 no. 1 and 2 bed flats. 07-10-2013 2013/07382/PA 88-90 Vittoria Street Birmingham B1 3PA. Change of use from (Use Class B1) offices to Use Classes A3 (Restaurant and Cafes), A4 (Drinking Establishments) and A5 (Hot Food Take-aways) 02-10-2013

New Decisions 2013/07382/PA 88-90 Vittoria Street Birmingham B1 3PA. Change of use from (Use Class B1) offices to Use Classes A3 (Restaurant and Cafes), A4 (Drinking Establishments) and A5 (Hot Food Take-aways). Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions.

Older Decisions 2013/08205/PA 55 Charlotte Street Birmingham B3 1PX. Non material amendment attached to planning approval 2011/05271/PA for alterations to the design of roof lights and alterations to obscured windows. Final Decision - Approve 2013/08007/PA The Mint Block 8 98 Icknield Street Birmingham B18 6RY. Non Material Amendment to approval 2003/00394/PA for minor alterations to the elevations. Final Decision - Approve 2013/05972/PA 33 Pitsford Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6LJ. Erection of a three storey building to provide 12 apartments with associated amenity area and car parking. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions

2013/09388/PA Land at Icknield Street/ Pope Street/Moreton Street Birmingham B1 3AS. Minor Material Amendment attached to planning approval 2012/06674/PA for the creation of a mezzanine and minor alterations to elevation design. 20-12-2013

2013/07186/PA Assay Office LP Adjacent to Assay Office Newhall Street/ Charlotte Street Birmingham B3 1BD. Application for prior notification for replacement of telecommunications equipment and associated cabinet Final Decision - Prior Approval Required and to Approve with Conditions.

2013/08589/PA Caroline Street Crowford House, land adjacent Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1UP. Erection of new 3/4 storey building to provide ground floor commercial space, 12 no. apartments and associated parking and

2013/06689/PA 45-50 Tenby Street North Hockley Birmingham B1 3EG. Application for a non material amendment to planning approval 2012/06886/ PA for additional windows to plot 1 second and third floor bathroom and

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shower rooms and plots 5 - 8 - third floor shower rooms. Final Decision - Refuse. 2013/02954/PA The Birmingham Mint Icknield Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6RU. Conversion of floors 1 and 2 to provide 6 no. apartments, changes to the front and rear entrances with internal works, installation of solar panels to roof, retention of ground floor offices and associated car parking. Final Decision - Refuse 2013/02823/PA The Birmingham Mint Icknield Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6RU. Listed Building Consent for the conversion of floors 1 and 2 to provide 6 no. apartments, changes to the front and rear entrances with internal works, improvements to the front sash windows, installation of solar panels to roof, retention of ground floor offices and associated car parking. Final Decision - Refuse. 2013/07008/PA 109-111 Pope Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3AG. Conservation Area Consent for demolition of rear single storey workshop and replace with three storey workshop. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/06878/PA CBD The Big Peg 120 Vyse Street Birmingham B18 6NF. Prior notification application for the installation of transmission dish and associated works. Final Decision - No Prior Approval Required 2013/06741/PA Unit 4 62 Camden Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3DP. Installation of replacement windows on front and side elevation. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/06711/PA 28 Camden Drive Birmingham B1 3LR. Installation of 3 no. new windows and alterations to existing glazing to front elevation. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/06349/PA 16 Hockley Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6BL. Display of 1no. non illuminated sign. Final Decision - Approve Temporary 2013/06183/PA Land off Augusta Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham. Formation of car park with associated access. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/06142/PA Warstone Lane and Vyse Street Land at corner of Jewellery Quarter Birmingham. Creation of ‘Golden Square’ to include event area, promenade, orchard, retail/information kiosk and associated public realm improvements. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/06098/PA Warstone Lane Cemetery Warstone Lane Hockley Birmingham B18 6NN. Remedial/repair works

to existing retaining wall which has collapsed that forms part of “The Catacombs”. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/06076/PA 120 Pope Street Carver Street Birmingham B1 3AG. Erection of a 5-storey building to provide an 82 bedroom hotel with associated basement plant rooms and back of house facilities. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/06075/PA Kenyon Forge Unit 14, Kenyon Street Birmingham B18 6DH Change of use to tattoo studio (suigeneris). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/05117/PA 31A Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HH. Listed Building Consent for erection of covered entrance porch / portico to front elevation and feature railings to ground floor windows Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2013/05116/PA 31A Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HH. Erection of covered entrance porch / portico to front elevation and feature railings to ground floor windows. 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.

5 GREAT BOOKS ON SALE AT YBA PUBLICATIONS JEWELS OF OUR CITY - Birmingham 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, including the editor of The Hockley Flyer Marie Haddleton. Personal stories are followed by a series of individual and old established firms still at work today. Smaller jewellery manufacturers are not forgotten including those producing contemporary work such as Crescent Silver and Silver Birch, and more... It costs £14.95 + £2 post 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. More than 180 photographs showing how Hockley has changed 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. 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 £3.50 + £1.10 P&P

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!

THE BIRMINGHAM JEWELLERY QUARTER: AN INTRODUCTION AND GUIDE: By John Cattell, Bob Hawkins The first section explains the evolution of the Quarter and acts as an introduction to its characteristic buildings, the people who work there, and their products. The second section provides a walking tour of the Quarter, highlighting some of the most significant buildings, which readers can use to explore the area. It costs £2.50 + £1.10 P&P - SPECIAL OFFER


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Now - 22 Feb - THE NIGHT WATCH - Memory Stather RBSA Solo Show. A collection of pencil sketches, pastels and watercolours of owls and other birds of prey. 22 Feb - HIPGNOSIS - St Pauls Gallery. Launch day event to celebrate the works of two great artists, the late Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell, who founded the infamous photo-design studio, Hipgnosis. Amazing works on display by Hipgnosis-Including some classics, Darkside of the Moon, Led Zeppalin ect, Plus unseen works and some recently published covers for 10cc at 2pm Aubrey (Po) will be telling some amusing stories as to how some of the album covers were achieved and how his amazing career began. Graham will be discussing how 10cc formed their relationship with Hipgnosis and what made it so successful. Plus more. This is a free event but please RSVP to or call 0121 236 5800 Now - 08 Mar - CUT AWAY - Shenac Rogerson ARBSA Solo Show. Linoprints featuring blocks of colour and line that create clean and spacious compositions with dynamic statements of colour. Now - 22 Mar - ILLUSTRATED POTS OF NATURAL SCOTLAND - Peter Wareing RBSA Solo Show. A collection of new ceramics with imagery influenced by natural forms found in South West Scotland. Now - 05 Apr - MELTING POT CRAFT EXHIBITION - Celebrating multicultural modern-day Britain, Melting Pot showcases the diverse and eclectic cultural influences present within the British craft scene. The exhibition offers an opportunity to reflect upon the significance of travel, migration and religion for contemporary designer maker craft. Work on display includes Andrea Thorpe’s jewellery exploring Japanese and South African floral motifs, Saima Hussain’s pieces inspired by traditional henna patterns, and Malin Winberg’s metalwork informed by Finnish folklore. Now - 01 Mar - The BIRMINGHAM TODAY COMPETITION is part of our 2014 celebrations. This selected exhibition will be an opportunity to celebrate the second city in all its aspects: topographical, cultural, sporting, culinary, political and social. It also aims to raise the profile of contemporary Birmingham and its artistic talent. Artists working in all media* can enter. The first prize, The Dugdale Prize, is £2,000 and will be presented by Lady Cylla Dugdale. The second prize is £500 and there are additional prizes. Apply to the gallery to enter - deadline 29 January. This exhibition is open to all artists working in all media including jewellery, ceramics and textiles as well as drawing, painting and printmaking.

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24 Feb - 05 Apr - MARGARET FAIRHEAD RBSA solo show. Margaret presents a series of stitched pieces inspired by observations of flowers from her garden. Don’t miss Margaret’s demonstration on 1 March. 03 Mar - 15 Mar - WORKSHOP TUTORS’ EXHIBITION. Tempted by a 1 to 3 day Spring or Summer adult workshop? Come and see work produced by our tutors and be inspired to learn something new! 10 Mar - 03 May - PAT LANDON RBSA Solo Show. Out and About in Italy, Wales and the Netherlands. A year of travelling, recorded as Pat saw it. 19 Mar - 29 Mar - FRIENDS’ EXHIBITION. Friends of the RBSA show off their talent in a range of media. Ann Hackett, Friend of the RBSA, will demonstrate how she creates her delicate pencil and wash drawings on Saturday 22 March. This exhibition is only open to Friends of the RBSA. Works including jewellery, ceramics and textiles as well as drawing, painting and printmaking are all welcome entries. 24 Mar - 17 May - ANDREW MATHESON RBSA Solo Show. A display of forms in porcelain experimenting with a barium glaze.

Training & Education

10 Feb and 24 Mar - UNDERSTANDING JEWELLERY VALUATIONS. This course is ideal for anyone with an interest in the value of jewellery. This includes retailers, pawnbrokers, auctioneers and those involved in consumer complaints or insurance replacement. It is expected that delegates have some experience of jewellery and gemstones. This course also includes a unique behind the scenes tour of the Hallmarking floor. 12 Feb and 26 Mar - UNDERSTANDING PRODUCT SAFETY FOR FASHION ACCESSORIES. This one day course offers basic level training for jewellery technologists and costume jewellery and fashion accessories buyers who wish to understand new and current EU and USA product legislation and testing requirements before supplying products for sale to consumers. Course Fee – £195 + VAT per Delegate Maximum of 8 Delegates.

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21st Feb - 1.00-3.00pm - CREATIVE BADGES Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. Family friendly craft activity. Design and create your very own pin badge with our exciting badge machine! £1.00 per person. 25 Feb and 11 Mar - UNDERSTANDING DIAMONDS. This course is intended for retail staff who already have some experience of selling jewellery and precious stones. It will provide an in-depth understanding of diamonds improving their confidence when selling. Course fee £250 + VAT Maximum of 4 Delegates 26 Feb - AN INTRODUCTION TO TOUCH ACID TESTING. 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. Course Fee £250 + VAT per Delegate. 03 Mar - FIRST IMPRESSIONS. A one-day print-making workshop for beginners! Receive an introduction to a variety of techniques and make your own print based on a still-life. Booking essential. £53 per person. 04 Mar - 05 Mar - MYTHS AND LEGENDS. Create a mythological print in this two-day workshop using dry-point, lino-cut or collagraph print techniques. Suitable for all abilities. Booking essential. Price £103 per person. 06 Mar - 07 Mar - MAKING A SCENE: Colour, Pattern and Stitch. A two-day workshop to experiment with a range of textile techniques and produce a piece inspired by objects and scenes from your environment. Suitable for all abilities. Booking essential. Price £103 per person 08 Mar - INSPIRATIONAL LANDSCAPES. A oneday pastel workshop led by Janette Summerfield RBSA to discover how to combine different techniques, colours and papers and create imaginative pastel paintings with confidence. Suitable for all abilities. Booking essential. £50 per person 10 Mar - THE ETCHED PORTRAIT. Workshop led by Annette Pugh ARBSA. Learn how to translate a photographic portrait into a print in one day and decorate it using chine-collé* techniques. Booking essential. Price £54 per person 11 Mar - 12 Mar - PORTRAITS FROM LIFE: TRICKS OF THE TRADE. Workshop led by John Davenport RBSA. A two-day workshop to gain an insight into the well-established ‘tricks’ that help artists take on the challenge of capturing a likeness from life. Suitable for all abilities. Booking essential. Price £107 per person 12 Mar - UNDERSTANDING WATCHES This hands-on course is intended for retail staff or enthusiasts who already have some experience of watches. The one day course will provide an understanding

of the technical aspects and benefits of different types of watches, improving confidence when selling. it will also teach basic practical skills which enable delegates to diagnose possible faults and carry out maintenance repairs. Course Fee – £195 + VAT per Delegate Maximum of 6 Delegates 13 Mar - 14 Mar - MIXED MEDIA PRINTMAKING. Workshop led by John Scott Martin PPRBSA. A twoday workshop to find out how to produce dynamic designs and get results quickly by combining collage and lino-block printing. Suitable for all abilities. Booking essential. Price £105 per person 15 Mar - WONDERFUL WATERCOLOURS. Workshop led by Vivienne Cawson RBSA. Learn how to create beautiful watercolours, in this one-day workshop, by working directly from a floral still life and using a variety of interesting techniques. Suitable for all abilities. Booking essential. Price £55 per person 23 Mar - BEAUTIFUL BAGS Workshop led by Cynthia Pearson RBSA. Make your own decorative draw-string bag using a range of fabrics and thread. An excellent Mothers’ Day gift! Booking essential. This workshop is suitable for children aged 6 to 12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. £6 per child. 18 Mar - UNDERSTANDING ANTIQUE JEWELLERY. 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. Course Fee £150 + VAT per Delegate maximum of 10 Delegates. 25 Mar - UNDERSTANDING COLOURED GEMSTONES. This one day interactive training course takes an in depth look at some of the most important coloured stones used in jewellery, including sapphires, rubies, emeralds and tanzanite. Delegates will gain a good commercial understanding of these stones and key selling points for each one. Course Fee £250 + VAT per Delegate Maximum of 4 Delegates.


09 Mar - Noon. TOURS OF WARSTONE LANE and KEY HILL CEMETERIES (2nd Sunday each Month except Dec). Warstone Lane Cemetery start at Noon, meet in the cemetery near the Pitsford Street entrance. Key Hill Cemetery start at 2pm , meet by the island inside the cemetery near the Icknield Street Entrance. Per person per cemetery - £3.00, per couple per cemetery - £5.00. Accompanied children under 16 - Free


Classical, Theatre etc.

06 Mar @ 1.15pm - 1.45pm. St Pauls Church - THURSDAY LIVE Organ Recital. Played by Paul Carr: Alfred Hollins (1865-1942) Concert Overture in C minor | J.S. Bach (1685-

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06 Mar - 15 Mar - MACBETH @ Blue Orange Theatre. Shakespeare’s murderous tale of greed, witchcraft and madness. Along with his friend Banquo, Macbeth stumbles upon three witches who foretell a great future ahead of him. After recounting his encounter to his wife they conclude that King Duncan is the only person standing between him and greatness. Various times for performances please see website for booking details


Pop, Rock, Blues, Soul, etc.

11 Feb - KENT duCHAINE: A really entertaining Blues Singer and Slide Guitarist from the United States 12 Feb - 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. 13 Feb - The SUBS: Great chance to see one of our most popular of weekend bands play not only some of their rock anthem set, but a few of their own material! 14 and 15 Feb - 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. 18 Feb - JAZZLINES presents ... Bryan Corbett Chris Dodd Green Quartet: Awardwinning Bryan is a member of the legendary Jazz/HipHop outfit, “Us3” and works regularly with the likes of Ben E King, Tony Christie, and Gary US Bonds as well as touring around the globe as a solo artist at festivals & concert halls. Bryan has recently formed this new quartet which he co-leads with Chris Dodd which features Sean Hargreaves, keys; Mark Fletcher, drums; and Chris Dodd, on bass. 19 Feb - DUELLER 88: Boogie-woogie classics from Jam House regulars, Dino Baptiste and Joe Stafford on Duelling Pianos but tonight with a full band in support - dance and sing along! 20 Feb - 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. 21 and 22 Feb - 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. 25 Feb - 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 on 0121 200 3030.

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26 Feb - The JOHN STEEDS: “The John Steeds is a driving guitar four-piece, whose eclectic and imaginative blend of feel good music comprises a relentless barrage of sixties hits and rock‘n‘roll classics, performed with punch and passion and designed for dancing.” There’s the pitch - come and see for yourselves (don’t forget your dancing shoes)! 27 Feb - LatinMotion presents DEL CAMINO: Popular seven piece Salsa Band supported by LatinMotion DJs. Salsa classes from LatinMotion’s own Mauricio Reyes, from 9pm. ( 28 Feb and 01 Mar - 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. 04 Mar - DOWNSTROKE: Downstroke’s funky mid-week special is a regular and popular feature at the Jam House with an eclectic selection of classic soul 05 Mar - SHAKATAK: “Night Birds”, “Down on the Street”, and “Easier Said than Done” are just three of the instantly recognisable tracks of Shakatak, a band at the fore-front of the UK Jazz Funk scene of the early ‘eighties. 06 Mar - FAULKNER: A terrific guitarist and vocalist, Simon Faulkner brings his new band to the Jam House for an entertaining range of jazz funk, soul and dance classics from the seventies & eighties. 07 and 08 Mar - 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. 11 Mar - JAZZLINES presents ... TOM HILL and ZZ BOP: This is Tom Hill’s funkiest ensemble ever! Featuring Tom himself on bass and vocals plus the wonderful Ian Ellis on sax, Craig Milverton on keys and everyone’s favourite drummer Neil Bullock. 12 Mar - 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.

Weekly Events

Every week at your local - probably!

Sundays from 2:30pm. THE SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT (Acoustic Acts downstairs) at the Actress and Bishop, Ludgate Hill. Mondays from 9:00pm. QUIZBOX Quiz Night (Downstairs)at the Actress and Bishop, Ludgate Hill Tuesdays from 8:00pm - RED SPANGLY JACKET QUIZ The Red Lion 95 Warstone Lane. Team up, or go it alone (if you’re feeling lucky) and take on the infamous Red’s Tuesday Quiz. Thursdays from 8:30pm. QUIZ AT THE QUEENS The Queens Arms, Newhall Street Join us for our great pub quiz in Birmingham. Saturdays from 11:00pm. STIRLINGS Ludgate Hill. Enjoy all your favourite old Skool Classics, RnB, Hip Hop, Garage & House to take you back to the good old days!

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 February 2014

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Sales Consultant Required: We are recruiting a highly motivated sales person selling fine jewellery, with exceptional customer service skills and good I.T skills. You must be capable of working as a team player and confident in hitting sales targets with a proven track record. A good knowledge of diamonds and other precious stones is required although not essential. A highly competitive salary and bonuses paid. Email CV & Covering letter to Order your classified advert online - visit and look for the classified page or the store!!!!

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Classifieds... BUSINESS SERVICES A GREAT opportunity for a polisher to work for yourself. Polishing lathes for rent. Two polishing lathes to rent on site in the Jewellery Quarter. 3-phase Lathes are fully operational with extraction.Low monthly rent and guaranteed polishing work.Experience of polishing brass and copper required. Please contact Lee on 0121 236 2335.


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.


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

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INDEPENDENT JEWELLERY VALUATION SERVICE DB CIVILS Limited specialises in all types of construction work from resurfacing, drainage, brickwork, utility connections, and site clearance. Our clients include the Catholic Church, Western Power Distribution and Birmingham City Council Education Dept. All work is fully guaranteed and we have £5million public liability for added protection. Visit our website for more details Phone: 07930 934611 / 0121 6498568

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Jewellery Quarter. Star ting with an over view of the Jewellery Quarter’s origins and development, chapters follow with personal narratives from those working in the Quarter today, including the editor of The Hockley Flyer Marie Haddleton. Personal stories are followed by a series of individual and old established firms still at work today. Their stories include Deakin and Francis, Charles Green, The Acme Whistle Company, Toye Kenning & Spencer, Thomas Fattorini Ltd, Gladman and Norman,The Assay Office, and The Pen Room. Smaller jewellery manufacturers are not forgotten including those producing contemporary work such as Crescent Silver and Silver Birch, and more... Available from http://www.


AGADIR SPA is an Authentic Moroccan Beauty Centre based in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. We offer full spa treatm e n t s e r v i c e s. Whether you need to unwind, relax and pamper yourself or improve your skin and body, get ready for a party, or simply want to enjoy superior Beauty Therapy with friends why not visit us? We believe that beauty should be for everyone, because when you take care to look and feel your best, you feel better about yourself. Our therapists are passionate about delivering honest and professional advice, and working with you to address your personal beauty needs. W: T: 0121 679 843 or 07909 171 719 LEARN THE secret to beautiful skin. Your personal skin care specialist will guide you to your optimum healthy skin. Also offer: HD Eyebrows, Threading, Waxing, Electrolysis, and Spray Tanning. Event - Sunday 9th March at ICC Birmingham. Asian Bride Show

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Live. Claim free ticket www.asianbride. me. Visit the Skin Practice stand. Try our collagen drink complimentary to stay looking young. T: 0121 233 3010. W: 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. W:


KRYPTON JEWELLERS Ltd has been trading for 30 years and is looking to expand our company even further. We currently have various employment opportunities one being a Jewellery Designer to be a key member of our ever growing bespoke CAD Service Team. Candidates need to be organised have strong communication skills and experience with Matrix/Rhino. Duties will include designing bespoke items with CAD Software and Manufacturing. Work as part of a design team in creating new designs and managing a library of the products.The position is permanent and on a full time basis with opportunities for further training. To apply email covering letter and CV to Mr R Woolley. sales@

SALES AGENTS and Reps are required to sell BOHEM branded jewellery. BOHEM is a brand new jewellery concept and all the production take place in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. BOHEM launched their products last May and since then it caught the eye of several media publications. For more info please visit or Google “BOHEM nails” to view what the media and bloggers had to say about us. Highly rewarding commissions and bonuses applies. Phone: 07891429466.


PLOT FOR self build house sought in Quarter by JQ resident couple seeking to up-size. Infill, back-fill-your car-park or yard? Must be freehold with unencumbered access and residential planning consent (or purchase dependent on obtaining it). Would consider f/h conversion project. Know someone with possible site? State size, location, and price aspiration. Tel: 0121 200 1055

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Large 4 Bedroom House.

Grade II listed Town House.



Hockley | Birmingham.

Jewellery Quarter.

Profile for Mark Haddleton

The Hockley Flyer  

Trade magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter February 2014, # 343

The Hockley Flyer  

Trade magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter February 2014, # 343