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HELP

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CRACKING THE HALLMARKING CODE...

APP

...EASILY WORK OUT THE AGE OF A PIECE OF JEWELLERY OR SILVERWARE

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.

Priced at only £9.99, the app also contains useful hallmark information, and will be an invaluable “on the go” tool for the jewellery industry and the general public.

Download the App today!

PO Box 151, Newhall street Birmingham B3 1sB Tel: 0871 871 6020 | E-mail: gem@theassayoffice | www.theassayoffice.co.uk


• DISCREET TRADE SHOWROOM • FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE • IMMEDIATE PAYMENT BY: • CASH • BANK TRANSFER • CHEQUE

TOP PRICES PAID BUYERS OF ALL PRECIOUS METALS

VISIT THE SHOWROOM OR CALL NO.1 AUGUSTA STREET TEL –

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Inside this month’s issue...

Editorial ....................... 26

The Queens Arms Pub Quiz on Primetime TV.......... 28

News............................. 28

Just Landed – New Melting Pot – Get Yours Today... 28

Events .......................... 38

Stamp of Approval for Assay Office Digital Plans...... 29

Classifieds ................... 44

Jack Row Launches Mirage Collection ..................... 30

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Lights, Camera & Vitamin Shots!............................... 30 Behind the Glass - New Project ................................ 31 Diamond Symposium at Intergem 2014.................... 31 Jewellery Designers and Metalwork Stars Shine...... 32 Blue Orange Youth Theatre Celebrates 1st Birthday!.33 The Hockley Flyer - 30 Years of Excellence............... 34 Still Going Strong After 20 years – Jewellery Quarter Businesses Are Working Together............................. 35 J R Gaunt & Son Ltd.................................................. 36

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Quality jewellery supp with over 600 years of


plies, delivered experience Darren 10 years experience – Darren joined Betts Metal Sales earlier this year, coming to us from a jewellery quality control background. Darren has a varied role working within our Accounts Department and Despatch Team, with main responsibilities for quality control and the timely despatch of all orders. With Darren’s keen eye for detail, he ensures that all goods must meet our quality requirements before hitting your bench!

BMS Bullion

Betts Metal Sales only stocks the best quality alloys across all of our products. We go to a great deal of effort to ensure our customer focused service matches this excellent product quality and our bullion is no exception. We offer a huge range of sheet, wire, tube, hallmarked shanks, solders and more in a variety of precious metals. All bullion orders can be cut to individual requirements plus there is a NO MINIMUM order policy on any alloy.

www.bettsmetalsales.com t: 0121 233 2413

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

Betts Family 254 years experience! With the original family business founded in 1760, the Betts family have been continuously involved in the jewellery trade for nine generations.


HS WALSH & SONS LIMITED - HEAD OFFICE Hunter House, Biggin Hill Airport, Churchill Way, Biggin Hill, Kent TN16 3BN Phone: 01959 543660 Fax: 01959 574231 Email: mail@hswalsh.com

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

www.hswalsh.com

www.graysonclocks.com

AUTUMN OFFERS PRECIOUS METAL TESTER

NEW! NEW A-SOURCE DIAMOND TESTER A HIGHLY SENSITIVE DIAMOND TESTER WITH COLOURED LED DISPLAY. Factory calibrated with visual and audio indication for Diamond. Uses 3 x AAA batteries (included).

Ref TD562

SPECI A OFFER L FOR TESTING PRECIOUS METALS QUICKLY AND ACCURATELY. Test carried out on the article. Instructions attached to lid for ease of use. Contained in a strong wooden case. Ref TT54

Was £51.90 Now £41.50

REPLACEMENT BOTTLES ALSO SOLD SEPARATELY. Each one contains 3ml of testing acid.

Ref Ref Ref Ref Ref

TT541 Base bottle (Gold below 9ct) TT542 9ct TT543 14-15ct TT544 18-24ct TT545 Silver

Replacement bottles were £9.80 each Now £8.00

DIAMONDNITE DUAL TESTER

£64.00

SPECIA OFFER L

A BATTERY OPERATED HAND-HELD DIAMOND/MOISSANITE TESTER. Distinguishes between diamond and moissanite in one easy test. Supplied with case, battery and full instructions.

Ref TD55 Was £155.00 Now £127.50

FLEXI FILE A FOUR WAY FLEXIBLE MICRO-MESH FILE. Cushioned abrasive in 150mx (Dark Grey) 2400,(Pink) 4000 (White) and 12000 grade (Grey) silicon carbide and aluminium oxide, offers unique qualities to the user when polishing curved of circumferential surfaces, preventing the formation of "flats” which often happens when using tones or files.

Ref TP8

£1.02

TO SEE ALL THIS MONTHS SPECIAL OFFERS VISIT OUR NEW WEB SHOP www.hswalsh.com PLEASE NOTE ALL PRICES QUOTED ARE EXCLUSIVE OF VAT AND CARRIAGE AND ARE RELEVANT FOR THIS MONTH ONLY


PRECIOUS METALS MELTING SERVICE

NEW

SCRAP PRECIOUS METAL RECOVERY SERVICE

THE ANALYTICAL LABORATORY HAS SEVERAL INDUCTION FURNACES TO ENABLE A FASTER AND MORE EFFICIENT MELTING SERVICE.

SAFELY STORE AND SEND YOUR SCRAP USING OUR NEW MELTING POT SERVICE

Melt and assay of scrap containing GOLd, SILVER, PLATINUM and PALLAdIUM.

Same day melt and assay service is available; a premium will be charged.

dip sampling from the core of the molten metal provides highly accurate results. All remaining dip samples together with any residues are returned to the customer.

A trusted independent service, the Analytical Laboratory does not purchase precious metals and has no vested interest in the results.

The Analytical Laboratory reports are widely accepted by all the major refiners and bullion dealers – enabling you to sell for the best price. Certificate numbers are stamped on the bars.

If you would like more information please visit www.thelaboratory.co.uk, call us on 0871 871 6020 or email: testing@theassayoffice.co.uk

UKAS TESTING

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Analytical Laboratory, PO Box 151 Newhall Street Birmingham B3 1SB T: 0871 871 6020 F: 0121 236 3228 E: testing@theassayoffice.co.uk www.thelaboratory.co.uk


NEW DIAMOND CUTTING SERVICE AVAILABLE •

Any pattern, any metal

Specialists in palladium & platinum

One-off to quantity orders catered for

Quick turnaround

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UNITY W E D D I N G

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T: 0121 212 1652 F: 0121 236 1663 11 Northampton Street, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6DU sales@unityweddingbands.com


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HERITAGE SILVER Sterling Silver with Swarovski Crystals

Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Victorian styles, and lots more

Heritage Silver Ltd

18 South Street, Romford, Essex, RM1 1RA. Tel: 0845 130 3456 Email: sales@heritagesilver.co.uk www.heritagesilver.co.uk


The specialists in platinum and palladium casting. Visit our new website at www.jewelcast.co.uk

JewelCast: precious metal castings, finest quality, without compromise JewelCast Limited 58 Caroline Street, Hockley, Birmingham B3 1UF Tel: +44 (0) 121 212 1372 Fax: +44 (0) 121 212 3659 info@jewelcast.co.uk


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

Birmingham 0121 233 4007 London 0207 831 9888 ntrmetals.co.uk


DON’T LET YOUR GOLD GET AWAY!

1760 - 201 0 2 50 Y E A R S

Realise your liquid assets, you don’t need a bank account to take account of the new Gold Rush

Bank your tank with Betts • Clean scrap rate paid on your low grade settlement tank contents • Exchange for bullion products (wedding rings, sheet, wire etc.) • Full assay on tank contents • Investment bars available • Cash - Cheque - Bank transfer Can you afford not to have one of our tanks, you could be washing away one of these every year! Free delivery, fitting and collection service

BMS • 49-63 SPENCER STREET • HOCKLEY • BIRMINGHAM B18 6DE

0121 233 2413 www.bettsmetalsales.com


HEWITT-ROBOTECH J.V Machinery manufacturers & suppliers to the jewellery industry - Casting - Laser welding & Marking - Polishing & Finishing

We manufacture and sell the highest quality machinery with full service support

Laser welding & Marking technology NEUTEC USA Studio Plus laser welders

The most successful tabletop laser for years! Range of 60,100 and 125 Joule models, all capable of silver welding with touch screen control, detachable base, easy to operate and maintain NEUTEC USA Pulsepoint pedestal lasers Range of 110 and 130 Joule models with touch screen control, detachable base, ideal for high volumes, large pieces OROTIG open and tabletop laser markers Engraving system using latest fibre laser technology for very accurate marking of texts, drawings, images, graphite patterns on to all flat and curved surfaces, including rings, bracelets

Polishing & Finishing technology AVALON complete mass finishing systems can be designed to fit your operation - mass finishing wet & dry machines - vibratory machines - rotary tumblers & more Contact: Chris Hewitt Tel: 01630 698714 Mobile: 07767 822198 Email: chris@hewitt-impex.co.uk Web site: www.hewitt-impex.co.uk

AVALON buffing machines LUXI Polishing compounds

Casting technology Please see next month’s Hockley Flyer!


Presented by Mandy Ward and Simon Ward

SPECIALISTS IN DIAMONDS PRECIOUS AND SEMI PRECIOUS STONES AND UNUSUAL GEM STONES FAST AND EFFICIENT JOBBING SERVICE POSTAL SERVICE AVAILABLE

 0121 554 1907 (m) 07984 811982

or call at 22 Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6LE Situated alongside Wards of Vyse Street 16

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Bowjangles are one of the Leading Gold and Silver buyers in the UK

GOLD, SILVER & FOREIGN CURRENCY DEALERS

PAY NO COMMISSION ON ANY CURRENCY AVAILABLE EUROS

We sell £1=1.233 We buy £1=1.296

We also buy €1 & €2 Euro coins Prices paid 01/09/14

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PROVIDING SOLUTIONS FOR MICRO SOLDERING WE CAN SERVICE, REPAIR, PROVIDE SPARE PARTS, AND CONSUMABLES FOR ALL TYPES OF MICRO SOLDERING SYSTEMS.

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TRADE ONLY

0121 236 9844 41 Warstone Lane Hockley B18 6JJ

info@smpbullionanddiamonds.co.uk

9ct Diamond Rings Sold by Weight

Huge range of certified diamonds Parcels of diamond rings bought & sold Antique Jewellery and old cut diamonds

Call for Prices 0121 236 9844

Best prices paid for small jobbing stones

                Studiografik 98 Spencer Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6DB Tel: 0121 439 4812 em:design@studiografik.co.uk

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Andra Jewels Fast, reliable, high quality service Established in 1959

Plating zzGold, silver, rhodium zzNEW Rose gold!

Finishing zzPolishing, barrelling, lacquering

Enamelling zzCold enamelling

0121 551 0777 or 07904 722390

Hockley Hill, Birmingham B18 5AN (car parking available)

www.andrajewels.com

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s ’ e i l Ju Specialising in:

Tanzanites, Real & Synthetic Opals in white, black, Boulder & Mexican, Tsavorite, Amethysts, Citrines, Peridots,Pearls, onyx etc, Iolites, Emeralds, Rubies & Sapphires. Synthetics & Cubic zirconia’s in machine & far east grades. All available in a selection of shapes, sizes & colours. We offer a fast and reliable service for bulk and jobbing orders. Special one-off commissions specially cut.

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: www.diamond-milling-tools.com Email: Juliesstones@aol.com

Belle

Jewellery Ltd Jewellery Manufacturing Repair Specialist Polishing White Rhodium Plating Black Rhodium Plating Hard Gold Plating Rose Gold Plating

Paul Harris

15 Pitsford Street The Jewellery Quarter Birmingham, B18 6LJ Tel: 0121 554 8055 Mobile: 07887 996 895 Email: bellejewelleryltd@yahoo.com Web: www.bellejewelleryltd.com

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HOCKLEY MEDICAL PRACTICE PHARMACY (Adjacent To Hockley Medical Practice) 100 Warstone Lane, Hockley Birmingham B18 6DZ

Now Offering: Free NHS Stop Smoking Service Free Medicines Check SERVING YOUR MEDICAL NEEDS WITHIN THE HEART OF THE JEWELLERY QUARTER

Opening Hours: Monday To Friday 08:45am to 18:30pm Saturday- 9:00am to 13:00pm

Phone: 0121 200 3148


HANDMADE JEWELLERY STILL EXISTS!

Andreea Design

Handmade Bespoke Jewellery. • Fashion, original and classic designs. • We use only natural gems and we sell only our products. • The jewels that we have are unique pieces. • Replacing any diamond while you wait in any precious metal. • High quality finish at reasonable price.

15, Augusta Street, Birmingham B18 6JA Tel: 07473 920793 Email: andreeadesign@europe.com Web: www.andreeadesign.com

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 juliesvillas@aol.com or julieberry007@aol.com

FAX 0121 554 3136 September 2014

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t: 0121 236 2733 f: 0121 200 3056

info@awardle.co.uk www.awardle.co.uk

Pointon Young Chartered Accountants

“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 steve@pointonyoung.co.uk Tel: 0121 233 1030, 33 Ludgate Hill Birmingham, B3 1RB

Vidal Sassoon Trained

FOR THAT 2014 HAIR STYLE Ladies and Gents catered for

Studio 7, Style Works, 50/54 St Paul's Square, Birmingham B3 1QS. Tel: 0121 212 2231

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L A Overseas Company

50 NORTHAMPTON ST, HOCKLEY, BIRMINGHAM B18 6DX, ENGLAND Tel :- 00 44 (0) 121 236 6671 Email:- laoverseas1@yahoo.co.uk 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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Local Business Finance Provider Your local Asset Finance provider for: • Car Finance / Leasing • Commercial Vehicle Finance • Equipment Finance • Machinery Finance • IT Software & Hardware Finance • Business Loans

www.capexfinance.co.uk Please call for any Asset Finance enquiry 0121 262 6520

Capex Finance, 1 Church Court, Cox St, Birmingham B3 1RD Tel: 0121 262 6520 Fax: 0121 236 6636 Email: info@capexfinance.co.uk


PRESMAN MASTERMELT Trusted Since 1945

With over 30 years reclamation experience, I am now helping Businesses of all sizes around the ‘quarter’ achieve the maximum results from their workshop waste. Could you be missing out? Give me a call and see how I can help you.

t: 07956 232 734

e: jerrywitcomb@mastermelts.co.uk


It’s all about who you trust!

Trusted Since 1945 Your first choice for scrap, lemel and precious metal recovery Chemical diamond removal

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Editorial

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September 2014 Issue No. 350

General enquiries: k info@thehockleyflyer.info Editorial: Marie Haddleton  0121-236 4230 k marie@thehockleyflyer.info Production: Mark Haddleton  0121-236 4230 k mark@thehockleyflyer.info  www.thehockleyflyer.info t @hockleyflyer 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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Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.

With Autumn approaching we should take a little time to look carefully at our heating and other service bills. I hope this information will encourage you to take a closer look at your bills and not just pass them to be paid. by your accounts deptartment! When you are busy and keep getting cold-selling calls from all over the world from people who cannot even pronounce your name, urging you to change service suppliers, please just take a minute and check just what your charges are, especially your standing charges. We have been looking at our own bills for home and the office, and have found two Banks, phone, gas and electricity services have nearly all been overcharging us, systematically, for years! If you are a ‘good citizen’ and pay your bills, this could be happening to you as well. This is what service suppliers rely on - and don’t offer ‘special deals’ to existing customers. Power: We have been paying at least twice the per unit price we could have been paying for our electricity. We found it more difficult to ‘change’ than advertised, asking for your passport, driving licence, domestic bills, etc. to prove you even exist! This is very off-putting as you just don’t know who you are sending this information to - they don’t have to prove who THEY are, after all! Bank: (No 1): We changed our house/contents insurance to a Bank to take advantage of their ‘cheaper’ premium (as a result of cold-selling), but we found they were taking an ‘extra’ direct debit of over £24 per year as well as the agreed premium and couldn’t explain what it was for. We got a refund but if we hadn’t noticed - just how many years would they have continued to take unauthorised direct debits from our account? Bank (No 2): Some years ago, from a different bank, we had a loan and paid PPI Insurance, but just cannot get them to refund the money - despite all the cold sellers and banks who keep telling victims to apply for refunds! We can’t even understand their bland excuses for not refunding the money. Extra to Pay by cheque: Also check all your bills to see how much extra you are paying to pay by cheque (who can trust any service provider with a direct debit - remember we had a bill for over £11,000 for one quarter last year - again with no apology nor explanation - it was reduced to £37.50. British Telecom: Somehow they managed to increase our standing charge so that we could have free calls at the weekend - I never agreed to this - after all it is a business line - you pay more in standing charges for this facility but our free calls always amount to NIL! So, please, follow our advice and learn from our experience when you have some spare time - check your accounts yourself - you may be able to save quite a bit of money. We feel that all the ‘special offers’ advertised are at the expense of the loyal customers who pay their bills every quarter without checking just what they are paying for! A very special Welcome to Perry Beeches IV School in Legge Lane. It is really good to see the ‘Swan’ building being re-vitalised in this way. I actually have a Swan kettle made in 1946 which my brothers and I bought for our parents on their 25th wedding anniversary - Swan were the first to invent a safety cut off switch for when the water boiled. Marie Haddleton Editor


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Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more.

Just Landed – New Melting Pot – Get Yours Today

The Queens Arms Pub Quiz on Primetime TV A brand new, weekly prime-time reality pub quiz show for Sky 1 has chosen Birmingham’s Queens Arms pub as the perfect example of a great pub quiz. ‘Quiz Night’ is a new series for Sky 1 that will showcase the Great British quiz night in all its brilliant, quirky glory. Each week will see four different teams in four pubs across the country playing the same quiz at the same time. It is a quiz show and an observational documentary rolled into one, described as ‘Gogglebox meets the pub quiz’. The producers of the new show scoured the country to find the best pub quizzes and unsurprisingly The Queens Arms on Newhall Street in Birmingham city centre was chosen as amongst the very best. It is already described as, “the best pub quiz in Birmingham” and the TV experts agreed. It is set to feature right from episode

1 when the series airs later this year. On 4th September, Sky 1 took over the regular quiz slot and The Queens Arms joined in a simultaneous televised quiz with three other pubs around the country. Quizmaster Paul Barr has hosted the regular weekly quiz for the past 7 years and in that time, it has built a loyal following of eager quiz-goers. “Our regular players will play the quiz as usual so we’re hoping lots of them will come along”, says Paul, “the only difference will be that we’ll all become reality TV stars in the process”. Plus its set to be an on-going thing as the series producers are already looking at dates to come back to film more episodes and follow a regular team throughout the series. It is a major series for Sky 1, bringing real pub quizzes into people’s living rooms and allowing them to join in the discussions, debates, and probable arguments enjoyed by real life quiz teams. The regular ‘Quiz at the Queens’ takes place on Thursdays from 8:30pm, details of additional filming dates will be announced through The Queens Arms Twitter feed.

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The new ‘Melting Pot’ from the Analytical Laboratory has just arrived. Pop in to the Trade Counter at Assay Office Birmingham and pick yours up today. Safely store your scrap as you collect it in our new melting pot. Once full, bring it in and use our independent, fast, and efficient melt - and assay service. With the price of gold and other precious metal fluctuating, the demand for reclamation is still buoyant. The Analytical Laboratory has several induction furnaces to enable a faster and more efficient melting service. The laboratory is UKAS accredited, utilising both traditional and modern techniques to deliver an accurate, independent, reliable melt and assay service with integrity guaranteed. E: testing@theassayoffice.co.uk


The Assay Office Birmingham, in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, has received a stamp of approval, and a grant of £70,900, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its plans to bring collections dating to the 18th century into the digital age. Birmingham’s Assay Office was founded in 1773 after industrial pioneer Matthew Boulton tired of sending items from his Soho Manufactory to Chester for hallmarking – a mark assuring the fineness of precious metal and jewellery and one of the earliest forms of consumer protection. Independent testing and hallmarking of precious metal articles began in the 14th century and is still a legal requirement in the UK. Assay Office Birmingham is the longest surviving of the many businesses founded as a result of Boulton’s endless energy, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial vision. Its mark – an anchor – has already been struck on over 125 million articles in the first 14 years of the 21st century. With thousands of items spanning nearly 250 years of Birmingham’s jewellery and metalworking industries, the Assay Office’s private silver, coin and medal collections chronicle changes in manufacturing techniques, fashion, social history and lifestyles of the area. Its private library and archives hold a wealth of information in the Grade II-listed building in Newhall Street. Currently however, the collection

is detailed on paper records and a database which is over 30 years old. A six month project will see the electronic and photographic cataloguing of the Assay Office’s 1,700 item silver collection, its coins, medals, historic dies and library of 5,500 books, catalogues and drawings dating back to the 17th century. Reyahn King, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said: “Birmingham is the home of the Jewellery Quarter and a wealth of pioneering industrial heritage, in which the Assay Office played a key role – so millions of items bear the anchor hallmark! We’re extremely pleased to support this project to make the Assay Office collections and memories available digitally so that people can access a unique insight into the industries which helped give the city its worldclass reputation for jewellery and metalwork.” Nine people with a mix of specialist expertise will be involved in creating the electronic catalogue and making it accessible via a website. An oral historian will encourage and record anecdotes, comments and memories Kelmscott book

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Stamp of Approval for Assay Office Digital Plans

from former and existing staff – including some who worked there for over 50 years – to build a picture of how social and work life in the area, and particularly at the Assay Office, has changed. As well as making the impressive collection more accessible for students, researchers and the public, the electronic catalogue and website will bring previously uncatalogued items to light – including a Second World War fire warden’s uniform, architects plans of the Newhall Street building and historic paintings. Most of the metal and jewellery items in the collection bear Birmingham’s hallmark. This, along with other significant items such as rare Boulton silver coins and the ‘Droz collar’ (used to strike text and images around the side of coins) helps tell the story of Assay Office Birmingham. Chairman of the Assay Office Birmingham, Kate Hartigan, said of the grant: “We are extremely enthusiastic about this project which will enable historians, researchers, local people and students of all ages to benefit from the rich heritage resources of Assay Office Birmingham. Our team is passionate about what we do and we see ourselves as custodians of a long established and important institution. From the start we have been at the heart of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter and the Birmingham business, academic and heritage communities. We are immensely proud of our business and of our heritage, and it is absolutely right that the resources we have available should be more accessible. We are really looking forward to working on and completing the project.”


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Jack Row Launches Mirage Collection of Luxury Pens and Cufflinks Mirage - Tanzanite and Rose Gold Finish Writing Instrument. Following the success of his Architect, City and Jaali Collections, award winning British designer Jack Row based in the Jewellery Quarter has launched his latest range of luxury ‘Mirage’ writing instruments and cufflinks at leading pen specialist Penfriend located in London’s historic Burlington Arcade. Painstakingly hand crafted in England from solid sterling silver, each ‘Mirage’ writing instrument is lavishly

entwined with approximately twenty meters (sixty-five feet) of handtwisted sterling wire. This traditional goldsmithing technique creates an entirely unique pattern (individual to each piece), evoking the infinitely variable patterns formed in desert sands. Limited to 250 pieces worldwide, writing instruments and cufflinks are available in a range of finishes to suit all tastes including classic silver, yellow gold, rose gold, or black-antique. Hand finished and polished, each pen also features a stylish sprung clip which can have the added luxury of a sparkling 0.5 carat marquise-cut gemstone, such as tanzanite, emerald or pink sapphire. Practicing your penmanship becomes a pleasure as each writing instrument is flawlessly balanced and available with a choice of flexible titanium nib, solid 18ct gold nib or ceramic roller ball. Commenting on the idea behind his latest creation Jack explained: “My aim was to create a luxurious collection of pens and cufflinks which are carefully hand-crafted and

individually unique, yet priced at a specific point in order to make my work accessible to a wider range of clients and collectors.” Penfriend, who have outlets in both the prestigious Burlington Arcade and on Fleet Street, have chosen to launch Jack’s latest Collection. Amaya Cerdeirina, owner of Penfriend, has high praise for Jack’s work: “We are always on the lookout for new and desirable products which we can offer to our discerning clients. Jack Row is an exciting British brand, which we are pleased to stock alongside our traditional offerings. Burlington Arcade has long been associated with fine jewellery and it is appropriate that Jack’s new jewelled pens are presented here.” The Mirage Collection writing instruments retail between £995 and £1,595, with complementing cufflinks retailing at £199. W: www.jackrow.com

order to cope. On Sky channel 833 (being aired soon) you can watch me share some vital information on how you can gain more power, energy and strength,

maintain your optimum health, look and feel amazing all ‘on the run’. Catch a ‘behind the scenes’ video before airing, and latest updates on the website: www.theskinpractice.com

Lights, Camera & Vitamin Shots! Sandy Sandhu, founder of The Skin Practice has again been advising the whole world how to stay looking young and healthy with the world’s latest advance nutraceuticals, (which she herself has been drinking for over nine months). Sent from heaven, these god sent vitamins and minerals give you time to enjoy the finer things in life. I’m passing on this wonderful news to all you great people out there running around after your family, sometimes feeling you need superhuman help in

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The latest project from Blue Orange Arts entitled ‘Behind the Glass’ seeks to explore issues around the dangers of alcohol abuse, through a series of drama and film workshops which will culminate in the creation and showcase of an original 10 minute film. The project will work with a group of adults from Birmingham in providing them with the opportunity to work with a professional playwright and filmmaker. The participants will create a short film that reflects the issues, experiences, and perspectives discussed throughout the workshops. They will also take part in taster sessions

Diamond Symposium at Intergem 2014 This year’s Intergem (3–6 October) will bring together some high-calibre experts at the Diamond Symposium. They will explore the latest risks and opportunities in relation to this king of the gemstones. Diamonds are renowned for being

exploring the basics of film production such as storyboarding, editing and sound creation. Behind the Glass will run from Tuesday 14th October into early December 2014. It has been funded by Birmingham City Council under their Culture on Your Doorstep programme which aims to provide more artistic opportunities for adults in Birmingham. Blue Orange Arts are now recruiting participants who would like to be involved in the project. Places are open and free to all, including those who have an interest in the subject, have personal or indirect experiences with the dangers of alcohol abuse and those who would like to learn about the basics of film creation. To book your place, please contact Holly Phillips on studio@blueorangetheatre.co.uk or call 0121 212 2643. Places are limited.

hard-wearing; but diamonds are currently giving the industry cause for concern. Cheap stones from the internet are backing jewellers into a corner. Dieter Hahn from the Ph. Hahn Söhne diamond cutting business says: “Diamond databases and internet offers are problematic both for retailers and potential buyers. On the one hand, retailers have to learn to operate within smaller margins and potential consumers need to understand that these suppliers indiscrimi-

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Behind the Glass - New Project From Blue Orange Arts

nately mix the stock lists of several companies. As a result, prices vary greatly for stones of the same size and quality. The expertise on offer also varies.” Christine RoederHeiderich from the diamond testing laboratory DPL recommends, “The GIA, HRD, and DPL offer 100% certainty.” Stone cutting companies are also facing growing pressure because they cannot pass all of the price increase for uncut stones onto their customers. “Pressure on margins is having a serious impact on stone cutters and dealers in Antwerp, Tel Aviv, New York, and India,” says Jochen Müller, President of the Diamond and Precious Stones Bourse Idar-Oberstein. He adds, “The banks in particular will no longer provide financing in advance.” Given this pressure on margins and financing problems, some stone cutters are being forced to shut down. Another key and controversial issue at present are synthetic diamonds of gemstone quality. “One of the greatest challenges in gemmology at the moment is how to identify so-called mixed lots in the diamond mêlée sector,” says Dr. Ulrich Henn of the German Gemmological Association. Special test devices should help solve this problem. These are currently being supplied to the diamond bourses and selected laboratories by manufacturers or else are under development. This is reason enough for the experts to highlight these issues at Intergem, the leading professional trade fair for gemstones. On the Sunday of the fair (5 October, 11:00), a podium discussion will be held featuring Christine RoederHeiderich from the DPL testing laboratory, Jochen Müller as President of the Diamond and Precious Stones Bourse Idar-Oberstein, Dr. Ulrich Henn of the German Gemmological Association and Christian Klein from Ph. Hahn Söhne. Afterwards (14:00 – 15:00), the German Gemmological Association will team up with the DPL testing laboratory to run a workshop featuring practical demonstrations for grading diamonds. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will also present on how to identify synthetic diamonds using their own Diamond Check system.


News

Silvia Weidenbach’s piece ‘Fractal Invention 2012 Another White Night’ © The Goldsmiths’ Centre

Ben Hawkins’ winning design for The Catherine Jones of Cambridge Golden Jubilee Competition © The Goldsmiths’ Centre

Rising Jewellery Designers and Metalwork Stars Shine

Shortly, young emerging talent in the world of jewellery design and metalwork will be put in the spotlight at The Goldsmiths’ Centre as part of the Shine showcase 2014. The showcase, part of the London Design Festival, will celebrate the most exceptional craftsmanship in goldsmithing, silversmithing and jewellery design at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell, London from 12 September to 24 November 2014. It will unite those who have received awards and bursaries from The Goldsmiths’ Company and the best of young, up and coming designers working at The Goldsmiths’ Centre. It traces the journey from early training pieces to the masterpieces of highly skilled artists now successfully setting up their own businesses. Talented young people on The Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Foundation Programme, Postgraduate Professional Design Programme and its Business Start-Up Studios will be joining the winners of The Goldsmiths’ Company’s New Designers Awards 2014 – Clive Taylor, Karen Elizabeth Donovan and Kyosun Jung – in an exhibition of outstanding work. One of the highlights, to be unveiled for the first time, will be an 18ct gold pendant designed and crafted by Foundation Programme trainee Ben

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Hawkins, the winner of The Catherine Jones of Cambridge Golden Jubilee Competition. Vanessa Burkitt, MD of Catherine Jones of Cambridge said: “We are delighted to have engaged with the Goldsmiths’ Centre, to organise a competition for young and emerging craftspeople on the Foundation programme, to mark our 50th anniversary – our Golden Jubilee - in the trade. The heritage of Catherine Jones of Alexandra Tosto’s pendant SOP Metamorphosis © The Goldsmiths’ Centre

Cambridge support of talented, young designers goes back to my mother, Catherine herself, when, in the 1960s, she would buy metal for them to give them the freedom to create pieces with ‘more substance’. The judges were tremendously impressed by the ingenuity and design flare exhibited by all of the students of the Foundation


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Blue Orange Youth Theatre Celebrates 1st Birthday! programme, at such an early stage of their journey into the techniques, arts and crafts that go into creating a jewel. It will be a privilege and a thrill to see Ben’s thoughtful and illuminating design unveiled at SHINE for the public to see, for the first time”. Shine 2014 will also feature Silvia Weidenbach’s ‘Fractal Invention 2012’, ‘Another White Night’, and Alexandra Totso’s Metamorphosis pendant. Ruth Moir, Events and Exhibitions Manager at The Goldsmiths’ Centre explains: ‘The Goldsmiths’ Centre fosters outstanding talent in the gold, silversmithing and the allied trades. Shine 2014 provides a unique platform to reveal to the public the exceptional pieces produced with the support of our staff, trainers, and masters on the centre’s programmes and by the starter studios. We are also proud to celebrate the achievements of The Goldsmiths’ Company’s competition and bursaries winners”. Shine 2014 at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, part of the London Design Festival, will also feature a series of films on the subject of jewellery and fashion tying in with the area’s first dedicated design and architectural film festival – AN’D Film Festival. Top jewellery designer, Hannah Martin, as well as Silvia Weidenbach and Smith/ Grey, whose workshops are based at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, and will feature on film alongside iconic jewellery scenes from the Pink Panther and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

The Blue Orange Youth Theatre is proud to celebrate its 1st birthday! The Blue Orange Theatre opened its doors to the general public in 2011. Since then the theatre has produced over 30 in house productions and hosted numerous visiting companies. In 2012 they decided to extend their activity to young people aged 7 – 18 through providing a weekly youth theatre class that was both fun and educational. In the last year they have seen their members list grow and are continually revealing new and exciting projects for the young people to take part in. The juniors recently performed their take on the classic story Jumanji,

made famous by the 1990’s Robin Williams film, whilst the seniors created their very own murder mystery play entitled ‘Murder at the Manor’. The theatre have lots of exciting potential projects to announce in September including half term workshops, site specific theatre performances and drama level 3 examinations. Holly Phillips the youth theatre director commented: “We are very pleased to have developed and grown over the last year and we’re always looking for the next exciting project to entertain our members. I would like to thank everyone for their support and hope to welcome lots of new faces in September!” The next term begins on Saturday 20th September and runs until Saturday 6th December. To enrol please contact Holly Phillips. T: 0121 212 2643. E: studio@ blueorangetheatre.co.uk. W: www. blueorangetheatre.co.uk

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Featured

The Hockley Flyer - 30 Years of Excellence 2014 is the 30th Anniversary of the launch of the The Hockley Flyer, which has always been produced and published by Mark and Marie Haddleton. Over the past thirty years, the monthly magazine has become an Icon in its own right. The Hockley Flyer has earned the reputation of ‘telling it as it really is!’ HRH Prince Charles was the first to call it ‘A Gem of a Magazine’ and to acknowledge that Marie was ‘The Queen of The Jewellery Quarter’. About 25 years ago, he asked to have a copy posted to him every month for as long as the magazine exists. Also Mark and Marie are recognised as important Heritage consultants for the Jewellery Quarter and are constantly sought after for interviews by professors and delegates from universities etc across the world. It is a very rare occasion to find Hockley Flyers lying around for long and it has been spotted on sale on a stall in India and men almost fighting each other for a ‘last’ copy. It is posted across the UK and also goes world-wide. The first issues of the magazine

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were printed on a small printing machine in-house and hand collated the magazine has progressed through the various stages of computerisation of the print system until it has reached the high standard of today. Because the majority of events affecting, and taking place, in the Jewellery Quarter have been covered and all important dates recorded over the 30 years and 350 issues, an extensive data base has now been accumulated, covering the history of the Jewellery Quarter itself, not just recording the history of all the various ‘Trades’ which have come and gone, over three hundred years, but the history of the area itself. It is truly amazing how many manufactured items were invented and patented in this area. Although not officially named as the Jewellery Quarter at one time the manufacturing area stretched right into the City Centre, across Newtown, Lozells and up to Handsworth. What

is fascinating is that when researching, we have found that not only have huge businesses and some very fine buildings disappeared almost without trace, but whole streets have gone as well - mostly during the early 1960s! Every day more fascinating items come to light and we now have over 3,500 items on our data base, some being in-depth stories about the larger manufacturers but right down to some of the most important people in the Quarter - the one man businesses and the workers themselves, always very highly skilled. What is quite amazing is just how many times the Jewellery Quarter has been ‘regenerated’ over the past 100 years or so and we have records of all of them. Marie gave quite a famous speech to English Heritage, named ‘Surviving Regeneration’ which proved so popular she had to go back the following year and do it all again! Still the stories come in. If you wish,


magazine together! A special thank you to Colin Giles who, over the past five years or so, has become an important member of ‘The Hockley Flyer Team’ and of course our ‘excellent printers’ WM Print of Walsall. We hope you will have a giggle at this cartoon, which appeared in an advertisement (dated around 1900). Fortunately, we have never had to use these tactics to get advertising for The Hockley Flyer.

Business Profile

Beeline & Cre8 photo, Jo Holme, Tracy Gilmour, Peter Welch

Still Going Strong After 20 years – Jewellery Quarter Businesses Are Working Together

Jewellery Quarter based business Beeline Promotional Items has been based in the area for over 20 years, in fact celebrating their 21st Birthday this October. Beeline supply a full range of promotional items including clothing, and have seen many successful years of

trading with companies in all sectors, all over the UK. It’s been a success story but as with most businesses there have also been struggles to overcome. When the UK recession hit hard, Beeline were no exception to the effects of slashed budgets and cost cutting exercises. Traditional customers including Local Authorities, construction clients and those in the education sector had been placing regular orders that just literally stopped coming through, having a noticeable impact on trading figures. None of this dampened spirits or halted tracks, as Beeline’s team continued to persevere and look to grow their client base. With a strong, loyal team, Beeline have focused on

innovation and helping their customers grow their brands with strong and exciting product lines sourced ethically and cost effectively. Crediting their longevity to loving what they do, and ensuring they are able to source the best products for their customers, when Beeline met another jewellery quarter based business Cre8 Sales Solutions late in 2013, their shared passion for helping others was evident. Ever looking to improve and innovate, Beeline recognised that their large database of over 2000 contacts needed to be taken care of in this competitive market place; Managing Director Peter Welch said: “We knew how important it was to keep in touch with our existing and former clients, but we struggled to regularly fit this work into our busy schedule.” With over 20 years experience of sales & marketing, Cre8 took on the job of cleaning the database so that Beeline could then communicate with the right people and make the most of 20 years of contacts. Beeline and Cre8’s partnership has found new opportunities and new contacts in their database every day, providing Beeline with a strong sales pipeline of many new sales, and relationships to develop. Beeline’s Managing Director Jo Holme said: “Outsourcing such an important task took a leap of faith. You have to trust people to hand over your database to them, after all, that’s our business. But we were confident that Cre8 were the right company; with their expertise and dedicated time spent week in week out making calls we’ve seen some fantastic results and have rejuvenated relationships that we may otherwise have lost”. Cre8 are a specialist business development company based in St Pauls Square, Birmingham, offering telemarketing, sales and marketing services, and training to the B2B market. Tracy Gilmour commented: “We really love working with Beeline. The synergy between us just felt right as soon as we met, and having a love of business, the jewellery quarter and helping others, has helped the relationship to prosper. It’s been a really successful campaign and a long term partnership we hope will be part of our business for many years to come.” By Julia Smith www.beeline-promo.co.uk, September 2014

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you can check with us to see if the history of your own business or one where you worked is actually on our database, email us and we will let you know. Even the smallest firm, just a self-employed person sharing a workshop, is important to the Heritage of the area. No magazine is anything at all without its advertisers, readers and supporters and we would like to thank all of you who, like us, were quite young when we first put the


Heritage

News and Stories with a Historical or heritage interest...

J R Gaunt & Son Ltd

Silversmiths, Medallists & Badge Makers

By Royal Appointment to Geo.V; VI and EIIR Story by David Valentine The name of J R Gaunt & Son used to be prominent in the Quarter but is now almost forgotten, other than by those who have worked here for decades. Recently people have noticed various young men wearing smart black uniforms bearing a J R Gaunt logo in the shops at lunchtime, the Post Office and around the Quarter, so perhaps it is time to remind people about J R Gaunt. At their peak J R Gaunt & Son were the largest manufacturers of Uniform Accoutrements in the British Empire, with offices in Montreal, New York, Christchurch, Bombay and London, St James’, just off Regent Street, all supplied from their Warstone Parade Works in Birmingham. The Gaunt family can trace their manufacturing roots back to 1733 near Rowley Regis and were being described as ‘Button Men of Summerhill’ in 1767. Button making is the historical core to Gaunts’ and remains so to this day. The eponymous J R Gaunt was James Richard Gaunt, who worked for Firmin & Sons in London. His son, Charles Frederick Gaunt was born in 1864 and in due course was appren-

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ticed as a clerk. Firmin moved to St Paul’s Square, Birmingham in 1882 by which time James Richard Gaunt is recorded as living at 317 Camden Street (1881 census), by then having risen to manage Firmin’s Birmingham button works. The Gaunts’ left Firmin’s together to found J R Gaunt & Son in 1884. In 1888, at the age of 24 years, C F Gaunt took over the running of the company and relocated it to 33 Clifford Street, Lozells. He soon became very much the person to make the company name so important, concentrating on Foreign (Empire) trade, as the Domestic market was very competitive. He filed over 100 patents between 1885 and 1935, covering both working practices such as safety improvements for operators of fly presses (modern manufacturers take note) and products being made by the company. In 1895 Gaunt purchased the Works previously owned by David Faris, book clasp maker (which is why their telegraph address was ‘Clasps, Birmingham’) and moved to Warstone Parade East. The Faris works blew up due to a faulty boiler in 1912 and

Alderman ‘Charles F. Gaunt (son of James Richard Gaunt) - 1916

with the insurance payout of £15,000 (£1.45 million today) a smart new Works was built. This covered a very large area between Alfred Street (now renamed Pemberton Street) and Warstone Parade East, backing up to the Cemetery. During WW1 the company employed over 600 people and worked round the clock, supplying cap badges and buttons for every branch of the Empire Armed Forces. Charles F Gaunt went on to be elected to the Board of Guardians in 1904, then a councillor for St Paul’s Ward in 1907, a seat he held until elected an Alderman in 1915. He chaired the Museum & Art Gallery Committee and was a substantial benefactor to the Public collections. On a more modest scale, he co-founded (with Mr E L Gyde) the Highbury Hall Club in 1911, which was a social lunch club for workers in the Jewellery District. It provided a cooked lunch on a modest profit basis for hundreds of people and gave them a place to eat and socialise. It was the first club of its kind and was soon copied in other Cities; another also opened at the Peoples Hall, Hurst Street. Alderman Gaunt remained active both in Birmingham life and the business into his early 70’s, when he retired. He died in Hove, Sussex in 1939. J R Gaunt acquired many other


Heritage

Warstone Works (far left) an early drawing and view from Warstone Cemetery. (Below) Advert from Peck’s Circular 1898.

PRESS S CUTTING Fire Damage The Times Feb 1912 A fire causing damage to the extent of £15,000 took place yesterday at the premises ot Messrs. J R Gaunt and Son, manufacturers of military accoutrements, Warstone Parade East, Birmingham. The heating apparatus, which is on the high-pressure system and situated in the basement, exploded. About one hundred workpeople, chiefly girls, were on the premises at the time, but they managed to escape without injury. The fire spread rapidly and a number of people who occupy cottages at the rear ot the factory had to be removed. Valuable pattern books 100 years old have been burnt, including about 20,000 dies have been rendered useless.

companies over the years, one of which was the London based swordmakers Edward Thurkle in 1897 and by 1905 had opened a London office at 53, later 60, Conduit Street. The telegraphic address was ‘Fourreau, London’, which means [sword] sheath. J.R. Gaunt & Son, were Military, Naval, Railway and Police Button and Ornament manufacturers and also made Helmet and Belt fittings, Scotch Brooches, Buckles, Clasps, Hooks & Eyes, Whistles, and Regulation Harness Ornaments, in every material. They were renowned Die Sinkers and Medallists and manufactured September 2014

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£600,000 Purchase by The Mint Birmingham The Times June 1973

The Mint, Birmingham, Ltd, has bought J R Gaunt and Son for £600,000 cash, of which £450,000 was paid on completion; the balance will be paid on January 1 next. J R Gaunt, a private company, is the leading United Kingdom manufacturer of military, hunt and decorative buttons, military cap badges, medals and other military regalia. It also makes nameplates and trims for a variety of industries. The purchase brings together businesses with sales of £4.7m. Gaunt has its headquarters and main factory immediately adjacent to The Mint. Warstone Works (bottom left) 1937 showing cemetery and (top) the Cemetery Lodge.

Swords, Lances, Boarding Pikes, Livery, Crest, Hunt, Yacht, Golf, Club, Fancy, Anchor, and Trouser Buttons, as well as many advertising novelties and promotional items, including Butlins, cycling proficiency, Girl Guides and Golliwog badges. Collectors regard Gaunt hallmarked Officers’ cap badges as being the epitome of those manufactured and Gaunt medals of the highest quality also. Many of the latter, both civilian and military from WWI until the early 1960’s, were modelled by one of the best British sculptors of the period, retained by Gaunt as their ‘House Designer’ for such work throughout his career. This was Edward Carter Preston, the designer of the bronze memorial plaquettes presented to the families of British servicemen and women who died during the First World War (the ‘Dead Man’s Penny’). Although known for some of the highest quality traditional trades, such as vitreous enamelling and mercury gilding (being the last company in the Quarter to do this latter) the Company moved with the times, embracing new technologies as they were developed, even introducing some themselves, researching and fine tuning processes which are today taken for granted, such as Anodising Aluminium. J R Gaunt went through a number of changes after 1973, when the family control was relinquished and The Bir-

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mingham Mint bought the company. Mr Eric Watts was Managing Director at the time of the takeover. He had worked for the company for 25 years and moved his way up through the Works, being Sales Manager, General Manager, and Sales Director to the position of Managing Director. Being a staunch Brummagem it was well known that he didn’t appreciate the ‘J.R. Gaunt London’ marked on most of the badges, and when the dies wore out, he quietly changed the new ones to read ‘J.R. Gaunt Birmingham’! Gaunt diversified into making industrial badges for well known brands such as Fergusons, New World, Aga, Jaguar, Aston Martin and many others. A new divisional factory was opened in Telford to supply these and the Warstone Works was demolished and redeveloped in 1982, with the rest of the Company moving to share part of the Mint site, then later to Lower Tower Street. By 1993, it ceased manufacture of anything under its own name and slipped into dormancy and obscurity. In 2010 J R Gaunt and Son was reestablished and has recently opened a Works again in the Jewellery Quarter, manufacturing buttons, going full circle back to the foundation of the company. It is now one of the last button manufacturers left in the UK. The uniformed workers being seen

Firmins Announcement The Times 19 February 1991 ‘The Board of J R Gaunt & Son Limited (‘Gaunts’) and Firmin & Sons pic (‘Firmins’) are pleased to announce that the Insignia and Factored businesses formerly carried on by Gaunts have been purchased by Firmins, who have agreed to take over all the outstanding contracts of those businesses. Gaunts has been located for the last two years in the Icknield Street factory which also accommodates the activities of The Birmingham Mint Limited. Due to the need to install plant and machinery recently ordered by The Birmingham Mint Limited in the area currently occupied by the Gaunts business, the Board of The Birmingham Mint Limited have reluctantly had to take the decision to sell the Gaunt’s business. This decision was not taken lightly, but we believe that by selling this business to Firmins, a company with long history and experience in this market, the best interests of the customers and employees of Gaunts will be served’.

about the Quarter are employed in the button works and include 3 new Apprentices. Do you remember the original J R Gaunt? We are interested in hearing from anyone who does and especially those who have any photographs of the original Works, recollections of working there or anything else connected to that time. Email: production@jrgaunt.co


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. co.uk or Glenn.Thomas@uhybirmingham.co.uk September 2014

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Events

See our website www.jqevents.info for more latest events which are added regularly, plus we can import your Facebook events.

Exhibitions

 SEPTEMBER

Now - 13 Secret Garden Craft Exhibition

Escape to a magical hideaway overflowing with butterflies, flowers and toadstools. Secret Garden presents a charming collection of jewellery, ceramics and textiles exploring fairytales and narratives, with particular emphasis on the ways in which designer makers use words and text within their practice. Enchanting jewellery by Amanda Coleman, Clare Collinson and Helen Lea is on show together with vintage-inspired glassware by Emma Wells and spellbinding paper creations by Alix Swan

10 - 20 Friends Reunited Exhibition

‘Friends Reunited’ is part of our 2014 celebrations and will be curated by a group of Friends. The exhibition is an opportunity for old friends and new to participate and raise the profile of the Friends, an all-important aspect of the RBSA. Previously known as subscribers, the Friends have been part of the RBSA since the 1900s and the RBSA was one of the first societies to allow subscribers to have their own exhibitions. Exhibition to be opened by Stephen Earl Rogers, Birmingham based professional portrait artist, on Thursday 11 September, 6.00-8.00pm. See www.rbsa.org.uk for details.

Now - 27 Sep Birmingham A City in Transition Wayne Attwood ARBSA - Paintings and drawings that explore Birmingham’s changing urban landscape.

Now - 11 Oct Usha Khosla RBSA

Handmade textural ceramics, described by Usha as ‘3D paintings’ and inspired by the Canadian Rockies and Australia.

Now - 11 Oct Melanie Keevil ARBSA

Ceramic wall panels inspired by ancient civilisations, the colours and landscapes of France and Spain, and the geology of the Cornish and Welsh coastlines.

15 - 18 Jan 2015 Useful or Beautiful Craft Exhibition

If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’. William Morris, lecture before the Birmingham Society of Arts and School of Design (1880). Acknowledging the RBSA’s close connections with the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts movement, this exhibition explores the continuing influence of Victorian and Edwardian pattern and design on contemporary craft. See website for confirmed exhibitors.

22 - 04 Oct New Landscapes and a Glance Backwards Exhibition Solo exhibition by Robert Perry RBSA. An exciting collection of new work produced wherever Rob’s mobile ‘Field Studio Van’ happened to take him.

29 - 16 Nov Monuments and Mountains

Brian Fletcher RBSA - Paintings of mountain scenery and prehistoric monuments in richlytextured mixed media and impasto oils.

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 October

08 - 15 Nov A Place for Art

The Story of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists exhibition: This landmark exhibition will explore the history and development of the RBSA from the foundation of the Birmingham Academy of Arts in 1814. It will highlight the achievement of eight generations of artists in the city with major works by Members and Associates including David Cox, Joseph Southall, Walter Langley and Arthur Gaskin. It will also explore the contribution made by women artists in exquisite works by Mary Gibson, Kate Eadie, the Society’s first female Member, Teresa Clarke, and many others. Through some of the finest examples of painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking from public and private collections the show will trace the changing and often conflicting ideals that united and divided the artists of Birmingham. The exhibition catalogue will be available to purchase for £14.99* from early October 2014.

13 - 16 Nov Poetry of Landscape

Alistair Tucker RBSA: A solo show of new drawings, paintings and prints where Alistair captures the ‘poetic resonance’ of the British landscape.

Live Entertainment  SEPTEMBER

09 -13 ‘A Family Concern: The Jewellery Quarter at War’

@ 7.00pm. Discover one family’s story of the First World War. A series of special promenade drama performances in the historic setting of the Smith & Pepper factory at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. The story of a family business and the changing trade of the Jewellery Quarter during the First World War. Go back in time to hear the stories of people’s lives during the war. Performed by Pattern 23 Theatre Company. Booking essential. Call now on 0121 348 8263 to book your tickets now! Tickets are £12.00 per person and include a glass of wine or soft drink.

10 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 Roachford

Andrew Roachford’s maverick take on music has spread far and wide. As the first artist to sign a staggering seven-album deal with Columbia Records, it heralded the beginning of something big. “Getting signed and being a black British artist gave me a sense of pride” enthuses Andrew. The past five years have seen Andrew writing and singing on everything from top-five selling international dance tracks to co-writing and touring with Mike and the Mechanics.

12 Billy The Kid: His Life In Music

@ 7.30pm. AEHarris Theatre, 100 Northwood Sreet. Two men claim to have known Billy The Kid personally: Chevron Malaise and Acapulco Beans. They say they rode the Western trail with him,


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participated in gunfights and survived. Unfortunately, none of this is true. In an attempt to achieve notoriety by association, two ageing cowboys have concocted an evening of (false) reminiscence that from the opening moment, fails to convince. An entertaining fusion of music, theatre and comedy featuring re-enactments of moments from cowboy history and such songs as Hey Billy, The Ballad Of Viagra, Caught In The Fire and The Death Of Billy The Kid. Written by and starring musician Rex Horan (Neil Cowley Trio, Jazz FM’s Jazz Artist of the Year 2013 award winner) and writer/ performer Chris Johnston (Fluxx, Rideout, Livestock), Billy The Kid: His Life In Music was first presented as part of the Brighton Fringe 2013, prior to a week run at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden, London. Rex and Chris have been working together over several years exploring ways to fuse music, theatre and comedy. This is their first touring show. A comedic musical tale of The Wild West and 19th century outlaw, gunman, gambler and rustler, William H. Bonney, aka Billy The Kid, whose legend lives on over 130 years after his death at the hands of Pat Garrett. Tickets £5. www. livestock.org.uk

12 & 13 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.

16 Jazzlines Presents - The Ray Butcher Trio

Trumpeter, Composer and Pianist, Ray Butcher has performed at many events around the world and will perform with new trio which playing standards and new originals alongside Steve Sherriff on piano and Miles Levin on drums.

17 Doug MacLeod

A rich & soulful singing style and a unique, unorthodox and powerful acoustic guitar playing, Doug MacLeod is in the American tradition of the travelling Blues artist. Winner of The 2013 Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist of The Year and perennial Blues Music Award nominee, MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, wit and unforgettable live performances. MacLeod gives us a show of story-telling, song and guitar, using his relentless right hand to pound out an insistent, churning beat to complement his intricate bottleneck and finger-style technique.

18 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?’.

19 & 20 Tru Groove

Smooth soul five piece of accomplished and very individual musicians playing classic funk & soul favourites from the likes of Timberlake, Alicia Keys , Plan B and Jessie J

23 The Glamophones

The Glamophones are a glamorous threepiece vocal group that perform some of the most iconic songs through the 20th Century, from the 20s to today’s chart hits, with beautiful harmonies and exciting musical arrangements. Backed by the talented ‘Big Bertha Band’, the Glamophones, bring to the Jam House two packed sets of some of the best music from the most famous eras performed to a swing beat.

24 ALEXANDER O’NEAL

Reputedly the best pure singer to come from the ‘80s soul era’ releasing a string of memorable hits that are STILL broadcast as radio requests and played at literally thousands of events around the world including: ‘Fake’ – ‘Criticize’ - ‘If You Were Here Tonight’ ‘Saturday Love’ - ‘Never Knew Love Like This’ - ‘Sunshine’ - ‘Secret Lovers’ and many more.

25 LatinMotion presents Del Camino

Popular seven piece Salsa Band supported by LatinMotion DJs. Salsa classes from LatinMotion’s own Mauricio Reyes, from 9pm.

25 OrganFest 2014

@ 1.15pm - 1.45pm. St Pauls Church - An additional recital held as part of the British Institute of Organ Studies, The Royal College of Organists and The Incorporated Association of Organists Birmingham OrganFest 2014 celebrations. Visit www.organfest.net for further details.

26 & 27 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! 25

Private Function Rooms for 5 to 100 people. Karaoke & Disco Facilities available to large parties. TAKE-AWAY AVAILABLE 60 Vittoria Street, Birmingham, Jewellery Quarter, B1 3PB Tel: 0121 439 8583 0121 288 8777 W: vittoriachinese.co.uk E: vittoriajq@gmail.com September 2014

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30 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

 OCTOBER

01 The Stars from THE COMMITMENTS

This nine piece soul band from Dublin, who feature within their ranks actual cast members from the original Commitments film, have performed more than 1,500 shows worldwide at festivals, theatres, corporate events and high profile VIP parties and received ‘rave reviews’

02 The Platinum Rogues

The Platinum Rogues are a collection of some the finest musicians in the UK with a deep rooted love for funky soul music. A seven-piece band built around the amazing vocals of Sophie Jones, who drives the band with tracks from the likes of Beyonce, Joss Stone, Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, Rihanna and many more.

02 Thursday Live Organ Recital

@ 1.15pm - 1.45pm. St Pauls Church - Played by Paul Carr. Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937) - Allegro Vivace from Symphony no. 5 | J.S. Bach (16851750) - Air from Suite no.3 in D | Johannes Matthias Michel (b. 1958) - Petite Suite in Blue, Entrée; Récit; Scherzo; Blues; Sortie

the circuit. But where he really comes into his own is his solo show. One man, one guitar and a hell of a smooth soulful voice creates a moving and entertaining evening of song. A mix of solid soul & funk favorites and some golden originals

24 Oct - 01 Nov Frankenstein

Blue Orange Arts Presents: It is 1818 and, as a bell tolls nearby, Victor Frankenstein’s monstrous creation explodes into existence. The eccentric scientist is horrified and flees into the night. His Creature is alone, lost and confused. As he makes his way through civilization, the Creature experiences the beauty of sunlight, the pain of fire and the cruelty of humanity. Eventually, he stumbles across the cottage of a blind scholar De Lacey. Unable to be horrified by the Creature’s appearance, De Lacey educates and encourages him. See website for times.

Trade Fairs  September

22 - 28 Goldsmiths’ Fair Week 1

Goldsmiths’ Fair is recognised internationally as the premier showcase in the UK for contemporary designer jewellery and silver. It’s a celebration of the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent and a treasure trove of creativity, design innovation and superb craftsmanship.

30 - 05 Oct Goldsmiths’ Fair Week 2

Goldsmiths’ Fair is recognised internationally as the premier showcase in the UK. See above for details.

03 & 04 Detroit Soul

 October

07 Josh Hewitson and Wayne Blake with the Alumni Band 2014

Autum Internationally renowned exhibitors present extraordinary gemstones and jewellery to the 4,000 expected visitors. Thanks to excellent contacts to each and every gemstone-exporting country the Intergem exhibitors are able to offer the full spectrum of gemstones.

An explosive collection of classic and contemporary dance music, with all of your Tamla Motown, Atlantic Soul and funk favourites.

A special event, hosted by the University of Wolverhampton Music Department, to celebrate the start of the new academic year. Freshers, current students and alumni are all invited to this exclusive event, our second annual welcome week concert, featuring undergraduates and alumni performing together in a unique line-up.

08 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.

09 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

10 The Red Lemons

A band of superbly accomplished and very individual musicians come together to perform a vast range of soul & funk favourites from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder to Alicia Keys, Duffy, and Plan B.

14 Matt Eaves

Matt Eaves is a burgeoning talent in the local music scene, on guitar, on bass and as lead singer in several of the more professional bands that play

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Training & Education  SEPTEMBER

18 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. 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

23 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.

29 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.


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.

 OCTOBER

01 Understanding Hallmarking

This Half-day event provides a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and visit the Hallmaking Floor at the Birmingham Assay Office, which is not usually open to the public. During a special guided tour you will see how Hallmarks are applied to precious metal items and jewellery and have the chance to ‘have a go’ at hallmarking. £75 + VAT per Person Minimum of 6 Maximum of 10.

02 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. Delegates will gain basic knowledge and will have more confidence when assessing jewellery with a view to either buying or selling it. Course fee £150 + VAT per Delegate Maximum of 10 Delegates.

11 Silver Bangle Jewellery Workshop

10.00am - 4.00pm Adult jewellery workshop - Join

designer maker Louise Mary to design and make your own silver bangle. Learn the skills and techniques of a silversmith in this creative day workshop. £50.00 per person, includes materials and refreshments. Booking essential.

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14 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.

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 SEPTEMBER

12 Sept 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

 OCTOBER

04 Jewellery Quarter Heritage Walk

A walk and talk around the historic Jewellery Quarter. Join our friendly guide for an informal walk and talk around Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter. Discover the architecture and history within this unique area. £5.00 per person. Booking essential.

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SKILLED WATCHMAKER Required. A busy family run retail business in heart of Warwickshire have a great opportunity for a skilled watchmaker to work within our busy workshop. The applicant must have a proven track record of working with luxury watches and will be expected to work across all types of movements on a variety of different brands. Ideally the candidate will be Rolex accredited, if not however they must demonstrate the skills that they would be capable of working to become Rolex accredited in the future.The candidate we are looking for will be hard working and will be able to manage workloads in strict completion times. Salary will be based upon experience and relevant qualifications. Please send CV with details of experience by email or by post. info@johnsonsjewellers.co.uk. H Johnson & Son, 50 Queens Road, Nuneaton, Warks, CV11 5JX

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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 2014/05909/PA Crowford House 83-85 Caroline Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1UP. Application to determine the details for conditions numbers 10 and 11 attached to approval number 2012/00943/PA. 13-08-2014 2014/05741/PA 34 Carver Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3AS. Section 106B application for the modification of the Planning Obligation in respect of the affordable housing provision under planning application 2013/02379/PA for the demolition of existing warehouse and erection of 24 apartments and one commercial unit at ground floor (B1a). 07-082014 2014/04860/PA 3-5 Legge Lane Hockley Birmingham B1 3LD. Listed Building Consent for the partial demolition of a Grade II Listed Building. 07-07-2014

Ongoing 2014/05510/PA 12-13 Albion Street George and Dragon Ph Birmingham B1 3ED. Listed Building Consent for rerendering of part of rear inner courtyard area and bricking-up of some existing window/door openings. 29-07-2014 2014/05176/PA 1st Floor, 89 Vyse Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6JZ. Display of two non illuminated facia signs and one non illuminated projection sign. 17-07-2014 2014/04707/PA 86 Vyse Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6JZ. Change of use from General Industry (B2) to a Live Work unit (Sui Generis). 01-07-2014 2014/04648/PA 55 St Paul’s Square Birmingham B3 1QS. Listed Building Consent for the erection of one brass name plaque to front elevation and instal-

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lation of one satellite dish to rear elevation. 27-06-2014 2014/04604/PA Former Public Convenience Icknield Street Hockley Birmingham B18. Installation of new shop front. 25-06-2014 2014/04582/PA Stay City Apart Hotel Charlotte Street Hockley Birmingham B3 1RY. Display of 1 no. internally illuminated fascia sign and 1 no. internally illuminated projecting sign. 24-06-2014 2014/04052/PA Newman Brothers Coffin Fittings Works 13 Fleet Street Birmingham B3 1JH. Listed building consent for renewal of existing signage and display of additional signage, 2 powder coated ornamental steel access gates to yard, installation of 4 wall mounted cycle racks, new close circuit television system and camera to west elevation. 05-06-2014 2014/03985/PA 27 Frederick Street Birmingham B18 6AR. Listed Building Consent for internal and external alterations and repairs to a Grade II* Listed Building. 03-06-2014 2014/03218/PA Maharaja Jassa Singh Hall Newhall Hill Birmingham B1 3LA. Extension to the front and side with external boundary works. 08-05-2014

New Decisions 2014/05003/PA St Georges Court 1 Albion Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3AA. Non material amendment a t t a c h e d t o p l a n n i n g a p p r o va l 2014/01269/PA for alterations to the courtyard elevations, second floor level on Pope Street and Fire Escape on Albion Street. Final Decision - Approve 2014/04462/PA Newhall Court 58 George Street Birmingham B3 1QA. Installation of kiosk and vent to serve a flood alleviation scheme. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2014/04333/PA 36 Frederick Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3HN. Installation of two non illuminated facia signs, one externally illuminated facia sign, one externally illuminated projecting sign, 4 non illuminated vinyl signs & one ATM surround Final Decision - Approve Temporary 2014/04277/PA Whitehouse Mainwaring Holdings The Fireworks 3-6 The Old Firestation 68 Albion Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3EA Retrospective Listed Building application for temporary timber structures and internal works to former officers married quarters to rear Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions

Older Decisions 2014/04049/PA Newman Brothers Coffin Fittings Works 13-15 Fleet Street Birmingham B3 1JP. Installation of 1 externally illuminated painted sign, 1 non-iluminated projection sign and 5 non-illuminated display signs. Final Decision - Approve Temporary 2014/03354/PA 37-38 Albion Street Birmingham B1 3EP. Certificate of lawfulness for the use of the premises as offices (Use Class B1a). Final Decision - Refuse. 2014/03278/PA Albion Court 18 - 20 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HE Installation of windows to side elevations. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2014/03082/PA 41 Warstone Lane Birmingham B18 6JJ. Change of use from retail shop (A1) use to estate agent (A2) use. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2014/02509/PA 20 Vittoria Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3PE. Listed Building Consent for internal alterations. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2014/03702/PA 34-35 Tenby Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3EE. Application for Non Material Amendment a t t a c h e d t o p l a n n i n g a p p r o va l 2012/01340/PA for inclusion of roof mounted solar collectors on each live/ work town house. Final Decision Approve

Summary Guide to Use Classes A1 - Shops. A2 - Financial and Professional Services. A3 - Restaurants and Cafes. A4 - Drinking Establishments. A5 - Hot Food Takeaways. B1 (a) - Business. (b) - Research & development, studios, labs, high technology. (c) - Light Industry. B2 - General Industry. B3 - Storage/Distribution. C1 - Hotels C2 - Residential Institutions C2A - Secure Residential Institutions. C3 - Dwelling Houses D1 - Non-residential Institutions. D2 - Assembly/Leisure.

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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The Hockley Flyer  

The magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter September 2014, # 350

The Hockley Flyer  

The magazine for Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter September 2014, # 350