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Editorial ....................... 22

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Weston Beamor Casts Historic Civic Chains............. 27

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

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Hockley Mint Welcomes Fairtrade Gold Miners......... 28 Birmingham CEO/Assay Master to Step Down......... 29 Jericho Foundation Recruits Survivor of Human Trafficking...................................................... 30 Vipa Designs - Europe First Fairminded Eco Gold.... 30 Two Talented Students Receive Bursaries ............... 31 New LED Skull Cufflinks Are Frightfully Good!.......... 32 UFO’S take off at Tory Party Conference.................. 32 It’s Time to Start Feeling Festive! ............................. 33 JQBID Quarter Lifestyle............................................ 33 Birthstones for December - Tanzanite, Blue Zircon, and Turquoise............................................................ 34 New ‘Belle Ile’ Designs For all Special Occasions..... 35 Caroline Street Tree Planting Progress..................... 35

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Editorial

Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.

It’s nearly Christmas - where has this year gone? Tender plants now safely under cover but still plenty of flowers in garden.

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Combined fireworks and switching on of Christmas lights this year. It was quite strange earlier this month when we had flower baskets and Christmas lights fixed together on the lamp posts - almost a shame to remove the flowers as they were still in full bloom. Our new distribution arrangements for The Hockley Flyer seem to be working OK. Our printers (for nearly 30 years) have taken over from Colin in distributing the magazines to pick-up points. If you would like to have some magazines delivered to you for your customers or visitors to pick up, please send us an email saying how many you want, and we will arrange this for you. More changes announced to take place in the New Year - a new Head of The School of Jewellery with the leaving of Gaynor Andrews and in the spring a new Assay Master/CEO to replace Stella Layton (also Chairman of the JQDT). Has anyone yet replaced Gay Penfold at the Innovation Centre? We have now heard that Sergeant Matt McVeigh is retiring. Although we are still selling Issue 2 of our History & Guide, we are getting many requests to publish Issue 3. I am now working to produce this a.s.a.p. Main problem is how to squash a gigantic amount of history now on our database into a similar size book to issue 2. The events/ news/projects over the past 30 years recorded in The Hockley Flyer would make a book on its own. I have counted twelve ‘regeneration projects’ so far and I am only up to 2014. It’s fascinating - what happened to all the schemes? Hope you find the Heritage pages interesting this month - it reverts back to the ‘Flatted Factories’ scheme launched during WW2. Section 2 will follow next month. Welcome to ‘The Green Room’ who have left Fort Dunlop to become the first tenant in the refurbished ‘old’ Birmingham Assay office in Newhall Street, now known as ‘Assay Studios’. Marie Haddleton Editor


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‘Photography Roger Shafi. Courtesy of Workshop Birmingham’.

Weston Beamor joins ‘Make Works Birmingham’

Weston Beamor has become the twenty-first business in the Birmingham region to join ‘Make Works Birmingham’ www.makeworks.co.uk/ birmingham) a unique online platform which links local manufacturers, material suppliers and fabricators with those who work in the creative sector. The website’s objective is to enable designers, artisan producers and other creative businesses to source local companies, which can provide assistance with their production processes and offer everything from one-off prototypes to mass production runs. This not-for-profit project is led by Workshop Birmingham, in conjunction with ‘Make Works’, a project which has been running in Scotland for some years and offers a directory of almost 200 Scottish manufacturers. It is the brainchild of two artists, Ruth Claxton and Sean O’Keeffe who, having worked closely with art students, when they were technicians at Birmingham City University, were aware of the high level of skills in the immediate vicinity and decided to find a way of making designers and makers more aware of the truly remarkable range of

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production resources the City offers. “Birmingham has long been known as the city of a thousand trades and Workshop Birmingham, aims to build new, productive relationships between sectors with we hope to encourage more creative businesses to prototype, make and manufacture locally,” explains Sean O’Keeffe. This is an ambition backed by Arts Council England which has supported the project. Glen Day, Business Manager at Weston Beamor, is enthusiastic about the possibilities Workshop Birmingham and Make Works offers to them and to other manufacturers. “As a business we have long made it our goal to reach out to the artistic community and are proud of the close links we have established with Birmingham City University and other art colleges around the UK. “In recent years we have also made a conscious effort to market our services to those in other creative industries. Many of the processes we offer are useful across a broad range of artistic and craft endeavours - not simply the manufacture of bespoke jewellery. We currently collaborate with sculptors, architects and car manufacturers and have absolutely no doubt that we can be of assistance to those working in many other fields as well. We are optimistic that our involvement with Workshop Birmingham and Make Works will assist us to make new contacts and new

collaborations and to develop our services further.” Weston Beamor’s entry to the Make Works Birmingham website, which includes a short film and an interview with Glen Day, has recently been posted and can be viewed at https://make.works/companies/ weston-beamor Other businesses featured on the site produce everything from silverware through to rope products and bespoke woodwork. It is anticipated that a further 20 or so companies will sign up in the next few months and O’Keefe is optimistic that in the future the site can attract 100s of businesses as has been the case with Make Works in Scotland. “Birmingham has long been acknowledged as a centre for jewellery and silverware and I feel sure that there will be many other companies out there who are keen to offer their services to the wider creative industries. If so I do hope they will make contact with us. This is a free service and one which we believe is truly useful,” he says. Glen Day agrees. “There is undoubtedly a real and growing appetite amongst consumers for anything that is ‘Made in Britain’ and Weston Beamor is proud of its long manufacturing heritage and of its expertise not simply in traditional jewellery making skills but also in CAD, 3D printing, rapid prototyping and lost wax casting across a variety of metals. If we can help local companies to be able to say that their product, whatever it is, is not simply ‘Made in Britain’ but also ‘Made in Birmingham’ we would be more than delighted,” he concluded.


Weston Beamor Casts Historic Civic Chains When jewellery retailer Sonkai won a competition to design and make chains of office for the Lord Mayor and the Sheriff of its home city of Norwich, it turned to Weston Beamor for assistance with the 3D Printing and casting elements of their production. The finished articles, which were commissioned by the Freemen of the City, were presented in a special ceremony held at the Civic Office in Norwich on 13th October. The chains, which are the first to have been commissioned by the Freemen since 1757, were required to provide a more practical alternative to the extremely heavy and very valuable and traditional gold chains which have

been worn by the City’s dignitaries for generations. “We currently have a female mayor and she was finding that the historic chain was simply too large for a female frame and too heavy to wear for long social engagements. Quite apart from that, the old chains were felt to be simply too valuable for everyday use. The brief for the competition was to design and make something which could be worn by people of either gender and of different statures, which would be more practical but still look impressive,” explains Susan Blackler the in-house designer for Sonkai which in addition to selling British-made contemporary and designer jewellery has its own workshop offering bespoke designs and a full repair service. Working with her fellow designer, Mallory Wilkinson, and the owners of Sonkai, Craig Snape and his partner

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A close-up of one of the 18 disc motifs.

Weston Beamor is now working with Sonkai casting the retailer’s own-brand jewellery collection which launched earlier this year. They will also work with them to create a cuff for exhibition next year featuring the 10.5ct golden beryl gemstone cut by award-winning gem cutter John Dyer which Blackler received having won the Gem-A Gem Empathy Award design competition at this year’s show. November 2016

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Sara Sweet (far left) and Craig Snape (far right) of Sonkai with the Mayoral party at the presentation of the new chains which was held in Norwich on 13th October.

Sara Sweet, Susan Blackler came up with a highly unusual and extremely practical design which uses interlocking disc motifs in gold-plated sterling silver. These can be linked in a variety of ways so that the chains can be worn in a single 56” loop or as a shorter single or double-layered chain. The two chains required no fewer than 400 individual solders to assemble them and the finished pieces weigh 335g and 305g for the Mayor’s and the Sheriff’s respectively. The eighteen intricate motifs, most of which are used in the Mayoral chain, feature highly detailed images, each representing significant cultural aspects of Norwich’s long history. The motif designs are based around ancient coins from the local museum, Norwich Castle, canaries (these were first brought to the city by the Huguenot refugees who founded its prosperous weaving industry), dragons (the city has links with these mythical beasts that go back to the 14C) as well as leather goods, shoemaking and other items of historic interest. “The discs, which are 35mm across, tell a story and have been designed to provide an excellent talking-point when the chains are being worn. It was therefore essential that the castings should be crisp and clear and the fine detail portrayed in my CAD drawings be clearly visible. We were absolutely delighted with the clarity and quality that Weston Beamor achieved,” says Blackler. “Weston Beamor is often asked to cast and to make interesting objects but this job from Sonkai is certainly one of the most fascinating. It was also technically challenging so we are very proud of the results we achieved and are delighted to have been able to play a small part in such an historic project,” commented Glen Day, Business Manager at Weston Beamor.


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Hockley Mint Welcomes Fairtrade Gold Miners

Talbots Group Reports Business Expansion Innovative packaging company Talbots Group has recently joined the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) and has started to work with jewellery e-tailer Jewel Street. The Birmingham-based packaging company is also a supplier to The Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ), Retail Jewellers of Ireland (RJI) and is providing a range of packaging solutions to Cash Converters. Talbots Group offers beautifully simplistic and contemporary packaging, produced to an extremely high quality, at competitive prices. The in-house design team prides itself on paying attention to every detail to produce a luxury, elegant product. Launching this autumn, Talbots’ slick new Couture collection is avail-

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able in elegant and modern grey and blue shades. The tactile soft touch boxes offer a luxurious and stylish packaging option that retailers can personalise with their own logo in a choice of five print colours, including rose gold. Luxury bags are available to match. Julie Fowler-Drake, managing director of Talbots Group, said: “We are delighted to be working with member groups to provide a superb service with the added attraction of a member discount. We work closely with jewellery retailers and suppliers to create the perfect packaging to suit their brand personality and needs.” Established in 1913, Talbots Group has a long history of supplying the global jewellery, beauty and fashion trades. Today, the familyrun company is led by managing director Julie Fowler-Drake, the grand-daughter of Talbots’ founder. In 2014, Talbots underwent its own exciting transformation, enhancing its position as the UK’s premier packaging company with its functional, beautifully designed packaging at affordable prices.

Award-winning fine and bridal jewellery manufacturer Hockley Mint welcomed Peruvian Fairtrade gold miners to its factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter earlier this month, producing a video of the visit that it will use to promote Fairtrade gold on its website and across social media platforms. Peruvian Fairtrade gold campaigner Dajhanna Zarate, who is the daughter of a gold miner in Sotrami, was accompanied by Macdesa miner Roger Arcos Ponte on the visit to Birmingham. The two guests were in the UK as part of a wider Fairtrade gold campaign with the Fairtrade Foundation, and were invited to Hockley Mint to see finished jewellery made from the gold mined in their communities. Arcos Ponte said of the visit: “Seeing these pieces finished means that we have fulfilled our goal because we as shareholders and miners didn’t know what happens to the gold we produce. Now I’m going to go back and tell them what I have seen and that we should be very proud of what we do.” Hockley Mint has been at the forefront of promoting the use of Fairtrade gold in the jewellery industry, having introduced it to its own products five years ago. Hockley Mint’s managing director Gary Wroe is a passionate advocate and supporter of Fairtrade


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and is regularly invited to speak on the topic at industry events. Wroe, who visited a Fairtrade gold mine in Tanzania in 2015, said: “I’ve seen first-hand the difference that Fairtrade premiums can make to local mining communities. Fairtrade gold is produced fairly and transparently and any supply issues around Fairtrade gold have now been overcome, so there is no reason not to be involved. However, the trade still has a long way to go to be educated about how it can work for them, so we will continue to help push their message whenever we can.” Hockley Mint’s Arctic Circle jewellery collection, which features traceable Canadian diamonds set in Fairtrade gold, was awarded Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year at the UK Jewellery Awards 2016, while Hockley Mint also won Bridal Collection of the Year, praised for the breadth and quality of its collection. Hockley Mint will promote a video of the visit on its website and via social media to further raise awareness of Fairtrade gold both within the jewellery trade and with end consumers.

Assay Office Birmingham has announced that its Chief Executive Officer and Assay Master, Stella Layton, is to leave the role at the end of March 2017. S t e l l a L ay t o n , w h o joined in 2014 and became the UK’s first female assay master, has successfully delivered and overseen several key projects including the move from the Assay Office’s outdated premises that it had occupied since 1878 to purpose-built premises overlooking Icknield Street at the gateway to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. The new premises include extensive facilities for training and development as part of a collaborative tenancy and partnership with Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery, and a new apprenticeship training centre in partnership with Holts Academy - as part of the Office’s commitment to nurturing new talent. She has also steered the development of a further sub-office initiative for the Assay Office, which opened earlier this year in Mumbai, and has, in addition, implemented a change management programme to improve process efficiency and productivity across the whole business. Assay Office Birmingham was recently judged to be Employer of the Year for 2016 at the UK Jewellery Awards. Assay Office Birmingham has also announced that Doug Henry is to be appointed as Joint CEO to work alongside Stella Layton until a permanent appointment has been made. Doug Henry, an experienced managing director, has been responsible for the project management of several of the Assay Office’s key projects during the past two years and has a clear understanding of its requirements. Kate Hartigan, Chairman of Assay Office Birmingham, said that during

her three years in the post, Stella had been a committed, dynamic and extremely capable leader, guiding the Office through a period of significant change. “Stella has provided strong and decisive leadership at a critical time in the development of the Assay Office. Our staff have responded whole-heartedly to the changes, inspired by her leadership, and thus we have a committed, flexible and confident work-force,” said Mrs Hartigan. “I know that Stella will be missed by colleagues and customers alike, but to ensure ongoing continuity for our business we are pleased that between now and her leaving date she will be working in tandem with Doug Henry who has a thorough understanding of the organisation and has been closely involved with the key projects that are taking us forward.” An announcement on a permanent appointment to succeed Stella Layton is expected in the New Year. In addition, Stella Layton will support the Office’s continuing projects on an ad hoc basis following her departure, to ensure continuity. “We would like to record our appreciation of Stella’s hugely valuable contribution to the organisation and to wish her well not only for the remaining period of her time with us but also for her personal and professional success in the future,” said Mrs Hartigan. November 2016

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News Nigel Lawrence, Jericho Cleaning Business Manager and Roger Bauckham, Jericho Foundation Development Director Jericho Recycling in January 2015.

Jericho Foundation Recruits Survivor of Human Trafficking

The Jericho Foundation helps people to become fulfilled, skilled and employed. One of the disadvantaged groups they work with is survivors of human trafficking. This client group recently became the focus of attention, when Theresa May pledged £33m to fight modern slavery, which is a huge problem in Britain today – it is estimated that there were 13,000 people enslaved in the UK alone in 2015. Jericho is the only organisation in the UK with the expertise and resources to deliver a complete programme of work experience, training and tailored support to victims of modern slavery. This holistic help enables these survivors to end their dependency on benefits, secure sustainable employment and become an inclusive and integrated part of their local community. M* is a member of our Jericho Cleaning Team. M is a Czech national who was trafficked into the UK in 2010. After experiencing forced labour, poor living conditions, little food and frequent exploitation for over 3 years, he eventually moved into a safe house and started his journey towards independence and employment. With almost no prospects of work in the UK, M commenced volunteering with

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M started this position in the hopes of gaining more valuable work experience for his CV. M so impressed the Recycling Manager with his eagerness and hard work, that he became an employee in April of 2015. Furthermore, M has now progressed into a role as a cleaning operative in Jericho Cleaning. Initially this involved more frequent interaction with members of head office staff and M was using this as an opportunity to improve his English language and communication skills. M has now commenced his first contract with external clients and is receiving glowing feedback, he has also recently been awarded the Star of the Month in recognition of his enthusiasm, continuing high standard of industry and his commitment to self-improvement. Nigel Lawrence, Business Manager for Jericho Cleaning said “The top priority of our Jericho Cleaning social enterprise is to recruit people who have been trafficked. A £50k enterprise, which is rapidly growing and delivering social value in Birmingham and the surrounding areas, Jericho Cleaning sets high standards and employs those in real need. M is a lovely, hard-working man who embodies the type of individual we are proud to help. We are delighted with his success and look forward to watching him continue to blossom”. * We are not using M’s real name or photograph for reasons of confidentiality and to protect his safety. Editor’s Note: The Hockley Flyer has supported Jericho from its inception.

Miners at the Xamodx Ngo mine in Mongolia

Vipa Designs Offers Europe First Fairminded Eco Gold

Vipa Designs Ltd, leaders in ‘Design to Delivery’ for the jewellery trade, has become the first-ever European jewellery manufacturer to offer Fairmined Eco gold. Receiving its first consignment of the metal this month, Vipa Designs provides retailers and designers with the possibility to have bespoke designs and collections cast in this most precious of ethical metals, produced without the use of cyanide and mercury typical to the gold mining process. Offering gold mined at the smallscale artisanal Xamodx Ngo mine in Mongolia, Vipa Designs is answering the needs of ever-more ethically conscious consumers shopping for fine and bridal jewellery. Fairmined Eco metal also provides forwardthinking designers and retailers with a new ethical source with which to create conscious, meaningful bridal and fine jewellery. Speaking of becoming the first manufacturer in Europe to offer Fairmined Eco gold, Vipa Designs founder and managing director Peter Crump said: “We are truly honoured to be the first British and European jewellery manufacturer to offer Fairmined Eco gold to our clients. More than ever,


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Gary Wroe, Annabel Large, Ruth Hallows, and Gaynor Andrews.

there is a need to provide an ethical choice to consumers as they become increasingly aware of the impact of gold mining and the provenance of precious metals. With Fairmined Eco gold, we can provide the most ‘green’ gold possible, mined without the use of harsh chemicals that can impact both the miners’ health and the environment. It’s a truly positive step forward for the jewellery trade and part of Vipa Designs ongoing drive to provide the best range of services for our valued customers.” Dubbed ‘Gold to be Proud of’’ Fairmined gold is used by over 100 companies, including world-renowned jewellery houses and innovative designers. The metal was also used for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. The news of securing Fairmined Eco gold follows Vipa Designs’ recent shortlisting for The NAJ Awards 2016. Through nominations from its customers, the business won a coveted spot in the Supplier of the Year category, and hopes to take home the top prize at the awards in December. Founded in 1978, Vipa Designs remains an ambitious company providing casting, design and full manufacturing for its clients, with friendly service, dedicated staff and long-term, close working relationships with customers. “We are a company that dislikes the word ‘no’,” states Peter Crump. “We will always say ‘Yes’ to a client’s needs or queries and will work closely together to provide the answers and create their design.”

Two Talented Students Receive Bursaries from Benevolent Society

The Benevolent Society (previously the British Jewellery Giftware & Finishing Federation Benevolent Society) is pleased to announce that it has broadened its remit for charitable support to include young people who are about to enter careers in the jewellery sector. In a move announced today, Annabel Large and Ruth Hallows (two students from Birmingham’s prestigious School of Jewellery) have been awarded bursaries to cover their fees for progression to the next stage of their courses. After a process of competition and interview, Annabel (who had worked for many years as a dental technician before deciding to re-train as a jeweller), has been granted £9000 to progress from Higher National Diploma (HND) to the BA Jewellery Design for Industry, and Ruth has been granted £6000 to progress from the first year of the HND to the second year; these are two of the most traditional craft-based courses at the School of Jewellery. These bursaries are the first of their kind and are the pilot scheme which sees an expansion in The Benevolent Society’s remit from not only caring for those who have retired from the trade

(or who have been forced to leave because of ill health) towards help for nurturing young people entering the trade. The Benevolent Society is excited and pleased to be working with the historic School of Jewellery and hopes that the strengthening relationship between the two organisations will continue to grow. Trustee of The Benevolent Society, Gary Wroe of Hockley Mint and Joint Deputy Chairman of the National Association of Jewellers said of the award: “In changing and challenging times, The Benevolent Society has been through a significant strategic review to ensure that we are supporting the people in the industries we represent. The Society can, and will, make the difference, not only to look after people who have fallen on hard times, but also to develop and grow talented people. We would like to thank all of the companies who continue to support us and wish Ruth and Annabel long and happy careers.” Both selected students are adults returning to education after a break in their careers and whilst support is often available for younger people, this bursary has been designed to assist people between the ages of 23 and 34 who might not be able to progress without financial assistance; Partners of The Benevolent Society include the National Association of Jewellers, The Giftware Association, the Surface Engineering Association, the British Travelgoods and Accessories Association and the Jewellery Distributors’ Association November 2016

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New LED Skull Cufflinks Are Frightfully Good!

For Halloween, Deakin & Francis took their iconic skull cufflinks to the next level. In a choice of finishes – a beautiful rose gold satin finish or an edgy, smooth matt black finish – the

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British brand have launched a pair of frightfully good new skull head designs - created and crafted for the brave and the daring. Featuring the Deakin & Francis iconic jaw dropping mechanism, wearers are surprised as the dropping jaw reveals bright red LED lights that shine from the eyes! The skull design has been a recognisable part of the Deakin & Francis collection for many centuries. Inspired by family folklore of seeing off pirates at sea in the 1600’s, the skull has continued to develop into a walking talking piece of art. James Deakin, Creative Director, says, “We have such a fantastic array of skull head cufflinks – from those with diamond popping eyes, our Hairy Viking Collection featuring furry beards and spinel helmets to our fantastic savage cufflinks with beaver pelt orange headbands and a mass of big black hair – that I knew our next creation had to really surprise and amaze our wearers! As we celebrate our 230th anniversary, I really wanted to push the boundaries and give our iconic skull head designs a completely different twist. The use of LED lights is totally new for us, and it took some development to get right - but when you pull down the jaw, there is no bigger surprise than an awesome bright red light - they will truly light up any shirt sleeve!”

UFO’S take off at Tory Party Conference Members of the Conservative party are it seems great fans of UFOs – however not those that flash in the night sky and come complete with little green men! The UFOs which went down a storm in Birmingham in October were in fact ‘Unique Finger Ornaments’ created by Stephanie Holt, winner of the 2016 Weston Beamor prize at the City’s Jewellery School. Stephanie, who is now artist in residence at the Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery, was invited, alongside a group of other local and diverse craftsmen and women, to exhibit at the Conference which took place at the City’s International Conference Arena: “I think the organisers must have picked up on the publicity surrounding my Weston Beamor win, but however they found me I’m really glad they did as it was a terrific opportunity to showcase my brand new collections to a huge crosssection of people,” Holt commented. On show was Holt’s ‘ONE’ collection, which builds on the wedding and engagement ring concept which won her first prize in the Weston Beamor competition. Since her win in February she has worked closely with the company to create matching eternity rings as well as earrings, pendants and bracelets all of which embrace the


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It’s Time to Start Feeling Festive! The Centrepiece Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Jewellery and Precious Objects is back at Symphony Hall, Birmingham (23 Nov - 23 Dec 10.30am - 10pm 2016, daily) for the 19th time with twenty jewellery designer makers who look forward to seeing visitors at this fabulous event, with the opportunity to buy directly from some of Birmingham’s most exciting new designers of handmade and bespoke items produced in the Jewellery Quarter.

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same minimalist aesthetic. All pieces, which were rapid-prototyped and then cast by Weston Beamor, are available in red, yellow and white gold or platinum and can be adorned with a diverse array of coloured gemstones and pave to provide a wide variety of choice and lots of opportunities for personalisation. Also on show was the afore-mentioned UFO range which Holt is developing as part of her Artist in Residence project. This collection showcases one-off hand-made pieces, which she describes as ‘Hand Furniture’. These are currently made from precious metals and resins but she is exploring the use of handcarved gemstones. Speaking about the Party Conference Holt commented: “It was my first time (out) meeting the public with my work and although I wasn’t selling from the stand it was a won-

derful opportunity to get consumer feedback, which was overwhelmingly positive. I now have lots of enquiries and am optimistic about turning these into orders. I’m very grateful to Weston Beamor, not only for the initial exposure I received from winning the Award, but also for helping me to create such a seemingly successful first collection.” Glen Day, business development manager at Weston Beamor said he was very glad that the business could be of help. “It is always terrific when one of the very talented people who has won this competition over the years has a particular success. We have really enjoyed working with Stephanie and look forward to continuing to do so as she builds what has all the makings of a successful jewellery brand,” he concluded. Stephanie Holt’s jewellery can be viewed at www.stephanieholt.co.uk

The Jewellery Quarter put its fashionable foot forward in October with its fourth annual Quarter Lifestyle event organised by the JQBID (Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District). The VIP guests in attendance were treated to an evening of canapes, a selection of wines, a fashion show with clothes provided by John Lewis and sparkling Jewellery accessories by exhibiting designer-makers, and the opportunity to view a collection of works from Jewellery Quarter artists and businesses including Artisan Alchemy, James Newman, The Skin Practice, Dolls of Decadence and 40 St Pauls. Kim Loynes, Events Manager for the JQBID, comments: “Quarter Lifestyle showcases the fantastic independent businesses within the area, highlighting the Jewellery Quarter as an alternative shopping and leisure destination in Birmingham.”

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Birthstones for December - Tanzanite, Blue Zircon, and Turquoise

Birthday Gems - Lore & Myths Throughout the ages, gemstones have fascinated Mankind. Lots of myths, legends and lores have evolved around them. Some of our ancestors believed they had mysterious hidden powers and healing properties, which were bestowed on the wearer. Even today, some of these beliefs still exist.

Tanzanite:

Tanzanite was first discovered in 1967 and Tanzania is its only source. It has become such an important gemstone that in 2002 it was added as an official December gemstone by the American Gemstone Trade Association. The blue colour of Tanzanite ties it to loyalty, faith, sincerity and respect and is thought to inspire compassion and calmness.Physically, Tanzanite is linked to the pineal gland, the pituitary gland and the mouth. Tanzanite is a 24th year anniversary stone

Blue Zircon: Each Blue Zircon stone has a unique blue tone, making it a perfect birthstone for December. Only Zircon comes in a variety of colours but blue is the overwhelming favourite. Only a small precentage of the natural brown crystals have the correct properties to change colour to the most popular blue (and white) by heating. The Blue Zircon is a 4h Year Anniversary stone.

Turquoise: Turquoise is amongst the oldest known gemstone and have been valued for thousands of years, gracing the necks of Egyptian Pharaohs and adorning the ceremonial dress of early native Americans. Turquoise gemstones come mostly from Iran and the brilliant opaque sky-blue colour is favourite. It also comes in dark blue or a blue/green colour. Turquoise is considered to be a ‘love charm’. When received as a gift it symbolizes a pledge of affection. Turquoise was the national gemstone of Iraq.However, due to its softness and porous character Turquoise requires some care.

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Tanzanite Myths & Legends:

• 12th Century writings said that Tanzanite shines when the air is pure and becomes pale when its poor, and that it also changes with the weather. • The Persians said that the stone brought good luck and guarded against evil and believed that merely looking at the stone strengthens the eye and if placed on an inflamed eye brought a cure.

Blue Zircon Myths & Legends:

• In the Middle Ages Zircon was believed to aid in ‘resting’ and to bring prosperity, and promoted honour and wisdom in its owner. • In the14th Century it was believed to be a safeguard against The Black Death. • It could be used as an antidote to poison and an aid to digestion.

Turquoise Myths & Legends:

• Turquoise is attributed with healing powers, promoting the wearers with status and wealth, and protecting from evil and bringing good luck and a happy life. • Ancient practitioners believed that Turquoise would actually change colour when the wearer was ill or in danger.

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Halo suite in 18ct white gold channel set with round and baguette diamonds from the Glacier story of Domino’s 2016 Belle Ile collection

New ‘Belle Ile’ Designs For all Special Occasions

For autumn 2016 Domino has added ten new suites to its popular Belle Ile Collection. This range is well-known for its special occasion suites of neckwear and earrings available in 18ct white, yellow or rose gold. The new pieces are trend responsive and make particular use of both sophisticated white-on-white diamond designs as well as offering coloured alloys set with richly coloured gemstones. Each suite features a necklace or pendant and a set of matching earrings. The new designs follow the five stories that were introduced to the Belle Ile collection in 2015; Glacier, Ore, Eden, Spectrum, and Midnight. Glacier reflects a cool palette that really enhances the purity and sparkle of pure white diamonds. New to this ‘theme’ is an on-trend circular pendant and earring suite featuring channel-set round and baguette diamonds. Also introduced to Glacier is

an art deco inspired cabochon suite available in a variety of gemstone options. A matching ring is featured in Sienna, Domino’s semi-set diamond ring mount collection. Where Glacier’s look is crisp and clean, Ore is all about the warmth and the sheer luxury of rich rose and yellow gold with just a sprinkling of ‘highlight’ diamonds. New designs here include a spectacular reticulated diamond and yellow gold suite inspired by autumn leaves. The second suite is all about the rich, warm tones of gold with a yellow gold chain featuring pebble-shaped links – without a diamond in sight this suite is simplistic yet stunning. Inspired by the natural world, Eden draws its creativeness from floral and botanical themes. The focus of this range is white metal and diamonds, with dainty flowers and clover-leaf shapes providing the key motifs. Spectrum is a collection for those who love the bright and the bold. This collection uses the ‘big three’ gemstones to dramatic effect. Here the designers have turned to Islamic architecture and the glories of the peacock’s tail to create two sumptuous new suites perfect for the forthcoming party season.

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Caroline Street Tree Planting Progress The trees have now been planted in the bottom part of Caroline Street, as well as much of the paving etc. in place. Work has also started on the top half of the Caroline Street boulevard with the road being marked out and commencement of excavation at the time of writing.

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For their inspiration in creating Midnight, the design team looked to the heavens. Here you will find diamonds set in halos and coronas around a central stone. Mother-of-pearl makes an entrance to create a simple, clean look for day wear, whilst the second suite features over-lapping and intertwining diamond hoops hanging from a delicate chain providing a sophisticated night-time option. “We are delighted with these new designs which offer our retailers an even more comprehensive selection. Many Belle Ile designs, including some of the latest editions, are available at price points which make them perfect ‘pick up’ options ideal for the forthcoming Christmas season. Others are tremendous ‘hero pieces’ ideal for creating a stir in our retailers’ Christmas windows and offering unique, special -occasion jewellery for consumers seeking something truly eye-catching and unusual,” says Domino’s marketing co-ordinator, Chantelle Serrell-Cooke.


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News and Stories with a Historical or Send your heritage letters and interest... comments of a number of car parks, the demolition of sub-standard housing, and the conversion of cemeteries into public gardens.

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A Working Party was set up including the Council and the BJA - extra points to be discussed were the possibility of re-locating the School of Jewellery and, for the first time, the special historical interest of the jewellery Industry would be considered.

‘Concentration’

An artists impression of ‘The Hockley Centre’, the hexagonal roof building in the foreground was for a proposed exhibition hall.

The Flatted Factories for The Jewellery Quarter Part 1

The Hockley Centre - The Big Peg

The Hockley Centre (now The Big Peg) is the large flatted factory type building which overshadows the rest of the Jewellery Quarter. By 1939, the start of WW2 the tenants of the slum houses in the Jewellery Quarter had been re-located, leaving empty dilapidated buildings which was made worse by German bombing and the many fires which were characteristic of the area. As part of the war effort, pressure was put on jewellers to change from making ‘jewellery’ to making ‘bullets’ etc., and as there was a shortage of workshops, they took over the dilapidated buildings, some ‘little more than hovels, with dark alleyways and dangerous staircases which lie in wait for the unwary visitor, and weak and creaking floors carry weights beyond their capacity’. In 1941, a report ‘When we Build Again’ was published by the Bourneville Trust, which called the Quarter ‘cramped, squalid and wasteful of time, money and effort. It has grown up unchecked and unguided, each man working out his own salvation with small consideration for anything

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but his own convenience and prosperity ..............’ A scheme was prepared for the Birmingham Jewellers’ and Silversmiths’ Association by a private consultant which related to an area of 57 acres. It had the object of re-housing the jewellery industry in six-story Flatted Factories, which was passed to the corporation in 1945 asking for financial assistance. The first stage would start in June 1942 with 103-109 Vyse Street and 42-49 Northampton Street. Doubt was expressed that the total number of working units provided for was far too small and the expense of moving ‘twice’ could well put some people out of business. No information available regarding compensation. The project included the provision

Vyse Street before demolition began.

Lord Mayor Tiptaft (of Tiptaft Ltd) said at the time: “The Jewellers had undergone a surgical operation known to the profession as ‘Concentration’ Firstly we were decapitated, then de-contaminated, after which disintegrated and finally obliterated. At this moment, we are in the early stages of being reincarnated. We have turned over from teapots to tommy guns, from rings to wings, bangles to bombs and from bracelets to bullets. We have scrapped our polishing lathes for surface grinders and abandoned our beautiful catalogues for reprints!”

1942 - Reconstructing Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter

In 1942, the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter was referred to by the city’s Lord Mayor, Mr. Norman Tiptaft, as an “obsolete anachronism in the twenti-


This is how the proposed flatted factories would appear

eth century. It should (and I hope it will be) scheduled as a re-development area, and re-plan to provide, efficient factories, to replace the present unsuitable and inadequate structures. If the proposition for the municipality to provide ‘healthy’ houses at a reasonable rent, it may well equally be a sound proposition to provide modern factories, particularly for those trades composed of businesses where the size of the business prevents them undertaking the capital expense necessary. “I can see flocks of factories rising in Northampton Street and Vyse Street, run as a paying proposition by the municipality, giving the manufacturers

of the district far better amenities than they dreamed”.

‘Imaginative’ ‘Imaginative’ was the term used by several speakers at the public meeting held in the Vittoria Restaurant on August 23 1942 to discuss the City Council’s scheme for the Jewellery Quarter; but there was no lack of questions from the floor and vital points were raised, including one on whether the first plans shown provided premises of suitable area. Putting the points were jewellers from the area to be developed and others from adjacent areas.

1943 - ‘When we Build Again’

The Bourneville Village Trust in 1943 stated in their published document ‘When We Build Again’: “There is no doubt that the Jewellery Quarter is cramped, squalid and wasteful of time, money and effort. It has grown up unchecked and unguided; each man working out his own salvation Continued on page 43

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The dot-dash lines show the areas to be developed around 1964.

Alderman Thomas (Public Works Committee) said under the present plan there would be 144 workshops in the tall flatted unit, 16 factories with parking space above them, a 70,000 sq.ft. office block - part of which might be taken by the British Jewellers’ Association, a new Assay Office, shops and other buildings. It was the outline scheme they thought should be carried out. Any modifications would be associated with costings, and it was hoped that a technical working party, drawn from the City Council and the Association, would get down to reasonable costing. The start, said Ald. Thomas, would be made with 103-109 Vyse Street and 42-49 Northampton Street. Work on the first phase, the factories, was planned to begin in June next year (1943) and to be completed by the following year. Then would come the other buildings in the scheme. Mr Nevillle Borg (City Engineer and Surveyor) explained that the size they had in mind for the planned units was 5,000 sq. ft for each of the single-storey factories, with units in the flatted factory of from 360 sq.ft. The size of the latter, he explained, could be made even smaller if tenants would agree to share certain services. Both types of unit could be used in multiples for bigger workshops. Several members rose to say they were not happy about the planned areas for the factories and pointed to the need for units in the 1,500 to 3,500 sq. ft. range. Mr T A Adderley, whose firm would be among the first to be moved, said he thought the total number of working units provided for was far too small, also there was the problem of people who were likely to be involved in the expensive process of moving twice once into a make-do place and then into a factory proper. Mr W Hill thought a double move like this could well put some people out of business.


Events

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Exhibitions/Demos  NOVEMBER

On Now - 31 Dec COLLECTING BIRMINGHAM: STORIES THAT SHOULD BE SHARED

This is the first in a series of four exhibitions showcasing objects collected from local people, telling their stories of life in Birmingham. Held in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter this exhibition focuses on real stories of working life in Birmingham.

On Now - 21 Jan ALL THAT GLITTERS CRAFT EXHIBITION

In this dazzling selection of handmade craft you will find glamorous statement necklaces alongside striking ceramics and beautiful scarves. The range of affordable, original and innovative craft means there is something to suit a variety of tastes and styles – making it perfect for those looking for alternative and handmade Christmas gift.

On Now - 19 Nov NEW PRINTS

Chris Salmon ARBSA. Spurred on by the development of his new printing studio, Chris presents new etchings in his distinctive style. Solo Show

On Now - 26 Nov SOLO SHOW

George Jackson ARBSA. Solo Show. A selection of plinth and wall-mounted work made using glass and ceramics.

On Now - 07 Jan RETROSPECTIVE

Graham Blaine RBSA. This selection of Graham’s delicate watercolours has been produced over a number of years. Graham’s preferred subjects are trees in the landscape and boats – from which he has produced two books: ‘Trees in Watercolour’ and ‘Boats in Watercolour’. Both are available to purchase at the Gallery. Solo Show

16 - 24 Dec MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES 2016

For over 170 years the diverse practices of the RBSAs Members and Associates have been displayed in this annual exhibition, including the work of those newly elected this year. Don’t miss Ann Hackett’s demonstration on Saturday 3 December. This exhibition is exclusively open to RBSA Members and Associates. Deadline to enter 2 November.

21 - 14 Jan ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES

Heinke Jenkins RBSA. A selection of atmospheric lino and woodcut prints focussing on travel and movement. Solo Show

28 - 21 Jan LANDSCAPE CERAMICS

Usha Khosla RBSA. Inspired by her travels, Usha’s ceramic vessels have textured surfaces based on the colours and forms of the landscape. Solo Show

 DECEMBER 30 - 11 Feb StArt EXHIBITION

The StArt exhibition provides an opportunity for art enthusiasts with smaller budgets to purchase original art works for £300 or less. Over the years, the exhibition has become a much anticipated event in the RBSA calendar. Not only does it attract visitors looking for affordable high quality art, it demonstrates the RBSA’s ethos of providing art for everyone. Contemporary art by Members and Associates. This exhibition is exclusively open to RBSA Members and Associates. Deadline to enter 4pm on Wednesday 30 November.

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Auctions

NOVEMBER 14 WATCHES AND WATCH PARTS

@ 10:00 am - An auction of watches and watch parts at Fellows Auctioneers

17 JEWELLERY AUCTION

@ 10:00 am - An auction of jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers

17 PAWNBROKERS JEWELLERY & WATCHES AUCTION

@ 2:30 pm - An auction of pawnbrokers jewellery and watches at Fellows Auctioneers

18 MODERN JEWELLERY AUCTION

@ 12:00 pm - An auction of modern jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers

29 THE WATCH SALE

@ 11:00 am - An auction of watches at Fellows Auctioneers

30 FINE JEWELLERY & WATCHES AUCTION

@ 11:00 am - An auction of fine jewellery and watches at Fellows Auctioneers

 DECEMBER 01 JEWELLERY AUCTION

@ 10:00 am - An auction of jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers

01 PAWNBROKERS JEWELLERY & WATCHES AUCTION

@ 2:30 pm - An auction of pawnbrokers jewellery and watches at Fellows Auctioneers

05 VINTAGE JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES AUCTION

@ 10:00 am - An auction of vintage jewellery and accessories at Fellows Auctioneers

08 ANTIQUE AND MODERN JEWELLERY AUCTION

@ 11:00 am - An auction of antique and modern jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers

09 THE GEMSTONE SALE

@ 12:00 pm - Sale of gemstones at Fellows Auctioneers

09 DESIGNER COLLECTION

@ 11:00 am - An auction of Designer items at Fellows Auctioneers

12 SILVER & PLATED WARE AUCTION

@ 10:00 am - An auction of silver & plated ware at Fellows Auctioneers

15 JEWELLERY AUCTION

@ 10:00 am - An auction of jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers

15 PAWNBROKERS JEWELLERY & WATCHES AUCTION

@ 2:30 pm - An auction of pawnbrokers jewellery and watches at Fellows Auctioneers

Trade Fairs

 FEBRUARY 2017

05 - 09 JEWELLERY & WATCH

Birmingham NEC. Jewellery & Watch is the UK’s largest dedicated trade event set within the heart of the UK jewellery & watch industry. Taking place in February, a key buying month, Jewellery & Watch Birmingham is perfectly timed and ideally positioned to provide inspiration, innovation and insight for 17,000 buyers within the jewellery and watch industry. Taking place at the Birmingham NEC,


Events

The Jam House, St.Pauls Square, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B31 QU Book online at www.thejamhouse.com

the show reflects the historical link between the jewellery trade and the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter and showcases a dazzling display of influential jewellery and brands from more than 350 exhibitors.

Live Entertainment

night is presented by the talented singer-songwriter, Ben Drummond. To be part of this regular feature at the Jam House, all musicians should contact the Jam House on 0121 200 3030

30 The SNOW BALL

15 JAZZLINES presents ... REUBEN REYNOLDS & AFFIE JAM

The Snowball is a Property For Kids charity event where the guests pay a modest entry fee but have to bring a Christmas Present wrapped for a girl or boy and these presents are distributed by the Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid. The bands playing are Hot Property and The Process. Both bands are made up of people that work in the Property and Construction industry which is also the main thrust of the people that support and make up the charity Property For Kids. For more information visit www. propertyforkids.com.

17 LatinMotion presents DEL CAMINO

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 NOVEMBER

Birmingham based guitarist and regular sideman Reuben Reynolds leads his band in a collaborative performance featuring vocalist and songwriter Affie Jam (Alima Rico-Emmanuel).

A little earlier this month, there is a distinct Latin vibe to the Jam House with the sounds of the popular Salsa nine-piece DEL CAMINO supported by Mauricio Reyes and his army of LatinMotion DJs & dancers. Salsa taster dance workshop from 9pm.

18 & 19 URBAN INTRO

Always a big Jam House favourite, Urban Intro make a welcome return performing hits from the likes of Rihanna, and Justin Timberlake to classics from Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, & even CeCe Peniston.

22 JULIE DEXTER

Birmingham born Julie Dexter is a world-renowned singer / songwriter who has won numerous international awards. Regularly sharing the stage with this generation’s cutting-edge soul artists, including Jill Scott, Bilal, Amel Larrieux, Donnie, Omar, and Loose Ends, to name a few, Julie returns to bring her own show to the Jam House.

23 PETER ASHER & ALBERT LEE

As one half of Peter & Gordon, Peter Asher’s voice “literally soared through Carnegie Hall” (Fox News), while Albert Lee has been called “the ultimate virtuoso” by Eric Clapton. Working from their earliest days as musicians and performers with great American artists like Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers, Peter Asher and Albert Lee bring those influences to the fore in their first series of shows together as a duo. Theirs is a history of song, and these duo shows will reflect that history. From the Peter & Gordon catalogue, Peter Asher and Albert Lee will harmonize on “World Without Love”, I Go To Pieces”, and more. From Albert Lee’s back pages, expect the Jimmy Webb penned title track from his new acoustic album, “The Highwayman”, Glenn Campbell’s ” A Better Place” , and the Jimmy Jones/Otis Blackwell classic “Handy Man”. Inspirations to both artists such as the Everly Brothers provide “Crying in the Rain” and “Bye Bye Love”, while from Buddy Holly comes ” Well All Right”. Tonight is an intimate evening of stories & song, and is a fully seated affair.

24 JOHNNY2BAD

The legendary UB40 – one of Birmingham’s own, and probably the greatest Reggae band to come out of the UK, have produced so many hits over the past three decades. Johnny2Bad is a collection of some of the best Birmingham musicians that celebrate the songs of classic UB40.

25 & 26 BEAT BROTHERS

The Beat Brothers are a professional four piece of musicians, who play a funky & upbeat collection of classic soul, anthems, and current faves. They really are a joy and know how to party!

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The “ACOUSTICS SESSIONS” is a monthly showcase of new talent and unsigned artistes, regularly featuring touring performers as well as musicians from the local scene. The

01 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

02 & 03 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!

05 STAND-UP COMEDY SHOWCASE

7.30pm. Join us for a night of stand-up comedy. Students from the Blue Orange comedy course, led by Rob Coleman, will present their new material. Come and support emerging talent! Tickets: £3

06 & 07 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 through to the present day.

07 - 09 ALADDIN

7.00pm. Midland Academy of Musical Theatre brings their fun-filled panto to the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham this Christmas. Join Aladdin on the adventure of his life as he discovers the magic of the lamp and falls in love with the beautiful Princess Jasmin. Boo and hiss the evil Abanazar, and sing, dance and laugh with Aladdin’s best friend, Wishee Washee. With all the ingredients for a perfect family show – including romance, comedy, lots of magical songs, dances, sweets, sets, glorious costumes and buckets of audience participation, this is the place to be for panto this Christmas! Directed by Aimee Gray (Royal Shakespeare Company), Musical Direction from James Williams (The Last 5 Years/Peter Pan/Cinderella) and Choreography by CiCi Howells. Doors Open at 6:00pm. Ticket Price: £9.00 – £14.00

08, 09, &10 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.

12 &13 ROCKET

Rock ‘til you drop with this five-piece guitar band playing anthems from the U2, David Bowie & the Jam. A powerful & exciting show

14 &15 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

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16 &17 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

17 - 31 THE WIZARD OF OZ

When a tornado sweeps Dorothy and her dog Toto into the Land of Oz, she discovers that her Kansas farmhouse has landed right on top of The Wicked Witch of the East! Dorothy learns about the wonderful Wizard of Oz who lives in the Emerald City and sets off to find him, hoping that he can help her find a way home. Along the way, she meets a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion. Each is missing something and all believe that the Wizard has the power to help. Little do they know that the vengeful Wicked Witch of the West is determined to make sure that following the yellow brick road is far from easy…The Wizard of Oz is a family show and is suitable for all ages. Performances are available for school bookings

19, 20, & 21 URBAN INTRO

Jam House favourite, Urban Intro make a welcome return with a new and even stronger line-up, performing hits from the likes of Rihanna, and Justin Timberlake to classics from Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, & even CeCe Peniston.

22 & 23 DETROIT SOUL COLLECTIVE

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

27 The ACOUSTIC SESSIONS

The “ACOUSTICS SESSIONS” is a monthly showcase of new talent and unsigned artistes, regularly featuring touring performers as well as musicians from the local scene. The night is presented by the talented singer-songwriter, Ben Drummond. To be part of this regular feature at the Jam House, all musicians should contact the Jam House on 0121 200 3030

28 GOSPEL CENTRAL

a very special Festive Treat for this Christmas Time ... The Gospel scene in Birmingham goes from strength to strength & this event is the climax of a series of evenings celebrating the talent to be found in local Gospel music.

29 LatinMotion presents DEL CAMINO

On the last Thursday of every month, there is a distinct Latin vibe to the Jam House with the sounds of the popular Salsa nine-piece DEL CAMINO supported by Mauricio Reyes and his army of LatinMotion DJs & dancers. Salsa taster dance workshop from 9pm.

30 B’SPOKE

A popular & funky young ten piece of talented musicians perform a range of soul & R’n’B classics.

31 New Years Eve with THE SUBTERRANEANS

The SUBTERRANEANS rock the JamHouse on every visit, but for this very special night they will see 2016 away and invite you into 2017 in a way only the Subs can. With a range from U2, Queen, Kaiser Chiefs, and many more anthems to rock your socks off right into the New Year itself!

Training & Education  NOVEMBER

16 Nov IDENTIFYING CUSTOMISED AND COUNTERFEIT WATCHES

This course is a combination of presentation combined with handling practical examples and is intended for those involved in either buying, authenticating or valuing watches whether as a business or for private interest. This one day course will provide a detailed insight into fake watches and how to identify them, as well as examining watches that started out as authentic but have subsequently been modified. £295 per delegate + vat

23 UNDERSTANDING ANTIQUE JEWELLERY

This one day introductory course will give you a fascinating insight into jewellery types and styles, from the late 18th Century

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through to the mid-20th Century. The hands on course focuses on the more affordable everyday jewellery of each period, and provides key information for dating jewellery on stylistic grounds. £215 per delegate + vat.

29 UNDERSTANDING DIAMONDS

This hands on course is intended for retail staff who already have some experience of selling jewellery and precious stones. The one day course will provide an in depth understanding of diamonds improving their confidence when selling. It gives each delegate a chance to study and observe loose diamonds using a 10x loupe as in retail conditions. £265 per delegate + vat

 DECEMBER 04 CHRISTMAS CREATIONS

@ 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Workshop with Kathleen Fabre, Guest Tutor. Discover how to sculpt a little festive robin using wire and a glue gun! This workshop is ideal for those looking to make home-made decorations or gifts this Christmas and is suitable for complete beginners and enthusiastic crafters alike. This workshop is suitable for children aged 6 to 12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Price £6 per child. Booking essential

Other Events  NOVEMBER

18 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON

@ 5.00pm - 7.00pm. At a stone’s throw away from Birmingham City Centre, make the Jewellery Quarter the place to kick-start your festive season. On Friday 18th November from 5 – 6pm, the Golden Square in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter will be the stage for this year’s Christmas Light Switch On. Each year the Jewellery Quarter BID install bespoke Christmas Lights across the Quarter. The design of these lights is inspired the area’s rich heritage in the Jewellery and manufacturing industries, sporting motifs such as the renowned Assay Office Anchor, rings and jewellery boxes. The scheme expands year-onyear to incorporate more streets into it for the enjoyment of more local businesses. The Switch On event will feature food and winter drinks, live entertainment from the Glamaphones and the High Fives and fireworks from the roof of the Big Peg, one of the largest buildings in the Quarter.

 DECEMBER 03 CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS!

@ 12.00pm - 4.00pm. Come and join us for carol singing, costumed guided tours and a children’s ‘Christmas Lanterns’ craft activity to get you in the Christmas spirit! A chance to buy unique Christmas gifts and designer maker jewellery from our lovely museum shop.Free event. However admission charge applies for the Smith & Pepper factory tour. Children’s craft activity - £1.00 per child.

07 JQ FUSIONS - ROCK & ROLL BREWHOUSE & ST PAUL’S GALLERY DO 70’S ROCK MUSIC

@ 6.00pm - 8.00pm. Jewellery Quarter Fusions: Rock and Roll Brewhouse and St Pauls Gallery do 70’s rock music with a touch of Christmas. Join the JQBID as we bring together Rock and Roll Brewhouse and St Paul’s Gallery for a 70’s rock night of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, craft beer and renowned album cover prints.Your ticket includes 3 beers or mulled cider as well as a selection of beer infused foods including beer bread, beer cheese and bicuits all made with Rock and Roll Brewhouse’s very own beer. Meet the teams from both St Paul’s Gallery and Rock and Roll Brewhouse and hear about the truly unique album cover prints in the gallery.. £7-£10.

Place your Classified online www.thehockleyflyer.info and look for the Classified Pages


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 November 2016

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Property Planning 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 2016/09148/PA 32 Regent Place Birmingham B1 3NJ. Listed Building Consent for alterations and extensions to existing building to allow for its conversion into ground floor offices and car parking area, with four apartments and one town house above, including erection of replacement roof extension. 02-11-2016 2016/09054/PA 32 Regent Place Birmingham B1 3NJ. Non material amendment to planning application 2016/01938/PA for terrace at 3rd floor, changes to canopy, windows and cladding. 31-10-2016 2016/09113/PA 86 Carver Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3AL. Application to determine the details of conditions 9 (Lighting), 11 (Parking), 13 (Cycle Parking), 14 (Travel Plan), 15 (Commercial Travel Plan) and 17 (Panel Sample) a t t a c h e d t o p l a n n i n g a p p r ova l 2013/01280/PA. 31-10-2016 2016/08649/PA 59-61 Charlotte Street Birmingham B3 1PX. Listed Building Consent for the erection of first and second floor rear extension. 13-10-2016 2016/08575/PA 32-35 Water Street Birmingham B3 1HL. Change Of Use to cafe (Use Class A3), bar (Use Class A4) and barbers (Use Class A1) and installation of acoustic louvres to basement entrance. 13-10-2016 2016/08562/PA 59-61 Charlotte Street Birmingham B3 1PX. Erection of first and second floor rear extension. 13-102016 2016/08404/PA 102-104 Lionel Street Birmingham B3 1DG. Demolition of existing building. 07-10-2016 2016/08290/PA Aqua House 20-25 Lionel Street Birmingham B3 1AQ. Alterations to front entrance including replacement of stepped entrance door with level door access and automated sliding glazed doors. 05-10-2016

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Planning Applications and Decisions for the Jewellery Quarter.

2016/07742/PA Unit 204 The Argent Centre 60 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3HS. Change of use from gymnasium (Use Class D2) to offices (Use Class B1). 13-09-2016 2016/07205/PA Land fronting Pemberton Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6NY. Erection of 8 no. residential dwelling houses and associated works. 24-08-2016 2016/06951/PA 79-85 Spencer Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6DE. Change of use of part of the first floor and the second floor to a self-contained live work unit. 16-08-2016

Awaiting Decision 2016/08029/PA 2-10 Constitution Hill Birmingham B19 3LY. Change Of Use to bar (Use Class A4) at ground floor level with associated toilets, glasswash and storage at first floor level. 23-092016 2016/07913/PA 41-42 Tenby Street North Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EG. Demolition of existing building and erection of a 4 no. storey building providing 14 no. apartments, on site parking and associated landscaping. 20-092016 2016/07671/PA St Georges Urban Village Land Bound by Moreton Street, Pope Street & Carver Street Birmingham. Minor Material Amendment to planning application 2015/00775/PA for amendments to ground floor plan and to revise schedule to show 304 dwellings rather than 302 as originally shown. 12-09-2016 2016/07066/PA Livery Street Birmingham B3 2BH. Display of LCD freestanding screen. 17-08-2016 2016/06477/PA 22-24 Vittoria Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3PE. Part demolition, alteration and conversion of existing property to provide 1 no. B1(a) office unit and 2 no. residential units (1 x 2 bed & 1 x 3 bed); 1 no. two storey new residential unit to rear. 01-08-2016 2016/06428/PA 34-35 Ludgate Hill Birmingham B3 1EH. Change of use at lower ground, ground and first floors to restaurant (Use Class A3) (second and third floors to remain as office) alterations to rear and installation of new shop front. 29-07-2016 2016/06444/PA 34 Carver Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3AL Display of 1 no internally illuminated fascia sign and 1 no. internally illuminated hanging sign. 28-07-2016 2016/05810/PA 22 Frederick Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3HE. Listed Building Consent for restoration works

around the existing property, office space to the front and flat located to the rear of the ground floor and the addition of two flats with an external staircase to first floor. 07-07-2016 2016/05747/PA 22 Frederick Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3HE. Restoration works around the existing property, office space to the front and flat located to the rear of the ground floor and the addition of two flats with an external staircase to first floor. 07-07-2016

New Decisions 2016/07878/PA 54 Carver Street Birmingham B1 3AS. Non Material Amendment to approval 2016/01722/PA. Final Decision - Approve 2016/07490/PA Warstone Lane Cemetery Hockley Birmingham B18 6NN Listed Building Consent for the installation of boundary railings and gate. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/07008/PA 63 St Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1QS. Variation of condition No 3 attached to approval 2016/06161/PA (extraction and odour control details). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/07115/PA 27-28 Mary Street Ladywood Birmingham B3 1UD. Listed Building Consent for internal and external works, part demolition and erection of a two storey rear extension associated with the change of use to a residential dwelling. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions 2016/07043/PA 27-28 Mary Street Ladywood Birmingham B3 1UD. Change of use , renovation, part demolition and erection of a two storey rear extension to provide a single dwelling house Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/05706/PA 16-17 Lionel Street Birmingham B3 1AQ. Refurbishment and extension of existing building with roof top extension and demolition of rear storage building to enable the change of use of the existing building from offices to a ground floor retail unit (A1) and 9 residential apartments over the upper floors (C3) with ancillary parking to the rear. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/03404/PA 46 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3HN. Listed Building Consent for retrospective demolition of internal walls and floors; removal of doors and infilling of previous doorways to rear courtyard. Proposed refurbishment and conversion of existing building to provide 1no. A1 unit , 3no. x 2 bed dwellings and 1no. x 2 bed unit of student accommodation. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/03369/PA 46 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3HN. Refurbishment and conversion of existing building to provide A1 commercial


2015/09862/PA Land Adjacent To Crowford House Caroline Street Birmingham B3 1UP Variation of condition 1 (approved plans) in connection with planning application 2013/08589/PA to reduce the number of apartments from 13 to 8, delete rear ground floor unit to provide 12no. car parking spaces, cycle and bin storage and alterations to the elevations and roof. Final Decision Approve subject to Condition

Older Decisions 2016/06685/PA 7 Newhall Square Birmingham B3 1RY. Display of 3 non illuminated and 4 externally illuminated adverts. Final Decision - Approve Temporary 2016/06282/PA 35-38 St Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1QX. Listed Building Consent for the re-instatement of basement windows, alterations to balcony design, internal alterations including proposed stud walls, repositioning of doors and additon/alteration of en suites. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/06253/PA 35-38 St Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1QX. Application for a non-material amendment to planning approval 2016/02113/PA for conversion of ancillary communal residents bar, gym and lounge in basement to be part of residential unit 5, internal alterations and alteration to balcony design. 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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with small consideration for anything but his own convenience and prosperity. While always ready to help a neighbour, the Birmingham jewellery manufacturer has always been possessed of a strong and enterprising individuality that prompted him to look after himself. It is obvious why and how the Quarter grew as it has grown. It was at one time a pleasant suburb, as suburbs then went, and jewellers found it convenient to live near each other because they were a tribe of craftsmen and specialists. They gave each other work to do - each to his job of tool-making, stamping, smelting, engraving, setting, and so on. It saved time and trouble to send next door or up the street, rather than across the town. The workers and partners of the manufacturers, their sons and brothers, also lived nearby. Therefore, nothing was more natural-than that when they also set up iii business it was right on the same spot. The back-garden factory started it. It opened up the possibility of running something more than a one-man business from the domestic hearth. There was space to employ people and the one-time garden then sprouted a very handy factory of two or three floors complete with fireplaces and chimneys, a smelting hearth, closely iron-barred windows and, often, a gas engine. The next transition was inevitable. The need for more factory space, the prosperity and the desire for fresh air and better living conditions (no doubt growing-up sons and daughters added their views to the arguments) meant that the floor space of the house was added to that of the factory, and one after another, the places where jewellers lived became only places where jewellers worked. Even the employees no longer lived in the shabby streets of Hockley. The net result of this growth and movement is the Jewellery Quarter, a warren of dismal streets, a confused huddle of inadequate factories, some

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little more than hovels, - where what once were living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms were forced to make shift for offices, workshops and stores. Dark alleyways and dangerous staircases lie in wait for the unwary visitor, weak and creaking floors carry weights beyond their capacity and sanitary accommodation is overworked. It is true that some firms rebuilt where they stood, putting up model factories.” The need for redevelopment arises from the obsolescence of nearly all the property, the waste of space, the untidy layout and the almost complete absence of amenities. Originally a scheme was prepared in 1943 for the Birmingham Jewellers’ and Silversmiths’ Association by a private consultant and related to an area of 57 acres; it had the object of rehousing the jewellery industry in six-storey flatted factories. The high cost of the scheme and other difficulties led the association to approach the corporation in 1945 with a request for assistance. As local planning authority charged with securing the most beneficial use of all land in the city, the corporation could not consider the project in isolation but found it necessary to relate it to other land users in the area, to communications, and to the industrial structure of the city as a whole. As a result, it was considered desirable to treat some 243 acres to the north-west of the city centre and including the area of the jeweller’s scheme as an area of comprehensive development.” The streets of the area are sufficient to take considerably more than the present flow, but congestion is caused by unloading on the highway.

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The Future - Suggested Move to the Country-side, Of Lasting Benefit to the City, Factory Colonies Is Denied: No Plans To Move Trade To City Boundary, January 1964 - Corporation Buys Vyse Estate. Does anyone remember anything about The David Manufacturing Co. Ltd of Northampton Street. They were Costume Jewellery manufacturers, employing around 50 people. If you have any details, please contact Jewellery Quarter Heritage email: marie@jewelleryquarterheritage.net

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