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January 2017

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Editorial ....................... 18

Letters........................................................................ 19

News............................. 19

Inhorgenta Munich Wooden Watches on the Rise .... 19

Events .......................... 30

‘Penny Dreadful!’ or ‘Mrs. Lovetts Revenge...’............ 19

Classifieds ................... 36 Follow us on the Social Networks

2016 Benevolent Ball................................................. 21 Domino Dramatically Expands its Wedding Ring Collection................................................................... 22 Jewellery Quarter Women Shine in UK Poetry Awards .......................................................... 23 Domino Launches ‘Platinum Gold’ - .......................... 24 Arctic Circle Diamonds Partners with Online Platform 24 Konnichiwa Design.................................................... 25 Gold Hallmarking Figures Dip................................... 25 St Paul’s Church Photo in Normandy........................ 25 Accountant Steals £300,000...................................... 25 Wonderful World of Trains & Planes Closes.............. 25 Heritage The Flatted Factories for The Jewellery Quarter Part 3........ 26

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Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.

2017 Here we Come - For Better or For Worse - for Richer or for Poorer! Best wishes of course to everyone and hope we can look back at the end of 2017 as being a successful and happy one. Four possible New Year Resolutions for the JQ at the end of this editorial. Our Heritage pages about The Flatted Factories has certainly created a lot of interest and part 3 is within these pages. If you were caught up in this saga we would love to hear from you. 2017 could be one of the most difficult periods for the Jewellery Quarter as we seem to have ‘lost’ most of our important Leaders. I know it is wonderful to have so many passionate volunteers, but they do need guidance and leadership, otherwise they could lose their way. The Council isn’t much help as their ‘enforcement department’ seems to have lost its teeth! - example there are rules about signage in a Conservation Area and some of the signs are deliberately flouting these rules. If the rules are unenforceable, then why not scrap them altogether? There is also far too much street clutter (a list of items that should be removed was drawn up by Andy Munro and his team just before they were disbanded - I still have a copy, no-one has ever done this type of survey since. I am sure you will all agree that the increasing traffic congestion on Vyse Street is becoming intolerable. With cars parked each side, it is barely possible for two cars to pass but if a van or bus is involved there can be a wait of up to an hour to get through - any emergency vehicles would have no chance. With the main car-park right in the centre of it all so it’s not as if there was no parking at all - perhaps a one-way system - there was one in the past so it is possible, or maybe remove parking from one side of the road - either solution would not be popular with everyone, but, we have forced road changes to happen in the past and if is what we need we should go for it! Please email any ideas you may have to us and we will make sure they get to the right authority and keep up the pressure. One project which we started some time ago was the provision of Heritage Plaques (sometimes Blue Plaques) to be fixed on the best of our 120 Grade 2 Listed buildings. Some metal plaques were made by URBED about 30 years ago, and a few remain, and of course we have the pavement trails, but there are very few plaques on the actual listed buildings. These plaques need to be fixed before the essential heritage of the buildings is lost or misinterpreted. One can see tourists walking around looking up at buildings with no idea of what they were originally built for. I have quite an extensive information file which I compiled when pursuing the original project and, of course, all the accurate information needed to compile the plaques.

So there are four New Resolutions we could go for in 2017: 1. To remove street clutter. 2. To control and improve signage on buildings in a conservation area, not just listed buildings. 3. To find a solution to Vyse Street traffic congestion. 4. Heritage Plaques on the most interesting Grade 2 Listed buildings. Plenty to accomplish this year! Good Luck!

Marie Haddleton Editor

wanted to let you know that I won at the Michael Marks Awards this week, after three years in a row on the shortlist, and I wondered if you’d be interested in reporting on the news in the next issue of the Flyer? Emma Wright, Publisher

Emma Press I run the Emma Press, an independent publishing house based in the Jewellery Quarter, and I’m an avid reader of the Hockley Flyer. I

Inhorgenta Munich 2017: Wooden Watches on the Rise Every year, the national and international jewellery and watchmaking industry presents its latest trends at Inhorgenta Munich. One thing is already clear for the forthcoming trade show: wooden watches are on the rise. But this is not the only news in Hall A1 ‘Timepieces’. The Fossil Group has signed up once again for 2017 with an exhibition space of its own and brands like Victorinox, Guess, Doxa and Traser H3 will have their premiere at Inhorgenta Munich from February 18 to 21, 2017. Besides jewellery, watches will take centre stage again at Inhorgenta Munich 2017. For the first time ever, the history of watches will be presented in Hall A1 ‘Timepieces’ which also offers the opportunity to take a look into the future of timekeeping devices. Wooden timepieces have meanwhile developed to become a real trend. Here, the notion of ‘timepieces’ does not refer to clocks hanging on walls, but to wristwatches made from wood. The relatively young entrepreneurs Kerbholz, Laimer, Avatar, Tense and Stadtholz will be among the exhibitors of Inhorgenta Munich 2017

Flatted Factories I received a copy of the Hockley Flyer the other week on my desk in The Big Peg, I had no idea that it existed until that day and on the way home I happened upon the ‘Hockley Stefanie Mändlein, Exhibition

Director of Inhorgenta Munich: “ T h e s e watches combine sustainability with modern lifestyle, while being ultralight. For two or three years, we have been observing that demand in this segment is steadily on the rise. We are happy to be able to offer a platform for these special watches at Inhorgenta Munich 2017.” In addition, with Fossil a wellknown company will be back in Munich with an exhibition space of its own. Complete newcomers will be the watch brands Victorinox, Traser H3 and Doxa. Furthermore, TT Trendtime with the brands Corinna Feicht.

Flyer’ plaque on Frederick Street! I thoroughly enjoyed the News stories and learning about the history of The Big Peg in the Heritage section. Konnichiwa Design

Thanks Emma Press and Konnichiwa Design, we have included your news items in this issue which you will find elsewhere. Also, if any other business’s based in the Jewellery Quarter have any news, or would care to share your company profile with a couple paragraphs about what ‘sets you apart from the rest’, and a photo or two we will include them in this magazine and of course our web site. Editor


‘Penny Dreadful!’ or ‘Mrs. Lovetts Revenge...’ There are chills and chuckles in abundance with this original onewoman show featuring Sweeney Todd’s partner in crime, Mrs Lovett! Be appalled by a plethora of other grotesque characters from the cheap and grisly pages of the Victorian era’s Penny Dreadful papers, in a theatrical comedy suitable for children and the young at heart. Go on - have a close shave with Mrs Lovett... She’d love to have you for dinner... Performances February 18th & 23rd at the Coffin Works

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December 1st saw the 81st British Jewellery Giftware & Finishing Federation Benevolent Society Ball take place at The St Johns Hotel Solihull, with Jewellery & Watch as Headline Sponsor. Incorporated within this longstanding annual Charity Event were the National Association of Jewellers Member Awards which are designed to flag up all that is most excellent about the UK’s extremely diverse jewellery industry: its bright new talent, its design skills and creativity and its capacity to truly serve its customers whether they are other businesses, on-line jewellery buyers or the consumer in the High Street. The Benevolent Society Ball attracts guests from the jewellery, giftware, surface engineering and luggage and leathergoods associations which are member organisations of the British Allied Trades Federation. David Simons, the Benevolent Society’s Chairman, was delighted that over 400 guests attended the black-tie event with many companies using it as the perfect occasion to celebrate Christmas with staff and their colleagues. He was equally delighted to thank Lynn Snead, Jodie Littleford of T H March, and Gill Price for all their hard work in organising this highly successful night out. The Benevolent Society was particularly grateful that Jewellery & Watch had agreed to become the Headline Sponsor for the Charity Evening. This is yet another indication of how this progressive events company continues to engage and work closely with all Sectors of the Jewellery & Giftware Trades for the benefit of all. A Charity Auction was conducted by David Doyle of Jewellery Brokers, the Society’s Vice Chairman, (with a little help from youngster Tom Bennet, whose parents Steve & Sarah Bennet own Gemporia) and early indications are that over £40,000 was raised on the evening for the Charity. Lots donated for the Auction included Lunch for 10 at The Assay Office Birmingham with Lord Digby Jones as guest host sponsored by Laurence Blunt. This Auction Lot proved so popular that David felt obliged to sell


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this Lot twice to both Mark Smith of T H March and Sam Willoughby of Reed Exhibitions! A stunning hallmarked Britannia Fine Silver Bowl made by leading Silversmith Andrew Macgowan and sponsored by Stuart Wibberley and all at Cooksongold was bought by Asa Harrison of Cooksongold, and a very generous donation from Clogau of a Champagne Afternoon Tea at Kensington Palace with overnight accommodation was bought by Maggie Field the previous owner of Sutton Tools. Another highly sought after Auction Lot was the second T H March Clay Pigeon Shooting Day and Dinner with fiercely competitive bidding by several interested parties. Eventually Oliver Sutton and Tom Green of Charles Green secured this fabulous day out for their Company. The final Lot that was keenly bid for, and so was also sold twice on the evening so as not to disappoint, was a Day at Dan Skelton’s Racing Stables. Dan’s Father Nick Skelton is our Country’s oldest Gold Medal Winner and as a top show-jumper has just been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. These two days were bought respectively by Gary Wroe of Hockley Mint and Patrick Sheehan of H S Walsh. The Benevolent Society and attending guests were delighted with the outstanding generosity of all the even-

ing’s bidders! The hugely successful Tombola and Raffle were generously supported as always by the Federation’s Giftware Association and Michael Pape? of Ravensden PLC and his company who generously donated some beautiful Orang Utan and other plush soft toys that went down very well with the guests as they bought either these or larger Tigers with all the proceeds going directly to the Charity. The Benevolent Society was also pleased to receive a substantial donation from the Surface Engineering Association, and were delighted that the current BATF President Michael Sweeney attended the Event. Tables at this year’s event were taken by many companies, including the CMJ, Cooksongold, Charles Green & Sons, Gemporia, Continental Jewellery, Diamonds Please, Weston Beamor, Hockley Mint, Clogau Gold, C W Sellors, T H March, Mastermelts and Rivermounts, to name but a few. The date for next year’s Benevolent Society Ball is Thursday 30th November and it will again be held at The St John’ Hotel, Solihull following the success of this year’s Ball. Early bird tickets at a special rate can be obtained by contacting either Lynn Snead or Gill Price at the Federation (0121 745 4613 or 0121 237 1138.  (The Hockley Flyer was also a sponsor of the event). January 2017

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Domino Dramatically Expands its Wedding Ring Collection Domino will use Jewellery & Watch Birmingham (Hall 17, Stand P38Q39) to launch its new and muchexpanded wedding ring collection. The new collection, which is ‘Created & Crafted’ entirely in the company’s award-winning manufacturing facility in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, offers retailers real choice across several different styles. As well as developing the product range, Domino has adopted continuous improvement techniques within their wedding ring cell enabling them to provide very competitive lead times. Stock items can be delivered within 24-48 hours and special orders, across any of their wedding band offering, within 10 days. Domino, which was one of the first UK manufacturing companies to receive Responsible Jewellery Council certification, provides a truly ethical product and is also licensed to manufacture in Fair Trade gold. The range of products includes classic bands across a range of profiles and band-widths; stone-set bands encompassing some new edge-set

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Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more.

designs with single and double rows of stones; many popular vintage styles, creative signets and (as requested by stockists) more, wider creativelyshaped bands. Pieces are available in platinum, palladium, 18ct and 9ct gold alloys. Stone set pieces are set with a choice of GVS or HSi diamonds. Of particular note is the introduction of a range of decorative bands featuring ornamental raised patterns. These strongly-design-led rings, which are inspired by ribbons and vines, are very much on-trend and offer the consumer the chance to opt for something highly personal. In a fur ther nod to the strong demand for individuality amongst today’s bridal couples, Domino has also extended its ‘Finishing Touch’ collection whereby plain rings can be given a range of different finishes and textures as chosen by the consumer. This range has tripled in size and now offers a choice of 39 options from satin finishes to a ‘feather’ look and importantly a ‘sparkle cut’ which provides the illusion of a diamond band. The latter is ideal for customers working in professions such as healthcare – who like the idea of a stone-set wedding band, but are unable to wear anything other than a plain band whilst at work. The fact that Finishing Touches can now be applied to slimmer band-widths means that this range is equally appealing to both sexes. “We are absolutely delighted with

the breadth of our new wedding ring collection which really does offer something for everyone. Consumers can now choose all the elements of their wedding bands - from the metal in which their ring is made, through to the profile, band width and precious stone content as well as the final finish of the metal. What’s more, because the whole collection is manufactured in-house, even special order rings can be delivered extremely quickly,” says Domino’s sales and marketing director, Andrew Sollitt. To assist its stockists at the pointof-sale Domino’s Wedding Ring Collection is backed by an attractive, 64-page consumer-facing brochure on the theme of a photo album reflecting memories of a couple’s big day. includes several lifestyle shots as well as product photography which are available to Domino stockists to use for their own promotional purposes.

Jewellery Quarter Women Shine in UK Poetry Awards

The Emma Press has been awarded the £5000 Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets. The Jewellery Quarter-based publishing house, headed by Emma Wright, took home the cheque recently. Wright completes the hat-trick of Birmingham women winning big on the poetry scene, following Jenna Clake’s £1,500 win in the Melita Hume Prize and Cynthia Miller’s selection for the prestigious Primers scheme. The string of successes testifies to the rude health of the city’s poetry scene. Poetry in the UK has long been viewed as London-centric, but recent months have seen a flurry of creative activity, including the founding of the Verve Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word (16-19 February 2017). All three women are involved in the Festival, which aims to capitalize on the city’s thriving scene, represented by events such as the REP’s Level Up, Beatfreeks’s Poetry Jam and Waterstones’s Poetry Parlour. The Michael Marks Award is the only award of its kind, established in 2009 by the Wordsworth Trust, the British Library, the TLS, Harvard University’s


Publisher Emma Wright won £5000 in the Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets

Centre for Hellenic Studies, and the Michael Marks Charita­ble Trust to honour the art and entrepreneurship involved in poetry pamphlet publishing. Shortlisted for the third year running, the Emma Press was declared this year’s winner on Tuesday 13th December, at an award ceremony held at the British Library. The judges – Paul Batchelor, Debbie Cox and Adam O’Riordan – said: ‘The Emma Press has grown steadily in the few years since they were first shortlisted. As well as having a remarkable list of poets they pay close attention to every aspect of the pamphlets they publish. This is a vibrant, thoughtful press bringing a great energy and sense of endeavour to their work.’ Jenna Clake had another notable success on 30th November, winning the Melita Hume Prize. Organised by London-based publisher Eyewear, the Melita Hume is the UK’s largest monetary prize for a debut col­lection of poetry. As well as taking home £1,500, Clake — originally from Burntwood, currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham — will have her collection Fortune Cookie published by Eyewear in 2017. The judge, American poet Michael Ford, acclaimed Clake’s work as ‘a delight to read: funny, moving, unpre­dictable, sure-footed, elegant, lively.’ Clake commented: “I’m delighted to have won the Melita Hume Prize and to be releasing my debut collection in 2017. I am so grateful to Mark Ford and to Eyewear for this opportunity.” Working closely on the Verve Festival with Clake is Cynthia Miller, a US-born brand strategist who is the Festival’s Co-Director. Following a shortlisting for the Bridport Prize in 2013, Miller was selected for the Primers scheme on December 7th. Primers winners receive publication, support and mentorship from Nine Arches Press, a long-established Midlands publisher which was itself awarded £50,000 in Arts Council fund­ ing this August. Jane Commane, editor for Nine Arches, judged the competition with Jacob Sam-La Rose and declared its winners ‘poets that are formally adventurous, precise and vivid, but also show a unique and distinctive voice at work; voices that we found hard to resist, and which we believe

University of Birmingham PhD student Jenna Clake won the Melita Hume Prize

ORB brand strategist Cynthia Miller won a place on prestigious Primers scheme

show enormous promise.’ Miller herself said: ‘I’ve always felt like poetry had to take the back burner to life and the day job. Primers means having dedicated time and mentoring (from two of the best editors a poet could hope to work with) to explore where it goes! I’m humbled and thrilled to work with the Poetry School and the always brilliant Nine Arches Press.’ She added: ‘Birmingham’s poetry and arts scene is thriving and it’s about time more people sat up and took notice. Move over manufacturing, the Midlands is the UK’s creative engine too.’

About the Emma Press

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in addition to its great strength and hardness, Platinum Gold’s malleability is exceptionally good allowing Domino to introduce increasingly creative designs with intricate detail to their offering. “We have been testing Platinum Gold for some months now and I am pleased to report that not only is it beautiful and exclusive, it also has excellent manufacturing properties. We are confident that it will further enhance our production processes and ensure a truly luxurious product of the highest possible quality,” says Sollitt. At present Platinum Gold is being introduced to Domino’s new Wedding Ring Collection, which has been dramatically expanded for 2017 and will launch at Jewellery & Watch Show Birmingham (Hall 17, Stand P38-Q39). “With exclusive UK rights for the foreseeable future, we are hugely excited about the qualities and possibilities that Platinum Gold provides and are hopeful that in time it will become synonymous with the Domino brand,” says Sollitt.

Arctic Circle Diamonds Partners with Online Platform Domino Launches ‘Platinum Gold’ - 'A New and Exclusive Platinum Alloy' Domino has announced that from February 2017 all its platinum wedding bands will be created and crafted in ‘Platinum Gold’ a new alloy which mixes platinum with pure gold, rather than other platinum group metals, to create an alloy that has 97.3% precious metal content. “Platinum Gold is perhaps the most

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luxurious and precious of all the platinum alloys and will offer our retailers a real point of difference in the wedding ring market,” explains Domino’s sales and marketing director, Andrew Sollit. “It enhances all the advantages of all previous platinum alloys and has, we believe, set a new platinum standard.” Whilst it may be a premium alloy, the rings created in Platinum Gold will not be sold at a premium price, as Domino wants its customer base to experience maximum benefit from this new and exciting alloy. As well as its high precious metal content, Platinum Gold is brilliantly white and will enhance the beauty of sparkling diamonds. Furthermore,

Award-winning ethical jewellery brand Arctic Circle Diamonds has launched a boutique store on luxury jewellery e-tailer Jewelstreet. The Arctic Circle brand, which is owned and made by Birminghambased manufacturer Hockley Mint, offers elegant bridal jewellery set with ethically sourced, traceable Canadian diamonds in Fairtrade gold. It will sell selected items from its Classic Bridal Collection by Arctic Circle Diamonds through the newly launched online boutique. On joining Jewelstreet, managing director of Hockley Mint Gary Wroe said: “Our aim is to promote ethically sourced jewellery across all channels, so we are extremely pleased to have opened a boutique store on Jewelstreet – it is the perfect platform for Arctic Circle Diamonds to reach consumers. With traceable diamonds

Business Profile News


Gold Hallmarking Figures Dip Hallmarking figures compiled by Assay Office Birmingham for November 2016 shows a decrease in items assayed compared to the same period in 2015 by 4.6%. The number of items hallmarked was up on all metals apart from Gold which suffered a 10.9% dip. Silver, Palladium and Platinum increased by 1.3%, 8.5% and 20.8% respectively.

Konnichiwa Design We are a small design studio formed in 2014, specialising in many areas of design including Visualisation, Graphic Design, Branding and Web Design. 2016 has been a big year for us as we have completed a coffee shop for YMCA Birmingham in Erdington and and Fairtrade Gold all combined to be manufactured in Birmingham, Arctic Circle Diamonds really is flying the flag for British-made product.” Arctic Circle Diamonds won the award for Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year at the UK Jewellery Awards 2016, with judges agreeing that it has “gone above and beyond” on ethical sourcing. One judge said, “Arctic Circle Diamonds is a visible and proactive force on the path towards ethical sourcing and the use of Fairtrade metals. Its visits to mines across the world prove just how dedicated it is to getting to the root of issues of traceability and responsibility.” Each of Arctic Circle Diamonds’ Canadian diamonds is laser-engraved with its own “birth certificate” serial number, as further proof of origin, while finished pieces are made in Britain at Hockley Mint’s manufacturing facility in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Rob Passmore, CEO and cofounder of Jewelstreet, said: “We are thrilled that Arctic Circle Diamonds has opened a boutique on Jewelstreet – it is exactly the kind of brand we love: focused on provenance of materials, the quality of its British craftsmanship

have relocated from George Street to the 7th floor of The Big Peg. Moving has put us at the centre of the Jewellery Quarter. We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients, making sure projects run smoothly, on time and to budget! Always on the lookout for new work, please get in touch and see how we can help with your project! Contact

St Paul’s Church Photo in Normandy Hockley Flyer No 168 June 1999

In June 1999 Canon Denis Claringbull, (Vicar of St Paul’s Church at the time), visited Normandy for the 55th Anniversary of the Normandy landings and he took part in the parade. Dennis told the Hockley Flyer: “One of the first pubs you come across when visiting Normandy has a framed photograph of St Paul’s Church on its wall. There is a commemorative cross in the grounds of St Paul’s Church where a memorial service is held every year and poppies laid on Remembrance Day.”

Accountant Steals £300,000 Daily Mirror 20.12.2016

and its focus on ethical sourcing. We are delighted to have Arctic Circle Diamonds on board.” Passmore added: “We believe that the internet has done a poor job to date and has let the jewellery buyer down, especially when it comes to wedding jewellery. For such an important and emotive purchase, the internet has until now provided a rather cold, ‘race to the bottom’ cost model rather than focusing on quality, authenticity and design and providing a high-value service proposition. Arctic Circle Diamonds is exactly the kind of brand that should succeed online and we are excited that Jewelstreet is going to be a part of helping to make that happen.”

An accountant employed by The Reliable Stamping Company of Hockley, opened two accounts in the name of her own shop, and produced bogus invoices using fictitious company names similar to those Reliable Stamping traded with, and managed to transfer £300,000 from their account to buy designer handbags and clothes to sell in her own business, before being found out. She is now serving 40 months in prison. Lesson to be learned: Check your bank accounts on a regular basis this happens more frequently than one might expect!

Wonderful World of Trains & Planes Closes Wonderful World of Trains & Planes of 3 Mary Ann Street in St Paul’s Square, closed its doors for the foreseeable future, on 3rd December 2016.

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The Big Peg, and how it looked in 2006 with the Information Centre in the foreground

The Flatted Factories for The Jewellery Quarter Part 3

Parts 1 and 2 have appeared in issues 376 and 377 of The Hockley Flyer and have caused a great amount of interest. Part 3 brings us up to date.

60 Years Life Span

“The new building will estimated life of about 60 years - after that it will be out of date and will need rebuilding,” said Mr Kay.

1967 - Kay-Bevan Awarded Building Contract

In 1967 Ald. CVG. Simpson, chairman of the Public Works Committee, told a Press conference that the scheme was one that gave them great concern and he was grateful for the help he had received from the BJA. They had been anxious to keep rents down to a minimum and eight firms had been asked to tender. That of Kay-Bevan was the most favourable. This first part of the redevelopment scheme would be a focal point for those in properties now substandard

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and not conforming to the requirements of the 1965 Act. Mr Roger Aitken, chairman of the BJA Redevelopment Committee, said he was relieved and grateful as a result of the interest taken in the trade by the city. The scheme proposed was the best for the area and would stop it becoming an industrial slum. There were those who would say it was too dear, but if the trade was to hold its own it must be prepared to pay economic rents. He agreed with a questioner that there was likely to be a trend towards more link-ups between smaller firms. The accommodation would be up-to-date, and the whole redevelopment scheme presented an opportunity to keep the industry together. A further point made by Mr Aitken, was that modern accommodation would help to draw young people into the trade, while Mr P Burns Farquhar, Midland Director of the BJA, added that new buildings would bring economies in production and administration. Both the Corporation and the BJA feel that the multi-unit block will be a big step forward in overcoming the poor working conditions and hope that additional proposals of the jewellery industry concept, such as accommodation for the larger firms, and the

provision of a multi-storey car park will not be long in being realised.


As to the latter requirement, this is of urgent necessity and it is expected that the multi-storey car park, which represents part of the second stage in the whole scheme, will contain about 800 car parking spaces. The hope is that the whole industry in the Quarter will eventually be accommodated in 80 per cent of the present area, the buildings for the larger firms to be of low elevation with roof car parks. A new School for Jewellers and Silversmiths, and a new Assay Office, are still in the Corporation’s overall plan for the development.

1971 - Factory Plan for Joint Leases

At a meeting in 1971, prospective tenants of The Hockley Centre, were able to put questions to Mr H Kay, chairman of the developers, at a recent meeting.

The Hockley Centre (Under Scaffolding)!

Two views of The Hockley Centre as seen early/mid 1980’s

By 1971 The Hockley Centre is nearing completion and with the demolition of large sections of Warstone Lane (an operation covering the many parked cars with large amounts of abrasive brick dust), begins to stand out as a central feature. Leases are being signed with firms from the area and those likely to be among the first to move in are J D Morton, Arnold Miller, G Hardcastle, Thomas Harris, Midas Rings, H & H Pearson, and Monty Slackman.

Official Opening

The official opening is planned for August 4th and the ceremony will be performed by Cllr Edwards, chairman of the City’s Public Works Committee. It is hoped to have some of the tenants working in the first-floor units by this date.

35 New Factory Units and a 550-space Multi-Storey Car Park

Concern was expressed at the 2cwt per square foot maximum load on floors, but Mr Kay gave an assurance that this could be increased to take safes and the heavier machines by spreading the loads on steel plates or small girders. It would not be possible to sub-let part of an area taken, but joint leases would be available in a form to be agreed with the head lessee, Norwich Union.

Demolition of Old Buildings

Mr Kay said he had been on to the Public Works Department about the demolition of old buildings now obstructing light and had been told these premises would come down as soon as they became available.

Work Schedule

The new factory could start work as soon as the sub-station was completed. This had been promised for the middle of May but he thought it would more likely be the middle of June, or

In 1978 it was announced that the new Jewellery Quarter Development £1,300,0000 scheme, provides for 35 new single-storey factory units and a 550-space multi-storey public car. The tender for the scheme from Midland Builders C Bryant & Son has been accepted by Birmingham City Council’s Planning & Highways Committee and work is expected to start shortly, with completion envisaged within a year. The 43,000 sq.ft. scheme will be built on a site between Vyse Street and Northampton Street. Committee chairman Joseph Bailey said that they were trying to maintain and enhance the financial soundness of the Jewellery Quarter and job prospects there.

Highest Density of Industrial Land in Great Britain

A sur vey under taken in 1948 revealed that the central core of the Jewellery Quarter boasted the highest density of industrial land usage in Great Britain. In the early 1970s, 150 businesses were displaced to make way for the

large flatted factory, originally called ‘The Hockley Centre’, then ‘The Big Peg’, a term used in the trade for the concave work bench used by jewellers. Many of the displaced tradesmen moved into the centre along with many commercial organisations serving the Quarter.

The Victorian Society Steps In

As the shortcomings of the brave new planning of the 1960s became all too apparent, people began to regret the loss of the terraced streets and of the communities that had lived in them. The Victorian Society stepped in and the other Flatted Factories project was stopped at this point.

1973 - Seven Firms ‘lost’ in the Clearance

In 1973 it was announced that of 112 jewellery firms affected by the plan for the New Jewellery Quarter covering Vyse Street, Warstone Lane, Hockley Street and Northampton Street all but 18 have moved premises or, in a few cases, closed down altogether. Seven, according to the City’s Estates Department have disappeared without trace, four have moved outside the Quarter and five have moved to sites outside Birmingham. Thus, this particular clearance plan, began in June 1970, is more or less, completed and figures indicate that in the clear majority of cases, firms have found fresh locations for themselves in other parts of the Quarter.

‘A hole in the wall’

So far only nine firms of those affected by this particular clearance have moved into the new Hockley Centre flatted factory although five or six jewellers have moved there from other parts of the City. Suggestions that rents at the new Centre deterred some firms accustomed to low rents from taking tenancies are rejected by Kay-Bevan and the City’s Estates Department, both saying there is little difference between the rents and the total costs incurred by firms in old property and in fact, the tendency of many jewellery firms to ‘go round the corner and find another hole in the wall’ is due, says a spokesman from the Estates Department ‘more to tradition, prejudice and

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perhaps later. Tenants would be able to go in in advance of this date to fit out their premises.

sentiment than anything else’. The City’s third development phase involves the clearance of a large area of land for a multi-storey car park and single storey development.

No Plans for Assay Office nor The School of Jewellery to Move.

It was also proposed that the Assay office and Birmingham School of Jewellery and Silversmithing should move onto site but these plans are now in abeyance. “The Assay office is not in a position to say whether it wants to go ahead with this, and there is an element of doubt about the Jewellery School,” an official of the Estates Department said.

Hockley Centre Opens

A plaque was placed in the entrance hall to The Hockley Centre stating that the building was intended to re-house the displaced jobbing jewellers and other small businesses who had been evicted. However, the building soon proved to be totally unsuitable for this use and became a ‘white elephant’ and an embarrassment. The units were far too expensive for the new tenants and for many years the building deteriorated as it changed from one owner to another.

Previous Planning pre1990

(Some previous interesting planning applications at The Hockley Centre):

• 1971 - July - Planning permission was approved for the erection of a police office. • 1972 - May - A planning application was refused for change of use to offices, the Hockley Centre being restricted to light industrial use only at the time. • 1973 - April -1973 planning permission was refused for the 6th floor to be changed to offices. • 1984 - January - The Crown Post Office - permission was granted for alterations to elevations. • 1989 - October - Ambitious plans were approved for the erection of 2 storey manufacturing/office units at ground floor level, along with the construction of a roof top restaurant.

‘They Were Not Forgotten’ YBA Hockley Flyer No 53 1988

‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them’. ‘By courtesy of the Hockley Centre Management (Big Peg), the tenants

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The Golden Square after completion

and other colleagues and friends in The Jewellery Quarter responded magnificantly to the Poppy Day Commemoration. During the week prior to Armistice Day 1988, visitors to the Hockley Centre were able to view an excellent display of tributes and the Management would welcome the opportunity to establish this Remembrance as an annual token of respect.

The Big Peg always to be occupied in its majority by people in or directly connected with the Jewellery Trade generally. In fact, we are always interested in helping ‘start-up’ businesses to get going and in that context The Big Peg is something which makes this particularly appropriate.”

1995 - Big Changes at The Big Peg

In 1995, Bennie Gray, the owner of The Big Peg is about to fulfil his promise to provide small, affordable workshops in The Big Peg and builders are busy at present converting the whole of the seventh floor into 65 self-contained units. The reception area is also being extended and Bennie has loads of plans for events, etc. to take place at The Big Peg in the future.

1995 A New Image

On Thursday 17th October, Bennie Gray threw open the doors of The Big Peg for a party to show for the first time a set of sculptures which depicts life in the jewellery trade. These sculptures will be placed in niches on each floor of the Big Peg for visitors and residents alike to enjoy. The overall image of the Big Peg has now changed considerably. The common parts, entrance lobby and landings and the new sophisticated lifts, toilets etc., are now extremely attractive and the building is losing its image of a ‘flatted factory’. Bennie states “It is the policy of

Jewellery Quarter Festival 2016

The Golden Square

In 2009 the Jewellery Quarter Regeneration Partnership (Hockley Flyer No 284) announced that a brief was being prepared to provide a new Golden Square in front of The Big Peg, following the award of just under £700,000 ERDF funding. Supporting the aims of the Birmingham Enterprise Zone, the public square would see an existing car park replaced with a mixture of hard and soft landscaping, an event space, public art and jewellery showcase centre. This regeneration project will give a boost to the image of the northern part of the area making it attractive to potential businesses and visitors. On completion of the works, in 2015 and 2016 two successful Jewellery Quarter Festivals were held on the Golden Square, organised by Jewellery Quarter BIDS.


Birthstones for February, Amethyst

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.

The Birthday gemstone for February is Amethyst. (Also, the month of Saint Valentine’s Day). The Amethyst stone has a stunning beauty and comes in a spectacular purple colour, ranging from a deep violet and red to a light lilac hue. It has legendary powers to stimulate and soothe the mind. It has a rich history of lore and legend and can be traced back as far as 25,000 years ago, where it was used by pre-historic humans. The Amethyst is the stone of Saint Valentine and faithful love. He was said to wear an Amethyst engraved with the figure of Cupid, his assistant. It carries the energy of fire and passion, creative and spirituality, yet bears the logic of temperance and sobriety. At one time, only Royalty could wear the gem. Purple amethyst cabochons are good for ‘statement’ jewellery pieces, such as large pendants and rings, because they are available in large sizes. Amethyst is the 6th Anniversary stone.

Amethyst Myths & Legends:

• To the Ancients, it was a ‘ Gem of Fire’. • Ancient Greeks believed that the Amethyst stone protects the wearer from drunkenness and enables them to keep a balanced mind. The word amethyst comes from the Greek word for ‘sober’. • Amethyst is said to induce peace, in addition is thought to reduce sensual and alcoholic intoxication, and prevent baldness. • It is said to protect the wearer from deceit.

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See our website for the very latest events, plus we can import your Facebook events and now Eventbrite Events

Exhibitions/Demos  JANUARY


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.

On Now - 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. Contemporary art by Members and Associates.


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


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


Angela Dooley RBSA. Birmingham’s diverse architecture is reflected in the recently constructed modern buildings, providing a rich source of distorted imagery - a view of the old perhaps not imagined at the time of construction. Don’t miss Angela’s demonstration on Saturday 4 February. Solo Show


Mathé Shepheard RBSA. These landscapes in watercolour and mixed media cover a variety of subjects, some close to the view which inspired them, others more developed or purely imaginary. Solo Show


Assay Office Birmingham are delighted to welcome Enamoured, the first exhibition to be staged in the new Assay Office Birmingham facility in Birmingham’s vibrant Jewellery Quarter. Enamoured is a major touring exhibition of contemporary vitreous enamelling from the British Society of Enamellers, showing the extensive range of current practice from members & manufacturers. Enamel is glass fused to metal by extreme heat, and there are examples of precious vases, regalia and jewellery, sculptures, panels, bowls and adornments on copper and steel, large panels, car badges, and more.

23 - 20 May INTO THE WOODS

Stroll through the woods at the RBSA Gallery and discover what lies amongst the trees. An exhibition alive with the botanical wonders of the forest, ‘Into The Woods’ showcases ceramics, jewellery and textiles inspired by the flora and fauna of Britain’s woodlands. Work on display includes textural ceramics, jewellery inspired by insects, floral textiles and much more, so there is sure to be something for every taste.


Gillian Lockwood RBSA. A selection of Gillian’s very popular and charming porcelain vessels, each populated with detailed figures of people and animals. Solo Show


First launched in 2015, this exhibition celebrates photographic artwork by emerging and established photographers. This year’s prizes include: The RBSA First Prize – £1,000 cash prize, The

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RBSA Exhibition Prize – solo show in the RBSA’s, ground floor gallery in 2018, The People’s Prize – selected by votes placed by visitors to the exhibition, Ag Photographic Prize – £100 worth of photographic printing at their laboratory in Bimringham, Grain Portfolio Review – review for emerging professional, photographers supported by Grain Photography Hub. The RBSA gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support provided by all the prize donors: Ag Photgraphic and Grain Photography Hub.



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


@ 10:00 am - An auction of silver, coins & medals at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 12:00 am - An auction of Antiques, & Fine Art at Fellows Auctioneers

Get listed: Use Facebook/Events or Eventbrite for your events - and then do let us know so we can include them each month.


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@ 12:00 am - An auction of Antiques, Silver & Collectables at Fellows Auctioneers


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

Trade Fairs



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, 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  JANUARY


Celebrating the days when Cool was King, Roger Bird & Steve Pinnock are the WYZE GUYZ, presenting a shaken but not stirred cocktail of swing classics and kitsch anthems from the 20th century, with few pleasant surprises thrown in!


“Gospel Central is an outstanding group and one of Birmingham’s best kept secrets – full of passion and fantastic musicianship”.


An incredible live entertainment spectacle, one of the UK’s Leading live entertainment bands comes to the Jamhouse. With a strong male and female lead vocal, Apollo Soul brings a tasteful blend of Classic Soul, Pop & Rock classics. The performance is backed by a stunning light show and with special guests, Soul City, this is one night not to be missed. Soul City are a dynamic band who will be delivering an outstanding unplugged show ahead of the main event on the evening.


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!


BUTTERNUT are a Neo Soul band set up by bassist Stuart Barker. In this setting he puts his jazz hat to rest and picks up electric and synth bass with friends David Grey on piano and Lucinda Fosker on vocals.


Boogie-woogie classics from Dino Baptiste and his fellow Jam House regulars - dance and sing along!


Remember the old skool club classics of the late ‘eighties & early ‘nineties? Tunes from the likes of Ce Ce Penistone, Robin S, Beats International, Crystal Waters, and Bobby Brown. Club Classics Live! are a new band that take some of the hottest dance

floor hits from the past thirty years and play them totally live! The top-flight vocal trio of Vicki-Ann Nash, Teisha George, and Natalie Collins, backed by Andre Bassing (Keys), Ian Palmer (Drums), Colin Peters (Bass) & Reuben Reynolds (Guitar) are Club Classics Live.

20 - 21 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.


In aid of The Distonia Society and mental health awareness, tonight is a special concert with music and verse with Lee Benson and friends. Lee is the author of Failing To Be Serious and Meandering With Intent. Both available on Amazon, or as a companion called Jottings and Scribbles Lee has also published several children’s books in the Henry Egg series


Heatwave played a key role in the dance floor revolution of the ‘Seventies with substantial hits both sides of the Atlantic, such as classics “Boogie Nights”, “Always and Forever”, “Mind Blowing Decisions”, “The Groove Line”, and into the ‘Eighties with “Gangsters of the Groove”. This eight-piece band, led by Keith Wilder, still keeps the Disco Fever alive and is ready to boogie on Wednesday 25th January.

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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. (www.


Lady Chatterley’s Lover was originally published in 1928 and the book soon became notorious for its story of the physical relationship between a working class man and an upper class woman. In this stunning adaptation by Roman De Fruscan, all the elements of tension and intrigue of the original text are brought to the stage. The Blue Orange Theatre’s production of Lady Chatterley’s Lover is both innovative and traditional.


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


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


Knoxville Highway are a sensational foot tapping, free - wheelin’, Multi-instrumental Americana/Country band. Playing classic Country songs, foot-stomping Bluegrass, to the infectious rhythms of TEX MEX, Knoxville Highway set the standard high in performance and entertainment and are one of the few British bands at the 2016 C2C Country Festival at Londons 02 arena.


Astonishingly energetic, entertaining and 100%

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LIVE, Soul’d Out UK are a 13 piece band featuring powerful male and female vocalists, funky rhythm section and a stonking full sax, trumpet and trombone horn section.

03 & 04 GROUPER

Fronted by the popular Richard Oliver on vocals, this professional and dynamic four piece play guitar based hits from Travis to U2, Blur to Snow Patrol, Coldplay to The Killers, The Beatles to The Stones.


The Itchy Feet parties return to the Jam House ... Swing, Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues, Rock n Roll and Ska.


“Gospel Central is an outstanding group and one of Birmingham’s best kept secrets – full of passion and fantastic musicianship.” This monthly celebration of the talent to be found in the local Gospel music scene gives an urban and contemporary edge to Gospel music.


Kenny Thomas first broke through into the UK charts in 1991 with his debut “Outstanding” and then followed through with three more hits that year, including “Best of You”, and “Thinking about your Love”. Kenny’s first album sold 600,000 copies. Kenny continued to perform and record throughout the ‘90s and into the ‘00s. A recent revival following the release of his last album “Breathe” has seen him touring the extent of the UK and Europe, and he plays the Jam House again this January.


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.


Stella Roberts is a pianist, composer and arranger who runs her own ensembles including a trio, quartet and more recently a large ensemble named ‘Frida’. With Stella on Piano, she is joined tonight by Chris Young, Alto Sax, Sean Gibbs, trumpet, Richard Foote, trombone, Stuart Barker, bass & Euan Palmer on drums, expect an eclectic mix of styles and genres. Frida is releasing their debut album this summer.


Big Wolf Band is a local four-piece that excels in all the flavours of blues, from funky groovy blues to swinging shuffles; from slow minor blues to the rockiest of rock blues.Front man Jonathan “Big Wolf” Earp is joined by the talents of Ian Savage, (bass), Richard Fedeski, (keys) and Tim Jones, (drums). A mix of original material and classic covers, the band’s set shows influences from the likes of Albert Collins, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Pete Green and many more. Big Wolf Band is set to release its live album , “Live & Loud - Route 44”, early this year as they continue to build on the success of 2015 and their growing reputation.


One of the biggest names in the UK Rhythm ‘n’ Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll scene, Ricky Cool regularly plays with the likes of Robert Plant & Mike Sanchez, and even supported Little Richard on his last UK tour


An evening performance of two Bach Cantatas for choir, soloists and orchestra! The two cantatas are Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott BWV 80 and Ich habe genug BWV 82, the latter being a cantata for Solo Bass voice and orchestra. It’s one of the most popular cantatas written by Bach, renowned for its beautiful melodies and progressive harmonic movements, with the whole work charged with such intensive personal expression. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott features a fantastic fugal opening movement, using subjects from the Lutheran chorale melody.


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

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Stevie Wonder to Alicia Keys, Duffy, and Plan B.


Yet another performance from ‘Don’t Go into the Cellar, Victorian theatre with bite! There are chills and chuckles in abundance with this original one-woman show featuring Sweeney Todd’s partner in crime, Mrs Lovett! Be appalled by a plethora of other grotesque characters from the cheap and grisly pages of the Victorian era’s penny dreadful papers, in a theatrical comedy suitable for children and the young at heart. Go on – have a close shave with Mrs Lovett… She’d love to have you for dinner… The Coffin Works, in makes the perfect backdrop for this hair-raising show. Suitable for all the family!

Networking  JANUARY


To reflect its membership right across every sector of the jewellery industry, the National Association of Jewellers has created their exciting new JET Business Network, with three dynamic new networking groups for retailers, manufacturers and designer makers, each tailored to the individual group’s very specific needs. Each session lasts 3 hours, Open discussion of members want to see in their groups, Site tour of Assay Office Birmingham, AnchorCert Group’s hallmarking division, lunch and the opportunity to network with other like-minded individuals looking to improve their own businesses.


@ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. If you work in the Commercial Property Market why not join us for lunch at St Paul’s Club. St Paul’s Club is a 154 year old club based in the heart of Birmingham in a wonderful Georgian House in St Paul’s Square. A hidden gem! Tickets are £15 (plus Eventbrite fee) each which includes a 2 course lunch and drink at the table.


@ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. Calling all new members, guests, existing members and potential applicants. At St Paul’s Club we aim to provide a comfortable supportive space where members can access their club and engage with others. On Friday 20th January 2017 we will hosting another ‘New Members Lunch’ where those who have recently joined this year along with existing members can meet, eat, develop and maintain key relationships with potential networking possibilities. The cost will be £15.00 (plus Eventbrite fee) which will consist of a three course meal and a choice of two options for each course.


@ 6.00pm - 8.00pm. When they popped the question, did you say ‘Yes’? For all brides to be, join the JQBID as we bring together The Quarter Workshop and Wedding Quarter as we find out about the art of selecting the perfect wedding dresses and creating your wedding rings yourself. This unique event will give people an exclusive glimpse inside of Quarter Workshop’s authentic goldsmithing and silversmithing studio. You will find out a little bit more about wedding ring making workshops. The Wedding Quarter will be showcasing a range of their signature gowns. Find out about the Jewellery Quarter boutique and the services and products they can offer. £10.


@ 4.30pm Come along to our informal networking event at 1000 Trades Neighbourhood Bar & Kitchen and chat with ambitious businesses like yours. Guest speakers every month. We look forward to you joining us for a catch-up. In conjunction with GetSet for Growth and Arkade Property.

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@1:00pm - 4:00pm. Calligraphy learning at the Pen Museum with Sheila Smith: Learning Calligraphy Sessions and Demonstrations are held in the Callicreative Room and designed for both beginners and more experienced calligraphers. Calligraphy materials can be purchased from the Museum shop but if attendees wish to bring along their own equipment they are welcome to do so. Cost to attend per adult: £2.50. Normal Museum admission charges apply to this event.


@ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Heather from Feather & Flourish will be hosting this three hour introduction into modern calligraphy. Heather will cover all the basics of modern calligraphy, including how to use the starter kit which is included in the price of the course. Heather will be on hand to provide advice. The Crafts Collective, 53A Frederick Street


10.00am - 4.00pm. A silver ring workshop with designer maker Grace Page. This one day session will involve learning a variety of jewellery making techniques under the careful guidance of contemporary jeweller Grace Page, and you’ll even be able to make a silver ring to take home with you and give to your loved one. The day includes all the materials you need to make your own ring, plus light refreshments. We invite you to bring your own lunch or purchase something in our tea room during the lunch break. This workshop is for over 18s. Booking essential. To book phone 0121 348 8140.


@ 11:00am - 4:00pm. Workshop with Keith Turley RBSA. Learn how to employ mark-making, composition, and colour combinations to draw and paint accurate portraits from a live model. Ideal for intermediates but also suitable for beginners with some prior experience. Booking essential. Cost £112


This hands on course is intended for retail staff who already have some experience of selling jewellery and precious stones. The one day course will provide an in depth understanding of diamonds improving their confidence when selling. It gives each delegate a chance to study and observe loose diamonds using a 10x loupe as in retail conditions. Delegates will gain a greater understanding of the 4 C’s and also diamond treatments, simulants and synthetics. The course provides 6 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity. £275 per delegate + vat


@ 11:00am - 4:00pm. Workshop with Zarina Keyani, Friend. Explore colour, form, and expressive paint techniques to produce abstract landscapes in watercolour paints and inks. Ideal for beginners but also suitable for painters looking to try something new. Booking essential. Cost £50


This hands-on course is intended for retail staff or enthusiasts who already have some experience of watches. The one day course will provide an understanding of the technical aspects and benefits of different types of watches, improving confidence when selling. It will also teach basic practical skills which will enable delegates to diagnose possible faults and carry out maintenance repairs. The course gives each delegate a chance to handle and study watches closely, and disassemble items using standard basic tools. The course provides six hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity. £225 per delegate + vat.


@ 11:00am - 4:00pm. Workshop with Paul Hipkiss RBSA. A printmaking workshop designed especially for beginners! Explore a range of printmaking methods and experience at least two at first hand to create your own original printed artwork. Booking essential. Cost £55


@ 11:00am - 4:00pm. Workshop with Ann Hackett ARBSA. Experiment with a variety of materials – such as bleach and impasto – to create dynamic drawings and paintings. Suitable for those who want to try a different approach, including beginners.. Booking essential. Cost £100


@1:00pm - 4:00pm. Calligraphy learning at the Pen Museum with Sheila Smith: Learning Calligraphy Sessions and Demonstrations are held in the Callicreative Room and designed for both beginners and more experienced calligraphers. Calligraphy materials can be purchased from the Museum shop but if attendees wish to bring along their own equipment they are welcome to do so. Cost to attend per adult: £2.50. Normal Museum admission charges apply to this event.


@ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm . This one day interactive training course takes an in depth look at some of the most important coloured stones used in jewellery, including sapphires, rubies, emeralds and tanzanite. Delegates will gain a good commercial understanding of these stones and the key selling points for each one. A practical session looking at gemstones will give participants greater confidence in identifying coloured stones and their imitations. This course is an excellent refresher for those with some experience, or a good starting point for delegates who are new to assessing or selling coloured gemstones. The course provides 6 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity. £265 per delegate + vat

Tours, Walks & Talks  JANUARY


2.15pm - 3.15pm. Come on this informal tour of the Smith & Pepper factory with our conservation cleaning team who will talk about the process and techniques used to clean and preserve the 70,000 objects in the factory! Normal admission prices apply: Adult £7, Concession £5 (valid ID / evidence required), Child (3-15 years) £3


Provides an overview of the long history and success of Assay Office Birmingham since it was founded as a result of Matthew Boulton’s efforts in 1773. The talk will take a glimpse back into the early history of the Office, the reasons Boulton fought so hard for it and the factors which have driven its growth and survival over the past 243 years. The main focus will be on the last two decades and the changing market and landscape. The Assay Office has a private Silver Collection and Library and visitors will be able to browse these at the end of the visit. Cost £17.50

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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 2016/10438/PA 46 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3HN. Application to determine the details for condition numbers 2 (window details), 3 (entrance door), 4 (details of mechanical ventilation), 5 (drainage scheme), 6 (cycle parking), 9 (windows to unit 4), 10 (bin store) and 11 (hard landscaping to front)attached to approval 2016/03369/ PA. 16-12-2016 2016/10374/PA 28 Carver Street Jewellery Quar ter Birmingham B1 3AS. Demolition of existing building 14-12-2016 2016/10156/PA 155 Warstone Lane Hockley Birmingham B18 6NZ. Variation of condition 6 attached to approval 2016/03276/PA to allow amendments to approved plans including revisions to the roof design to provide additional living accommodation for unit 4 at 2nd floor level. 06-12-2016 2016/10085/PA 56 Caroline Street Hockley Birmingham B3 1UF Change of use to car park (Use class Sui Generis). 02-12-2016

New Decisions 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. (Amended scheme to that approved under application 2016/02010/PA). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/09054/PA 32 Regent Place Birmingham B1 3NJ. Non material amendment to planning application 2016/01938/ PA for terraces at 3rd floor level, changes to windows, to the design of the internal walkway and glazed roof for and minor alterations to the layout. Final Decision - Approve 2016/09148/PA 32 Regent Place Bir-

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mingham 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. (Amended scheme to that approved under application 2016/02010/PA). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/08649/PA 59-61 Charlotte Street Birmingham B3 1PX. Listed Building Consent for the erection of first and second floor rear extension. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/08575/PA 32-35 Water Street Jewellery Quarter 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. Final Decision - Refuse 2016/08562/PA 59-61 Charlotte Street Birmingham B3 1PX. Erection of first and second floor rear extension. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 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. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions

Awaiting Decision 2016/09816/PA 27 Tenby Street City Centre Birmingham B1 3EE. Change of use and conversion of existing workshop to form 4 live/work units. 24-11-2016 2016/09807/PA 7a St Michaels Court Warstone Parade East Birmingham B18 6NR. Prior Approval for change of use from offices (Use Class B1[a] to 1 no. residential unit (Use Class C3). 21-112016 2016/09339/PA 156 Warstone Lane Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6NT. Listed building consent for change of use, internal and external alterations and erection of three storey rear extensions to form 14 no. apartments. 07-11-2016 2016/09257/PA 70 Constitution Hill Birmingham B19 3JT. Application for a certificate of lawfulness for confirmation that planning permission 2013/00361/PA has been lawfully implemented. 07-112016 2016/09245/PA 156 Warstone Lane Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6NT. Change of use, extensions, alterations and limited demolition and ancillary development to form 14 no. apartments. 07-11-2016 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 o va l 2013/01280/PA. 31-10-2016 2016/09045/PA Regent House 50 Frederick Street The Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3HR. Conversion of upper floors from office to residential, alterations to existing elevations and rooftop extension to provide fifth floor (11 apartments in total - 5 x 2 bed and 6 x 1 bed). 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 o va l 2013/01280/PA. 31-10-2016 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 2016/07913/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. 20-09-2016 2016/07066/PA Livery Street Birmingham B3 2BH. Display of LCD freestanding screen. 17-08-2016

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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VACAnCieS VACANCY - CLARK Diamonds is a Jewellery Quarter based loose diamond dealer supplying the retail and manufacturing trade. We are currently looking for a motivated individual to join our team full time. Salary dependent on experience. For more details and to apply please send your C.V to mike@ POLISHER REQUIRED for Genius of the Lamp. Company in the heart of jewellery quarter is looking for an experienced polisher who will be able to polish large metal items to high standard before chrome plating. The perfect candidate will have a great attention to detail and experience in a similar work role. Full time position. Competitive rates of pay. Please call Joe 07891429466, 0121 212 0155, or email your CV to

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