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June 2017

Issue No 383

Silicone to Silver: Jewellery like you’ve never seen before! Jewellery Exhibition for Weston Beamor’s Prize-winning Katy Tromans Brum Tours Expands NEWS • LARGE EVENTS SECTION • CLASSIFIEDS • HERITAGE PAGES • PLANNING NEWS •

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Editorial ....................... 16 News............................. 18 Events .......................... 30 Classifieds ................... 34 Follow us on the Social Networks

Brum Tours Expands................................................. 18 Jewellery Exhibition for Weston Beamor’s Prize-winning Katy Tromans...................................... 19 Millennials Embrace the Signet Ring ........................ 22 Premium Packaging Partner Talbots Launches New Products............................................................ 22 Silicone to Silver: Jewellery like you’ve never seen before! ...................................................................... 23 90’s indie-starlets, Jesus Jones, at The JamHouse... 24 Weston Beamor Increases its Presence on Social Media.............................................................. 24 Heritage: History of Smith & Pepper.......................... 26 Heritage: Museum of The Jewellery Quarter............. 27 Planning..................................................................... 36

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This month is ‘election month’ - both for Parliament and, nearer to home - whether or not you want JQ BIDS to carry on. It is most important that if you do qualify to vote on the BIDS issue, that you take time to do so - otherwise just an ‘average vote’ is taken into account. Before you decide, remember if we lose the JQ BIDS then who will represent the Jewellery Quarter? The Standard Works have now released the news that they have received full funding to complete the refurbishment of the building - some may remember that several developers have tried to take on the building in the past but have been unable to complete, one was let down at the last minute by Advantage WM! Official launch is mid-June so we will cover the event fully next month Also, we are advised by the Council that problems with the new central reservation in Caroline Street, which was allegedly caused by heavy vehicles crossing over it, will soon be resolved by the erection of bollards and the damaged blocks etc replaced. The Council are to be congratulated on tidying up and erecting a fence around the space near to the Vyse Street/Great Hampton Street traffic lights. This was once a garden with bench and shrubs, but last year the site became an illegal car park - one car was abandoned there, but soon vehicles were crammed onto the site, it not only looked bad but some cars were sinking into the mud then getting stuck as they tried to mount the pavement to access to road. Just a reminder that the 2017 BIDS Festival and OpenStudios will be from 28th/30th July. Interesting to note that all the many history books I have acquired refer to Birmingham as ‘The City of 1200 Trades’ but someone somewhere decided to call Birmingham ‘The City of 1000 Trades’ - what happened to the missing 200 Trades? Great news is that we are about to publish a series of small booklets about The Jewellery Quarter - full details and the opportunity to purchase these will be announced later. Watch this space. Marie Haddleton Editor

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Brum Tours Expands With the support of Mike Olley and the Westside BID, Brum Tours has launched its new venture and brandnew website, raising the profile of one of Europe’s most popular and intriguing historical cities, and educating and entertaining millions of people in the process. Brum Tours initially started out in 2014 under the banner of Peaky Tours and it concentrated on giving history buffs and TV fans alike the opportunity to experience first-hand the sights and sounds of 19th century Birmingham gangsters, the Peaky Blinders. The master stroke, however, was in bringing on board much-loved social historian and University of Birmingham professor Carl Chinn. As a proud and passionate Brummie, as well as the author of numerous books about the history of working class lives in Birmingham, Carl Chinn (MBE, PhD) is uniquely placed to bring to life the fascinating and worldchanging stories that have their roots in the city’s streets and businesses. Professor Chinn is a great believer in the vital role played in history by supposedly ordinary, working class people. It is this passion for real people that enables him to forge such


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a profound connection with the people who take part in his tours. It’s also one of the reasons Peaky Tours became such an outstanding success, attracting visitors from all over the world and selling out consistently. On the back of the runaway success of the Peaky Tours, the business expanded into Brum Tours, which is when Mike Olley, head of Westside Business Improvement District became involved. He has since become instrumental in obtaining funding for the business. Of his decision to get involved, Mike Olley said: “Westside BID is all about encouraging and promoting businesses that show what a world-class city Birmingham is. Few businesses have done so much to raise the profile of Birmingham in recent years as Brum Tours, so it was a natural step for Westside to get involved. We’re proud to be a part of it and very excited about the future.” Currently Brum Tours offer three separate tours — Peaky Tours, City of a Thousand Trades (The Jewellery Quarter) and Broad Street: Canals, Halls & Icons - but it has plans to introduce a range of new tours to showcase this endlessly fascinating city in the coming months. It’s also just launched its new website, where you can book yourself a place on the latest tours, including dinner and a

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Jewellery Exhibition for Weston Beamor’s Prize-winning Katy Tromans Katy Tromans, a 3D print and CAD technician at Weston Beamor, is a woman of many talents. In addition to her work at Weston Beamor, Katy is a prize-winning silversmith recently awarded a Gold Medal for her CAD presentation in the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards. Katy is also Artist in Residence at the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, where she trained. Her latest work will shortly go on display in the ‘One Year On’ alumni exhibition being staged by BCU at its Park Side Gallery from Monday 12th of June to Friday the 30th of June. “I shall use the exhibition to showcase the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ piece for which I won the Goldsmiths’ Craft Award, together with two new collections entitled ‘Home is where the Bench Is’ – which is all about jewellery making, and ‘One Stitch at a Time” which is for sewing enthusiasts,” Katy explains. Katy describes her work as ‘objet d’art’ and all of her collections feature a sculptural hero piece – a pocket watch inspired design for Alice in Wonderland, and a jewellers’ bench and a sewing scene with wearable dressmaking busts, for the two new collections. These are not purely decorative and can also be used to store the jewellery when it is not being worn. “I have had great support from the team at WB in bringing these very

complicated and detailed designs to completion and I have learnt a huge amount in the process, knowledge which I can now hopefully pass onto our customers,” says Katy. Glen Day, Head of Business Development at WB, is delighted by Katy’s ongoing success. “As a practising designer herself, Katy brings real understanding and empathy to her work with our customers. We are all very proud of what she has achieved

and of the part the company has played in helping her to develop her very distinctive collections.” The ‘One Year On’ exhibition is open daily from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Katy’s jewellery retails from £45.00 to £2500.00 and full details can be found on her website http://katytromans. Make sure you take a look at her Instagram to see how the pieces come to life www.instagram. com/katytromans. June 2017

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Millennials Embrace the Signet Ring The signet ring is back. But move over the traditional buyers and enter the Millennials; especially Millennial women who, according to the Birmingham manufacturer Domino, are currently embracing this age-old staple of the jewellery industry and making it very much their own. Domino’s Marketing Co-ordinator, Chantelle Serrell-Cooke, believes that the younger buyers appreciate the real opportunities that these rings offer for personalisation, which is a key trend coming through across the market. And both men and women in their 20s and 30s are discovering and reinventing these rings. “This digital generation loves having the chance to make its jewellery their own and our signet rings have plenty of space for initials, dates, crests and other motifs with emotional significance to the wearer,” she says. Domino’s Signet Ring Collection, which is created and crafted entirely in the UK, is available across a wide range of alloys, including platinum, 18ct and 9ct gold, and in a variety of tablet shapes and sizes including oval,

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elongated oval, elongated hexagon, cushion and rectangle. Some designs also include diamonds. An engraving service is also available to retailers if this is required. Due to the increased interest from women, the company has introduced several smaller, daintier, more-feminine signet styles and some fancy shapes and diamond-set designs which are perfect for those seeking something a little different.

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Due to popular demand, leading premium jewellery packaging partner, Talbots, has this month grown their exclusive packaging range with a highly anticipated new product launch. The Long Bracelet Box is now available from Talbots’ flagship Couture Collection – a range which has become a customer favourite since its 2016 launch, and is recognised within the jewellery industry as the must-have luxury packaging. The Couture Long Bracelet Box features the super-premium Talbots signature soft touch finish, a luxurious velvet interior and matching hard outer sleeve and universal insert. Designed to complement longer or statement bracelet pieces from high end ranges, the sophisticated packaging pairs a larger more spacious form with contemporary style to stunning effect and are available in black, navy blue and gunmetal grey. Talbots has also recently launched the Couture Necklet Box, which has already proven a popular choice with jewellers. Ideal for all high-end necklets, from minimal chokers and chains, to jewel-adorned statement collars and bibs, the new Necklet


The Talbots Couture Long Bracelet Box, centre right, provides the perfect setting for larger, statement bracelet pieces from high end collections.

box is the perfect setting for luxury pieces. Both the Couture Necklet and Long Bracket boxes look especially beautiful when embellished with foil printed branding and can be personalised to you through Talbots’ Tailor Made bespoke service. Julie Fowler-Drake, MD of Talbots says that “Talbots prides itself on designing packaging that helps its customers grow and modernise their

brands, whilst looking subjectively and holistically at how functionality can be enhanced through fresh thought and innovation. Having listened to customers and spoken extensively with jewellery industry businesses, it became evident to me that there was a need for a more spacious jewellery box that was perfectly suited to increasingly popular statement pieces.”

“This principle,” says Julie, “is at the heart of the Large Bracelet Box; a stunning packaging achievement that delivers exceptional functionality for long, chunky or unusual bracelet pieces without compromising on brand-enhancing style. I’m delighted to be introducing our latest collaboration and product launch with you today and I hope that you all love it as much as we do here at Talbots.”

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certainly something for everyone. Examples of this variety include kinetic elements, are 3D printed, involve unusual and tactile materials and even include hand cultivated crystals and homemade eco-resin. The aesthetic ranges from fun and playful to sophisticated and fashion forward while the scale is both small and delicate to over the top wearables.Beaulagh Brooks, Programme Leader at the School of Jewellery, commented that “the Summer Show at Birmingham City University - School of Jewellery looks set to be the best show yet as the BA Hons Jewellery Design and Related Product Graduates launch their

inspiring collections. Work ranges from Fine Jewellery to Sculptural and Functional Tableware, exploring Art, Design and Social interaction. All the work will be unveiled for the first time and promises to be innovative and engaging... An amazing show, not to be missed!” This show is open to the public running from 10am to 4pm all week and is free to attend. Graduates will be on hand to talk about their work at various times throughout the week. Items will be for sale and commissions will be accepted. A select portion of these designers will next be exhibiting at New Designers in London from the 28th June to the 1st July.

Final year students at the worldfamous School of Jewellery will be unveiling their collections for the first time at the Graduate Show this June. The show launches on Monday 12th June through till Saturday 17th June, with an Industry evening on Tuesday, 13th June from 5:30. With over 50 graduates exhibiting their unique collections there is most

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90’s indiestarlets, Jesus Jones, at The Jam House British alternative rock band and 90’s indie-starlets, Jesus Jones, will be headlining at The Jam House on 15 June. The band will be celebrating their thirty-year career with their bouncy indie-electronica that produced a string of UK hits including ‘Info Freako’, ‘Real Real Real’, ‘International Bright Young Thing’ and their US number one ‘Right Here, Right Now’, which is based around the swift ending of the Cold War. Jesus Jones’ tracks are inspired by electronic, house and techno styles, mixed with classic indie rock and since their debut in the late 1980’s, they soon became one of the leading artistes of the early 1990s alternative dance scene. John Bunce, General Manager at The Jam House comments: “Well, I’m really looking forward to this show. As a night club manager in the ‘90s, I was immediately taken by the band Jesus Jones, and how their tracks could create immediate excitement on the dance floor. A band of their time with synthesisers and drum machines, they fused an acid-house groove with a more traditional rock guitar and heavy bass playing. Great songs too - proper anthems.” The critically acclaimed band have continued performing live since the mid-2000s and are set to release a new album this year titled ‘Passages’ which is a collection of songs about the passages of time and journeys travelled and sees the band reflecting on what it actually feels like to still be performing after so many years. The album is their first collection of new material since the release of ‘London’ over 15 years ago. Mike Edwards, Band Member of Jesus Jones, comments: “We may

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Weston Beamor Increases its Presence on Social Media O ve r t h e p a s t t e n months, Weston Beamor, the Birmingham casting house, 3D printing and bespoke manufacturing company, has made a concerted effort to extend its reach across various forms of digital media. The results have been extremely encouraging, as evidenced by the significant increase in their followers on numerous social media platforms. Since June 2016 Victoria Maher, a Customer Service Administrator at Weston Beamor, has been managing the company’s social media in addition to her day-to-day role. Maher has sought to kick-start the company’s online presence by distributing posts covering a diverse array of topics, including bespoke jewellery, castings, 3D-printing, lifestyle, photography and humour. “My goal is to raise awareness of the business and to help our customers and potential customers to gain a greater insight into what we offer,” Maher commented. She certainly has plenty of interesting material to work with, surrounded by the many unique and innovative designs that Weston Beamor help bring to life. Previous posts have featured the progression of bespoke jobs from concept to creation, following commissioned pieces from CAD and 3D printing, all the way through to being finished on the bench. Other posts have focused on events outside of the Weston Beamor offices,

such promoting their customers’ work and what is happening in Birmingham’s iconic Jewellery Quarter, where the company is based. “I think it is important to show people more about our day-to-day activities and introduce them to our team, so that they can put a face to the voice on the phone. I have also been promoting our staff members’ achievements, such as winning industry awards, running the London Marathon, and the charitable endeavours in which WB has been involved,” she explains. Maher also sees social media platforms as an opportunity to engage with Weston Beamor’s suppliers, such as the companies that provide its sophisticated 3D-printing equipment. “This is a great way to show the different services we offer and the quality of machinery we use. We also believe that following WB keeps you up-todate with what is happening in the wider jewellery industry. “This really is all about sharing, so if any of our customers would like us to showcase something we have cast for them, or a fully-finished piece which we have made on their behalf, please do get in touch. Similarly, we hope our customers will mention us in their posts. We really enjoy interacting with our customers and getting to know them better,” she concluded.

have formed in the West Country, and learned our craft in small venues around London, but Jesus Jones first really took off thanks to our fans in the Midlands. Our first shows away from our London home were up here - and we played some great gigs, at some

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Charles Smith The Jewellery Discovery Centre now known as the Museum of The Jewellery Quarter in the former Smith & Pepper Works

History of Smith & Pepper. (1899 1981) Source: Marie/Mark Haddleton Jewellery Quarter Heritage

The founders of Smith & Pepper were Charles Smith (1867-1933) and Edwin Pepper (1858-1935). Edwin Pepper was Charles Smith’s uncle. Both of them worked in Charles Smith’s father’s jewellery manufacturing firm, Smith & Ewen. In 1899 Charles Smith and Edwin Pepper left Smith & Ewen to go into partnership as Smith & Pepper, registering their mark at Birmingham Assay Office on 5 September 1899. The company’s address was 77/78 Vyse Street, then two terraced houses rented from the owner, Frank Moore, who was married to Charles Smith’s sister Jane. Charles Smith and his wife lived at no.77 for a time, and the first of their nine children, Charles Eric, (always known as Eric) was born there in 1900. The single

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storey workshop at the back was built around the time the business started, on the former gardens. From the beginning, Smith & Pepper made gold bangles, brooches, cufflinks, lockets and crosses, and continued to make many of the same designs throughout their history, specialising in bracelets. They were particularly well known for ‘snake’ bracelets and necklets, and for ‘bamboo’ bangles. When they eventually had a telegraphic address, it was ‘ARMLET, BIRMINGHAM’. By 1914 the business was doing well enough to replace the two old houses with a new front office block, linked to the old workshop at the back. The architect was a relation, G.E. Pepper. During the 1920s Charles Smith’s son Eric and daughter Olive joined the business. Their father retired in the early 1930s and another son, Thomas, came into the firm. Charles Smith died in 1933 and Eric and Tom became the new partners, with Olive as company secretary. The three continued to run the business in a virtually unchanged fashion until 1981, when they decided they had

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had enough, and the company ceased trading. Eric was then 81, Olive 78 and Tom 74. There were no heirs to take over the business.


Images before restoration and opening of the Museum of The Jewellery Quarter

25th Anniversary - Opening of Museum of The Jewellery Quarter 2017 is the 25th Anniversary of the opening of the Discovery Centre - later to become The Museum of The Jewellery Quarter.

The Discovery Centre: Source: Hockley Flyer No. 17 1988

An idea to refurbish the building at 77/79 Vyse Street which had stood unoccupied from 1981 when Smith & Pepper ceased trading, to use as a Museum was first mentioned by City Action Team (URBED) in 1988. The idea was quickly taken up by Birmingham City Council and together with advice from Sheena Mason and Hamish Wood (who became the first curator) the idea soon took shape.

Roger Marbrow, Johnson Matthey’s General Manager presenting the silver ship to Cllr Renee Spector (Courtesy Johnson Matthey).

Historic Model Ship Donation to Discovery Centre Source: Hockley Flyer 84 February 1991

‘Johnson Matthey has donated a unique solid silver replica of the steamer ‘Port Kingston’ for display in the Jewellery Quarter’s Discovery Centre. The model, weighing approximately 270 oz, was originally constructed by Messrs Sorley of Glasgow, and was discovered in 1952 when, in need of some repair, it was brought into John Matthey’s Birmingham Office for melting down as scrap. Luckily, it was salvaged and beautifully restored by A Edward Jones in the Jewellery Quarter, and has since been on display in Johnson Matthey’s offices. The history of the steamer itself

dates back to 1904, when she was built as a banana carrier for the Imperial Direct West India Mail Company. In 1911, she was sold and renamed Tahiti by the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand. After considerable refurbishment, she started her new life as a transpacific steamer sailing from Sydney to San Francisco and was used in the First World War to transport New Zealand troops. She set sail for the last time in August 1930 when, on her way to San Francisco, the main engines failed, ripping a hole through the steamer’s panels. All 103 were rescued but the steamer was sadly abandoned. Roger Marbrow, General Manager, comments “Johnson Matthey is pleased to support the Discovery Centre and look forward to seeing the model in its new location, where the general public can admire its outstanding workmanship.”

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Heritage Source: Hockley Flyer No. 64 1989

The Hockley Flyer was asked to publicise the project to encourage jewellers to come forward and immediately offers came in with expert help, ideas and offer of equipment etc. The enthusiasm shown by the Trade was enormous.

Restoration of the Building

Sorce: Hockley Flyer No.84 1991

Birmingham City Council completed restoring the building and its contents to working condition and the adjoining building turned into a visitor’s centre where displays tell the story of the Jewellery Quarter and introduce the raw materials of the trade and the skills of the jeweller, many of which remain unchanged since man first began working with precious metals thousands of years ago.

Sneak Preview Open Day Source: Hockley Flyer 77 May 1991)

‘Over 160 people visited the Jewellery Quarter Discovery Centre during its ‘sneak preview’ open day on May 10 at the start of the Jewellery Quarter Festival. The Discovery Centre is not due to open until towards the end of the year, but the open day gave an opportunity to see just what is going on in the old Smith & Pepper works at 77/78 Vyse Street. The entire contents of the building had to be photographed in situ. Then Ironbridge Institute painstakingly catalogued the whole lot - some 70,000 items, including tools, equipment, around 7,000 dies, papers and furnishings - before removing them for

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storage and conservation treatment. Tarmac Refurb then rebuilt the firedamaged T L Mott building at no.79, which forms part of the centre, and refurbished Smith & Pepper. Now Ironbridge Institute specialists are in the process of reinstalling the contents of the factory. The ground floor of no.79 has been fitted out as a reception area, and the designs for the first and second floor displays are being finalised’

The Jewellery Discovery Centre Opens its Doors ‘On February 27th, 1992, the Jewellery Discovery Centre opened its doors for the first time to the general public and already many people have visited the centre. On March 6 Councillor Chapman (Lord Mayor of Birmingham three years ago) and his wife, officially launched the Discovery Centre and on March 10, Jewellery Quarter Action hosted an ‘open’ evening, inviting members of the Jewellery Quarter Association amongst other guests, to have a free look around. All visitors have expressed surprise and enjoyment after walking around the centre and have said how the reception area is extremely welcoming and attractive, contrasting with the jewellery workshops which, although lovingly restored, show just how jewellery was (and still is) manufactured.’

Discovery Trail Plaque Source: Hockley Flyer No 101 1993

‘One of the new Discovery Trail Plaques going up on the wall of the Discovery Centre. These plaques have been funded by City Action Team and are now appearing on most of the

buildings of historic interest in The Jewellery Quarter’.

Royal Visit Source: Hockley Flyer No.132 1996

‘The Duke of Gloucester recently paid a visit to The Jewellery Quarter Discovery Centre. As part of his visit he was taken down to the workshops where his attention was captured by the ‘Bow Drill’. In fact, he was so intrigued that a member of staff dashed to the nearest stockist to purchase a drill to present to the Duke before he left the Centre. For those of you who do not know the history of the bow drill, the following may be of interest: The bow drill was in use by the end of the third millennium BC and was an improvement on the strap drill which has been used until then. The ancient

Egyptian bow drill shown in the illustration is an example. The bow was a separate device, with a string that was wound once around the spindle. To make the spindle rotate, the bow was held in the right hand and moved horizontally back and forth. The left hand meanwhile held the free socket handle in which the spindle rotated. While moving the bow, the socket was pressed down on the spindle to force the drill bit into and through the work. This was followed later by the pump drill.

“I Just Don’t Believe it!” cries Cllr Ken Hardeman

Source: Hockley Flyer 233 November 2004

On a bitterly cold day in November 2004 Cllr Ken Hardeman was invited along to re-open the Visitors Kiosk (for the umpteenth time). In his speech, he advised the crowd to go and visit our wonderful award-winning Jewellery Museum, Marie Haddleton (Editor Hockley Flyer) waited patiently for the ceremony to finish, then she had a

EDUCATION R.t Hon. Clare Snort MP presented the Museum with a replica of the Birmingham Eurovision Trophy, designed and made in The Jewellery Quarter.

The Discovery Centre becomes Museum of The Jewellery Quarter Source: Hockley Flyer No: 167 1999

‘The Jewellery Quarter Discovery Centre changed its name to the ‘Museum of the Jewellery Quarter’ in April 1999, At the official renaming

In Issue 379 of The Hockley Flyer (February 2017) we gave a brief mention of the Birmingham Middle Class School in Frederick Street/ Newhall Hill. which is all the details we had at the time. Since then our colleague Colin Giles has unearthed the following information:

‘Birmingham Middle Class School - Frederick Street/ Newhall Hill. (Mr Edward Ball) ‘The object of this School Is to give a liberal, and at the same time practical Education, on moderate terms. The course of Instruction, in addition to the ordinary English subjects, includes French, Drawing, * (Free-

quiet word with him: “I didn’t want to embarrass you in front of an audience, but obviously you don’t know that the Council have decided to close the Museum for the winter months and lay-off the staff, to save money, despite the fact that this Museum is a ‘winter’ venue and helps attract visitors to the Jewellery Quarter for Christmas shopping.” “I just don’t believe it! he cried. “I promise you, Marie, that within a couple of weeks the Museum will reopen!” - and it did!

Editor’s note:

It is incredible to believe that the Museum which was just once an idea has become so popular over the past 25 years. During this time, it has won many prestigious awards and I feel sure the dedication of the curator, staff and volunteers has contributed towards this success. The Museum is worth a visit because it not only gives you a chance to see a jewellery manufacturer as it once was, but also to browse around in the shop and perhaps purchase an attractive memento of your visit or even a book, and then have a nice cuppa before you leave. You can also book walking tours through the Museum. I sincerely hope that the Museum of The Jewellery Quarter will be there for at least a further 25 years and certainly not end up as yet another block of flats!

hand, Shading in Monochrome, &c.), Mathematics and Chemistry - the whole so graduated as to secure the steady and certain progress of the Pupils from the most elementary studies. The principal room is large and handsome, with fine open timber roof. It is 63ft. long, 30ft 6in wide, and 40 ft. high. The playground is entirely covered in, and warmed in winter, a gymnasium is attached to the School for the physical development of boys. TERMS:- For Boys under fifteen. One Guinea per Quarter, in advance. For Boys over fifteen. Two Guineas per Quarter, in advance. An efficient Staff of Masters in each Department. * In addition to the above, Mechanical and Architectural Drawing is taught.’ June 2017

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The ancient Egyptian Bow Drill, with copper bit and separate hollow handle

ceremony R.t Hon. Clare Snort MP was guest of honour and formally presented the Museum with a replica of the Birmingham Eurovision Trophy, designed and made in The Jewellery Quarter, the replica was accepted on behalf of the Museum by the (then) Leader of Birmingham City Council Teresa Stewart. Birmingham City Council forced the change of name as they decided to create a ‘Discovery Centre’ on the other side of the City Centre to replace the old Science Museum in Newhall Street. This meant changing all the signs, stationery, booklets etc which was all a waste of time and money because the BCC changed its mind and called the new place ‘Think Tank’ instead.


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Exhibitions  JUNE

On Now - 10 Jun PRIZE 2017

With a £1,000 cash top prize, this annual exhibition attracts creative talent from across the country! Prizes, donors and key dates for entering the exhibition will be available shortly.


Birmingham has been at the forefront of designer-maker craft production for over two centuries and is an artistic hub famed for the production of ‘manufactured arts’. ‘Brilliance in Birmingham’ will celebrate this rich tradition by showcasing the craftsmanship that continues to be practised to the highest standard by today’s local makers.


Jain McKay ARBSA. A selection of new small-scale works on canvas, which have been inspired or influenced by Jain’s studies of the Old Masters. Solo Show.


Hannah Northam ARBSA. Come and explore this collection of sculptural works by Hannah. Her pieces are informed by the relationship between the human form and the compelling forces of the natural world. Solo Show.

On Now - 15 Jul SECOND CITY

Wayne Attwood RBSA. A continuing visual exploration of Britain’s second largest city - Birmingham. Solo Show.


Close friends Johanna Ashby ARBSA and Majella O’Neill Collins exhibit their different approaches to expressing in art their love of the West Cork Coastline.


This year our New Curator volunteers have selected a range of watercolours by RBSA artists to explore and champion this often overlooked medium.


Argentea is a gallery dedicated to showing the very best contemporary photography. JO GANE - Photograms, GWEN WILKINSON - Cyanotypes and Wet Plate Collodion (Tintypes), MELANIE KING – Daguerreotypes and Chemigrams, RAY SPENCE – Wet Plate Collodion (Ambrotype)

29 - 22 Jul FRIENDS 2017

Our annual display of artwork by the Friends promotes their range of artistic talents and acknowledges their importance to the Society. Enter online or send a SAE to the gallery. This exhibition is exclusively open to Friends of the RBSA working in all media. Works including jewellery, ceramics and textiles as well as drawing, painting and printmaking are all welcome entries. This year, photography can also be accepted. Deadline - entry form must be received by 4pm on Wednesday 14 June.


A collection of oil paintings by new Associate, Francesca Currie ARBSA, that combine traditional techniques of the Old Masters with a contemporary viewpoint. Solo show

10 - 12 Aug ROB HAMP NWA

Rob Hamp NWA. An installation of intriguing custom-built pieces by one of our new RBSA Next Wave Associates. Solo show

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17 - 09 Sept PAUL KI-KYDD RBSA

Paul Ki-Kydd RBSA. Coloured landscape drawings in mixedmedia. Solo show

27 - 19 Aug PORTRAIT PRIZE 2017

As part of our work to support artists the RBSA stages ‘Prize’ exhibitions to provide artists with the opportunity to show their work and the chance to be rewarded for their talents. Our fifth biennial ‘Portrait Prize’ exhibition aims to become one of the most prestigious outside London.

Demonstrations  JUNE


@ 2.00 - 4.00pm. A lot of visitors are surprised to hear that Nigel’s artwork is created with watercolour. Join us to see his distinctive method of using the medium to portray colourful landscapes. Free, drop-in session, no need to book. To coincide with New Curators: Watercolour exhibition.


@ 2.00 - 4.30pm. Enjoy the wild west coast of Ireland and a glass of wine with exhibitors Johanna Ashby ARBSA and Majella O’Neill Collins. Free, drop-in session, no need to book. Join us for a glass of wine!

Auctions  JUNE


@ 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 watches and watch parts 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

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


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

Live Entertainment  JUNE

09 & 10 ROCKET

Rock this weekend with this five-piece guitar band playing anthems from the likes of Bon Jovi, Kings Of Leon, Jay-Z, Nelly, The Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Oasis and James Brown.


@ 3:00 pm St Paul’s Church. Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra presents its flagship concert at St. Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter on Saturday 10th June at 3pm. Combining all your ‘Last Night Of The Proms’ favourites and popular hits from the West End Stage, the music this year includes medleys from American in Paris, Chicago, Wicked and the toe tapping dances from Fiddler on the Roof.


Carl is a strong musical force that never fails to impress his audiences wherever the road takes him. A regular at the Jam House, he has performed at many of the countries top music festivals, theatres and venues, and is also beginning to develop his international reputation.


‘90s indie-starlets, Jesus Jones bound on stage at the Jam House this evening. Celebrating a thirty-year career with their bouncy indie-electronica that produced a string of UK hits, including “Info Freako”, “Real Real Real”, “International Bright Young Thing” and a US number 1 with “Right Here, Right Now”


@7.45pm Birmingham Jazz at the Red Lion. Line up: Arnie Somogyi – Bass; Andy Panayi – Sax; Jeremy Price – Trombone; Mark Edwards – Piano and Andrew Bain – Drums.


@7.30pm Juniper Wolf - Drawing from their influences in both both modern and classic rock, metal and blues, they are able to create a sound completely their own. EMPYRE - With influences ranging from the sound of Seattle in the 90s, and dirty blues rock to more atmospheric and acoustic music. Electric Soup - Rock blues band hailing from Birmingham. Their songs are a mix of high energy stompers and slow groovers.


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.


Lee Jones is a jazz-rock guitarist and composer, combining influences from modern jazz, fusion, blues, fingerstyle and rock styles. Well known in the UK Jazz scene, Lee has released three solo albums, “Swish” (2007),“Songs from the 13th Hour” (2011) and “After the Pier” (2015) and tonight performs with his band, Dom Franks (Sax), Al Gurr (Keys), Geoff Ockenden (Bass) and Neil Bullock (Drums).


@ 7:30 pm St Paul’s Church. A thrilling evening of brass featuring the sonic splendour of two great bands and a variety of interesting music from an iconic masterpiece to cutting edge works with narrator.


A great band just got better! This exciting six-piece playing a cool range of acid jazz and jazz-funk classics has been joined by a talented young vocalist, Charmaine Baines.


MATRIX CLUB MATRIX are a talented five-piece with a unique repertoire of the very best club classics and dance floor fillers of the early nighties – all played completely live. Remember the tunes of Faithless, Jocelyn Brown, Candi Staton, Basement Jaxx, Bizarre Inc, Ce Ce Peniston, Living Joy … the list goes on.


@ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Hosted by JQBID. Summer in the Golden Square gigs featuring Tom Harris.


@7.45pm Birmingham Jazz at the Red Lion. Line Up: Josephine Davies – Sax; Liam Noble – Piano; Dave Whitford – Bass and James Maddren – Drums


@7.30pm LOST AT HOME - Four-piece pop rock band from the Midlands and write compelling combinations of rich pop layers among mixed styles of funky rhythm and rock. Matt Millard - Self produced singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the suburbs of Birmingham. Zee Khattak - Featuring a songwriting style reminiscent of the likes of Leonard Cohen and Neil Young combined with alternative sounds of that of The Velvet Underground and Pink Floyd

23 & 24 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


Starting at 7pm, there will be some amazing live music and a short presentation explaining the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and how your donation can help make a real difference.


The ‘Acoustic Sessions’ is a monthly showcase of new talent and unsigned artistes, regularly featuring touring performers as well as musicians from the local scene. To be part of this regular feature at the Jam House, all musicians should contact the Jam House on 0121 200 3030


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.


@7.45pm Birmingham Jazz at the Red Lion. Line Up: Fred Thomas - Bass, Martin Speake – Alto Sax; Mick Foster – Baritone Sax; Phil Stevenson – Guitar and Phelan Burgoyne

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


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


Vocalist Cath Nightingale with Oz McGowan on piano bring you an evening of cool lounge classics, featuring favourites from the likes of Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Ruby Turner, Carole King & many more


BIRMINGHAM FEST 2017 - Nick Hall presents ‘Nick Hall; Spencer’. Spencer Percival has one claim to fame. He’s the only Prime Minister to ever be assassinated. Unfortunately no one’s ever heard of him. 205 years later, Nick Hall tries to tell his story. As seen on BBC Two, BBC Three, and BBC Radio 4. Book online.


BIRMINGHAM FEST 2017 - Three in One productions presents ‘All the Flowers Dying’. It is the end of the normal working day in the city centre cafe. For some reason though the tension is building as the evening draws in. It becomes clear that not everyone has simply dropped in for a coffee with friends on their way home from work. Some seem to have a more sinister motive for waiting in this place. Book online.



‘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

06 Funk ‘n’ Soul Night Out presents ... ODYSSEY

Odyssey, the New York-based disco band, is probably best known for their 1977 hit “Native New Yorker”, but they had a string of Top Ten hits in the UK at their peak. “Going Back To My Roots”, “Inside Out”, “If You’re Lookin’ for a Way Out”, and “Use It Up and Wear It Out” have been night club floor fillers for well over 30 years. Now led and fronted by Steve Collazo, the band continues to perform and record and tonight brings their brand of dance music to the Jam House

BIRMINGHAM FEST 2017 - Three in One productions presents ‘The Disappearance of Elise Grey’. The village is shocked, a pillar of their community has disappeared! New to the village, Alice takes it on herself to stage a reconstruction to discover if Elsie can be found. But this is not a police matter, oh no! She turns to the local village church for help getting the organist, the Vicar and the warden to lend a hand not to mention the village busy body and the doctor want to take part as well. Book online.


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.



@ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Hosted by JQBID. Summer in the Golden Square gigs featuring Xhosa Cole.


@7.30pm The Jack Fletcher Band - The indie-rock four piece are what can only be described as real with their stripped back guitar music. Deaf Balloons - With a range of influences including Pixies, Dinosaur Jr & Guided By Voices, the Wolverhampton 4 piece deftly steer between melodic pop hooks and driving grunge riffs, KARKOSA - are an alternative rock band from Birmingham. Shaun Kelly and the Returned Gifts - a collective of musicians emerging from the ashes of the indie B-town scene in the heart of the UK, fronted by Singer Shaun Kelly.


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!


Big Q Fish, a genre-hopping phenomenon, offers an exciting and eclectic range of material, with three experienced improvising musicians playing classic songs (Talking Heads, Beatles, Bowie, Marley, Marvin Gaye), alongside some highly inventive original material. Guitarist Brian Neil is an original and innovative player having performed with such as George Benson, Hugh Masekela, Gilad Atzmon and Simon Townshend, and is joined by Mike Hatton on bass & vocals, and Marcus Ingham on Drums.


‘Class of 2012’s final night in Birmingham and it will be a classy affair. Let’s celebrate graduation with all of our friends and family with all the cocktails and live music you could ask for! The Beat Brothers are a local professional four piece who play a funky & upbeat collection of classic soul and current faves.


BIRMINGHAM FEST 2017 - Breakthrough Theatre present ‘The Life and Death of Marilyn Monroe’ Who was Marilyn Monroe? One of the most iconic women in history, yet the world still asks the question; did we really know who she was? Did she? This play explores the life and death of Marilyn Monroe, to discover who the real women was behind the glitz and glamour that made her so well known. Marilyn’s story, told by Marilyn – alone in her dressing room. Book online.

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Beebe Kwartet led by Chris ‘Beebe’ Aldridge on saxophones features original funk, latin and contemporary influenced music. Beebe has worked with Gary Barlow, Ben E King, Gary US Bonds, US3, Roy Wood, Geno Washington, Jaki Graham, Climax Blues Band in addition to many others. The Kwartet includes Steve Tromans - Piano, Tom Hill - Bass and Neil Bullock - Drums.

Networking  JUNE DAYS


@ 3:00 pm. BAJ open days give you the opportunity to visit our site, meet current staff and get the feel of what studying at the Academy is like. You will have a chance to speak to our tutors, admissions officer who will provide you with all the essential information about the application process, funding options, upcoming courses and student life.


@ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. If you work in the Commercial Property Market why not join us for lunch. 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 £20 (plus Eventbrite fee) each which includes a 2 course lunch and drink at the table.


@ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. This is your invitation to a business briefing and lunch hosted by the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) which is part of Aston University. This exclusive briefing for SMEs (companies with less than 249 employees) only has 12 places available. This free event includes a 3-course lunch.


@ 4.30pm - 6:30pm. 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. First Thursday in every month.



This is a hands on course designed for those who have a basic understanding of diamonds. This one day course gives delegates a chance to see and handle diamond simulants, synthetics and treated diamonds giving them confidence in identifying them in the retail environment. £275 per delegate + vat.


This 2 hour workshop at St Pauls House is the first element in our track for manufacturing. Manufacturers need a marketing strategy now more than ever. What may have worked in the past may not work now. You may have already noticed this. Pre Booking


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

17 I MADE IT: Girls with Power Tools

@ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm This one day ‘hands on’ workshop will explore a variety of construction techniques using easily available tools, materials and processes accessible by beginners.


Workshop with JainMcKay ARBSA. To coincide with our ‘New Curators: Watercolour’ show, explore how to paint a still-life and portrait in watercolour. All materials will be provided, as well as some interesting and colourful props to help you get creative. This workshop forms a great introduction to painting for children and adults alike. Booking essential. This workshop is suitable for children aged 6 to 12. Price £6 per child


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. £275 per delegate + vat


This course is ideal for anyone with an interest in the value of jewellery. This includes retailers, pawnbrokers, auctioneers and those involved in consumer complaints or insurance replacement. It is expected that delegates have some experience of jewellery and gemstones. The intensive one day course will give delegates confidence and knowledge, providing an understanding of the methodology and many different approaches required to produce a fair jewellery valuation, appropriate to its intended use. £225 per delegate + vat


Join designer maker Grace Page to make a stylish and unique silver pendant using simple techniques and learn new skills in jewellery making. This workshop is suitable for adults only. Tickets £50 per person, cost includes materials and refreshments. Pre-booking is essential. Book tickets by calling 0121 348 8263

24 I MADE IT: Girls with Power Tools

@ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm This one day ‘hands on’ workshop will explore a variety of construction techniques using easily

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13:00 – 14:30 & 14:30 – 16:00. 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 although bringing along your own equipment is fine. £7.50 per person.

Tours, Walks & Talks  JUNE


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm. £8.50. We’re hosting local historian Ginny Caffrey who will tell the story of how Birmingham became ‘City of a Thousand Trades’. Birmingham in the nineteenth century was a workshop full of small, highly skilled firms producing a huge range of wares. .


@ 10:30 pm - 12:30 pm “Boulton would be proud” 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. £17.50


1.00pm - 3.00pm. Join us for a lively walk around the historic Jewellery Quarter and learn interesting facts about the history of this renowned area, its buildings and businesses.The heritage walks will focus on the jewellery trade but also encompass many other aspects of the Jewellery Quarter’s rich history. Please meet your guide on the corner of Newhall Street and Charlotte Street outside the old Assay Office. £6 per person. Pre-booking essential. 0121 348 8263 or book online


6.30pm - 9.30pm. Making a welcome return to St Pauls Carl Chinn gave us a talk a while ago on “The Real Peaky Blinders” which was fascinating. This time he will tell us about ‘Birmingham and the making of the modern world’. Not to be missed, this font of all knowledge about everything Brummagem” will join us for dinner and give his illustrated talk followed by a Q & A session. This is bound to be a very popular night, so get your name down soon.

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MOUNTER / SETTER required for new workshop in Jewellery Quarter. Diamond Heaven is a leading independent fine diamond jewellery retailer established in Birmingham, London and Manchester. We require an experienced jeweller to join the team in the Birmingham workshop repairing and custom building jewellery items to a very high standard for our customers in line with our quality assurance and productivity guidelines. Role includes - 1. Full range of diamond settings including prong setting, channel setting, pave and flush setting. 2. Jewellery repairs which will include Re-sizing, Soldering,Re-tipping / Re-building claws and Re-setting any replacement stones in claws, Half shanking a ring. The position is full time and permanent. Competitive Salary dependent on the experience. Contact Hiten Shah on 07763 235335.

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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 2017/04159/PA 12 St Paul’s Square Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1RB. Listed Building Consent for internal alterations. 11-05-2017 2017/03779/PA 29-32 Mary Street Ladywood Birmingham B3 1UD. Listed Building Consent for change of use from light industrial to residential dwelling, erection of two storey rear extension and internal alterations. 25-04-2017 2017/03633/PA 29-32 Mary Street Ladywood Birmingham B3 1UD. Change of use from light industrial to residential dwelling and erection of two storey rear extension. 25-04-2017 2017/03696/PA 20 & 22 Pemberton Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6NY. Prior Approval for change of use from office (Use Class B1[a]) to 5 Residential units (Use Class C3). 24-04-201

Awaiting Decision 2017/03710/PA 48-52 Vittoria Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3PE. Prior Approval for change of use from office (Use Class B1[a]) to 4 Residential units (Use Class C3). 24-042017 2017/03424/PA 14-15 Frederick Street Sovereign Hall Birmingham B1 3HE. Listed Building Consent for internal and external alterations in association with change of use. 12-04-2017 2017/03296/PA 14-15 Frederick Street Sovereign Hall Birmingham B1 3HE. Change of use from Use Class A3 (food and drink) to furniture showroom with ancillary uses. 12-042017 2017/03225/PA Land fronting Carver Street and 120 Pope Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EG. Erection of a part three/ four and five storey development to provide 30 one, two and three bed apartments with associated parking, infrastructure and landscaping. 10-04-2017 2017/02912/PA 12-13 Albion Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3ED Listed Building Consent for the installation of single storey glass structure to rear. 29-032017 2017/02817/PA 12-13 Albion Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3ED Installation of single storey glass structure to

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Planning Applications and Decisions for the Jewellery Quarter.

rear. 29-03-2017 2017/02371/PA 18-19 Lionel Street Birmingham B3 1AR. Prior Approval for change of use from offices (Use Class B1[a]) to residential (Use Class C3). 15-03-2017 2017/02168/PA 16-17 Caroline Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1TR Erection of 2 storey extension and external alterations to front elevation in association with the creation of 6 residential units at first and second floors and retention of ground floor office use with mezzanine floor. 10-03201 2017/02442/PA 22-24 Vittoria Street Birmingham B1 3PE. Prior Approval for change of use from offices (Use Class B1[a]) to residential (Use Class C3). 14-03-2017 2017/02040/PA Land at Newhall Square Newhall Street / Charlotte Street City Centre Birmingham B3 1RU. Erection of two buildings and change of use of existing listed building to create 221 residential units varying between 5 and 11 storeys and 4 ground floor commercial units (A1, A3, B1) together with provision of a public square and 61 car parking spaces and associated works. 07-03-2017 2017/01925/PA 43-49 Northwood Street Birmingham B3 1TX. Minor material amendment to planning application 2016/00311/PA to replace plot 8 multi storey duplex apartment with 3 individual apartments. 02-03-2017 2017/00887/PA 2-4 Summer Hill Terrace Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3CA. Listed Building Consent for a change of use of commercial offices (Use class B1) into ten 1 no. and 2 no. bedroom apartments (Use class C3). 31-01-2017 2017/00002/PA Land at Sloane Street, Camden Street, Camden Drive, Camden Grove & Legge Lane Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3BX. Redevelopment of site to include selective demolition of existing buildings, refurbishment and alterations to retained buildings, erection of new build to provide 136 dwellings and associated works. 03-01-201 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 2016/09245/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

New Decisions 2017/03081/PA The Flag House 16 Graham Street Ladywood Birmingham B1 3JR. Listed Building Consent for the non-reinstatement of flag pole. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2017/02199/PA 168 Warstone Lane Birmingham B18 6NP. Display of 2 externally illuminated fascia signs, 1 non illuminated projecting sign, 1 non-illuminated freestanding sign and 1 non-illuminated sign. Final Decision Approve Temporary

2017/02354/PA 25 Caroline Street Unit 4 City Centre Birmingham B3 1UE. Change of use from office (Use class B1) to hairdressers with ancillary beauty room (Use class A1). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2017/01760/PA Land fronting George Street & Holland Street Jewellery Quarter City Centre Birmingham B3 1QQ. Demolition of 21 George Street and redevelopment of site to comprise the erection of a new four storey University building (Use Class D1) with ancillary uses: offices (Use Class B1), health facility (Use Class D1), exhibition space (Use Class D1) and gym (Use Class D1) together with a 158 space multi-storey car park and access, surface parking, landscaping and external alterations to McIntyre House. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2017/00204/PA Former Kettleworks Land Bound By Icknield Street/Pope Street/ Camden Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3AG. Variation of condition number 1 (minor amendment to approved drawings) of approval 2016/00413/PA to accommodate 1 additional residential unit and a sub station. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2017/01705/PA 41-42 Tenby Street North Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EG. Minor Material Amendment to approval 2016/07913/ PA to relocate refuse store, remove a staircase at the western side of the building, provide a concierge office, provide increased parking provision and provide steel link at 2nd and 3rd floors between proposed wings. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2017/00204/PA Former Kettleworks Land Bound By Icknield Street/Pope Street/ Camden Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3AG. Variation of condition number 1 (minor amendment to approved drawings) of approval 2016/00413/PA to accommodate 1 additional residential unit and a sub station. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions

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

You must register any objections to the above applications online at www., or writing direct to Planning and Regeneration, 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!

Recruitment Recruitment

Experienced Stone Setters X 2 An opportunity exists within our manufacturing facility for two experienced and talented Setters to join teams that are responsible for the production of high quality set product in various metals ranging from silver through to platinum. The ideal candidates will have developed their skills within the jewellery manufacturing trade and see this opportunity as a means to further develop themselves whilst being a part of a market leading company. Optical setting experience would be advantageous but not essential. We are looking for candidates who are experienced, knowledgeable, reliable, and above all are enthusiastic to join us as we continue to develop our capabilities and offering to the jewellery trade. If you are interested in applying for these positions please send your CV to Lisa Roberts – HR Advisor at

Trainee Setters X 2 An opportunity exists within our manufacturing facility for two dedicated and talented individuals to join teams that are responsible for the production of high quality set product in various metals ranging from silver through to platinum. The ideal candidates will have identified a desire to work within the jewellery manufacturing trade and see this as an opportunity to gain valuable skills from a market leading company. Through a scheduled training and induction process you will be taught how to set wedding bands and shoulder set product using optical equipment; ultimately becoming a valued member of a team. We are looking for individuals that are reliable, enthusiastic and above all, eager to learn. If you are interested in applying for this position please send your CV to Lisa Roberts – HR Advisor at

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We are recruiting for 3 Vacancies We require an experienced Polisher, Cold Enameller and Linisher for immediate start. The hours are 34 per week and the role is Temporary but may become permanent.

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