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THE ‘VOICE’ OF THE JEWELLERY QUARTER Another Successful Year for The Jewellery Quarter Festival ‘Dare to be Different’ – Futuristic Drone Cufflinks Nicolle Gavin Wins WB Prize at New Designers

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Editorial ....................... 16 News............................. 18

‘Dare to be Different’ – Futuristic Drone Cufflinks ..... 18

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

Physio Back Care Class Launched in JQ.................. 18

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Choice is The Buzz Word for Domino’s NEW Diamond Ring Mount Collection....................... 19

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Trust is What It’s All About......................................... 22 Warstone Lane Cemetery and Key Hill Cemetery..... 23 The Three Degrees at The Jam House..................... 23 Another Successful Year for The JQ Festival............. 24 Legendary Jazz Trumpeter, Tom Browne, at The Jam House........................................................................ 24 Nicolle Gavin Wins WB Prize at New Designers....... 25 Heritage: Albury Bros. Ltd - A Century of Progress... 26 Heritage: Old Birmingham Gateways........................ 28 Planning..................................................................... 34 Cover Photo: The 3rd JQ Bids Festival in full swing. (Courtesy JQBids)

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The JQ BIDS Festival is over for another year - it was a great success and, even though the weather forecast was unpromising, it managed to stay dry most of the time, and being rather cloudy and cool seemed to encourage people to visit inside venues, which can’t be bad! The Jewellery Quarter ‘Home Office’ was particularly busy during July with many visitors from the Jewellery Quarter calling to see Mark and myself. There are many issues and changes to discuss and good progress is happening in all directions, but It gets more difficult to make contact with the Council with all the moving on of people and drastic cuts being made in every department, but we will persevere in keeping the Jewellery Quarter within the sights of people concerned. We are pushing as hard as we can to bring forward the restoration of the cemeteries to the specification laid down by HLF. I was worried that with the leaving of Russell Poulton from the Council, the project would be delayed but have already made contact with the new Projects Manager and had a very successful meeting with him. The ‘Friends’ of the Cemeteries are still carrying out their voluntary work in digging up bits of old gravestones and trying to keep the cemeteries free of rubbish. JQBIDS has now added the cleaning of the cemeteries to their project but this is proving difficult because the bins are emptied infrequently and are kept locked so when the bins are full, rubbish is thrown on the ground. Trying to obtain a key is proving difficult! Also, dog mess is a problem and we are hoping to get appropriate bins. (Originally there were signs ‘No Dogs’ at the entrances which were re-instated a little while ago but the very next day they were removed and just the posts left behind!). If you do walk your dog there please consider the children who also walk there! Please read the special item in this issue regarding the cemeteries and consider joining the ‘Friends’ and perhaps volunteering to help or even adopt a grave or help in preserving a small vacant space. Also, the ‘Friends’ are looking for a few more volunteers to work under supervision and I am sure there are some frustrated gardeners living in flats in the Jewellery Quarter who would love the chance to work in the open air and feel soil between their fingers! It doesn’t cost much to join - probably costs that much for just a couple of cups of coffee! There are several hundred more apartments yet to be built in the Quarter and the area lacks open space so the cemeteries are ‘the lungs of the Quarter’ but they do need constant TLC. Watch out for the new ‘Friend’s’ website currently being prepared by Mark Haddleton, their new IT Executive. I do wish the bin-men strike would end soon - Birmingham getting a bit ‘smelly’. Don’t forget September is ‘McMillan Cancer Research ‘Coffee Morning’ month. There are lots of ‘coffee and cakes’ events taking place around the Quarter. Marie Haddleton Editor

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‘Dare to be Different – Futuristic Drone Cufflinks have landed!’ Deakin & Francis are renowned for their diverse range and eclectic mix of cufflinks and their latest design is no exception! With a nod to the future, these dramatically eyecatching drone cufflinks are unlike anything seen before and are sure to turn heads. Crafted from a mix of steel, brass and aluminium, each futuristic cufflink features six raw, stainless steel spider-like legs. Each leg has its own individual suspension which guarantees that the drone will always be perfectly placed on the cuff: And, like most robotic creations, if you gentle push the central button you will see the legs slowly move up and down. Finished in an ultra-contemporary Black IP satin finish, every last detail has been considered and perfected. James Deakin, Creative Director,


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says: “All boys, whatever their age, love a good sci-fi or action thriller – and this pair of futuristic cufflinks look like they have come straight from another dimension! Finished to the highest standard, we wanted to really push the boundaries. We wanted a true boys toy – something that would catch people’s eye and stand out. The functionality and movement of the legs was an essential part of the design and how they sit on the cuff was of uppermost importance. Every detail of these daring drones has been considered. I always encourage our wearers to express themselves through their accessories – and it will be interesting to see who is brave enough for this pair! Who will dare to be different? Go on, step into the future!” Part of the Fundamentals collection, this innovative range offers the highest quality cufflinks that are made to last a lifetime. These Drone cufflinks come with domed oval spring link fittings featuring the Deakin & Francis logo for authenticity. Available to order today – with a trade price £135+VAT / RRP £325.

In a move to inspire people to take a more proactive approach towards their back and joint issues, Optispine has launched a brand-new weekly Physio Back Care Exercise Class. The Jewellery Quarter-based physiotherapy centre has developed an effective programme to teach people how to improve their conditions through active treatment. The class, led by physiotherapist, Rhodri Parfitt, who specialises in movement-based rehabilitation, centres around building core strength and increasing flexibility to avoid long-term problems. “Self-management is the key”, says Rhodri. “Hands on physiotherapy to restore function and reduce pain is just the start, it’s important to take preventative steps with exercise.” “Working on your core area helps to support your spine, so the burden of carrying your body weight isn’t just placed on your joints.” These days ‘core training’ has become a bit of a buzz phrase and usually stirs up terrifying images of sit-ups and crunches. However, that is not the case with this class. Exercises are much subtler, using balance techniques to engage the core and focusing on stretching, strengthening and mobilising the spine gently. The first session is free so why not try it for yourself. Classes run on Mondays from 6 to 7pm, at The Optispine Centre on Vittoria Street. Please call 0121 293 2804 to book now, as places are limited.

Domino has announced the launch of its latest Diamond Ring Mount (DRM) collection. This highly popular, fully British-made range, which is at the heart of the company’s offering, has been revised and reinvigorated to add creative twists to traditional styles and to offer stockists even greater choice and more opportunities for personalisation. The collection offers some 95 designs across round, princess and fancy-shaped solitaire rings as well as multi-stone, cluster and lifestyle options. New for the 2017 Collection is the option of buying British-made, semiset mounts. Over recent months the company has invested heavily in up-skilling its workforce, teaching the intricate micro-setting techniques to its diamond-setting team that many of these designs require. Because of this investment the company has been able to move this element of its production back to the UK. The semi-set collection includes everything from small diamond details on solitaires and diamond-set shoulders through to a range of popular halo-designs. The move, as Andrew Sollitt, Domino’s Sales and Marketing Director explains has introduced several benefits: “Not only has this reduced the lead-time of our semi-set designs from 25 days to just 15, but I am truly delighted to say that we are now able to offer our stockists a reduction of around 15-25% in price on our previous semi-set mount offering,” he commented. Another advantage of the move to full in-house production is that the offering is made using Domino’s platinum which is typically, significantly harder than its Far Eastern equivalent. Furthermore, the range is available using Domino’s 18ct white alloy which has a high palladium content and therefore is whiter in colour. The whole DRM range, in line with the current trend for personalisation,


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choice is the watchword and all rings are available in platinum as well as 18ct white, yellow and rose gold. Many designs offer two part-mounts for the currently fashionable bi-metal, two-colour option and all are available in a range of different stone sizes to incorporate a range of important price points. Depending on the style, pieces are available unset or semi-set, ready to receive your central stones, or as a

fully finished ring with the retailer’s choice of GVS or HSi diamonds. Domino also offers a setting service for retailers wishing to supply their own stones. The new DRM Collection is now available to view with Domino’s sales representatives, and will be on show at IJL this September (Stand D60). For more information please contact us on or visit August 2017

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Trust is What It’s All About This year’s Intergem, from 30 September to 3 October in Idar-Oberstein, will revolve around the issue of trust, among other things. The trade fair brings together the concentrated expertise and integrity of the region’s specialists like no other industry event. “The concentrated expertise available at the trade fair is unique,” says Managing Director of the trade fair, Kai-Uwe Hille. “During these uncertain times with increasingly non-transparent global markets and competition from the internet, it is becoming increasingly important to trust in established expertise and in the integrity of traditional familymanaged companies as opposed to anonymous sources. This year’s agenda for our supporting programme therefore features podium discussions and talks on the topic of trust”. Christian Klein from diamond cutter Ph. Hahn confirms the importance of this issue. “Many competitors offer diamonds over the internet complete with an expert assessment but they are classed incorrectly or are not graded strictly enough to keep prices low. There is no clear distinction between different qualities and so lower value items are included in batches”. “Unidentified etic stones from the Far East can also be included”. That’s why each individual stone is checked at Ph. Hahn Söhne. But it’s not all rosy when it comes to coloured gemstones either. In this case, there is no 4Cs graduation system. “With coloured gemstones, the wide range of cuts and shapes is an important topic. There are also differing colour preferences on

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different sales markets and various treatment methods with different impacts on pricing from one stone type to another,” says Claudio Milisenda of the German Gem Lab (DSEF). “All of these factors have hindered international standardisation in terms of evaluating coloured gemstones”. Achim Grimm of Hermann Grimm identifies the problem. “With some stones, the provenance plays a role in the valuation, for example in the case of Paraiba tourmaline”. Items from Brazil are valued much more highly than stones from Africa. The same is true of rubies where the highly valuable stones come from Myanmar (Burma). The treatment of gemstones has a significant influence on their value. It is standard commercial practice for sapphires and rubies to be heat-treated. This process does not have to be declared. However, if stones are subjected to a colouring process (e.g. diffusion or lead glass filling), this significantly reduces the value and the customer should be made aware of this. Trust is a key issue here. If purchasing from a long-standing dealer or stone-cutter in Idar-Oberstein, the customer can assume that the products received are of impeccable quality, even without an expert report. The issue is complex when it comes to opals, as Tanja Schütz from Emil Weis Opals explains. “No laboratory is prepared to name the ‘place of origin’ in this case. They are not sufficiently well-informed and so don’t want to make a statement. But this is extremely important for our opal customers”. “The coloured gemstone business is about trust above all else,” Nicole Ripp from Groh + Ripp confirms.

Groh + Ripp, Idar-Oberstein Emerald ‘Minor’ Colombia, 25,51 ct.

“The market is characterised by asymmetries in terms of its offers and information. We focus on absolute transparency. Customers should know exactly what they are getting”. These statements make one thing clear: when it comes to the issue of trust, Idar-Oberstein companies and INTERGEM, as the leading marketplace, are in the premier league. www.

Karl Faller, Kirschweiler Ruby Myanmar (Burma) 3,68 ct.

At a cost of £1.38 million both cemeteries are due to be restored. Plans have been passed and details are now being finalised so that the works can be put out to tender towards the end of 2017 with a view to getting on site in Spring 2018. The works should take around 12 months and so should be completed in Spring 2019. Key Hill Cemetery, created by Nonconformists in 1836, and nearby Warstone Lane Cemetery, laid out by Anglicans in 1848 - covering some 7 hectares between them the two burial grounds made use of spectacular former quarry sites to create a dramatic series of catacombs in the redundant quarried faces. The cemeteries have long since ceased to be used for burials but provide a haven for wildlife in the midst of the urban area. Grade II* Key Hill has many mature London plane trees and Grade II listed Warstone Lane has black poplars. These cemeteries form a vital open space in the Jewellery Quarter as they act as the ‘lungs’ of what is becoming a densely-packed residential area as well as a manufacturing centre. Central to the scheme will be a new Garden of Memory and Reflection on the spot where the St Michael and All Angels chapel stood before it was demolished in 1958 after being damaged by bombs in WW2.The project will include the restoration or replacement of railings and stone pillars, with new paths, gates and seating. The catacombs will also be made safe and restored.

‘Friends of Key Hill Cemetery and Warstone Lane Cemetery’

The ‘Friends’ - some of whom have been researching and working in the Cemeteries since 2004 - are about to launch a brand-new website and Mark Haddleton of Jewellery Quarter Heritage and The Hockley Flyer will be joining them as the new IT Executive. The HLF grant is only to cover the restoration work and when the restoration work is completed the


Warstone Lane Cemetery and Key Hill Cemetery

The Three Degrees at The Jam House Major hit record selling American female vocal group, The Three Degrees, will be headlining at The Jam House Birmingham on 24th August. The famous girl band are most renowned for their record ‘When Will I See You Again’, which was a major hit throughout the world, topping the chart in the USA, UK, Japan and most European countries. Prince Charles himself publicly acclaimed that The Three Degrees are his favourite group, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ as they were tagged. The group were particularly successful in the UK, achieving 12 Top 50 hit singles between 1974 and 1985. More than four decades on, the threesome retain their sparkling choreography and precise vocal quality, having amassed an impressive list of hit records since their first debut. Today, the line-up consists of Valerie Holiday, Helen Scott, and community through the ‘Friends’, will be encouraged to get involved in researching the history of the cemeteries and helping to maintain them in the future. One idea is to carry on with the idea of ‘Adopt a Grave’ plus making some areas where there are no graves into display/memorial gardens and even perhaps a small picnic area. What the ‘Friends’ need is more

Freddie Pool. Valerie has been with the band since 1967, Helen since 1963 (having took a ten-year break in-between), and Freddie joined in 2011, replacing Cynthia Garrison. After more than four decades of existence, The Three Degrees are the longest running female vocal group in history. Their highly anticipated performance at the Jam House will see the return of hit favourites: ‘Dirty Ol’ Man’, ‘TSOP’, ‘When Will I See You Again’, Year of Decision’, ‘Woman in Love’, and many, many more. Helen Scott, Bandmember of The Three Degrees, comments: “We love the Jam House! The club lives up to its name, people really jam there. So much energy and the staff are always so friendly. I will tell you a little secret - we always get there early enough to have dinner! A lot of venues don’t have great food but the Jam House does. And the sound is great - loud and in your face but a great atmosphere.” For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www. members (cost Single £10 per annum, Joint £15, Societies £20, Corporate £tba). Also Volunteers to help keep the cemeteries neat and tidy etc. There will be lots of further information about this in forthcoming Hockley Flyers. If you would like be a member please contact Mrs J Fielding via email: friends-kh-wl.cem@outlook. com. August 2017

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Improvement District’s (JQBID) Jewellery Quarter Festival last month. The three-day festival took place between 28th and 30th July 2017. O n Fr i d ay, t h e event kicked off in style in the Golden Square marquee. Barbara Nice kept the guests entertained in between performances from Jake Henry, JQ Soul, Aston Performing Arts Academy and drag act Annabelle Lector. JQ Dining Club street food vendors Street Souvlaki, Boo-Fes, Bournville Waffle Company and The Middle Feast provided a mouth-

watering selection of foodie treats throughout the evening. Over the weekend the free activities, music performances and entertainment was split across two squares Golden Square and St Paul’s Square. JQ Dining Club continued with the addition of Low ‘n’ Slow and Esmies. Cafes and pubs across the Quarter also hosted acts as part of the “JQ Jazz Festival”. JQ Open Studios ran all weekend and allowed people to visit the studios and workshops of the many makers, designers and artists in the Jewellery Quarter. This year’s line-up included three art galleries, a mini film festival, a new lighting range and three breweries. Luke Crane, JQBID Director said “This is the biggest the festival has ever been and it was good to see everyone having a great time. Over the weekend, visitors arrived from further afield to see what the Quarter has to offer and experience why it is the place to live, learn, work and visit.”

board charts in its first week. As well as his second single hit, ‘Thighs High (Grip Your Hips and Move)’, Browne released several more successful albums throughout the ‘80s, earning him a legacy as being one of the best smooth jazz trumpet artists of all time! In 1994 the trumpeter returned and released the funk album ‘Mo’ Jamaica Funk’, earning strong reviews from the critical press. The extolled jazz number ‘Another Shade of Browne’ followed in 1996, spawning the hit single ‘What Took So Long?’ His show at the Jam House is highly anticipated on 7th September, and will see the return of classic favourites alongside contemporary material. John Bunce, General Manager at The Jam House Birmingham, comments: “I’m really excited for this show and am looking forward to hearing some of Tom’s brilliant tracks performed live again! Our Funk & Soul

Night Out is always a fantastic evening and Tom will be a brilliant addition, his big record tracks are sure to get everyone dancing!” W:

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Legendary Jazz Trumpeter, Tom Browne, at The Jam House Tom Browne first rose to prominence through his early work with American jazz saxophonist Sonny Fortune and is acclaimed for his No.1 US Billboard R&B single ‘Funkin’ for Jamaica (N.Y.)’. The hit record is a floor-filler track par excellence. Released by Tom Browne in 1980, ‘Funkin’ regularly finds a place in every DJ set, every night, throughout the Western World! In 1979 Browne’s debut album ‘Browne Sugar’ charted at No. 6 on the Jazz Albums Chart and his followup album, ‘Love Approach’, featuring ‘Funkin’, hit the top slot in the Bill-

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Nicolle Gavin Wins WB Prize at New Designers Nicolle Gavin, a 2017 graduate in Jewellery & Silversmithing from Glasgow School of Art, has won the Weston Beamor prize for the best use of CAD combined with casting and hand-finishing techniques at the recent ‘New Designers’ Exhibition. This is an annual event at The Business Design Centre in London which showcases the best of the best work from art institutions throughout the country. Gavin draws inspiration for her jewellery from the aesthetics of crystal structures and patterns of growth as well as a concept she calls ‘Order

in Chaos’. Using CAD, she digitally manipulates a stair-stepped structure to create unusual and multidimensional designs which are then 3D printed, cast and finished by hand. The result is a collection of highlyintricate pieces in silver, gold and precious stones. Glen Day, Business Development Manager at Weston Beamor, who together with Ed Hole, the company’s Head of CAD and 3D Printing, judged the competition was extremely

believe that CAD and 3D printing are an easy option but this is very far from being the case and Weston Beamor understand just what my work involves, how hard it is and what I have achieved,” Gavin commented. Looking to the future Nicolle Gavin is keen to establish her own jewellery business and already has some of her designs for sale through the SixFoot Gallery in Glasgow. She can be contacted at or through

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impressed by Gavin’s work: “Nicolle’s work demonstrates a thorough grasp of CAD. We were also impressed to discover that she had done her own casting. Her designs are beautifully finished and commercially viable. From our point of view, she simply ticked all the boxes and is a very worthy winner.” Nicolle’s prize is a cheque for £250 and a week of work experience at Weston Beamor which she intends to take up a little later this year: “It is obviously very exciting to have won and I am delighted that my work has been recognised. I think some people

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Typical workshop. Circa 1900.

Albury Bros. Ltd

A Century of Progress Source: Memorial Leaflet 1976

‘As with many of us, the origins of the Albury family are lost in the mists of time but what is known can be assembled to form a pattern of progress spanning well over two hundred years. The present family business owes its foundation to Isaac Ahronsberg, an emigree from Russia and a citizen of the Czar. Born in 1830 he came to England very early in life and established himself in 1846 as ‘patentee and sole inventor’ of the machinery for making, cleaning and repairing every description of watches and clocks. He set up his original business in Landport - probably Langport near Taunton - but made his name after moving to Palmerston Road, Southsea. Here he became a very respected tradesman and was in great demand for his skill and ingenuity. He took out naturalisation papers in 1859 and was married in 1860 to a Miss Juliet Lyon, daughter of Solomon Lyon Snr. of Plymouth to whom he had been apprenticed.

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Albert, Judah, Lionel and Sydney, four of the five sons of Isaac and Juliet Ahronsberg

Although records are not clear it appears that Solomon Lyon’s father, Francis Lyon, 1752 - 1837 came from Spain via Holland in childhood and was apprenticed to John Lakeman in Exeter in 1767. A business was established in Union Street, Plymouth where a great deal of work was done for the Royal Navy

Century Works in Summerhill Road in 1970’s (possibly 1960;s)

business in 37/39 Albion Street. It is through his son Judah, born in 1864 that the line of descent is followed during the succeeding years. As the market grew, so did the company. one example of its skill is illustrated in the fine worked spoon of silver and gold specially designed for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1897. Depicted in the bowl is the coronation with the achievements in industry and the extent of the British Empire detailed with surprising clarity on the sides of the handle. Judah Ahronsberg married Rebecca Simons of Glasgow whose family hailed from Tasmania. They had three sons, Michael, Cyril and Lionel and one daughter, Sybil. As the company prospered, it became necessary to seek larger premises where their now extensive range of jewellery could be made on a larger scale. New workshops and offices were taken at Summerhill Road, Birmingham, on their present comer site known as Century Buildings, the move

And in 2017. (One of the many derelict properties on the fringes of the Jewellery Quarter).


in the repair and supply of varied time pieces. His trade also covered jewellery and silverware. There is no doubt of his success and the high esteem in which he was held as the many testimonials bear clear witness. And so it was that two families, both alien to these shores and, like so many before and since found refuge and success in a country rapidly becoming industrialised. The marriage of Isaac and Juliet resulted in five surviving sons, Judah, Albert, Lionel, Montague and Sydney, all of whom entered the family business. At this time for purpose of communication, ease of transport and operating facilities many individual industries were becoming concentrated in particular locations and the growth of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham is one example of this development. Wise to the implications of this was perhaps Isaac Ahronsberg when he made the opportune move from Southsea to Birmingham in the late 1860s where he later established a

Ahronsberg Bros. 37/39 Albion Stree

being made in 1900. The business became well established during the Edwardian era shortly after which, in 1913, Isaac Ahronsberg died, aged 83. With the coming of the first world war business became mow difficult but the previous years of hard work and enterprise enabled them to overcome the inevitable recession in trade. One member of the family, Sydney, served in the Royal Flying Corps and Albert gave much of his time to the then equivalent of the Home Guard. A family decision in 1916 resulted in a change of name. The name Albury was chosen and owes its choice to associations with the town of the same name in Australia. Between the wars much was done to cement the position of the company among leaders in the manufacturing jewellery trade. Acquisition of other companies and careful investment expanded their market and added to the range of available Designs. Much was made of the opportunities that arose during this period to extend the knowledge of their name both at home and abroad, always of course against increasingly stronger competition. During the latter part of this period Lionel Albury took an ever-increasing interest in and responsibility for the company affairs and succeeded his father as head of the firm after service in the R.A.F. during the second world war. His brother, Cyril, also served in the R.A.F. The pattern of growth it the jewellery trade since the war is too well known to repeat here. August 2017

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Many companies have succumbed to the inevitable march of progress but Albury Brothers is one that has played a prominent part in design, manufacture and supply of the very wide and distinctive selection of first class jewellery available Although still very active as Chairman of this family business, Lionel Albury is succeeded by his son, Michael, who as Managing Director is well known in the trade and hopes to lay the foundation for continued success in the next hundred years as his great-grandfather did in the last century. The scene is greatly different today both in production and marketing and with the disappearance of so many smaller companies the future depends as much as ever on concentration of purpose, willingness to change and the ability to combat competition. “We are proud of our traditions and look forward with optimism to supplying old and new friends with the product they want at an economical price.” What more can we say except thank you to everyone who has supported our past efforts and made this occasion possible.’

Old Birmingham Gateways Source: Marie Haddleton

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our database. Such celebratory archways were erected in Birmingham over a century ago. We have several modern Gateways around the Jewellery Quarter today., nothing as grand as this one though!

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Exhibitions  AUGUST


This exhibition showcases twenty-one miniature works from Willard Wigan’s which sit within the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin. Many of the artworks have never been seen in Birmingham before. The micro sculptor, who is famous for sculpting the world’s smallest works of art, has been celebrated in the Guinness Book of World records, as well as being awarded an MBE for services to art. Entry, including a tour of the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, costs £10 for adults, £5 for children and £8 for concessions. Willard Wigan exhibition only tickets cost £5 for adults, £4 for concessions and £2.50 for children. Pre-booking is available.

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 be among the most prestigious.


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

On Now - 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


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

17 - 09 Sept PAUL KI-KYDD RBSA

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

14 - 30 Sept TIME FOR TEA

Andrew Matheson RBSA - A selection of handmade teapots in stoneware and porcelain. Solo show

24 - 30 Sept METROPOLIS 2017: Sponsored by Maguire Jackson

A metropolis has been defined as ‘the chief city of a country, region or state, a large conurbation which is a significant economic, political and cultural centre and an important hub for regional or international connections, commerce and communications’. Birmingham is itself a thriving metropolis, the second largest city in the UK with more than one million residents and one of the youngest, most diverse populations in the country and a dynamic, creative city that is constantly evolving. Inspired by this urban energy the RBSA Metropolis exhibition will explore the physical aspects of a metropolis and/or the people who inhabit, work and visit it and will include jewellery, ceramics and textiles as well as sculpture, drawing, painting, original digital fine art and printmaking.


Nigel Priddey RBSA - A striking selection of new watercolour landscapes in Nigel’s bold and distinctive style.Solo show


Robert Neil PRBSA - A selection of absorbing and strikingly lifelike portraits in oil by our current President. Solo show

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25 - 27 Jan STARLIGHT

Blast off into a galaxy far away with Startlight, an exhibition exploring the spectacle and wonders of outer space. From jewellery inspired by meteorites and shooting stars through to spaceage ceramics and ethereal glass, this exhibition offers an opportunity for stargazing right in the heart of Brum!


Each year, the RBSA awards prizes for innovation and creativity at Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery annual degree show. This year’s judges were Natalie Osborne, Learning and Engagement Manager and Felicia Guingouain, Gallery Coordinator & Lead Brand Designer. The three selected graduates, one winner and two runners-up, win the opportunity to display pieces from their graduate collection in the RBSA Craft Gallery. The judging process was certainly not easy this year; the quality of jewellery on show was outstanding, each piece made with care and precision. Zelikovska is this year’s winner. Abbie Owen-Thomas and Lisa Reason are the two runners-up. The RBSA is delighted to help champion the talent nurtured by the School of Jewellery and to support the next generation of jeweller

Demonstrations  AUGUST


@ 11.00am - 1.00pm - Watch Gabby at work as she turns selfportraits into detailed and symbolic creations Free, drop-in session, no need to book. To coincide with the Portrait Prize exhibition


@ 11.00am - 1.00pm, .2.00pm - 4.30pm. Discover how Margaret created her detailed embroideries of local urban scenes on display in the Metropolis exhibition. Free, drop-in session, no need to book. To coincide with the Metropolis exhibition


@ 11.00am - 1.00pm, .2.00pm - 4.30pm. Speak to Angela about the inspiration and processes behind her detailed paintings on display in the Metropolis exhibition. Free, drop-in session, no need to book. To coincide with the Metropolis exhibition

Trade Fairs



30 - 03 Oct INTERGEM 2017

This fair is internationally known for its exclusive range of gemstones and jewellery. Jewellers, goldsmiths and jewellery producers will be sure to find jewels at their best, with a vast variety ranging from gemstones to diamonds, pearls, jewellery and technology.

Auctions  AUGUST


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


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

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


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


@ 11:00 am - An auction of watches 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 Antiques, Silver & Collectables 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 - Sale of gemstones at Fellows Auctioneers


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

Live Entertainment  AUGUST On now - 12 THE SECRET GARDEN

As Mary explores the house and grounds she learns of a hidden garden, locked away for over a decade; and hears mysterious crying sounds echoing down the long, hollow corridors of the enormous house. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s timeless story has enchanted children and adults alike for over a century.


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.


Birmingham Promoters & Dork present: Husky Loops - London’s next gripping new rock band, a sound that’s hard to pin down, even harder to pigeonhole, described as having a ‘sleazy, hot-footed noise’.


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


Birmingham Promoters present: The Young - With strong musicianship, infectious melodies and energetic stage presence. Softer Still - “Stunning new single…Anchored by a twisting guitar riff, it’s a delightfully breezy and laid-back sunbathing anthem with an undeniably catchy melody” – NME. Bedelia - Off the back of debut release ‘Hong’ and a run of shows across the UK, Bedelia bring their politically driven carnival sound to Birmingham.Elliot sturman - Local singer/songwriter, whose sound draws its influence from his eclectic love of classic rock, country and indie folk.


Jo Harman launched her debut album, Dirt On My Tongue, in 2013 which led to her racking up more than a half-dozen nominations from the British Blues Awards, and the opportunity to share the same stage with icons like Patti Smith, Joan Baez & Sinead O’Connor. Successful tours & recording follows on to her current Nashville recorded album People We Become, featuring her popular single When We Were Young, featuring the Doobie Brothers’ Michael McDonald on harmony vocals.


Touring pretty much continuously since 1973, Dr Feelgood always give 100% of the finest British rhythm and blues to make you feel good. Performing such hits as including “Milk & Alcohol”, “Down at the Doctors” and “Roxette”. The Doctors will see you now!

18 & 19 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.


Birmingham Promoters present: Dirty Jane - One of Birmingham’s noisiest and most talked about new bands. The Kontours - Hard hitting three piece from Coventry. Vertigo Violet - playing punk-rooted, hardhitting, in-your-face songs.


New 10-piece funk band Circus VIII play the Jam House tonight with a line-up of some of the greatest players in the UK, including David D’Andrade of Odyssey & Winston Rollins of Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Live Music from Ben Drummond with a collection of tunes, including tracks from his recent EP, at 9pm followed by Circus VIII at 10pm


“When Will I See You Again” was a major hit record throughout the world, topping the chart in the U.S.A., the U.K., Japan and most European countries, for the wonderful, beautiful Three Degrees. .More than three decades on, the threesome have retained all of their major qualities - their beauty, their sparkling choreography and their precise vocal qualities. Today, the line-up consists of Valerie Holiday, Helen Scott and Freddie Pool. Starts from 8.30pm


‘Vibe with me, let my band be your candles and my melodies be your incense, let the fairy lights that decorate my stage be the stars in your night sky...’


Birmingham Promoters present: Callum Pickard & The Third Look -

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“Their worn down sound is reminiscent of bands like Real Estate at their most mellow…” – NME. Tehillah Henry - Singer-songwriter from Wolverhampton who is able to craft soulful songs on a multitude of instruments. Anthony Price - Blessed with a distinctive vocal, unassuming stage presence. Christie - Christie Reeves‘ catchy, ukulele – driven reggae-folk pop is the latest sound to come out of Birmingham


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.


Birmingham Promoters present: The Seagulls - The Seagulls release their forthcoming LP Blood Orange in August. Ember Weir - The band have been writing their most honest yet experimental songs yet. Jack Toop - Indie/folk artist with weight in his words.


Your favourite indoor pub Festival is back again this year…Join us for Live Music, Retro Gaming, Street Food, Stalls, Silent Disco, Fancy dress and more… all on Real Turf! This years line up includes… The Cracked Actors / Lobster / Pf Phillips & The Night Riders / The Mighty Young…More TBA… in aid of St Giles Hospice.


Discover great original music from some of the best local singer-songwriters. Join us for an exclusive night of acoustic music while also mingling with the musicians. Advanced tickets are £5, entry on the night is £7 located upstairs at the 1000 trades bar.


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. To be part of this regular feature at the Jam House, all musicians should contact the Jam House on 0121 200 3030

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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.


Birmingham Promoters present: The Jack Fletcher Band - Indie-rock four piece from Wolverhampton. The Clause - Birmingham 4 piece Indie rock band gathering influences from The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis and a variety of other artists. The Vinyl Reprisal - High-energy indie/rock band from the West Midlands, who released their debut EP Graffiti in May 2017.


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.


The Catapult Club presents Year Zero, ZERO WASTERS, The Rescue Blues, The Detached Collective, Upstream, at Actress and Bishop.


Abi Kelsey fronts this combo to create a mix of Jazzy Blues, with a dollop of good old Jazz Funk and a dash of Soul. Alongside Brian Neil(Guitar and vocals), Mick Hatton(Bass), and Steve Palmer (drums). An EP, “Abi K” was released early last year.


Abi Kelsey fronts this combo to create a mix of Jazzy Blues, with Hannah Johnson and the Broken Hearts seek to reveal the music that used to be called ‘Country’ in the impassioned era of Honky Tonk:. The material is a celebration of Honky Tonk, classic ‘old’ country, western swing, blues and standards with original songs written in these genres.

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Birmingham Jazz Presents: This year we are enlivening the AGM by booking the brilliant young band the CharCole Collective to play. So we will be keeping the AGM short and sweet and then handing over to Xhosa and the band for a special free gig. Come and enjoy! And there will be some buffet food too.

07 Funk & Soul Night Out presents ... TOM BROWNE

“Funkin’ for Jamaica (N.Y.)” is a floor-filler track par excellence. Released by Tom Browne in 1980, this tune regularly finds a place in every DJ set, every night, throughout the Western World! Tom Browne rose to prominence initially through his early work with Sonny Fortune, and in 1979, his debut album “Browne Sugar”, charted at No. 6 on the Jazz Albums Chart and his follow-up album, “Love Approach”, featured “Funkin’”, which hit top slot in the Billboard charts in it’s first week.


Birmingham Jazz Presents: Chris Laurence double bass, Martin France drums, John Parricelli guitar, Frank Ricotti vibraphone


Birmingham Promoters present: H. Hawkline - Welsh singer-songwriter releases new album I Romanticize via Heavenly Recordings, previously having played with the likes of Foxygen, Gwenno and long-time cohort Cate le Bon.

08 & 09 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.


“Music for Change” is a fundraising night by SIFA Fireside, a charity that provides services for homeless adults in Birmingham, and full of live performances from much of the musical talent of Birmingham & the West Midlands. The night will include performances by: Speak Brother, Abie Budgen, and Dan, the “Washboard Man”, Alex Vann Band, and The Dissenters.


“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. A must see!


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.

15 & 16 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.


Birmingham Promoters present: And Yet It Moves - have raw and simple ambitions: squarely to save music from mediocrity. Bad Girlfriend - Garage punk hailing from deep down in the belly of Birmingham. Curry Sauce - are a four-piece band hailing from the wilds of Digbeth, united in their mission to bring distortion and delay, destruction and despair to the ears of the masses.

Networking  AUGUST


@ 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!

@ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Our meetups are a fun, friendly and relaxed gathering for educators, techies, teachers, community leaders, hosts, volunteers and anyone else interested in finding out more about Code Club… you’re all very welcome! Whether you are new to or are already running or hosting a club then come along and say hello;


@ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. This is your invitation to a business briefing and lunch hosted by Aston University. This exclusive briefing for SMEs based in Birmingham and Solihull, the Black Country, Staffordshire and the Marches has only 12 places available.


@ 4.30-6.30pm. Come along to our informal networking event at 1000 Trades Neighbourhood Bar & Kitchen and chat with ambitious businesses like yours. A fabulous opportunity to make valuable connections. This is a fun, friendly and free event on the first Thursday of every month.

Training & Education  AUGUST

On now - 17 Aug Workshops at RBSA

Many one and 2 day courses available. Please see either or for more details

On now - 30 Aug INSPIRED BY NEWMAN BROTHERS – family workshops

@ 1.00pm - 3.00pm This August on Wednesdays we will be running a series of artist-led craft workshops for families, learning different skills including photography and printmaking.


@ 1.00pm - 3.00pm - Join artist Gilly Page to create your own bear mask inspired by The Big Sleuth! Drop in activity - £1.50 per child.

12 CRAZY NAME CALLIGRAPHY – summer family workshop

@11:30 am - 1:30 pm Join us for another fun, family workshop where children can experiment with feather quills, steel pens and ink and learn to write their names using swirly calligraphy techniques! The Workshop is aimed at ages 7-12. Cost is per child, accompanying adults are free of charge. Aimed at ages 7-12. Booking Essential £5.00


@11:00 am - 4:00 pm Join Manuscript Pen Company to celebrate the art of calligraphy and hand lettering. Hosting the event, the Pen Museum welcomes Manuscript and a whole host of world renowned creative artists to celebrate calligraphy and hand lettering trends. Explore the Pen Museum and learn about the many pen companies of Birmingham and the history starting from quills and dip pens to the modern day fountain pen.


@ 1.00pm - 3.00pm - Create your own bracelet inspired by Smith & Pepper jewellery using paper beads and wire! £1.50 per child – drop in activity.

19 CALLIGRAPHY COLLAGES – summer family workshop

11:30 am - 1:30 pm Make a steel pen nib using traditional machinery from 1800’s! Explore the museum and learn drawing and calligraphy techniques to create your own collage. After watching how steel pen nibs were made 150 years ago, follow an interactive tour around the museum looking at key artefacts. Aimed at ages 7-12. Booking Essential £5.00


@ 1.00pm - 3.00pm - Design and create your own pin badge using our magic machine. £1.50 per child – drop in activity.

26 A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORDS! – summer family workshop

11:30 am - 1:30 pm Come and learn about zoomorphic

calligraphy and calligrams to create your own quirky animal designs using steel pen nibs and ink. Make some simple line drawings of animals using a variety of pens and explore animals and patterns in artefacts around the museum. What is your favourite animal? Zebra, lion, elephant? The Workshop is aimed at ages 7-12. Cost is per child. Booking Essential £5.00


@ 1.00pm - 3.00pm - Design and create your own jewellery box in the this fun craft workshop. Drop in activity £1.50 per child.

 SEPTEMBER 02 I MADE IT: Girls With Power Tools

This one day ‘hands on’ workshop will explore a variety of construction techniques using easily available tools, materials and processes accessible by beginners. Introducing you to a range of hand and power tools this workshop is designed to empower you giving you the confidence to undertake simple DIY tasks in your own home.


@ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. This one-day taster course will cover the basics of writing with a flexible pointed nib in the Copperplate style. The course is designed for anyone who would like to write in Copperplate, from complete beginners to those with some experience.


The workshop will offer a sound understanding of hallmarking and a glimpse into and overview of the jewellery industry through the eyes of the long established Assay Office Birmingham. It provides a unique opportunity to handle loose gemstones and standard gem equipment which delegates may have learned about but never had the opportunity to use in real life. £135 per delegate + vat


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

Tours, Walks & Talks  AUGUST


Cemetery Tours are the second Sunday in the month, January to November. None in December. Tours of Warstone Lane Cemetery start at 12 Noon (meet at Pitsford Street entrance). Tours of Key Hill Cemetery start at 2pm (meet at Icknield Street entrance by pillar gates). Price: £3.00 per person PER Cemetery. £5.00 per couple per cemetery. Children under 16 Free. Free to paid members of –The Friends of Key Hill & Warstone Lane Cemeteries Group. Private Tours for groups and societies


1:30 pm - 2:30pm A rare opportunity to visit the new Assay Office, to appreciate key items from their Private Collections under the expert guidance of curator Craig O ‘Donnell, who will deliver a brief introductory talk.


1:30 pm - 3:30pm 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.

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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.

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Planning Applications and Decisions for the Jewellery Quarter.

Tyre site) Hockley Birmingham B18 6LJ. Hybrid planning application for full permission of demolition of all existing buildings and structures and erection of a residential-led mixed use development providing 488 apartments, 6 townhouses, commercial (B1a), workshop (B1b & c), retail (A1, A2, A3, A4), 165 car parking spaces, a new entrance to the Jewellery Quarter train station and associated works (eg landscaping and new entrance onto Pitsford Street) and outline permission for a hotel of up to 42 beds. 04-07-2017 2017/05913/PA 48-52 Vittoria Street Birmingham B1 3PE. Listed Building Consent for extension to rear wind behind 48-52 Vittoria Street in association with change of use to an apartment. 03-072017

2017/06764/PA 36 Tenby Street Birmingham B1 3EE. Listed Building Consent for internal and external alteration in association with change of use and conversion of existing commercial premises (Use Class B2) to form two live/work units (Use Classes C3 and B1). 31-07-2017

2017/05829/PA 48-52 Vittoria Street Birmingham B1 3PE. Conversion of 48-52 Vittoria Street to 4 apartments with addition of mansard roof to rear and conversion of rear wing to rear of 48-52 Vittoria Street into an additional apartment with rear extension and associated works. 03-07-2017

2017/06617/PA 10 Sovereign Court Graham Street Birmingham B1 3JR. Prior Approval for change of use from offices (Use Class B1[a]) to 1 residential unit (Use Class C3). 25-07-2017

2017/05753/PA Caroline Point 62 Caroline Street Birmingham B3 1UF. Change of use from business (Use Class B1) to non-residential institutions (Use Class D1). 29-06-2017

2017/06388/PA Delta Pi 60 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HS. Change of use from retail (Use Class A1) to fitness and martial arts centre (Use Class D2) 19-07-2017 2017/06386/PA Beaufort House 94-96 Newhall Street Birmingham B3 1PB. Demolition of the existing rooftop caretaker’s flat and construction of a two storey extension for 14 additional residential units (Use Class C3) 19-07-2017 2017/06226/PA 74 Great Hampton Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6QA. Demolition of existing building and erection of a five storey residential development. (Resubmission of 2016/04011/PA) 13-072017 2017/06193/PA 36 Tenby Street Birmingham B1 3EE. Change of use and conversion of existing commercial premises (Use class B2) to form two live/work units (Use classes C3 and B1) 11-07-2017 2017/06003/PA 12/13 Frederick Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3HE. Installation of new internal walls, demolition of an internal wall and installation of new internal fittings. 05-07-2017

Awaiting Decision 2017/05776/PA 51 Vittoria Street Birmingham B1 3NU. Listed Building Consent for the change of use of first and second vacant floors (Use Sui Generis) to create 2 no. residential self contained flats (Use class C3), internal works and installation of replacement windows. 27-06-2017 2017/05688/PA 51 Vittoria Street Birmingham B1 3NU. Change of use of first and second vacant floors (Use Sui Generis) to create 2 no. residential self contained flats (Use class C3) and installation of replacement windows. 27-06-2017 2017/05516/PA 16-17 Lionel Street Birmingham B3 1AQ. Minor material amendment attached to approval 2016/05706/ PA to remove brick slips from rear elevation in lieu of cleaning existing brickwork and rendering to rear elevation at lower ground floor. 20-06-2017 2017/05421/PA 50 Hylton Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6HN. Reconstruction of fire damaged building to provide three residential apartments. 14-06-2017

2017/05887/PA Suite 2b 50-53 Carver Street Birmingham B1 3AS. Non Material Amendment to approval 2013/02682/PA for alterations to dormer roof and cladding materials. 04-07-2017

2017/04573/PA Land fronting Pemberton Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6NY. Erection of eight dwellinghouses with associated amenity space and parking. 23-05-2017

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Pitsford Street Ladywood Birmingham B18 6LJ. Change of use from light industrial business (Use class B1) to gym (Use class D2). 16-05-201 2017/04376/PA Victoria Mansions 32-35 Hall Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6BS. Listed Building Consent for internal and external alterations including demolition of the rear lean-to, replacement windows and a new shop front to facilitate the re-use of the building for commercial and residential use. 15-05-2017 2017/04248/PA Victoria Mansions 32-35 Hall Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6BS. Change of use of part of the basement/ ground floor to 6 commercial units (Use Class B1a) and the upper floors to 6 residential flats (Use Class C3) with associated internal and external alterations including a new shop front. 15-05-2017 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 2017/00887/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. 03-01-2017

New Decisions 2017/04901/PA Ramgharia Sikh Temple Graham Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3LA. Retrospective application for installation of photo voltaic roof panels. Final Decision - Approve 2017/04836/PA The Jam House 3-5 St Pauls Square Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1QU. Listed Building Consent for installation of roller shutter, wall and door to enclose rear elevation, insertion of internal partitions to create storage and toilet facilities at ground floor and other internal alterations. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions 2017/04696/PA 16 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HE. Erection of external staircase to rear. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2017/04832/PA 16 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HE. Listed Building Consent for the erection of external staircase

to rear and internal alterations. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2017/04691/PA 12-13 Hockley Hill Birmingham B18 5AA. Retrospective application for the installation of a new shop front with additional new entrance door. Final Decision - Approve 2017/04690/PA The Jam House 3-5 St Pauls Square Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1QU. Installation of roller shutter, wall and door to enclose rear elevation and create storage and toilet facilities at ground floor level. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions 2017/03779/PA 29-32 Mary Street Ladywood Birmingham B3 1UD. Listed Building Consent for erection of two storey rear extension and internal alterations. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 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. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 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). Final Decision Invalid - Prior Approval Criteria Not Met 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. 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!


BIRTHDAY GEMS LORE & MYTHS - A QUICK GUIDE: This publication started as an idea for a regular feature in the local magazine for Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, the Hockley Flyer. During the 12 months the series ran, we noticed more people using social media to mention the Birthstones, and when carrying out our research found that most of the books and publications, and even web sites, either had nowhere near enough information, or was very technical, fascinating though it was. We considered, therefore, that there was a gap in the market for a brief guide which would be extremely useful and we hope that you will find this booklet as much fun to read as we had in putting it together. 20 Page A5 Booklet It costs £2.50 + £0.91 Post & Packing. THE CHAMBERLAIN CLOCK A 20 page A5 booklet we did as a souvenir of The ‘Chamberlain Clock’ which has become an established landmark within the City, this publication was to mark the centenary of such a well known symbol of the heritage and culture of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. This was back in 2002 when it was first published. 20 photos are published including the clocks restoration. It costs £1.50 + £0.91 Post & Packing.

THE JEWELLERY QUARTER History and Guide 2nd Edition: has over 150 photographs, many of which are unique, and has 148 pages packed with the history of the Jewellery Quarter, and makes an ideal gift for anyone who has memories of the Jewellery Quarter, or for those keen on the development of the area. It costs £5.95 + £1.37 Post & Packing. THE BIRMINGHAM JEWELLERY QUARTER: AN INTRODUCTION AND GUIDE: By John Cattell, Bob Hawkins The first section explains the evolution of the Quarter and acts as an introduction to its characteristic buildings, the people who work there, and their products. The second section provides a walking tour of the Quarter, highlighting some of the most significant buildings, which readers can use to explore the area. It costs £3.00 + £1.37 Post & Packing.

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FULL-TIME Jobber/Mounter. Krypton Jewellers Ltd has been trading for 30 years and are looking to expand our company even further. We currently have an opportunity for an experienced Jobber/Mounter. Skills & Requirements: We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic jobber/mounter with excellent assembly and repair skills. The role involves a variety of jewellery repairs and mounting. Applications: To apply, please email covering letter and CV to or call Dave Attwood on 07792 316146. Closing Date 30th September 2017 www. 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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