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February 2021

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The 'Near Normal Vision' According to the 'experts' we are now nearing the 'near normal' phase of the Pandemic - whatever that is? Does it mean we will return to consultation with the community BEFORE introducing schemes which will affect their lives - such as location of cycle lanes, the blocking off of parts of streets and encouraging people to sit out in the roadway, - some of which have led to the loss of on street parking and important loading bays? However, it would be great to see all our retail shops, trade suppliers, restaurants, public houses, wonderful museums, and galleries open again - and that the many volunteer workers will also return to help support us. Very Normal Early February is usually the time for the Spring Fair but of course due to the pandemic the 'live' Fair was cancelled. No-one told the weather and for what would have been the main days of the show we had bitterly cold weather and snow, showing some things are the 'Old Norm'! Snowdrops & Snowflakes How lovely to see snowdrops being planted in the cemeteries most readers will remember our unsuccessful attempt to get the Crimean Memorial Gardens at Sandpits tidied and our story of how snowdrops first came to the UK. - would love some snowdrops planted there and the memorial plaque replaced - former one was stolen. Good News The birds of prey which were nesting in the PO Tower now have become a 'family' and are busy ridding the area of the gulls which have been such a nuisance over the past few years. Marie Haddleton Editor

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- A very colourful and attractive booklet has been published by YBA Publications. Although only 20 pages it is packed with information about Birthstones. Its origins are with The Hockley Flyer where for 12 issues we ran the corresponding month’s Birthstone and their Myths and Legends. Gemstones are fascinating in more ways, we all know diamond is the hardest known natural stone, but what about the oldest diamond? Scientists have found Zircons date back as far as 4.375 billion years, and considering the planet is 4.54 billion years old, they have survived countless trips down rivers, heating, squeezing and tectonic plate rides buried deep in the Earth’s crust and back to the surface. 20 Page A5 Booklet - VERY HANDY FOR JEWELLERY RETAILERS

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St Paul's Church Closed for Now - But Work Carries on with Maintenance and Zoom Services It is with great regret that St Paul’s church is closed for the time being due to present Coronavirus government lock-down restrictions. The church had previously been open Mondays and Thursdays for three hours, adhering to the Church of England guidance but very few people were coming into the building, and, in solidarity with most of the churches in the diocese and the cathedral, we decided to close entirely to reinforce the basic message that people should ‘stay at home’ If anyone wishes to come to the church to pray, I would be pleased to open up for them. They only have to email me at this address: Despite the lock-down, necessary maintenance work continues - the trees nearest the church on the north side have been coppiced and there is some remedial work being carried out to the electrics in March. We are also replacing two of the notice boards on the church and intend to replace the notice board at the top of the grounds.

being. We are looking to open at the earliest possible opportunity, and, as soon as there is notification of a definite timescale for an easing of lock-down - and the signs are looking good at present - I’ll meet with the wardens straightaway to deliberate on when we might re-open’. The Rev’d David Tomlinson Vicar of St Paul’s in the JQ

Further Information: Weddings - All couples who were to marry during the first six months of 2021 have postponed their weddings. Baptisms - A baptism enquiry would certainly be considered. Funerals - The church would open for a funeral.

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In the meantime, we are holding our Sunday Service at 10.30 am on zoom. Anyone can book their place by emailing Everyone is also warmly invited to our weekly Bible Study on zoom at 2 pm on Sunday: anyone interested simply needs to contact I know that this is far from ideal but be assured that we made the decision to close, having sought advice and weighed the possible consequences of remaining open, and of closing. With the number of cases, hospitalisations, and deaths rising, we decided, with a heavy heart, to close for the time


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The Covid Star People’s medal is the work of British public artist Harry Gray, creator of the Battle of Britain Monument, to honour every NHS and Care Worker in the UK for their frontline service throughout the Covid 19 pandemic. An original artwork, this ‘not for profit’ project is a ‘People’s Medal’ and not a proposal for a formal honour. The idea is to create a lasting way for the nation to thank frontline workers, something that can be cherished, proudly worn in daily life, and kept as an heirloom long after the nation’s doorstep applause has ended. The Covid Star is not for sale individually. Instead, it is hoped that is will be commissioned by Public and/ or Private funding and awarded on our behalf to all the NHS staff and Care Workers who have worked so tirelessly to keep us safe. It has a dual benefit because being designed and made in the UK it will help our specialist firms through financial difficulties caused by the pandemic and also ensure traditional skills in Jewellery are passed on to a new generation of apprentices. The story behind the Covid Star People’s Medal: Harry was treated in hospital in

March 2020, just before the first national lockdown. Despite receiving excellent care, he could already see the strain on NHS staff. While on the wards, Harry often heard the phrase ‘they deserve a medal’ directed to staff so he decided to design one. The shape of the Covid Star is the Maltese Cross, a familiar and ancient motif used by many including St John’s Ambulance and the Nightingale Badge of St Thomas’s. By using this classic form, he has linked the Covid Star with the Nations historic symbols for rewarding and celebrating care. Yet Harry’s is also a very contemporary design for at its centre is a subtle reference to the Covid-19 molecule. This centre - a scalloped rim to represent the spiked surface of the virus which is now being successfully targeted by lifesaving vaccines. The C is for both the NHS and the Care Workers who have cared for us during the Covid pandemic. The Covid Stars are handmade using genuine glass enamel which, unlike resin, gives amazing depth of colour and a durability to ensure the Covid Star lasts long enough to be treasured for generations. Harry consulted NHS


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nurses and Care Workers in the creation of his design. NHS staff nurses at the Rowans Hospice, near Portsmouth, who were caring for Harry’s father said they preferred the idea of a smaller, pin-badge size, rather than a larger medal “that would just stay in drawer at home.” As a result, Harry changed the design to the Covid Star to be a wearable size. The response of NHS staff and Carers has been overwhelming; they absolutely love the Covid Star. ​ Harry Gray approached a UK company at the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter to make prototypes of his design. The company, called Fattorini, was established in 1827 and is famous for making prestigious Nurses and Doctors badges. Tom Fattorini stated “Before Covid we had plans to expand our apprentice programme to 2 or 3 more additional places. This has now been put on pause until the situation becomes clearer. Our current apprentice enameller is on furlough due to Covid.” A large order of the Covid Stars would be shared out to several firms in the Jewellery Quarter and help to create new apprenticeships.


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THE JEWELLERY QUARTER HISTORY AND GUIDE On sale direct from YBA. Order soon as limited supplies remain. 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. Note published over 20 years ago so some of the content is now outdated! It costs £7.50 inc Post & Packing.

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The Birmingham Assay Office is delighted to announce it has raised and donated £5000 to University Hospitals Birmingham Charity to support NHS heroes across Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals who are working tirelessly to care for patients during this critical time of need. In July 2020, the Birmingham Assay Office launched a special Rainbow Logo mark which could be applied to jewellery as an optional mark alongside the hallmark and date letter for 2020. Jewellery retailers, Hobbyists, Jewellery Manufacturers and members of the public supported the

BAJ Launches Online Masterclasses Series The British Academy of Jewellery is pleased to announce the launch of the latest series of its enriching online Masterclasses, available to BAJ students. Conceived to complement the world-class jewellery education offered by BAJ, the sessions are open to all BAJ students for free. Masterclasses will be delivered via Zoom and will address a wide variety of topics, ranging from live demonstrations to lectures and proRead online:

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campaign by applying the Rainbow logo to jewellery and watches during 2020. The logo cost £1 to apply and for

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fessional advice sessions fostering essential business skills. Each Masterclass will be led by an industry expert, who will share their invaluable knowhow with BAJ students, allowing them to explore new horizons and diversify their skillset and experiences. BAJ’s Masterclasses speakers are all at high levels in their field and include Liz Oliver from bespoke jewellery brand Vashi, Kimjoux founder Trang Do, British Vogue’s Carol Woolton, and world-renowned jewellery designers Theo Fennell and Bobby White. “Our Masterclasses are a wonderful way for BAJ students to become more well-rounded jewellers by learning new skills from top industry

professionals,” said Kate Rieppel, Head of Academy at BAJ. “In 2021, talks and workshops will be given by a diverse range of speakers, who will encourage our students to explore different aspects of our multi-faceted and fast-changing industry”. The 2021 Masterclasses programme kicked off with a jewellery photography class led by GEM Kreatives co-founder Julia Flit, who shared her tips on lighting, composition and editing with BAJ students. Flit is a London-based jewellery and fashion photographer whose recent shoots include advertising campaigns for Garrard and Silvia Furmanovich, and jewellery editorials for Vogue and Bergdorf Goodman. The next Masterclass will be led by Trang Do, who will discuss the different career paths open to students when getting started in the jewellery industry and offer valuable advice for starting a business. And in February, students can look forward to a conversation with Carol Woolton and Theo Fennell, who will jointly lead a session focused on tips for building a unique brand, presented from a PR perspective. BAJ’s Masterclasses run from January 2021 onwards. February 2021

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MADE in the Midlands Recruitment Manufacturing membership association and tech platform Made in Group which includes Made in the Midlands and Made in Yorkshire is expanding its operation after relocating to a new city centre office in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. The move will double the floor space and create several new jobs, including membership, recruitment, and Artificial intelligence. The new office covers 1,400 sq. ft in George Street and is a short walk from St Paul’s Square, the last remaining Georgian Square in Birmingham. Made in the Midlands was previously based at Birmingham Science Park. Commenting on the expansion,

Jason Pitt, CEO said, “Throughout the pandemic we have invested heavily in our tech platform, developing new products and we wanted to complete this investment with a new facility. Whilst the pandemic has created uncertainty, our approach has been to look beyond this timeframe. Our heavy investment at a time when similar firms have battened down the hatch has given us a unique head start as we emerge from the current crisis.” The leasehold acquisition was completed with the help of Maguire Jackson estate agents and Prosperity Group. Jason added, “This is an ideal base as we continue on our next phase of growth and building on our reputation in the Midlands.”

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Our Future City Plan Public Consultation Launch Businesses and communities across Birmingham are being called upon to help shape a bold new future for their city which has been launched today (26 January 2021). Our Future City Plan: Central Birmingham 2040 ‘Shaping Our City Together’, was launched at a virtual event hosted by Estates Gazette,

OBITUARY Colin Meager A well-known chartered accountant, who for ten years was financial director of Birmingham Press Club, has died aged 71. Colin Meager (pictured) passed away at his home in Sutton Coldfield, with his family at his bedside, after Read online:

kickstarting the conversation on the future development of Central Birmingham over the next 20 years. The ambitious strategy focuses on creating people-centred environments, opportunities for growth in emerging green industries, improving health and wellbeing through access to green spaces and making cycling and walking easier, safer and attractive. A key aim of these proposals for the Central Birmingham area is to strengthen the links with the city centre and its integration with surrounding inner city suburbs such as Aston, Nechells, Balsall Heath, Small losing a battle with cancer. John Lamb, Press & PR Director at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce who was chairman of Birmingham Press Club during Colin’s tenure as financial director, said: “As owner and founder of his own Jewellery Quarter-based accountancy practice, Colin had been providing specialist advice and strategic support to businesses for over 25 years: But he also found time to devote himself to the financial affairs of the Press Club and helped steer it through some very difficult times in the 1990s when finances were precarious.” Colin, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, trained and qualified with Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young), working both in the UK and overseas before opening his own practice in 1983, specialising in looking after the affairs of small and medium sized businesses. He was also actively involved in the management of Integra International, an interna-

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Heath, and Sparkbrook. Public consultation on the proposed vision and strategy, which will be used to help inform the Our Future City Plan: Central Birmingham 2040 Draft Framework, due to be released in the autumn. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside wider environmental, societal and economic challenges has prompted the launch of this project, which will eventually replace the Big City Plan, the existing city centre masterplan launched in 2010. Full details of the Our Future City Plan: Central Birmingham 2040 Shaping our City Together public consultation can be found on the Our Future City Plan webpage and Birmingham BeHeard. Details of virtual events and activities that will be taking place as part of this consultation will be added in due course. Public consultation began on 26 January)and runs until 26 March 2021. Feedback received will go on to inform the OFCP Central Birmingham 2040 Draft Framework to be released in autumn 2021 for further consultation. tional association of independent accounting practices. For many years, Colin had been a sponsor of the Birmingham Gems Calendar, which this year is suppor ting Birmingham Museums, QE Hospital, and the Lord Mayor’s Charity. A keen outdoor enthusiast with a love of sailing, walking, and cycling, Colin was also an avid fan of Nottingham Forest FC. Colin’s son James said: “My father thoroughly enjoyed being part of Birmingham’s business community and took great pride in being a director of the Press Club for ten years.” The funeral took place on 11 February but because of the current Covid restrictions attendance was by invitation only. Any donations to John Taylor Hospice may be made via colinmeager Colin is survived by his widow Lis, son James and partner Charlotte and sister Judy.

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Work Begins on Steelhouse Lane Police Museum An exciting development in the transformation of Birmingham’s Victorian Lock-Up on Steelhouse Lane into a home for the region’s policing heritage happened this week with the appointment of a building company to complete the capital works. Trios has extensive building project experience and has been awarded a contract worth just over £1.2 million to make physical changes to the building to help transform it into a museum for the public. Trios will: • Replace the roof which is currently in poor condition and needs extensive work to make it weathertight and to meet modern fire safety requirements. • Create two new stairwells and an accessible lift to improve access to and around the building. • Remove modern additions such as partitions and a stairwell, and reinstate iron railings and balustrades to revert back to the original heritage features. • Refresh the mechanical and electrical facilities to make sure


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they are efficient and fit for purpose with the changing role of the building. Trios will also look, where possible, to appoint local suppliers and employ local apprentices to help complete the work. A large part of the money for the project comes from a £1m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Once the building work is complete, work will then start on the historical displays. These displays will tell stories of prisoners and staff, including the real ‘peaky blinders’ who were incarcerated in the building and how the original ‘Lock-Up matrons’ from 1895 formed some of the very first ‘women in policing.’ It’s not all history however, there will also be space for the latest police messages and the museum team will use engagement opportunities to discuss current themes. The museum will create new jobs for full and part-time staff as well as volunteering opportunities for local people. Heritage Manager Corrine Brazier said: “We will make sure conservation and heritage is at the forefront of this building work. Trios are qualified and experienced professionals who will work towards the long term preservation of the Steelhouse Lane Lock-Up. Preserving the physical

heritage of the building is equally as important as showcasing items from the museum collection." David Jamieson, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner said: “The museum at Steelhouse Lane is an exciting development funded by a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant. It will tell the history of policing in our region in an interactive way to appeal to all of our communities. It is a fantastic space, with the old Victorian Lock-Up and this critical new work will help this become a reality. The museum will be an excellent educational tool as well for children, schools and students. The funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund has made this exciting project possible. It is testament to the importance and impact that policing has had in the West Midlands." Visit the Heritage Project section on our website to see more designs for the museum fit-out and view our interpretation plan.

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A major scheme to install an eco-garden at one of Birmingham’s busiest inner-city stations has been given the go-ahead thanks to a community grant from West Midlands Railway (WMR).

Jewellery Quarter station, which welcomed over half a million passengers during 2020 will have a ‘green makeover’ thanks to community volunteers working with the area’s Business Improvement District (BID). The £66,000 scheme, entitled “Greening a Grey Station”, will see ‘living walls’ of plants and shrubs installed at the station to


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enhance the environment for passengers and residents. The walls have been designed by lead station adopter and local garden designer Gaynor Steele. The project will also involve training opportunities for community members who want to develop their own urban gardening projects. This project was selected by WMR as part of its inaugural Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF), with funding provided by the Department for Transport. The Jewellery Quarter scheme is designed to show how an urban railway station can tackle pollution with careful planting schemes, wildflowers and vertical systems to improve biodiversity and improve local air quality. The project includes edible planting, rainwater collection, art panels and the creation of green areas to soften the landscape and provide spaces for passengers to relax and learn about the Jewellery Quarter. Steve Lovell, from the Jewellery Quarter BID, said: “This project is central to our plans in improving the aesthetic of the Jewellery Quarter and increasing the amount of green spaces. By turning the station into an eco-garden, we’re not only helping to improve the environment, we’re also creating an inviting entry point into the Jewellery Quarter that will increase footfall for our independent businesses. We can’t wait to get started.”

Cleaner Streets Boost O n g o i n g e f fo r t s t o i m p r ove Birmingham’s neighbourhoods have been bolstered by a deal that has seen the city council start to take delivery of 31 new street sweeping vehicles. The vehicles will be deployed across the city and they replace ageing machines that had reached the end of their operational lives. The roll-out to the city’s four waste depots is due to be complete by the end of March and the vehicles are replacements as part of an ongoing lease deal. Part of a wider modernisation proRead online:

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gramme, the street sweepers join 76 new refuse collection vehicles that started to be delivered to the

council’s depots in January through a further £11million investment in street scene services. February 2021

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Birmingham Museums on Demand Launch Birmingham Museums has launched Birmingham Museums on Demand, a brand-new digital service making the fascinating stories behind Birmingham’s collections available online to watch anytime, anywhere in the world. While the nation remains in lockdown Birmingham Museums on Demand will allow visitors to not

only enjoy fascinating content from the comfort of their own homes it will also help support the future of Birmingham Museums Trust. From intriguing treasure finds to the stories behind the Pre-Raphaelite collections, captivating closer inspections of paintings to the hidden histories of buildings, Birmingham Museum’s experts will share their insights and stories through exclusive digital content. Birmingham Museums on Demand starts in February with a programme featuring Love, Betrayal, Poison and Death – Part One which takes a look

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‘Snowdrops are one of the first signs of hope that Spring is around the corner and are an important source of nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators when other food is hard to find, so we want lots of them in the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries. We ordered 500 Snowdrops ‘in the green’ for planting in February, but they arrived a little bit early! Thanks


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it again next week?” which is high praise indeed! With all their help we have got 250 new plants in Key Hill Cemetery and 250 in Warstone Lane Cemetery, and if you visit now, they are already blooming but you will have to look carefully to spot these delicate white flowers. Snowdrops are perennials and grow into a cluster with lots of ‘daughter’ plants from the original bulb so next year, and every year after that, we’ll have an even more impressive display to remind us that warm sunny days are coming soon!’

JQ Academy children planting snowdrops.

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at how artists have been inspired for centuries by powerful stories and strong emotions, and The Bredon Hills Roman Coin Hoard which tells the amazing story of 3000 silver coins that were discovered near an Iron Age hillfort. Two additional talks: Work by Ford Madox Brown will take a closer look at this painting of Victorian England and The Ice House at Aston Hall will reveal its history, purpose, and use. Viewers can purchase a onemonth Birmingham Museums on Demand pass costing £20. Each month a new package of four exclusive talks and lectures created by Birmingham Museums will be released. Both Members and Patrons of Birmingham Museums receive a discount of 25%. All proceeds go towards supporting Birmingham Museums Trust, helping to conserve its historic sites and world class collections.

to an urgent appeal on social media, we found lots of willing volunteers to help us, including local residents, members of the Jewellery Quarter Heritage Squad and an army of Key Worker kids from Jewellery Quarter Academy who came down with their teachers. Despite some delays due to inconveniently timed snow and all the Covid safety measures for socially distanced volunteering, everyone who came said that it was really nice to be outside doing something positive. One of the children said, “This is really relaxing, can we do

The Snowdrop Story: By Marie Haddleton

At the last bitter battle of the Crimean War, survivors discovered small white flowers growing amongst the blood and gore - gathering some of these up, they brought back lots of the bulbs to the UK where they had never been grown previously and these soon became a firm favourite with gardeners. We have our own Cr imean Memorial Gardens at Summerhill Crescent, where two canons once stood. twitter @hockleyflyer


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BCC Clean Air Zone Webinars Birmingham City Council has launched a series of webinars to help residents, city centre workers and businesses prepare for the Clean Air Zone, which launches on 1 June 2021. The zone will cover an area of the city inside the A4540 Middleway and will help to improve air quality. From 1 June 2021 the owners of the most polluting vehicles will need to pay a daily charge to enter the zone. The council’s modelling suggests approximately a quarter of vehicles entering will need to pay the charge so is encouraging everyone to prepare for the Clean Air Zone by checking the online vehicle checker as soon as possible at check-clean-air-zone-charge. As part of its preparation for the launch of the Clean Air Zone the council is also introducing a series of webinars so that residents, city centre workers and businesses can find out about the zone, how it operates and the support that is available. Cllr Waseem Zaffar, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “There are less than four months to go until Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone goes live on 1 June. There are still a lot of myths, misunderstandings, and confusion in circulation. These webinars will provide people with an opportunity to separate fact from ficRead online:

tion by hearing directly from the team responsible for the zone’s delivery. The residents’ webinars will take place on 9 February at 7pm and repeated on 23 February at 9:30am; The workers’ webinars will be held on 16 February at midday and repeated on 23 February at 7pm; For those interested in the generic overview, these webinars will take place on 11 February at midday and 18 February at 7pm; Monthly webinars are still available for businesses, with the next one taking place on 17 February at 9am.

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£5,000 Grant for Taxis

Birmingham City Council has announced a new £5,000 grant for Birmingham-licensed hackney carriage drivers. The grant is part of the £15m grants package which is being used to support Birmingham’s hackney carriage and private hire community to prepare for the launch of the Clean Air Zone on 1 June 2021. Birmingham-licensed hackney carriage drivers can now apply for £5,000 towards the cost of a Euro 4 petrol or Euro 6 diesel taxi (or better), except those eligible for the government’s plug-in grant, which includes vehicles dating back to approximately 2005 and late 2015, respectively. The Government’s vehicle checker tool can be used to find

out if a vehicle will be subject to the daily charge. Cllr Waseem Zaffar, the council’s cabinet member for transport and the environment, said: “We recognise that like so many, it has been a difficult year for our hackney carriage drivers, and we know that they want to be part of the journey to creating a clean air city. This new grant will provide them with more options to upgrade or replace vehicles that would otherwise be subject to the daily charge.” In March 2019, the Government provided Birmingham City Council with a total of £7.75 million of funding to deliver the hackney carriage support grants, including the £2.5 million retrofit fund which will be used to support this new grant option. The council also received £9 million of funding for private hire drivers to apply for grants to upgrade to Euro 4 petrol/ Euro 6 diesel, a ULEZ or hybrid vehicle. To be eligible for the grant, hackney carriage drivers must have been licensed by Birmingham City Council since 10 September 2018 and be the registered owner/ keeper of a noncompliant vehicle. Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone will go live on 1 June 2021 and will charge the most high-polluting vehicles to drive within the A4540 Middleway (but not the Middleway itself). Cars, taxis and LGVs (vans) will be charged £8 a day whilst coaches and HGVs will be charged £50 a day. February 2021

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Stay Vigilant Despite Vaccine Roll-out WM council leaders warned people not to drop their guard as the Covid19 vaccine programme continues across the region. Case rates remain high in the West Midlands and hospitals are under huge pressure, with the latest official figures showing that almost 40,000 people are currently in hospital with coronavirus across the UK. The vaccine roll-out is one cause for optimism but echoing the fears from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), the leaders of Bir mingham, Coventr y, Sandwell, Solihull, Dudley, Walsall, and Wolverhampton councils have urged people to stick to the rules around social distancing, hygiene, and testing. Leader of BCC Cllr Ian Ward said: “The rates are still high; people are losing loved ones and our hospitals are still struggling to cope. If we relax now, it will have disastrous consequences. So, as more people are being called for vaccination, it is crucial that we all continue to do everything we can to keep the people we love safe. Do not be tempted to bend the rules and continue to follow the rules on social distancing, hand washing and the wearing of face coverings.” “Testing continues to be particularly important and I would urge all busi-


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nesses - where staff are unable to work from home - to enable regular lateral flow testing every 3-4 days, working with us to establish testing facilities or by allowing staff to attend testing appointments during the working day: And if you have symptoms get tested. The vaccination rollout has given everyone hope that we can finally bring this pandemic to an end, but we are not out of the woods yet - far from it. So, we can’t afford to drop our guard.”

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T JQ Townscape Heritage @ JQTHproject - Work has started on 51-53 #VittoriaStreetJQ! Traditional materials will be used by @ messengerbcr to repair the exterior, restoring original architectural details and making the building wind and watertight. Part of #JQTHgrants, funded by @HeritageFund, supported by @JQBID T Brum City Centre Police @ BrumCityWMP - City Centre Team 6 have issued the first C.P.W warning to a prolific #graffiti offender. This includes curfew conditions for the City @ RetailBID and Jewellery Quarter. His tags have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a number of buildings within our city. twitter @hockleyflyer


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of the month. Our pick of recent property projects in the Jewellery Quarter.


Argent Centre Restoration The restoration works at the Grade II* listed Argent Centre on Frederick Street have now been revealed after a year long project. Built in 1862 as a pen factory for Mr W E Wiley (link to buildings history page), the building is now owned by Midlands Industrial Association Ltd who took on the building in 1984 and developed it to provide managed workspace for a diverse number of businesses as part of their ongoing economic regeneration work. The building is also home to the Pen Museum which is dedicated to honouring and celebrating Birmingham’s 19th Century steel pen trade. In 2020, a restoration scheme was undertaken, led by the owners and grant aided by the JQ Townscape Heritage programme, a National Lottery Heritage Fund scheme. Local firm Oliver Architecture and contractors Midland Conservation Ltd delivered a thorough renovation of this landmark building alongside other Midlands based conservation crafts people including Jewellery Quarterbased Nick Bayliss (Architectural Glass) Ltd who repaired the windows on the property. Specialist conservation works included repairs of the stone and brick work. In addition to the restoration of the frontages on Frederick Street and Legge Lane, works were undertaken to ensure the building was made wind and watertight with comprehensive repairs carried out to the roof and extensive repointing. This will help keep the building in a good condition for many more years. The most notable change is the reinstatement of two corner turrets, (link to blog post) based upon the original design for the building, with a new stainless-steel finial at the apex, based on an 1863 image of the building. The turrets will be lit at night which will further showcase the expert design and craftmanship that went into not only the original design and construction but also this recent restoration. The architects and conservation


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builders will be discussing the restoration project during an upcoming talk ‘The Argent Centre Revealed’ on 17th February at 6pm. The event will be hosted online, and free tickets can be booked via the JQ Townscape Heritage website. (include link to event). The project has been captured throughout by Birminghambased filmmakers Blue Monday who are producing a film, due to be released in the next few weeks. The film will include time-lapse footage which captures the construction of the corner turrets, and drone imagery taken at different stages of the project showing the building and surrounding area from a unique birds-eye view. Midlands Industrial Association Ltd said “we’re committed to the conservation of our buildings and we believe this project to be a shining example of what can be achieved. MIA are delighted with this phase of our work to develop this iconic Jewellery Quarter building into a space that businesses can feel proud to operate from. This significant investment in the building will safeguard it for years to come.” Luke Crane, Executive Director of the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT) is excited to see the completion of the Jewellery Quarter Townscape Heritage’s first project.

“The investment from the owners and the JQTH programme has had a significant impact on improving this key gateway building into the Jewellery Quarter’s Industrial Middle. The scheme not only benefits the businesses operating from the Argent Centre, but it also makes a significant improvement to the streetscape and preserves and enhances the quality of the Jewellery Quarter’s historic buildings, which are an intrinsic part of the area and help make it such an attractive place for businesses, residents, and visitors. The JQ Townscape Heritage Project is a four-year programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The programme is supported by JQBID, with additional funding from Birmingham City Council, Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP and Historic England. It aims to regenerate an area within the Jewellery Quarter through the repair and restoration of the historic environment and to deliver a programme of engaging events and activities for all.

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Demolition Along Graham Street The street scene has changed dramatically along George Street with the demolition of the single story 1960's flatted factories and part demolition of the new wing at Baker & Finnemore. Photos by Maguire Jackson.

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Planning Applications and Decisions for the Jewellery Quarter.



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 keep its character by making your ‘official’ protest against such Applications. Note the JQ comes under Soho and Jewellery Quarter with a small amount in Newtown.

New Applications 2021/00848/PA Gilders Yard 13-21

Great Hampton Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6AX. Non Material Amendment to Planning Approval 2018/00886/PA regarding re-location of front entrance door and windows 02-02-2021 2021/00291/PA Bradford Works 36

Barr Street Birmingham B19 3EG. Change of use from clothing wholesaler to 28no. House In Multiple Occupation (large HMO) (Sui Generis) including ancillary communal residential accommodation and workspace together with creation of mezzanine floor and external alterations. 14-01-2021 2021/00626/PA 32-35 Hall Street

Hockley Birmingham B18 6BS. Listed building consent for the installation of replacement roof tiles with slates. 26-01-2021 2021/00326/PA

On the Golden Square (Vyse Street side), just outside The Big Peg building 120 Vyse Street Birmingham B18 6NF. Display of 1 no. non-illuminated freestanding post mounted sign. 15-01-2021

Awaiting Decision 2020/10307/PA Tesco Express 10

Hall Street Birmingham B18 6BB. Display of 1 no. externally illuminated fascia sign, 2 no. externally illuminated projecting signs and 1 no. other non illuminated sign. 29-12-2020 2020/10210/PA First And Second

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2020 2020/08907/PA 35 Frederick Street

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Birmingham B1 3HH. Prior Approval Notification for a change of use from office (Use Class E) to 1 no. flat (Use Class C3). 22-12-2020 2020/09760/PA Ground Floor Iron

Lofts 1A Newhall Square Birmingham B3 1RU. Listed Building Consent for internal works in relation to change of use to a bar (Sui Generis) 07-122020 2020/10255/PA

Rear of 3 Great Hampton Street Jewellery Quarter Bir mingham B18 6AQ. Listed Building Consent for internal and external alterations including installation of partitions, removal and installation of stairs, replacement windows and rainwater goods and creation of new openings for windows and door in association with change of use of basement and ground floor to commercial (Use class E), first and second floor to 2no.residential apartments (Use class C3) 23-12-2020


Rear of 3 Great Hampton Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6AQ. Change of use of basement and ground floor to commercial floorsapce (Use class E), first and second floor to 2no.residential apartments (Use class C3) with associated access, external repairs to the roof, replacement of windows, insertion of additional fenestration, creation of new entrances to north and south elevations. 23-12-2020

2020/09289/PA 21-27 Barr Street

Hockley Birmingham B19 3EH. Change of use of light industrial unit (Use Class E) to 6 no. self-contained flats (Use Class C3) and erection of second floor extension. 23-11-2020 2020/09574/PA

Branston Court Block 3 Branston Street Birmingham B18 6BA. Prior Approval for change of use from office (Use Class B1[a]) to form 12 apartments (Use Class C3). 30-11-2020

2020/09433/PA Style Works 50-54

St Paul's Square Birmingham B3 1QS. Listed Building Consent for replacement of existing roof tiles and guttering and re-painting of existing Georgian windows. 26-11-2020 2020/09415/PA Style Works 50-54

St Paul's Square Birmingham B3 1QS. Replacement of existing roof tiles and guttering and re-painting of existing Georgian windows. 26-11-

Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3HH. Listed building consent for internal and external alterations associated with change of use of first floor from offices to 5no. self-contained temporary holiday units and installation of windows to rear. 09-112020


Newhall Square Land at 144 Newhall Street and 80-84 Charlotte Street Birmingham B3 1RY. Display of 1no. non-illuminated fascia sign, 1no. internally illuminated and 1no. non-illuminated hanging sign and window vinyls. 26-10-2020

2020/08413/PA 9-11 Legge Lane

Birmingham B1 3LD. Listed Building Consent for alteration, extension and demolition work in association with change of use from industrial process (use class E(g)) to 3 no. residential units (Use Class C3) to part ground floor, first and second floors. 23-102020

2020/08397/PA 9-11 Legge Lane

Birmingham B1 3LD. Alteration, extension and demolition work and change of use from industrial process (use class E(g)) to 3 no. residential units (Use Class C3) to part ground floor, first and second floors. 23-102020

2020/07730/PA Rear of 32-36 Albion

Street City Centre Birmingham B1 3EP. Re-use of existing structure for new three storey building to provide 8 no. live/work units with associated basement, parking and landscaping. 01-10-2020

2020/07705/PA 34-44 Northwood

Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1TU. Variation of Condition number 21 (approved plans) attached to previous planning application 2019/00964/PA for the submission of new amended plans. 01-10-2020

2020/07624/PA 53 Regent Place

Hockley Bir mingham B1 3NJ. Installation of rendering to side elevation. 29-09-202

2020/07383/PA Cornwall House 31

and 33 Lionel Street Jewellery Quar ter Bir mingham B3 1AP. Demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment of site with a part 12 storey and part 6 storey building and further building of 3 storey's to provide 95 apartments (Use Class C3) and ground floor commercial floortwitter @hockleyflyer

2020/07255/PA 53 Regent Place

Hockley Birmingham B1 3NJ. Listed Building Consent for installation of rendering to side elevation. 16-092020 2020/03506/PA

Former Henry's Restaurant 27 St Paul's Square / Cox Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1RB Demolition of existing building (apart from part of rear wall) and erection of a 4 storey building comprising 14 apartments (8 x 2-bed and 6 x 1-bed) and 2 ground floor commercial units for retail (A1), office (A2 and B1), restaurant (A3) and/or health centres/clinics (D1) and associated works. 12-05-2020

2020/02996/PA 23-25 Legge Lane

Hockley Bir mingham B1 3LD. Erection of a 3 storey building providing 13 one and two bed apartments (use Class C3) and associated works to replace demolished building on Legge Lane frontage. 21-04-2020 2020/02556/PA Land bounded by

Lionel Street, Livery Street, Great Charles Street and Ludgate Hill Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3. Construction of a mixed-use development of 6-39 storeys comprising 722 residential apartments (Use Class C3) with ancillary internal and external amenity areas, ground floor commercial floor space (Use Classes A1, A2, A3, A4, B1, D1, D2) and associated works including site clearance, public realm, landscaping and parking. 27-03-2020 2020/01464/PA Land at 25 Legge

Lane Jewellery Quarter City Centre Birmingham B1 3LD. Non-Material Amendment to Planning Approval 2015/07814/PA to allow red brick bonding on Block E, minor alterations to floor plans, addition of sub-station, external roof terraces and PV panels. 20-02-2020 2020/00377/PA Harry Smith Building

& Gem Building 17-19 & 20-21 Hockley Hill Jewellery Quar ter Birmingham B18 5AH. Listed Building Consent for refurbishment of Harry Smith Building and refurbishment and alterations to Gem Building in association with conversion of top three floors to six apartments and retention of commercial uses. 16-012020 Read online:


Land at 109 Northwood Street & 199 Newhall Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham. Listed Building Consent for demolition of structures attached to listed buildings and conversion of 109 Northwood Street (Harpers Hill Works) from B2 to A1-A4 or B1 uses and conversion of 199 Newhall Street from B2 to B1 use with associated works. 13-06-2018

New Decisions 2020/09924/PA

Land at Sloane Street, Camden Street, Camden Drive Camden Grove & Legge Lane Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3BX. Non-Material Amendment to Planning Approval 2017/00002/PA for revisions to existing plans to provide minor alterations to the external appearance and internal layout of Block B2. Final Decision - Approve

2020/08408/PA Land to the rear of

J Ashford & Son premises 16-18 Great Hampton Street Jewellery Quar ter Birmingham B18 6AQ. Alterations and extensions to existing sub-station building to provide 1 x two storey apartment. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions

2020/08407/PA Land to the rear of

J Ashford & Son premises 16-18 Great Hampton Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6AQ. Listed Building Consent for alterations and extensions to former sub-station attached to rear of listed building (Former J Ashford & Son premises) in the centre of the Gilders Yard redevelopment to provide a two storey apartment. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions


65 Albion Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EA. Listed building consent for extension and dormer roof, internal and external alterations including rooflights and refurbishment of building for retention of ground floor commercial unit and live-work units (five apartments, one townhouse). Final Decision - Refuse


65 Albion Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EA. Alterations, extension and dormer roof for retention of commercial unit on ground floor and change of use to live-work units (five apartments and one town house). Final Decision - Refuse

2020/09035/PA 52 Charlotte Street

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1AR. Replacement of windows and curtain walling and alterations to main entrance off Newhall Street and widening of access off Charlotte Street. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2020/04098/PA 50-60 Northwood


space (for flexible Class E uses or as a drinking establishment - Sui Generis) with associated parking and landscaping. 22-09-2020.

Street Birmingham B3 1TH. Variation of Condition 7 attached to planning approval 2006/02301/PA to allow amendments to approved plans to remove set back on third floor and increase floorspace of two of the third floor apartments. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions 2020/02655/PA Land bounded by 51

Northwood Street and Mary Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1TX. Demolition of existing buildings and erection of new part three and part four storey buildings to provide flexible floor space comprising retail (Use Class A1), office (Use Classes A2 and B1), restaurant (Use Class A3), health centres and clinics (Use Class D1) and 27 one and two bedroom residential dwellings and associated cycle parking and landscaped courtyard. 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! February 2021

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


St Paul’s Graveyard Memorial to Betts Family This memorial to the Betts family is very well maintained by the existing family who are probably the oldest established company in the Jewellery Quarter. The listings on the memorial include (difficult to decipher dates) John Betts - wife Catherine & children Frederick & Vincent - Edward Betts.

A Brief History of Betts:

‘1760 saw the dawn of the industrial revolution in England, Alexander Betts came from battle in Sussex to the village of Birmingham to set up a smelting and refining business to recover gold and silver ores and recover precious metals from wastes being produced in Birmingham’s newly established Jewellery Quarter. The business was known as Betts and Sons. By 1860, the company reached 100 years of profitable business, and in the late 19th century the company continued to expand at its works in Charlotte Street, Birmingham and 131 Long Acre in London. In 1874 Alfred and his brother John Betts bought the adjacent land to Charlotte Street on the corner with Newhall Street for £2050 in order to expand the works. Unfortunately, due to a corrupt lawyer, the brothers were left without the land or the money. Subsequently the Birmingham Assay Office was built on the site. The end of the 19th century and first part of the 20th saw an explosion in technological advancements and exploitation of new regions for precious metals. Global silver production rose almost five-fold in this period to 190 million ounces per year and towards the end of this period silver briefly ceased to be quoted as having any value. Consequently, the early years of the 20th century were difficult for the business until after WW1 and the business may have failed had the factory not been prevented


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from closing due to its contribution to the war effort. By 1963, In addition to recovering wastes from the jewellery trade, the company dealt with wastes from potteries, mirror manufacturers, platers and other industries, the biggest development at this time was the recovery of silver from the photographic trade, with the company carrying out all the refining work for Kodak for many years until the 1970s. John Francis Betts had two sons

and despite many difficulties during the 1970’s the company survived and continued under Stephen and two of his sons Daniel and Charles, who are the ninth consecutive generation of the Betts family to manage a business which has now been in existence for over a quarter of a millennium. Betts have been established in Spencer Street for many years and continue their record of good service to the trade and the community’. twitter @hockleyflyer

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‘Business Pages’ adverts are priced for all insertions booked, not each issue, and costs between £12 per column centimetre (40mm wide) for 12 insertions, £7.50 for 6 insertions, and £5.00 for 3 insertions. Prices are for consecutive insertions only. You can book these online and pay at the same time as uploading your finished PDF file artwork. (Or you can send it the old fashioned way!)


Our automatic system requires you to register to use the web site. This will enable you to place your advert directly, automatically an email will follow allowing you to change your advert and receive notifications when the advert expires. Your email is hidden in the advert by our system, so you will only receive enquiries and not spam, unless you include your email in the main part of the advert. All Classified adverts cost £4.50 for up to 750 characters. Adverts can be repeated for up to 12 issues at a cost of £3 per issue extra. Web site only adverts are £1.50


DIRECTLY TO OUR WEB SITE Visit and look for the classified page.

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DIRECTLY TO OUR WEB SITE Visit and look for the classified page.

Used Jewellers Tools and Equipment Ads FREE OF CHARGE. You can email us the ad and photos for this item only, all others must be booked on-line.





CALL US ON: +44 (0) 121 236 7051


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Tel: 07860 307446

Used Jewellers Tools and Equipment Ads FREE OF CHARGE. You can email us the ad and photos for this item only, all others must be booked on-line.


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