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Hockley Flyer The

April 2012

Issue No 322

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Editorial ....................... 26 News............................. 28 Events .......................... 42 Classifieds ................... 45 Follow us on the Social Networks

Inside this month’s issue...

PGI Prize for Domino at Basel................................... 28 Keynote speaker at BATF AGM 2012........................ 28 Lord Mayor Launches Official Prospectus for Jewellery Quarter BID.......................................... 29 Wizardry at Sutton Tools............................................ 30 Asian Jewellery Seminar........................................... 30 Gold Inspires New Musical Work............................... 31 Rock the Bhangra Style............................................. 31 Who Values Trophies at the Royal Thames Yacht Club?............................................................... 32 British Silver Week - Festival of Silver....................... 35 New China Sourcing Service from BJGI .................. 35 Ping It, Ring It, Roll It, Write It .................................. 36 Midland Metro - Birmingham City Centre Extension. 37 For One Day Only - Assay Office Silver Visit............. 37 New Education & Training Course Dates Announced by The Birmingham Assay Office........... 37

The Hockley Flyer is distributed free of charge around the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter and left at various pick-up points. If you would like a copy posted to you personally we can provide a subscription service, which costs £7.50 for the next 12 issues (Including postage).

Planning Matters........................................................ 38 Domino Appoints European Sales Manager............. 42 Trees in the Jewellery Quarter................................... 42 Wildlife in the Jewellery Quarter................................ 42


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Quality jewellery supp with over 600 years of

plies, delivered experience Pete Vaughan 9 years experience – Pete has worked in the jewellery industry for the last 9 years and joined the Stephen Betts Group 6 years ago. He is a senior member of our Trade Counter team and is our in house Bullion expert. He takes great pride in the accuracy of cutting sheet, tube and wire to specific requirements and in training this skill on to the rest of the team.

Betts Metal Sales has an extensive stock range of bullion products, from sheet and various profiles of wire, through to hallmarked shanks, tube, solders, bullion bars, coins, castings and stampings. We aim to be completely flexible in meeting your needs, meaning that we can produce almost anything you want. So even if your requirements are not part of our stocked range, we will do our very best to obtain the product you require. t: 0121 233 2413

49-63 spencer street, hockley, Birmingham B18 6de

Betts Family 250 years experience! With the original family business founded in 1760, the Betts family have been continuously involved in the jewellery trade for nine generations.

HS WALSH & SONS LIMITED - HEAD OFFICE Hunter House, Biggin Hill Airport, Churchill Way, Biggin Hill, Kent TN16 3BN Phone: 01959 543660 Fax: 01959 574231



LONDON SHOWROOM 44 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8ER Phone: 020 7242 3711 Fax: 020 7242 3712 BIRMINGHAM SHOWROOM 1-2 Warstone Mews, Warstone Lane, Birmingham B18 6JB Phone: 0121 236 9346 Pax: 0121 236 9355




An invaluable piece of equipment for businesses that change watch batteries. Watch battery and circuit condition is indicated without opening the watch. Adjustable rotating magnetic field can be employed to free blocked gear trains and restart stopped quartz watches. Dimensions 135 x 140 x 160mm. Ref HT66A

The Proofmaster ‘S’ is especially suited for the watch retailer or service centre. This machine will test the water resistance of watches after a battery change or service. The machine operates completely dry but the new, optional special Leak Finder program opens a new dimension for the localisation of watch leakages in water. Used in conjunction with our HW441 Jun-Air 14 bar compressor the equipment will test watches up to pressures equivalent to 100 metres in depth. Ref HW420

Testing equipment for both mechanical and quartz watches. It is ideal for watch retailers and service centres. With high resolution colour display, this top class instrument certainly draws attention, in both the retail and workshop environments. Ref HT75

Was £367.50 Now £315.00


Was £3500.00 Now £2750.00

Was £4800.00 Now £4080.00 PERSPEX BOX



Measures the rate of accuracy, the current consumption and tests the components of quartz watches. For both repair & service, this instrument provides all measuring and test facilities required in a professional search for defects in quartz watches. Ref HT70

Was £1960.00 Now £1585.00

14 bar, silent running and compact. Ref HW441


18 compartment perspex box with hinged lid and slide locks. Suitable for loose items and up to 54 “Walsh” boxes of findings, spring bars, crowns etc. Overall size: 210 x 108 x 34mm Ref HB325 Was £5.95 Now £2.25


ELMA MAY SPECIALS ELMA CASE UP Originally designed to open gold watch cases to reduce the risk of possible damage caused by traditional case knifes we quickly discovered that this small machine will open even the most stubborn of snap back watch cases. This machine makes watches that seem impossible with a case knife not only possible, but quick, simple and with far less risk of damage to both the user or watch. Ref HC8 Was £245.00 Now £185.00




Fully automated watch cleaning machine for the cleaning of disassembled and assembled watch parts. Two perfect cleaning systems are combined in one machine. Supplied with movement holder for 6 movements. For those who prefer the traditional strip clean process, a basket set is available as an optional extra. Dimensions 350 x 350 x 640mm. Ref HC513 Was £2750.00

Now £2295.00

Perfect size and power tank for cleaning jewellery, watch cases and bracelets in both a retail or workshop environment. Ref HU193 Was £565.00


Now £395.00


ELMA DRYER This useful drying machine can be used for both jewellery and watch components to dry them quickly & efficiently after cleaning preventing water marks, tarnish and corrosion from cleaned and polished surfaces. Ref HD82 Was £270.00

Now £230.00

ELMA MULTISPEED Double sided twin speed polishing machine with extractor. Powerful 0.33hp motor and strong extraction make this the ideal machine for watch & jewellery workshops. The polishing motor can be switched between 2800rpm and a lower speed of 1400rpm for polishing delicate jewellery items, watch cases, bracelets and watch crystals. Dimensions 720 x 350 x 450mm. Ref TP82 Was £1965.00 Now £1495.00

ELMA SUPER-ELITE WATCH CLEANING MACHINE Manual cleaning machine of superb quality. Built in basket speed control. Unique design allow basket to be raised for spinning off with the jar closed. Supplied with conventional basket. Dimensions Ø330 x 500mm. Ref HC511

Was £1075.00 Now £895.00

BIGGIN HILL 01959 543660 | HATTON GARDEN 020 7242 3711 | BIRMINGHAM Warstone Mews Birmingham B18 6JB 0121 236 9346





The new Bench essential from Cookson Pick up your FREE copy from the Trade Counter or go online to

The specialists in platinum and palladium casting. Visit our new website at

JewelCast: precious metal castings, finest quality, without compromise JewelCast Limited 58 Caroline Street, Hockley, Birmingham B3 1UF Tel: +44 (0) 121 212 1372 Fax: +44 (0) 121 212 3659

A REFINING INDUSTRY LEADER DEFINING NEW STANDARDS IN CONVENIENCE, TURNAROUND TIME AND LIQUIDITY NTR Metals is one of the worlds largest precious metals companies serving over 20,000 jewellers, pawnshops and precious metals exchanges in London, Birmingham and throughout the United States. NTR Metals is a fully-integrated precious metals company that aquires, refines and mints precious metals. This unique business strategy allows NTR Metals to service all of the precious metals needs of their commercial clients.

Birmingham 0121 233 4007 London 0207 831 9888

Ring Engraving from Sutton Tools

Increase your profits with RingCube - a compact desktop engraving system for inside and outside of rings and bangles • Designed for the retail environment • Fast easy setup using touch screen • 11 scaleable fonts and 23 symbols • Diamond engraving tip for low maintenance

91 Vittoria Street Birmingham B1 3NU Tools and Technology for Jewellers

0121 236 7139

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Auctioneers and Valuers Established over 50 years

 Antique and modern jewellery, silver and watch auctions every month  Regular specialist sales of coins, medals and military related items For further details please contact Jeremy Thornton Tel: 0121 455 8042 email: Web:


Presman Mastermelt is the UK’s leading refiner to the jewellery and allied trades, this is reflected by the growing business from the jewellery quarter. PRESMAN MASTERMELT IS FULLY LICENSED TO TREAT ALL OF YOUR JEWELLERY SCRAPS AND RESIDUES INCLUDING: • floor sweeps • bench lemels • polishings

• various solutions (plating / bombing etc) • carpets

• settlement tanks • buff papers • jewellery scraps

We also provide a full analytical service, and a consultation service to ensure our customers are realising the full value from precious metal scraps and residues. With precious metal prices at historically high levels there is no better time to get round to recycling those residues and take advantage of these prices. What’s more your cash flow will benefit too! Please also take time to visit our website to keep in contact with the daily London fixes and view the other activities of the Presman Mastermelt Group.

Contact our Sales Manager, Dave Elliott on:

Tel: 07984 669 788 Email: Alternatively please contact our London office on 020 7400 3400


1760 - 201 0 2 50 Y E A R S

Realise your liquid assets, you don’t need a bank account to take account of the new Gold Rush

Bank your tank with Betts • Clean scrap rate paid on your low grade settlement tank contents • Exchange for bullion products (wedding rings, sheet, wire etc.) • Full assay on tank contents • Investment bars available • Cash - Cheque - Bank transfer Can you afford not to have one of our tanks, you could be washing away one of these every year! Free delivery, fitting and collection service


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LASER welding

Full service support New “touch screen” controls Larger welding chamber, easy access More power & control

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NEW CASTING machines Tabletop “Pressovac”



Vacuvest mixers furnaces devesting machines

“PRESSOVAC” (150 gm) & “PRESSOVAC MAX” (350 gm) Casting machines for PLATINUM, GOLD & SILVER



Come and see at our Stoke-on-Trent workshop! HEWITT J.E. Ltd ROBOTECH DEVELOPMENTS

Engineers and machinery manufacturers to the Jewellery industry.

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Visit our showroom in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter Open from 10.00am to 3.00pm Mon to Fri

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T H Findings Ltd  9ct. Gold Findings  Silver Findings  Base Metal Findings  Large Range of Silver Mounts  Imitation Stones  Beads and Fimo 42 HYLTON STREET, HOCKLEY, BIRMINGHAM B18 6HN Tel: 0121-554 9889 Fax: 0121-551 7588

Pointon Young Chartered Accountants

“Looking to make savings in Accountancy fees” We are a locally based firm of Qualified Accountants, offering a professional partner led approach to your circumstances. Services include: - Company, sole trader and partnership accounts - Corporation tax, personal tax returns, capital gains tax and Inheritance tax, VAT returns - Payroll bureau, bookkeeping and management accounts - Company secretarial services including company formation Contact: Steven Brown at Tel: 0121 233 1030, 33 Ludgate Hill Birmingham, B3 1RB

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50 NORTHAMPTON ST, HOCKLEY, BIRMINGHAM B18 6DX, ENGLAND Tel :- 00 44 (0) 121 236 6671 Email:- Fax:- 00 44 (0) 121 233 4513 Supplier of Gems Pearls Beads. Fast Pearl threading & Stone replacing service Very good selection in Facetted, Cabochon, SBBT, Pearls, Beads, Findings Sapphires , Rubies, Emeralds, Diamonds, Iolite, Tanzanite, Blue, Pink & Mystic Topaz Smoky Quartz, Amethyst, Peridot, Citrine, Garnet, Synthetics, Cubic Zirconia, Opals, Cameos Moon Stone, Lapis, Amber, Onyx, Hematite, Carnelian, Mother Of Pearl, Green Agate, Pink Blue Chalcedony, Pearls Cultured Fresh Water and Simulated….. Same Day Mail Order Service. All enquiries welcomed.

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For high quality Jewellery Production • CAD CAM service. • Model Making, • Jewellery Manufacturing. • Wax Carving on latest CNC Milling Machine. • Accurate to design, size and weight. • High Quality work at Competitive Prices. OTHER SERVICES: Soldering, Assembling, Glue Stones. Tel. Kamal 0121 236 1380 Mobile: 07854 116949 40 Northampton Street Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6DX E.mail: Web:

If you are a professional voice user in business or services we can help you to: • Take care of your voice • Tackle those nerves • Develop presentations that people listen to. To discuss vocal assessment, vocal First Aid, speech training and presentation practice why not contact Valerie Jenner on 0121 551 5544 or email


Bookkeeping Services provides a professional, yet personal bookkeeping service for sole traders, small and medium-sized businesses in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. Contact us: 58 Spencer Street, Hockley, Birmingham B18 6DS Tel: 077 3837 3369

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Tanzanites, Real & Synthetic Opals in white, black, Boulder & Mexican, Tsavorite, Amethysts, Citrines, Peridots,Pearls, onyx etc, Iolites, Emeralds, Rubies & Sapphires. Synthetics & Cubic zirconia’s in machine & far east grades. All available in a selection of shapes, sizes & colours. We offer a fast and reliable service for bulk and jobbing orders. Special one-off commissions specially cut.

Suppliers & manufacturers of: Diamond Tools Trained Diamond cutters who can either re-polish, re-cut or re-shape smoked, chipped or broken diamonds. No order to small, Payment by either cheque, cash, transfer or credit card. Telephone: Julie or Lisa on: 0121 554 3434 Or Call in at: 44 Hockley Street, Hockley, Birmingham B18 6BH Web: Email:

5 LUXURY DETACHED VILLA’S FOR RENT IN ALICANTE, SPAIN These beautiful detached villa’s sleeps 6 people. All have their own private swimming pools and some with hot tubs. Within 5 minutes drive from Campello and San Juan beaches and only 20 minutes drive from Alicante airport, you can also enjoy being right next to Bonalba 18 hole golf course. Just a 20 minute drive away and you’re in Benidorm where you’ll find lots to do for all the family including Terra Mitica theme park (mini Disney World), Aqualandia Water Park and Mundamar.

Prices start from £500 per week. For more details contact Julie on: 0121 554 3434/ 07989582820 Email or

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The Jewellery Quarter Association Ltd.

(Established 1989) (incorporating the Jewellery Quarter Conservation Area)

April 2012 Newsletter

Maintaining the balance between our heritage and modern city living and working. President/Hon Sec. Marie E Haddleton; Chairman Geoff Shuttleworth, Vice Chairman Ken Schofield; IT Director/ Treasurer Mark Haddleton; Dave Keay, Brian Craddock (Han Jewellery), Dave Mahony, Jilly Cosgrove, John Bunce, Mrs C Scouby and Chris Booth. Co-opted Board members: Doug Timmis.



I/WE SUPPORT THE JEWELLERY QUARTER ASSOCIATION LTD AND WISH TO BECOME A MEMBER Name: . .......................................................................................... Company: ..................................................................................... Address: ........................................................................................ ....................................................................................................... Post Code: .................................................................................... Tel No: ................................ Fax: No: ............................................ website: ......................................................................................... email: ............................................................................................ Trade/Profession: .......................................................................... Position: ......................................................................................... Please sign .................................................................................... Date: .............................................................................................


Welcome to new members: White Pine Trading Ltd and GM Colours Ltd, and thank you to existing members for renewing their membership this year. Marie E Haddleton - Hon President/Hon Secretary



Sole Trader/Individual


CORPORATE 2 to 5 employees


CORPORATE 6 to 25 employees


CORPORATE 26 to 50 employees


CORPORATE Over 50 employees


Please Tick

Aims and Objectives 1. 2.

The Association is dedicated to the conservation, protection, and improvement of the physical and social environment in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. To promote and encourage a standard of excellence in the products and services supplied by companies and individuals working in the area with the objective of promoting The Jewellery Quarter, its products and services nationally and internationally for the overall benefit of the local community. To establish and maintain a close working relationship with the Birmingham City Council, police and other authorities, in order that problems relating to roads, parking, security and planning can be addressed for the overall benefit of The Jewellery Quarter and its inhabitants. 4. To liaise with all relevant authorities to ensure that The Jewellery Quarter remains a ‘skills’ area, which has been its heritage for over one hundred years, and to protect the retention of its employment base. 5. To work in liaison with conservationists and other interested bodies to ensure present and future buildings and other developments are in keeping with the environment already existing in The Jewellery Quarter and to preserve its unique historical value. 6. To manage the development of tourism in The Jewellery Quarter and to ensure the establishment of the necessary infrastructure in order that the delicate working fabric of The Jewellery Quarter is maintained. 7. To liaise with all public transport authorities to improve transport services to the area. 8. To work with City government in promoting The Jewellery Quarter as a whole and to enhance its reputation nationally and internationally. 9. To be on continual look-out for problems and rumours developing suddenly in the area and endeavour to intervene to ease the situation or obtain information for necessary action. 10. To include ALL inhabitants of The Jewellery Quarter in the Association’s aims and objectives, for all businesses and trades in the area as well as interested individuals, employees and employers, who have a keen interest in the Jewellery Quarter. 11. To interest people in their immediate environment both in terms of the buildings in the area, and the cleanliness of the streets. 12. To unite the community irrespective of the industry represented. 3.

Web site: email: Follow us on Twitter @jqassociation

This Newsletter is sponsored by the Ladywood Ward Community Chest.

Tel: 0121 212 2275

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Wearing fashionable plastic jewellery is becoming more and more chic. Compliment your party wear outfits, as plastic is lightweight, colourful and comfortable. Austere alternative to precious metal whilst being modern, contemporary and stylish. Wonderfully easy to work with and shape, in your own home.

Step 1 ~ Cutting & Shaping Your Piece 3

Design your piece and mark it out with precision, using the scriber as a bradle in preparation for drilling your pilot holes allowing an entry point for your saw blade, then you are free to cut and shape with ease.

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1. Mini Suction Bench Vice, Holds your piece steady to enable complete flexibility, Ref: V32981 @ .............. £3.95


2. Plastic Round Cutting Saw Blades - Very robust, multi directional for incredible ease of use, available in: Ø0.70mm Ref: W18559 @ ........................................£2.70 Ø1.00mm Ref: W18560 @ ........................................£2.70 Ø1.30mm Ref: W18561 @ ........................................£2.70 Ø1.40mm Ref: W18562 @ ........................................£2.70 Ø1.90mm Ref: W18563 @ ........................................£2.70



3. Adjustable Saw Frame - Popular and sturdy, 65mm depth, Ref: P33901 @ .........................................................£9.90


* supplied with traditional piercing saw blade

4. Carbide Scriber - For marking your design before cutting, Ref: S6243 @ ...........................................................£3.05 5. L Square Ruler - For precision and flexibility, 75x100mm Ref: R31447 @ .........................................................£5.25 6. Micro Drill Set 20pcs - Sizes Ø0.30 to 1.60mm, Ref: D0442 @ ...........................................................£6.95




Step 2 ~ Shaping & Detail Finish and create finer detail using this bargain set of diamond impregnated files. This outstanding value set of five files will allow you to tackle all nooks and corners whatever the shape or size. 7. Diamond File Set 5 Pieces Excellent value diamond impregnated files, five essential shapes, Ref: F32990 @ ......................... £7.95





Step 3 ~ Finishing Complete your jewellery piece by smoothing and polishing, making ready to show off your creative and contemporary flair. The vonax polish, an industry favourite, is sure to give you an eye catching finish.

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Editorial: Marie Haddleton Tel: 0121-233 3468 Email: web site Deadline 25th of month preceding cover date. The Hockley Flyer is published by YBA Publications. The Editor is pleased to receive any contributions suitable for use in The Hockley Flyer, and all correspondence should be sent to: The Hockley Flyer, York House, 22 Frederick Street, Birmingham B1 3HE Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the contents are correct, we cannot be held responsible for any errors, omissions, etc. and the views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher or the editor. All advertisements are accepted in good faith, and anyone trading with advertisers do so entirely at their own risk. © 2011 YBA Publications

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Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.

I have been busy writing up a ‘talk’ for the JQA beakfast this month. When we have space, Mark may print this in a future issue of The Hockley Flyer but it will definitely go into the ‘Heritage’ magazine. I have given ‘talks’ on many aspects of life in the Quarter, one is about ‘My Life in the Quarter, one about the Trade itself and how it has changed over the past 30 years, and a more controversial one ‘Survivivng Regeneration’ which is the favourite of English Heritage.The first ‘Regeneration’ scheme was in the 1800s! You will see from the Letters Page this month that some people do care a lot about birds and bees, and other wild-life and are very concerned about the cutting down of the trees around The Big Peg to make way for the Golden Square’. The unedible fruit from the unattractive crab-apple trees they intend to plant instead make a right mess in the autumn and will provide plenty of ammunition for yobbos. I can see the shop owners thereabout will soon be asking for them to be removed - what then? Some of the nicest photos of the Clock looking towards the Rose Villa pub are enhanced by the trees, whether in spring or autumn - why remove them? Totally unnecessary destruction! Come on guys, what do you think? you can reply in the comments on our web site Also, no-one has yet come up with a sensible solution of where to site the Visitors Kiosk, so it will be taken down. Suggestions to open an information desk elsewhere have so far proved impracticable. Why keep trying to mend something that isn’t broke - as Ken Schofield would say. He has tried to get a preservation order on the trees and I tried to get a listed building order on the Kiosk (which was a gift from HRH Prince Charles), but so far have been unsuccessful - reckon we need more support. Surely, the easiest and most sensible way to make the area around The Big Peg more attractive and accessible would be to arrange for the cars to go onto the main car park, flatten the area out, part grass and pave it over, (perhaps removing the horrible wooden structure), trimming but leaving the trees, adding seating areas. Do we really need huge TV screens for people to watch football etc. will it really bring that many more visitors of the calibre we want into the Quarter? The Golden Square is supposed to bring in thousands more visitors but with only one public toilet in sight? The report said that The Big Peg, local pubs and the shops will be pleased for visitors to use their toilets - but this is the Jewellery Quarter where security is paramount and the pubs already have signs up ‘toilets for patron’s use only’ so who are they kidding? In the past, when I expressed these views on The Golden Square project I have been accused of ‘holding the Quarter back’, but I know of only a handful of people who think the scheme is right. I just want to see the best possible use of this rare open space in the Quarter. I suppose it could be worse - someone may decide to build a block of flats there! In the meantime, lots of things going on in the Quarter, with a documentary on buying rings the modern way being made.

The Gulls Menace

Experts are again looking for a way to control the gulls, which are making the streets slippery and dangerous with their droppings - if you are feeding them, please stop - when you are walking along eating your lunch please do not drop bits and pieces on the pavements - I’ve seen Continued on page 28

HAVE YOU MOVED PREMISES OR JUST MOVED INTO THE JEWELLERY QUARTER? IF YOU ARE IN BIRMINGHAM’S JEWELLERY QUARTER OR ST’ PAULS SQUARE AREA MAKE SURE YOU RECEIVE YOUR COPY OF THE HOCKLEY FLYER FREE OF CHARGE IN THE POST Please send me the next 12 issues of the Hockley Flyer starting with the next issue. Have you changed address yes/no Are you new to the area yes/no OLD ADDRESS (if applicable) Name:_______________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ POSTCODE: _________________________________________________ NEW ADDRESS Name:_______________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ POSTCODE: _________________________________________________ Send to: THE HOCKLEY FLYER, YBA Publications, York House, 22 Frederick Street, Birmingham, B1 3HE


Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more. Continued from page 26

Rings from the prize-winning Flow Collection.

PGI Prize for Domino at Basel Domino, the UK fine jewellery producer, has scooped third prize in the ‘Bridal Jewellery (innovative design)’ category of the ‘ Platinum Design Awards ‘competition organised by Platinum Guild International at Baselworld 2012. Nearly 30 manufacturers exhibiting at Baselworld took part in the competition, which was judged by a panel of 50 international journalists visiting the show. Just three of the entrants were from the UK, and Domino was the only British firm to win a prize for its ‘Flow’ collection in platinum and diamonds.

Keynote speaker at BATF AGM 2012 The British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) is pleased to announce that the keynote speaker at their 2012 AGM will be Michael Allchin, Assay Master of the Birmingham Assay Office. Michael has held the position of Assay Master since January 1999. Michael has worked in the jewellery trade ever since 1973 when he graduated from Cambridge. During his career he has worked for small

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Andrew Morton, MD of Domino commented: “We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised in such an illustrious award. Our platinum bridal ranges are an important part of our business and it is good to have acknowledgement that our designs are amongst the most innovative in Europe. It is a great tribute to our in-house design and production teams,” he said. Morton believes that this PGI success will also help to raise further Domino’s European profile. “We have recently employed Laurent Nicollier, who will be based in France, to act as our European Sales Manager with a view to growing our business throughout the continent. Winning this Award will provide just the boost he needs,” he said. and large, public and private companies, and has extensive experience of both selling and buying jewellery. He joined the Birmingham Assay Office from Signet Group Plc. where he had been Buying Director for H. Samuel for fourteen years. Under Michael’s management the Assay Office is becoming an increasingly dynamic business, focused entirely on the needs of the jewellery, silver and watch industries. Mike Hughes current Chairman of the British Jewellers Association (BJA) is to be installed as President of the Federation with Martin Olsen acting as Deputy. BATF’s largest federated associations (British Jewellers Association, The Giftware Association

people doing this. The gulls spot this food from a long way off. The birds get very aggressive when they have young and I have seen them attack people walking along or working on scaffolding - they go for bright clothes and when workmen were on the roof of the J W Evans’ building last spring, they hung one of their yellow jackets on a pole to distract the birds from attacking them. I love birds but not that particular kind! Remember the TV programme with me on a roof top, pointing a small plastic owl at a gull (four times its size), trying to scare the bird away, to the background music from ‘Jaws’? (Owls are a natural predator of gulls, or so I have been told, but not many owls about in the Quarter (wonder if they like crab-apple trees?) Marie Haddleton Editor

and Surface Engineering Association) will give presentations outlining the progress and achievements of their associations over the last year. They will demonstrate how they have been affected by the challenging economic climate of the last 12 months and how they intend to drive the associations forward over the coming year. The Surface Engineering Association and the British Jewellers Association will be celebrating their 125th anniversaries this year, Krys Zalewska, BATF Chief Executive Officer commented, that:”It is important that the keynote speaker is someone with close links to the trades represented by the Federation. It was felt that Michael Allchin would be an appropriate keynote speaker, particularly as a Jeweller is to be installed as President.” The Federation’s 126th AGM will be held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Thursday 31st May 2012. Each member company of the Federation will automatically receive one complementary ticket which includes; drinks reception, two course lunch and entry to the Botanical Gardens and Winterbourne House. Additional tickets can be purchased at a cost of £45 plus VAT from Laura Cartwright

(L-R) Dave Mahony, chair of the JQDT, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham - Anita Ward and Councillor Tim Huxtable unveil the Jewellery Quarter BID prospectus.

Lord Mayor Launches Official Prospectus for Jewellery Quarter BID

Birmingham’s Lord Mayor has helped to unveil a ‘treasured’ document for the Jewellery Quarter – the Prospectus for the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQ BID). The Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT), which is leading the BID in conjunction with Birmingham City Council, welcomed local business owners, stakeholders and council dignitaries to a launch event last week to mark the start of the ballot process. The Lord Mayor was joined by Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, Councillor

Randal Brew OBE and the Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Regeneration Councillor Timothy Huxtable. The JQ BID aims to attract investment, increase visitor numbers and encourage a more vibrant economy, while making the area a better place in which to work, invest and live. Around 550 local businesses are being asked to vote to support the initiative, which will see businesses with premises with a rateable value £10,000 or above pay an extra annual levy of 2% to fund additional investment for the benefit of the whole area. Over the past six months, the JQDT has hosted a series of consultation meetings and a drop-in day to enable business owners and potential levy payers to find out more about its exciting plans. Dave Mahony, chair of the JQDT and managing director of PCPT Architects in Spencer Street, said: “We were delighted that the Lord Mayor, members of the City Council and local business owners attended the launch event to show their support for the BID.

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If ever an area was tailor-made for a BID it is the Jewellery Quarter with its unique blend of business and heritage, manufacturing, private investment and ownerships and its skilled, creative people who take great pride in the place. The JQDT is determined to succeed in getting a positive BID outcome for the area.” Councillor Tim Huxtable said: “There are currently nine BIDs in Birmingham and I have seen how BID status has helped businesses to improve their local environment for staff, residents and visitors. The City Council sees the Jewellery Quarter as very much a part of the city centre and wishes the JQDT the best of luck in achieving its aim of securing the Quarter as a Business Improvement District.” Following the launch event, which was hosted by University College Birmingham, the Prospectus will now be distributed to all businesses in the Quarter with a rateable value of £10,000 or above. The ballot – managed and organised by an independent organisation, the Electoral Reform Society – will take place over five weeks, starting on April 17. The board of the JQDT decided in early-summer 2011 to support the BID proposal and develop the initiative in partnership with Birmingham City Council. Being a Community Interest Company, the JQDT is made up of key community and stakeholder organisations from within the Jewellery Quarter, including the Jewellery Quarter Association, the Jewellery Quarter Marketing Initiative, the Jewellery Quarter Trade Alliance and the Jewellery Quarter Neighbourhood Forum. The Trust Board agreed that a levy of 2% should be set on all properties with a rateable value of £10,000 and above and that the Jewellery Quarter BID area would be defined as the area bounded by the Jewellery Quarter side of Great Charles Street, Livery Street, Great Hampton Street, Key Hill Drive, Icknield Street, Sandpits/ The Parade and Summer Row. The BID would help to improve the Jewellery Quarter in many ways, including providing a welcoming environment for visitors, clean and safer streets, improving marketing to increase footfall and inward investment, and improving connectivity to the city centre.

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Wizardry at Sutton Tools Sutton Tools’ MD Maggie Nichols was spellbound when leading actor Sir Michael Gambon strolled into the

Asian Jewellery Seminar In a new joint initiative, the British Jewellers’ Association and Birmingham Assay Office have joined forces to highlight the issues facing the Asian jewellery community. With the help of West Midlands Police, local TV, radio and press, work is currently being undertaken by both organizations to present a wide reaching seminar that will be held in Birmingham on April 30th. On the agenda for discussion will be the issues of security, hallmarking and trading in second hand jewellery. “The escalating price of gold has unfortunately led to an increasing rate of crime against the Asian community” said Simon Rainer, CEO of

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Sutton’s showroom, asking for a demonstration of the latest PUK4 welder (which he subsequently bought). Sir Michael is best known for his eighties television role as Dennis Potter’s Singing Detective, Phillip Marlow, and more recently as Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School in the

Harry Potter movies. He also played King George V in ‘The Kings Speech’. Despite a lifetime in the theatre, as a teenager Sir Michael served an apprenticeship in toolmaking and retains a passion for repairing antique guns and clocks, which is where his interest in the PUK4 welder came in. Although designed for goldsmiths, the PUK4 welder has a growing following in antique restoration work due to its ability to rebuild worn parts by adding metal without using solder, rather than trying to machine replicas of them. In its latest version the PUK4 now has touch screen controls, which offer the user preset ranges for the most common metals and welding situations, making setup a breeze. For the more experienced user an expert menu is available allowing the user to select not only the welding power and arc duration, but also to tailor the high frequency impulse range to any given situation. With the PUK4 you can weld on findings and charms with no cleaning up, add metal, weld adjacent to heat sensitive stones, weld silver alloys, fill porosity, tack components prior to soldering, weld seams, and much more. The PUK4 also has an optional earring post welder attachment, which enables welding of posts to earring backs in one instant resistance weld triggered by a foot pedal. For a demonstration of the PUK4 call Sutton Tools on 0121 236 7139.

the British Jewellers’ Association. “The seminar will highlight the precautions that Asian jewellery retailers need to take to lower the risk of crime against them and their property. It will also alert them to the various tactics that the criminal fraternity are now employing to gain illegal access to trading premises,” he added. As the gold of choice for the Asian community is predominantly 22 carat, customers are also vulnerable to being cheated if the jewellery is not of the stated fineness. If it has not been assayed and hallmarked – a legal requirement to protect both the consumer and the trade, they have no way of telling what percentage of gold it contains. “Most recently, an operation conducted by Birmingham Trading Standards netted a £50K haul of unmarked jewellery from 21 retailers over the

West Midlands,” commented Michael Allchin, CEO and Assay Master at The Birmingham Assay Office. “We are using the seminar as a great opportunity to explain the importance of hallmarking and how Birmingham Assay Office can work with local traders to ensure they stay the right side of the law” he added. The seminar will also be the platform for the official launch of ‘The Gold Standard’; a joint collaboration between Surrey Police, BJA, NAG and NPA to provide a voluntary and uniform code on how to buy second hand jewellery over the counter. Tickets for the seminar which will be held at the Jewellery Quarter Conference Centre are available by calling Holly Burnett on 0121 237 1144 or registering online at www.

Gold Inspires New Musical Work The Goldsmiths’ Company has commissioned young musician Francisco Coll (26) to compose a triumphant ‘Golden Fanfare’ to commemorate the Company’s historic exhibition ‘Gold: Power and Allure’ which is open to the public at Goldsmiths’ Hall from June 1 to July 28, 2012 (admission free). The exciting new Golden Fanfare will not only celebrate ‘Gold: Power and Allure’, but also the City of London Festival’s 50th Golden Anniversary and will have its world première as part of a gold-themed concert at Goldsmiths’ Hall during the Festival on June 27. The City of London Festival was founded in 1962 and since that date, the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Festival have enjoyed a long unbroken relationship - each year a Festival concert is held at Goldsmiths’ Hall. The Goldsmiths’ Company’s ‘A Golden Fanfare’ has been written by the Spanish born composer, Francisco Coll (26). Ian Ritchie Director of the City of London Festival explains: “Francisco has the gift of synaesthesia which enables him to visualise music in terms of both colours and

Rock the Bhangra Style AnchorCert Gem Laboratory is delighted to congratulate ‘One Direction’ on their current number one selling album in the USA. The boys recently rocked the Bhangra Style whilst celebrating AnchorCert Gem Lab’s 10th Anniversary. They thrilled guests by joining in the Bhangra dancing entertainment marking the first decade of the UK’s premier gemmological service, based in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. AnchorCert Diamond & Gemstone Laboratory is a division of The Birmingham Assay Office providing professional services to the jewellery industry and to the consumer. Its success lies in the skills and dedication of its team of expert gemmologists and support staff who continually strive to provide innovative, and industry lead-

sounds. He is therefore the ideal composer to translate the history and imagery of the Company’s historic gold exhibition and express the colour of gold in musical terms.” Francisco Coll worked on the Golden Fanfare on and off over a period of two months. He said: “I am very happy with the result. The purity of gold was my focal point. I have strived to capture its essence in precise, concise musical terms that will be evocatively translated into golden tones by the LSO’s brass quintet. There is also an element of celebration to my Fanfare which begins in a lively flowing manner evoking images of a river with gold hidden beneath its current. The middle of the work is a little more relaxed, before picking up the themes introduced at the beginning. The end,” said Francisco with a smile: “is both conclusive and inconclusive.” The commissioning of a musical work is not without precedent as in fact the Goldsmiths’ Company commissioned a new work especially for the very first City of London festival back in 1962 – ‘A Song for the Lord Mayor’s Table’ by William Walton. That too had its première at Goldsmiths’ Hall performed by two great artists of the day, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Gerald Moore. Since then it has entered the repertoire and continues

to be performed regularly by students of the Guildhall School at livery dinners as well as in concerts around the world. Fifty years later, the Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to recognise and celebrate the Festival’s 50th Golden Jubilee, while simultaneously complementing its own landmark Gold exhibition with another new musical commission. Most significantly, however the new ‘Golden Fanfare’ will enter the annals of music history and live on in perpetuity. Francisco Coll, born in Spain in 1985, studied trombone at the Joaquín Rodrigo Conservatoire of Music in Valencia and the Royal Conservatoire of Music in Madrid, before moving to London to continue his studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Francisco completed a Masters degree in composition graduating with distinction in 2010 and winning the Ian Horsburgh Memorial Prize for the best postgraduate composition. He was subsequently taken on by the London Symphony Orchestra’s prestigious Panufnik programme for young professional composers. Francisco is currently a Fellow at the Guildhall School. Booking: – Booking opens on April 11, 2012

ing solutions to the needs of the 21st Century international jewellery industry. This was most recently evidenced by the development of the AnchorCert Gemstone Weight Estimator APP for smart phones and tablets which can in a couple of clicks estimate the weight of any set gemstone from measurements entered. The APP has been developed in Birmingham and is being downloaded by gemmologists all over the world. Harvey Nichols Store Manager, Kevin Breese watched on in amazement and later described the scene as “surreal” as Harry Styles, and fellow band members Zain Mailik and Liam Payne from One Direction, along with Corden, the popular Gavin and Stacey star joined the Birmingham based Sansaar Group Dhol drummers and Bhangra dancers and entertained guests with their interpretation of the traditional Punjabi folk dance. The Assay Office Chairman,

Kay Alexander, and Chief Executive Michael Allchin both wearing grand Chains of Office for the occasion also joined in... Chief Executive and Assay Master, Michael Allchin, said of the event: “This was a fantastic evening and a fitting tribute to the hard work and achievements of the AnchorCert team. It embraced the culture, creativity, and inspirational thinking that is at the heart of AnchorCert, The Birmingham Assay Office, and the City of Birmingham.” You too can be a part of the celebrations with One Direction. Watch the YouTube clip of the AnchorCert Party which has been set to the One Direction single – ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and before long, you will be smiling, singing along and feeling the beat. To date the film has been viewed by over 60,000 virtual partygoers......... Here’s the link com/watch?v=qEVgMgfWCPk April 2012 The Hockley Flyer



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Who Values Trophies at the Royal Thames Yacht Club? For four days in March, Steven Jordan, senior valuer at the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, visited the prestigious Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge to provide a professional valuation for their many silver trophies. The club is the oldest continuously operating yacht club in the world and was founded in 1775. With well over 100 trophies all varying in size and style, Jack Edwards, member and Honorary Curator of the club’s trophies, believes that valuing these trophies was absolutely essential for two reasons. The first is that a detailed, itemised valuation means that the Royal Thames Yacht Club can keep track of all their trophies. Secondly, if these trophies are properly insured, they are more confident in putting them on display and actually enjoying them at the many events and awards ceremonies hosted at the club. The Royal Thames Yacht Club also occasionally loans trophies to other sailing organisations and clubs which again emphasises the importance of valuations for insurance purposes. Historically, the club has only had these trophies valued once every 10 years but Steven recommends that they have them valued every three years which is appropriate given the ever increasing price of precious metals. The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office runs regular professional valuation days at Goldsmiths’ Hall, in addition to secure drop off services and home visits. Steven, an experienced, independently regulated valuer carries out these valuations and each type of service includes an expert description and valuation of your item(s), a portfolio with detailed images, proof of ownership and registration on the secure e-register

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database. In the age of the internet, the registration of personal belongings is quickly becoming more widespread as an increasing number of individuals and organisations recognise the added protection it provides. E-register already holds information on over £1,146 million worth of valuables and this is growing daily.

Steven comments, “From the vast majority of clients that I see, around 70% are currently under-insured. This demonstrates how the rapid changes in the precious metal and gemstone market are affecting people. We therefore need to ask, are we really protected by our insurance policies?” The price of gold in April 2011 aver-

JQ HIGHLIGHTS tt @JQDTbirmingham Ballot papers will be dropping through the door of businesses with an RV of £10,000+ in the #JQ this week - remember to VOTE YES tt @MyJQ RT @HistoryNeedsYou: Elkington’s factory that made the silver for #titanic was later the location of #Birmingham Science Museum @ BM_AG #JQ tt @carolinebeavon Aggghhhh. Man choosing mobile ringtone on the Midland Metro. That is definitely an act you do in the privacy of your own home buddy! tt @MyJQ Birmingham ghost is pinching bums at Jewellery Quarter’s Queens Arms pub: @ queensarmsbar #JQ #fb tt @Cooksongold We are on a roll at the moment! We have been listed as a finalist for “Supplier of the Year” **fingers crossed ** tt @Quarterworkshop Learn how to solder, file, shape, form & make silver and jewellery items which you get to keep! at The Quarterworkshop http:// tt @Suttontools Maggie and I are cycling London to Paris 15-19 Aug 2012 to help train young jewellers in Soweto. DM me for info/join in/sponsor us. Pls RT. tt @AndersonsBandG Our own bespoke brand of English wine will be arriving soon! get ready for a taster:) tt @FellowsAuctions This stunning diamond ring just sold for a massive £56,000 to one very lucky bidder!

aged £28.47 per gram. In April 2012 it reached an average of £33.75 per gram which equates to an increase of over 19%! However consumers can take steps to protect themselves by having a pre-loss valuation carried out to record details and replacement values for their precious items. Valuations provide proof of ownership which an insurance company may require in the event of a claim. Without this proof consumers may find that replacement is based on an item of “average” quality rather than what they have actually lost. Having jewellery valued every 2-3 years will ensure any information about market values is up to date.

Steven Jordan FGA DGA FIRV was confirmed at the recent AGM of The Gemmological Association as member of the Council of Management. Steven is an independent consultant and Senior Valuer at the Goldsmiths Company Assay Office whose role is to act as a conduit between fellow valuers, retailers and Gem-A. Steven, who in 2009 received the prestigious David Wilkins award from the NAG is a keen gemmologist who has been an active member of the jewellery industry since 1973. In 1993 he set up his independent valuation service and just over three years ago was offered the role of Senior Valuer at the Assay Office London.

tt @Quarterworkshop Inside a silversmiths workshop where all the magic happens and also lots of tea drinking! tt @Sparks68 @myjq I’m sure this sign on the Manton building was very interesting at least someone thought so They’ve nicked it

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British Silver Week - Festival of Silver The Festival of Silver is a series of selling exhibitions, which celebrate contemporary British-made silver objects, art and sculpture. With the Goldsmiths’ Company as lead patron and sponsor, the exhibitions will take place at eight locations around the country. Expect to pay from £90 for original hand-made silver spoons and up to £90,000 for spectacular table centrepieces, with lots more in between. There will be approximately 500 silver works on sale by more than 100 leading British silversmith, many of which have taken hours of painstaking labour to craft combined with years of experience and skill. Many collector’s items commissioned specially for British Silver Week bear the special Queen’s Diamond Jubilee hallmark. Engravers, enamellers and rising British silversmithing stars will also feature. Even if you prefer to just admire, visit the dazzling Pearson Silver Collection, one of Britain’s largest privately held 20th and 21st century silver collections, on show at the new Goldsmiths’ Centre in July.

Venues for the Festival of Silver 2012 include:

• William & Son, Mayfair, owned by William Asprey, the 7th generation of the Asprey family to deal in luxury goods. • The Goldsmiths’ Centre, a £17.5 million spectacular new development incorporating a listed 19th

New China Sourcing Service from BJGI British Jewellery & Giftware International (BJGI), the international division of the BATF, has launched a new service, as part of its range of ‘Your Office in China’ products, targeted at companies sourcing from China. The service will provide a basic company check on Chinese suppliers, providing a reassurance that a Chinese company actually is what they purport to be.

century building, being officially opened by HRH Princess Alexandra this April. • Pangolin London Gallery, specialists in British sculpture, located in London’s edgy cultural venue King’s Place, Kings Cross. • Exhibitors include: Rod Kelly – his clients include St Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Mint. (He designed the £2 coin); Rising star Miriam Hanid – she uses tools bequeathed by her great-grandfather who made silver pieces for the Queen in 1952, and is currently silversmith-in-residence at National Trust property Ickworth House in Suffolk; Hiroshi Suzuki – whose silver is highly collectable and commanding high prices in the London salerooms; Star silversmithing talents, Ndidi Ekubia, Malcolm Appleby, Olivia Lowe, Brett Payne and special guest Dutch silversmith Robert Thalen; John Higgins – Sussex based family-owned silver dealer with a gallery in his home selling work by Britain’s top contemporary silversmiths at ‘sensible prices’. Many galleries and retailers participating in British Silver Week are offering the public the opportunity to meet the makers. British Silver Week founder and managing director Gordon Hamme, recently honoured with the title of Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company, is an avid silver collector. He began his career building a company supplying craftspeople with precious metals, tools and jewellery components with his wife Angela, and then publishing The Goldsmith magazine. Hamme began collecting silver after a visit to the Goldsmiths’ Fair in The check will include a number of administrative checks of company information and documentation against official records: including company bank details, company licence and export licences. Mike Josypenko, International Services Manager explains: “These checks offer a cost effective way to verify whether a company does genuinely exist, whether they are a genuine manufacturer or a general trader, and whether they hold valid export licences for specific products, providing useful reassurance for importers who are considering working with a new supplier. The announcement is

the 1980s and has been hooked ever since. Gordon’s first piece of silver was by award-winning enameller Phil Barnes. His most recent acquisitions are a Malcolm Appleby bowl and a rice spoon by Lucian Taylor to be engraved by Nan Nan Liu. In four years, British Silver Week has held 65 selling exhibitions across the UK, Germany and Malaysia and sold over £1 million of British silver. During British Silver Week 2009, a staggering 40,000 visitors visited a promotional exhibition at Chatsworth, the country estate of the Duke of Devonshire, one of Britain’s biggest silver collectors.

Festival of Silver Selling Exhibitions:

• Goldsmiths’ Centre, London – 10-14 July • Pangolin London Gallery, King’s Place, London – 12-18 May • William & Son, Mayfair – 11-22 June • John Higgins Contemporary Silver, Lindfield Sussex – 15 June – 1 July • Styles Silver, Hungerford, Berkshire – 11-30 June • Cookson Precious Metals, Birmingham – 19-22 June • Craft in Focus, Henley-on-Thames – 22-24 June • Craft in Focus, Winchester – 16-18 November • Silver seminar sessions on 12 July at Goldsmiths’ Centre at 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Given by John Andrew Curator of the Pearson Silver Collection and George Styles, Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company and Director of Styles Silver.

particularly timely, as many buyers will be visiting the China Import Export Fair (Canton Fair) in April, sourcing new products, or looking for new manufacturers.” Suppliers can also obtain more comprehensive company checks as part of BJGI’s full service package ‘Your Office in China’. This is designed to help companies sourcing from China, taking the stress out of sourcing from China, and saving clients time and money. To find out how to take advantage of this service, contact any member of the BJGI team on tel; 0121 236 2657, or visit April 2012 The Hockley Flyer


Ping It, Ring It, Roll It, Write It Exciting new musical commissions inspired by the heroic quest, William Blake, bell ringing, table tennis and the spirit of the Olympic Games. Birmingham Conservatoire presents a day of musical fun and games on Sunday 6 May 2012 in the city’s historic Jewellery Quarter. The event, part of the UK-wide PRS For Music Foundation’s New Music 20x12 programme and inspired by the spirit of the Olympic Games, includes the world premiere of The Voyage, a 12 minute opera from composer Michael Wolters and theatre company Stan’s Cafe. Using the Olympic theme, the story follows a mythological character leaving home to face challenges overseas, in the hope of returning a hero. One of the performance’s most striking features is the mobile nature of the audience. Mounted on castors, a custom-made seating bank is designed to roll spectators 20 metres from the action before bringing them back home. The Voyage, a playful two-act opera for a voice, a double bass and eight recorders, is the second collaboration between Michael Wolters, Deputy Head of Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire, and Stan’s Cafe, whose radical theatre productions have been acclaimed around the world. Also airing throughout the day are three other imaginative and inspiring New Music 20x12 works, each just 12 minutes in length. Ping! is a collaboration between composer and Birmingham Conservatoire Head of Composition Joe Cutler, Coull Quartet and Fusion Table Tennis Club, which explores the distinct sounds and rhythms of a game of table tennis. Recently premiered at Warwick Arts Centre, the piece creates intricate cross-rhythms between table tennis players and the string quartet, with film by international visual artist Tom Dale. Composer and Birmingham Conservatoire Composition Tutor Howard Skempton’s Five Rings Triples is an Olympian twist on the English bell ringing tradition - a heady combination of music, sport-like skill and maths for the world’s heaviest instru-

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ments! Coventry Diocesan Guild of Bellringers will be ringing the piece throughout the day from nearby St Paul’s Church where attendees can visit the bell tower, and find out more about the art of bell ringing. Finally, fellow Birmingham Conservatoire Composition Tutor Richard Causton introduces a film and discusses the inspiration behind his yetto-be-performed new piece TwentySeven Heavens. Written for a large 120-piece orchestra, it is inspired by William Blake’s famed verse, Jerusalem, and areas of London, including the main Olympic site. Performances take place at regular intervals throughout the day alongside a variety of other activities, including workshops, talks, face painting, wii games and video screenings. With an on-site cafe also open, visitors are invited to stay for as long as they like, and sample the rolling programme. David Saint, Acting Principal, Birmingham Conservatoire, said: “The New Music 20x12 commissions were hotly contested and we are proud that four of the 20 have been won by our staff. This event will be a great adventure for the whole family and will prove that contemporary music can be enjoyed by anyone. I’m very much looking forward to it.” Vanessa Reed, Executive Director of PRS For Music Foundation, said: “We are delighted that so many talented music creators and organisations were inspired to apply to New Music 20x12, a fantastic initiative that will see the UK’s music community leaving its legacy as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The chosen collaborations offer a snap-

shot of the UK’s fantastically rich and varied new music scene and we are proud to support their contribution to this unique, international celebration.” • Ping It, Ring It, Roll It, Write It takes place on Sunday 6 May 2012 at @ AE Harris, 110 Northwood Street, Birmingham B3 1SZ from 11.45am to 5.30pm. Admission is £6/£4, with under fives free. For more information, including advance bookings see: Ping! performances 12:40, 13:40, 16:20 Five Rings Triples performances (St. Paul’s Church) 2.40pm, 3.40pm, 4.40pm The Voyage performances 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm Twenty-Seven Heavens screenings 1.20pm, 2.20pm, 4.20pm. About Stan’s Cafe and @AE Harris Stan’s Cafe is a group of artists from a variety of disciplines, though primarily theatre practitioners, working under the artistic direction of James Yarker. The company consists of a core of long-term collaborators and a range of associated artists. Their original and often radical theatre productions are in demand around the world. @ AE Harris is a performance venue and rehearsal space in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, close to the city centre. It was set up by Stan’s Cafe to host projects, which, for reasons of scale, expense, messiness or outrageous oddness could find no other home in the city. More information:

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For One Day Only - Assay Office Silver Visit The Birmingham Assay Office in collaboration with British Silver Week is pleased to announce that it is uniquely opening its doors to the General Public and offering limited places on its popular Silver Collection Visit programme – on One Day Only! British Silver Week has blossomed into the Festival of Silver and The Birmingham Assay Office is pleased to sponsor the participation of five silversmiths who have recently qualified from Birmingham School of Jewellery. Christopher Hay, Drew Markou, Jemma Daniels, Ryan McClean and

New Education & Training Course Dates Announced by The Birmingham Assay Office In today’s difficult economic times, staff knowledge and confidence when selling is more important than ever. The Education and Training Division at The Birmingham Assay Office is going from strength to strength and we are delighted to announce our new course dates for the remainder of 2012. These include courses on hallmarks and important gemstones, understanding coloured gemstones, buying scrap gold, silver, and understanding diamonds. Each course has a practical element and is deliv-

the Great Charles Street Bridge. The proposed route runs for 1.4 kilometres through Birmingham city centre with four new stops provided. A new Snow Hill stop will be constructed on the existing railway viaduct at Livery Street/Lionel Street. This will provide interchange with national and local rail services at Snow Hill station by way of the new secondary access, and access to the neighbouring Ballymore development and those in the nearby Gun Quarter

and Great Charles and Lionel Streets. From Snow Hill, the route continues over the new Great Charles Street bridge, through the Ballymore Development then on street along Colmore Circus Queensway, into Bull Street before turning onto Corporation Street, across New Street and into Stephenson Street. A stop will be located on Stephenson Street providing interchange with New Street Gateway.

Simon Pattison will show contemporary pieces at a selling exhibition in the showroom of Cookson Precious Metals in Vittoria Street, Birmingham. The exhibition will run from 18th to 22nd June 2012. This event will be supported by The Birmingham Assay Office who is running two special British Silver Week ‘public’ silver visits to its historic Silver Collection at The Assay Office to coincide with the exhibition. The Silver Collection chronicles 240 years of silver-smithing in Birmingham, through Boulton and Fothergill pieces from the 1770’s to the latest contemporary pieces commissioned in the last decade. Guests to the British Silver Week Silver Visits on Wednesday 20th June will be guided up to the exhibition after their visit. Their walk, via one of

the Jewellery Quarter’s most traditional industrial streets, will take them from the historic Victorian splendour of The Assay Office building to an exhibition of contemporary silver by five very talented British Silverware designer makers. The Joint Silver Collection Visit & Contemporary Silverware Exhibition will take place on Wednesday 20th June, starting, at The Birmingham Assay Office, with the option of a morning visit at 10.30am or an afternoon visit at 1.00pm. Places are limited to 25 for each of the visits, so early booking is advised. To book a place on the BSW Silver Visit or for further information T: 0871 871 6020 or E: silver@theassayoffice. A charge of £10.00 per head is payable in advance and non-refundable.

ered by highly qualified experts in their field. With precious metal prices continuing at an all time high, the Buying Scrap Gold and Silver course has been particularly successful, with dates selling out almost as soon as they are announced. This course is appealing to existing businesses and to entrepreneurs looking to enter the market for scrap gold and silver. Delegate feedback for these training days has also been fantastic. One recent participant, Simon Hammond, commented that the course ‘has been invaluable and exceeded my expectations in terms of the content of the day, but also the level of specialist expertise amongst those involved in delivering the course.’

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Buying Scrap Gold & Silver Courses

• Wednesday 30th May 2012 • Tuesday 26th June 2012

Wednesday 25th July 2012 Wednesday 5th September 2012 Wednesday 26th September 2012 Wednesday 24th October 2012

Identifying Hallmarks & Important Gemstones • Tuesday 4th September 2012 • Tuesday 6th November 2012

Understanding Coloured Gemstones • Tuesday 25th September 2012 • Tuesday 13th November 2012

Understanding Diamonds • • • • •

Tuesday 24th July 2012 Tuesday 21st August 2012 Tuesday 18th September 2012 Tuesday 23rd October 2012 Tuesday 27th November 2012

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Property Planning Matters GENERAL

The ‘GOLDEN TRIANGLE’ and the ‘INDUSTRIAL MIDDLE’ are the areas protected against inappropriate residential use. A large number of Planning Applications are not in accordance with the Planning Legislation which is there to ‘protect’ the Jewellery Quarter and the trade. Please help the Jewellery Quarter to survive by making your ‘official’ protest against such Applications.

New Applications

2012/02270/PA 56 Albion Street Birmingham B1 3EA Listed Building Consent for new signage to front railings. 30-03-2012 2012/02243/PA 60 Key Hill Hockley Birmingham B18 5NX. Conservation area consent for the demolition of existing building. 27-03-2012 2012/02251/PA 13 Fleet Street Birmingham B3 1JP. Listed building consent for a change of use from factory to office/ visitor attraction. 26-03-2012 2012/02250/PA 13 Fleet Street Birmingham B3 1JP. Change of use from factory (use class B1) to office/visitor attraction (use class B1). 26-03-2012


2012/02085/PA 54-56 Albion Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3EA. Change of use from a factory (Use Class B2) to a Heritage visitor attraction (Use Class D1). 21-03-2012. 2012/01861/PA 12 Regent Parade Birmingham B1 3NS. Listed Buildings Consent for demolition of internal walls in connection with mixed use development to create 1 no. commercial unit and 3 no. residential units. 13-03-2012. 2012/01860/PA 12 Regent Parade Birmingham B1 3NS. Mixed use development to create 1 no. commercial unit and 3 no. residential units. 13-03-2012. 2012/01834/PA 132 Icknield Street The Kettleworks Hockley Birmingham. Application for a new planning permission to replace an extant Conservation Area Consent 2008/06509/PA for the partial demolition of building to allow for conversion of existing building into office and mixed use accommodation and multistorey car park, including an additional set back storey at roof level, creation of

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Planning Applications and Decisions from the Jewellery Quarter.

a public square and pedestrian link. 12-03-2012. 2012/01790/PA 64 Water Street Birmingham B3 1HP. Change of use of ground floor from offices (Use Class B1) to centre for people with special needs (Use Class D1). 12-03-2012. 2012/01775/PA 36/38 Camden Street Hockley Birmingham. Erection of 2 no. 2 bedroom dwellings and creation of 2 no. parking spaces. 09-03-2012. 2012/01523/PA 27-28 Pemberton Street Birmingham B18 6NY. Application to replace an extant planning permission 2008/06416/PA for listed Buildings Consent for a change of use of light industrial building to 5 residential units. 01-032012. 2012/01430/PA 83-85 Northwood Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1TH. Refurbishment of front of building to provide 6 bedrooms and ancillary accommodation. Construction of rooftop extension to provide hotel conference accommodation. Demolition of rear wing to allow for construction of 24 bedroom extension to existing hotel. 27-02-2012 2012/01394/PA 27-28 Pemberton Street Birmingham B18 6NY. Application to replace an extant planning permission 2008/06415/PA for a change of use of light industrial building to 5 residential units. 27-02-2012 2012/01394/PA 27-28 Pemberton Street Birmingham B18 6NY. Application to replace an extant planning permission 2008/06415/PA for a change of use of light industrial building to 5 residential units. 27-02-2012. 2012/01119/PA 90-104 Constitution Hill Hockley Birmingham B19 3JT. Variation of Condition C4 attached to planning approval 2009/00565/PA to retain existing facade and re-modelled to suit proposed layout including windows, also increase the height of the building. 14-02-2012 2012/01001/PA Sloane House 1-7 Sloane Street Birmingham B1 3BX. Listed building consent for restorative work to exterior of 1-7 Sloane Street and renovation and restorative internal works. Removal of internal partition walls to Sloane House and creation of internal walls to form the division into 4 town houses. Demolition of 2 storey rear lean-to at 1-7 Sloane Street and selective demolition of buildings within curtilage of 1-7 Sloane Street and erection of replacement 2 storey extension. 08-02-2012 2012/00954/PA Camden St/Sloane

St/Camden Drive/Legge Lane land at Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EH Conservation Area Consent for demolition works in association with redevelopment of site to provide 25 townhouses and 86 apartments. 07-02-2012 2012/00952/PA Camden St/Sloane St/Camden Drive/Legge Lane land at Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EH. Redevelopment consisting of new build, refurbishment and selective demolition to provide 25 townhouses and 86 apartments and associated development. 07-02-2012 2012/00725/PA Domino’s Pizza 110 Constitution Hill Birmingham B19 3JS. Variation of condition 2 attached to planning approval 2011/03645/PA to allow opening of the premises between 10:00am to 5:00am Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00am on Saturday and 10:00am to 05:00am on Sundays and Bank Holidays. 30-01-2012 2011/06730/PA Pemberton Street Birmingham B18 6NY. Erection of 8 no. storey mews houses with associated parking and landscaping. 04-10-2011

New Decisions

2012/01277/PA 2 Regent Street Birmingham B1 3HQ. Listed building consent for installation of slate roof over existing light well with four new rooflights, installation of seven replacement rooflights on existing roof, general refurbishment of remainder of building and installation of new staircases, toilets and tea point. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2012/01276/PA 2 Regent Street Birmingham B1 3HQ. Installation of slate roof over existing covered light well, with four new rooflights and seven replacement rooflights to existing roof. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2012/01172/PA 60-62 Constitution Hill Birmingham B19 3JT. Listed building consent for internal and external works associated with conversion of building from wholesalers to restaurant, warehouse and two, three bedroom student cluster flats. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2012/00891/PA 86 Vyse Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6HA. Amendments to existing alterations to include a boundary wall, replacement windows and change of use to a restaurant (use class A3). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2012/00604/PA 90-104 Constitution Hill Hockley Birmingham B19 3JT. Application for replacement of associated Conservation Area Consent 2009/00564/ PA in order to extend the time limit for implementation for the demolition of existing warehouse and offices (retention of facade and gable wall). Final

Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2012/00537/PA 36 Vyse Street Birmingham B18 6JY. Minor material amendment attached to previous planning application 2010/04978/PA to change from a 1 no. bedroom to 2 no. bedroom live/work unit. Final Decision. 23-012012. Refuse 2012/00416/PA 90-104 Constitution Hill Hockley Birmingham B19 3JT. Application to extend the time limit for implementation attached to planning approval 2009/00565/PA for demolition of existing buildings, retention & refurbishment of the facade and gable wall of the existing frontage locally listed building and erection of new four / five storey 109 bedroom hotel. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2012/00107/PA Carver Street/Pope Street - land at (site of 120 Pope Street) Jewellery Quarter Birmingham. Minor material amendment attached to previous planning application 2009/02209/ PA to include alterations to the elevations and omission of the basement car park. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions. 2011/07069/PA 34 Carver Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3AS. Conservation Area Consent for the demolition of the existing building. 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.

Plans are available for scrutiny at the Spring Hill Library. You must register any objections (or support) to the above Applications in writing direct to Birmingham Core Strategy, Birmingham City Council, 4th Floor, 1 Lancaster Circus, Birmingham B4 7DJ, quoting the Planning Application number. Remember, there is a restriction against inappropriate housing within the Golden Triangle and the Industrial Middle - but your objections still need to be recorded!

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Dates for your Diary

Now - 09 Jun - RBSA Gallery - Andrew Matheson RBSA Known mainly for his thrown ceramics, this exhibition reflects the influence of landscape upon Andrew’s work, and features a mixture of wall panels and 3D pieces. He has been influenced by his trips to the West Highlands, the undulating hills and the silhouette of a group of trees against the skyline. Now - 15 Jun - RBSA Gallery - SWEET DREAMS Your last opportunity to see this charming exhibition looking at the fun and whimsical side of craft making. See Lisa Swerling’s fanciful miniature scenes, ceramics from Irish maker Emer O’Sullivan and textile accessories by Nicola de Cruz. 25 Apr - 5 May - RBSA Gallery - YOUNG CURATORS - A MIXED PALETTE. An exhibition curated by undergraduate students, A Mixed Palette showcases a spectrum of work by Society Members and Associates exploring media and techniques, giving a vibrant take on the mixed styles of painting. 25 Apr - 3.00pm - Jewellery Quarter Association Board York House. 27 Apr - 29 Apr - 6.45pm weekdays, Sat/Sun different times - Blue Orange Theatre Presents: LOVE! SEX! CONFUSION! Directed by Graeme Braidwood A tantalising collection of short plays dealing with romance, passion and misunderstandings. New writing that gets to the heart of human interaction. 03 May - 10.00am - Fellows & Sons Auctioneers - Jewellery & Watches 07 May - 19 May - RBSA Gallery - PAST AND PRESENT. An opportunity to see ceramic sculptures by Gordon Thomas RBSA (1927-2004). Also on show are prints and collages by Birmingham-born Martha Ullmann and oil paintings by Gavin Hutchinson from Northern Ireland. 07 May - 19 May - RBSA Gallery - QUATREFOIL. Debut. The first major exhibition of ‘Quatrefoil’, a group of professional artists working with textiles and photography. They are Jacqueline Calladine, Gwen McQuay, Annette Lucas ARBSA and Stephanie Redfern RBSA. Don’t miss Quatrefoil’s ‘Meet the Artists Open Day’ on Saturday 12 May. 14 May - 10.00am - Fellows & Sons Auctioneers - Pocket Watches & Accessories, Watches & Watch Parts 17 May - 10.00am - Fellows & Sons Auctioneers - Jewellery & Watches 19 May - 10.00am to 3.00pm - 24 CARROTS - The Jewellery Quarter Farmers’ Market 24 May - 10.00am - Fellows & Sons Auctioneers - Antique and Modern Jewellery 24 May - 16 Jun - RBSA Gallery - PRIZE. An ‘Open’ exhibition accepting entries in all media (except photography). This exhibition attracts entries from talented artists across the UK. To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the exhibition includes a display of work by Lady Teresa Clarke RBSA

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(1886-1987), elected in 1952, the yearof the Queen’s accession to the throne. 28 May - 10.00am - Fellows & Sons Auctioneers - Vintage Jewellery & Accessories 31 May - 9 Jun - 6.45pm weekdays, Sat/Sun different times - Blue Orange Theatre Presents: FROZEN by Bryony LaveryDirected by Graeme Braidwood. One evening ten-year-old Rhona goes missing. Her mother, Nancy, retreats into a state of frozen hope. Agnetha, an American academic, comes to England to research a thesis: “Serial Killing - A Forgivable Act?” Then there’s Ralph... 11 Jun - 10.00am - Fellows & Sons Auctioneers - Antiques & Fine Art 16 Jun - 10.00am to 3.00pm - 24 CARROTS - The Jewellery Quarter Farmers’ Market 20 Jun - 3.00 pm - Jewellery Quarter Association Board York House. 21 Jul - 10.00am to 3.00pm - 24 CARROTS - The Jewellery Quarter Farmers’ Market 18 Aug - 10.00am to 3.00pm - 24 CARROTS - The Jewellery Quarter Farmers’ Market 12 Sept - 3.00pm - Jewellery Quarter Association Board York House. 15 Sept - 10.00am to 3.00pm - 24 CARROTS - The Jewellery Quarter Farmers’ Market 27 Sept - 8.00 - 9.00 - Jewellery Quarter Assoc. Breakfast. 20 Oct - 10.00am to 3.00pm - 24 CARROTS - The Jewellery Quarter Farmers’ Market 17 Oct - 3.00pm – pre-AGM Jewellery Quarter Association Board (York House) 24 Oct - Jewellery Quarter Association A.G.M. 31 Oct - Jewellery Quarter Association Board – York House. 08 Nov - 8.00 - 9.00am Jewellery Quarter Association Breakfast. 17 Nov - 10.00am to 3.00pm - 24 CARROTS - The Jewellery Quarter Farmers’ Market 06 Dec - 8.00 - 9.00am – Jewellery Quarter Assoc. Breakfast 15 Dec - 10.00am to 3.00pm - 24 CARROTS - The Jewellery Quarter Farmers’ Market

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03 May - Live Organ Recital at 1.15pm played by Paul Carr at St Paul’s Church in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.


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26 Apr - LatinMotion presents DEL CAMINO: Popular seven piece Salsa Band supported by LatinMotion DJs. Always a busy night. Salsa classes from LatinMotion’s own Mauricio Reyes, from 9pm. ( Live Band onstage after 10pm, and the LatinMotion DJs keep the whole night partying until 1am! 27 & 28 Apr - RED LEMONS - A band of superbly accomplished and very individual musicians come together to perform a vast range of soul & funk favourites from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder to Alicia Keys, Duffy, and Plan B 1 May - LUMI HD - STEVE SWIFT - SIMON BREIVIK: The first of two showcase events of Final Year Students of the Music Department of Wolverhapton University, featuring the funky and soulful sounds of Lumi’s vocal talents and Steve’s fabulous bass guitar work - everything from Earth, Wind and Fire to Incognito. Another feature of this evening is an acoustic set from Simon Breivik. 2 May - TAMMY KING - MIKE GROVES: The final showcase event of Final Year Students of the Music Department of Wolverhapton University, featuring Tammy King’s mix of acoustic and electrified blues rock showcases a versatile and classic voice while Mike Grove’s funky set spans the Chilli’s to Level 42. 3 May - The SUBS: Great chance to see one of our most popular of weekend bands play not only some of their rock anthem set, but a few of their own material! 4 and 5 May - MR BEN: This entertaining & energetic four piece plays a terrific range of classic and contemporary rock anthems from the likes of the Police & Proclaimers to Stereophonics & Snow Patrol (www. 8 May - SIMON FAULKNER - Simon is a terrifiic guitarist and vocalist. A Jam House debut with his new band, tonight promises to be very entertaining 9 May - GOSPEL CENTRAL - The second of a series of evenings celebrating the talent to be found in the local Gospel music scene - featuring Colin Peters & Andre Bassing. 10 May - DANA GILLESPIE & The London Blues Band - With a successful musical career spanning 45 years, playing & recording with a range of artistes as diverse as Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, and David Bowie, and alongside her early days as a West End and film actress,

Dana Gillespie has developed an international following with the “raunchy in-your-face blues” she performs today. (www. Dana brings a few of her “London Blues Band” to the Jam House to play some self-penned & classic blues favourites. A must-see 11 & 12 May - SOLID SOUL - Soul Greats from this talented group of musicians - always a popular choice at the Jam House - featuring classic James Brown, Motown, and even Hendrix & Kravitz. 15 May - Sorry, We’re Closed for a Private Event 16 May - HAMILTON LOOMIS - Grammynominated Hamilton Loomis brings his own contemporary funk-a-fied Blues style to the Jam House. Not just another cat-in-a-hat with a Strat. A real treat! (www. 17 May - LES AND THE LICKS - A guitar based 4 piece band that sound amazing and play a selection of rock, pop, funk and soul hits. 18 & 19 May - THE INTENTIONS - The soul of James Brown, Otis Redding and Wilson Picket live on in the guise of Graham Dee - major players in the Midlands Soul Scene for decades, the artistes formerly known as the Receivers always attract a great audience. 22 May - JAZZLINES presents .. JOHN FLEMING & MATT GOUGH QUARTET - An excellent young quintet led by two graduates from the Birmingham Conservatoire, John Fleming on tenor sax and Matt Gough on trumpet. It also features Andy Bunting on piano, Nick Jurd on bass and Jonathan Silk on drums. 23 May - ROCKSTEADY - These talented guys certainly mix it up with their selection of the very best dance floor favourites of the ‘seventies & ‘eighties 24 May - THE PARIS 1940s - The Paris 1940s are a tremendous new five-piece who completely reinvent well-known pop music fusing it with soul, jazz, swing, samba and even drum and bass. 25 & 26 May - STARLIGHT CLUB - New band STARLIGHT CLUB provides a funk & nu-soul flavour to songs from Chaka Khan to Mis-teeq. Great show! 29 May - The ACOUSTIC SESSIONS - New talent showcase presented by Ben Drummond. To be part of this regular feature at the Jam House, all musicians should contact the Jam House direct on 0121 200 3030. 30 May - The SOUNDS of the SUPREMES “You Keep Me Hanging On”, “Stop! In The Name of Love”, “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Love Child”, “Baby Love”, “Nothing But Heartache”, “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “Love Is like An Itching In My Heart”. 31 May - LatinMotion presents DEL CAMINO Popular seven piece Salsa Band supported by LatinMotion DJs. Always a busy night.

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The Jam House, St.Pauls Square, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B31 QU

Domino Appoints European Sales Manager Domino has announced the appointment of Frenchman Laurent Nicollier as its Sales Manager for Europe with a view to him growing the company’s sales not simply in his homeland of France but throughout the continent. Nicollier has over twelve years fine jewellery experience having worked for a couple of large French businesses with particular responsibility in his most recent position for the company’s Strategic Business Unit operating mainly in Europe and Japan. “We are delighted to welcome Laurent to Domino. He has a strong

understanding of the industry and has particular expertise in design, sales and marketing. He also has excellent contacts with European retailers. We had a very successful fair at this year’s Basel with strong interest being expressed in our ranges by jewellers across the EU and we are confident that Laurent’s expertise will help us to grow further what is already an expanding market for us,” says the company’s’ managing director, Andrew Morton. Speaking about his appointment Nicollier, who speaks fluent English and French as well as basic German and a sprinkling of Mandarin, commented: “Domino has much to offer the European jewellery retailer and I am looking forward to introducing its extensive and creative product range to those who are currently unaware of

Letters To Marie Haddleton @ The Hockley Flyer.

Trees in the Jewellery Quarter ‘If there is one thing that would transform the Jewellery Quarter more than anything else it is ‘Trees’. I’m, not talking about a few dotted about here and there but ALL the main wide arterial connections becoming tree lined. The ‘Urban Grain’ - (planning jargon!) would become instantly softened and enhanced. Property values in our little ‘Chelsea of Birmingham’ would be raised and the whole place would become much more user friendly in the most natural way. I am not an expert on trees but I do know that with the right ones in the right places the effect would be dramatic. In my humble opinion, this would be much better than the rather uninspiring New Look for the Golden Square outside the Big Peg by the clock tower.

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Readers Letters to the Editorial Team.

I will get down from my soapbox now but just think about it the next time you are walking down any of the roads in the Jewellery Quarter. What a transformation it would be! Ross McMillan MD Award Winning Developer ‘The Memories’ 1st July 2011 Cedar Homes (UK) Ltd.

I completely agree and it will indeed be a ‘sad day’ when, to make way for the Golden Square, they cut down the trees outside the Big Peg and along Vyse Street (together with the removal of HRH Prince Charles’ Visitors Kiosk) to make way for the planting of totally unattractive crab-apple trees. Ken Schofield has already tried to protect the existing trees. I understand that some trees are to be planted along Caroline Street and a new tree has been planted in Dayus Square, but this will not compensate for the loss of the mature trees they are to remove. What does anyone else think? Do we care about trees and plants and the wildlife that depend on them? Let’s hear from you. (Editor)

Laurent Nicollier

the brand and to developing links with existing stockists.”

Wildlife in the Jewellery Quarter We would be interested to hear from our readers about any wildlife you have spotted in and around the Jewellery Quarter. We have a new section on www.thehockleyflyer. and look for the Flyer Forum where you can easily leave messages about what you have seen. There is no need to say you have seen Seagulls and Pigeons though, it is the more unusual items we would like you to mention - for instance we have seen a Pied Wagtail in Frederick Street and Regent Street, and used to see small groups of Gold Finches flying though Regent Street. They were maybe after the seeds from the Buddleia bushes that have now been ripped up for a new development.

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Email Tel: 01384 251707. JEWELLERY BUSINESS Services: We are a Jobbing Jewellers with a history of over 40 years experience. We are looking to expand our business. We can undertake any aspect of jewellery repairs from sizing, polishing and chain repairs to tipping, setting or even complete remounts etc. Nothing is too big or small. Competitive rates and a good, reliable turnaround. If you are interested or would like more information on our services please give me a call. Many thanks. Phone: 0121 554 2968.




Do you run a business connected to Birmingham’s

Jewellery Quarter?

If so - you should be advertising in this very publication! A quarter page advert costs £32.00 + vat for one insertion, Reducing to £26.00 + Vat for 12 or more Consecutive insertions (mono). Phone the Advertising Manager on 0121-233 3468 or Fax 0121-236 4230 or email

Visit our web site for full details and advertising rate card. tion of the making of Steel Pen Nibs in the 19th Century at The Argent Centre on Frederick Street, Birmingham B1 3HS. Tel: 0121 236 9834. Admission Free.

PROPERTY GOODMAN AND FINEMAN LIMITED (established over 40 years)

OFFICES, MUSIC STUDIOS, AND WORKSHOPS TO LET FROM £25.00 PER WEEK 1 month’s notice from Tenant accepted No Legal Fees Regent Place, Caroline Street, Regent Parade also Northwood Street

07836 579371 or 07976 265455 Website:


Personalised Creative & Unique Gifts Personalised Canvasses Gifts for Him & Her Home Ideas Wedding Stationary & Cakes

59a Caroline Street, Hockley, Birmingham, B3 1UF Tel: 0121 285 0685 Email: Web:

ALL WORK and no play makes Jack a dull Boy! Come and join your local male voice choir. Te Birmingham Icknield M.V. C. Rehearsals every Tuesday 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Grimshaw Room, St. Chad’s cathedral. Free secure parking in carpark in Shadwell St. No requirement to read music. We will teach you to sing. Contact Dave Ward on 0121 382 444. THE PEN Room Museum. Come, see, and learn about Birmingham’s domina-

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TRAINEE GOLDSMITH. We are a busy retail business with 3 branches in kidderminster, stourbridge and bromsgrove. We are looking for a Trainee Goldsmith to work in all of our branches, so own transport is an advantage. This role is a full time position and will include dealing with the public and being trained on site in our workshops, if you are looking for an exciting career with excellent opportunities or for more information then please call or email Claire. SKILLED JEWELLER. We are a busy retail business with 3 branches in kidderminster, stourbridge and bromsgrove. We are looking for a skilled jeweller to work in all of our branches, so own transport is an advantage. We do repairs on site for customers including sizing rings, tipping, re-setting, mounting etc. This role is a full time position and will include dealing with the public on a daily basis. if you have the skills we require and you are looking for

an exciting new career then call or email your CV to Claire. Phone: 01562 824884

WANTED OLD WORKSHOP, factory and office items, steel and wooden filing cabinets, plan chests, lockers, desks, workbenches, stools, chairs, storage bins, industrial lighting, old patterns, Tote tins, trolleys, and old stock etc. Ring: 07860 307446. IF YOU are approaching retirement or simply just want a change of scene but have loyal customers that you don’t want to disappoint we are the answer to your problem. We are looking to expand our business and are looking for smooth running jobbing jewellers/setters etc, business’s to buy! We will consider anything no matter how big or small your turnover. If you may be interested give me a call on the number provided Phone: 01215 542968. WE ARE looking for second hand CD jewel cases for use to store pen nibs at l local museum. Only small quantities required at a time, and we require the original chunky ones, not the slim ones. Don’t throw them away – recycle! Contact us at

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BULLION DEALERS • SMELTERS ASSAYERS • WHOLESALE JEWELLERY We are specialists in the recovery of Precious Metals for the Jewellery and Dental Trades, and we will buy scrap, lemel, sweeps etc in any form or quantity.

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We buy Gold, & Silver, Hallmarked & Unhallmarked at the same rate. Premium Prices Paid for Surplus Jewellery Stock. Lemels, Sweeps and Polishings, including Dental Scrap. Fast turnaround 24hrs Lemels, 5 days Sweeps. Gold & Silver Solutions and Residues, Cyanide & Acid based. Fluxes, Pots & Crucibles, and other low grade materials. Free Collection or Free Insured Postal Service. Prompt payment by Cash, Cheque or T.T. FOR YOUR BULLION NEEDS WE SUPPLY

 Solders  Casting Grain  Tube  Sheet  Wire For a fast, efficient and confidential service call Dave or Steve on


43-45 SPENCER STREET, HOCKLEY, BIRMINGHAM Fax: 0121 233 1470 Open 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday - Friday

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Auction & Auction+ Maguire Jackson will be holding the second Auction of the year which will be held at the Motorcycle Museum in Solihull May 28th.

Auction & Auction+

With the average UK residential property, according to now being marketed on average for 241 days it is no wonder auctions are becoming more popular for those wanting the satisfaction of a deďŹ nite sale. Please email philip@maguirejackson. com if you would like to meet our Auctioneer Charles Robinson & discussing putting your property into auction. Before you bid on a property at our auction sales we recommend you download the legal pack from the website:

t: 0121 634 1520 the name for exclusive city properties

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