Editorial August 2020

We are now coming out of Lockdown and slowly but surely the Jewellery Quarter is coming back to life. During Lockdown, some manufacturing has continued, but when it proved impossible, government funding has enabled the workers to pay their domestic bills.

Our museums, galleries and restaurants have been the people hardest hit and charities are still desperate.

St Paul’s New Vicar
Sad to see Andrew Gorman leaving after he de-retired himself but great to welcome the new vicar Revd David Tomlinson
Andrew reported to us before he went that the broken guttering had been fixed, thanks to generous donations from the community, and now just needs sealing to prevent any future leaks.
Andrew has worked really hard to bring St Paul’s back to life and we cannot thank him enough for that. He has promised to keep in touch.

Chamberlain Clock to be Removed
Not to worry though, it is being removed to be completelty refurbished. It was done some 30 years ago, but is again showing severe signs of wear and the clock will have a new working clock, the lights, bells (but no whistles) will all be fully restored. But be ready, that part of the JQ looks very odd without the clock tower as we remember from 30 years ago. If the Birmingham 10k run is back in 2021, and the clock is back in time, it will be be a big talking point amongst the attractions the ‘new’ route takes in.

JQ Festivals – Part 2
We bring this feature up to date with Part 2 – impossible to forecast what next year will bring. A Harvest Festival was suggested for this year but do not really think it is feasible.

Visitors to the ‘JQ Home Office’
I do miss the many visitors we were having last year to the JQ Home Office, but with all the promises I have we should be remarkably busy again soon.

Next Month’s Heritage Pages
An enquiry from a lady led us to carry out research on 60 Warstone Lane – (J Mantle) from our database and we were so pleased with the result we decided to run the feature under Heritage.
This brings me nicely to our new heritage magazine/book, the first issue we are still working on. It won’t be long now, we have been a little held up because of this pandemic thing you might have heard about.

Thank you Niel
I cannot thank Niel Black enough for helping us with postage and distribution of the magazine during the Coronavirus Lockdown.

 

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