Here we are after the relaxation of some of the Coronavirus lock-down rules. Sincerely hope everyone has survived and will find their way back to some sort of normality, but I fear that we may lose a few facilities we have fought so hard to achieve over the past 40 or so years.
However, we are already getting positive reports from our jewellery outlets, and very few problems with the re-opening of restaurants/pubs etc. The main problem seems to have been with a horrific increase in the amount of litter. Our own much appreciated litter pickers have been remarkably busy though in keeping the streets and cemeteries tidy.
Thank you for the many messages of appreciation for our continuing to publish the magazine – in fact, we have picked up quite a number of new subscriptions.
The new funding for museums, galleries etc will hopefully help our extra-special venues to re-open and keep going.
As we have been unable to have our Festival this year, I thought we would have some fun by publishing pictures taken at past Festivals. As soon as I started researching the original Steam Rallies I realised we had lots of pictures so we will be publishing this feature in two sections – one being solely the Steam Rally up to when we decided to combine this with our own Jewellery Quarter Festival which was great until the Council cancelled the steam event with very short notice!
We are sure that our coverage will bring back a few happy memories, especially for the ‘elderly’ children!
St Paul’s Church
At the time of writing it looks as if we will soon be getting a new permanent vicar.
We are pleased to announce that if you like the Heritage Pages in this magazine, there will soon be a new publication for just that. Many pages of JQ Heritage, some that have been published in this magazine but will be updated and extra, larger photos added, along with other new and exclusive stuff. See our advert elsewhere!