Editorial June 2020

Flaming June has arrived – and things are really hotting up in the Jewellery Quarter – at last! As from mid-June Jewellery shops will be allowed to reopen following an almost total Lock down since mid-March, although safety measures must still be observed.

It has been a really ‘eerie’ couple of months – deserted streets, shutters down, pubs closed, and some boarded up, no meetings, confined to the house (unless of course you are a government minister!). Hopefully, we will be opening the Jewellery Quarter fully again – but to a somewhat changed environment.

One pain is that the traffic wardens will be back mid-June – we thought about painting some footsteps on the pavements to social distance the traffic wardens, except to do loads of footsteps that would take them clean out of the JQ!!!

I would like to thank so many of you who have offered to ‘help me’ personally with shopping etc. over these difficult weeks. One of the most inspiring was an offer from a lady named Nora – she is 83 years old herself and is from the Lib-Dems local Great Barr office (many will remember the late Ray Hassell who was always there supporting the Jewellery Quarter as lots of jewellers live in Great Barr, many being descendants of the pre-WW2 slum clearance. She personally worked in the JQ at one time and has promised some stories. What a lovely lady – we will be meeting up soon, I hope.

Thank you, Tesco’s
Mark and I were probably one of the very first on-line Tesco’s customers and over the years have had nothing to complain about – the service is always on time and price adjustments etc always accurate. It is quite relaxing to open up my next online order slot and delete or add to it as many times as I want to, right up to midnight before delivery is due. Groceries delivered right to door by always pleasant people – what more could you ask for – so many hours saved.

Heritage
This month we are featuring The Court House and Women’s prison – an exclusive YBA Publications story. This was in the period before Birmingham became a city and official records began and is now converted into housing. Hope all the ghosts are now at peace.

JQ Bid
It is sad that so many events have had to be cancelled or postponed, but the JQ Bid team have and are working hard to maintain their schedule of work, along with a ‘JQ at Home’ event replacing the JQ Festival this year. We have included it in this issue as the online version and web site were available before the events but unfortunately, deadlines being what they are the printed version will be out just after the events have taken place! Shows sometimes you need to keep a regular check on our online version and of course the Hockley Flyer website as well.

 

 

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