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Last updated: December 06, 2018 at 12:14 pm

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There have been many events over the past four weeks, not least the wonderful response we had to our 400th Anniversary issue last month.

The Christmas lights are switched on, the Christmas tree is lit up and lots of lovely food and drink offered all around the Jewellery Quarter.

Both Mark and I have been interviewed and photographed – again – this time for a heritage project at The Hub in the New Standard Works which is yet to be completed.

The 3rd issue of JQDT’s ‘JQ Life’ has hit the streets which includes the second of my features ‘90 Years of Change’. Hope you enjoy reading that one too – it’s mainly about the introduction of ‘retailing’ in the Quarter. My third feature (due out in Spring 2019) will include most of the regeneration schemes over the years (including HRH Prince Charles’ involvement) and how the Jewellery Quarter has now become a major tourist attraction, as well as a more pleasant place to work and live, and the ongoing battle both by the Trade and present residents to keep it that way.

Mark and I have been extremely busy these past few weeks with studying Planning Applications and where necessary raising JQ Heritage Objections. If you want to read full details and participate if you wish, I suggest you join JQ Heritage to receive news and newsletters etc. It’s not expensive – you won’t need a mortgage or even a bank loan to join!

Sale of Council Properties
An irresponsible paragraph on someone’s Facebook page caused a major upset late November – we sourced this out and he had mixed up the ‘Golden Triangle’ with the small ‘Vyse Street Triangle’ (Drop Forge on one corner) and the rest of the item is also a load of rubbish – he obviously knows nothing about the heritage of the Jewellery Quarter – as my brother used to say – talk about ‘giving megaphones to monkeys’.
We investigated this matter and you will find a letter from Cllr Ian Ward (Leader of Birmingham City Council). It is an ongoing issue.

We are also in the midst of booking covers and other ‘special’ pages for the 2019 magazines – nearly full already!

Have a great Christmas and see you in the New Year.


Marie Haddleton