Last updated: December 5, 2017 at 18:35 pm
Are you ready for Christmas? No matter how early we start, it always seems to be suddenly upon us – it’s almost a relief when it’s too late to buy anything else!
I have been very busy during the past month researching the ‘Jewellery Quarter at War’ series for the JQ Heritage pages – over 85 stories to date! It would be great if more companies and individuals would join JQ Heritage to help me with expenses. (Only £10 per year with free door/window stickers to show you care). These stories are truly inspiring – what a wonderful breed of people!
Where was I during WW2? I was 11 years old when the war started, and my family had already moved out to the countryside of Great Barr, thanks to the ‘Hockley Slum Clearance’ scheme, and from our air raid shelter in the garden we could see straight across to the city centre, with flares and searchlights lighting up the scene plus, the noise of the bombs exploding, and ack-ack guns stationed in Perry Barr Park. When the air raid sirens went off our dog, bolted up the garden to be first down the shelter! My dad, as a policeman, was on duty on a 24-hour basis. Myself – I was more frightened of the earwigs, of which there was a plague at the time!
I reckon one or two developers are panicking a bit about the Budget where empty living accommodation which has been previously exempt from rates, will now be charged at the going rate and in some cases charged double. Wonder how many empty apartments there are in the Quarter now, plus of course about a thousand still in the pipeline? The proposed increase in rateable value on workshops doesn’t help the trade though. We can’t keep putting up prices every year.
Still having my battle with the NHS – don’t know how the ‘average’ elderly person with no computer, manages to get anything sorted out at all. I tried to get a simple wheelchair – but was told: “You don’t go out enough to warrant one” – daft isn’t it? I am also going to desperately need a stairlift soon – when I mention this to the various NHS visitors, they go very quiet. I don’t mind a reconditioned one – but when I contact stairlift companies myself, I just get hard-sell tactics. Even though I tell them I don’t have thousands of pounds, they just ignore that fact and it’s really hard to shake them off and it can get very unpleasant! If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.
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Mark and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our many friends, supporters and advertisers during the past year and to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous 2018.