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Last updated: October 5, 2017 at 11:33 am

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October and it’s getting colder (and darker) but as usual the Jewellery Quarter is alight with events and good news items.

I am glad to say that my short trip to the QE to have my 8-year-old pacemaker replaced went off OK and the treatment I received could not have been better if I had been royalty – thanks QE staff and nurses. All set now for next 8 years – that will make me 97 years old – wonder if I will still be working? Any bets?

This month of course sees Halloween, Macmillan Coffee mornings, and in November we have Remembrance Sunday, and Fireworks and switching on of the Christmas lights, details of which all appear on our very popular Events Pages.

Hope you enjoy the Heritage pages this month – it looks as if Birmingham will be hosting the Commonwealth Games and this could mean extra work for our badge, medal and cup makers. Vaughtons are featured this month and they must be hoping for extra orders.

By people getting together it appears as if we are going to get at least some of our overgrown trees cut back – see the ‘Friends’ news item.

There are two things you simply must do – one is to join ‘Jewellery Quarter Heritage’ (only £10 per annum plus a donation if you feel so inclined or even sponsor a Heritage feature). The other is to join and support the ‘Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery’. Neither group receive any grants or other income and administration, etc is funded from volunteer’s personal income – most of them pensioners. They are both worthy causes.

We are very excited about our new series ‘Jewellery Quarter at War’ which will start in November. We have over 80 stories already, most of which have never seen the light of day’. You can check with us via email whether your firm’s war record is on our database.

The new Hockley Flyer way of advertising is taking off well (see special page). You will no doubt notice this from the extra advertising this month, especially in the jobs section.

I have absolutely tons of research to do – mostly from our own database and files – one thing I need to look at is a puzzle about the Boulder Stone – an original picture of the stone being winched into place doesn’t look anything like the present stone, and what has happened to the attractive flowers that surrounded the stone until recently – it looks quite bleak and unattractive now!

Marie Haddleton