JQ LIVING

The Quarter is a great place to live with over 30 restaurants, bars and cafés, ranging from Italian to Jamaican cuisine. Other facilities essential for a successful urban village continue to appear, making the area a desirable place to live.

CHARMING PLACE TO LIVE

In the 18th Century, the Jewellery Quarter created a substantial number of new houses that were built for manufacturers in the area, while the artisans continued to live in modest terrace houses. By the 19th century some of these houses were replaced by manufactories and the residential community within the Quarter declined.
Over the past decade we have seen a resurgence – apartments and townhouses have sprung up in converted buildings or on land that has become derelict. This has brought life back into the Quarter and much needed facilities necessary for a successful urban village.
Over 6,000 residents now live in the Quarter – it is a great place to live with more than 30 restaurants, bars and cafés. Other centrally located facilities include a Post Office, a Tesco supermarket and Tesco Express, pharmacy, dentist, gyms and several hair salons. The long-awaited new Hockley Health Centre provides an important facility.
The Jewellery Quarter is well served by public transport and Snow Hill Station now has its own entrance in the area. It is only a 15 minute stroll away from the facilities of Birmingham City Centre.

GET INVOLVED

Living in the Quarter is about getting to know people – you can be as social as you wish. Here are a few opportunities that are available to you.

If you are passionate about where you live, joining the Jewellery Quarter Neighbourhood Forum (JQNF) is a must. Whether you want to take part in shaping the future of where you live or simply find out more about life in the Quarter – it’s up to you.

JQNF meetings take place every third Tuesday of the month from 6pm at The Drop Forge.

There is an active and growing online community in the Quarter. Numerous people have expressed an interest in doing something social, along the lines of @Likemind but in the evening. So, if you are interested in the Quarter, why not join in? There is no agenda but an opportunity to chat with fellow residents, whilst contributing to life in the Quarter. There is an active social media resident group that regularly meet at the Drop Forge in Hockley Street. Feel free to join them or follow @MyJQ on Twitter.

For those of you who enjoy music – there is the Progress Choir that runs on a Thursday evening from 7 – 9 pm. It costs £3 per hour and no experience is needed. So why not join in – the first session you attend is free.

AMENITIES

Police Station

Unit G12, The Big Peg, Warstone Lane
08451 135 000 ext. 7865 6221
Reception opening hours: 8.30am – 16.30pm Monday to Thursday, 8.30am – 15.30pm Friday

Post Office

119 Vyse Street
0121 233 4484
Opening hours: 9.00am – 17.30pm Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 13.00pm Saturday

Tesco Express

36 Frederick Street
0121 236 4487

Tesco Express

Great Hampton Street
0845 026 9822

HSBC

168 Warstone Lane
08457 404 404

Barclays

35 Frederick Street
0845 755 5555

NatWest

22 Frederick Street
0845 604 1604

Dental Practice

St Paul’s Square Dental Practice,
51 St Paul’s Square
0121 233 0867‎

Indian High Commission

20 Augusta Street,
Hockley, Birmingham
B18 6JL

0121 212 2782
Public hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm and 13.30pm – 16.30pm
www.cgibirmingham.org

EATING & DRINKING

Free Heritage Walking Tours and CircusMASH returned with new performances by Corey Baker Dance, Mad Science and Granny Tourismo. The Square also saw lots of family activities on Saturday and Sunday run by the Children’s Play Care Network, free face painting and the return of our vintage Helter Skelter.

This year the Festival expanded to include St Paul’s Square, Birmingham’s last Georgian Square. Considered one of the best picnic places in the UK, St Paul’s had a more relaxed, mature vibe with ambient Jazz & Blues from Florence Joella and Emma Jonson Quartet, Capoeira demonstrations and an outdoor scalextric track by the Wonderful World of Trains & Planes. Visitors could also hire an official JQ Picnic Blanket and grab a picnic box to lunch and relax in the sun.

Jazz fans were further treated as Birmingham Jazz returned with their JQ Jazz Legends programme, featuring performances by more than a dozen international jazz artists and bands across a number of locations in the Quarter.

This year saw double the footfall of our first JQ Festival in 2015. Saturday afternoon enjoyed almost 1,000 people between both squares at one time in addition to visitors in Open Studios.

The JQBID would like to thank everyone involved for their support and festival will be back in July 2017 ! To share your thoughts and ideas please email info@jqdt.org. You can also contact the organisers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkdIn

COMMUNITY SAFETY

There was a whole host of activities and entertainment on the Golden Square, including a launch party on the Friday for professionals, businesses and residents to family-friendly activities on the Saturday and Sunday.

Following the opening of the Festival by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, visitors were treated to live music, including Ivory Sessions and the soulful sounds of Aston Performing Arts Academy, before a final hour of Burlesque Acts by Danny Demilo, Liberty Pink and Ginger LaRouge. Visitors were also entertained throughout by west midlands comedienne Ms Barbara Nice who was compére for the evening.

WARD INFORMTION

Free Heritage Walking Tours and CircusMASH returned with new performances by Corey Baker Dance, Mad Science and Granny Tourismo. The Square also saw lots of family activities on Saturday and Sunday run by the Children’s Play Care Network, free face painting and the return of our vintage Helter Skelter.

This year the Festival expanded to include St Paul’s Square, Birmingham’s last Georgian Square. Considered one of the best picnic places in the UK, St Paul’s had a more relaxed, mature vibe with ambient Jazz & Blues from Florence Joella and Emma Jonson Quartet, Capoeira demonstrations and an outdoor scalextric track by the Wonderful World of Trains & Planes. Visitors could also hire an official JQ Picnic Blanket and grab a picnic box to lunch and relax in the sun.

Jazz fans were further treated as Birmingham Jazz returned with their JQ Jazz Legends programme, featuring performances by more than a dozen international jazz artists and bands across a number of locations in the Quarter.

This year saw double the footfall of our first JQ Festival in 2015. Saturday afternoon enjoyed almost 1,000 people between both squares at one time in addition to visitors in Open Studios.

The JQBID would like to thank everyone involved for their support and festival will be back in July 2017 ! To share your thoughts and ideas please email info@jqdt.org. You can also contact the organisers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkdIn

JQ NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Neighbourhood Plans give you the opportunity to help shape the future of the community you live and work in. We are working hard to develop a Plan that helps to protect the future of the Jewellery Quarter and we want you to GET INVOLVED and tell us if we are on the right lines…


Find out more about the JQ Neighboorhood Plan

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