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JQwithYou - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion and digital portal for people who want to make a difference!

With a reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays is delighted to welcome the Jewellery Quarter as a Community of Passion. Together with our People with Passion, this digital space will be used to showcase all that's great about JQ. Take the full post to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Connect with us and promote the passion that is the Jewellery Quarter!

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JQwithYou - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion and digital portal for people who want to make a difference!




With a reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays is delighted to welcome the Jewellery Quarter as a Community of Passion. Together with our People with Passion, this digital space will be used to showcase all that's great about JQ. Take the full post to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Connect with us and promote the passion that is the Jewellery Quarter!


JQwithYou is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact. JQwithYou is connected to BirminghamWeAre, the City's Community of Passion to deliver a massive reach and maximise the exposure of JQ passion.

FreeTimePays is delighted to provide this unique collaborative digital space for people who are passionate about the Jewellery Quarter and want to do whatever they can to help promote their community.

At JQwithYou, we help connect people where passions are shared; we give people FREE access to their very own digital space where they can promote their passion; and we recognise people for the contributions they make through the allocation of Passion Points. Interested? Connect with us HERE.

The reach of FreeTimePays is huge and is growing with Communities of Passion being rolled out across the UK. 

Companies and organisations keen to support People with Passion play an essential role and we have a range of partnership, sponsorship and advertising packages available.

We can even go as far as to set groups and networks up with their own portal so they can grow their own branded Community of Passion linked to their own website or social media account.

View our Partnership arrangements or connect with us HERE.

Now let's show you what you get with FreeTimePays. 

FreeTimePays

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference and create a positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

There are three components to FreeTimePays.

There’s Community Passport, Community Workspace and Community Matchmaker. Operating right across the platform in recognition of the valuable contribution being made by users is FreeTimePays gamification. This takes the form of points and rewards for passions shared.

FreeTimePays is here for people who really want to become involved in their community or with their particular passion and for those people who are really serious about making a difference. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the great ideas with those who have the potential to turn an idea into something that really does make a difference.

Community Passport

Passport is a personal space which registered members can make their own. With a passport, members can choose to get involved with their passion and participate in many different ways.

They can view regular content and posts; sort and save this content by type or by passion; they can collect points for giving their views through polls and surveys, attend events or even join a discussion.

With a FreeTimePays Community Passport, members can follow inspiring people and they can learn more about their community and their passion by following regular ‘Did you Know’ features. And the more they decide to do and the more they get involved, the more points they collect and the greater the opportunity to take up offers and win prizes.

Community Workspace

With their unique Community Workspace, FreeTimePays is able to help those who are inspired and serious about taking things to the next level. FreeTimePays will give these people their own access rights environment where they can work on their idea or project.

In this digital space they can work alone, or bring in others to share in building evidence, acquiring knowledge and developing plans. This is the ideal space for working on the business; working on the idea; working on the initiative.

A range of facilities and tools can be found in workspace and users can effectively utilise this space for collating documents, photos, videos and web links, for opening up discussion and chat with others, or for running surveys and analysing results.

Community Matchmaker

The whole focus and rationale for FreeTimePays is MAKING A DIFFERENCE. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the GREAT IDEAS with those who have the potential to turn an IDEA into something that really does MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Matchmaker is where the dreamers can join with the dream makers – with those who are more than happy to put their support, their resources, their connections, and their wealth of experience behind the idea and behind the passionate people responsible for coming up with the idea.

These are the community drivers, the investors, the philanthropists, the funders of great initiatives, the Lottery, and those from local government and the public sector who are responsible for the provision of public services.

These are the people and the organisations who are in positions of making things happen for those who are passionate and inspired to want to make a difference.

For more detail on what is provided by FreeTimePays connect HERE.

JQwithYou

JQwithYou will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect and share in their passion for their community.

Their work, their ideas and their proposals can be pulled together in the one collaborative space giving them access to a huge resource bank for sharing images, documents and web links. 

In this space people can chat in a secure environment if they wish; they can set up and promote events; or they can communicate with any of the FreeTimePays Communities through creating and submitting posts.

We would be delighted to tell you more.

Contact Jonathan Bostock at jonathan.bostock@freetimepays.com or connect HERE with FreeTimePays for more information on sharing your passion for the Jewellery Quarter.

 

 

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Are you passionate about the Jewellery Quarter? Join Us!

JQwithYou is a FreeTimePays Community of Passion that utilises digital engagement and social media to deliver real change & positive social impact in the JQ.

‘People with Passion’ are given the digital space and the digital tools so they can promote their passion for the Jewellery Quarter and connect with people who share their passion.

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Are you passionate about the Jewellery Quarter? Join Us!




JQwithYou is a FreeTimePays Community of Passion that utilises digital engagement and social media to deliver real change & positive social impact in the JQ.

‘People with Passion’ are given the digital space and the digital tools so they can promote their passion for the Jewellery Quarter and connect with people who share their passion.

View our post.

JQwithYou is all about engaging people in the passion that is the Jewellery Quarter.

JQwithYou is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference and create a positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

With Passion Points and with the support of our FreeTimePays partners, we recognise people for the difference and contribution they make and the positive impact they collectively deliver. 

Connect with us HERE and take your passion to the next level.

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Civic pride
05 Feb 2019 - Elliott Brown
Did you know?

Joseph Gillott: manufacturer of steel pens

It was not just jewellery that was made in the Jewellery Quarter. Pens were made there too! Joseph Gillott made pens at his Victoria Works factory on the corner of Frederick Street and Graham Street. You can see a display of some of his pens at The Pen Museum on Frederick Street. There is also a marble bust of Joseph Gillott in the Council House.

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Joseph Gillott: manufacturer of steel pens




It was not just jewellery that was made in the Jewellery Quarter. Pens were made there too! Joseph Gillott made pens at his Victoria Works factory on the corner of Frederick Street and Graham Street. You can see a display of some of his pens at The Pen Museum on Frederick Street. There is also a marble bust of Joseph Gillott in the Council House.


Joseph Gillott

He was born in Sheffield in 1799, and he died in Birmingham in 1872 aged 72. He moved to Birmingham in 1821. He started manufacturing steel pens with machinery from about 1830. The Victoria Works on Frederick Street was opened in 1840. His home for many years was 'The Grove' on Westbourne Road in Edgbaston.

The marble bust (below) of Joseph Gillott is seen at the Council House and was made by the artist Peter Hollins (1800 - 1886). You can see it close to the main entrance on one of the sides near a wall.

The Pen Museum is a museum in the Jewellery Quarter, at the Argent Centre located on Frederick Street. The building itself used to be a pen factory and is a Grade II* listed building. A look at the Joseph Gillott display at the museum. I visited during Birmingham Heritage Week back in September 2016.

On the wall Joseph Gillott Pen Maker to the Queen. Showing various steel pen nibs.

This table cabinet display about the Victoria Works (more on that later in this post). It had various Joseph Gillott steel pens and steel pen nibs inside. As well as photos of his marble bust, his portrait and his grave at Key Hill Cemetery.

Close up look at one of Joseph Gillott's steel pens made in about 1845. His company has been making pens since 1827 and is now part of William Mitchell Ltd.

1001 Spring Ground Mammoth Quill Circa 1845 - The Largest Pen Made.

The Victoria Works is a Grade II listed building not far from The Argent Centre on the corner of Frederick Street and Graham Street in the Jewellery Quarter. I saw it after my visit to The Pen Museum during Birmingham Heritage Week in September 2016. It was formerly listed as the Flagstaff building. The main building seen on the corner was built from 1838 to 1845. Made of red brick with ashlar and stucco dressings. The steel pen factory of Joseph Gillott opened up here in 1840.

On the Graham Street side is a blue plaque for Joseph Gillott from English Heritage. The plaque reads: "These were the premises of JOSEPH GILLOTT 1799-1873 Steel Pen Manufacturer". This was probably the main entrance to the Victoria Works.

This next building, part of the Victoria Works on the corner of Graham Street and Vittoria Street was built in 1887. Other parts of the former factory were built in 1850. On the Graham Street side is medallion bust of Queen Victoria, probably installed for her Golden Jubilee. This building post dates the death of Joseph Gillott.

The view of the Victoria Works from the corner of Graham Street and Vittoria Street. There is a modern roof section closer to the Vittoria Street side. This building is also of red brick. No longer a factory, there are various different small companies occupying the building.

If you stop to look at the pavement on Frederick Street (or other nearby streets in the Jewellery Quarter), look out for these that are part of the Charm Bracelet Trail. I saw this one for Joseph Gillott in December 2012. It reads: "C 1840 Hi Nibs. Joseph Gillott opened Victoria Works".

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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History & heritage
17 Nov 2018 - Elliott Brown
Did you know?

Key Hill and Warstone Lane Cemeteries in the Jewellery Quarter

Did you know that there is two cemeteries within the boundaries of the Middle Ring Road? At the north east corner of the Jewellery Quarter (Hockley) is Key Hill Cemetery (Non-Conformist) and Warstone Lane Cemetery (Church of England). If you walk along Icknield Street (part of the Middle Ring Road) you can walk in and out of both.

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Key Hill and Warstone Lane Cemeteries in the Jewellery Quarter




Did you know that there is two cemeteries within the boundaries of the Middle Ring Road? At the north east corner of the Jewellery Quarter (Hockley) is Key Hill Cemetery (Non-Conformist) and Warstone Lane Cemetery (Church of England). If you walk along Icknield Street (part of the Middle Ring Road) you can walk in and out of both.


Key Hill Cemetery

The cemetery opened in 1836 and is the oldest of the two cemeteries. It's a nondenominational cemetery (nonconformist). The main entrance is on Icknield Street, while a side entrance is on Key Hill. The cemetery was laid out by the Birmingham General Cemetery Company by the architect Charles Edge. It is no longer used for burials. There is also Commonwealth war graves in the cemetery. A lot of famous names of Birmingham's past are buried here such as Joseph Chamberlain and George Dawson to name two.

Key Hill Cemetery seen in January 2018. Icknield Street entrance.

Key Hill entrance.

Key Hill Cemetery seen in November 2018. Starting again at the Icknield Street entrance towards the first WW1 war memorial.

Path past the gravestone and momuments.

Getting a little tricky to see the paths with all the leaves on the ground. This way towards the Key Hill exit / entrance.

Leaves everywhere, gravestones and monuments all over. Is some catacombs nearby too.

War memorials at Key Hill Cemetery.

This memorial is in memory of those who fell in the Great Wart 1914 - 1918 and who are buried in this cemetery. Poppy wreath from the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, the Council and the people of Birmingham.

The original war memorial in the cemetery to those who fell in the Great War 1914 - 1918. It is inscribed with the fallen names.

More recently a war memorial bench to those who fell in WW1 has been placed in the cemetery.

Warstone Lane Cemetery

This cemetery dates to about 1847. There is an Entrance Lodge on Warstone Lane. It's a Church of England cemetery. In here can be found a set of catacombs. This cemetery also has Commonwealth war graves. Famous names of Birmingham's past here include John Baskerville and Harry Gem to name two. Other names for this cemetery include Brookfields Cemetery, Mint Cemetery or Church of England Cemetery. As well as Warstone Lane, other entrance's include Pitsford Street, Vyse Street and Icknield Street.

Views from November 2009.

Cemetery Lodge. Grade II listed building. Built in 1848 by J R Hamilton of Gloucester (Hamilton & Medland). It's at 161 Warstone Lane.

The War Stone. It landed here in the last Ice Age by a glacier. It was called the Hoar Stone. It is a felsite boulder.

Gravestones in Warstone Lane Cemetery seen close to the lodge and war memorial area.

December 2012 view of Warstone Lane Cemetery from Pitsford Street.

A November 2018 walk into Warstone Lane Cemetery towards the catacombs. Various gravestones on the way along the footpaths.

A look at the catacombs at Warstone Lane Cemetery. It is double layered, and has a path that goes around it to the top. This is probably the most well known part of this cemetery.

War memorial in Warstone Lane Cemetery close to the Cemetery Lodge.

November 2009 view of the war memorial cross with a few poppy wreaths below.

The names on the memorial, as seen in November 2009. Bit similar to the design at Key Hill Cemetery. They make it look nice sometimes with the flowers planted in front of the memorial.

The same war memorial seen in November 2018. This time just one poppy wreath. Was just after the Armistice 100 weekend commemorations. Cemetery lodge seen to the left. You can also see The War Stone from this vantage point.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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05 Oct 2018 - Chris Fletcher
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'Why we chose to move to the Jewellery Quarter" - Chris and Em

In the first of our 'City Living' featured posts, new residents of the Jewellery Quarter, Chis and Em, tell us why they made the JQ move!

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'Why we chose to move to the Jewellery Quarter" - Chris and Em




In the first of our 'City Living' featured posts, new residents of the Jewellery Quarter, Chis and Em, tell us why they made the JQ move!

Take the full post to see why.


Moving to the city had never really occurred to us until early last year. We knew we didn't want to live in Tyseley anymore, Em in the house she had bought as a teenager and me, in a house that I loved because it was part of her, and us, but never truly mine. And the area was not for us anymore, a creative couple, a couple with no kids, a couple who are in their 40s but prefer to live a 20s lifestyle.

But where to move to? The city or the countryside? To another city? Another country?

Photography by Chris Fletcher

Deciding on our forever home is not a decision to be rushed, so instead we decided to make a less permanent move for now, one which would give us a taster of a lifestyle we craved without commitment. So where to move to short-term? We were unanimous - we wanted to try city centre living for a while, and we wanted the Jewellery Quarter to be our base.

"Urban reflections in JQ" by Chris Fletcher

Ask Em why she picked the Jewellery Quarter, and she'd probably reel off a list of bars and restaurants with gin and cocktail lists she intends to work through. And don't get me wrong, the proximity to some great craft beer and real ale pubs was also a factor in my decision, but the Jewellery Quarter is so much more than an eating and drinking hub. For me, as a photographer, it's the thought of having interesting content right outside my front door. Over the summer of 2018 I spent a great deal of time in the Jewellery Quarter, capturing the doors and windows of some of the magnificent buildings. There are stories behind those doors, hints to the history of an area which has played such an important part in Birmingham's industrial and manufacturing heritage. 

"Wonderful stories behind those windows and doors" by Chris Fletcher

Living in the Jewellery Quarter means that my day doesn't finish when I arrive home from work. I no longer have to shut the front door behind me and not surface until the morning because there is nowhere to go without effort. Em and I can now dissect our days in a coffee shop or bar, or just in our light and airy apartment. We can take our laptops and phones, and catch up with our social media, blogging and photo admin over a coffee or a pint (depending on the time of day). Meeting up with friends becomes easier, there's no more clock-watching to make sure we leave for the last train home. And if we ever get bored of our beloved Jewellery Quarter, the city centre itself is.just a 10 minute walk away.

"Downtown Birmingham" by Chris Fletcher

I can even get on to the canal network right at the end of our street - those who know my photography will know just how much I love to capture canals and their reflections.

"Canal walking through Birmingham" by Chris Fletcher

Our move to the Jewellery Quarter is - at the moment - only a temporary one but we may love the lifestyle so much that we decide to never leave. JQ, you have 12 months to convince us.

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