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Extracts from the Minutes of Committees and Sub-Committees
relating to the premises used in the Bank's branch network.
The Minutes cover the period to April 1932.
These Minutes relate to branch premises generally,
specific branches are detailed individually

Bank Committee: August 29th 1919: The Manager reported that ....

 

J Parr instructed to do sign writing on windows and notice boards.

Electric Supply, tender received for Heating and Lighting.

Garrett & Lee, 5 Sign boards ordered at 14/6d each.

H J Hookham & Sons - Tender for Cabinets.

 

311 RESOLVED:- That the tenders for heating and lighting from the Electric Supply Department and for Cabinets from Messrs H J Hookham & Sons be referred to the Chairman and Manager to deal with.

 

Bank Committee: September 22nd 1919: Report of Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Filing Cabinets.

 

Your Sub-Committee have authorised the Manager to purchase 12 steel filing cabinets at the cost of 29. 18. 0. per dozen, less 2%.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 6th 1919

 

25 The Manager reported that he was effecting the insurance of windows at the branch banks at a premium of 2 per annum, and was also arranging for fire insurance on dwelling houses at 15%.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 27th 1919

 

53 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to supply each of the Branch Superintendents with a revolver.

 

Bank Committee: November 3rd 1919

 

The Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee presented the following report:

 

Protection for Branch Superintendents.

 

With a view to affording protection to the Branch Superintendents, your Sub-Committee have authorised to supply each of them with a revolver.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: November 21st 1919

 

79       RESOLVED:- That the question of the heating arrangements at Branch Banks be referred to the Manager with instructions to deal with the same as he thinks best.

 

Bank Committee: December 1st 1919: Report of the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

BRANCH BANK PREMISES.

 

Your Sub-Committee have had under consideration the need for adding to the security of the Branch Bank premises, and have requested the Chairman of the Bank Committee and the Manager to deal with the matter.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 2nd 1920

 

On Minute No 73, the Manager presented the following Report of the Assistant Chief Constable on a visit of inspection that had been made to Branch Banks:

 

Special Report of the Assistant Chief Constable:

 

Suggestions made by the Assistant Chief Constable with a view to better security of premises and protection of staffs, as a result of a visit of inspection to the undermentioned premises on Wednesday, December, 17th 1919.

 

General.

(1) If the revolvers are to be kept loaded as now, the first hole should be vacant so as to minimise risk of going off by accident. It would be wiser still to have blank ammunition.

(2) Police whistles to be provided with a small chain and labelled disc.

(3) A supply of pepper should be kept handy.

(4) Heavy rulers 2 feet long or weights should be handy.

(5) A light should be left burning through the night; where electric, a small power lamp on a glow would suffice; where gas, a by-pass should be on one light.

(6) Small peep-holes should be arranged on the window, so that the police can see the handle of the safe.

(7) Addresses of Superintendents should be registered at the nearest divisional station.

(8) If desirable, a key of the premises could be left at the Station each day, and called for the following day.

(9) Whenever opportunity arises it would be advisable to arrange with the Chief Constable for a policeman to reside on the premises.

 

Handsworth. Safe might be fixed under counter with an iron plate between the back of counter and back of safe. A lamp should be fixed outside and kept burning until daylight.

 

Lozells. Special report on cellars to be furnished by the Building Surveyor, who accompanied us. Present counter not satisfactory; should be placed the reverse way. Stronger bars on trap door - preferably an iron trap door. Steps should be taken away, and a ladder used, which could be hoisted up when not required. Safe built in counter, as at Handsworth. The vacant rooms above are a serious matter. Could accommodation not be arranged for a constable to reside here? That is the best protection.

 

Aston. Fanlight should be better protected.

 

Duddeston. Two inner doors should have proper locks on, and one should have bars across. Lamp outside should be lit.

 

Small Heath. Good Yale locks should be on three doors, or the doors screwed up. Strong iron bars outside window at back would be a protection. Safe should be raised 2 feet as to be seen by police.

 

Sparkbrook. Protection cannot be improved.

 

Ladywood. Window facing Icknield Port Road should be dulled at the top. Cellar will be reported upon by Building Surveyor. Protection here lies in the excellent police patrol. It is at the meeting place of three beats.

 

Saltley. No money should be left here. No protection can be given here except from usual outside survey. On Saturday nights there ought to be three males, and at other times two males. It is not a suitable branch for a female clerk.

 

93        RESOLVED:- That the question of the security of Branch Bank premises be referred to the Chairman of the General Committee, the Chairman of this Sub-Committee and the Manager, with power to take such action as they may deem advisable.

 

94        RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to make arrangements for the Committee to make a visit of inspection to Branch Banks.

 

96 On Minute No 79 (Heating arrangements, Branch Banks) the Manager stated that he was in communication with the Electric Supply Department, who were making the necessary arrangements.

 

Bank Committee: January 5th 1920

 

Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Security of Premises.

 

Your Sub-Committee have had under consideration the question of the security of Branch Bank premises. An inspection of the various Branch Banks has been made by the Manager and Assistant Chief Constable, and a Report was submitted setting out the various disadvantages which exist in this connection at the respective Branches, and the improvements suggested.

 

They have referred the matter to the Chairman of the Committee, the Chairman of your Sub-Committee and the Manager, with power to take such action as they may deem necessary.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 30th 1920

 

The following Report of the Manager was received:

 

Heating of Branch Premises:

 

Arising out of complaints which had been received from practically all the Branches, investigations have been made with regard to the heating of the premises. Owing to the character of the business and the constant opening of the door of the Bank, it is impossible to get an altogether satisfactory heating arrangement. Some of the Radiators have been changed; and in the opinion of the Electric Supply Department very little more can be done to make the premises warmer.

 

So far as Stratford Road Branch is concerned, the Electric Supply Department are prepared to put in a slightly larger radiator of a different design at an extra charge of 1. 0. 0d. plus 1/- per quarter for hire rental; but as these premises are only of a very temporary character, it is felt the Committee may desire to let matters remain as they are at present.

 

Delivery of Safes to Branches:

 

The Committee will remember that at the opening of the Bank in September it was necessary to make arrangements for the loan of temporary safes from Messrs Withers & Co pending their being able to supply the safes selected for the purpose.

 

Messrs Withers & Co have been charged by the Carriers, Messrs Day Bros, the sum of 22.10/-d. for this work, which involved double journeys to all the 17 Branches. As a result of interviews the Manager has had with Messrs Withers & Co, an agreement has been arrived at for the Bank to pay 12.10/-d., Messrs Withers & Co agreeing to find the rest of the charges.

 

Bank Committee: February 2nd 1920: Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Safe Custody of cash, Branches.

 

Your Sub-Committee have considered the question of the transit of cash from the Branches to Head Office on Saturday evenings, and have instructed the Manager to consult with the Deputy Chief Constable as to the safest course to adopt.

 

Bank Committee: February 2nd 1920: Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Delivery of Safes to Branches.

 

The Committee will remember that at the opening of the Bank in September it was necessary to make arrangements for the loan of temporary safes from Messrs Withers & Co pending their being able to supply the safes selected for this purpose.

 

Messrs Withers & Co have been charged by the Carriers, Messrs Day Bros, the sum of 22. 10/-d. for this work, which involved double journeys to all of the Branches. As a result of interviews the Manager has had with Messrs Withers & Co, an agreement has been arrived at for the Bank to pay 12. 10/-d. Messrs Withers & Co agreeing to find the rest of the charges.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 20th 1920

 

Security of Branch Banks. Members of the Committee have, since the last meeting, visited the Branch Banks with the view of adopting measures for the safe custody of the cash and the better protection of the staff. The reports of the Manager and Assistant Chief Constable been considered and certain directions given thereon as follows:

 

Handsworth. Larger signs and better lighting to be arranged.

 

Lozells. The tender of Mr L G Jones for alterations amounting to 70. 10. 0d. to be accepted and the work proceeded with at once. Cellar to be bricked up in three places, Strong iron bar to be fixed over the door.

 

Duddeston. Better locks to be fixed on two doors and bars across one glass door.

 

Small Heath. Bars to be put across one door and window, and an iron plate over the other. Better locks to be fixed. Safe be raised two feet from floor.

 

Sparkbrook. More adequate premises to be obtained.

 

Ladywood. Safe to be built in counter. Window to be frosted. Iron plate to be fixed over door.

 

Saltley. Larger signs to be arranged and better lighting.

 

Hay Mills. Windows to be made full use of for advertising purposes.

 

Acocks Green. Larger signs and better lighting.

 

Rotton Park. Larger signs and better lighting.

 

The following branches were not visited: Selly Oak, Northfield, Kings Heath, Erdington, Harborne & Bearwood.

 

The Chief Constable has notified the police covering the whole areas to pay particular attention to the Bank premises and has issued a full list of Police Stations with telephone numbers.

 

Having regard to the continued raids on banks and Post Offices, it might be desirable to fix a bell outside each daily Branch, which can be operated from inside by the foot.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 27th 1920

 

On Minute No 126, the Deputy Manager reported that the insurance on cash at the Branch Banks had been increased it being thought that this course would be more desirable than transferring the cash to Head Office during week-ends.

 

140     RESOLVED:- That, pending further information to be obtained in the matter, the above arrangement be approved.

 

Bank Committee: March 1st 1920: Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Safe custody of cash at Branches.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that for the time being the Insurance Policies taken out in respect of the Branches have been increased. Further enquiries are being made as to the desirability of transferring cash to the Head Office during weekends and a Report on the matter will be submitted later.

432 RESOLVED:- That the Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee be approved.

 

 

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