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The following Minutes have been extracted from the records
of the Bank's General Committee and its Sub-Committees.
 
The Minutes cover the period when the Bank was establishing a branch network, mostly in temporary accommodation, but eventually in permanent premises.
 
Selly Oak branch was initially opened part-time in a room in the Selly Oak Institute on September 1st 1919 - it was transferred to permanent premises on February 10th 1923 at 523/525 Bristol Road.
 
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Selly Oak
 
Bank Committee: October 6th 1919

Report of the Acting Town Clerk:

 

I have to report that .... I have completed agreements for tenancy of premises for use as branch municipal banks as follows:

 

Selly Oak Institute    quarterly tenancy     £10

 

Bank Committee: May 3rd 1920

 

475 The following Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Selly Oak Branch.

Your Sub-Committee have authorised the Town Clerk to sign any necessary agreement with the owner of premises used for Branch Bank purposes at Selly Oak, in view of the increase in charges required by him.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 10th 1921

 

The Sub-Committee were informed that Mr Wilde had been able to obtain a tentative agreement with the owner of the freehold property Nos 523 and 525 Bristol Road to dispose of the same for the sum of £1350 and had also been able to secure that the wishes of Mr Councillor Appleby with respect to the party entrance to the premises and other property at rear be carried out.

It was 

534 RESOLVED:- That Mr Wilde be instructed to close with the above offer and that the General Committee be recommended to confirm the action taken up to take the necessary steps for the completion of the purchase of the property.

 

Bank Committee: October 14th 1921

 

Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Premises at Selly Oak.

Your Sub-Committee have for some time past been making enquiries as to suitable premises at Selly Oak. An opportunity has now occurred of acquiring freehold property Nos 523 and 525 Bristol Road, Bournville, consisting of two shops with dwellinghouses, one shop being vacant at the present time. The Chairman of your Committee, Mr Councillor Appleby, and the Manager have inspected the property in question and ascertained that it would be suitable for Branch Bank purposes.

 

The original price asked was £1,500, but Mr Wilde, the Bank's Agent, has now been able to obtain a tentative offer from Mr Holmes to dispose of the property for the sum of £1,350, and has also been able to agree that certain necessary requirements to ensure security with reference to the party entry to the premises and other property at rear can be carried out.

 

In view of the urgency of the matter your Sub-Committee have authorised Mr Wilde to close with the above offer, and they now ask that their action be confirmed, and that the necessary steps be taken to complete the purchase of the property.

 

937 RESOLVED:- That the Council be asked to approve the acquisition of Nos 523 and 525, Bristol Road, Bournbrook, for Branch Bank purposes at the sum of £1,350, such sum to be defrayed out of the funds of the Bank, and that, subject to such approval, the Town Clerk be instructed to enter into and attach the Corporate Seal to any requisite document in the matter.

 

Report of the Bank Committee to the City Council: December 6th 1921:

 

NEW PREMISES, SELLY OAK AND BOURNBROOK.

 

Your Committee have for some time been desirous of obtaining suitable premises to serve the needs of Selly Oak and Bournbrook districts, and have now been successful in securing property which they feel can be suitably adapted as permanent premises for this district, and such property is indicated by pink colouring on the plan " B" annexed to this report.

 

The property, which is situated Nos 523 and 525, Bristol Road, is freehold, and consists of two dwelling-houses with shops. The dwelling accommodation of No 523 is sublet at a rental of 8s. 6d. per week, including rates, and the shop is vacant; while No 525 (shop and dwelling-house) is sublet at a rental of £42 per annum, the tenant paying rates. It is hoped to be able to obtain possession of this last-named shop shortly after Christmas.

 

Your Committee have agreed to purchase the property for the sum of £1,350, such amount to be defrayed out of the funds of the Bank, and in accordance with No 10 of the Bank Rules, they ask for the approval of the Council to their action.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 12th 1921

 

544 The Manager reported as follows:

 

Selly Oak Branch.

The Manager asks for instructions with regard to this Branch, which is at present held in the Institute three evenings in the week. One shop is now empty, and it is expected the other shop will be empty at Christmas. The living accommodation behind both shops is not likely to be vacated at present.

 

The agreement for the use of the room at Selly Oak Institute is subject to three months' notice. The Manager wishes to know whether the notice has to be given to the Institute terminating the engagement of the room, and whether the Committee desire to open the Selly Oak Branch as a Daily Branch in the new premises. The premises will require money spending upon them to fit them up for the purposes of the Bank, and the point for the Committee to decide is, whether suitable structural alterations are to be made in respect of one shop only, or whether while the Committee are about it the two shops shall be dealt with as a whole.

 

Bank Committee: December 19th 1921

 

On Minute No 937 the Town Clerk presented the following Report:

 

December 17th 1921

523/5, Bristol Road, Bournbrook.

I have to report that upon investigation of the title of this property it appears that it is subject to two restrictions under which the Corporation would be prevented:

(a) from using the premises for a public house or for the manufacture or sale of malt, liquors etc and

(b) from opening any windows overlooking adjoining property on the south-west side.

 

The Corporation are required to enter into a covenant to indemnify the Vendor against any breach of these conditions, and I shall, therefore be glad to receive the instructions of your Committee.

 

983 RESOLVED:- That the Town Clerk be authorised to enter into a covenant to indemnify the Vendor against any breach of the conditions mentioned in the foregoing Report.

 

The question of transferring the Selly Oak Branch to the new premises 523 and 525 Bristol Road, Bournbrook, was considered, and the Committee were of opinion that before such transfer took place it would be desirable to have the necessary alterations carried out to adapt the same for permanent branch premises.

 

1017 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to obtain full particulars of the alterations required and to submit same to the next Meeting of the General Purposes Sub-Committee.

 

Bank Committee: January 16th 1922

 

On Minute No 937 (Acquisition 523 and 525, Bristol Road, Bournbrook) the following Report of the Town Clerk was presented:

 

January 2nd 1922

523/5, Bristol Road.

Holmes to the Corporation.

I have to report that the purchase of the above property has been completed in accordance with your instructions.

 

The property is subject to the covenants mentioned in my previous report (so far as these are enforceable against the Corporation). The Vendor has, however, waived his demand for an indemnity.

 

I have made the following payments:

            Balance on completion account      £1,206. 10. 0.

           Stamp Duty                                           £13. 10. 0.

 

1024 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 937 be discharged.

 

Bank Committee: April 24th 1922

 

Report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Alterations 523-525, Bristol Road, Bournbrook

Your Sub-Committee report that they have accepted the tender of Mr F J Briley for the carrying out of the required alterations at 523-525, Bristol Road, Bournbrook, at the sum of £892 and as empowered by Minute No 1126 of your Committee, they have authorised the Town Clerk to prepare and affix the Corporate Seal to the necessary Contract.

 

1126 RESOLVED:- That the General Purposes Sub-Committee be empowered to accept a tender for alterations to premises 523-525, Bristol Road, Bournbrook, reporting their decision in due course to this Committee; and that the Town Clerk be authorised on the acceptance of such Tender to prepare and if necessary, attach the Corporate Seal to the requisite Contract.

 

Bank Committee: May 15th 1922

 

1143 The Following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Alterations 523-525, Bristol Road, Bournbrook

Your Sub-Committee report that they have accepted the tender of Mr F J Briley for the carrying out of the required alterations at 523-525, Bristol Road, Bournbrook, at the sum of £892 and as empowered by Minute No 1126 of your Committee, they have authorised the Town Clerk to prepare and affix the Corporate Seal to the necessary Contract.

 

1147 RESOLVED:- That the report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee is approved.

 

On Minute No 1126 the Town Clerk reported as follows:

 

June 9th 1922

I have prepared and completed a Contract with Mr F J Briley for alterations and additions to Nos 523 and 525, Bristol Road.

The Corporate Common Seal has been affixed to the document.

 

1158 RESOLVED:- That the report be approved and that Minute No 1126 be discharged.

 

Bank Committee: June 19th 1922

  

Report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Furniture and Fittings at Branches.

Your Sub-Committee report that tenders for the supply of furniture and fittings at the undermentioned branches have been accepted as follows:

Selly Oak Branch                F J Briley                     £119

Aston                                     R Hunt                       £163. 5. 0.

Duddeston                            R Hunt                       £156

 

They now ask that their action in the matter be confirmed.

 

Gas Department, Circulatory Heating System.

With reference to the required heating of the Duddeston, Aston and Selly Oak Branches where alterations are at present in progress, your Sub-Committee have considered the question of the means of heating these branches and have had before them particulars of the Gas Department's Circulatory Heating System which it is believed will be quite satisfactory for the heating of these branches.

 

Tenders of the Gas Department for installing the system at the Branches named have now been accepted as follows:

Aston Branch                                   £43. 16. 6.      less 5%

Duddeston Branch                          £53. 2. 6.            "

Selly Oak Branch                            £47. 11. 0.          "

subject to the required boiler in each case being obtained on the hire purchase system.

 

1293 RESOLVED:- That the Report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee be approved and the various actions therein referred to confirmed.

 

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