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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 up to October 1931 including the early years of the Bank as a branch network was being established.
 
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.
 
Premises
 
 
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

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 2nd 1920

Special Report of the Manager to the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

The "hold ups" which have recently been reported at various Banks compel me to draw your urgent attention to the unsatisfactory condition of several of your premises, and to urge that immediate steps be taken to secure the safety of both money and staff.

 

In accordance with your previous decision, I have supplied each Branch Superintendent and the Chief Cashier at Head Office with a revolver and the necessary ammunition, and instructions to its use have been given by Mr Carver, one of the Superintendents and an ex-officer of His Majesty's Forces. I have further thought it advisable to provide police whistles.

 

With regard to the premises, I have thought it advisable to report upon each one separately as follows:

 

Selly Oak. The room used at the Institute for this evening Branch is used also by several other bodies at various times. These are temporary premises only, and no attempt has been made to fit them up. There is no access to other rooms in case of emergency, but as the Institute is used so much by other persons I do not consider the risk great.

 

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

 

The following letter was received from Mr Wilde as to premises at Selly Oak:

 

Union Chambers,

63 Temple Row, Birmingham.

26th February 1920

 

Dear Sir,

re 238, High Street, Selly Oak.

 

I beg to report that I have now received particulars of the above Dwelling-house and Shop. I yesterday made an inspection of the premises, which are situate about 100 yards beyond the Tram Terminus on the right-hand side of the road. The Tenant will require the Dwelling accommodation until he can find a suitable house elsewhere. He is, however, willing for you to have the shop, provided you are prepared to pay 60 for the Fixtures, Fittings and Goodwill; he would endeavour to dispose of the stock, but anything which is left over, he would require you to take to, at cost.

 

I have made it quite clear that you must have security of tenure, and he will approach his Landlord on Monday with a view to ascertain if he is prepared to dispose of the Property, or enter into a suitable Lease.

 

The Shop is small, but there is a piece of ground between the front of it and the foot-path. I have not, in this early stage of the negotiations, made enquiries as to the building line.

 

I do not consider the position as one of the best, but of course this part of the High Street will improve, should the proposed extension of the Tramway take place.

 

I will report further progress with regard to this matter in due course, unless, in the meantime, you decide the position does not warrant continuance of the negotiations.

 

Yours faithfully, (signed) Frank Wilde.

 

144     RESOLVED:- That no further steps be taken in reference to the premises at Selly Oak referred to in the foregoing Report.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 23rd 1920

 

The Manager reported that the charges had been increased in connection with the Branch Bank premises at Selly Oak.

 

191     RESOLVED:- That the Town Clerk be authorised to sign any necessary Agreement in the matter.

 

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: June 4th 1920

 

Minute No 191, the Town Clerk presented the following Report:

 

Branch Bank - Selly Oak Institute.

 

I have to report that in accordance with the above Minute, I have entered into an Agreement on behalf of the above premises at a rental of 11. 10. 0. per annum as from the 1st July 1920.

 

121     RESOLVED:- That Minute No 191 be discharged.

 

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.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 9th 1922

 

The following Minute of the General Committee was received:

 

The question of transferring the Selly Oak Branch to the new premises 523 and 525, Bristol Road, Bournbrook, was then 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.

 

With reference to the proposed alterations to premises Nos 523 & 525, Bristol Road, Bournbrook, the Manager presented the following report:

 

Selly Oak Premises.

 

The shop No 525 Bristol Road is now vacant, so that both shops are available to be dealt with by the Bank. The tenant behind No 523 is Mr Cooper, who pays 8/6 per week clear. The tenant behind No 525 is Mr Meadows, who is paying 7/6 per week clear. The tenancy of Mr Cooper has been admitted, and the rent has been collected by Mr Wilde since November 11th. The tenancy of Mr Meadows has not been admitted, but Mr Wilde recommends that the  tenancy should be recognised and the rent collected. Both these tenants would be prepared to relinquish the room immediately behind the shop, thus giving an opportunity of making a satisfactory Bank. Mr Wilde would recommend this course being taken, and the staircase being reversed so as to give access to the bedrooms from the sculleries. If the Committee approve of these proposals, the Manager will submit a plan at the next meeting of the Committee, embodying his proposals for the setting out of permanent premises.

 

18        RESOLVED:- That the Report be approved, that Mr Wilde's recommendations with regard to the tenancies be adopted, and that the Manager be instructed to submit a plan of the proposed alterations to the next meeting of this 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.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 13th 1922

 

On Minute No 18 (523/525 Bristol Road, Bournbrook) Mr McMichael (Architect) attended before the Sub-Committee and submitted a plan of the proposed alterations.

 

41        RESOLVED:- That subject to the wishes of the Sub-Committee being complied with as regards the bay projecting over the shop, the plan be approved, and that the Manager be authorised to obtain tenders for the carrying out of the work and submit the same to this Sub-Committee in due course.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 13th 1922

 

On Minute No 41 (523 and 525, Bristol Road, Bournbrook) it was:

 

73       RESOLVED:- That in view of the tentative arrangements made to take the sitting rooms of 523 and 525, Bristol Road into the Bank premises, Mr F Wilde be authorised to arrange fresh terms of tenancy with Mr Cooper and Mr Meadows, the tenants. 

 

 

 

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