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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.
 
Aston branch was initially opened in a room in the Aston Manor Council House, at the corner of Albert Road and Witton Road, on September 1st 1919; the Manor of Aston having been absorbed into Birmingham in 1911. The branch was moved to permanent premises at 22 High Street on February 17th 1923.
 
 
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Bank Committee: August 29th 1919

 

The Manager reported that he had secured temporary accommodation at the Aston Council House.

 

Bank Committee: November 3rd 1919

 

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

 

Branch Bank Premises.

On the suggestion of your Committee the Estates Committee have purchased a shop at 22 High Street, Six Ways, Aston, at the sum of £775, and they will rent it to your Committee for use as a branch bank. It will be possible to sublet a portion, and it is hoped to be able to make all arrangements for opening this branch in two or three weeks' time. The existing branch at Aston will then be closed.

 

357 RESOLVED:- That the Report of the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee be approved.

 

Bank Committee: January 5th 1920

 

Report of Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Rental of premises, Aston and Handsworth Council Houses.

The rental of these premises has now been agreed with the Public Works Department at £50 per annum in each case.

 

Bank Committee: November 22nd 1920

 

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

 

22 High Street, Six Ways, Aston.

Your Sub-Committee have caused enquiries to be made as to the possibility of acquiring or leasing adjacent premises for the purpose of eventually extending the Branch accommodation. This has been found to be impracticable at the present time, and in view of the alterations necessary to give better accommodation for depositors, your Sub-Committee have accepted the tender of Mr R Hunt at £26. 10. 0. for the carrying out the necessary work and now ask that their action be confirmed.

 

674 RESOLVED:- That the action taken in accepting Tenders for carrying out of the repairs to Branch Bank premises in the following cases referred to in the foregoing Report, be confirmed:

Name of Premises.             Contractor                  Amount

Gt Lister Street                     J T Harris                   £75. 7. 0.

22 High Street,                     R Hunt                       £26. 10. 0

   Six Ways.

 

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

 

On Minute No 516 (Aston Branch Premises) the Manager reported as follows:

 

Aston Branch Premises.

The lack of accommodation is likely to have a serious effect on the Branch, and the necessity of providing better accommodation is urgent. The Manager asks for a small Sub-Committee to be appointed to view these premises and deal with the question.

 

549 RESOLVED:- That Mr Alderman Lovsey and Councillors Appleby and Gelling be requested to inspect the Aston Branch premises and authorised to take such action with regard thereto as they may consider desirable.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: January 16th 1922

 

Repayment of Purchase Money to Housing and Estates Committee.

It will be remembered that in the early stages of the Bank the necessary money required to purchase premises for the purpose of Branch Banks was found by the Housing and Estates Committee on behalf of the Bank, it being understood that when the Bank was in a position to repay the amount thus found steps would be taken to meet this liability. Interest is being charged on the amount outstanding at 6%. The Bank have already repaid the sum of £1,818 in respect of the purchase of premises at Sparkbrook, but there remains a sum of £6,634. 13. 7d. owing to the Housing and Estates Committee for other purchases at Aston, Kings Heath, Duddeston, Ladywood and Rotton Park.

 

Your Sub-Committee have carefully considered this matter, and they recommend that the amount at present owing to the Housing and Estates Committee should be repaid, and that the Committee's thanks be conveyed to them for their assistance in the matter.

 

Bank Committee: January 16th 1922

 

1036 RESOLVED:- That payment be made to the Housing and Estates Committee of the sum due to them in respect of the acquisition of Branch Bank premises amounting to £6,634. 13. 7d and that the best thanks of this Committee be conveyed to them for their assistance in the matter.

 

Bank Committee: July 17th 1922

 

1196a            The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Aston Branch Premises. (22, High Street, Six Ways).

Your Sub-Committee have had under consideration for some time the question of providing better and more adequate accommodation for this growing branch, and have endeavoured on many occasions to secure larger premises without success. They have been hoping that an opportunity might arise of purchasing one of the adjoining premises, but up to the present have not been able to do so. Your Sub-Committee feel that before next winter something must be done at this Branch, and after careful consideration have approved of a plan embodying certain structural alterations to the existing premises. The scheme cannot be regarded as a permanent solution of the question of accommodation, but it will be a slight improvement. For this reason it is not proposed to go to much expense, and the estimated cost is £300.

 

Your Sub-Committee recommend that in order that this work may be proceeded with as quickly as possible, the Chairman of the Sub-Committee, the Chairman of the General Committee and the Manager be empowered to accept a tender in the matter, and that the Town Clerk be authorised, on the acceptance of such tender, to prepare and affix the Corporate Seal to a Contract, if necessary.

 

1197 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to obtain tenders for the carrying out of the necessary alterations at Aston Branch (22, High Street, Six Ways) and that the Chairman, the Chairman of the General Purposes Sub-Committee (Mr Councillor Gelling) and the Manager be empowered to accept the most suitable tender, acting as they may think most desirable in view of the negotiations taking place for the acquisition of adjoining property; also that the Town Clerk be authorised, on the acceptance of such tender, to prepare and affix the Corporate Seal to a Contract, if necessary.

 

Bank Committee: September 25th 1922

 

The following reports of the General Purposes Sub-Committee were presented:

 

Alterations – 22 High Street, Six Ways.

Your Sub-Committee report that the tender of Messrs Surman & Son has been accepted for the carrying out of the required alterations at 22, High Street, Six Ways, at the sum of £390, and as empowered by Minute No 1197 of your Committee, they have authorised the Town Clerk to prepare and affix the Corporate Seal to the necessary Contract.

 

Temporary Premises - Duddeston and Aston.

Your Sub-Committee report that in connection with the carrying out of the alterations at the Aston Branch (22, High Street, Six Ways) and the Duddeston Branch (117, Great Lister Street) it has been necessary to secure temporary premises during the carrying out of the work in order to avoid inconvenience to depositors. Temporary premises in the vicinity of the Branches have accordingly been secured, in the case of Duddeston at a varying rent not exceeding 32/6d per week and in the case of Aston at a rent of £3 per week.

 

1224 RESOLVED: That the report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee be approved.

 

Bank Committee: December 18th 1922

 

On Minute No 1197 (Alterations 22 High Street, Six Ways) the Town Clerk presented the following report as to the preparation and completion of the contract with Messrs S Surman & Son.

 

November 22nd 1922

I have prepared and completed a Contract with Messrs S Surman & Son for alterations to No 22 High Street, Six Ways, Aston.

The Corporate Common Seal has been affixed to the document.

 

1272 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 1197 be discharged.

 

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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