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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.
 
Duddeston branch was opened on a part-time basis on September 1st 1919, the property utilised being a former public house.
After refurbishment, the same property was opened as a permanent branch on March 17th 1923.
 
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Duddeston
 

Bank Committee: August 29th 1919

 

The Manager reported that ....

 

R Hunt instructed to do all necessary repairs at Duddeston Branch, vice Estates Department.

 

Bank Committee: March 29th 1920

 

Report of the Finance & General Purposes Committee:

 

Saltley & Duddeston Branches.

Your Sub-Committee have considered a Report of the Manager as to the desirability of giving greater facilities to the public at these Branches and as to securing greater efficiency in the management. They recommend that the Saltley Branch be opened on Monday and Duddeston on Saturday, and that the bookkeeping of these two branches should be placed in the hands of a good male Clerk acting under the general control of Mr Crump; also that the Chairman and Manager be empowered to make such other arrangements in connection therewith as they may consider desirable.

 

457 RESOLVED:- That arrangements be made for opening the Saltley Branch on Monday and the Duddeston Branch on Saturday; that the book-keeping of these Branches be placed in the hands of a good male clerk acting under the general control of Mr Crump; and that the Chairman and Manager be empowered to make such other arrangements in connection therewith as they may consider desirable.

 

Bank Committee: July 5th 1920

 

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

 

117 and 118 Great Lister Street

The owner of the above premises having recently died, her executors have decided to sell the same.

 

No 117 is occupied by the Bank as regards the front room and a room immediately behind, for which a payment is made of £52 per annum, plus proportion of rates. The living accommodation has been sub-let to Mr Martin, who was the former tenant, at 10/- per week, plus proportion of rates.

 

No 118 is a dwelling-house which was let at 10/6d. per week and is now vacant.

 

The property is freehold, with frontage to Great Lister Street and Little Francis Street, and in the opinion of the Banks' Valuer is in fair condition, having regard to the age of the property. Mr Wilde was of opinion that a fair price would be £1,000.

 

As the executors were pressing for a decision in the matter, the Manager after consultation with the Chairman, instructed the valuer to negotiate and if possible secure the premises for the figure mentioned. This has since been done, and a draft contract has been received from the Solicitors, Messrs Thomas Guest and Pearson. Your Sub-Committee now ask that the action of the Chairman in this matter be confirmed, and recommend that the Housing & Estates Committee be asked to complete the purchase on behalf of the Bank, as in other cases.

 

Mr Martin, the sub-tenant of No 117 referred to, has given one week's notice to terminate his tenancy; and the Sub-Committee recommend, subject to the Manager being satisfied in the matter that the same be sub-let to Mr Charles Machin who with his family have been lodging with Mr Martin for some time. Mr Machin formerly resided at No 118 (which is now vacant).

 

534 RESOLVED:- That the action of the Chairman in regard to the property Nos 117 and 118 Great Lister Street be confirmed; and that the Housing and Estates Committee be requested to take the necessary steps to purchase the premises referred to at the sum of £1,000, on the lines indicated in the foregoing Report, and to instruct the Town Clerk to prepare and seal any necessary documents in the matter.

 

Bank Committee: July 23rd 1920

 

The Manager stated that he had made enquiries with regard to Mr Charles Machin, the prospective tenant of No 117 Great Lister Street, and it appeared that he would be a satisfactory occupant of the premises.

 

558 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to let the available portion of the above premises to Mr Machin at a rent of 10/- per week, no sub-letting to be allowed without the consent of this Committee.

 

Bank Committee: July 23rd 1920

 

The Manager reported that alternative accommodation in the Great Lister Street premises had been offered to the present tenant of No 299 Monument Road, but the arrangement had not up to the present been accepted.

 

564 RESOLVED:- That Councillors Ward and Gelling be requested to view the available premises in Great Lister Street and if satisfied that such premises offer good alternative accommodation to the tenant of Monument Road to instruct the Manager to take the necessary steps for the transfer to be effected.

 

Bank Committee: August 30th 1920

 

On Minute No 558, the Manager reported that the premises No 117 Gt Lister Street had now been let to Mr Machin on the terms authorised.

 

576 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 558 be discharged.

 

Bank Committee: October 25th 1920

 

On Minute No 534, the following Report of the Town Clerk was presented.

 

Re: 117 and 118 Gt Lister Street.

I have to report that the purchase by the Corporation of the above freehold premises has been completed. The Purchase Money of £1,000 and the purchase price of the fittings, £25, have been paid on behalf of the Corporation.

 

628 RESOLVED:- That the Report be approved and Minute No 534 discharged.

 

Bank Committee: October 25th 1920

 

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

 

Repairs to Branch Bank Premises.

In view of the urgent repairs required to Branch Bank premises at Great Lister Street and Dudley Road, the following tenders have been accepted for the carrying out of the work in accordance with Specifications prepared by Mr Wilde:

Great Lister St           Mr Richard Hunt       £36. 10 . 0

Dudley Road             Mr J T Harris             £110. 0. 0

The tender of Mr J T Harris is subject to any rise that may take place in the cost of materials or rates of wages during the carrying out of the work.

 

Your Sub-Committee ask that the action taken in the matter be confirmed.

 

637 RESOLVED:- That the acceptance of Tenders for the carrying out of the necessary repairs to Branches in Great Lister Street and Dudley Road referred to in the foregoing Report, be confirmed.

 

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

 

Saltley, Duddeston and Hay Mills Branches.

Arrangements have been made for opening Saltley and Duddeston Branches as daily Branches on the 1st November next.

 

The Hay Mills Branch opened daily as and from the 22nd inst.

 

Bank Committee: November 22nd 1920

 

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

 

Great Lister Street premises.

As these premises are in urgent need of outside repair the Chairman of your Sub-Committee and the Manager have accepted the Tender of Mr J T Harris at the sum of £75-7-0 for the carrying out of the necessary work, and your Sub-Committee now ask that the action taken in the matter be confirmed.

157, Dudley Road, and 117 Great Lister Street. - Tenancies.

The rentals of the dwelling accommodation of the above premises have now been fixed at 8/- per week in each case, plus proportion of rates.

 

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

 

On Minute No 519 (Duddeston and Ladywood Premises) the Manager reported as follows:

 

Duddeston and Ladywood Premises.

 

Councillors Gelling and Higgins with the Manager recently visited these premises, and found that several parts of the ceiling were showing signs of giving way. They are of opinion that further expenditure on temporary repairs would not be justified, and that the question of making the premises suitable for a permanent Branch should be gone into by the Architect, including a satisfactory dealing with the ceilings. The Members of the Committee were informed by the Clerk in charge of the [Duddeston] Branch that the accommodation was not adequate for the work, and the book-keeping has to be done on the open counter, which is a very objectionable method. As the premises are constituted there is no accommodation to put desks behind. The Members of the Committee and the Manager are also of the opinion that the evidence of the public house should be taken away, and that the Architect should submit complete proposals for dealing with these premises in a satisfactory manner.

 

As regards Ladywood, the Manager reports that there has recently been a fire in the living accommodation behind 299 Monument Road during the absence of the tenant. The necessary steps have been taken with the Insurance Co, with a view to having the damage made good. Having regard to the instructions given in Minute 519 for the Architect to report upon Ladywood premises, the Manager advises the position is being looked at from the view of a permanent Bank rather than spending much money on temporary alterations. There is a possibility that the tenant of the butcher's shop next door will surrender his tenancy, in which case the property could be dealt with satisfactorily.

 

551 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to obtain Mr McMichael's proposals for effecting alterations to the Duddeston and Ladywood premises on the lines indicated in the Manager's report, and to submit full particulars to the next meeting of this Sub-Committee.

 

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: June 19th 1922

 

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

 

Alterations at Duddeston Premises.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that certain alterations are urgently needed at No 117, Gt Lister Street (Duddeston Branch). It is therefore recommended that the Manager be instructed to obtain tenders for the carrying out of the necessary work, and that the Chairman of your Committee, the Chairman of this Sub-Committee and the Manager be empowered to accept the most suitable tender; 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.

 

1166 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to obtain tenders for the carrying out of the necessary alterations at the Duddeston Branch and that the Chairman, the Chairman of the General Purposes Sub-Committee, and the Manager be empowered to accept the most suitable tender; 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: July 17th 1922

 

Report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Duddeston Premises.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that as authorised by Minute No 1166 of your Committee, tenders were obtained for the carrying out of the required alterations, and that of Messrs Surman & Sons, the lowest tender, was accepted at £1,115.

 

Bank Committee: September 25th 1922

 

On Minute No 1166 (Alterations, Duddeston Branch), the Town Clerk presented the following report:

 

August 31st 1922

I have prepared and completed a Contract with Messrs S Surman & Son for alterations to Nos 117 and 119 Gt Lister Street.

The Corporate Common Seal has been affixed to the document.

 

1214    RESOLVED:- That Minute No 1166 be discharged.

 

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