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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 Cross branch was initially opened in a small shop at 1 Park Road, Aston, on November 1st 1920; it was transferred to permanent premises at 99 Aston Road North on April 28th 1923.
 
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Aston Cross
 

Bank Committee: October 4th 1920

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

 

Aston Cross Branch.

Arrangements have been made for the leasing for a period of 5 years of No 1 Park Road, Aston Cross, to be used as a Branch Bank. The rental fixed is £60 per annum and the Agreement provides for a sub-letting by the Bank at 5/- per week. The sum of £120 has also been paid for fixtures, etc belonging to the previous tenant. Your Sub-Committee now recommend that the arrangements above referred to be confirmed, that the Town Clerk be instructed to enter into and attach the Corporate Seal to the requisite Agreement; and that the Manager be instructed to take the necessary steps for opening the premises as a daily Branch as early as possible.

 

607 RESOLVED:- That the arrangements made for the leasing of No 1 Park Road, Aston Cross and the taking over of the fixtures etc referred to in the foregoing Report be confirmed and that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare and attach the Corporate Seal to the requisite agreement, and that the Manager be instructed to take the necessary steps to open the premises as a daily Branch as early as possible.

 

Bank Committee: October 25th 1920

 

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

 

Aston Cross Premises.

Arrangements have been made to open this Bank on the 1st November, and the tender of Mr Richard Hunt for adapting the present counters for the purposes of the Bank and preparing and decorating the same, amounting to £60 has been accepted. The owners of the premises Messrs Ansells Brewery Co Ltd have decided to do the necessary outside repairs upon the premises in time for the Bank to be opened as stated above.

 

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

 

639 RESOLVED:- That the action taken in accepting the Tender of Mr Richard Hunt for carrying out the repairs to the Aston Cross Branch, referred to in the foregoing Report be confirmed.

 

Bank Committee: March 20th 1922

 

The Manager reported that Mr F Wilde had been authorised to attend the sale by auction of premises No 101, Aston Road North, and had arranged to buy the same at the sum of £1010. The premises were leasehold, having 50 years to run, and negotiations were in progress for the acquisition of the freehold.

 

1105 RESOLVED:- That the Council be asked to approve the purchase of premises No 101, Aston Road North, and that the Chairman and Manager be authorised to continue negotiations for the acquisition of the freehold interest, also that subject to the said approval of the Council the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare and attach the Corporate Seal to any necessary documents in the matter.

 

Bank Committee: June 19th 1922

 

On Minute No 1106 the Town Clerk reported as follows:

 

June 7th 1922

101, Aston Road North.

I have to report that the above premises have been surveyed to Mr Frank Wilde in accordance with your Chairman's instructions, and a Conveyance from Mr Wilde to the Corporation is being prepared.

 

Mr Wilde has handed to me a receipted bill for £26, his Solicitor's costs. This amount is in accordance with the authorised scale, and I shall be glad to receive your Committee's instructions as to payment.

 

1156 RESOLVED:- That the report be approved; and that Mr Wilde be reimbursed for the amount of his Solicitor's costs in the matter amounting to the sum of £26.

 

1161 The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee-Committee was presented:

 

Purchase of Premises 101, Aston Road North.

Your Sub-Committee report that the negotiations for the acquisition of the freehold interest of these premises have not been successful. The price required by the freeholders being prohibitive. They therefore recommend that the approval of the Council be now asked to the purchase of the leasehold interest, viz - £1020.

 

1162 RESOLVE: That Minute No 1105 be amended and that the Council be now asked to approve the purchase of the leasehold of premises No 101, Aston Road North at the sum of £1020, and that, subject to such approval, the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare and attach the Corporate Seal to any necessary documents in the matter.

 

Report of the Bank Committee to the City Council: July 4th 1922

 

NEW PREMISES - 101, ASTON ROAD NORTH.

 

Your Committee report that they have been able to secure premises suitable to meet the future requirements of the Bank in the Aston Cross district, and the same are indicated by pink colouring on the Plan "A" annexed to this report.

 

The premises are situate at No 101, Aston Road North, in a prominent shopping centre, and comprise a large shop and dwelling-house. Tenant possession has been given and the premises can be adapted forthwith for the purposes of the Bank.

 

The property is leasehold, with 52 years unexpired, and your Committee have agreed to the purchase at the sum of £1,020, which amount will be provided from the funds of the Bank.

 

In accordance with No 10 of the Bank Rules, the Committee now ask for the approval of the Council to their action.

 

Bank Committee: July 17th 1922

 

On Minute No 1162 the Town Clerk presented the following report as to the completion of the purchase of leasehold property, 101, Aston Road North.

 

July 15th 1922

Woodward to the Corporation.

101, Aston Road North.

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

I have paid 10/- Stamp Duty.

 

RESOLVED:- That the report be approved and Minute No 1162 be discharged.

 

1198 RESOLVED:- That, subject to the consent of the freeholder of No 101, Aston Road North being obtained, the Manager be instructed to obtain tenders for the carrying out of the necessary alterations at these premises and 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 the necessary Contract.

 

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

 

Aston Cross Premises. (101, Aston Road North).

Your Sub-Committee have approved a plan for altering these premises so as to meet the needs of the Branch, and they recommend that, subject to the consent of the freeholder, 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 the necessary Contract.

 

Bank Committee: September 25th 1922

 

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

 

Alterations – 101, Aston Road North.

Your Sub-Committee report that the consent of the freeholder to the required alterations at 101, Aston Road North having been received, the tender of Mr F J Briley has been accepted for the carrying out of the work at the sum of £862, and as empowered by Minute No 1198 of your Committee, they have authorised the Town Clerk to prepare and affix the Corporate Seal to the necessary Contract.

 

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

 

Bank Committee: December 18th 1922

 

On Minute No 1198 (Alterations, 101 Aston Road North) the Town Clerk reported as to the preparation and completion of the Contract with Mr F J Briley, as follows:

 

November 22nd 1922

I have prepared and completed a Contract with Mr F J Briley for the required alterations to No 101 Aston Road North.

The Corporate Common Seal has been affixed to the document.

 

1273 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 1198 be discharged.

 

Report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 18th 1922

 

Electric Light Installation, 101, Aston Road North.

Your Sub-Committee report that the tender of the Etna Lighting and Heating Company at the sum of £26 has been accepted for the electric lighting of 101, Aston Road North.

 

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

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 26th 1923

 

The General Manager reported that the alterations at the Duddeston Branch were practically completed, and that the Aston Cross Permanent Branch would be ready for opening in a few weeks time.

 

271     RESOLVED:- That the Right Hon The Lord Mayor be invited to open the Duddeston Branch, and Mr Councillor Gelling the Aston Cross Branch at convenient dates.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 12th 1923

 

On Minute No 271, the General Manager stated that arrangements had been made for the opening of Duddeston and Aston Cross Branches.

 

288     RESOLVED:- That Minute No 271 be discharged.

 

With reference to the tenancy of the Aston Cross Branch, the General Manager stated that the Police Department had arranged for Inspector Rowe to be a tenant of the living accommodation at an inclusive rental of 12/6d a week. Arrangements have been made for Constable Green to occupy the house vacated by Inspector Rowe, and the living accommodation at the King's Heath Branch would therefore become vacant.

 

Bank Committee: March 19th 1923

 

1373 The following Report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was submitted:

 

Living Accommodation at Aston Cross and King's Heath Branches.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that arrangements have been made for Inspector Rowe of the Police Department to be tenant of the living accommodation at the Aston Cross Branch at an inclusive rental of 12/6d per week, and for Constable Green (the present tenant of the dwelling accommodation at 73, High Street, Kings Heath) to take over the house vacated by Inspector Rowe.

 

Under a tenancy agreement entered into with Messrs Madden for shopping and yard adjacent to the King's Heath Branch a clause was inserted to the effect that should the dwelling accommodation referred to become vacant, in the event of it not being required for Bank purposes, they should have the option to take the same over at a rental of £35 per annum, plus rates.

 

Your Sub-Committee are agreeable to the living accommodation referred to being let to Messrs Madden on the terms mentioned, on the understanding, however, that the downstairs room adjoining the Bank is given up to the Bank when required for their purposes, and they have accordingly instructed the General Manager to confer with Messrs Madden and the Bank's Valuer and endeavour to arrange suitable terms, reporting to your Sub-Committee thereon.

 

1376 RESOLVED:- That the foregoing Report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee be approved.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 9th 1923

 

With reference to the accommodation at No 1 Park Road, Aston, the Sub-Committee were informed that the Chairman of the General Committee had authorised the Town Clerk to make arrangements for sub-letting the premises to Mr Hatwell, and to sign the necessary Agreement, the rental to be the same as now paid by the Bank.

 

321     RESOLVED:- That the action of the Chairman of the General Committee in the matter be confirmed.

 

Bank Committee: April 16th 1923

 

Report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Letting of No 1, Park Road, Aston.

Your Sub-Committee report that the Town Clerk has been instructed to arrange for the sub-letting of the accommodation now used by the Bank at No 1 Park Road, Aston, to Mr Hatwell and to sign the requisite Agreement. The rental will be the same as now paid by the Bank and the arrangement will come into force as soon as the new Aston Cross premises are opened.

 

RESOLVED:- That the action taken in authorising the Town Clerk to sign the requisite Agreement for the sub-letting of accommodation at No 1 Park Road, Aston, to Mr Hatwell, be confirmed.

 

Bank Committee: May 28th 1923

 

On Minute No 1398, the Town Clerk presented the following report:

 

April 25th 1923

1, Park Road, Aston.

The Corporation to Hatwell.

I have to report that an Agreement for tenancy of the above premises has now been completed in accordance with your instructions.

The tenant has paid the legal charges and stamp duty.

 

1427 RESOLVED: That Minute No 1398 be discharged.

 

 

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