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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 March 1932 including the early years of the Bank as a branch network was being established.
 
Stirchley branch was initially opened as an Evening Branch on December 5th 1919. A variety of temporary premises were used:
299 High Street; Stirchley Council School; the front portion of a house at 1516 Pershore Road; and 1471 Pershore Road.
 
Eventually, permanent premises were established at
1507 Pershore  Road on October 29th 1923.
 
Premises
 
 
Stirchley
 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: November 21st 1919

 

83a With reference to the Branch Bank for Cotteridge and Stirchley Districts, the Manager reported that he was in negotiations for suitable premises at Stirchley.

 

RESOLVED:- That the matter be left in the hands of the Manager to deal with.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 2nd 1920

 

On Minute No 83a, the Manager reported that the Stirchley Branch Bank had now been opened.

 

99        RESOLVED:- That Minute No 83a be discharged.

 

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:

 

Stirchley. Here we are occupying the front room of a dwelling house, and have a limited tenancy of one year. A partition prevents access to other parts in case of emergency. The Branch is open during evenings.

 

Bank Committee: March 1st 1920

 

The following Report of the Town Clerk was received:

 

Branch Municipal Bank, 299 High Street, Stirchley.

 

I have to report that on the instructions of your Chairman, I have entered into an agreement for the tenancy of the above premises at a rental of 10/- per week. I shall be glad if your Committee will confirm the action of the Chairman.

 

(signed) F H C Wiltshire, Town Clerk

 

425 RESOLVED:- That the action of the Chairman in instructing the Town Clerk to enter into an Agreement for the tenancy of premises at 299, High Street, Stirchley, be confirmed; and that the foregoing Report be approved.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 30th 1920

 

206 The Manager reported that an offer to sell had been received from the owner of premises at Stirchley, for a sum of 1800. It was considered that this figure was excessive, and the Manager stated that further negotiations were taking place.

 

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

 

261 On Minute No 206, the Manager reported that he was awaiting a further Report from Mr Councillor Fryer as to his negotiations with regard to the premises at Stirchley.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 1st 1920

 

On Minute No 206, the Manager reported that the owners of the present Branch Bank premises in Pershore Road, Stirchley were not prepared to extend the tenancy, and it would therefore be necessary to vacate the same during the month. The Education Department had been approached and it would be possible to temporarily establish the Branch at the Council School, Pershore Road.

 

281     RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to give instructions for the transfer above mentioned to be carried into effect.

 

282     RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to continue negotiations in the Stirchley District for premises suitable for Branch purposes, in reference to which Mr Wilde was making enquiries.

 

Bank Committee: October 4th 1920

 

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

 

Branch Bank Premises, Stirchley.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that it will be necessary to vacate during the month the premises at present used for a Branch in Pershore Road, Stirchley, the owner of the property being unwilling to agree to an extension of the tenancy, The Manager has been in communication with the Education Department, and it will be possible to establish the Branch at the Council School, Pershore Road, for the present. Your Sub-Committee recommend that the Manager be instructed to take the necessary steps for the transfer to be effected.

 

They have authorised the Manager to negotiate for the acquisition or leasing of suitable premises in the district.

 

604 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to take the necessary steps for temporarily transferring the Branch Bank at Stirchley from the present premises to the Council School, Pershore Road.

 

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

 

Stirchley Branch.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that in accordance with your Committee's instructions, arrangements have been made to transfer the work of the Branch to the Stirchley Council Schools as from the 5th November. Many enquiries have been made with reference to obtaining suitable premises in this District; but up to the present without success.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 22nd 1920

 

308 On Minute No 282, the Manager reported that arrangements had been made to transfer the work of the Branch to the Stirchley Council Schools as and from the 5th November. Enquiries as to suitable premises in this District had up to the present been unsuccessful.

 

Bank Committee: November 15th 1920

 

The Manager reported that arrangements had been made to enter into a lease of premises, 1471 Pershore Road, Stirchley, for Branch Bank purposes, at an annual rental of 32. 10. 0.

 

657 RESOLVED:- That the Manager's action in the matter be confirmed, and that the Town Clerk be instructed to enter into, and if necessary, attach the Corporate Seal to the requisite Lease.

 

Bank Committee: December 20th 1920

 

On Minute No 657, the Manager reported that, as it was only possible to secure No 1471 Pershore Road on a weekly tenancy, no lease would be entered into in this case.

 

687 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 657 be discharged.

 

Bank Committee: January 15th 1923

 

1315 The following Report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

New premises for Stirchley.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that in view of the urgent need for increased accommodation at Stirchley, negotiations are now in progress for the acquisition of suitable premises for branch Bank purposes in this district. The property in question, which is freehold, is situate at 1503 and 1505 Pershore Road, Stirchley and consists of retail shops and dwellinghouses. The property is in a good condition, and is favourably situated.

 

Your Sub-Committee in view of the urgency of the matter have authorised Mr Wilde to negotiate with a view to the acquisition of the premises with possession at a sum not exceeding 3,000, or in case it is only possible to obtain vacant possession of one shop and dwellinghouse at such sum as the Chairman of your Committee and the Chairman of your Sub-Committee may consider reasonable.

 

With reference to the paragraph in the foregoing report as to premises 1503 and 1505 Pershore Road, Stirchley, the Committee were informed that, after consulting several members of the General Purposes Sub-Committee, the General Manager had authorised Mr Wilde to purchase this freehold property for the sum of 2,800, with vacant possession of No 1503.

 

1317 RESOLVED:- That the council be asked to approve of the purchase of the freehold property No 1503 and 1505 Pershore Road, Stirchley, for Branch Bank purposes at the sum of 2,800; 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.

 

Bank Committee: February 19th 1923

 

On Minute 1317 (Purchase of 1505 & 1507 Pershore Road, Stirchley) the Town Clerk reported as follows:

 

February 17th 1923

 

Pershore Road Widening.

Goodman to the Corporation.

 

I have to report that a Contract has been entered into with Mr Goodman for the purchase of No 1503 and No 1505 Pershore Road. A clause was inserted under which the Vendor was to be allowed to substitute No 1507 for No 1503, and the Vendor has now given notice of his intention to exercise this right.

 

RESOLVED: That the report be approved.

 

Report of the Bank Committee to the City Council: March 6th 1923

 

NEW PREMISES 1505, AND 1507, PERSHORE ROAD, STIRCHLEY.

 

Your Committee have for some time been desirous of obtaining suitable premises for a permanent Branch Bank in the Stirchley District, the premises now used for the Evening Branch being inadequate for the purpose.

 

They have been successful in securing property which they are of opinion will answer their needs, such property being indicated by pink colouring on the attached plan.

 

The property is freehold and is situate at 1505 and 1507 Pershore Road, Stirchley. It consists of two shops and dwelling houses. Vacant possession can be obtained of No 1507 and No 1505 is let at a rental of 41. 15s. 0d. per annum, plus rates.

 

The Committee have agreed to purchase the property for the sum of 2,800, such amount to be provided from the funds of the Bank, and in accordance with No 10 of the Bank Rules, they now ask for the approval of the Council to their action.

 

It was moved by Mr Councillor Appleby and seconded by Mr Councillor Bishop. 

That the Bank Committee be, and they are hereby, authorised to complete the purchase of freehold property, Nos 1505 and 1507, Pershore Road, Stirchley, as premises for a Branch Bank, at the price of 2,800, such sum to be defrayed out of the funds of the Bank.

 

It was moved by Mr Councillor Alderson, and seconded by Mr Councillor Simmons, as an amendment,

That the report be referred back for an independent valuer's advice to be obtained and better terms of purchase secured.

 

The amendment was put and negatived.

 

The original motion being put, Resolved - 26,278. That the Bank Committee be, and they are hereby, authorised to complete the purchase of freehold property, Nos 1505 and 1507, Pershore Road, Stirchley, as premises for a Branch Bank, at the price of 2,800, such sum to be defrayed out of the funds of the Bank.

 

Bank Committee: May 28th 1923

 

On Minute No 1317, the following report of the Town Clerk was received:

 

April 17th 1923

 

1505-7, Pershore Road.

Goodman to the Corporation.

 

I have to report that the purchase of Nos 1505 and 1507, Pershore Road, Stirchley, has now been completed in accordance with your instructions.

 

Prior to completion the Vendor offered to abate the purchase money to the extent of 50 in consideration of his being granted a right of way across the rear of the premises of his adjoining property, No 1503, Pershore Road, and I have agreed to this upon the instructions of your Chairman.

 

I have made the following payments:

    Purchase money, less deposit                              2,750. 0. 0.

            Less deposit                                                      280. 0. 0.           2,470. 0 .0.

   Less balance on Apportionment Account                                                   1. 13. 9.

                                                                                                                2,468. 6. 3.

    Stamp duty                                                                                                 28. 0. 0.

 

1423 RESOLVED: That the report be approved and Minute No 1317 be discharged.

 

Bank Committee: July 9th 1923

 

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

 

Alterations, Stirchley Premises.

 

Tenders have been received and opened for the carrying out of alterations at 1505 and 1507 Pershore Road, Stirchley.

 

Your Sub-Committee-Committee on consideration of the above Tenders were of opinion that in view of the fact that the work tendered for was only part of a scheme to be completed at a later date, they could not see their way to recommend the acceptance of any of the tenders received as the same were much in excess of the figure anticipated.

 

They therefore recommend that the matter be referred to the Chairman of your Committee, Mr Councillor Gelling and the General Manager with a view to arrangements being made for a less costly scheme to be carried out with as little delay as possible.

 

1471 RESOLVED: That the question of altering premises at Stirchley be referred to Councillors Appleby and Gelling with the General Manager to revise the scheme and arrange for the work to be carried out without further delay.

 

 

 

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