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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 February 1932 which include the early years of the Bank as a branch network was being established.
In the case of Saltley, a branch was opened on September 2nd 1919 in the very basic facilities provided by a wooden hut. These crude premises had to suffice until a permanent branch was opened at 156 Alum Rock Road
on May 16th 1925.
 
 
Premises
 
 
Saltley
 

Bank Committee: August 29th 1919

 

The Manager reported that he had secured the renting of a Fire Brigade Hut for either Small Heath or Saltley at 10/- per week with option to purchase in twelve months.

 

Fire Brigade Shelter fixed at Saltley on land owned by Ansells Brewery who had given consent. City Surveyor asked to move Shelter and re-arrange railings and provide a gate.

 

309 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to express the Committee's thanks to Mr Edward Ansell for his services in connection with the use of piece of land at Saltley owned by Messrs Ansells Brewery Ltd.

 

441 The Manager informed the Sub-Committee that the ground adjoining Saltley Branch was in an untidy and bare condition and he had approached the Parks Superintendent with a view to the surroundings of the Branch being improved by means of the planting of bushes, etc.

 

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

 

82 The Manager reported that he had not yet been able to find suitable Branch Bank premises at Alum Rock and Erdington.

 

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:

 

Saltley. These premises (used on alternate days) are in an old Fireman's shelter, and afford no protection. The risk here is great.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 2nd 1920

 

[Extract from Report of the Assistant Chief Constable, regarding the security of premises, on a visit of inspection that had been made to branches on December 17th 1919]

 

Saltley. No money should be left here. No protection can be given here except from usual outside survey. On Saturday nights there ought to be three males, and at other times two males. It is not a suitable branch for a female clerk.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 20th 1920

 

Security of Branch Banks. Members of the Committee have, since the last meeting, visited the Branch Banks with the view of adopting measures for the safe custody of the cash and the better protection of the staff. The reports of the Manager and Assistant Chief Constable been considered and certain directions given thereon as follows:

 

Handsworth. Larger signs and better lighting to be arranged.

 

Lozells. The tender of Mr L G Jones for alterations amounting to 70. 10. 0d. to be accepted and the work proceeded with at once. Cellar to be bricked up in three places, Strong iron bar to be fixed over the door.

 

Saltley. Larger signs to be arranged and better lighting.

 

The Chief Constable has notified the police covering the whole areas to pay particular attention to the Bank premises and has issued a full list of Police Stations with telephone numbers.

 

Having regard to the continued raids on banks and Post Offices, it might be desirable to fix a bell outside each daily Branch, which can be operated from inside by the foot.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 26th 1920

 

The Manager presented the following Reports:

 

Alum Rock Premises.

 

A letter has been received from Mr Edward Ansell to the effect that they are not in a position to part with any of the land at the Corner of Alum Rock Road at present, but if they should think of doing so they will communicate with the Bank.

 

Special Report on Saltley and Duddeston Branches.

 

I have for some time given serious consideration to the problem of working these two Branches so as to give greater facilities to the public, and to secure greater efficiency in the Management.

 

Mr Crump has proved himself a very enthusiastic official, and has shown he can procure the money and clientele, but he is not a book-keeper. I further do not think it wise to continue serving these two Branches with a female assistant for several reasons.

 

Duddeston is essentially a district which ought to be accommodated with a Saturday opening, while Saltley cannot expand on its limited openings. The present arrangements are as follows:

 

Duddeston:     Mondays        12 to 2:30       and     5:30 to 7:30

                       Wednesdays 12 to 2:30

                       Fridays           12 to 2:30       and    5:30 to 7:30

 

Saltley:           Tuesdays      12 to 2:30

                       Thursdays     10 to 1:00

                       Saturdays      10 to 1:00       and     5:30 to 7:30

 

The cost in wages is:           Mr Crump      250

                                            Mrs Shale      120

 

                                                                   370

 

To give an extra opening at Duddeston on Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 and a Monday evening at Saltley, two assistants would be required at 5/- each per attendance.

 

Both Branches have shown a steady business, and are too near alike to justify turning one into an evening branch only. In fact I think that procedure would be dangerous.

 

The ultimate position would work out as follows:

 

Duddeston:     Mondays        10 to 2:30        Crump and Assistant

                                               5:30 to 7:30    Assistant & Evening Asst.

                       Wednesdays 10 to 2:30         Crump and Assistant

                       Fridays           10 to 2:30         Crump and Assistant

                                               5:30 to 7:30               ditto

                       Saturday        5:30 to 7:30   Assistant & an Evening Assistant

 

Saltley:          Monday          12 to 2:30       Crump and an Evening Assistant

                       Tuesday         10 to 2:30       Crump and Assistant

                       Thursday       10 to 1:00                  ditto

                       Saturday        10 to 1:00                  ditto

                                               5:30 to 7:30   Crump & an Evening Assistant

 

The cost of this scheme would be:                 Crump            250

                                                                       Assistant        200

                                                                       2 Juniors*      50

                                                                                             500

* really evening assistants.

 

If on the other hand you think it desirable to open both Branches as Daily Branches, there would be no further expense in rent, rates, etc while the cost in wages by using two youths of 18 years of age, would only be increased by 100 per annum. I think we ought to make as much use of premises we are paying for as we can.

 

170    RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to open the Saltley Branch on Monday and the Duddeston Branch on Saturday: to place the book-keeping of these branches in the hands of a good male clerk acting under the general control of Mr Crump, the Branch Manager: and to empower the Chairman and Bank Manager to make such other arrangements in connection therewith as they may consider desirable.

 

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.

 

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

 

196    RESOLVED:- That Minutes Nos 82 (Premises, Alum Rock and Erdington) and 173 (Premises, Balsall Heath District) be discharged.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: June 4th 1920

 

The Manager stated that the Bank were paying the Birmingham Fire Brigade Department 10/- per week in respect of the use of the Hut at Saltley.

 

236     RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to negotiate with a view to the Bank Committee taking over the Hut in question.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: July 2nd 1920

 

The Manager submitted the following Report:

 

Saltley Premises.

 

The Manager had been in communication with the Fire Brigade Department relating to the shelter now used as a Branch Office at Saltley. The Fire Brigade Committee are prepared to sell the shelter to the Bank for the sum of 150 less the rent which has already been paid for it.

The Manager recommends that the shelter be purchased on such terms.

 

249     RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to accept the offer of the Watch Committee to transfer to the Bank the Fire Brigade Shelter at Saltley on the terms mentioned in the foregoing Report.

 

 

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

The Manager submitted a letter from the City Treasurer as to the insurance of the Hut at Saltley recently acquired from the Watch Committee and also with regard to the various Branch Banks.

 

266     RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the City Treasurer and Manager to take the necessary action and report thereon in due course.

 

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

 

The Manager presented the following Report:

 

Saltley and Duddeston Branches.

 

Arrangements have been made for opening these premises as Daily Branches on the 1st November next.

 

Bank Committee: October 25th 1920

 

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.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 13th 1920

 

On Minute No 354 the Manager presented the following Report:

 

HEATING & LIGHTING OF BRANCHES.

 

This matter has been carefully looked into by the Chairman, Councillors Gelling and Ward, who have visited the various branches. The position is summarised below with the recommendations:

 

Saltley.

This hut is warm enough as it is, but as extensions are contemplated here, the necessary means to keep the premises warm can be arranged with the alterations.

 

From the foregoing it will be seen that the general conclusions arrived at are:

1. That electric heating is not a satisfactory method, having regard to the nature of the business.

2. That it is necessary to give the impression that the Bank is open during business hours, and to do this the outer door should be opened and vestibules arranged.

3. That where the premises are only in the nature of temporary premises or are otherwise fairly satisfactorily heated, additional warmth should be procured by oil stoves.

 

A statement was submitted showing the comparative costs of electric lighting and heating and gas, and while it was found that during the Christmas and Lady Day quarters last year the electric lighting and heating cost 26 at Sparkbrook and 21 at Lozells, gas lighting and heating at Duddeston and Saltley combined only worked out at 3. 14. 0d. The hours of business at these branches during the periods taken were the same.

 

The electric wires and fittings are on the hire purchase system, the installation becoming the property of the Bank at the expiration of 3 years.

 

The electric radiators are on the permanent hire system, and the agreements are for 3 years. It is recommended that the Electric Supply Department be asked to content to the cancellation of the agreements in the cases where it is advisable to substitute gas heating.

 

The gas radiators (except in the cases of Aston Cross and Bearwood) are on the permanent hire system and the agreement are for 2 years. It is recommended that Gas Department be asked to consent to the cancellation of the agreements in the cases now on the permanent hire system, and to substitute fresh agreements on the hire purchase system.

 

367     RESOLVED:- That the Report be approved and the General Committee recommended to adopt the recommendations therein contained.

 

 

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