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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 July 1939 which include the early years of the Bank as a branch network was being established. Acocks Green branch was originally opened in an old Police Station in September 1919. Alternative premises were not acquired until 1924, and a permanent branch was opened on June 27th 1925.
 
Premises
 
 
Acocks Green
 

Bank Committee: August 29th 1919

 

The Manager reported that ....

 

Councillor Taylor seeing to the repairs at Acocks Green Branch. Treasurer to see charges

 

Bank Committee: December 1st 1919

 

Report of the Publicity Sub-Committee:

 

PROPAGANDA AT ACOCKS GREEN.

 

[The Publicity Sub-Committee] have had under consideration the question of improving the business of the Branch Bank at Acocks Green. This branch is situated in one of the front rooms of the old Police Station in Warwick Road, and it was thought that the neglected appearance of the building due to its not being inhabitated was operating to the detriment of the Bank. Your Sub-Committee hope that the vacant portion of the premises will shortly be tenanted. Other means are also being adopted whereby the appearance of the building may be improved. Your Sub-Committee have also taken steps to bring the Branch more particularly to the notice of the inhabitants of Acocks Green by the distribution of hand-bills, and if this method should prove successful, they are of opinion it might with advantage be tried in other districts.

 

381 RESOLVED:- That the Report of the Publicity Sub-Committee be approved.

 

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:

 

Acock's Green. The premises used for this evening Branch are one of the front rooms of the old Police Station. At present the rest of the premises are unoccupied, but I understand the Watch Committee intend to have them occupied by a member of the force. Access to other parts of the premises is not available.

 

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:

 

Acocks Green. Larger signs 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: December 12th 1921

 

On Minute No 518 (Repairs Acocks Green Branch) the Manager reported as follows:

 

Acock's Green Branch Repairs.

 

Manager reports that the necessary repairs to the windows, etc, have been carried out.

 

550 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 518 (Repairs-Acocks Green Branch) be discharged and the actions taken confirmed.

 

Bank Committee: May 19th 1924

 

1756 The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Property - Warwick Road, Acocks Green.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that exhaustive enquiries have been made with a view to suitable property being secured in the Acocks Green district for Bank purposes. An opportunity has now arisen of acquiring a block of property, situate at Nos 1109 and 1111 Warwick Road, Acocks Green. The property is freehold and consists of double-fronted residence with Butcher's Lock-up Shop adjoining together with extensive outbuildings at rear. The owner of the property (Mrs Clifford) is prepared to sell, with vacant possession, for the sum of £4,000.

 

Your Sub-Committee have had before them a report from Mr Frank Wilde regarding the premises, in which he states that having due regard to the importance of the position and the facilities afforded for further development, he values the same at the sum of £3,750.

 

Your Sub-Committee are advised that in the event of purchasing the property it would be an easy matter to divide the same so that a portion could be converted to meet the requirements of the Bank while the remainder could either be let off or sold.

 

They have authorised their Chairman and the Chairman of your Committee with the General Manager to take necessary steps to obtain an option for the purchase of the property until the Bank Committee meeting. In the event of suitable terms being arranged, your Sub-Committee consider that the necessary instructions should be given for the purchase of the property.

 

1762   RESOLVED:- That the Chairman of this Committee, the Chairman of the General Purposes Sub-Committee and the General Manager be empowered to arrange for the acquisition of the freehold property Nos 1109 and 1111, Warwick Road, Acocks Green at a cost of not exceeding £4,000, and that the Town Clerk be authorised to complete the purchase, subject to the approval of the City Council, and to prepare and affix the Corporate Seal to any necessary documents in the matter.

 

Bank Committee: June 16th 1924

 

1772 The following Minute of the City Council passed on June 3rd was received:

 

It was moved by Mr Councillor Appleby, seconded by Mr Councillor Daniels, and Resolved:

26,831. That the Bank Committee be, and they are hereby, authorised to acquire the freehold property Nos 1,109 and 1,111, Warwick Road, Acock's Green, for the purpose of a Branch Bank at the price of £3,750, the purchase money being further authorised to dispose of such part of the property as may be surplus to their requirements.

 

Bank Committee: July 7th 1924

 

The General Manager presented the following report as to property No 1109 and 1111, Warwick Road, Acocks Green, recently purchased by the Bank Committee:

 

Acocks Green Property.

 

Reports have been received from Mr McMichael and Mr Wilde, both of whom advise a division of the property, and that the house and grounds can be used for the Bank and the shop and outbuildings at rear disposed of.

 

The Gas Department is anxious to purchase the lock-up shop and buildings belonging thereto, and the Secretary has intimated to the General Manager that this afternoon a Sub-Committee of the Gas Department would be recommended and would probably agree to pay £2,000 for the property which is surplus to the Bank’s requirements.

 

In the opinion of Mr Wilde this sum is a fair price, and it is accordingly recommended that such surplus property should be transferred to the Gas Department at the price of £2,000, subject to a right of way from the cartway at the side of the lock-up shop to the house portion of the Bank premises.

 

Mr McMichael has been instructed to prepare a plan of the alterations proposed, and in this connection the Secretary of the Gas Department has intimated that it might be arranged for a joint alteration scheme, similar to what is contemplated with the Electric Supply Department at Northfield.

 

1807   RESOLVED: That the Gas Committee be informed that this Committee approve of the transfer to that Committee for the sum of £2,000 of such portions of the premises recently purchased and situate at 1109 and 1111, Warwick Road, as are surplus to their requirements, consisting of the lock-up shop and buildings appurtenant thereto.

 

1808   RESOLVED: That the action taken in instructing Mr McMichael to prepare a plan showing proposed alterations of the portion of the premises in Warwick Road to be utilised for Branch Bank purposes, be confirmed, and that the matter be referred to the General Purposes Sub-Committee.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: July 14th 1924

 

A letter was submitted from Mr Harber, Estate Agent, with account for £3. 3. 0. in respect of enquiries made by him on behalf of the Bank as to properties at Acocks Green.

 

261     RESOLVED: That the account be passed for payment.

 

Bank Committee: July 25th 1924

 

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

 

Premises 1109 and 1111, Warwick Road, Acocks Green.

 

Your Sub-Committee are informed that the Gas Department have agreed to take over a portion of the above premises, consisting of the butcher’s shop and buildings belonging thereto at the sum of £2,000 and have expressed the desire that Mr McMichael when preparing a plan showing his proposals for Bank purposes, should submit a scheme to include the alterations required to the portion of the premises transferred to the Gas Department, so that the alterations may be carried out together.

 

Notes for the guidance of Alderman Lovsey in presenting the General Purposes Sub-Committee’s Report – July 25th 1924.

 

Acock’s Green Premises.

 

A plan has been prepared by Mr McMichael and is submitted herewith. The alteration suggested is a simple one, and beyond the provision of a Strong Room, a Mess Room, and the design of the front which has been generally adopted being followed, there will be very little expense. The Gas Department are dealing with Mr McMichael as regards alterations they require done to the portion they are purchasing.

 

1828   RESOLVED: That the Chairman and General Manager be empowered, in conjunction with the Chairman and Executive Officer of the Gas Committee, to accept a suitable tender or tenders for the carrying out of the proposed scheme of alteration at the premises, Warwick Road, Acocks Green, and that the Town Clerk be authorised to prepare and affix the Corporate Seal to any necessary documents.

 

Bank Committee: October 20th 1924

 

On Minute No 1762 (Purchase of 1109 and 1111, Warwick Road, Acock's Green), the Town Clerk presented the following report as to the completion of the purchase:

 

September 1st 1924

 

Minute No 1762.

 

I have to report that in accordance with the above Minute, the Conveyance by Mrs A J Clifford and others of 1109 and 1111, Warwick Road, Acocks Green, has been completed and I have made the following payments herein:

 

           Purchase price         £3,750. 0. 0.

           Stamp Duty                  £37. 10. 0.

 

1858  RESOLVED:- That Minute No 1762 be discharged.

 

Alterations to premises, Warwick Road, Acocks Green.

 

In accordance with the authority of your Committee tenders have been obtained for the carrying out of the alterations required to adapt the above premises to the requirements of the Bank, and the lowest tender, that of Messrs S Surman & Sons, at the sum of £1425, has been accepted for the carrying out of the work, in conjunction with a tender by the same firm for alterations to the adjoining premises now owned by the Gas Department. The contractors have been required to furnish two satisfactory sureties, or alternatively to deposit in the Bank in the name of the Treasurer a sum equal to 25% of the contract price.

 

Bank Committee: November 24th 1924

 

On Minute No 1828 (Alterations, Warwick Road, Acocks Green), the General Manager reported that owing to Messrs Surman & Sons having failed to comply with certain conditions under the contract, on the authority of the Chairman the same had been cancelled, and the next lowest tender received for the carrying out of the work, viz: that of Mr F J Briley at the sum of £1,547 has been accepted, and the Chairman had authorised the Town Clerk to prepare and affix the Corporate Seal to the Contract with Mr F J Briley accordingly. It was:

 

1910  RESOLVED:- That Minute No 1828 be rescinded, and the action of the Chairman in authorising the acceptance of the tender of Mr F J Briley at the sum of £1,547 for the carrying out of the required alterations for Bank purposes at 1109 Warwick Road, Acocks Green be confirmed; also that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare and affix the Corporate Seal to the necessary Contract.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 8th 1924

 

The following report of the General Manager with reference provided by Contactors was presented:

 

Securities provided by Contractors.

 

In accordance with the instructions given in Minute No 1874 passed by the Bank Committee on the 20th October, 1924, Mr F J Briley was directed to furnish satisfactory sureties, or, alternatively, to deposit in the Bank a sum equal to 25% of the contract price in respect of alterations at Acocks Green premises.

 

Mr Briley objected to either course, and considered that after having done so much work for the Bank without such a requirement being insisted upon, and in view of the fact that he was always prepared to leave £500 in hand on his work until the architect was satisfied it was due to him, the provision of sureties might be waived. The General Manager explained that the Committee had passed a definite Minute on the matter and he thought it would have to be complied with. Eventually Mr Briley said he would deposit Government Bonds to the value of £1,000 for the Bank portion and also the Gas Department portion of the alterations. On consulting the Chairman the General Manager was directed to agree to this course in lieu of the requirements of the Minute and the Town Clerk instructed to act accordingly. In doing so the Town Clerk points out that some slight risk attaches to the taking of an undated transfer of one of the Securities.

 

In the opinion of the General Manager it would be desirable to either suitably amend or rescind Minute No 1874, or that the Minute should be carried out as worded, because it places officials of the Corporation in an unfortunate position in dealing with Contractors if the Minute is not correctly observed.

 

624     RESOLVED:- That the action of the Chairman of the General Committee in agreeing to accept the deposit by Mr F J Briley of Government bonds as security for the due fulfilment of his contract at Acocks Green, be confirmed, and that the General Committee be recommended to rescind Minute No 1874, and to instruct that in contracts for an amount of £1,000 or over, or where thought desirable by the Chairman, in contracts for a lesser amount, the Contractors be required to furnish satisfactory sureties, or, alternatively to deposit suitable securities or place an approved sum in the Bank during the performance of the contract.

 

 

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