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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 December 1935 which include the
early years of the Bank as a branch network was being established.
In the case of Northfield, two temporary premises were occupied
before a site became available at 701 Bristol Road South.
It was at this site that the Bank constructed a branch that was
opened by the wife of the Bank's Chairman on May 1st 1926.

Bank Committee: October 6th 1919: Report of the Acting Town Clerk:

 

I have to report that .... I have completed agreements for tenancy of premises for use as branch municipal banks as follows:

Northfield Village Institute  quarterly tenancy    £17

 

Bank Committee: December 1st 1919: Report of the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

NORTHFIELD BRANCH.

 

[The Sub-Committee] have authorised the Manager to remove the Branch Bank at present at the Northfield Institute to premises at No 187 Bristol Road. It was suggested that the tenant of these premises might be a suitable person to appoint as Clerk-in-charge, and the matter has been referred to the Manager to deal with.

 

Bank Committee: December 1st 1919

 

378a   RESOLVED:- That the Town Clerk be instructed to terminate the existing tenancy of the Northfield Institute, and to enter into the requisite Agreement with the owner of No 187 Bristol Road.

 

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:

 

Northfield. An evening Branch. The room to be used as and from January 1st next is a front room of a house, the tenant of which will act as our agent. I do not think the risk here is great. A communication bell to the back portion could be fixed.

 

Bank Committee: February 2nd 1920: Report of the Town Clerk re Minute No 378a:

 

Northfield Branch Bank

 

I have to report that in accordance with the above Minute, I have given notice terminating the tenancy of the rooms at the Northfield Institute, and have entered into an agreement with Mr Wilfred Hatton for the tenancy of a room forming part of the premises No 187 Bristol Road, Northfield, at a rental of 5/- per week.

 

406 RESOLVED:- That the Report be approved and Minute 378a discharged.

 

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

 

The Manager presented the following Report:

 

Northfield Branch.

 

With a view to increasing the interest on the Bank in the Northfield area, negotiations are proceeding for the holding of a public meeting, and in this connection Alderman Quinney is kindly interesting himself.

 

The Clerk-in-Charge at Northfield has made suggestions that it would be wise to change the hours of the Bank on Saturday so as to be open in the afternoons instead of in the evenings. He is of opinion that very little money can be taken on Saturday evenings because the inhabitants do their shopping on that evening in Selly Oak and Stirchley.

 

The Manager asks for instructions.

 

159    RESOLVED:- That the question of opening the Northfield Branch on Saturday afternoons instead of evenings be left over until after the proposed Public Meeting at Northfield.

 

Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 17th 1921

 

Northfield Branch.

 

Your Sub-Committee are of opinion that the amount of business transacted in this District does not warrant the opening of this Branch for three evenings per week, especially in view of the fact that separate facilities are provided for residents at Longbridge. They therefore recommend that the Branch be opened on Friday evenings only from 6-30 to 8-30pm. The remuneration of Mr Hatton (the Clerk in charge at this Branch) and the Assistant (Miss Hatton) will be on the scales recently adopted for evening Branch Officers.

 

Bank Committee: January 17th 1921

 

714 RESOLVED:- That the Northfield Branch be opened from 6-30 to 8-30 on Friday evenings only.

 

Bank Committee: June 20th 1921

 

Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Northfield and Longbridge Branches.

 

Arrangements have now been made for the amalgamation of the above Branches. No more suitable accommodation being available, it has been decided to continue the use of No 756 Bristol Road South. The appointment of Mr W Hatton as Clerk in Charge has been terminated and Mr G O Smith, a Water Department employee, has been engaged to take charge of the Branch at a remuneration on the usual commission basis subject to a minimum payment of 7/6d per attendance. Your Sub-Committee now ask that the action taken in the matter be confirmed.

 

841 RESOLVED:- That the action taken in regard to the amalgamation of the Northfield and Longbridge Branches and the staff arrangements made in connection therewith as indicated in the foregoing Report, be confirmed.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 9th 1923

 

The General Manager stated that negotiations were in progress by the Electric Supply Department for the purchase of land on the main road, Northfield. It was possible that the whole of the land in question might not be required for the use of that Department, and that a portion fronting the road would be available for use as a Branch Bank site if considered desirable.

 

323     RESOLVED:- That the Chairman of the General Committee and the General Manager be authorised to continue negotiations with the Electric Supply Department in the matter.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: June 11th 1923

 

On Minute No 323 (Site at Northfield) the attention of the Sub-Committee was called to a site likely to meet the needs of the Bank near "The Bell Inn" Bristol Road, Northfield.

 

358     RESOLVED:- That the Chairman and Mr Councillor Stephens be requested to view the site and report their observations thereon in due course.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: July 9th 1923

 

370 On Minutes Nos 323 and 358 (Sites at Northfield) the General Manager reported that visits had been made by representatives of the Sub-Committee to various sites in the Northfield districts, and enquiries were being continued in the matter.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 8th 1923

 

399 On Minutes Nos 323 and 358, the General Manager stated that he was in communication with the Secretary of the Electric Supply Department with reference to a site at Northfield, and the Report would be submitted at a later meeting.

 

Bank Committee: October 15th 1923

 

The General Manager reported that he had been informed by the Electric Supply Department that after their own requirements had been met a substantial area would be available at Northfield for Bank purposes if required.

 

Premises at Northfield.

 

Some time ago the Electric Supply Department notified the General Manager that they possessed certain land on the main road near to the Bell Inn upon which they were erecting a sub-station, and that, after they had used what land they wanted for their own purposes, there would be a substantial area left fronting the main road which might suit for the erection of a Bank. Several members of the Committee are conversant with the site, and have expressed their view that the Bank Committee should co-operate with the Electric Supply Department in the matter. The latter department is now anxious to have a decision on the matter.

 

It is accordingly recommended that the Chairman and Councillor Fryer (who are members of the Electric Supply Committee) together with the General Manager be authorised to confer with the Electric Supply Committee and agree upon the land to be transferred and the price of such transfer.

 

1546 RESOLVED:- That the Chairman and Councillor Fryer with the General Manager be requested to confer on the matter with the Electric Supply Department with authority to agree a suitable arrangement as to the area to be taken up and the price.

 

Bank Committee: November 19th 1923

 

On Minute No 1546 (Site at Northfield) the following report of the General Manager was presented:

 

Site at Bristol Road, Northfield.

 

Acting in accordance with Minute No 46 the Chairman and General Manager have visited this site in company with the Secretary of the Electric Supply Department. Councillor Fryer, who was also appointed to act, was unable to be present.

 

It has now been ascertained exactly what land will be available after the Electric Supply Department's requirements have been set. This works out at approximately 349 sq.yds. The total area of the land purchased by the Electric Supply Department is 652 sq.yds., and the cost, after allowing for charges incidental to the purchase, works out at 10/3d per yard. This would mean that the price to the Bank would be £179  2  6d.

 

The Committee are recommended to take advantage of the Electric Supply Department's offer to transfer this surplus land to the Bank Committee at the price named.

 

1570 RESOLVED:- That subject to the approval of the City Council, the offer of the Electric Supply Committee to transfer an area of approximately 349 square yards of land at Northfield to this Committee at the sum of £179. 2. 6. be accepted.

 

Bank Committee: January 21st 1924

 

On Minutes Nos 1546 and 1570 the Committee were informed that the approval of the Council had now been given to the transfer of land at Northfield from the Electric Supply Department to the Bank.

 

1619 RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the General Purposes Sub-Committee to consider and report their recommendations as to the utilisation of the site.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 11th 1924

 

The following communication from the General Committee with reference to the transfer from the Electric Supply Committee to the Bank, of freehold land at Northfield, was received:

 

On Minutes Nos 1546 and 1570 the Committee were informed that the approval of the Council had now been given to the transfer of land at Northfield from the Electric Supply Department to the Bank.

 

1619  RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the General Purposes Sub-Committee, to consider and report their recommendations as to the utilisation of the site.

 

488     RESOLVED:- That payment be authorised of the sum of £179. 2. 6. to the Electric Supply Department, being the agreed sum to be paid in respect of the land referred to.

 

489 On considering the question of the utilisation of the site above-mentioned the General Manager called the attention of the Sub-Committee to certain applications which had been made by architects for the carrying out of architectural work in connection with the establishment of Bank branches. After consideration of the above applications it was, however, decided that Mr McMichael (Architect) should be invited to submit his proposals.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 10th 1924

 

498 On Minute No 489 (Land at Northfield) the General Manager reported that he had communicated with Mr McMichael, who was in a position to submit proposals as to the utilization of this site but a question had arisen with regard to rights of way and rights of light. The Town Clerk was considering the matter and the submission of Mr McMichael's proposals would be deferred until the points at issue had been cleared up.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: May 12th 1924

 

On Minute No 489 (land at Northfield) the Sub-Committee were informed that the Architect (Mr McMichael) was of the opinion that his proposals for dealing with the site at Northfield would not entail interference with any right of light.

 

With reference to the question of right of way it was:

536     RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be authorised to instruct Mr Frank Wilde to negotiate with a view to the settlement of this question.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: July 14th 1924

 

The General Manager stated that he thought it would be desirable to open the proposed branch at Witton on Mondays and Saturdays from 6 to 8pm. He also suggested that in view of the fact that the inhabitants were so scattered, and that no provision was at present made in the Kings Norton and Rubery Districts, facilities should be afforded in the latter districts, and that a suitable working arrangement should be made whereby branches at Northfield, Rubery, Kings Norton and Longbridge could be worked by one staff.

 

578     RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be authorised to obtain suitable rooms for branch bank purposes in Kings Norton, Rubery and Longbridge, and that his suggestions regarding the working of these branches in conjunction with Northfield, be approved; also that the proposed days and times of opening for the Witton Branch be approved.

 

561 On Minutes Nos 489 and 536 (site at Northfield) the General Manager reported that Mr McMichael, Architect, had now prepared a plan for a joint scheme to meet the requirements of the Bank and Electric Supply Departments on the site at Northfield. The estimated cost of the building to be erected was £3,000, the portion allocated for bank purposes being £2,000, and for electric supply purposes £1,000. The portion for the Bank included the provision of a banking hall, and dwelling accommodation. The General Manager intimated that the matter would come before the Electric Supply Committee at an early date, and on receipt of their decision the matter could be further considered.

 

Bank Committee: July 25th 1924

 

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

 

Site at Northfield.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that Mr McMichael (Architect) has, in accordance with instructions, prepared a plan for a joint scheme to meet the requirements of the Bank and the Electric Supply Department, on the site at Northfield. The total estimated cost of the proposed buildings is £3,000 divided in the proportions of £1,000 for the Department and £2,000 for the Bank. Your Sub-Committee are informed that the proposals will come before the Electric Supply Committee at an early date, and as soon as their decision is known, steps can be taken to obtain tenders.

 

1827  RESOLVED:- That the Chairman and the General Manager be empowered in conjunction with the Chairman and Executive Officer of the Electric Supply Committee, to accept a suitable tender or tenders for the erection of the proposed buildings on the site at Northfield, and that, the Town Clerk be authorised to prepare and affix the Corporate Seal to any necessary documents.

 

1831   RESOLVED:- That the report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee be confirmed.

 

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

 

Northfield Branch.

 

The Electric Supply Department have now approved of the plan prepared by Mr McMichael so far as relates to their portion of the buildings and are agreed that the work should proceed. It has been suggested to Mr Jennings that the tenders for the work should be dealt with jointly by the two Chairman and the two executive officers.

 

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