Staff Association
Sports &
Golfing Society

Of the various sporting activities enjoyed by the staff as part of the Bank's social activities, Golf competitions and Cricket matches were popular from the early days of the Bank, and a photograph of a Staff Golf Match held in about 1925 has survived. And, as the Staff Association's History (1947 to 1972) stated: There has always been a Cricket Club and a Golfing Society.


A meeting of the Staff Socials Committee held on May 30th 1928 agreed that two golf competitions should be held that year, on June 7th (Golf Match with Councillor Gelling) and September 20th. Occasional tournaments, organised by the Staff Association, appear to have been held as indicated by a circular dated May 6th 1952 (see below).


The BMB Golfing Society, however, came into being in 1953, and the first Annual Meeting of the Society was held on March 2nd 1954. At that meeting, the following officers were elected for 1954:


    President:          H Carver

    Captain:             J A Duff

    Hon Secretary:  W K Robottom

    Committee:        Messrs J A Duff; H A Turner; W K Robottom; S F Jones


A circular to branches dated March 25th 1954 informed staff that matches had been arranged against Lloyds Bank; Midland Bank; the Civil Service; and Metro-Cammell - a complete list of fixtures to be circulated in due course. Members of staff were also advised that the Annual Dinner would be held in November.


The circular from the Hon Secretary (Ken Robottom) concluded:

Anyone interested in golf will be welcome to join the Society. Annual Subscription 2/6d - Vice-Presidents 5/-d. Subscriptions should be credited to A/c A.53662 BMB Golfing Society, the name of the member being noted on the MB 143.


On August 22nd 1955, Ken Robottom informed members that the Annual Medal Competition was to be held at Walmley Golf Club on Monday, September 12th, with the event being followed by the Annual Dinner. The Medal Round was due to commence at 4:30pm, and the Dinner (cost 7/6d) at 8pm. The Society's Captain that year was Harold Turner.


                                               Staff Magazine Articles re the Golfing Society



1955 to 1957

1958 to 1962

1963 to 1967

1968 to 1973

1974 to 1979




Staff Golf Match - about 1925



In addition to the Staff Magazine Articles referred to above, two articles were included in the magazine written by a Bank depositor:

Bridget Jackson.


During a notable amateur career, Miss Jackson played in the Curtis Cup for Great Britain and Ireland on three occasions and was selected as an England international nine times. She served as Chair and President of the English Ladies Golf Association and President of the Ladies’ Golf Union. She was made an MBE in 2003 for her services to women’s golf.

Born in Birmingham in 1936, Miss Jackson won the Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship in 1954 and two years later triumphed in the English Ladies Closed Championship and German Ladies Championship. She won the Canadian Ladies Championship in 1967.

The two Articles were:

Travellers' Tales

Bunkers Away


Following its formation in 1953, the Bank's Golfing Society had an annual programme that included a Knock-out Competition (for the President's Cup - see below) that was open to all members of staff, a Medal Competition for Society members (see below), and a series of matches against opponents that included other Corporation Departments and other banks. The following table provides examples of some of the annual programmes:


 1955  May 10  Health Department  Kings Norton  H Carver  H A Turner  W K Robottom
   June 2  Midland Bank  Moseley      
   June 28  Civil Service  Handsworth      
   July 5  Lloyds Bank  Walmley      
   September 12  Annual Medal Competition  Walmley      
 1956  May 8  Midland Bank  Moor Hall  H Carver  L A Wright  W K Robottom
   May 15  Transport Department   Gay Hill      
   May 24  Civil Service  Handsworth      
   June 26  Health Department  Kings Norton      
   July 9  Lloyds Bank  Moseley      
   September 16  Annual Medal Competition  Wrekin      
 1958  April 29  Midland Bank  Harborne  H J Sutherland  R T Piper  J A Duff
   May 6  Public Health Department   Kings Norton      
   June 3  Lloyds Bank  Streetly      
   June 19  Civil Service  Handsworth      
   July 10  Transport Department  Gay Hill      
   August 12  Water Department  North Worcester      
 1964  May 5  Post Office Telephones  Rose Hill      A Green
   May 12  Water Department  Kings Norton      
   May 26  Public Health  Harborne      
   June 9  Lloyds Bank  Streetly      
   July 13  City Transport  Kings Norton      
   August 11  Public Works  Handsworth      
   September 1  Post Office Telephones  Kings Norton      
 1966  May 24  Public Health   Kings Norton      A Green
   June 14  Lloyds Bank  Kings Norton      
   June 16  Guild Trophy  Gay Hill      
   June 28  GPO Services  Rose Hill      
   July 7  Public Health  Harborne      
   July 12  GPO Services  Kings Norton      
   August 2  Fire Brigade  Kings Norton      
 1967  May 23  Public Health  Kings Norton      A Green
   June 20  Guild Trophy  Kings Norton      
   June 28  Lloyds Bank  Sandwell Park      
   July 25  GPO Services  Kings Norton      
   August 6  National Provincial Bank  Kings Norton      
   September 24  Annual Medal Competition  Broadway