Premises - Longbridge
 
The following Minutes have been extracted from the records
of the Bank's General Committee and its Sub-Committees.
 
The Minutes cover the period from July 1920 to June 1935.
 
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Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: July 2nd 1920

 

The Manager submitted the following Report:

 

Longbridge

 

The Manager has arranged with Councillor Morland for the use of a front room at Longbridge, for two hours on Friday evenings, at a payment after the rate of 5/-d per attendance.

 

Councillor Morland has also suggested two people as being competent to discharge the duties of the Bank at Longbridge; and the Manager recommends that Miss Hedderley and Alfred Dobson be appointed on the usual terms, viz: 5/-d and 2/6d per attendance respectively.

 

247     RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be asked to confirm the arrangements made as to the establishment of a Branch on the Longbridge Estate.

 

Bank Committee: July 5th 1920

 

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

 

Branch at Longbridge

 

Arrangements have been made for the establishment of a Branch Bank at Brookside, Hawkesley Mill Lane, Longbridge. The Bank will be open for 2 hours on Friday evenings and a payment of 5/- per evening will be made in respect of the accommodation.

 

538 RESOLVED:- That the arrangement made for the opening of a Branch Bank on the Longbridge Estate be confirmed.

 

Bank Committee: August 30th 1920

 

On Minute No 538, the Manager reported that the Branch Bank on the Longbridge Estate had now been opened.

 

571 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 538 be discharged.

 

The Manager reported that he had had an interview with Mr Morland (Morland & Impey) on the unsatisfactory state of the Longbridge Branch. The Manager suggested that this Branch should be as soon as possible amalgamated with the Northfield Branch and that more suitable premises should be obtained and staff changes made in connection with the latter.

 

442 RESOLVED:- That the Manager's suggestions be adopted and that he be authorised to endeavour to obtain suitable premises in the Northfield District.

 

Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 18th 1921

 

Longbridge Branch.

 

Your Sub-Committee have had under consideration a report of the Manager on the working of the Longbridge Branch. They are of opinion that this Branch should as soon as possible be amalgamated with the Northfield Branch. With this object in view your Sub-Committee have instructed the Manager to make enquiries for obtaining other accommodation at Northfield. They will report on the matter to your Committee in due course, together with their recommendations as to the staffing of the Branch.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: May 9th 1921

 

On Minute No 442 (Amalgamation of Northfield and Longbridge Branches) the question of securing more suitable accommodation was again considered. The attention of the Manager was directed to a vacant piece of land near the Fire Station, Northfield, which might be suitable for the erection of a Hut.

 

454 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to inspect the land in question and submit his observations thereon when reporting on his enquiries in this district.

 

On Minutes 442 and 454, the Sub-Committee were informed that the Chairman and Manager had visited the Northfield District and they were of opinion that as no more suitable accommodation was available it would be desirable to continue the use of No 756 Bristol Road South. Arrangements had been for the amalgamation of the Northfield and Longbridge Branches, and Mr G O Smith had 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, the appointment of Mr Hatton being terminated.

 

465 RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to confirm the arrangements above indicated.

 

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: 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.

 

Bank Committee: July 25th 1924

 

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

 

Additional Branches in outlying parts of the City.

 

Your Sub-Committee have given consideration to the question of Branch Bank facilities being afforded in the Kings Norton, Rubery and Longbridge Districts. In view of the fact that the inhabitants of Northfield are so scattered it was considered that an arrangement should be made whereby branches at Northfield, Rubery, Kings Norton and Longbridge, could be worked by one staff, the Northfield Branch being used as a centre, and suitable hours of business fixed for the exceptional character of the district.

 

The General Manager has, therefore, been authorised to rent suitable rooms for Branch Bank purposes in Kings Norton, Rubery and Longbridge, and to make arrangements on the lines above suggested for the working of these proposed Branches in conjunction with the Northfield Branch.

 

1830  RESOLVED:- That the proposals referred to in the foregoing report as to the establishment of branches at King's Norton, Longbridge and Rubery, to be worked in conjunction with the Northfield Branch be approved.

 

Bank Committee: October 20th 1924

 

1871 The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Longbridge Branch.

 

Arrangements have been made, in accordance with the authority of your Committee, to open a branch of the Bank at Longbridge. A room has been secured at a weekly rental of 7/6, and it is proposed to open the branch once a week, the day and time of opening to be decided after the views of residents in this district have been obtained at a meeting to be held and addressed by Mr Hallas and Councillor Cooper.

 

At the meeting the question was also raised as to advances being granted on wooden bungalows, which had been constructed at Longbridge. It was:

 

1879  RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be instructed to arrange for the Longbridge Branch to be opened on Saturday afternoons from 1 o'clock to 2:30pm and that the question of advances on wooden bungalows be referred to the House Purchase Sub-Committee to consider and report their recommendations thereon.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 9th 1925

 

687 On Minutes Nos 632 and 671 (Proposed Building at Northfield), the Sub-Committee were informed that tenders had been received for the building in question, and the same would be opened by the Chairman of the General Committee in conjunction with the Chairman of the Electric Supply Committee that day. In the event of a suitable tender being accepted, a report would accordingly be made to the General Committee at its next meeting.

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The General Manager presented the following report as to the proposed scheme for the Northfield Branch and the sub-branches thereof.

 

Hours of Business for Northfield Branch.

 

In view of the fact that the new premises at Northfield will be formally opened on May 1st 1926, it is necessary now to decide the hours of business. The matter cannot remain until the next Committee Meeting, because there would not then be sufficient time to notify depositors at Northfield, Longbridge and Rubery of the changes.

 

It is proposed to make Northfield the centre, and to work Longbridge, Rubery and a new Branch at Rednal as sub-Branches of Northfield, using the same staff for all four districts. The depositors at Longbridge, Rubery and Rednal would have the privilege of making deposits or withdrawals at Northfield when that Branch is open, in addition to using their particular local office. This arrangement would be likely to prove attractive, and as the books of all four Branches would be kept at Northfield there would be no administrative difficulty.

 

In fixing hours of business there are one or two principles which should be observed, viz: (1) there must be a daily attendance at Northfield; (2) there must be the same time of opening at Northfield each day; (3) there must be sufficient time available for banking money at Selly Oak Branch of the Midland Bank or obtaining money from such source; and (4) regard must be had to the extra travelling which the staff will have to do, and to opportunities for meals.

 

The present hours of business of three of the Branches concerned are:

 

 

 

Northfield

Fridays

6:30 to 8:30

Longbridge

Saturdays

1 to 2:30

Rubery

Fridays

6:30 to 7:30

 

After going very carefully into all the circumstances, the following hours, which appear to give the best working arrangement, are recommended for adoption:

 

Mondays

At Northfield

10 to 2

4

 

At Northfield

6 to 8

2

Tuesdays

At Northfield

10 to 11:30

1

 

At Rubery

12:30 to 2

1

Wednesdays

At Northfield

10 to 2

4

Thursdays

At Northfield

10 to 12

2

Fridays

At Northfield

10 to 2

4

Saturdays

At Northfield

10 to 11:30

1

 

At Longbridge

12:30 to 2

1

 

At Rednal

3 to 4:30

1

 

At Northfield

6 to 8

2

 

 

 

25

 

These give a total of 25 hours as against 27 hours at all other Daily Branches.

 

893     RESOLVED:- That the report be approved, and the General Committee recommended to adopt the scheme therein outlined, also to instruct the General Manager to notify the depositors concerned of the proposed alterations in the hours of business.
 

 

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An Evening Branch was opened at Northfield on September 1st 1919 and the Bank made a number of attempts to establish branches in the mainly rural area to the southwest encompassing the Rednal, Rubery, and Longbridge areas. Part-time branches named Longbridge were opened in a house near Hawkesley Mill Lane and in Hawkesley Hall; and an attempt was made to buy land in that vicinity. However, the continuing incentive to establish a "Longbridge" branch was the nearby presence of the Austin Motor Works, established in 1905. A part-time branch named "Rednal and Rubery" was opened in 1928 adjacent to the factory - the accounts of this branch were transferred to a permanent daily branch named "Longbridge" that was opened on September 7th 1935. The architect who designed the premises (Arthur Horsburgh) died before it was completed, and supervision of the work was taken over by John Surman.