The Newsletter for Members of the
LloydsTSB Retirement Club (Birmingham)
Club Members and their guests travel to Welshpool and Powis Castle: July 11th 2019
Welcome to the first edition of a periodic publication to inform members of LTSBRCB of the current news relating to the Club’s activities, plus some recollections of the Banks we used to work for:
Birmingham Municipal Bank (BMB)
Trustee Savings Bank (TSB)
The Club’s present ‘Secretary’, Maurice Eley, has recently announced that he wishes to reduce his workload. Maurice’s workload has been considerable as he has combined the duties of Secretary with those of Treasurer and the main organiser of the Club’s programme of events. Maurice, together with his late wife Dorothy, has been very much involved with the Club’s activities over some 31 years. We are very grateful for Maurice’s hard work over those years, and the equally hard work of those who have assisted him, particularly Gilbert Sherborne and John Ordish. News of who will be taking over some of Maurice’s duties is given below.
The Club will continue to benefit from Maurice’s experience as some of his duties are gradually taken over by various other members. Maurice’s main involvement in the future will be the organisation of the Annual Lunch and the Christmas Lunch. The Club will continue to operate in an informal manner with the following forming a Committee:
Chairman: John Ordish
Treasurer: David Parkes
Committee Members (Newsletter; Circulars; Coach Outings; Monthly Meetings; etc):
Maurice Eley; Carol Shirley, Val Salisbury; Steve Pink
Pam Ordish and Thelma Harper will be looking after the raffle held at the Club’s monthly meetings, taking over from Gilbert and Beryl Sherborne who have provided a splendid raffle over many years - we are very grateful for all their hard work in this respect, and also wish to thank those who have generously contributed prizes. Members will continue to benefit from the proceeds of the raffle through the provision of ‘free’ meals on some of the activities.
Wednesday, September 4th:
Outing to the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden Aerodrome, Bedfordshire.
For those who have previously expressed an interest in this event, details and application forms were included with the mailed copy of this Newsletter. If you have not previously expressed an interest, please contact Maurice if you wish to visit this aeronautical and automotive museum, which is considered one of the most prestigious in the world due to the variety of old and well-preserved aircraft it contains. The exhibition also contains veteran vehicles, classic motorcycles, veteran bicycles, and agricultural exhibits. Adjacent to the aerodrome that houses the Collection, the Swiss Garden is an outstanding example of the Regency fashion for creating landscapes in a picturesque Alpine style.
Wednesday, October 9th:
Annual Lunch at Henley Golf & Country Club, Henley-in-Arden
Thursday, December 5th:
Christmas Lunch at The Eaton Hotel, 279 Hagley Road, Birmingham
For details of the above events, contact Maurice Eley (0121-422 8988)
In addition, monthly get-togethers continue to be held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Longbridge Social Club, at the corner of Quarry Lane and Bristol Road South, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 2QU:
Meetings commence at 11:30am. The cost for a sandwich buffet plus hot drink is £5; a hot drink only, costs £1. New members would be particularly welcome. For details of all the above events, contact Maurice Eley (0121-422 8988)
Ernest Michael (“Mike”) Shaw
Mike Shaw died on May 31st 2019, aged 98. Mike was born in December 1920 and, until his death, was the oldest surviving member of the staff of the Birmingham Municipal Bank. Mike joined the BMB on October 11th 1937 - his letter of appointment stating that his commencing salary would be £55 per annum! Mike was appointed to manage Newtown Row branch in 1963, and then had a long spell in charge at Perry Common (1965 - 1972) before becoming the manager at Springfield branch. Mike then completed his career with the Bank as a Branch Inspector. Upon retirement, Mike was the first Chairman of the TSB Retired Staff Association (Birmingham Region), serving for three years until December 1989. He then continued to take a lively interest in the affairs and activities of the Retirement Club.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
September 1st 2019 marks the centenary of the formation of the Birmingham Municipal Bank. On that day in 1919, the BMB took over from its temporary First World War predecessor - the Birmingham Corporation Savings Bank. The BMB began trading with its Head Office in part of the Corporation’s Water Department in Edmund Street, with five full-time branches (Aston; Handsworth; Lozells; Small Heath; and Sparkbrook) and twelve part-time branches - all offices being located in temporary premises. It was only fourteen years later (November 27th 1933) that the Bank’s Head Office was moved to a new prestigious building in Broad Street (see later). By that time the BMB had 59 branches. The staff photograph below was taken on August 31st 1919.
(Further details on the BMB's website: www.bmbhistory.org.uk)
NEWS FROM BROAD STREET
Following the purchase of our old Head Office by the University of Birmingham, major works are currently in place to adapt the building to act as the University’s city centre gateway. The building will be adapted to accommodate a year-round public programme, but the Bank’s prime heritage spaces, including the banking hall and vaults, will be re-opened to the public with exhibitions, events, workshops, performances and a café. The University plan to include amongst the exhibitions a ‘People’s Bank’ feature that will commemorate the Bank’s history. Entrance to the redeveloped building will be both from Broad Street and a new glazed entrance at the rear facing onto a new public square to be known as Bank Court. Completion of the project is scheduled for 2021.
Club members have been able to make a number of visits to Broad Street since its closure in 1998
(left) Banking Hall in 2012
(left) Gill Price; Ray & Margaret Stanley; David & Jeanette Parkes
(right) Tom Murphy; Jeanette & David Parkes; Anne & David Jackson