Staff Association
CONTACT: Spring 1972
Cecil Selwyn
The Spring 1972 edition of the staff magazine recorded the retirement of Cecil Selwyn, in an article written by his colleague - Bert Hopkins.
In his role of Superintendent of Branches, Mr Selwyn can be seen at the opening of the permanent premises for Castle Vale branch in June 1970.



A span of 47 years and 8 months - June, 1924 to 31st January, 1972 - covered the extent of Cecil Selwyn's service. Such facts, whilst interesting, do not reveal the real story of a man who, by prodigious performance, managed to cram many extra years of work into the period of service which is officially recorded.


Starting, as so many senior officers have done, as a junior clerk, he progressed through the ranks to reach the important and demanding position of Superintendent of Branches. His qualities are manifold and his work at all levels has been outstanding. His great experience and knowledge meant that he was often sought for advice and this was always readily given. His approach to all members of the staff was friendly but he never shirked the responsibility of speaking with authority when the occasion demanded.


As one might expect he distinguished himself during his war service of four years by reaching the rank of Captain in the Royal Ordnance Corps.


Looking back a "few" years one is reminded of his contribution to the Bank's cricket team as a good all-rounder; of his daily pedal cycle journey from Hall Green to Brookvale, and return (twice on Mondays and Fridays) over a period of two years - no wonder he's so fit! - of the very firm way he ordered out of Small Heath Branch a very drunken depositor, who returned the following day to apologise and thank him for his action.


More recently one thinks of his continued service to the cricket team in the role of Chairman; of his being caught by the police for speeding as he approached the last of 70 branches on his recent farewell tour (when one reflects, he ought to have been "booked" years ago for his speed around the ledger bins at branches!); of his partnership with Godfrey Boden in rendering duets at the Head Office Christmas Party.


Cecil will find much to do during his increased leisure time - gardening; playing bowls in concert with, or against, such old Bank stalwarts as Hedley Massey and Jim Smith; perhaps some home decorating. Always a man of discernment, he has an interest in one of the better football teams of the Midlands and can be seen at St Andrews most Saturday afternoons in good and convivial company.


The measure of Cecil's popularity was exemplified by the tremendous farewell parties which were held, one at Head Office and the other at the Guild Club - just everyone wanted to be there to wish him well in his retirement.


It is said that behind every successful man there is a woman, and so, behind Cecil, we find his very charming wife, Lily, and it is to the both of them that we send our sincere good wishes for a long and very happy retirement.


In 1934, Cecil Selwyn was the 'Officer-in-Charge' of the Evening Branch at Rednal and Rubery, and as such, was required to submit to Head Office a return showing the number of copies sold of the General Manager's book Britain's First Municipal Savings Bank. That return (showing that none were sold in 1933/34) is reproduced here.