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The Grasshopper Pensioners’ Club is an official social organisation - supported  by Barclays - for the benefit of Members of Staff of Martins Bank Limited.   Members meet several times a year and keep in touch through the club’s Newsletter, for which Martins Bank Archive carries the most recent editions.  The latest editions are available now, and you can read and download them to keep by clicking the relevant image here on the right.  Reading the online version does NOT prevent members receiving a paper copy of the Newsletter, if that is their already expressed preference.  Earlier editions of the newsletter can also be accessed by clicking on the images below further down this page. 

September 2021

Summer 2021

If you are a member of Martins Bank Staff and would like to contribute to the newsletter, if you would like to find out about joining our Club, or if you would like a paper copy of the latest newsletter, please email Club Secretary, Dave Baldwin at the following address:   grasshoppers@btinternet.com

 

Bereavement

A Message from the Grasshopper Club Committee

 

We understand that the death of a loved-one is difficult at the best of times, but it is made even more challenging by the current COVID 19 pandemic. The accompanying guide has details on how best to notify Willis Towers Watson of your loss which will enable your benefits to be paid as soon as is physically possible.

 

However, should you experience any problems whatsoever, please do not hesitate to make contact with me so that I can attempt to bring about a swift resolution to your problems although I am unable to guarantee success.

 

If you still have your bank account(s) with Barclays then click on this link for further practical advice:

 

https://www.barclays.co.uk/what-to-do-when-someone-dies/

 

In the meantime, we hope that all of our former colleagues will continue to enjoy good health and to see as many as possible at our forthcoming Regional Lunches once ‘Lockdown’ ends and we get back to normal daily life.

 

Your Committee,

The Grasshopper Pensioners’ Club.

“ADVISING A DEATH”

Click image to open this PDF document

 

 

COVID-19 A MESSAGE FROM THE PENSION FUND TRUSTEES

 

Dear Pensioners Club,

 

A message from the Trustee of the Barclays Bank UK Retirement Fund (UKRF).

 

Our thoughts at this time are with our members and their families.

 

We would like to reassure you that we have reviewed our resilience plans and those of our suppliers in light of the operational challenges posed by COVID-

19. We do not expect there to be any impact on our ability to continue to pay pensions to members.

 

We will continue to monitor the situation around the developing COVID-19 outbreak closely and communicate with you again when appropriate.

 

Kind regards

Jenny O’Connor

Administrator

 

Willis Towers Watson

Westgate 1120-130 Station Road | Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1WS

Phone: +44 1737 273149

barclayswelfare@willistowerswatson.com

 

Please feel free to share this message with your colleagues to allay any fears that they might have about their future pensions.

 

Dave Baldwin, Secretary, Grasshopper Pensioners’ club.

e-mail grasshoppers@btinternet.com.

 

EARLIER CLUB NEWSLETTERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter 2021

 

Spring 2021

 

November 2020

 

Easter 2020

 

50th Anniversary

THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY LUNCHES, AND THE PROPOSAL THAT MORE

LUNCH EVENTS COULD BE HELD TOWARDS THE END OF 2020

Standby for a gallery of photographs taken at the various Fiftieth Anniversary Lunches. The Spring 2020 Newsletter and the Remembrance Lunches Supplement below cover between them a gallery of faces of those who attended one or more of the special commemorative dinners in December 2019. There are also messages and memories from those who could not attend.  The success of the dinners, and a huge swell in membership of the now NATIONAL Grasshopper Club means that MORE regional dinners may well be an option for 2020.  Don’t miss out on your say in this matter – click to read the Regional Lunches letter below and then let the Club know what you think about the idea!

 

Commemorative Lunches Supplement

2020 Lunches

Proposal letter

APPLICATION FORMS FOR LIFETIME CLUB MEMBERSHIP, AND

FOR THE COMMEMORATIVE WELSH SLATE COASTERS

An application form is provided below for LIFETIME membership of the Grasshopper Club, which is of course now a NATIONAL organisation. It is also still not too late for you to order your unique item to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the merger.  The scarves and ties are now sold out, but you can still use the order form below for the wonderful Welsh Slate coasters.

This will be the final occasion that any Martins Memorabilia is produced and offered for sale by the Grasshopper Club so don’t miss this opportunity to purchase yours. 

Please click on the forms below to open a printable PDF version for you to complete …

 

Application form for

LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP

Application form for

COMMEMORATIVE COASTERS

 

As the Martins Bank Archive WEB SITE is available to everyone who visits it, those who have worked for Martins Bank but are not members of the Grasshopper Club are still invited to contribute their news items and memories of the Bank to our future Newsletters.  Especially at this most uncertain point in our history, it is an unfortunate fact of life that death is inevitable.  It is however, nice to be remembered by your family, friends and former work colleagues.  With this in mind, can I ask EVERYONE, whether or not you are already a Member of the Grasshopper Club, to advise me should one of your former Martins colleagues die, so that their memory can be properly marked and celebrated?

 

Dave Baldwin, Secretary, Grasshopper Pensioners’ club. e-mail grasshoppers@btinternet.com.

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WHILST MARTINS BANK ARCHIVE HAS NO CONNECTION WITH THE DAY TO DAY TRADING ACTIVITIES OF THE BARCLAYS GROUP OF COMPANIES,

WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE CONTINUED GENEROUS GUIDANCE, ADVICE AND SUPPORT OF

BARCLAYS GROUP ARCHIVES IN THE BUILDING AND SHAPING OF THIS ONLINE SOCIAL HISTORY.

 

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