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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.  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 hard copy of the latest newsletter, please email Club Secretary, Dave Baldwin at the following address:

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grasshoppers@btinternet.com

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CLUB NEWSLETTERS

You can catch up with events by using our Newsletter archive.

The latest three issues can be accessed here, and each can be downloaded as a PDF file to print, or keep on your phone, tablet or PC…

 

 

Spring 2019

Autumn 2018

Spring 2018

 

 

As Martins Bank Archive is available to everyone who visits it, those who have worked for Martins Bank but are not members of the Grasshopper Club are invited to contribute their news items and memories of the Bank to our future Newsletters.  It is an unfortunate fact of life that death is inevitable, but it is 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 they can be remembered? Dave Baldwin, Secretary, Grasshopper Pensioners’ club. e-mail grasshoppers@btinternet.com.

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50th Anniversary of the merger of Martins Bank Limited with Barclays Bank Limited.

 

50th Anniversary Lunches Update

8th April 2019

I am pleased to be able to report that the numbers of former members of staff who have expressed their intention to attend the December Lunches planned for London and Liverpool continue to increase.

At the time of writing, we have London standing at 107 and Liverpool at a magnificent 148.

Maximum numbers for the two locations are:

London: 130

Liverpool: 180 (approximately)

The venues are:

London; The Union Jack Club on Thursday 12th December 2019.

and

Liverpool; The Racquet Club on Monday 16th December 2019.

If you are interested in attending then please do not hesitate to contact me to register your interest.

The actual reservation slip, which will need to be returned to Kenneth Quirk with your remittance, will be published in the Autumn Newsletter in late August/early September. Cheques will not be presented until the final deadline has been reached by which time we will need to have paid for the events.

These numbers simply go to illustrate the continued affection that we all hold for our former employer. There are many more who have stated that they wish that they would be able to attend but their health precludes them from doing so.

My thanks to everyone who has responded to date.

 

David Baldwin

 

Secretary,

The Grasshopper Pensioners’ Club

 

Your memories of merger day will also be important in the coming months.  Here on the Archive Web Site we will be marking the anniversary by summarising the huge pile of pink merger circulars that were issued to enable the systems of the two banks to be merged with one another.  Fifty years on, when we now have more technology at our fingertips than we know what to do with, your memories of this major merger are important documents of social history.  Therefore. WHATEVER you were doing, from answering the phone with the wrong bank name to coping with merging daily processes, in branch or department, or at Martins’ computer centre, we would love to hear from you.

 

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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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