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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: grasshoppers@btinternet.com

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CLUB NEWSLETTERS

Catch up with events by using our Newsletter archive. The latest three issues can be accessed below, and the Newsletter can be downloaded to keep as a PDF file …

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STOP PRESS!

 

The following item was received too late for inclusion in the September 2018 newsletter:

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97 year-old Ron Moore made contact with the Secretary this morning wondering if he was the oldest ‘Martian’ still alive. Does anyone know of any former member of staff who is older than Ron? If so would they please make contact with the Secretary of the Grasshopper Pensioners’ Club? Unfortunately Ron is not in the best of health but said that he wished to be remembered to everyone with whom he came into contact since starting to work for Martins in our London Office (68 Lombard Street) until he retired as Manager of Barclays in London’s Regent Street and asked that any of his former colleagues who would like to make contact should approach the Secretary who will make the necessary arrangements.

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ERRATUM

This also concerns the September 2018 Newsletter. In respect of the November Club Dinner at the Union Jack Club, Secretary Dave Baldwin says:

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I omitted to include a ‘Vegetarian Option’ which will be available but anyone who requires one should make contact with me. I’ll email the option once I have it if that’s OK.

You can contact Dave Baldwin by email here: grasshoppers@btinternet.com

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

 

December 2019 sees the fiftieth anniversary of the day that more than 700 branches of the Bank that had closed for the weekend as Martins Bank Limited, opened up again on the Monday as Barclays. The Grasshopper Pensioners Club wants to mark this day, and is currently looking for ideas from former Martins Staff Members. Please click HERE or on the Eagle and Grasshopper poster (left) to open a copy of a letter issued by Club Secretary Dave Baldwin to ALL Barclays Pensioner Clubs so that Martins members can make suggestions.  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 match the days on which they were issued to branches. 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.

 

The “Ring fencing” of Barclays and its plans for the UK Retirement Fund after 2025

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An important message from the Secretary of the Grasshopper Pensioners’ Club, in respect of

the proposed TRANSFER of the UK Retirement Fund to Barclays Investment Bank

 

As Secretary of the Grasshopper Pensioners’ Club, I believe that every member who is in receipt of a Barclays pension should be made aware of the actions of our Pension Fund Trustees and the potential effects of their actions on our future pensions on which we rely after giving both Martins and Barclays banks our loyal service throughout our banking careers.

 

Frank Field has raised concerns with The Pensions Regulator and his letter follows:

 

Barclays Pension Fund Trustees have decided that they will now write to every member of the UK Retirement Fund to provide their side of the argument and (Chairman of the Trustees) Peter Goshawk’s letter can be viewed below:

 

Dave Baldwin

20th January 2018

 

Please click on the documents below to open and view them in full, in PDF format:

 

Peter Goshawk’s Letter

Frank Field’s concerns

Barclays’ email to members of the fund

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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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