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Peter Clare


To all members of Horizons Merseyside

I hope this letter finds you well, I thought it important to write to all members to inform you of our current situation regarding Horizons, Merseyside.

In March this year, who would have thought our lives would change so much with curtailment of our freedom and liberties. It is without doubt that such restrictions were necessary and sadly we could not meet up this year for our lunches/coffee mornings/outings as planned.

I also know how many of our members look forward to our very popular Christmas Lunch at the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool in December. I have to advise you that this event has also been cancelled for 2020. I have had requests for information about this as I know many members have to make travel plans well in advance. The annual Carol Service at St Nicholas's Church down at the Water Front has also been cancelled this year.

During the "lockdown" our committee have been busy meeting via Zoom to ensure we continue to plan ahead in anticipation of all restrictions being lifted when we get back to some sort of normality. Many of this year's events have been re-booked for 2021 and we will send the usual Newsletter notifying you of our programme of events for the coming year. If any members do not normally receive the newsletter and would like to be included, please contact me and I will ensure you are placed on the mailing list. Information can also be found about your local centre on the Horizons web site and in the Horizons Magazine.

As Chair of Horizons Merseyside, I keep in touch with Horizons Management Committee in London and it is comforting to hear that despite the present turmoil in the markets, our pension scheme continues to be well funded and we await with interest the result of the triennial valuation as at 31 December 2019. The sponsor continues to support the pension scheme and will have made a further contribution of £160 million at the end of June on top of the £64 million at the end of December last. A further and final General Framework payment of £160 million is due at the end of June 2021. This should provide further comfort to our membership.

I do hope we can resume our meetings very soon when it is safe to do so and as we will not be able to meet up before then, may I take this opportunity to wish all members and your families a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful but, more importantly, a Healthy New Year 2021.

Best wishes.

Peter Clare
Chair Horizons Merseyside

Alvin Leverton

Chatting recently with a member of staff at my local HSBC branch and I mentioned that in the "old" days, account numbers had only 6 numbers and staff numbers started with the number 9.

When the bank moved to 8 digit numbers, staff could still be recognised as the 3rd digit was still a number 9. Has anyone recollect when the changeover from 6 to 8 took place.

I know it must have been after 1968.

Barbara O'Connor

Thank you for including me in the group I started at Battersea Rise Branch in the mid 60's.

I then transferred to Albert Embankment Branch until I married and moved to Kent.

13 fabulous years at Rochester Kent Branch before my husbands job moved to Yorkshire and I joined Marketing Dept on the infamous 2nd floor in Griffin House Sheffield in 1983 !!!

Neville Clark


I have just joined this group.

I worked in Melton Mowbray, St.Neots and Worksop Branches, until I resigned in 1974 and Emigrated to Canada, being recruited by Bank of Montreal in one of their Management seeking forays into the UK.

John Scott Neill

Looking at the pictures of Bricket Wood make us smile. I attended Bricket Wood in the 90’s but my wife, also HSBC staff, attended back in the very early 80’s, she thinks, when she work for Finefare.

Then I worked for finefare in the 70’s but in a different Scottish town.

How paths cross and intertwine.

John Hartigan

My name is John Hartigan.

I worked at 79 Piccadilly branch and at Head Office I also played football for the banks football teams based at New Beckenham.

They were very happy days working for the bank.

I would love to hear from anyone who knew me and especially from Judy Beynon from Birmingham who I was secretly in love with.

Edward David

Hi there like to connect with any ex Midland Bank staff who worked with me in the Brighton Area from 1971 to 1997.

Stay safe everyone.

Kind regards

Edward david ( Ed /Eddie )

Martin Green

Does anyone have any images relating to Manchester Joint Stock Bank please, ideally cheques? Thank you

Vanessa Wilkie

I'm hoping someone can refresh my memory on training branch in Liverpool in the 1970's.

Googling has left me unsure as to the building. I had the idea that we had floor 13 as it was unlucky/ unwanted by Littlewoods?

I remember staying in a wonderful big house in Seaforth with quite a few other girls, hearing that Elvis had died, so '77.

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