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Saffron Building Society celebrates a golden year for its Haverhill branch




The team at Saffron Building Society's Haverhill branch and invited guests celebrated its 50th year in the town with a Tea Party .

The original Haverhill branch opened on May 12, 1969 in Cambridge House on the High Street. It was the Society's first branch office.

The office was shared with Gordon Long & Company Estate Agents and was managed by Mrs Dawe.

Saffron Building Society staff at the Haverhill branch celebrate 50 years. Left to right: Elinor Llewellyn, Michael Renton, Tina Ellis, Ian Friend and Max Ross. Contributed picture
Saffron Building Society staff at the Haverhill branch celebrate 50 years. Left to right: Elinor Llewellyn, Michael Renton, Tina Ellis, Ian Friend and Max Ross. Contributed picture

Cambridge House was demolished for redevelopment of the High Street in around 1976 to create Jubilee Walk and Glasswells.

The new branch opened in Swan House, it’s current location on Queen Street, in the mid 1970’s.

Guests at the Tea Party included members of the Society, some travelling from as far afield as Southend; members of the local history group who helped map out the 50-year story and representatives from charities the Haverhill branch has supported in recent years including: The Haverhill First Responders; Reach and the Joshua Tarrant Trust.

Ian Friend, the Haverhill branch manager said: “We’ve had the best afternoon marking our 50th birthday here in Haverhill.

"It’s been so good catching up with folks linked to the branch and how they recall different memories from across the last five decades.”

Cambridge House in Haverhill, pictured in 1959, was the original home of the Saffron Building Society branch
Cambridge House in Haverhill, pictured in 1959, was the original home of the Saffron Building Society branch

Colin Field, the Society’s CEO added: “The Haverhill branch has a special place in our hearts as it was our first branch office.

"It’s great this occasion also links into our 170th Anniversary year as a Society and shows just how this community based mutual society remains relevant today.

Customer’s tell us that they appreciate a choice of access to the Society for their financial services needs – whether it be through a branch, on-line, by telephone or by post.”

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