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Leeds Building Society reaches half century in Cheltenham

The team at Leeds Building Society’s branch in Cheltenham are inviting locals to help celebrate a big birthday.

The Society has been helping the people of Cheltenham buy the homes they want, and save up for the things that are important to them, since 1965.

To celebrate its 50th birthday the branch, at 12 Winchcombe Street, is holding a tea party on Wednesday 29th July.

“Excitement has been building in the branch for weeks in the run up to our 50th birthday celebrations,” said Laura Roberts, Leeds Building Society’s Cheltenham Branch Manager.

“We will be holding a tea party on the day, which everyone is invited to. The team will be decorating the branch and giving cakes and goody bags to customers who want to come by and join in our celebrations.”

When Leeds Building Society first opened a branch in Cheltenham in 1965 the average UK house price was £3,660. The average price today for a semi-detached property in Cheltenham is £268,765.

Other events making the news in 1965 were:

  • The death of Winston Churchill in January
  • Arkle celebrating a hat-trick of Cheltenham Gold Cup wins in March
  • ‘My Fair Lady’ winning the best picture award at the Oscars in April
  • Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs escaping from prison in July        

"For a building society which has been in existence for 140 years, it's impressive to think the Cheltenham branch has been open for over a third of that time,” added Laura.


Notes to Editors

If you would like to send a reporter or photographer to cover the event on 29th July please contact the Press Office on 0113 2257536.

Leeds Building Society’s Cheltenham branch is at 12 Winchcombe Street, Cheltenham, GL52 2LX. The opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

Leeds Building Society has 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £12.1bn (as at 31 December 2014). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.