Young at 103!

Picture taken 28th November 2018

J Haswell Young, a truly remarkable man and a well respected and well-liked ex colleague known affectionately by all as “Hassie, was born in 1915 which makes him 103 years young.

Bob Jackson and Graham Scott visited him in Erskine Care Home on 28th November and pieced together some of his banking life. His memory of people and events is exceptional and he both looks and sounds just as he did when he retired from Bank of Scotland as Manager of Queen Street Branch, Glasgow in 1975.
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Take a Bow – a message from Janette.

Take a bow, all BOSPEN (Glasgow & District) members!

The stage is set – throughout the month of October we will be going to three theatre events. There has been a wonderful response to the flyers, and one hundred and sixty-nine people will be attending theses social outings!

On behalf of your committee, a huge thanks for your continued support.


REUNION: Glasgow Chief Office.

I received the following message yesterday, 18th March 2018:

‘We are organising a reunion for colleagues and ex colleagues who worked in Bank if Scotland Glasgow Chief Office. It is on Thursday 29th March in the old banking hall,any time from 5:30pm. If you worked in GCO and would like to attend please get in touch.’

Anyone wishing more information, or indeed register their interest in attending, should contact Lynn Gallagher direct, via her Facebook page.


Since the new site / blog went ‘live’ almost two weeks ago, there has been a great deal of interest, as attested by almost two and a half thousand ‘hits’ in that short period of time.

It’s lovely to read of other folks’ experiences in The Bank. And indeed to be reminded about what now look to be ‘oh-so-quaint’ practices of our time with Bank of Scotland.

All the submissions so far have been great illustrations of this, and Ruth Eason’s post last night has prompted some feedback / comments / discussion on the Facebook page.

Sure, we all had a good moan from time to time. In the main, we are all Scottish, so to an extent it was to be expected – it would have been difficult to re-write our DNA as part of the application process.

But overall, they were good times, and again as Ruth said, ‘Oh, but we did have fun!!!’

I remain certain there are hundreds of other great, funny, positive tales out there.

Please share!

Your buddies and ex-colleagues would love to hear from you.

A PLAY, A PIE & A PINT: ‘Margaret Saves Scotland.’

(A Play a Pie and a Pint Series)
‘Margaret Saves Scotland.’
Oran Mor (Corner of Byres Road and Gt Western Road)
Wednesday 11th April 2018
1 p.m.

This is classed as the most popular and successful UK lunch time theatre. A new play every week, Monday to Saturday. Thirty-seven new plays have been commissioned for this year!
Oran Mor is a stunning building and has a fantastic atmosphere. The warmth, openness and continuing appetite for new drama from the Oran Mor audience has become legendary and this season’s plays should continue to enhance their reputation.

‘Margaret Saves Scotland,’ is written by Val McDermid, an international best seller who has won many awards for her work.
It is about Margaret Holt, who embarked on a holiday romance with a difference and it changed her life. Falling in love with Scotland filled her with a burning desire to liberate the country from the English yoke. But what could a nine-year-old lass from Yorkshire do to make that dream come true? Join Margaret as she embarks on the journey of a lifetime

Forty tickets have been obtained by BOSPEN and interested members should apply for tickets in the normal manner.

(This is a new venture and a new location for us.
It has come about because of a member’s suggestion.. If you have any ideas about theatre visits, talks,interesting places to visit, then please contact Janette Buchanan.)