Building society to set to open community branch in Hawes

The late Cllr Blackie pictured with Andrew Haigh, from Newcastle Building Society, outside Upper Wensleydale Community Office in Hawes.

A regional building society has announced plans to open a community branch in Hawes, which is facing the withdrawal of the last bank in town.

Newcastle Building Society has announced it is in discussions with the Hawes community to launch a facility for local people based in the Upper Wensleydale Community Office.

Bosses say the arrival of Newcastle Building Society will be a marker of positive progress for the town, bringing access to friendly, face to face banking services, alongside financial advice for rural communities, and additional local employment opportunities.

Andrew Haigh, chief executive at Newcastle Building Society, said: “We share the same core values with the town of Hawes, including a belief in the importance of taking action to create positive change.

“As a building society we believe in the role of the high street at the heart of our communities and have been working hard and investing significantly in delivering a network of modern, branches across our region and in thinking creatively about how we can add value to local communities.

“This is at the heart of our strategy in growing a bright and sustainable future hand in hand with local people and we are thrilled to be planning our move into the beautiful town of Hawes.”

Upper Dales county councillor John Blackie said: “We wholeheartedly welcome the arrival of Newcastle Building Society who will fully complement our existing range of services, delivered locally for the benefit of the local communities in the Upper Dales.

“The news of the opening of their community branch will offset the feeling of being left in isolation from financial services and advice that was set off by the impending loss of the last Bank in town.”

He added:  “I must thank North Yorkshire County Council as owner of the community office for also welcoming Newcastle Building Society.  The Council see the great benefits of having the Society set up in Hawes.

“Indeed the news is already creating an air of excitement everywhere and there is a discernible buzz spinning around the town.”

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  1. They left years ago and left me stuck with n9 account, how will this be any different. Not to be trusted!

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