160 Not Out

Earl Shilton Building Society reaches landmark

Leicestershire’s oldest building society is celebrating its 160th anniversary this week.

On January 3rd 1857, members of ‘Earl Shilton Permanent Benefit Building & Land Society’ paid their very first subscriptions, following a meeting of local investors at the Royal Oak Club Rooms on Earl Shilton High Street in December 1856.

160 years on, Earl Shilton Building Society has survived two world wars, countless recessions and market slumps to remain one of the country’s longest standing independent building societies.

It now operates from two branches in Earl Shilton and Barwell, and has over 10,000 customers nationwide.

The Society retains a close connection with the community in Earl Shilton and the surrounding area, offering grants to local events and charities through its ‘In the community’ scheme.

The causes it has recently supported include Earl Shilton’s annual ‘In Bloom’ entry and a Christmas meal for the elderly and socially isolated organised by Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland.

Chief Executive, Paul Tilley, said: “160 years is an incredible landmark for this building society.

“We continue to maintain the ethos that the Society was established upon all those years ago, helping our customers secure mortgages, save money and plan for their financial futures.”

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