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Saffron Building Society has much to celebrate in 2009. It is the 160th Anniversary of its establishment in Saffron Walden, and 40 years since it opened in Haverhill.

To mark the 40th Birthday of the popular Haverhill branch, the building society is searching for customers who have been members since the branch’s opening on 12th May 1969. The branch originally opened at Cambridge House on the High Street under the management of Mrs. Dawe, before moving to its current location in 1975.

Sales and Marketing Director, John Eastgate said:

“We wanted to mark this Anniversary with real Saffron customers. As a local mutual, we are owned by our members; they are at the heart of everything we do, and this is a good opportunity to look back at our history in terms of the people we serve. Funnily enough, our computer database doesn’t go back 40 years, so we’re hoping members will come to us!

“We are particularly keen to find the first customer who joined us back in 1969. If you were a customer of the Haverhill branch 40 years ago, we’d really like to hear from you. Whether you invested savings or took out a mortgage, you could well be amongst our earliest Haverhill members.”

If you’ve been a Haverhill customer for a long time, perhaps as long as 40 years, please call in to the branch, write to current Branch Manager Sharon Mattheus at 2, Queen Street Haverhill CB9 9EF, or email

Saffron Building Society plans to hold further events to commemorate both anniversaries, holding celebrations through the summer and running a volunteering scheme to give something back to communities within its branch network.


For information, a Facts and Figures sheet around Saffron’s history is included in this release.

Media: For more information on Saffron Building Society contact Jennifer Comerford or Shellie Wells at Lansons Communications 0207 294 3678/ 0207 294 3627 or email

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About Saffron Building Society

Saffron Building Society has served the needs of the local community for 160 years and is committed to doing so in the future.
A mutual organisation, Saffron Building Society is owned by its 90,000 members and exists solely for their benefit.
The Society employs over 120 staff across Anglia who understand our local customers needs, providing genuinely outstanding service, backed up by a product range that offers real value for money.

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