Happy 10th Birthday to us!

After a busy month of preparation, everything came together for our  Swansea/Bicheno Community Bank® branch team.

On Thursday 20th September we celebrated our 10th birthday!

That’s 10 years of providing the kind of banking services that support our community’s needs as well as lots of opportunities for our local businesses, community groups, schools and sports clubs to build on their strengths and support their communities in turn.

Our Bicheno Branch opened its doors in 2008 and joined the Swansea Bank in providing much needed banking services on the Central East Coast at the time.  The Company has now also established an agency in Triabunna.

The birthday bash began at our branch in Burgess Street, and attracted a large group of officials, staff and customers who stayed for the formalities as well as the official cake cutting.   In addition, a group of Bicheno Primary School students entertained the crowd beautifully, their singing performances much appreciated, particularly their rendition of “Happy Birthday”!

Festivities then continued at the Bicheno Memorial Hall which was very nicely decorated to honour the occasion and there were many people coming and going throughout the afternoon to enjoy it all.  In addition, entertainment was provided by local musician, Pete Cornelius, catering by local Bakery, Blue Edge and even a guard of honour by members of the newly formed Glamorgan Drum Band was provided.

For the youngsters there were lots of activities, as well as an appearance by Bendigo’s own, Piggy!  Of course, Face painting was also on offer, however, this wasn’t just confined to the young but also for the young at heart; and even the branch staff got into the action!
All in all, the day went very well, and it was great to see the community so involved.  For Manager, Lyn Mansfield, who is soon to retire, after over 10 years in the job, the occasion was very special.

“It’s great to see the community here today to help celebrate this occasion. The branch has come a long way and the future looks very bright indeed.". Without that kind of support the Bank wouldn’t be around to celebrate.  It takes good people to make that happen and the East Coast of Tasmania is all the richer for it!