In 1970 there was only 14 credit unions around the country and the Bradford Co-operative Credit Union was one of those leading lights of the movement in those early days. Members of the board Fr. Kelvin Felix, Murray Celaire, Bill Johnson. Vivien
Ely played their part in the Credit Union League of Great Britain with others from around the country. May 1971 Bill Johnson became vice president of the League, Murray Celaire became Northeast director. The credit union was also a member of the North of England
Chapter. Bill Johnson Bradford Co-operative CU as Vice President of the CULGB, was the main mover of a scheme to set up Central Credit Union services organisation to provide extra support for credit unions and he believed that might prove beneficial to UK
Credit Unions. It would help to provide a link between all credit unions in order to bring them more closely together Greater security for new and experienced credit unions Credit union services to persons who resided in areas where there were no credit unions.
At this time there was no legal framework for credit unions in the uk. However, with the introduction of the 1979 Credit Union Act the regulator at the time would not allow the name Bradford Co-operative Credit Union Ltd. to be used because it was to
long, so the directors adopted the name of its founding father and became Felix Credit Union Ltd. registered as No 11C under the 1979 Credit Union Act.
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