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Thursday, 25 January 2018

Creatures of habit

For a year or two now, I just haven't enjoyed my WI meetings. With the exception of a couple of really good speakers I have on the whole been bored stiff. Bored stiff to the point of nodding off in meetings. I decided that I wouldn't  renew my membership this year. This has saved me £41 which will be added to the retirement fund.. That made me realise that without even considering how much it was costing me I have in the past simply renewed my subs. I gave up the wood turning club a couple of years back when there was a waiting list for new members. I had been a member for years and it simply became... 'what we did every wednesday'. I like to think that a new member would be joining with all the enthusiasm that Tony and I joined with all those years ago.We used to borrow 'the videoes'  and poured over every book we could find on wood turning.  We passed my lathe onto a family friend with the express instruction that it came back to me if it was no longer needed. I miss that little lathe and often wished I hadn't let it go. 


5 comments:

  1. Good afternoon Cherie, It's amazing how little bits of money saved can quickly add up. If my math is right you will have saved £492 in a year by cancelling your WI membership. That is a huge saving. Funnily enough George and I have been looking at our subscriptions and have cancelled a couple and like you the money is going into a savings pot. The pot has no name, but we thought if we wanted to treat ourselves the money is ready and waiting.
    I read your post about large houses being built in your area. Times certainly have changed as when George and I married we lived in a 2 up 2 down house. 1 bedroom and bathroom upstairs and a living/dining room and kitchen downstairs. The house was tiny, but we loved it. I think television, magazines and celebrity lifestyles have a lot to answer for.... and HP. When we were young we saved for what we wanted and to be honest I don't think there was much HP around.
    As you say, times have changed.
    I do hope you are over the virus. I know what you are going through, because I have been down with it twice. Yes twice, can you believe it. Once before Christmas and once after... it is horrible.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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    1. I wish the saving was that big Daphne... £41 is the yearly subs but it is £41 more in my bank account that wouldn't be there.

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  2. Life moves on and we change and adapt to it, unfortunately institutions are slow to adapt. very often change is stopped by the "It's always been like this and it always will be" brigade. I was a member of a WI group and as new and younger women joined the President and her band became very unsettled and eventually broke away and started a new group. They were all senior and withing a few short years that folded as they aged further.

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    1. I joined the WI 15 years ago. I thought it would be all 'Jam and jerusalem' with a mix of crafts. Unfortunately the WI has moved away from that image ...I only joined as I had hoped it was in fact jam and Jerusalem and a bit of crafts.

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  3. You make a great point, it's so easy to let subscriptions and memberships continue long after the fun has gone.

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