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I've BEEN THINKING... SAYS COLIN RAYNOR
Last month it was the weather, this month another
personal topic. The first we talk a lot about, the
other we rarely mention, not even to each other
in some cases. I’m going to suggest we need to
change such habits or we will have problems.
On a recent train journey we purchased drinks from
the refreshment trolley. I was a little surprised for
such a small amount when told, “we only accept payment by card”. The
next customer made his order but when asked to pay stated, “I only have
cash”, so the request was made by the trolley person for someone to pay
for this person’s drink with their card and take the man’s money. An obliging
passenger did help and the trolley rolled on. The fortunate customer then
proceeded, in a loud voice, to tell us all that he only dealt in cash and had no
He worked for a firm who paid him in cash and he had no use for all these
plastic cards etc, giving more details of his finances than anybody really
wanted to know. He was obviously very pleased with his anonymity. I
recalled this man when, in the next few days, I was reading an article that
informed me more than a million people in the UK do not have a bank
account and so cannot use plastic. Cash is the only way for them.
The rest of us are part of a society that pays by card more and more, and the
pandemic has hastened that process with contactless payments replacing
cash as been more hygienic. I suspect that this is a situation that will continue
and a limit that was once £10 in 2011 will soon rise to £100. Last year a quarter
of all payments were made by debit card. Keep that card secure whatever
you do and don’t forget the pin number!
I became a pensioner around the time that pension books were being fazed
out and replaced by, yes you guessed it, plastic cards requiring a pin number.
This enabled you to take cash from your pension and other benefits held in
your Post Office Card account. Be aware that that system is going to end in
November this year. One alternative is that you will be able to collect your
money from a shop that displays the PayPoint symbol using your bank debit
card only. Not everyone will be able or happy to do that though.
When I recently asked at the Post Office why these changes were being
made I was told it is because the Government cannot afford to produce the
plastic cards. I take this with a pinch of salt.
Soon after I got my first pension card they were all recalled and reissued with
an indentation at the top of the card enabling visually impaired people to put
the card in the right way up.
In years to come I’m sure actual cash will be a thing of the past, but for now
we should do our best to make access to our money as easy as possible.
Open a bank account for your pension to be paid into. The Post Office will
provide you with the form to make this transaction. The scarcity of local
banks and the decreasing number of cash machines is a problem for many
but we must use them or lose them.
Beverley photographic club
Tuesday 7th September meet at 1pm. Meet at Hull Bridge on the old
road for a photo walk north along the river bank to Pulfin Bog.
Tuesday 14th September meet at 7.30pm. A guest judge will review
the member’s images for a forthcoming interclub competition.
Tuesday 21st September meet at 11am. Meet at Grimston Bar
park and ride. Hull Rd, York YO19 5LA for a photo walk along the
Snickelways of York.
Tuesday 28th September meet at 7.30pm. Zoom meeting. Guest
speaker Darren McDonald “Railways through my Lens”.
Tuesday 5th October meet at 7.30pm. A guest judge will review
member’s images for the second interclub competition.
New members and guests of any ability are welcome. Why not try
us out? For more information and Zoom joining instructions from
Change in seasons not in service!
As we move into Autumn it is beautiful to see
the subtle changes in nature - the turning of
the colour in the leaves and the heightening
of a brisk breeze and a cooler temperature.
Changes that are beautiful in their own way and
comforting in another, as a ‘normal' vibe for us
to enjoy in our green and pleasant land. Change
can be wonderful, however there is something
reassuring and calming about consistency,
and it is consistency on service, caring, and
doing what is right that I wish to write about this
The pandemic has brought about immense
changes to our travel plans which has been
stressful, upsetting, and difficult for many. So
many holidays cancelled, resulting in so many
refunds to be applied for and processed. Even
more holidays put on hold for an incredibly long
time, some on a fourth rebook of their dream
We now also face the challenge itself of starting
to travel again, although now with a myriad of
requirements varying for different destinations
that can always be subject to a last minute
change just to add a bit more uncertainty into
So amongst all this change, what has been a
great comfort to Travel Counsellor clients is the
consistency in the way we have handled the
situation. Our whole purpose has always been
to show our client how much we care, and to
make the whole booking process - including the
support you have whilst you are away and on your
return - a very personal experience with a high
level of service and trust. Never has there been
a more opportune time to prove our worth than
now. Nothing matters more than looking after our
It really is one of those proud moments when
this hard work and dedication is recognised
independently and also when measured against
many other travel providers. Travel Counsellors
were voted twice as the best travel firm when
looking after customers during the pandemic by
Our top spot is thanks to the care and support we
have shown our customers. More recently, Which
has conducted a survey that looks into the best
travel companies to book with to provide you with
the flexibility that is so important for future travel
bookings, and the strong track record on refunds.
Again I am so proud to see Travel Counsellors on
green on their traffic light system of where you
would be best to look at booking.
So indeed the seasons may change, travel
entry requirements can keep changing, and
our government traffic light system may also
change, but when you have your own personal
Travel Counsellor who will be taking personal
responsibility to look after your booking then you
have the confidence and the comfort to know
that you are in safe hands.
As a Travel Counsellor based in Beverley with
over 30 years experience in the travel industry,
you can be assured that I will be with you every
step of the way as the future is certainly starting
to look brighter.
Amanda McConnell, Travel Counsellors.
T: 01482 770540
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