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Just seen the first Christmas advert on TV for kids toys. It urges you to lay by for Christmas now.

For those who do not know what lay by is the stores put the product away for you and you pay it off a little at a time before Christmas. I seem to remember something similar in the UK but can't recall what it was called. Not Hire purchase.

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Park Hampers have been doing that for years. The adverts usually start on December 26th, to start saving for the following Christmas.

One club collapsed a couple of years ago and the punters lost all their money paid in.

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Ted Sparrow ran this enterprise, according to my father, for the members of his wife's family. They all contributed an agreed amount each week for however long the set period was, after which they were paid out, presumably plus interest.

 

My father, who was still at school but had numerous Saturday and before/after school jobs, decided to join the club, no doubt coerced by Ted, and contributed his share each week from his earnings. He said that when payout time came round, Ted told him there was nothing to come as his mother had spent his contributions on new trousers/shoes for dad.  My father and his father didn't get along. Ted was jealous of dad because he was my grandmother's favourite child. Dad had sensitive information on Ted who was always pleading poverty but in actuality was pretty well off due to a trust fund, the proceeds of which he guarded jealously.

 

I assume Ted paid out my grandmother's relatives because she would have seen to it that his life was nasty, brutish and short if he had attempted to do otherwise!

 

Happy families!

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I remember a form of saving club at Raywarp on Alfred St North. Memory not brill so excuse me if I get a bit muddled.Say there were twenty of us in the group, we paid in the same amount each week, and all names put in a box at the start and names were, to be picked out to see when we got our share. Every one received the amount we put in , just all in one go , depending on which number week we drew our name. I imagine there would have been a collection for the organiser.

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Diddlum clubs were quite common at one time, usually a work place enterprise and mostly a way to save for Christmas. There were other objectives, I was once a member of a 'drivers fine' club. 2/6d a week  covered any speeding fines and for someone who once had nine points on his licence it was a worthwhile investment...  :wacko:

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Got me new Michael Caine's today.......driving the wife mad with my Impressions of him......mind you she is laughing.....

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Our office at Raleigh had a Diddlum club for Christmas. Also had a Fuddle club to save for things like a party or a trip.

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Fuddle Club  the only time I have heard the word fuddle is when the wife was extremely angry and confused over some thing and did not know what to do, she would say she was in a mucking fuddle.

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I'm now saving up for cushions Catfan.

I hope you are well.

Nice to hear from you Monseiur Mayfield.

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Counting the days before we jet off on holiday a week tomorrow

Seven glorious days by the sea, my lad taking us & fetching us back so that has saved me more beer money.

Great Yarmouth here we come.

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Enjoy yersen Catfan. Don't forget to post a picture, so we can see you're having a nice time. Don't forget the Diabetic candy floss.

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I'd like to know for sure, when it is safe to visit nottingham, without risking the wrath of Covid and if me relatives want to see me.

This unsurity is doing me 'ead in.

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Interesting weather this afternoon. Huge dark clouds on one side with rain and thunder and on the other side bright sunshine. Not as entertaining as an experience on the M74 a few years ago. Big black clouds and rain with bright sunshine between them producing rainbows coming off the cars in front! Much nicer than aquaplaning on the M9!

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3 hours ago, Beekay said:

I'd like to know for sure, when it is safe to visit nottingham, without risking the wrath of Covid and if me relatives want to see me.

This unsurity is doing me 'ead in.

Missing you already B we love you even if you'r relatives don't . 

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