Wednesday 9 April 2008
Last night I returned to school for what will probably be the last term. The numbers have now dropped so low, at my flower arranging evening class, that it may not run next year. A class of 18 has now dewindled to eight, which is below the threshold for running a class. Some have stopped coming in order to do other things, while others have simply stopped coming because as over sixties they used to be entitled to evening classes at reduced rates, which are no longer available. This does not affect me yet, but the fees have gone up considerably since the class started in 2003 and if this trend continues, there may not be the option of evening classes when I get to retirement.