By Margaret:   At the last meeting of Glossopdale Womens’ Institute, members were given an informative and amusing talk by Keith Vigur about his work as a ‘mystery shopper’.   What we had not realisd was how detailed and widespread the system for checking on all kinds of activities actually is.  In supermarkets, aisles are checked for obstructions, fruit and veg checked visually for freshness, selected items for sell-by dates and staff asked to lead customers to items the incognito shopper cannot find.   The attitude of staff at the checkout gets ‘points’ in the survey as does their attitude when items are returned as unsatisfactory.   And after that, there is a general survey of goods available and their prices, with all ‘mystery shoppers’ making the same checks at all places surveyed.   But ‘mystery shopping’  does not end with supermarkets – pharmacists and vets are among others examined and a lot of time can be spent on railway platforms checking reliability and punctuality of the trains – an ideal job for a railway enthusiast!   Laced throughout with humorous anecdotes, Mr Vigur gave the members a thoroughly entertaining morning.

The next meeting in December is a social get-together, followed by Christmas lunch at Glossop Golf Club – playing the course is not required.  The first meeting of 2014 will be held at Glossop Labour Club at 9.30a.m. on Wedsnesday 15th January when the topic will be of interest to all local residents as Fay Hartley will be coming to talk about her time as a Glossop Apothecary.   All ladies are welcome to come and ‘give us a try’ – how about adding it to your list of New Year Resolutions?