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Organising events when nobody turns up.

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HUNTERF Thu 27-Jun-13 14:25:19

I am a member of a social club and the members get £5 for every event they organise.
I have been a member for 15 months and I have organised 49 events.
The membership fee is £40 a year so I have paid £50 for membership and have claimed £195.
The problem is nobody has ever turned up at an event I have organised.
The club has given me notice that they will only pay me the £5 organisers reward 4 times a year but there is no limit for anybody else or they will refund £ 20 for my membership up to 31 December 2013 and terminate my membership.
Can they put a special rule in for 1 member?. I have broken no rules.
The club can not say the events have not been organised.


j08 Thu 27-Jun-13 14:29:29

shock!!! That was a canny thing you were up to there Frank! What did the "organising" consist of? Putting up a notice on the noticeboard?

I think you were on the fiddle being naughty. shock

mollie Thu 27-Jun-13 14:30:20

Really? 49 events and not one person turned up?

Elegran Thu 27-Jun-13 14:31:59

What kind of thing do you organise, Frank? Steak and chips for vegetarians? Tightrope walking lessons for paraplegics? Flower shows for hay fever sufferers?

I think you need a few new ideas from gransnetters.

janthea Thu 27-Jun-13 14:32:18

Surely for something to be classed as an 'event' people actually have to attend it? After all the point of an event is to raise money. So if the event does not raise money, why should you be paid for it?

Elegran Thu 27-Jun-13 14:33:18

On second thoughts you have the right idea. The events were there, if no-one turned up it was their own business.

HUNTERF Thu 27-Jun-13 14:36:40

I organise things like theatre trips or trips to places like St Albans.
I go by myself if nobody says they want to go.
The event does go ahead even though there is only 1 member going.


HUNTERF Thu 27-Jun-13 14:38:51


You are correct.
The events are there even though no other member turns up.
I have done the organising.


JessM Thu 27-Jun-13 15:11:05

The thing that mystifies me frank is why you kept organising the same kind of thing if nobody turned up. Apart from the £5 of course hmm

tanith Thu 27-Jun-13 15:18:57

This has got to be a joke surely? confused

KatyK Thu 27-Jun-13 15:47:41

I don't know why this has made me giggle

vegasmags Thu 27-Jun-13 16:07:18

I am sure, Frank that you will be reporting this source of income to the Inland Revenue, especially as you have posted details of your remuneration on a public forum.

HUNTERF Thu 27-Jun-13 16:12:30


Yes I do report it to the Inland Revenue.


Greatnan Thu 27-Jun-13 16:15:35

grin Frank, your posts make my day!

baubles Thu 27-Jun-13 16:17:18

Frank what kind of events do the other members organise and are those events better attended?

HildaW Thu 27-Jun-13 16:27:47

Methinks you need to ask what (and if) the others want to go to, before you 'organise' it.

HUNTERF Thu 27-Jun-13 16:28:20



I have organised a theatre trip detailed above and a 5am run on Saturday morning.


annsixty Thu 27-Jun-13 16:35:29

It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud but this post has.Thanks Frank you have made my day.

Ella46 Thu 27-Jun-13 16:37:48

I can't think of much that I'd rather do than go for a run at 5am on a Saturday morning.

Charleygirl Thu 27-Jun-13 16:39:35

Frank - I am not surprised if nobody turns up for a 5am run. I would not be there for one at 5pm either! That is definitely an easy fiver earned.

HUNTERF Thu 27-Jun-13 16:42:26

But what about the theatre tonight?.


HUNTERF Thu 27-Jun-13 16:44:08


According to the club rules as long as the event is advertised in the bulletin the £5 is claimable.


Deedaa Thu 27-Jun-13 16:45:41

Many years ago I was coerced into having a Pippa Dee party (Remember them?) I hadn't lived in the area long and although I handed out invitations only one of my neighbours turned up. The three of us sat round eating the cakes I had made and my neighbour and I felt duty bound to order something. I have NEVER agreed to do anything like it again grin

Charleygirl Thu 27-Jun-13 16:46:52

I could not afford the train fare + a night at the theatre. I would also have to spend a night at a hotel as I doubt that trains would be running to London quite so late.

My London pension would not stretch that far.

annodomini Thu 27-Jun-13 16:47:40

Mystified! confused