The same large shops are now to be found in the same large town centres.
You know what to expect before you even leave home, so many people opt instead to shop online.
It is fine for the rest of us to drive to the nearest out-of-town supermarket or shopping centre, but many old people can no longer drive while, in rural areas especially, public transport is often not good.
So they rely on their local high street, and that reliance takes many forms.
I asked her how she was and she told me that she had recently been banned from teaching times tables.We should not be prisoners of the past but use the things that work and always look to improve on them.A focus solely on the basics may fail to reach the very educational targets that the Government is aiming for.Marva Hall Harpenden, Hertfordshire SIR – Last week at a railway station café, I tried to explain a till error to the young assistant.An incentive on the £3.30 bill should have resulted in a 10 per cent discount, but didn't.What we at the WI want to do is celebrate and support individuality, those one-off shops that do something different and offer something different, and therefore draw people back to their high streets.But our year-long campaign is not just about the big town centres.They were talking about shopping – what you usually expect. “I’ve bought a pair online, but they were too tight. There don’t seem to be any shops any more.” “I know what you mean,” his friend came back. Instead, in my role as chair of the public affairs committee of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes , I am working on our newly adopted nationwide campaign to get our 212,000 members in 6,600 branches to celebrate the high street where it still exists, to engage with initiatives promoting it (including the Telegraph’s very welcome Reinventing the High Street campaign), and to spend their money in their local, independent shops.“I had the same thing buying a T-shirt online.” He said that because he’s a bodybuilder, “the sleeves are always too tight, but where can you go to try one on nowadays? My nearest big towns are in Swansea and Cardiff and, like many big high streets today, there has been a process of cloning there.Your high street is wherever you go to do your shopping locally.I live near a small village called Llangadog in Carmarthenshire. There are still three excellent local shops – a grocers’, a butchers’ and a newsagent-cum-Post Office.