Silver Surfers

Did you know that we have a Broadband connection available at Abbeydore Village Hall? And did you know that there are two laptops, a printer, a projector and a screen that you can borrow to use there too? All this is thanks to funding from the Council who started an initiative to bring Broadband to the more remote communities in the county, to bring people together, enable them to learn new skills and provide local groups with better facilities.

And so an enthusiastic group of local volunteers has set up a series of free computer and internet sessions at the hall, passing on their knowledge and tips to those who want to learn more about computers and what they can do with them. They run on alternate Monday evenings, 7-9pm and the next one is on Monday 17th June when everyone can come along and learn all about Skype!

On the back of these sessions a new group was set up on alternate Wednesday evenings for Absolute Beginners – those people who have maybe never even switched on a computer before but who want to learn more, or those who own one but don’t know what to do with it. This is a very informal group where no question is too stupid and people can practise or learn whatever they want (surfing the internet, email, spreadsheets, iPlayer….)! Here they all are in action last night!

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This group is proving to be a great success and one very heartwarming story concerns a lady whose son works in “security” somewhere in the world (who knows where?). She doesn’t get to speak to him often and consequently misses out on news of her grandchildren. She was helped to set up an email account and emailed him straightaway. Within five minutes she had received a reply along with photos of her grandchildren which brought a tear to her eye and a huge smile to her face! Just lovely.

The next Wednesday session is on 26th June, 7-9pm where anything (almost) goes!

If you are interested in attending any of these sessions then please just come along, no booking necessary. If you want more information then email us at abbeydorehall@gmail.com or contact us on 01981 241352.

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