Computer Club closes

<<Tidings, December 2018 – January 2019>>

After fifteen years in existence

computerAt the meeting on 15th November 2018 the remaining five members of the Ellingham and Kirby Cane Computer Club made the decision to close the Club. Despite many efforts to boost membership, not enough people came forward to make the Club viable.

At the first AGM in May 2003 thirteen people were present. Stuart Phillips was elected as Chairman, Robin Richardson as Secretary, Ken Spencer as Treasurer, Eric Zeichner as Technical Officer and Ann Saunders Press Officer.

The Secretary set about raising funds for equipment. The first of many successful applications was a grant from “The National Lottery, Awards for All” of £2822 together with a further £1093. SNDC provided £1212 from their Community Grant Scheme. The village charities gave further support over the years. A collection of 10 laptops, printers, projector and screen, a scanner and digital camera was gradually accumulated thanks to Robin’s hard work on successful grant applications.

In May 2007 BT Community Funding provided a laptop, a BT phone line and connection to Broadband for one year. When this funding ceased, we relied on a connection to mobile broadband, which was a cheaper option to get online.

The offer of a free Broadband connection at the Hall was offered by B4RN in return for using the Hall as a hub but alas that did not come to fruition.

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Over the 15 years just about every aspect of personal computing has been covered and many members have been helped on the way to becoming competent users. Others have been challenged to learn new things. Learning from each other, sharing experience and knowledge has been a feature of the Club.

Our Technical Officers were key to delivering their expertise and we are extremely grateful to Eric Zeichner, Mike Wickenden, Matt Smith and Brian Norman, who each in their turn brought new ideas to the Club. They responded to the needs of individuals and exhibited much patience. We would not have functioned without them.

Some of the projects taken on included: Setting up the Village Photographic Archive and putting on public presentations and exhibitions; Setting up a village website; Printing calendars; Staging a Vintage Games evening; Running Saturday Drop-ins; Staging a Photo Competition; Demonstrations of the uses of a 3D printer.

Social events included Christmas parties and meals out.

The projector, screen and remaining funds will be offered to the Kirby Cane Memorial Hall for use by the community, as laid down in our Constitution.