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Computing and Technology


Led by Alan Nixson and meeting on the 1st Wednesday and 3rd Thursday each month from 13:00 to 15:00, the group aims to assist members with their own equipment and uses of computer hardware & software programs.

We currently meet in the church hall of St Peter RC Church on Higham Road, between the junctions with Hayway and Washbrook Road.

(go through the gate next to the pillarbox and the hall entrance is straight ahead at the end of the alleyway)

The group will reopen on 7th February 2018, reorganised for beginners / advanced and very latest technology applications

Parking - all those attending the computer group sessions may park free of charge for the duration of the sessions in the supermarket car park of Home Bargains directly opposite the church hall venue. If you are a member of the group please ensure we have a note of your vehicle details.

In addition to the Beacon training for Group Leaders, subjects covered during 2017 included the following:

  • February: Wednesday 1st and Thursday 16th........Address labels using Word and Introduction to Windows 10
  • March: Wednesday 1st and Thursday 16th.............Introduction to Windows 10 (continued)
  • April: Wednesday 5th.............................................. Beacon Live / PowerPoint and Thursday 20th................Windows 10 (cont.)
  • May: Wednesday 3rd..........................Windows 10 (final part) and Thursday 18th.........Internet searching and PayPal
  • June: Wednesday 7th.........................Photobook software and Thursday 15th........ Open house Q and A session
  • July: Wednesday 5th ......................... Excel basics and Thursday 20th..........................PowerPoint
  • August: Wednesday 2nd....................Facebook and Hyperlinks and Thursday 17th.......................................Open house Q and A session
  • September: Wednesday 6th..................Open house Q and A session and Thursday 21st.......................................Hard drives
  • October: Wednesday 4th..............................................HTML and Thursday 19th..............................................Digital images

Some of these topics may be repeated during 2018 if there is sufficient demand from group members, so if there is anything new you would like us to cover or any previous topic which you would like us to go over again, please come along to the meetings and let us know exactly what you want.

What do we cover?

  • Windows10, IOS, Android operating systems
  • Files, Folders & Drives
  • Security & Protection
  • Word Processing
  • Excel Spreadsheets
  • E-Mail and Address Books
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Accessing the Internet
  • Social Networking
  • Google and Searching
  • Music & Photos books
  • Calendars & Reminders
  • Printing, and PDF’s
  • Communications & Networking
  • Future technologies – Mobile devices, Cloud storage, eBay, and many more…

News & Updates

Now that Jim and Maggie are helping out in the group, the format of the meetings has changed slightly. Both are now well into a programme of presentations. The list above shows the presentations already delivered and future tutorials are likely to include other topics of general interest including any topics requested by group members.

Through the use of the website, we are making the tutorials available for downloading by group members for review at home.

Alan will continue to help the tablet & smartphone users and be demonstrating how members can access their information on the Beacon administration system.