C T N A Computer History
The group was founded in 2002 by The Rev. John Parker and David Raine and members of URC. Their aims were those which we have today. When the Rev. Parker left in 2010, John Mattison stepped in to assist David Raine and subsequently took over from him when he left the district
The group originally met in the bookshop in the building just through the passage to the URC, off the High Street. BT supplied some old computers and weekly meetings began on Thursday afternoons. Activities started on the same pattern as now, providing practical help to anyone having difficulty with home computers, mobile phones and other new internet devices. Donations were gratefully accepted but not compulsory.
That situation continued until the pandemic of 2020 when meetings ceased. A group of about 10 members continued to meet by means of ‘Zoom’ throughout the restrictions.
In 2021, with many of the predominantly elderly members feeling uneasy about meeting in the same room as before and following the retirement of the long-serving chairman, John Mattison, it was decided to re-form the group on more traditional lines. The opportunity then came for the group to become an affiliate of the ‘Men’s Shed’ whose premises and facilities were seen as an excellent move for us.