[Wiltshire] Anyone near Melksham?
john_larkworthy at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Oct 15 10:02:12 UTC 2010
I am with Dave in thinking a single day is not enough. I was the primary mover
on the last Installfest. We has a fair number of visitors but I did not feel at
the end we had done little more than preach to the converted. Yes we had new
people through the door but never saw them again.
We did a presentation in Swindon Library - thanks for organising that Dave. but
again the level of continuing use seemed low.
This could all be a perception problem, people come to the event, learn how
wonderful Linux is, go home, use it and live happily ever after, but I fear not.
I think we would do well if we could organise a cost free training school under
the support of the LUG. I have witnessed something similar in Spain. A local
computer shop operates the local 'Computer Club' and provide an evenings
activities in a local bar for ex-patriot English residents.
A typical evening starts with some introduction to using the computer for letter
writing, accounts and email. (I suspect a thinly veiled attempt to sell upgrades
to MS Office from Works). The evening is structure like a training course
starting with a beginners guide moving on to the more advanced uses of home
computers. It is sponsored by a local computer shop and they are trying to sell
more software and hardware. In summary I think we need a regular meeting with a
proper venue and a published structured program. Currently some members meet in
a local bar (no cost) and discuss the issues on an ad hock basis.
Why can't we do it in Swindon/Melksham?
* We need a number of volunteers. I have seen a number of passionate supporters
appear at the lug meetings with much enthusiasm who have burnt out almost as
fast, never to be seen again.
* We need a regular venue. Meeting in bars is OK for a social get together but
if we were to try to run a training session we need the room to be quiet so that
people can hear what is being said. (Never mind the visual aids, whiteboards,
flip charts, data projectors etc).
* We will probably need to pay for a regular venue, so we need a treasurer to
collect contributions and pay the venue.
* We need to organise a programme of presentations. This could be done using a
shared calendar with people volunteering by putting their name and subject
against specific meeting dates.
There will always be a need for general support for putting chairs out, tea or
coffee and tidying the venue up after.
Sorry I am having a bit of a ramble but I offer these thoughts for
consideration. I wish you every success with you install day and look forward
to visiting you on the day.
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