Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Programme for the day

Beckford WI    

11am to 4.30pm
Saturday 8th October 2011

Welcome to our Technology Festival.  We hope you enjoy the day and leave feeling inspired!

To help you, each stand is colour coded according to level of ability.

Beginners (Green) – includes: use a mouse; navigate the internet; find out how to get online.

Intermediates (Orange) – includes: build a webpage or a website; editing home movies; see smartphones.

Advanced (Blue) – includes: talk to the expert on PC Security; see whether an I-Pad is for you; download free Software for a variety of applications

For all levels and families – try geocaching; visit the Comput@bus; read a kindle; enjoy Wii Fit on the stage. Understand how young children react to technology from their surroundings. 

What’s next? /Here to help – many of our participants are keen to help you on the next stage whether by joining a course, attending the library or by just by showing you what’s out there to try. 

Raffle - will be drawn at 16.00.  The first prize of an Ipod shuffle was donated by WorcsCC/Evesham Library.

List of participants and information providers

Rooftop Housing Group – WiiFit on stage

Worcs County Council /Evesham Library – Further   courses. Digital Champions to help you get online.

Worcs County Council Comput@bus – online laptops and colour printers (disabled access)

Age UK – Laptop Loan Scheme and Magic Mouse

South Worcs College – editing home movies and PC Security Advice

Everything Everywhere – Smartphones and Ipads

Wrighty – Geocaching and GPS, Smartphone Apps

Beckford Village Website – Navigate a webpage and perhaps build a page yourself.

TalkAboutLocal – Discover how to make a website or blog for your group or community

Kindle Table with demonstrations

Beckford Computer Service - computer problems solved

EUS Computers - suppliers of PCs, laptops and software

Beckford WI – serving teas and cakes

Country Fayre Catering - hot and cold lunches

Timetable of Talks

Please check the times for the talks you are interested in and try to be seated promptly. Each talk will last 15 – 20 minutes.

Meeting Room behind Stage

Geocaching – Hi-Tech Treasure Hunting For Families
A PowerPoint demonstration by L. Jones

Build Your Own Community Website, Blog or Forum
By William Perrin (TalkAboutLocal)

Technology in The Early Years
By Mirka Alldrick

Free Software for your PC

By Rebecca Yates

The Beckford WI TechFest was sponsored by Rooftop Housing Group without whom this event would not have taken place.  We thank Philippa Latham and Kim Skipsey for their encouragement and advice.

We also give special thanks to Lynsey Jones (ACS Libraries & Learning) from Evesham Library for her invaluable help and support. 

 Beckford WI would also like to thank all the participants and everyone who has helped to make this event possible.

Exciting News!

Everything Everywhere will be letting you try out smartphones and Ipads

Age UK will bring some of their new laptops promoting our (free) laptop lending scheme and Magic Mouse services which enable older people to use computers.

Thursday, 4 August 2011


"We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology".

Carl Sagan - American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist ...

Well, he may well have been a cynic or perhaps right, but, we can help on the technology front. 

A hands-on interactive Technology Festival is to be held at Beckford Village Hall, Main Street, Beckford, GL20 7AA on Saturday 8th October from 11am.
The event, organised by Beckford WI, is for everyone, from absolute beginners to the more experienced - visitors can try the latest gadgets, find out how to get online and use tools such as Skype, play WiiFit with Rooftop Group and see a whole host of other exciting things such as live filming and editing home movies with students from South Worcestershire College.
Evesham Library will show you the benefits on being online; AgeUK will be on hand to help first time users and Silver Surfers.  See Beckford Village Website and build your own webpage.  TalkAboutLocal will help anyone wishing to set up a community website or blog. 
Experts will be on hand to talk about topics such as an Introduction to the Internet, Technology in the Early Years (Toddlers), Hi-Tech treasure hunting for families (geocaching), how to build a Community Website and how to get free software.  You can also learn about the latest computer security.
The travelling Comput@bus from Worcs. County Council has disabled access which makes the vehicle accessible to all. It has eight desktop computers, printer and satellite Internet connection.
There will be a raffle to win an iPod Shuffle, kindly donated by Worcs. CC.
Admission is £2, or £1 for WI Members, free for accompanied under twelves.
Our grateful thanks go to Rooftop Housing Group for sponsoring this event.  Their website is:


Yo Yates - President Beckford WI