Computer courses starting in January 2011 in Crosspool

Three computer courses are starting next month in Crosspool, two National Open College Network ones run by Crosspool Forum and one BBC First Click Beginners course run by Tuition Extra. Details are below:

National Open College Network courses

Following in the success of the two previous computer courses, and wishing to build on the student’s achievements, Crosspool Forum has managed to secure patronage for two further National Open College Network (NOCN) 10 week courses.

They run on Fridays, starting on 14 January 2011 at St Columba’s Church Hall on Manchester Road. Laptops are provided. The two courses are:

Using ICT Computer Basic
Word, desktop publishing and paint

Word processing level 1 & level 2

The NOCN courses carry a modest charge of £1 per hour for tuition, plus a £6 per term enrolment fee, so a 20 hour course will cost £26. Learners on income-related benefits pay to enrol and nothing else.

Anyone wishing to join either of the above courses should contact Ian, Crosspool Forum, on 0114 335 1674.

BBC First Click Beginners email and internet course

Have you got a new laptop, netbook or smartphone for Christmas and have no idea how to use it? Why not book in for a beginners course at Tuition Extra in Crosspool to help you get started?

Tuition Extra on Sandygate Road has teamed up with the BBC’s First Click initiative which aims to help out people who don’t know how to use the internet. We are planning to cover many topics including:

  • how to open and use an e-mail account
  • how to use a web browser
  • using price comparison sites to get cheaper insurance and utility bills
  • using Facebook and Twitter
  • and anything else you want to learn how to do

If you have your own laptop or other mobile device you can bring it along or you can use one of our computers.

Courses will be starting in the new year from 10-11.30am during the week at a cost of £5 per session. Tuition Extra is located in Crosspool shops in the flat above A Villa Caruso (52 Sandygate Road). Places must be booked in advance by calling Carolyn Sleath on 0114 230 9566 or 07875 039887. When we have five participants, the course will run.

You can also get more information at or by emailing – but if you can do that, you probably don’t need us!

Crosspool Forum seventh AGM and Open Meeting, 28 October 2010

You are invited to Crosspool Forum’s AGM and Open Meeting on Thursday night at St Columba’s Church. It starts at 7pm.

A provisional agenda is below. Come along to give your concerns on local issues to local councillors, the police and council officials.

Provisional agenda:Crosspool Forum seventh AGM and Open Meeting

28th October 2010, 7pm


  1. Chairs welcome
  2. Introduction of top table
  3. Apologies for absence
  4. Minutes of last meeting to be approved
  5. Matters arising
  6. Chairman’s report
  7. Treasurer’s report
  8. Election of Committee members
    No resignations or nomination received; nominations, four vacancies exist on the committee (15 members maximum)

Open Meeting

  1. Minutes of last meeting to be approved
  2. Matters arising
  3. Police Liaison
    In Louise’s absence, PCSO Garry Hizam will give an update on policing in the area
  4. Guest Speakers
    Andrew Ashforth (Environmental enforcement officer, guidance on how to keep within the law).
    Cllr. Brian Holmes (Community Assembly)
    Also hoping to attend, Carolyn Sleath (providing information on the BBC’s First Click Initiative locally)
    Other possible speakers: John Boyden (Community cohesion Manager)
    Andrew Revitt (Solicitor, Wills and Lasting  Powers of Attorney)
  5. Planning and Highways
    Bus shelter (Vernon Terrace)
    Grassing over of closed exit to Crosspool Tavern
    Benty Lane/Stephen Hill junction Questions and Answers with Councillors
  6. A.O.B

Download provisional agenda 28 Oct 2010 (Word document, 40KB)