Clarborough & Welham Community
near Retford, Bassetlaw
North Nottinghamshire
United Kingdom

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Clarborough & Welham IT Group have been providing computer-based tuition for more than a decade and are now one of the biggest providers of computer tuition in the area. Based in Clarborough Village Hall, the Group provides sessions designed for absolute beginners through to more accomplished IT users. Prices are kept low to provide maximum access - see our dedicated website for more details and dates through to December 2019.

Want local IT tuition - to improve your personal use of IT or improve your employment skills? Clarborough & Welham IT Group have classes on Tuesday afternoons (13:30-15:00) and Wednesday mornings (10:00-11:30). Classes try to focus on members’ needs - every session begins with a ‘Gardeners Question Time’.
5-week ‘blocks’ cost just £20.

An exciting, new option: Digital Image editing
We launched a short course of 5 weeks on Friday evenings starting on 4th January, 2019 which focused on digital photograph editing.
This will be based around the open source (free) application Gimp (see below) which has just undergone a major update to version 2.10.

Initial thoughts have highlighted the following topics:

Lesson 1: Installing Gimp 2.10
Configuring Gimp to my own preferences
Using Gimp for basic image editing including:
a) Cropping, including creating custom print sizes
b) Exposure correction and converting colour to monochrome (bw) images
c) Sharpening and blurring
d) Saving images and changing file type(s)

Lesson 2: Saving a screen-shot and then selecting part of that image and:
a) Pasting it into a text document (or other type of document such as a presentation) and resizing and repositioning it.
b) Pasting a selection into another image, converting it to a layer with adjustments to size and position.
c) Creating a completely new image from selections such as Ellipse or Free selections.

Lesson 3: Selecting part(s) of images: cropping images to non-rectangular shapes using the:
Ellipse Select Tool
Free Select Tool
Fuzzy Select Tool
Select by Colour Tool
Scissors Select (Intelligent scissors) Tool.

Lesson 4: Using layers to colourise monochrome images
a) first look at the Filters dialogues.

Lesson 5: Gardeners Question Time.

The actual content of sessions will, once again, be mainly in the hands of group members - ‘gardeners’ question time’ again!
The full programme of 5 weeks will costs just £30 so why not contact Greg via the links at the foot of this page to learn more or to book your place. This includes free installation of Gimp 2.10.

For more or to enrol see contacts at foot of this page. Our IT Group’s dedicated website cwitgroup.btck.co.uk has much more including calendar of classes through to December 2019.

Open-source software
Our IT Group is a keen advocate of open-source software which not only provides software suites that are completely free to users but also applications that interface ‘seamlessly’ with commercial products from the likes of Microsoft and Apple. For more on the open-source movement, see the Wikipedia article here...

Applications currently in use both in our office and also our learning suite include:

    Firefox web browser

    OpenOffice.org - a full office suite including word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, database and drawing applications that is compatible with Microsoft Office. We use Apache OpenOffice to produce our sister publication, Clarborough & Welham Newsletter.

    Libre Office is a ‘fork’ from the original OpenOffice programme and provides an alternative to Apache’s application having some advantages.

    Thunderbird e-mail client (however, we advocate webmail such as Gmail to our members making ‘client’ software redundant).

    Gimp image editor - by the way, meet Wilbur, Gimp’s mascot!

    Audacity application for recording and editing sounds

    Inkscape application for vector graphics

To learn more about these applications, for download links and the whole open-source movement, take a look at Clarborough & Welham IT Group’s dedicated website.

For more details or to enrol on our IT Group’s programmes, get in touch with Greg on (01777) 700 918 or e-mail clarboroughwelham@gmail.com