THERE’S victory to celebrate at Bexhill’s Senior Citizens club this Christmas - the news has just come that it’s been awarded a lottery grant to reboot its computer training.
The club is to receive £9,597 specifically for equipment and refurbishment of its computer facility where regular courses are held to get members up to speed with the skills they need for instant communication and online savvy.
Longtime member Jim Haggata received the letter of confirmation that his efforts to get money for the club had been successful and says he is thrilled.
“Our computers are all out-of-date and there was a suggestion we should have new ones but when we looked into the cost of doing that we saw it would be around £10,000.
“I said I would try and get a lottery grant so I looked into that and was working on it for quite a few weeks.
“But now we have the news we are getting £9,597 and that will cover the toltal cost of refurbishing our computer room.
“We haven’t been able to tell anyone yet but everybody who knew is so pleased with me for getting it.
“We have tried before but didn’t get it.”
Jim says the courses at the club in Eversley Road, which is open to anyone over the age of 55, are extremely successful.
Members realise how much they need computer skills so they can keep in touch with family members, make purchases online, deal with service providers such as EDF Energy, or check bank accounts.
It was important therefore that the club had current computers for training as otherwise what members learned would no longer be relevant.
Jim said: “I am throughly pleased.
“I will be 91 in February and no doubt at that stage when I should be shutting up, but I try to keep active.
“ It’s a pleasure to do it - I believe in Life with a capital L.
“A friend said when people retire they sit in a box watching a box and waiting for a box - but there is just so much one can do.
“A friend told me the actual difference between ‘can’ and ‘can’t’ is a ‘t’, so I reckon you can just have a tea and get on with it.
“We all need a challenge and there are lots of challenges out there to do.”
Some 12 to 14 people take part in the club’s computer courses for each session and the facilities are open five days a week.
For information on this, or any other activity, visit the club in person at 45 Eversley Road or call 01424 212911.