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The information below was taken from our original website so why it may look a bit haphazard all the ups and downs , mainly ups of the project are included.

In summary over the 30 months we helped almost 150 different  people with computer issues. 

While the project has changed with no weekly classes we are still providing computer support as wanted.  

For up to date information go here 

Comfortable with Computers.

IMPORTANT UPDATE 28th May 16. As you may know CWC which started in January 14 was planned and received financial support as a two year project. It was enthusiastically received and supported

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors , careful use of resources, fantastic support from Fairfield Methodist Church and enthusiastic trainer volunteers we have extended that.

We will open weekly up to and including 19th July 16 which is the last Tuesday before the school holidays begin. We will then close and bring the project to an end in its present form.

We are not intending to leave the one hundred plus people who have been to CWC "high and dry" and hope to be able to offer phone , email and small group advice.

Many kind things have been said about CWC and a number of people have offered to pay to come but I am most reluctant to do this after the two and a half years "free".

"Comfortable with Computers"
The Background.

What are we trying to do.

The competent and safe use of a computer ensures older people are not excluded from many things a lot of us take for granted. This could include contact with relatives and friends by email or skype, or the ability to browse the internet looking for things of interest including things they may wish to buy or read (eBooks). There are many other advantages.

Older people in our community can often be isolated with relatives living many miles away. While the more confident and mobile ones may become involved with community groups and classes, this is often too big a step for many to make.

So what can we at Fairfield Methodist Church do about it.

Actually quite a lot.

The Project

The Trustees of Fairfield Methodist Church, local councillors Bisknell, Sloman & Quinn, Mr Roy Tomlin, The Bingham Trust, David Smith of Mellor & Smith , Buxton Hall Bank Trust, University of Derby Buxton and the Manchester & Stockport District of the Methodist Church (list at 5th August 2014) see the benefit of older people having and using computers and are financially supporting the project.

Note at March 2016. Since this was written in 2013/14 there are now a team of four involved with helping people become "Comfortable With Computers". Because of this much has been achieved which was not envisaged when the project started. For more details have a look at our "Blog" from the link above.

There are many reasons that competent and safe use of a computer is important, but isolation and the ability to communicate in the wider world safely, is a massive issue for older people.

The project which started in January 2014 is to hold a weekly drop in clinic over a two year period in Fairfield Methodist Church with other support provided as needed by phone or email. This is especially for older people, who are considering becoming involved with computers in their many forms and the internet, or anyone who has a computer or programme issue. The project is led by Russell Baker from Fairfield Methodist Church. This is not in competition with local businesses who offer computer services, indeed some of them are extremely supportive.

While tea or coffee is available no one bothers being much happier to continue "computing". There is no charge made to anyone requesting advice or support.

The project enables especially older people to make considered decisions and for them to decide if and how they could use any of the technological devices currently available. The idea is to have a wide range of different types of equipment available to safely use "live" with support from Russell.

This project looks to help people who initially need a trusted contact and to offer appropriate help, advice and support to take the first steps to enable them to use a computer to enhance the quality of their life.

Funding is now in place although we are still seeking further funding to be able to offer to participants a wider range of equipment.

Russell has seventeen years experience in using and helping (especially older) people to use computers. He has previously done this as a volunteer with both Leonard Cheshire and RNIB. More recently, and for some years since the referrals from these charities ceased, Russell has been helping local older people from his home.

This project will make Russell's experience available to a wider circle of local people who it is believed will benefit. This will be in comfortable and accessible premises in Fairfield Methodist Church which now has WiFi access, and at no cost to the participant.

Russell has already seen older people become "Comfortable with Computers" with many benefits which could probably be summarised in one word as "empowerment".

For further details about this project contact Russell.

Regular blog. Ends here. Read from bottom up. Starts 2013

19th July 2016 . Saw the final Tuesday Clinic. From now on our project will look to support the more than one hundred people who have come to our clinic in the last thirty months. We will do this by email, phone and occasional small group input although the Church will no longer have broadband connection.

5th July. We had a busy session with support provided as needed. A new issue with Windows but we have grown used to that.
We have only two more sessions left now but you may be interested in reading the latest circulation to CWC attenders.

"Just to remind you that CWC stops it's regular Tuesday morning clinic after 19th July.

Also that the no prize best photograph taken on a device , closing date is 12th July so you still have time to go outside and take a superb photo and email it to me.

While the clinic will finish and the internet at Church removed I will be available by arrangement to do small group support if anyone is prepared to allow their home to be used for this.

Additionally if you have a problem with your device send me an email and one of the team will hopefully be able to respond."



28th May 16. With our numbers ever increasing we have decided to open weekly up to and including 19th July 16 which is the last Tuesday before the school holidays begin. We will then close and bring the project to an end in its present form. We are not intending to leave the one hundred people who have been to CWC "high and dry" and hope to be able to offer phone , email and occasional small group advice. Many kind things have been said about CWC and a number of people have offered to pay to come but we are most reluctant to do this after the two and a half years "free". If reading this you have any thoughts about how best CWC could support you please speak to Russ or email.

18th April and prepararation well on the way for tomorrow. Since reopening this year we have had large numbers attending sometimes more than we are comfortable with. The project has proved a real success and has passed the original two years it was scheduled for. We have yet to decide how much longer we can run for but we will be open until at least the end of May.

8th March 16 was an extremely busy session with a record number attending. The three of us supporting were supplemented by Ann who was able to spend one to one time with a lady and her specialist embroidery software. We had a couple of new faces who are very welcome and one was very quickly passing on skills she didn't even know she had as well as picking up new ones. We have two more sessions before our Easter break on 29th.

23rd February 16. Numbers still well up on last year showing the need for what we are doing. Over the last three weeks the four of us have been supporting, helping or sometimes failing to help. Fortunately the failures are few but a couple of examples. A windows 7 machine which even with the experience of Maurice will not convert to Windows 10. None of us were able to help with even basic things on an Apple Mac. While I have talked of failings we were still able to help the vast majority. Thanks again to Peter Burgess-Allen for his continuing support to help with utility bills. Another success for PB-A this week. New this week was the request to help someone with an extremely specialist piece of embroidery software. We are not experts in this area but might know someone who is. Thanks for reading.

2nd February 16 saw a welcome return by Peter Burgess-Allen a nice bloke and like us a volunteer. Peter volunteers under the auspices of High Peak CVS to help people negotiate better utility contracts. Two of our members who he helped this week between them will save £600 in a year by changing suppliers. Peter is coming back on the 9th February 16 and will help whoever needs it to negotiate better utility contracts. CWC was still doing business as usual with the normal mixture of PC, iPad, tablet and smart phone issues.

26th January 16 and a session described by Maurice as "hectic". He wasn't wrong and even though there were four of us another pair of hands would be useful. Of course it has to be the right person with the right personality and with plenty of patience. If you are that person contact Russell.

19th January 16 and a really busy varied session. Our ground breaker today was to attempt to convert two windows laptops to Windows 10 during the session. We had a 50% success rate in 3 hours with the failure reason not clear but we are not beaten yet. Additionally Windows, iPad & Android tablet issues. Thanks to the support from Chris, Rachel and Maurice a lot was achieved.

8th January 16. Our first session of the year went well with Christina, Rachel , Maurice and myself helping where we could. CWC was designed to be a drop in clinic but somehow became a "Class" with a weekly lesson for those who came regularly. In 2016 we are hoping to continue with our clinics until at least the end of March BUT there will not be a weekly formal lesson although there will be a weekly topic with individual programs. We are also hoping to recruit more beginners to our clinic to offer our support where it is most needed. We will also look to help people with specific issues which might include the big question of 2015 "Should I convert my computer to Windows 10". I also hope that the clinic will still support those people who come for semi social reasons to meet friends and generally have a good time in a friendly environment. Why not drop in and see if it is for you.

1st January 2016. Happy New Year. Hope to see you at our first clinic this year on Tuesday 5th January 16.

2016

13th December 15. CWC CLOSED until 5th January 16 but the work still goes on.

After having converted all my windows 7 and windows 8.1 computers to windows 10 and after a lengthy installation from 2 to 5 hours I have generally been very pleased with the way windows 10 works. I have been using it for about 3 months with few problems until today. Yesterday I used my main windows 10 computer a fair amount and switched it off in the normal way. This morning almost 2 hours ago I switched it back on and was told it was installing an update. This update which was identical to the way I converted this computer from windows 7 to windows 10 has just finished BUT it has made changes . The first change is that it is DEMANDING I put my password in. I didn't have to do that before . Your password is seen as being one you create for a Microsoft account such as @outlook.com or @hotmail.com. If you haven't got a Microsoft password you may have problems!!!! The next change I've found is that you cannot use windows live mail but must use the application built into windows 10. If you have lots of email addresses this is fiddly and time consuming. I am also not sure this is anywhere near as good or user friendly as Windows Live Mail which was developed from outlook express. At the moment a lot of the good things I have said about windows 10 are on hold until I have used this updated windows for a while.

18th November 15. We are I think the victims of our success with lots of people coming , with lots of different issues some of which need a visit to the reputable computer man rather than CWC.We do not offer a repair service at CWC although we are happy to point people in the right direction. Windows 10 remains on the agenda. You can still put off updating to W10 although most who use it after the long installation find it works well. We do advise strongly that you follow the advice given on 13th September if you decide to upgrade. I have today received this video you can look at which gives views of Leo about W10. Leo offers his own views but it is worth listening to what he has to say . Click here to watch the video.

28th October 15. We have now completed two sessions since our holiday break. The sessions have been well attended in the main by people using "Windows" computers. This week was dominated by "TalkTalk" and the concerns and worries this has caused. We were not able to offer solutions to the question "What should we do" other than to restate what had happened and TalkTalk's response to it. What we did achieve was to put the problem into some sort of context and understanding that if you are affected you are not alone. The underlying message is be aware and do not respond to telephone or other contact when you are being asked to supply additional information even if the contact says they are TalkTalk, Microsoft or your bank.

Windows 10 is still something most of our attenders have not yet downloaded. Our experience is that it is stable and easy to use although not entirely free of problems. We reiterate the advice given on 13th September (below).

30th September. After a busy few weeks we are closed now until 20th October. Windows 10 is becoming more main stream although some cannot work with it and have gone back to windows 8.1. During the time since my last note we have had a record attendance of 20 and continue to get new people coming. Everyone is welcome although at busy times Maurice and myself and Rachel when she can are spread extremely thinly. If you think we might help call in when we are open and we will help you if we can.

13th September. I have now upgraded four windows computers to Windows 10. Last night I decided to move my main Windows7 computer to 10 and ,although it seems to be working, the installation took 4 hours and for much of this little on screen information was given to explain the time it was taking. While I will feed this back to Microsoft I don't really expect much to change. I can't draw any firm conclusions but I could suggest that if you are converting from 8.1 to 10 that is easy. From 7 to 10 is longer and if you have a computer with lots of programs on it is likely to be longer and more fraught. It is essential that you back up before you attempt to convert in case all goes wrong . I found this article very useful http://www.howtogeek.com/223139/how-to-create-an-image-of-your-pc-before-upgrading-to-windows-10/

17th August. Preparation for tomorrows session is almost complete after a busy few days . The main time has been spent in updating two machines to Windows 10 and having chance to play with them. I think I like Windows 10 up to know, but there is a learning curve as there are some significant differences to both Windows 7 & 8.1. If you want to see what Windows 10 is like call in and have a look . Our advice still remains DO NOT UPDATE YET.


11th August. A quiet session today gave the opportunity for some to look at what Windows 10 has to offer. Both Maurice and I have got this running on some of our devices. Up to now I am fairly impressed. It is certainly an improvement on Windows 8 and has a familiar Windows 7 feel to it. Our advice remains not to install the new operating system yet.


27th July 15 Comfortable with Computers (CWC) have been actively following the development of the soon to be Windows 10 Operating System. We have had early versions of the software on some of our computers. We have been asked by a number of people as to what they should do about the new operating system which might well be automatically downloaded to windows computers this week. Our opinion is at the moment not to install the downloaded software. CWC will continue to trial this software and while we think it is an improvement on some other windows versions there are still teething problems which need resolving.


26th July. Where has this year gone. We continue providing support for people developing or learning to use various types of devices, During the last few weeks we have had a record attendance which Rachel, Maurice and myself have done our best to help. Coming up soon is the question for Windows users what do I do about Windows 10. Maurice has a lot of expertise in Windows and has been playing about with Windows 10 in its beta form for months. So if you are troubled about Windows 10 why not pop in and see what we have to say about it. If you can't come why not email us. As we say we do not profess to be experts but we do have expertise and are willing to share that with you.

21st June 15. Preperation is almost completed for the next Tuesday session where we hope to have a mixture of useful learning and fun. People are still contacting me to find details of what we can offer and new people join us regularly and they are most welcome. You do not need previous knowledge , all we ask from new people who come is that they have an interest and understand that you cannot be a competent computer user in one or two sessions.

23rd May 15. We continue progressing with new faces appearing and enjoyable sessions. A sense of humour helps because as well as helping people gain confidence in using devices of various types we also try to do this in a manner which suits all. Amazing progress has been made with the way people are using their devices and apps. My only problem is to make sure that for the regulars who come that there is something new for them to do. Support from Rachel when she can and Maurice really helps give our clinic a good coverage of device types. I am really pleased that one of our regulars Chris has the confidence to mentor newcomers. If you are reading this thinking I might be interested just come along you will be very welcome. If you are seeking work and need access to a computer come on in irrespective of how old you are.

5th May 15. I am sorry that the entries into this page have been infrequent due really to the success of our project which has taken most of my spare time. Ably supported by Maurice our weekly sessions continue with an amazing variety of devices and issues usually solved. Some of our regular attenders are extremely competent and confident and willing mentors for people with less experience. It was with Chris a very competent computer and tablet user that I attended a session at High Peak CVS which they put on about Facebook and other social media with a bit of crowdfunding thrown in. It helped me to see how little I know about some subjects but Chris who is a Facebook person is looking to see if we can do a facebook entry for our church. During the last few weeks we have also infrequently supported people to search online for work a very rewarding new development. In the clinic a most exciting (for me) development is the use of "Hangouts" as a way of communicating in real time. This has been enthusiastically picked up by many of the attenders and I think I hold the record at the moment for the most distant contact which was to West Africa. I doubt I will hold the record for long.

24th March. We continue to make good steady progress with clinic numbers averaging more than ten per session. We are helping people use iPads, Android and Windows 7 & 8. The most popular remain the tablets running android although the iPad is proving to be popular. Assistance is given by Maurice and myself with Rachel helping the "ipadders" when she is available. We have also over the last few weeks provided support for people seeking work who need computer access. We are still open to anyone who would like help and absolute beginners are especially welcomed.

17th February - Over the last three weeks ending with our session today we have been hosting the CVS and especially their project to allow people to find better that is cheaper utility costs. They were successful and the people who took advantage of their project will have more money to spend on other things. The savings varied but one person could save more than £600 in a year. Thanks to Jean & Peter who enthusiastically supported the people looking for better deals.

3rd February and really difficult to get to Fairfield. Icy pavements, snow and black ice kept people indoors but we still had a good sized group. We were also joined by Peter Burgess-Alan at the start of the session by way of introduction for next weeks presentation and action by the group he represents. In short Peter has said that with help we can find better (cheaper) utilities. I'm all for it so we will see what next week brings. Time the white stuff had gone!!!!! We also did a short session on registering with your GP's Surgery online and the benefits this can bring when you are in "patient" mode.


On the 27th January a good size group continued looking at what their devices are capable of doing. We were joined by two new "laptoppers" (sounds a bit like something to do with milk!!!!) and by Maurice Barker. Maurice who has spent many years working in IT has a lot of experience especially with Windows based devices. It was great to have him there and it is hoped he will come regularly.


We met on the 13th and 20th January with good size groups considering the weather, Our review of progress made continues after the usual security/hoax/virus warning. Before our session on the 20th we were pleased to be visited by Paul from High Peak Food Bank who explained the need for unemployed people seeking work to search possible jobs online to avoid being "sanctioned". Here at Fairfield we are able to offer access to people without a computer each Tuesday morning and we hope that with other resources within the town that we can help. High Peak Food Bank still welcome donations with more detail given here..


Well done Granny
As a result of the increased awareness of fraud in its various guises, discussed regularly at CWC, one of our regular attenders recently prevented a younger relative being a victim of crime.
The attempted telephone fraud was overheard by 'Granny' who immediately identified it as a potential fraud to gain money from her relatives bank account and brought the attempt to an end.
While the fraudster was very plausible he did not convince granny.
6th January and the first clinic of the year. Numbers reduced due to the Fairfield Bug but ten people there for most of the session which was plenty. A variety of equipment on show although very tablet based. One new person although with specific issues hopefully resolved. One outstanding IPad issue which hopefully my iPad specialist will sort out. This session was going back to the very beginning to ensure the basics are in place as is security. Nice to be back. Details about this project contact Russell or click on the red button at the top of this page.

READ this from bottom up.
From October 2013 to 19th January 16


The competent and safe use of a computer ensures older people are not excluded from many things a lot of us take for granted. This could include contact with relatives and friends by email or skype, or the ability to browse the internet looking for things of interest including things they may wish to buy or read (eBooks). There are many other advantages.

Older people in our community can often be isolated with relatives living many miles away. While the more confident and mobile ones may become involved with community groups and classes, this is often too big a step for many to make.

So what can we at Fairfield Methodist Church do about it.

Actually quite a lot.

The Project

The Trustees of Fairfield Methodist Church, local councillors Bisknell, Sloman & Quinn, Mr Roy Tomlin, The Bingham Trust, David Smith of Mellor & Smith , Buxton Hall Bank Trust, University of Derby Buxton and the Manchester & Stockport District of the Methodist Church (list at 5th August 2014) see the benefit of older people having and using computers and are financially supporting the project.

There are many reasons that competent and safe use of a computer is important, but isolation and the ability to communicate in the wider world safely, is a massive issue for older people.

The project which started in January 2014 is to hold a weekly drop in clinic over a two year period in Fairfield Methodist Church with other support provided as needed by phone or email. This is especially for older people, who are considering becoming involved with computers in their many forms and the internet, or anyone who has a computer or programme issue. The project is led by Russell Baker from Fairfield Methodist Church. This is not in competition with local businesses who offer computer services, indeed some of them are extremely supportive.

We also make available tea or coffee for anyone visiting and there is no charge made to anyone requesting advice or support.

The project enables especially older people to make considered decisions and for them to decide if and how they could use any of the technological devices currently available. The idea is to have a wide range of different types of equipment available to safely use "live" with support from Russell.

This project looks to help people who initially need a trusted contact and to offer appropriate help, advice and support to take the first steps to enable them to use a computer to enhance the quality of their life.

Funding is now in place although we are still seeking further funding to be able to offer to participants a wider range of equipment.

Russell has sixteen years experience in using and helping (especially older) people to use computers. He has previously done this as a volunteer with both Leonard Cheshire and RNIB. More recently, and for some years since the referrals from these charities ceased, Russell has been helping local older people from his home.

This project will make Russell's experience available to a wider circle of local people who it is believed will benefit. This will be in comfortable and accessible premises in Fairfield Methodist Church which now has WiFi access and at no cost to the participant.

Russell has already seen older people become "Comfortable with Computers" with many benefits which could probably be summarised in one word as "empowerment".

For further details about this project contact Russell.

Progress on the project


19th January and a really busy varied session. Our ground breaker today was to attempt to convert two windows laptops to Windows 10 during the session. We had a 50% success rate in 3 hours with the failure reason not clear but we are not beaten yet. Additionally Windows, iPad & Android tablet issues. Thanks to the support from Chris, Rachel and Maurice a lot was achieved.


8th January 16. Our first session of the year went well with Christina, Rachel , Maurice and myself helping where we could. CWC was designed to be a drop in clinic but somehow became a "Class" with a weekly lesson for those who came regularly. In 2016 we are hoping to continue with our clinics until at least the end of March BUT there will not be a weekly formal lesson although there will be a weekly topic with individual programs. We are also hoping to recruit more beginners to our clinic to offer our support where it is most needed. We will also look to help people with specific issues which might include the big question of 2015 "Should I convert my computer to Windows 10". I also hope that the clinic will still support those people who come for semi social reasons to meet friends and generally have a good time in a friendly environment. Why not drop in and see if it is for you.

1st January 2016. Happy New Year. Hope to see you at our first clinic this year on Tuesday 5th January 16.

13th December. CWC CLOSED until 5th January but the work still goes on.

After having converted all my windows 7 and windows 8.1 computers to windows 10 and after a lengthy installation from 2 to 5 hours I have generally been very pleased with the way windows 10 works. I have been using it for about 3 months with few problems until today. Yesterday I used my main windows 10 computer a fair amount and switched it off in the normal way. This morning almost 2 hours ago I switched it back on and was told it was installing an update. This update which was identical to the way I converted this computer from windows 7 to windows 10 has just finished BUT it has made changes . The first change is that it is DEMANDING I put my password in. I didn't have to do that before . Your password is seen as being one you create for a Microsoft account such as @outlook.com or @hotmail.com. If you haven't got a Microsoft password you may have problems!!!! The next change I've found is that you cannot use windows live mail but must use the application built into windows 10. If you have lots of email addresses this is fiddly and time consuming. I am also not sure this is anywhere near as good or user friendly as Windows Live Mail which was developed from outlook express. At the moment a lot of the good things I have said about windows 10 are on hold until I have used this updated windows for a while.

18th November 15. We are I think the victims of our success with lots of people coming , with lots of different issues some of which need a visit to the reputable computer man rather than CWC.We do not offer a repair service at CWC although we are happy to point people in the right direction. Windows 10 remains on the agenda. You can still put off updating to W10 although most who use it after the long installation find it works well. We do advise strongly that you follow the advice given on 13th September if you decide to upgrade. I have today received this video you can look at which gives views of Leo about W10. Leo offers his own views but it is worth listening to what he has to say . Click here to watch the video.

28th October 15. We have now completed two sessions since our holiday break. The sessions have been well attended in the main by people using "Windows" computers. This week was dominated by "TalkTalk" and the concerns and worries this has caused. We were not able to offer solutions to the question "What should we do" other than to restate what had happened and TalkTalk's response to it. What we did achieve was to put the problem into some sort of context and understanding that if you are affected you are not alone. The underlying message is be aware and do not respond to telephone or other contact when you are being asked to supply additional information even if the contact says they are TalkTalk, Microsoft or your bank.

Windows 10 is still something most of our attenders have not yet downloaded. Our experience is that it is stable and easy to use although not entirely free of problems. We reiterate the advice given on 13th September (below).

30th September. After a busy few weeks we are closed now until 20th October. Windows 10 is becoming more main stream although some cannot work with it and have gone back to windows 8.1. During the time since my last note we have had a record attendance of 20 and continue to get new people coming. Everyone is welcome although at busy times Maurice and myself and Rachel when she can are spread extremely thinly. If you think we might help call in when we are open and we will help you if we can.

13th September. I have now upgraded four windows computers to Windows 10. Last night I decided to move my main Windows7 computer to 10 and ,although it seems to be working, the installation took 4 hours and for much of this little on screen information was given to explain the time it was taking. While I will feed this back to Microsoft I don't really expect much to change. I can't draw any firm conclusions but I could suggest that if you are converting from 8.1 to 10 that is easy. From 7 to 10 is longer and if you have a computer with lots of programs on it is likely to be longer and more fraught. It is essential that you back up before you attempt to convert in case all goes wrong . I found this article very useful http://www.howtogeek.com/223139/how-to-create-an-image-of-your-pc-before-upgrading-to-windows-10/

17th August. Preparation for tomorrows session is almost complete after a busy few days . The main time has been spent in updating two machines to Windows 10 and having chance to play with them. I think I like Windows 10 up to know, but there is a learning curve as there are some significant differences to both Windows 7 & 8.1. If you want to see what Windows 10 is like call in and have a look . Our advice still remains DO NOT UPDATE YET.


11th August. A quiet session today gave the opportunity for some to look at what Windows 10 has to offer. Both Maurice and I have got this running on some of our devices. Up to now I am fairly impressed. It is certainly an improvement on Windows 8 and has a familiar Windows 7 feel to it. Our advice remains not to install the new operating system yet.


27th July 15 Comfortable with Computers (CWC) have been actively following the development of the soon to be Windows 10 Operating System. We have had early versions of the software on some of our computers. We have been asked by a number of people as to what they should do about the new operating system which might well be automatically downloaded to windows computers this week. Our opinion is at the moment not to install the downloaded software. CWC will continue to trial this software and while we think it is an improvement on some other windows versions there are still teething problems which need resolving.


26th July. Where has this year gone. We continue providing support for people developing or learning to use various types of devices, During the last few weeks we have had a record attendance which Rachel, Maurice and myself have done our best to help. Coming up soon is the question for Windows users what do I do about Windows 10. Maurice has a lot of expertise in Windows and has been playing about with Windows 10 in its beta form for months. So if you are troubled about Windows 10 why not pop in and see what we have to say about it. If you can't come why not email us. As we say we do not profess to be experts but we do have expertise and are willing to share that with you.

21st June 15. Preperation is almost completed for the next Tuesday session where we hope to have a mixture of useful learning and fun. People are still contacting me to find details of what we can offer and new people join us regularly and they are most welcome. You do not need previous knowledge , all we ask from new people who come is that they have an interest and understand that you cannot be a competent computer user in one or two sessions.

23rd May 15. We continue progressing with new faces appearing and enjoyable sessions. A sense of humour helps because as well as helping people gain confidence in using devices of various types we also try to do this in a manner which suits all. Amazing progress has been made with the way people are using their devices and apps. My only problem is to make sure that for the regulars who come that there is something new for them to do. Support from Rachel when she can and Maurice really helps give our clinic a good coverage of device types. I am really pleased that one of our regulars Chris has the confidence to mentor newcomers. If you are reading this thinking I might be interested just come along you will be very welcome. If you are seeking work and need access to a computer come on in irrespective of how old you are.

5th May 15. I am sorry that the entries into this page have been infrequent due really to the success of our project which has taken most of my spare time. Ably supported by Maurice our weekly sessions continue with an amazing variety of devices and issues usually solved. Some of our regular attenders are extremely competent and confident and willing mentors for people with less experience. It was with Chris a very competent computer and tablet user that I attended a session at High Peak CVS which they put on about Facebook and other social media with a bit of crowdfunding thrown in. It helped me to see how little I know about some subjects but Chris who is a Facebook person is looking to see if we can do a facebook entry for our church. During the last few weeks we have also infrequently supported people to search online for work a very rewarding new development. In the clinic a most exciting (for me) development is the use of "Hangouts" as a way of communicating in real time. This has been enthusiastically picked up by many of the attenders and I think I hold the record at the moment for the most distant contact which was to West Africa. I doubt I will hold the record for long.

24th March. We continue to make good steady progress with clinic numbers averaging more than ten per session. We are helping people use iPads, Android and Windows 7 & 8. The most popular remain the tablets running android although the iPad is proving to be popular. Assistance is given by Maurice and myself with Rachel helping the "ipadders" when she is available. We have also over the last few weeks provided support for people seeking work who need computer access. We are still open to anyone who would like help and absolute beginners are especially welcomed.

17th February - Over the last three weeks ending with our session today we have been hosting the CVS and especially their project to allow people to find better that is cheaper utility costs. They were successful and the people who took advantage of their project will have more money to spend on other things. The savings varied but one person could save more than £600 in a year. Thanks to Jean & Peter who enthusiastically supported the people looking for better deals.

3rd February and really difficult to get to Fairfield. Icy pavements, snow and black ice kept people indoors but we still had a good sized group. We were also joined by Peter Burgess-Alan at the start of the session by way of introduction for next weeks presentation and action by the group he represents. In short Peter has said that with help we can find better (cheaper) utilities. I'm all for it so we will see what next week brings. Time the white stuff had gone!!!!! We also did a short session on registering with your GP's Surgery online and the benefits this can bring when you are in "patient" mode.


On the 27th January a good size group continued looking at what their devices are capable of doing. We were joined by two new "laptoppers" (sounds a bit like something to do with milk!!!!) and by Maurice Barker. Maurice who has spent many years working in IT has a lot of experience especially with Windows based devices. It was great to have him there and it is hoped he will come regularly.


We met on the 13th and 20th January with good size groups considering the weather, Our review of progress made continues after the usual security/hoax/virus warning. Before our session on the 20th we were pleased to be visited by Paul from High Peak Food Bank who explained the need for unemployed people seeking work to search possible jobs online to avoid being "sanctioned". Here at Fairfield we are able to offer access to people without a computer each Tuesday morning and we hope that with other resources within the town that we can help. High Peak Food Bank still welcome donations with more detail given here..


Well done Granny
As a result of the increased awareness of fraud in its various guises, discussed regularly at CWC, one of our regular attenders recently prevented a younger relative being a victim of crime.
The attempted telephone fraud was overheard by 'Granny' who immediately identified it as a potential fraud to gain money from her relatives bank account and brought the attempt to an end.
While the fraudster was very plausible he did not convince granny.
6th January and the first clinic of the year. Numbers reduced due to the Fairfield Bug but ten people there for most of the session which was plenty. A variety of equipment on show although very tablet based. One new person although with specific issues hopefully resolved. One outstanding IPad issue which hopefully my iPad specialist will sort out. This session was going back to the very beginning to ensure the basics are in place as is security. Nice to be back.

We may be closed for Christmas but we were mentioned at various times on Boxing Day using recorded bits and I also did a live broadcast on Saturday 27th both on Radio Derby. Still a lot of interest in "devices" as many were given at Christmas to people who have little idea how to use them. Hope my live bit was useful to anyone who has received "a device". If that was you and you are still frustrated at being given such a gift but not able to use as you would like, why not contact me.

16th December 14 brings CWC 2014 to an end.We had a low key sort of session with numbers down some what but not surprising so close to Christmas. Our session concentrated on using the record function and attaching that with a "selfie" photo to an email. We also brushed again on "copy and paste" and will return to that in 2015. From all at CWC a Happy Christmas and Healthy 2015.

9th December 14. Looking toward Christmas with just one session left we spent time on the latest fraud attempts. While it perhaps was not strictly computer related it was time well spent. Our tableteers are aware of the dangers and they will make sure their friends are as well. This session saw the first devices using Android 5 and its significant differences to 4. A good busy session with a few reminders of skills acquired a while ago which need practice.

2nd December 14 saw us using apps not often used although standard on most devices. We also enjoyed finding out about Jacqui Lawson e cards. The serious stuff was researching the just announced report on frauds. This is not the first time we have looked at this but useful just the same. Lots of things scheduled to do but didn't get done but there is always another time.

25th November 14. A good busy session dominated by the tableteers (knowing all about Philae) with only three windows computers to be seen. Strangely it was the windows devices which caused the most problems with one adamantly refusing to do as it was instructed. Doesn't that just drive you wild. It was great to see Kath back after her fall and thanks to Rachel for her help and support.

18th November. The group looked at using applications on tablets and iPads and had a real laugh doing it. It's really great to see the more confident ones helping their friends to make the "device" work for them. There was still time to help someone with the idiosyncrasies of Windows Vista, not an easy operating system to use. One newcomer this week complete with iPad and some issues resolved.

11th November. Two minutes silence at 11am observed by all. Nobody completely new but some almost new having a working computer for the first time. For these a bit frustrating as they hadn't realised the need and importance of passwords. Never the less progress made. My ipadders and tableteers are getting extremely proficient with a few tasks set by me easily accomplished. Many thanks to Rachel for her expertise with the ipad. In the android world this week sees the start of android 5. I have just downloaded it to the first machine with some difficulty, needing the complete factory reset and reinstallation of software. Not a thing I have done before with android and not keen to do it again. My advice DO NOT INSTALL android 5 YET.

4th November 14. A fairly normal session with a variety of problems and issues mostly dealt with. Another two regulars have decided that tablets are for them and has not only bought a tablet but is also having broadband installed later this week. A newbie has also being doing her homework with an email being sent here while they are on holiday in Malta. It's all very positive stuff.

28th October. We were delighted to welcome two of our our main supporters in Rachael Quinn a Local Councillor ( see photo) , and my father in law Roy. Rachael gave CWC most of her Initiative Fund money which started the ball rolling by allowing us to order a broadband connection and then persuaded other of her colleagues to support us. Its thanks to Rachael and Roy that we are able to have such positive sessions.

21st October. On a day which easily was the worst weather Tuesday of the year which kept away a few but other new people came. A good and busy session.

14th October. A really busy session but helped by daughter Rachel and special apearance by Councillor Jean Todd. Jean helped us play a modern version of "What's my Line" by agreeeing not to say who she was but with the clue "a local councillor". The ipadders and tableteers soon found out all about her and Jean might be getting an email from one of them as her area includes the controversial Buxton Market Place. Thanks to Rachel and Jean a good session with both helping on a one to one with newer members of the group.

Preparation for tomorrow (14th October) is complete. Last week was a really busy Tuesday with CWC in the morning with help from Rachel. We then had our Church Council Meeting in the afternoon and an appearance at Community Voice in the evening. The weather here at the moment is appalling and time will tell if it affects attendance tomorrow. It has been suggested that while "Comfortable with Computers" was right perhaps "Terrific with Tablets" is also appropriate. Ah well!!!

30th September. A busy session- yes I've said that before many times. Problems connected with W8.1, W7, IPad & Android. I suspect the people who come are all too nice. When talking about bogus and hoax emails, some wanted to respond rather than DELETING WITHOUT OPENING. I think they thought that was rude!!!! Anyway message put across and hope listened to.Continue to be impressed by the progress made by my nice "tableteers".

26th September. Just been contacted by Radio Derby (again) asking if I would like to take part in Sally Pepper's program featuring "social media" such as Facebook & Twitter and its use for helping lonely and older people to keep in touch. Unfortunately I was not able to help much as up to now none of my "tableteers" want to be involved with social media. Actually I don't encourage them much to get involved as I see more dangers in doing this than positives. I could be wrong. Skype and emails and much more yes, social media no.

23rd September. First session after my hols was a typically busy and varied session with a refresher for all. The review shows our tableteers are achieving excellent results with the new technology. Only one non tableteer but an interesting and varied session with mixed abilities. Every one seemed to enjoy the session.

21st September. Reminder After holiday CWC restarts Tuesday 23rd and then each Tuesday 0930 to 1130. ALL interested in finding out if computers, tablets, IPads,laptops or mobile smart devices could improve the quality of their life are welcome. You do not have to bring a device as you can try ours. If you do have a portable device you can easily bring thats fine.

4th September (UPDATED). One of our iPadders Janet who has been with CWC since it started is taking on the 26 mile Chernobyl Challenge Walk on Saturday 6th September. This is a tough distance in ten hours ( or 24 hours if I was doing it) so good luck from all at CWC Janet.UPDATE. Well done Janet 9hrs 20 minutes a superb time for 26 miles.

2nd September. A really good session with tablets at the fore. Three ipadders one brand new to CWC and very welcome. I think everyone made some progress and have some practicing they can be doing while I'm on my hols. So no CWC until 23rd and I hope to come back refreshed and full of ideas.

23rd August. Speaking to Roy my 93 year old father in law who has told me many times that I exaggerate his computer knowledge. I certainly don't and as an example today I told him I had a problem where Windows 7 was behaving strangely. His immediate response have you tried the sfc command. SFC says I never heard of it. Anyway under Roys instructions I ran this strange command and touch wood up to know my problem has not repeated. How many 93 year olds do you know who can give that kind of advice!!!!

19th August. Probably a record number with three here for the first time. A real hectic time with W8, 8.1,7, Android and Apple systems. One of the problems on Windows computers is that using a particular command doesn't give the same response which makes life really difficult. One of the issues I need to get up to speed with is what it means or more especially how do you get back to normal when an iPad Air says it is disabled and won't log on. I've a few ideas but no certainties.

16th August. Everyone listens to Radio Derby at 7;15am on a Saturday don't they!!!!!! Thanks to the staff at Radio Derby especially Aftab the producer and Andy Potter the presenter I think it went ok. Tried to listen to a replay but let down by technology. It will also teach me to use my Skype more often as it would not work when i wanted it to so we did a phone interview.

15th August.Contacted by Radio Derby - it must be a quiet news time. They have taken a few bits from me to use on Saturday morning following an interview with me by Skype at 7:15am.

12th August . A busy session with three new people which meant that I was running around even more than usual. Mention of the project in the Buxton Advertiser but it failed to mention a lot of important stuff which John (Philips) had included in the Press Release including my saying “Everybody comes in at a different level.” “I try to take them to the level they want to go to. It isn’t a class – there is no agenda. Most who have come have no previous knowledge of computers, but are interested and we start from there.”

5th August. Another busy session with a good turnout of "tableteers" supplemented by Windows 7 & 8 users. We tried, not altogether successfully to do "Cut & paste". The concept is difficult to explain but an extremely useful tool. Something to try out again next week. We also started looking at techniques for searching effectively. Add this to more normal computer issues such as where is that file on Windows 8 we had a really challenging session. I'm expecting it to be cooling off for the summer but no sign yet. Having got home I received an email confirming that the Manchester & Stockport District which Buxton Circuit is part of, have given us some money it turned out to be a really good day.

29th July. Happy to see a good turnout with the "tableteers" struggling as you would expect with the concept of copy & paste. Not made any easier that I had chosen a .pdf document to copy a part of and while it worked for me at home it would not work on the day. Got home tried it again and it worked, then it didn't. Don't you just hate that!!!!! Happy to see old and new faces with Windows 7 coming back into favour as we all struggle with Wndows 8 (8.1). After the session had finished I received some emails from the "tableteers" proving that one of them at least had cracked copy & paste. A repeat as part of next weeks session is on the agenda. If you are reading this wondering what I am talking about come and find out. Absolute beginners are welcomed.

22nd July. Another busy session where the achievements were obvious. Four people new to tablets or IPads before CWC started, downloaded and installed software and then registered with Derbyshire Library before downloading some audio books. Not ever so straightforward so congratulations all round. The other attenders did what they wanted and continued to gain confidence and experience with computers. Remember it is not a class as such, the idea of CWC is to help you to do what YOU want, not what I want. If you are reading this thinking is it for me, give it a try. No previous experience needed or need to have equipment.

15th July. A really hectic and worthwhile session. Not least because we had a visit from John Phillips from the University of Derby Buxton with a cheque. Many thanks for that. We also had a visit from Roy Tomlin my 93 year old father in law and the person who persuaded me by his actions that older people really benefit from being competent computer users. All that as well as a session raising lots of "how do you...."questions. Picture John left Roy ,Eirawen right.

8th July. A challenging session where Elvis Presley made an appearance to help create contacts and birthdays. Nice to have Rachel back for some of the time and makes life much easier for me. Tablet day mainly with just one person using a laptop. A quick visit today from a new resident of Wesley House who hopes to join us. He will be very welcome. Next week we have a special guest appearance by my mentor Roy who at 93 is a fantastic ambassador for technology for older people.

1st July. A good steady session concentrating on what was found by last weeks revision. Two "Ippadders" there and having spent the previous week end on such a machine I was able to help a little. The "tableteers" continue to make progress at different speed with one of them (who did have PC experience) at the stage where she is mentoring her friends. We also had people working steadily on W8.1, W7 & Google Chromebook. I think once you get to know the chromebook and accept it does have some shortcomings such as no Skype or Google Earth (very strange considering both are Google) its a great lightweight laptop at a reasonable price. We welcome newcomers provided they are not experts unless of course they want to help mentor the group with their expertise.

24th June. A steadier session although with more people coming than ever before. We had a "what are you ok with" session. I've yet to look at the results but a fair bit of reminder work needed I think. Again today faced with the thorny issue of Windows XP and is it safe to use. My response is that it is not safe to use online but ok if not connected to the internet. More iPads again today and I've convinced myself I will have to get one and learn how to use it to do justice to the "Ipadders" subject to funding. Another area I am weak on is "facebook" but I hope to persuade a user to help out with that when needed although I haven't yet worked out who that could be.

17th June. A memorable session now with three android tablet users and two Ipad users having installed and started using "Skype". Brilliant fun after some of the problems were resolved. Nice to see our finance expert Philip and wife Eileen having a look in at the semi organised chaos. All five "Skypers" left feeling they have achieved. The other people who were there using a mixture of Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Google Chromebook and Android tablet all moved forward at a pace to suit them. If you are reading this worried you have no experience or knowledge that is no problem. Come along have a go on our equipment. If you like it fine if it's not for you after trying that's ok.

10th June. Todays session was full of variety and issues to deal with. Where I worked before they called problems opportunities and if you think that is a correct way of looking at problems I think you need to be a Bill Gates or Steve Jobs certainly not a Fairfield person when talking about computers.The session is not a class because everyone is at a different stage, it has no exams and no pre knowledge is needed. The oldest attenders are in their eighties and making fantastic progress. My inspiration for the Clinic is my 93 year old father in law who is far more advanced in his knowledge and application than I am. Thanks again this week to Rachel who by almost a quarter of a century is the youngest person in the room. I should have said you don't get homework if you come but inevitably everyone takes home what they have learned and uses it.

3rd June session went well with a mix of Ipad, android, windows 7 & 8 issues. Thanks to help from daughter Rachel managed to make some progress. The big difficulty for me is swopping from a mindset of say android to windows and the enormous difference in technique. While I call our session a "drop in" it was taken to its ultimate yesterday when a lady came in started asking questions got a few answers and rushed out all within about three minutes. Perhaps she might come back but we have plenty to go at during the session which is great!!


27th May 14. The enthusiasm is terrific to see. The photo from the 20th May shows our tablet table with fantastic and safe progress being made. Rachel (the younger person) is a bit of a whizz on the Ipad. During the session this week we had Windows Vista, Windows 7 & Windows 8 issues brought to the clinic in addition to the tablet folk with their Android and Apple machines. Most of the people were complete beginners when we started and it is really good to see and feel the buzz in the room to find out more. There is still room for you.

20th May. We are making unbelievable progress with three newbies so committed to doing it they have invested in android tablets. All people who come to the clinic have made substantial progress although they don't believe they have. Two said it wasn't for them. That's fine although I think they gave up a bit soon that was their choice. If you are reading this thinking shall I have a go or not, I would say what have you to lose. Nobody is top or bottom, there are no exams it is about an opportunity to try and we have a laugh doing it.

29th April. An excellent session using tablets and their built in cameras to take smashing photos which we then emailed to friends. Next sessionis on Tuesday 6th May. Whatever your interest in computers we hope we can help you. Either drop in or ring Russell on 01298 23424 for more details.

We met today 22nd April and while numbers were slightly down due to the Easter holiday the enthusiasm certainly wasn't. Two of the group have gained sufficient confidence to invest in technology, excellent progress indeed. If you are reading this worried that others might know more than you, don't. We start from the first actions switching ON and work from there. If you have never used a keyboard before don't let that put you off. If you have no equipment use ours.

It was good to see Deacon Janet today and yes even she has computer issues . Janet is on sabbatical from the end of the month and then moves south . Good luck and thank you Janet.

After a brief and unwanted break C.W.C ran last Tuesday 15th. Although now into school holidays with people having commitments we had a good turnout and some interesting side issues. The next session is Tuesday 22nd.

Update 8th April. Although I made the only sensible decision to cancel todays clinic I really struggled this morning to settle down. So instead of spending the morning rushing round I used it to good effect using some of the computers I am less experienced with ie W8.1. Actually I don't think it's that bad and look forward to the upgrade for it coming soon. Having gone to the bottom of the garden for the first time in nearly a week I also realised how my fitness has taken a backward step also evidenced by the amount of weight lost in that time. I may now look like a long distance runner with my cheeks sucked in but that is the only thing we share.

Update 6th April - Unfortunately due to my illness there will be no clinic on Tuesday 8th. Its a real pity as we are starting as individuals within a group to make real progress. This is due in no small measure to Chris who is able on a one to one basis to guide "newbies". A more recent update is the speciality ipad one to one led by Rachel which is just as well as I have no knowledge of anything Apple. Thanks to them both. I hope we can get back running again on the 15th. Watch this site for confirmation or register your interest.

31st March. Preperation for tomorrows clinic is completed. We have now seen Microsoft, Android and Apple operating systems although my experience of Apple is non existent but better after daughter Rachel gave me a lesson. All attending are making progress not surprisingly at a different pace. Tomorrow we are having a quiz.

19th March. Yesterday was a busy day with our third clinic well supported followed by in the evening the Circuit meeting. The new tab has now arrived and very interesting it is. The Circuit meeting approved the grant which hopefully will go from Andrew to the District soon. Thanks again for support from Chris as well as the biscuits at our third clinic.

17th March. preperation completed for tomorrows session and a new tablet ordered which we need. Not sure who will turn up but for the theme we are looking at emails in particular forwarding and contact lists. We will also be discussing how to avoid scams and also how to make use of the email address which most will have soon. A lot of enquiries about what we are doing but I am still holding back on advertising until more of the promised funding has been received.

12th March. The session yesterday drew eight people. The session was based on the basics of using computers and with the help of Chris for the second time and Deacon Janet (passing through) we managed to get a number of the newbies their own first email address. It was nice to get some new people in one of which is well known to me as a now confident user. Interestingly the computer of choice altered yesterday from the tablets to laptops or the desktop. I hope that if further funding comes in I can get a few more machines for people to use. One strange (but true) result of yesterday was that when I started the session I was suffering from a hip problem which had caused me much pain since Saturday. At the end of the session my hips did not hurt and (touching wood) I'm going on a decent walk tomorrow Thursday to take advantage of this lovely weather. Finally thanks to Margaret and Chris for the home made biscuits a real bonus.

9th March. Since our first session a fair bit of interest from others who have heard about it. No advertising yet until I'm sure we can cope. A couple of bonuses in that someone from our Church neighbours has been in touch and we were able to point him to what his computer problem was and how it could best be resolved. Another bonus in that one of our Church members felt able to do some mentoring and hopefully will be involved on Tuesday 11th.

4th March and the first session. I was well supported and the five enthusiastic folks who came, stopped for the entire session and even say they will be coming back next week. I was very pleased with the way it went and it helped me think through issues including what extra sort of equipment we might get (subject to funding). Follow that with three calls from one of my other computer learners and perhaps I can understand why I'm completely shattered.

28th Feb to 2nd March. Still spending a lot of time preparing for Tuesday. Now unsure if I will have nobody come or too many come. Ah well time will tell. Got part credit for the defunct laptop but still will have to chase the balance. They take your money immediately but then make you wait for what they owe you.

26th and 27th. progress continues. Some more small stuff bought and a nice Chromebook. Very nice small screen laptop. A board eventually ordered.

24th and 25th February. Continue to make progress although sometimes each step forward is only as long as a step back. Yesterday I had a lovely laptop delivered from a different supplier to the broken machine. Ordered at 3pm on Monday delivered 10am on Tuesday. Windows 8.1 not so bad. A lot of necessary protocols agreed, unfortunately needed in this litigious society. Still all go for 4th although that will be low key.

February 22nd and 23rd. I have now set the "low key" opening date as 4th March. So over the last few days I've been pulling things together. Last thing on Friday I had an e mail from the computer supplier saying they found nothing wrong with the laptop I had sent back. That's as maybe but when I had it, it did not work so I've rejected it under The Sale of Goods Act. I asked for an immediate replacement but since I did I have heard nothing. That may leave me short on how many gadgets I have on the 4th but I am not prepared to accept something which has a fault when it's brand new.

February 21st up at Church by 7:30am this morning to continue testing and modify some router settings. Still getting a really good speed which makes mine at home very second rate. Hope to get an email shortly advising of dispatch of new replacement laptop.

February 20th.Spent the day trying to finalise issues including funding and procurement. The broken new computer has arrived back at Bradford and I now await the replacement. I have a day in mind to have a "dry run" and without widely advertising the project. I also spent a fair bit of time talking "A" Boards. No I didn't know what they were either.

February 19th Broadband behaving itself, a few tests done and new laptop collected for replacement with one that works.

February 18th. New computer arrives all shiny BUT!!!! it won't work dead as a dodo. It's going back tomorrow.

February 14th. Thanks to a donation from a local charity able to order an essential computer.

February 12th- Thanks to Shane (picture below) from Kelly Communications not to be confused with Shaun who I would like to have shown a photo of but unfortunately it's on a copyright. Shane is a real "Stokey" and proud of it and a very determined person.Thanks to his determination we now have a phone line in the church. That means we can start pulling the project together and do all the things needed to make it work. More to follow.


January 2014 Frustration when phone line installation is held up and then initial attempt at installation not by Shane failed.

December 2013 . Enough financial support to order the broadband line which is essential to the project.

BASIC COST OVER 2 YEARS ESTIMATED NOW PROMISED

Room Hire Fairfield Methodist Church over 2 years - To be given by the Church free. Promised by Church Council ( 15th October 13) £3000

Broadband including line rental, line installation and router. The Church is regarded as a "business". Includes contingency. £600. Promised by local councillors.

Equipment costs, Laptop, Tablet & Smart Phone. To be supplied on loan by Russell £1000

Other costs : Advertising board, CRB checks, refreshments etc estimated £450 Promised by local councillors.

Estimated cost of expertise provided by Russell- Free of Charge. £3000

TOTAL COST SECURED £8050

Financial oversight to project being given by Mr Philip Warhurst FCA. Honorary Financial Controller of Fairfield Methodist Church

November 2013 Planning and obtaining money to support the project

October 2013 Fairfield Methodist Church Council fully supported the two year project by offering free accomodation


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Fairfield Methodist Church, Fairfield Road, Buxton SK17 7DU in the Buxton Circuit and Manchester & Stockport District of the Methodist Church of GB.