Wheathampstead gets community internet caf�

A VOLUNTEER-RUN internet caf� has opened in the centre of Wheathampstead.

Based at Wheathampstead Library in the Memorial Hall, Marford Road, it was set up to help those who do not have computers at home.

Previously based at the Hilldyke Community Centre, the move will make it more accessible to residents.

Computer-savvy 95-year-old Gwendoline Whitehouse goes to the caf� regularly.

She said: “I have been able to exchange emails with my daughter in New Zealand, a grandson and great grandchildren in Australia and another grandson and his family in Finland. I really enjoy the opportunity to meet up with other people doing the same thing.

She added: “The move to the library will be much more convenient for me.”

Volunteers from the Wheathampstead Community Group run the caf� and can help those who have never used a computer before.

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Cllr Annie Brewster, also vice-chairman of Wheathampstead Parish Council, attended the official opening. Speaking at the launch, she said: “I am delighted to welcome the internet caf� to the centre of the village.

“The level of computer expertise you have already acquired is very impressive and I expect you to be booking this year’s group Christmas lunch online!”

Marion Oxley, chairman of the Wheathampstead Community Group, said: “Everyone is welcome and we look forward to having even more people to join us.”

The internet caf� is open every Tuesday from 10am-12pm. All ages are welcome. A session costs 50p, including coffee.