Altrist Energy visit the Tuesday Techy Tea Club

Tristan advises techy tea students

Altrist Energy are a Lewisham based energy saving consultancy. Tristan Owen, their founder, came down to Ewart Hall to offer free advice to our students about energy saving. Tristan answered questions about tariff switching, smart meters, ecologically sound energy, and, of course, whether or not energy companies are ripping us all off. Tristan has really in depth knowledge about the energy industry, and is able to impart it in an understandable and non-technical way. Find out more on the Altrist Website.

By Damian Griffiths at 27 Mar 2018

Dancing Ducklings migrate to Catbytes Supported Hosting Plan

Caroline WhiteCaroline White engages under fives with her singing and dancing sessions at different locations throughout Lewisham. I first encountered her at Ewart Community Hall, where she brought out my inner child while I was trying to work in the CatBytes office next door to her sessions in the main hall. Her classes are not only fun but educational. I am now able to recite the days of the week to the tune of the Adams Family tv series as a result of hearing her do it every Tuesday morning. She hasn't charged me for this, but we have got to know each other, and she has decided to move her website to the CatBytes host.

By talking to her, and finding out about her deal with her current host, I could see how it wasn't tailored to the needs of a micro-business like hers, which is similar to many of the clubs that run in Lewisham's community centres. I have proposed a package which I call Supported Hosting. With this deal, Caroline gets her hosting fee and domain registration, plus simple updates, such as changes to the dates and times of her sessions, or a new class added, all included for £60 per year. She doesn't have to worry about the technical details, or about large unexpected costs every time she wants to make a minor change. This is a deal which works for both of us, and it is made possible because CatBytes is committed to listening to people and finding out what works for them, rather than imposing a one-size-fits-all package.

You can find out more about Dancing Ducklings on their website, You can also see them at the Telegraph Hill Festival on the 19th March.

By Damian Griffiths at 3 Mar 2018

My Complete Focus visit electronics club

Toby demonstrates an electronic contraptionsusan and john contemplate solderingSusan Ryder and Toby McGowan from My Complete Focus visited the techy tea club and electronics club on Tuesday. They volunteered helping the students at the Techy Tea Club. Then Toby demonstrated a Heath Robinson style contraption at the electronics club, which impressed all of us.

By Damian Griffiths at 17 Jan 2018

Thanks to Honor Oak Community Centre for our laptops

laptops donated by honor oak community centreThanks very much to Honor Oak Community Centre, who have donated 10 laptops and a computer to Ewart Community Hall after upgrading their ICT suite. This is the seed from which our own ICT suite will grow. A great example of community centre cross fertilisation.

By Damian Griffiths at 13 Jan 2018

CatBytes will be building the new site for Stanstead Lodge

james dobson, maureen bishop and grahame mandelli with seniors techy tea studentStanstead Lodge is the new name for the community space known to many of us in the South of Lewisham as Seniors. As its name suggests, the venue caters for the elderly, having been a Derby and Joan club in the past. However, they are broadening their horizons now, particularly as their cafe is open most days and sells the best coffee and walnut cake in Lewisham. With a change of image comes a revamp of their social media strategy. Or perhaps this is not so much of a revamp as a "vamp", as Seniors didn't have an independent online presence until now. The good people of Stanstead Lodge are, however, the major contributors to the Lewisham Pensioners' Gazette. They clearly know about producing good quality content, and we will be teaching them how to do this in Wordpress once the site is live. 

By Damian Griffiths at 12 Jan 2018