Community Broadplace launch at Much Wenlock fire station

Much Wenlock fire station where the new broadplace will be situated

Switch on Shropshire press release

Residents of Much Wenlock are invited to 'walk in' and 'log on' to learn about using the internet at the launch of the new Community Broadplace at the Fire Station, Smithfield Road, Much Wenlock at 12.00 noon Saturday 9th December.

The Broadplace will be launched by Philip Dunne MP; it represents an important partnership between Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service and the local community. The Broadplace will be available to everyone in Much Wenlock who wishes to access broadband and a range of equipment to support their use of the latest computer technology.

"The Broadplace gives Much Wenlock an exciting opportunity to make sure everyone can give computers a try with a high speed internet connection and, and we hope that many people will come along to our Launch event to try the hardware and software we have available." said Nick de Salis, Chair of the community steering group.

The equipment has been provided by Switch on Shropshire, a county council managed project and local volunteers will run the Broadplace, with weekly sessions assisting people who have never used a computer before. Paul Nash of Switch on Shropshire said "this is a unique Broadplace, set in a working community Fire Station, it will have Family History, Garden Design and handicraft software, as well as music composition and digital photography software available for anyone to use either on their own or with the support of volunteers; we feel sure that there are lots of people of all ages who will want to try their hand."

The Broadplace will be open to the community on Fridays 1pm - 3 pm for Adults, Saturday afternoons 2pm - 4pm open session, and Mondays 6pm - 8pm for young people.

Sub Officer Alistair Humphreys, Station Manager of Much Wenlock Fire Station said "why not pop along on 9th December at 12 noon to see what the Broadplace can do for you, there will be refreshments available, and the chance to use all sorts of computer equipment with lots of support. You will also be able to receive advice on fire safety, view the latest fire and rescue service equipment and the fire engine will be on show!"

1st December, 2006