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For 2023 (and 2024 ...) - we are now fully retired from IT training.
We have made many, many friends over 25 years of teaching about Python, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, Java, C and C++ - and MySQL, Linux and Solaris/SunOS too. Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own risk.

Lisa and I (Graham) now live in what was our training centre in Melksham - happy to meet with former delegates here - but do check ahead before coming round. We are far from inactive - rather, enjoying the times that we are retired but still healthy enough in mind and body to be active!

I am also active in many other area and still look after a lot of web sites - you can find an index ((here))

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Resources from the web site of Well House Consultants on the subject of Organisations. We provide open source training course and business hotel accommodation in Melksham, Wiltshire, England

As well the FSB and the Chamber of Commerce, we're associated with (or aware of) many other local organisations.
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2807Canal through Melksham - the options and issues
The old Wilts and Berks canal ran from the Kennet and Avon Canal (pictured) at Semington through Melksham, between Chippenham and Calne, past Wootton Bassett, through Swindon and on along the Vale of the White Horse passing close to Wantage before connecting to the river Thames at Abingdon. It was ...
4548Melksham - two small townships, or one big one?
How big is Melksham? • There at around 6,500 homes in Melksham Town • Each has an average electortate of 1.8, so that's 11,700 people • Add in around 3,300 childrne and you have a population of 15,000 • And let's take a guess at how many non-voters ... round it to around 16,000 But ...
4039Seed Swap at Well House Manor
Saturday was Seed Swap Day at Well House Manor. From around lunchtime, organisers arrived and sorted their seeds into a series of boxes all along the tables in the Wilts (that's our larger training room). Boxes of root vegatables .. boxes of marrows .. boxes of fruit .. boxes of onions .. and a small ...
4020Melksham Community - Annual Report / MCAP
This evening's MCAP (Melksham Community Area Partnership) AGM was well attended - good to see a couple of new faces - sad that there weren't certain groups (youth, traders) represented there (as far as I could tell), as there's so much that MCAP could do for them, and so much they could do for the town. It's ...
58Call Centres, selling, and a pause for thought
Have you noticed that telephone calls you "have to" make to renew a service are now being taken as an opportunity to sell to you? It happened to me just the other day when I called in to confirm receipt of a new credit card. "While we're waiting for the computer to authorise you, can I just ask you ...
3774Melksham - a new dawn
Sunrise over Melksham this morning - 23rd June 2012 at 05:05. View taken from our upstairs back window. I love living here and in this town. We may grumble a bit at times, but we've got a lot going for us and the people are great. And just at the moment there are so many things going on that could make ...
3712Some unpublished and historic pictures - Museum of Melksham
Melksham House - an old postcard from the collection of Simon Brewer I've just been tagging images - that's to help search engines identify what's shown in our various pictures. The way I do my tagging also tells me which pictures I've uploaded, but haven't blogged about, and I'm featuring some of ...
3704The Bowerhill Villager - a newsletter for Bowerhill, Melksham
The Bowerhill Villager is our local newsletter - it's published and printed monthly, and distributed to around 1,600 homes in Bowerhill and The Spa, Melksham. And it gets results! I know the team involved well (some very well), and I'll often hear how a holiday cottage that was advertised is now full ...
3677Some advise for guest speakers at meetings
I "get around" in various roles I hold - to SCOB meetings (to do with the Melksham Campus), to rail meetings (to do with better rail services in Wiltshire). Usually, there's a guest speaker or guest visitors at the meeting; on a few occasions, that's my role. And the behaviour of the guest speaker fascinates ...
3604Melksham Campus - a blog you can read, and a place you can comment
I'm a member of the SCOB - the Shadow Campus Operations Board - and last night I attended a meeting to learn about the uses that are being made of current facilities, from their users, about their current concerns, and about what they would like to see for the future. I can't possibly be knowledgeable ...
3511Melksham has a heart - have your picture taken and support the defibrillator appeal
I have been walking around Melksham this weekend asking people to hug each other and have their picture taken ... why? "Melksham has a heart" Management Summary * Melksham Needs Portable Defibrillators to help save lives. * A Fund Raiser is running at the Assembly Hall on Sunday, 20th to support this * ...
3484A Melksham Timeline - Domesday to present day
Some events and dates from our local history. Not all sources agree on some of the years quoted, and you may find a little duplication too ... 1086: At the time of the Domesday Book (1086) the capital, or chief, manor of Melksham was held by the crown. It was a large and valuable estate, which eventually ...
3317Self Portrait (in words)
I've written a profile of myself [Graham Ellis], and of Well House Consultants (which I set up in 1995, and run with my wife Lisa), before. But that's been with a slant towards our business, rather than towards myself and other involvements which are wider than our business. Lisa and I moved to Melksham ...
2902Community consultation - a true open input
Overdue report from last week ... Tuesday ... where should we be going? What should stop? Community Area Partnership Consultation, Assembly Hall, Melksham. An open meeting, where any members of the community who wished could add there voice on "what's good in the Melksham area", "Where should Melksham ...
2869Contact Information for Melksham Oak Community School
Yesterday, 449 people arrived at our web site searching for "Melksham Oak" or similar terms ... not bad going, except we're not in the business of selling Melksham Oaks! Almost undoubtedly they were looking for the new Melksham Oak Community School which is just up the road from us, and opened yesterday ...
2585Consultation in Melksham, on Melkshams future
Melksham Community Area Partnership is holding a consultation eveny next Saturday at Melksham Town Hall, seeking the views of the people and businesses of Melksham on Wiltshire's core strategy - the plan is about Wiltshire as a whole, but Melksham is very much a part of the county, and we're one of the ...
2574Summary of Wiltshire Core Strategy responses
At the tail end of 2009, I was involved in responding to consultation being run by Wiltshire Council on the future deveopment of Wiltshire, and the towns and villages therein. The headline presentation from Wiltshire Council picked out three places - Chippenham, Trowbridge and "West of Swindon" as places ...
2271Dogs Trust, Dog Show, Newbury
We were invited back to the dog show open day at The Dog's Trust near Newbury, from where we adopted Gypsy a few months ago. Yes - I know the real reason to invite everyone back was for them to make money, but it was never the less a good day's outing. I suppose I should have expected a lot ...
2236Alumni - revisiting and supporting the old University
I have just completed a survey for my old university - I won't name them here, but researchers will be able to find out who they are easily enough, as I made a comment and recommended one of their courses - which actually competes to some extent with what we do - in a comparison chart here recently, ...
2128Wiltshire - where everybody matters
On 1st April, Wiltshire went Unitary, combining four district councils and a county into a single unitary authority with a population a shade under 450,000. And from buildings to dust carts, the labels and logos have changed: "Wiltshire - Where Everybody Matters" ... and I'm very glad to have that ...
2026Melksham Climate Friendly Group
It's somewhat ironic that I left last night's meeting of Melksham Climate Friendly Group in a bit of a blizzard. Many familiar faces, a great deal of knowledge, and a group each of whom is taking a real interest in some aspect of the subject in their own way, with a strong and effective chair pulling ...
2015Service Excellence Awards
First and foremost - my congratulations to Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce in arranging their 2008 service excellence awards, which attracted 60 entrants ... and a guest list of around 300 to Trowbridge Civil Hall last night. And to all fifteen finalists who reached the final stage of the competition, ...
2012The Wiltshire Police
How much do the police cost? Where / on what is that money spend? Who pays? What do they cost? Questions I had never asked myself until last night when I went along to the Wiltshire Police Authority's "Budget Consultation" with the county's Chambers of Commerce. Clearly a fascinating subject as some ...
981Finalist reception - Wiltshire Business of the Year
Last night, we attended a cocktail party thrown for the finalists in the "Wiltshire Business of the Year" competition because ... well, because we're finalists. I understand that there was a record entry this year - the first year we have entered - and that our category which is "Small Business of the ...
1280West Wilts - no longer Wet Wilts - show
A much better day at the West Wilts show. We've moved to our own, and bigger, stand and outside, wood chippings and a bit of sun do miracles ...
1278West Wilts Show
The bi-annual West Wilts show is taking place today, tomorrow and Saturday in Trowbridge, and I have agreed to take a table for Well House Conultants and Save the Train on the Federation of small businesses stand. Of Course, being a small business organisation thay had booked a small stand. No - ...
1258A day looking ahead for Well House Consultants
On Tuesday, Lisa and I attended a series of seminars at the Arc College in Trowbridge, laid on by our bankers (HSBC). There are times that we spend so much time working on the day-by-day business of running courses, booking hotel rooms, paying bills, and the rest that we don't take a step back and look ...
307Farming yesterday
We gathered in the early evening - a queue to enter the Assembly Rooms in Warminster; about 30 folks when we arrived, swelling to around a hundred by the time 8 O'clock arrived and Weightwatchers moved out. A friendly lady walked along the line, checking with each of the ladies to ensure that she wasn't ...
Topics covered in this module
Melksham First.
Rotary and Round Table.
Melksham Railway Development Group.
West Wilts Rail User Group.
Kennet and Avon Canal Trust.
Other local groups.
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