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Pensioners log on to a new world

Thursday, 11th April 2002.

Enid Leslie Morse say a whole new world has opened up for them since they signed up for a computer course at Haverhill at the age of 78 and 81 respectively.

The couple, who live at Kedington, enrolled on the Friday morning CLA1T (Computer Literacy and Information Technology) course at West Suffolk College’s Haverhill Learning Centre.

They say the careful nurturing of tutor Mary-Rose Daniels has helped them to progress.

The couple also now have a computer in their home and use it to keep their address book, Christmas card lists and household budgeting. They also order their monthly shopping from a supermarket and have it delivered.

Leslie has had five hip replacements and a knee joint replaced, so he is unable to drive. Enid has also had a hip replacement and fractured her wrist in a fall last year.

“I couldn’t drive for a long time, which meant I had to rely on family and friends to do the shopping. Now I can sit in my easy chair and do my ordering on the internet and a lovely young man brings my groceries right into the kitchen,” Enid said.

Enid learned to touch type using a CD rom she had for Christmas and is now started learning about Excel spread sheets. She worked for many years in accountancy and book keeping, but thinks one person now does what 10 did then.

The couple also use e-mail to keep in touch with their 25-year-old granddaughter in Australia and hope to eventually get a web-cam to talk to her face-to-face.

More computer courses, including some free ones, are offered at the Haverhill Learning Centre and anyone interested should ring (01440) 712177.

Haverhill Weekly News

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