Century IT blog

Aldbourne CAN

July 16th, 2008




This summer has seen Century IT Services provide an internet café solution for the village of Aldbourne in Wiltshire.



The internet cafe is set in the centre of the village in a converted building; it has kitchen and toilet facilities along with desks for 10 people, it also has a chill out area with tables and two black sofas.


The internet cafe is made up of 11 HP computers, 17″ flat panel monitors, webcams, colour printers and a modern web filtering device.


There is also some Xbox game consoles connected to large flat panel HD televisions mounted on the wall. It is also planned to use the CAN for teaching people how to use computers and digital cameras etc




The internet cafe was officially opened on 24th June 2008 by Chairman of the Parish Council, Brian Buckler, although the cafe will be fully open once volunteers and an employed youth worker can be found to run the day to day activities.


The internet cafe was the idea of the Aldbourne Youth Council and the village Website Group and it was funded by a grant from Kennet District Council, Sarcen Housing association, The National Lottery, GWR Kidz and Wiltshire Young Peoples Opportunity Fund.



Nick Wilkinson, a member of the Aldbourne CAN group helped identify the I.T requirements and coordinate tenders from local I.T companies. Century IT Services won this tender after competing with many other local companies.




In the past the Aldbourne Youth Council has:

  • Raised funds with a Sponsored Bike Ride, visited other youth organisations to help advise them on how to set up a youth council, delivered power point presentations to Parish Councils.
  • Had a BMX track and Youth Shelter built for community use, arranged, organised and ran an Alternative Sports Day for the community of Aldbourne as a celebration and fundraising event where MP Michael Ancram came to offer his support and agreed to play his guitar to the crowds alongside the youth band who were playing there.
  • Won the Philip Lawrence Award in December 2006 and a Deutch bank spotlight highly commended award for their efforts to improve the facilities for the community where they live.
  • Laid play bark in a children’s play area to save the Parish Council money, put up nest boxes in Rectory Wood and worked with the Aldbourne Volunteers to Plant Hedges on Palmers field and clear the tennis court of moss, weeds and debris on Southward Lane.




The overall operations of the Internet cafe will be run by a management team drawn from both the Youth Council and the Website Group.





The website group will now begin to create a new village website and together with the Youth Council and other village organisations, develop a valuable digital archiving service for the village.  There are also plans for a large display cabinet to go on the wall inside the CAN which will display original pieces of village history and pieces will be rotated to maintain interest.



For more information about the project, see the CAN website www.aldbournecan.com