New technology and constantly updated operating systems are no problem to Bill Pocock – even at the age of 91.
The spritely nonagenarian is taking it all in his stride and attending IT classes so he can keep up with the latest changes and make the most of life.
Mr Pocock’s latest challenge is learning Windows 8 at his local community education classes at Magdalen College School, Brackley.
“I bought a laptop because my desktop was so slow and I like to be able to use it wherever I am in the house,” said Mr Pocock, of Terrington Close, Brackley.
“I like to keep in touch using e-mail, but I was disgusted with it because I couldn’t understand the Windows 8.
“I’d been sent a leaflet telling me about the computer classes.
“I went to my first one on Monday and I learnt about the ‘tiles’.
“I had a very poor impression of teachers when I was a child but the tutor, Ginny Fox, was very good at putting it over and explaining the system.”
The course is one of four held weekly in the mornings for people wanting to learn about how to use their computer or laptop to the full.
On Mondays the Windows 8 class is held, on Tuesday Mrs Fox runs the Introduction to Laptops, Windows 7 session and on Wednesdays the class is How to Use Your Compact Camera.
The classes cost £5 for a 90-minute session.
Mr Pocock fits his computer sessions into a busy week.
An active man, he plays nine holes of golf every week, plays bowls and is a Health Walks leader, taking parties of up to 20 out on a weekly two-mile walk around Brackley. “You can retire and sit in a chair reading the sport reports and nothing more but I like to keep up with things,” he said.
“Life is very different from when I was a youngster.
“We had outside loos and water pumps in the garden. The food and language have all changed and I’ve had to keep up!
“I like to e-mail friends and family and so my computer and laptop are important to me,” he added.
For details about the IT courses, call 01280 846317.