Computer firm wants to relaunch service after reading Comet story

PUBLISHED: 12:22 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:31 06 May 2010

The Learning Shop

The Learning Shop

A local company is ready to step in to provide a computer learning centre in Biggleswade. The previous centre, the Learning Shop in Saffron Street, which had been run by Bedford College, closed its doors for the last time on Friday. The shop was opened in

A local company is ready to step in to provide a computer learning centre in Biggleswade.

The previous centre, the Learning Shop in Saffron Street, which had been run by Bedford College, closed its doors for the last time on Friday.

The shop was opened in 2001 and had been popular with unemployed people and those returning to work as well as pensioners who had learned to use computers.

The college said the reason behind its decision to close the shop was a decline in public interest and the building's lease coming to an end.

"Regrettably the centre cannot be sustained on the level of enrolment and the Government has reduced our targets and funding for adult education," said a college spokesman.

But this week The Comet learned a Biggleswade computer company had volunteered to provide a new computer learning service in the town.

The company, which wants to remain anonymous at the moment, approached Ken Lynch, chairman of the Biggleswade and District Pensioners' Association, offering them not just a facility for a new learning centre and equipment but opening it five-and-a-half days a week, 52 weeks a year.

The shop in Saffron Street was only open three days a week and closed during college holiday time.

"We got almost 1,500 signatures on a petition complaining about the shop being closed and now this company is prepared to open up a similar centre of their own," said Mr Lynch, of Pymms Way, Sandy.

"We had almost given up any hope of getting the Learning Shop replaced because nobody seemed interested.

"But this company read reports in The Comet about the Learning Shop closing and are keen to come to our rescue.

"I am still in discussions with them and hopefully very soon we will be able to make an official announcement.

"All I can say at the moment it is a computer company and they are willing to provide the learning, the equipment and the site, which is wonderful news for the people of Biggleswade.

"Hopefully the new centre will be opened in September and will be for pensioners, the unemployed and people going back to work.


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