Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club meets on the first Wednesday of every other month: February, April, June, August, October and December. Our meetings usually consist of a talk or demonstration, with plenty of time for informal discussions and trips to the bar before and after.

Recent meetings have included visits from major RISC OS hardware, software and operating system developers, along with demonstrations of specific pieces of software by experienced users. In addition, we have covered a wide range of other subjects including digital photography, hardware upgrades, networking and problem solving. More information about the topics covered in recent meetings can be found further down the page, and details of future meetings can be found below.

Meetings start at 7.45pm, at the West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club in Wakefield. Doors open at 7.15pm, and the scheduled part of the evening is generally complete by about 10pm. See the directions to the venue for details of how to find us.

Visitors are always welcome to attend our meetings (with the exception of the AGM). There is a small fee on the door for non-members – see the Join Us page for details.

Forthcoming meetings

The following meetings are planned for the near future (note that presentations may be re-scheduled due to events outside of our control).

COVID-19 update

During the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, WROCC is following UK Government guidance and this is having an effect on our activities. Our meetings have moved online using Zoom, and we advise members and visitors to keep an eye on the website, newsletter and announcements through email or the usual RISC OS forums for updates.

Recent meetings

WROCC’s meetings cover a wide range of topics relating to RISC OS and computing more generally. Here are some of the events from recent months; for a longer list including videos and links to more detailed reports, see our past meetings page.

February 2021

The WROCC Annual General Meeting was a chance for members to elect the committee for 2021, and to have their say on the running of the Club.

January 2021

Matthew and Hilary Phillips of Sine Nomine Software visited us virtually to demonstrate some of their software titles, including the Impact database, ImpEmail for sending mail-merged emails, and the RiscOSM mapping software.

You can find links to the meeting on YouTube via its page.

December 2020

Robert Sprowson from Elesar updated us on a range of products, including the AMCOG Games bundles plus the WiFi and S&P HATs for the Raspberry Pi. His talk had promised “new apps” as well, and these turned out to be the TextEase Suite of DTP and presentation tools – which have been taken on by Elesar and are now available to buy from their website store.

You can find links to the meeting on YouTube via its page.

November 2020

Rob Coleman talked about emulating other 8-bit micros on the Beeb, including the Sinclair ZX81, Jupiter Ace, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC, using a Raspberry Pi via the Tube. Andy Vawer told us about his current and recent projects, having returned to the RISC OS fold after several years away in Linux-land. He looked back at what he worked on originally in the 90s-00s, before covering the bounty bits (Clipboard and PNGs), and giving us a preview of some new projects. Steve Fryatt spoke about why he’d spent some of the last six months properly releasing the source to his software projects.

You can find links to the meeting on YouTube via its page.

October 2020

From a corner of the Lake District, Mike gave us a virtual tour of his workshop and told us about his quest to purchase an affordable laser cutter which would fit in a former shower room that he had spare. We saw the machine in action, before Mike went on to demo a number of recent projects which had benefited from its use.

You can find links to the meeting on YouTube via its page.