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.

Chris Hall
2 June 2021

Chris Hall will be talking about current development work on the Impression DTP app, followed by his !Cat utility- a brief description of what it does, how differences between disc contents at different times are shown, and how to find large files somewhere on the disc. Finally, he will talk about !FamTree, describing its features - it converts genealogy data into a family tree graphical display, and supports OLE editing.

Details to be Announced
4 August 2021

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.

April 2021

Cliff Hatch talked about us his PiDP-11 minicomputer simulator, and his memories of the PDP-11 more generally, with some examples of the kinds of things that could be donw with the system. He was followed by Doug Webb, who gave us his experience of using the YTPlay YouTube video player application. Ruth Gunstone closed the evening with a demonstration of the software tools that she uses to edit and render the WROCC meeting videos, and some thoughts and questions on the use of ArtWorks and its Windows counterpart Xara.

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

March 2021

Phil Pemberton virtually visited to tell us about the effort to preserve 8-bit and RISC OS software for the future, and how we can all help. He covered the low-cost tools available, the (free) software needed, and the ongoing work of the Acorn Preservation Team. He was followed by Andy Marks of RISCOSbits, who showed us some of the new hardware and software that he’s been developing over the past year – including the new FOURtress system.

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