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.

Annual General Meeting
2 February 2022

This meeting is for members only, and will take place using Zoom video conferencing. It may also be a ‘hybrid’ meeting whereby members can attend in person if they wish, but this is to be confirmed nearer the time.

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.

November 2021

Chris talked about his RISC OS port of the Python 3 programming language, and how it came about. He showed us how to install it and write a simple “Hello World” program, before introducing the many tools available and the work done to make their use more familiar to RISC OS users.

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

October 2021

Returning to the Sports and Social Club for the first time since the March 2020, members took part in one of Peter Richmond’s fiendish computer quizzes.

September 2021

Alan talked us through the evolution of a canoe slalom timing system, as it developed from the BBC Micro to the Raspberry Pi. The project is first and foremost a system for producing results at competitions, but over the years has has extended it to include online entry, multiple display screens showing (almost) live results, and most recently, timing to better than one tenth of a second accuracy, and results available over WiFi.

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

August 2021

Martin gave us a quick summary of his RISC OS background, before taking a look at the software that he has written or supports. Over the course of the evening he looked at Task Usage, ArmSort, Reporter, StopClose0, ListCache, Pluto and Organizer.

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

June 2021

Chris Hall talked about the development work currently underway on the Impression familty of DTP applications, before moving on to look at some of his own software. He demonstrated his disc cataloguing utility Cat, showing how to use it to find files and report on changes between different dates. Finally, he looked at FamTree which will convert genealogy data into graphical family tree diagrams.

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