Our Next Meeting Wednesday 20th December 2017
Gadgets and Party Evening

This is the one you have been waiting for so that you can tell us all about the gadgets that you have been collecting all year! Anything can be counted as a gadget from a useful kitchen appliance to a piece of software as long as you can bring it along (if possible) and tell us about it. At the same time we indulge in some festive fare if you would like to bring something we can all share. It makes for a relaxed and pleasant evening.

Our Last Meeting: Wednesday 15th November 2017
Slide/Video Evening - ALL

We had quite a good selection of shots and videos this evening and in fact ran out of time we were so engrossed.

John started the evening by first explaining that he was now unable to fly without oxygen so holidays abroad are a bit more difficult and therefore he chose a great railway journey in the British Isles instead. He visited Yorkshire and Northumbria visiting York and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and also to Whitby and Alnwick Castle and staying in Harrogate. Not uneventful as they were awoken at 6a.m. on their second morning by the fire alarm and everyone had to vacate their rooms (from the sixth floor of a 300 room hotel), but fortunately it turned out to be a toasting machine fire in the kitchen that the staff had already put out, but they could not stop the alarm or stop the fire brigade arriving.

They liked the wonderful computer controlled fountains at the R.H.S gardens at Harrogate Park.

Also York Minster roof. Lovely scenery. very impressed with S.S. Olympia Dining room of their hotel in Alnwick re-constructed from the sister ship to Titanic. He also visited Lindisfarne Island and Bamburgh Castle which he did not like because it had been rebuilt and did not show the original features consistent with its true age. They finally returned to York to fascination of the National Railway Museum. The Jorvik Viking museum was also well worth a visit.

On another trip, being a keen gardener, he visited Hampton Court Flower Show to see his favourite Streptocarpus in particular.

Pursuing his interest in Railways and Engineering he also showed pictures of the North Norfolk Railway, the SS Great Britain in Bristol and an exhibition by the Taunton Model Railway Group of an exact replica of a station he knew well. There were also shots from Winchester, Cheddar Gorge - Goff's Cave and R.H.S Wisley Gardens in Surrey.

Gareth and Sophie had an extensive trip around the Outer Hebrides in May also including Loch Lomond and the Highlands. They visited Duart castle , Tobermoray and the island of Staffa which is the northern end of the rock formation of the Giant's Causeway. Also visited on their island hopping were Barra (famous for the location for film "Whisky Galore") where the planes land on the beach, Eriskay, North Uist, Harris, Lewis and Skye with fantastic beaches and intriguing standing stones.

Duncan had a new Sony camera which he was getting to grips with. He showed us some of the capabilities of it. Taking JPEGs and seeing how well the image stabilization worked. He had been to Ripon to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Gardens to get some architectural shots.

Peter had trips to the Algarve in Portugal in April staying at Albufeira with its escalator to reach the beach. Touring along the coast to the most south easterly corner of Portugal with its lighthouse with plenty of views of coastal rock formations. There were also shots of the storks and their inventive nesting places! Also with one or two musical interludes from street musicians.

He was recently on a week's Main/Rhine/Mosel River Cruise in Germany travelling from Frankfurt to Andermatt just north of Koblenz. Flights were on Lufthansa from Heathrow to Frankfurt. He was very impressed with the amazing use of huge barges 300m on the Rhine and the extensive goods trains on the river banks. Several locks had to be negotiated just a little wider than the boats. quite impressive for a 300m boat. He was also surprised to see what looked like a yellow Triumph Herald car sailing on the river!

Quite an interesting set of photos and video clips from everyone and another good meeting.

Our Social Evening

Our Social Evening on January 17th 2018 will be at 7:30 at the

Compasses Inn,

Ipswich Road,




Tel: 01473 328332

The menus can be found on line at:-


There is a good range of dishes which should suit all tastes and those on line are I am assured very similar if not identical to those which will be available on the day. I have not been advised to pre-order or make a reservation payment. I would just like to be able to tell them our exact numbers by January 15th 2018 please.

Please advise me if you would like to come.


Internet Relay Chat

It was agreed we could cease publicising the IRC channel info on the website as no-one had used it for several years.

ICENI Future programme

ICENI Future programme 2017/2018
December 20th Gadgets and Party Evening All
January 17th Winter Social Evening - The Compasses Inn, Holbrook (Provisional) All
February 21st Arduino/Raspberry Pi / BBC :Microbits All
March 21st Backup systems - Cloud/ CCTV, Acronis All
April 18th AGM - Virtual Reality and secure password storage All
May 16th Computer surgery evening All

Meetings are now on the Third Wednesday of the month unless otherwise stated.

Our meetings are held at the Bourne Vale Social Club, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE , for a map and other details please see the website.


Membership fee currently £10, visitors free.

Special Notice - Insurance

"ICENI does not have any Insurance cover for computers or other equipment so please be advised that you bring machines to the club at your own risk."

However many household insurance policies will include cover away from home often with no increase in premium. (Ed.)

Our Website and Email

Our website URL is


Email to: iceni@woolridge.org.uk

I am open to suggestions on what people would like to have included in the website. If anyone would like a copy of the CD of our old newsletters this could be arranged.