Andover Neighbour Care's Silver Surfer Internet Cafe celebrated its second anniversary with a Birthday Party at their premises in 12 Union Street. "Silver Surfers has helped over 800 over fifties in Andover get to grips with the internet, and I am most grateful to Vince Delderfield for the leadership which he has given, and to the volunteers who help novices get on line." The second anniversary coincided with National Silver Surfers Day, and is also the culmination of the National Spring Online Week. Sir George said that more and more services were available on line, and there was the risk of people being disenfranchised if they weren't able to access the internet. He applauded what Silver Surfers had done in a relatively short time, not just for helping people to go on line, but also for the links that silver surfers had with other voluntary organisations and statutory services in the area. "Some of those come to Silver Surfers not just to broaden their knowledge of the internet, but for the friendship and companionship which has been built up over the last two years." Also at the opening was Test Valley Borough Council Leader Ian Carr, and County Councillor Pam Mutton. After cutting the cake, Sir George was interviewed by Charlie Bradford for Andover Breeze.
With thanks to Nick Tynan for photos