Chippenham Hackspace

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Activities

The Hackspace (currently a lower priority) is a social/networking club with a Tech workshop.
The Hackspace will initially be offering free PAT testing and electrical repair, as well as teaching basic computing. This is a free service to non-members. You can make a donation if you prefer.

Members can work on their own projects with tools and expertise they could never afford individually, and on group projects for community benefit - thanks to Swindon Makerspace for clarifying that is the main purpose of a Hackspace.

We currently meet jointly with the Men's Shed every Tuesday, at -.

There are now some downloadable CHS backdrops, intended for use on desktop computers.

Who & Where

Physically, we're currently "homeless" as far as storage space goes, we're still holding weekly meetings though, in Chippenham Men's Shed. Structurally, we've worked out we should be a not-for-profit, as this offers the most flexibility. To all basic intents and purposes, we're an educational charity.

Our previous address at The Weighbridge is currently unavailable due to failing its latest H&S inspection, and quite a long list of other issues. It is mothballed until at least February . More news will be posted on the @chiphack Twitter channel, when anything changes.

The equipment we've collected so far, and what we've had to move, is still in off-site storage.

If anyone does have some studio/office accommodation in the Chippenham area, preferably close to the rail station, that they'd like to let to a charitable organisation like ours, please get in touch. (Currently we're in negotiations with several potential new landlords.)

For further location info, please see chipshed.org

Committee

We are run by a committee consisting of:

Treasurer
Geoff Endacott*
Secretary, Keeper of the Biscuits
Robin Hodson*
Chair, Maker of the Tea
Richard James (resigned)

Because the committee is currently limited to four people, there are responsibilities assigned outside it:

Hackspace Lead
Steve Hulbert (technically still part of the shedspace)
Premises caretakers
Robin Hodson
Austen Espeut

*These people are also Trustees.

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