Enjoying a Fastershire retirement
Sheila and Bryan are an active retired couple living in leafy Lechlade-on-Thames on the edge of the Cotswolds.
About ten years ago their family bought them their first computer. After attending a free computer course provided by Cirencester Town Council and with just a little coaching from their relatives, the couple were able to get started online. And on the rare occasions they did get a bit stuck, their local library would point them in the direction of a willing computer expert who would help them out.
But then, last year, fibre broadband arrived in their small market town. Straight away Sheila and Bryan upgraded their existing broadband service to faster fibre – and they haven’t looked back since.
First, they were surprised and delighted to find how quick and simple choosing and ordering a fibre-service was to do – even though they are in now their 80s.
Now, their speedy and reliable fibre broadband connection makes it even easier for them to keep in regular contact with their family. Booking holidays and searching for information on the internet is a piece of cake.
Bryan said: “The upgrade to fibre was easy. We made a couple of calls to our service provider and then just plugged in the new kit when it arrived. Since then we’ve enjoyed a much faster service.”
Sheila added: “We’ve always loved searching for things online but now it’s even more enjoyable because we don’t have to wait ages for pages to download anymore and we don’t have the buffering like we used to.”
The couple can do all the things they love doing in retirement like finding out about holidays, searching for recipes or seeking out the answers to tricky crossword clues.
Bryan was thrilled recently to be able to follow his grandson who was cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End to raise money for ‘Water Aid.’ Every morning for 8 consecutive days, Charlie would send his Grandad a link to his Garmin and Bryan could follow the 950 mile route in real time, even being able to see on google maps where he stopped for lunch!
Sheila’s now looking forward to Skyping Lucy, her granddaughter who’s at University in Toulouse….she’s just waiting for one of her technologically savvy grandchildren to show her how to set it up.
If anyone would like to donate to the charity bike ride please go to: http://www.cycling-challenge.co.uk/