Welcome to my website.
Hello, my name is Nigel. This website is the place to find out
all about me and the things I am interested in. Just click on
the buttons at the top of each page to explore the site.
Playing with the grandchildren
|I am retired and I live in the
village of Ludham which is the East of England in an
area called The Norfolk Broads.
I grew up in Chesterfield in Derbyshire. That's the town which has a church with a crooked spire. I went to the local grammar school which was called Chesterfield School in those days. Scouting was a big interest of mine in those days (it still is) and I was also keen on electronics which was eventually to become my career.
My first job was at a coal mine called Silverhill Colliery. Silverhill was in the village of Teversal near Sutton in Ashfield in Nottinghamshire. My job was to repair the safety equipment. I started work there when I was 17 and it was a great introduction to the world of work.
When I was 18, I went to Liverpool University where I studied Electronic Engineering. Liverpool is a great place to be a student and I had a lot of fun there as well as gaining my degree.
After leaving Liverpool, I moved to Bromley in South East London and I started work as an electronics engineer with Post Office Telecommunications (now known as BT). I was with this company for 28 years.
In 1975, I married Christina. We were married in Sheffield but we bought a house on Ridgeway Drive, Bromley. We have two sons and two grandchildren.
In 2001, Christina and I retired. We moved out of London and came to live in Ludham village in Norfolk.
This is just a short history. There is a lot more under the "Interesting Stuff" button above.
I have lots of hobbies and interests which keep me very busy in my
I have been Scouting for over 50 years since I joined the Cubs in Chesterfield at the age of 8. In London, I was with the 3rd Bromley Scout Group for 27 years in various different jobs. Since retiring I have been a Beaver Leader with the 1st Hoveton and Wroxham Sea Scouts. In 2012, I was awarded the Silver Acorn for services to Scouting.
I have always been interested in electronics and messing about with radios. In 1971, I took the exams and got my first Amateur (Ham) Radio license. I can still be found on the radio waves from time to time although the Internet has rather taken over from radio for long distance communications these days.
Christina and I bought a holiday home on the Norfolk Broads in 1990 and we have spent many happy holidays messing about in boats. We still have a boat on the Norfolk Broads. It is a Norman 23 called "Woodwose" after the Ludham Woodwose in St Catherine's Church.
Making models from Meccano is a favourite winter activity. There is nothing you can't make from Meccano.
Here in Ludham, I am a member of the local History Group, The Ludham Archive. I look after the computers and collect all the archive material. In the 16 years since we started, we have collected over 100,000 items needing almost 110Gbytes of storage. I also teach computers at the Ludham Computer Club. My silver surfers can be found on the internet and they have made fantastic progress.
A few years ago, Christina and I started in the hobby of geocaching. We have always enjoyed walking holidays and geocaching provides a new dimension to this activity as well as taking us to many places we would not have otherwise visited.
After I retired, I did a bit of consultancy work for a Dutch company called KVSA (Royal United Ship Agencies). Just a bit of fun, not serious work. I don't have time for that. Now I am fully retired.
You can find out more about all of these things by clicking on the buttons at the top of each page. The Ludham button gives information about the village and the things we get up to here and the Interesting Stuff button covers the rest. There are lots of pictures to be found via the Photo section of the site and the News button shows what we have been up to.
History of this site
I first created this site in the mid 1990s when I was a trial customer on BT's (then) new internet service. In those days, BT gave its customers some free web space and I put up this site as an experiment. The site remained on the trial server and I continued to update it with my latest news. In 2012, BT decided to discontinue the free web space and this was an opportunity to create a new look website. I hope you like it.
The easiest way to contact me is by e-mail. My address is
below. Sorry you can't click on it but this stops people from
getting my address to send me spam.
You will also find me on Facebook and LinkedIn. I am on Twitter but I don't use it much. Maybe I will get into it one day.