Fareham

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Portchester Community School is on White Hart Lane in Portchester. The school is probably best approached via Castle Street and then turning west into White Hart Lane. The school being the third turning to the right. Merton Avenue is almost opposite the turning into the school. The school is not visible from the road so proceed carefully to avoid missing the entrance to the school. The entrance is marked by a signboard. The warning signs for a school also provide a hint.

The majority of the meetings will be held in the Conference Room. Go past the reception desk and turn right, then the door is facing you.

The meetings typically consist of talks and demonstrations of software, hardware and techniques with follow up discussions. The meeting then is opened to the attendees to raise issues and problems, which the group will attempt to solve or suggest further avenues of investigation.

Members are welcome to bring along their own Macs so that they can participate in the demo or illustrate any issues they might have. The meetings are friendly, and informal, as with all our meetings, with the emphasis on sharing knowledge and experience of the Apple range of products be it Mac Pros, MacBooks, iMacs, iPhones and iPads, plus any new products introduced by Apple.

Please feel free to come along, if nothing else to listen and have a chat. We look forward to seeing you there.

Dorchester

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The Colliton Club is in the 16th-17th century house opposite County Hall in the centre of Dorchester. There is normally plenty of space in the adjacent car park. Meetings are held in the Dorset Room on the first floor and members bring the projector, screen, speakers and other equipment needed for presentations.

We are able to make use of the Club's well stocked & reasonably priced bar for drinks & snacks.

Meetings are a mixture of introductions to particular software by members, and tips, & ideas, and often wide ranging discussions. Everyone is most welcome to present whatever interests them and presentations range from the slick to the frankly laid-back! Members can plug in their devices, either to share their enthusiasms or to ask for informal help with problems & queries. WiFi connection to the internet is provided by the Colliton Club.

Members have a wide range of experience from beginners to professionals but all of us are there to share our friendship & support. If you have any kit you would like to sell do bring it with you. There is always a break to visit the bar downstairs. After the meeting discussion sometimes continues in the bar. You are welcome to join us at one of our evenings free of charge to see what meetings are like and have a chat.

Bournemouth

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Our meetings in Bournemouth are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month starting at 7.00pm at Solutions, the Apple Reseller, in Old Christchurch Road very near the centre of the town. This is immediately opposite the pedestrian entrance to the Richmond Gardens car park which provides convenient parking on a "Pay and display" basis. Those who know the area well say that there are also some nearby residential roads, including Dean Park Road, which are parked solid during the day but usually have plenty of free empty spaces in the evening.

We meet in the presentation room in the basement the Solutions shop, where we have full use of a projector, a big screen, a speaker's podium and a usually reliable connection to the internet. And of course we are able to see and 'play' with the latest Apple products in the shop as well as get helpful advice and tips from the Solutions staff who are there to look after us.

There is always at least one presentation on an Apple related topic by one of our members or one the Solutions staff, and members are welcome to chip in with questions. An interval for tea or coffee and biscuits (kindly provided by Solutions) is the occasion for lively chat an exchange of ideas and information — invariably worthwhile because most people come away with ideas for new ways of doing things.

After this interval we have a Q&A session which can cover a whole range of topics from the most basics (rarely thankfully) to the advanced. We finish about 9PM, when some of us retreat to a nearby eatery and continue the chatter.

The atmosphere is always very informal and friendly so do come along. You are very likely to enjoy it whether you are already a Mac, iPad or iPhone user or are thinking of becoming one. You don't have to be an expert to feel at ease - beginners and novices are equally welcome!

Salisbury

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Salisbury meetings are held at the Salisbury Tesco Extras Store, Southampton Road, in the community space. We meet on the last Tuesday of each month starting at 7:30pm and finishing around 9:30pm.

The content of the meeting is fairly fluid but does attempt to follow a format. We always start with an open session where members can ask the assembled crowd about any problems or issues they may have. If the answer is a simple and quick one, it's dealt with there and then, but for more detailed explanations, there is always time after the main body of the meeting for questioner and answer provider to get together, hopefully over a Mac.

The meeting then proceeds with one or sometimes two presentations of software. They range from explanations aimed at the total beginner to "How I mastered my film on white rhinos for the BBC Natural History Unit". In truth, I live in hope of someone offering the latter but we have a broad range of experience and try to cater for all levels of knowledge. So, if you're a seasoned Mac user or are even just toying with the idea of buying your first Mac we'd love to see you at our next meeting.

Beaminster

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The meeting venue is unique as we take over the Cafe at Ann Day on Hogshill Street, Beaminster, from 7.30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, barring August. This meeting has a really good atmosphere helped by the seating layout, which is that of the daytime cafe.

People can easily see the presentations on all matters Mac, iPad and iPhone that we have. After a break for coffee (espresso or cappuccino!) members get together in small and changing groups to chat, question and learn on a face-to-face basis. There is plenty of parking a short distance from the cafe and it is free after 6.00 pm. You will be very welcome when you come to see us!