East Leake Community Internet Group (formerly known as ELCID) East Leake Community Internet Group was set up in 1999, when home ownership of computers was not all that common, even in an affluent area like East Leake. It had twin objectives,
providing public access to Internet and PC services, plus a certain amount of training
creating and maintaining a village website.
Now that practically everyone who wants a personal computer has one and knows how to use it, half our original remit has become redundant, so a radical overhaul was called for, and a new constitution was drawn up.
The Website grew unwieldy and disorganised over time, so when a new Webmaster took over in 2012, he undertook the task of rationalising and re-styling it. At the same time, the old, somewhat obscure name ELCID was abandoned, and it became simply East Leake Village Website.
The basic format remained unchanged, built with the user-friendly content management system created by Loughborough firm ‘Cuttlefish’. The content combined a wide variety of locally sourced material with links to numerous outside agencies of relevance to the community.
Today East Leake Village Website is very active and serves the village in many ways. It has been supported by a small group of volunteers who have made this possible. The website offers a wealth of information about amenities, utilities, events, tradesmen and retailers. So much so that during the first week in September of this year the site received 3,438 hits. Many of the pages are managed effectively by individuals with little IT experience allowing clubs and societies to have a web presence without having to pay for the service. It would be a great shame to lose this asset to our thriving village.
In August of 2016 the website was given notice of closure due to the withdrawal of funding. The website committee successfully requested the Parish Council for funding and early in 2017 it is expected to launch a new and completely overhauled responsive village website.
All village organisations are entitled to have their own page(s) and are in control of how they promote themselves. The only rule is that content must be legal, truthful and decent! There’s room for plenty more, so if your organisation would like to join in, just contact us, let us know who you are and nominate one of your members to be your page editor. The training required is simple and will be arranged as and when it suits you.