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For 2023 - we are now fully retired from IT training.
We have made many, many friends over 25 years of teaching about Python, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, Java, C and C++ - and MySQL, Linux and Solaris/SunOS too. Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own risk.

Lisa and I (Graham) now live in what was our training centre in Melksham - happy to meet with former delegates here - but do check ahead before coming round. We are far from inactive - rather, enjoying the times that we are retired but still healthy enough in mind and body to be active!

I am also active in many other area and still look after a lot of web sites - you can find an index ((here))

Training Centre and HQ
48, Spa Road, Melksham, Wiltshire, UK, SN12 7NY

Telephone and Email
01225 708225 (Main number for Well House)

info@wellho.net (General email address)
Private Courses at our Centre
These courses are held at our training centre in Melksham, Wiltshire , England. We can also arrange courses at your offices in United States which would probably be much more convenient and lower cost for you.

Update - with our continuing growth, most private training has been moved to where we have 2 newly refitted training rooms available. That's in addition to all the facilities previously offered. The new venue is less than 1km up the road from the previous location.

The training centre is set in an Edwardian building in 3/4 of an acre of ground in a quiet area close to the town centre of Melksham. It has recently been totally refitted.

Our main training room is fitted with a screen projector, whiteboards, and plenty of desk space for each student -- you have room for your books AND your equipment!

There's tea and coffee, and cold drinks, always "on tap" in the lounge. You'll also find an impressive collection of books in the library, shelved from floor to ceiling, including a strong technical section which includes the latest books on the subjects we teach.

Lunch may be taken in the dining room, or outside in the garden if the weather's nice. Occasionally we visit a local eating establishment instead. The tutor joins you for lunch, and conversation may carry on being "technical" if you wish, or may become more social.

You can find our course administrator in our own offices, just a short way from the training room. If you need to send a fax, make a phone call, or get a copy of something, Lisa will be happy to assist you.

We have interior pictures and equipment pictures available if you want to see more.

Although we limit the class size on public courses (where each delegate may have a differnt background and come from a different company) to 8 delegates, we CAN accept more on your private course. There's desk space, seating and computers for up to 15 delegates at Well House Manor - please talk your requirement through with us and we can advise you of the optimum split if you have a large group.

This course is taught in English.

For private courses, you can choose your own hours. We would normally start at 09:00 days and run formally until 17:00

Access is available around the clock to trainees who are staying, and from 07:30 to early evening for day delegates. This allows you to check your email, work on practicals, etc. A staff member -- usually the tutor -- will be available during the shoulder hours.

Course content on private courses is tailored to meet the needs of the student(s) being trained. We'll discuss your exact requirement with you, starting when you make your initial enquiry, and provide a course and training notes covering modules which are relevant to you.

All trainees are provided with a full set of course notes which cover the topics on their course. These notes are written with future use in mind and include everything you'd expect in a book, such as full explanations, complete program examples and full lists of contents and indexes. Where relevant, we provide quick reference mouse mats as well.

Every trainee has exclusive use of one of our laptop computers for the duration of the course. The laptop is connected to our in house network, upon which it has full access to large amounts of reference material, and (as appropriate) other facilities.

Most laptop computers can run (trainee's choice) either Linux or MicroSoft Windows as its operating system, and has a full set of tools installed under both. We also have Mac OS X machines available. For programming courses, a selection of editors is available. It's probable that there will be a familiar editor to hand, but if not, we do have an easy "point and click" editor.

Unix (Solaris) and Apple Macintosh systems are also available on our network and will be used for demonstration and portability testing where appropriate.

We normally train using the latest stable version of the subject software. Where there are significant changes from a still-common previous version, we'll have that previous version available on our network, and we're likely to have upcoming alpha and beta releases to hand as well.

Each laptop has full high speed (50 Megabit) internet access, and we have wireless networking, Category 5 and telephone ports available if you would like to connect in your own computer.

Messages for trainees can be left with our administrator (Lisa) on 01144 1225 708225, and will usually be passed to the trainee during the next break. Please ask Lisa to interrupt the class only if it's an emergency.

Please advise us at least three days before the course is due to start if you have any special dietary requirements.

We have flat access to both of the training rooms at Well House Manor, and we have refitted the ground floor bathroom to be as spacious as practical. If one of your trainees requires wheelchair or special access, please let us know and we'll advise on how suitable the accommodation is. We haven't failed to provide yet!


We're situated about 10 miles off the M4 motorway, between Swindon and Bristol. A detailed map is sent with your booking confirmation. There's plenty of free parking.

If you arrive in Melksham by train course, let us know ahead of time and we can offer you a complimentary lift from the station. And at the end of the course we'll ensure that you're happily on your way. The bus to Bath (route x72) stops right outside our training centre, and we can arrange for a taxi to collect you from Bristol (or other) airports, for which you pay the driver direct.


These courses are run by Well House Consultants Ltd. We write and maintain our own course material. The course is held at our own training centre, and presented by one of the co-authors.

Address48, Spa Road, Melksham Wiltshire, England, SN12 7NY
Phone 01144 1225 708225
Fax 01144 1225 793803
Web www.wellho.net
Email enquiries@wellho.net
ContactsTechnical Graham Ellis [graham@wellho.net]
Administration Lisa Ellis [lisa@wellho.net]

Please telephone or email to check availability. We'll hold a provisional place for you for up to three working days. Bookings must be confirmed by email, fax, or post and include:
• Invoice address and phone number
• Order number or reference
• Name of students (the number of students can be altered up to three working days before the course is due to begin, and student names can be altered at any time)

Upon receiving your confirmation, we'll post (email or fax for last minute bookings) joining instructions to your booking administrator - one set per student. These include a map to guide you to our training centre, public transport information, etc. Also included for the administrator is a summary of the course(s) booked, and price confirmation.


Courses are priced as follows:

Students 1
(see note 1)
(see note 1)
(see note 1)
first day
Students 5 6 7 8
(see note 2)
first day

For courses longer than 1 day, the price for the second and subsequent day is reduced by $150.00 or £100.00 per day.

The price quoted is valid for all courses confirmed by 31st December 2021.

Note 1 If you have less than four trainees requiring training, it's cheaper for you to send them on the equivalent public course. We reserve the right to charge for a minimum of four trainees for private course where the training required is substantially the same as one of our public course offerings.
Note 2 Our training centre is spaciously laid out for up to twelve trainees, but we do not exceed eight number on a public course. If we're running a private course for you, we can accept up to twelve (and even up to 16 if you accept that they will have slightly less desk space than we consider to be ideal). Overnight accommodation at Well House Manor is limited to 5 bedrooms - 3 double and 2 twin.

Price Includes: The fees for the training course include a course manual, Pad and pen, quick reference mouse mats, refreshments through the day, including lunch, and high speed internet access if you need to check your email.

Price Excludes: Course fees listed do not include accommodation. We are no longer VAT registered.

Discounts: You'll find that our prices are competitive without discounts. We don't inflate our list prices to allow us to offer substantial discounts.


You may cancel your private course booking more than two weeks before the course is due to start at a charge of 10% of the course fee. If we receive a cancellation less than 14 days before the course is due to start, we make a charge of 25% of the course fee. If you don't contact us prior to the day the course is due to start, we'll charge you 50% of the course fees.

If unforeseen circumstances arise that mean you need to postpone or cancel, please do let us know as soon as you can. Although a postponement is technically a cancellation and a rebooking, we'll do our best to accommodate your change. We value your company's business, and we may waive cancellation fees if the original booking was made in good faith.

You may vary the number of trainees that you wish to attend a private course up to three working days before the course is due to start, and substitute delegates at any time prior to the start of a course, without penalty. (Do note that adding or removing delegates will affect the price, though).

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