Learning WordPress, MailChimp and How to Blog


As a retired teacher I’m well aware of the need to keep my brain ticking over, so forced to abandon my familiar webdesign program, Dreamweaver, I’m updating my skills using WordPress which comes free with my Internet provider URL.


I’m also teaching a local lady how to use Excel and MailChimp. I know Excel like the back of my hand … but MailChimp?


So my first blog is about: (a) learning to blog, and (b) learning two new programs.  And once I’ve done the blog, it will be a mystery to find out where it appears on my website. Then more learning to either move it or delete it.


I’ve had a Twitter account for years but don’t use it. As a couple of my friends follow me, I figure while I’m at it, I’ll start tweeting. That way at least they’ll have something to read.

WordPress – Starting

WordPress … well, just trying to get to grips with linking it to my provider and importing my old website failed miserably. I’ve now started my website from scratch.

That’s ok, though. About time I updated it as it had been bogged down with years of outdated information.


If anyone wonders why I’ve got a form about Subscribing to a fictitious Mailing List on my Contact Page – well, I’ve got to practice using it somewhere. So if you do Subscribe, I promise to send something to you out of politeness.

See my ICT TRAINING IN YOUR OWN HOME if you are interested in learning some new skills from me.

Sheila Chinn Family History

I was born in Shirrell Heath, lived in Waltham Chase most of my adult life, and now live in Shedfield near to where I went to school, christened my children and buried some of those closest to me.

My family came to the Parish of Shedfield in the early 1900’s when my Great Uncle Charlie moved from Bramshaw in the New Forest to Shirrell Heath. He rented a property when he gained a position as cowman for Watson’s Dairy in Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath. When he was killed in WW1, my Grandmother, Ellen (Nellie) Smith nee Fry, moved into the cottage and shortly thereafter, gave birth to my mother, Miriam Chinn nee Smith. Rumour has it that she was the first child to be born in the cottage.  Following Miriam’s birth, came more children – Arthur, Grace and Margaret Smith. At some point, Nellie must have bought Chase Cottage.

When my mother married William Boothby Chinn, they lived in a caravan at Pricketts Hill in Shedfield until the house at the bottom of Nelly Smith’s drive was auctioned, and Miriam and William bought it for £800. Later on they named it WilMir. They made this their home for the rest of their married life and set up their own market gardening business in the surrounding fields. This is where I was born and grew up, as were my siblings, Rosemary, Arthur and Barbara.

My children, Lee and Kelly Henry, were also brought up in Shirrell Heath and Waltham Chase. Lee is now in America with wife Carina and my grandchildren, Patrick and Jack, and Kelly lives in Waltham Chase with my other two grandchildren, Georgia and Sam.

The purpose of this website is to remember our ancestors and the environment where we grew up so that my grandchildren know where their family came from.

Hobbies with Malc … mainly cars! An AC Cobra …


Family History Website