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Ken McNaught

"Hi", I'm Ken and this is a photograph of me on holiday in June 2006. With my lovely wife, Diane, we live in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. I worked as an I.T. Specialist on mainframe computers starting at Asda stores (15 years) then IBM (7 years). By 2010 I was ready for a change and moved into the world of contracting, as an I.T. Specialist. During a five month period between contracts, I did some professional web design work for a local company. But I soon returned to mainframe contracting work and have been working for a great agency, RSM Partners, since 2012 working at various companies around the UK, mostly in mainframe security positions.

My interests include web site building for family, friends, clubs and small businesses plus stunt kite flying, a bit of photography, listening to music and playing a game or two of badminton or table-tennis when I get a chance. I used to be a percussionist for a great brass band called Knottingley Concert Brass, for who I continue to maintain their web site despite having to leave the band in 2012 due to contracting commitments taking me away from the area.

In January I took the Archery Beginners' Course with Bowmen of Leeds archery club and have enjoyed shooting archery since. Despite shooting for several years, there is always room for improvement(!) although I am now one of the clubs better archers and have a PB of 560 (March 2017) for a Portsmouth indoor round (Max 600) which I understand classes me as a good standard "Club archer". The Olympics are still a long way off. I am also very involved with the running of the club at all levels such as helping to organise and coach at our annual Beginner's Courses and help organise and run Have-a-Go and various other events. I was their club chairman for a few years and continue to maintain their website. I joined with an archery friend as she set up her own coaching business in 2015 called Targeting Archery. This grew in popularity and gained many regular archers coming to shoot on a social basis. After a couple of years many of the regulars wanted a more formal place to shoot and so we set up a new Archery Club within the business called Targeting Archery Club which continues to be successful to this day. Ken created and maintains websites for both the business and the club. This continues to be successful and is reaching the membership capacity forced upon us by the limited size of the hall we use for our indoor archery. Does anyone have or knows of an empty warehouse style building in the East of Leeds area going for a good price, please let us know! 😂

Along with my mother, we had been researching an ancestor of ours who attempted to walk around the world without being identified, as part of a bet. Harry Bensley was his name, and his interesting story can be followed starting from the links on this site. Unfortunately the failing health of my mother means our own research has all but stopped, but we still get information from the general public who visit the website.

Diane McNaught

I'm Diane and this is also a photograph of me on holiday in June 2006. I had worked for a large international bank for 38 years, ending up as a project manager and respected subject matter expert, before I retired in 2014. For recreation I like to do things like cooking, reading, listening to music and spending time with Ken. I'm the youngest of five sisters and I have been married to Ken since December 2005.

In 2006 I purchased the automated Pelham Puppet Unit that is described in in the Pelham Puppet Display Unit section of this website.