We have been pleased that several hamlets have organised boon days when as many people as possible work together to lay duct across each others’ gardens and in shared areas. This is in the true spirit of B4RN community projects. It is not the role of the small team of five regular volunteers to dig across gardens once the network ducts have reached garden walls but we are very happy to help with and guide groups of neighbours and residents of isolated houses. The total number of live services and connections-only is now 276 so there are over 200 houses and businesses still to be connected. If you are one of these, please do lay duct up to your property walls or get together with neighbours to help each other. Then let Martyn know so that we can start making arrangements to get you connected. Now that much fibre has been blown in New Hutton, over 20 properties will go live within the next month once the fibres have been joined.
BBC TV spent half a day filming and interviewing volunteers at work at Little Brunthwaite to record material for a programme about choice in broadband providers for the series “Rip-off Britain” hosted by Angela Rippon, Gloria Honeyford and Julia Somerville. We were assured that we are the “good” guys in the story! It is likely to be broadcast during May but we will send an email to tell you exactly when it is to be once it has been scheduled. The TV team also filmed at Bendrigg Lodge to get a consumer’s perspective.