Broadband update: Community Fibre Partnerships

Over the last few weeks John Dudley and I have been exploring this relatively new Openreach scheme which applies only to those who live and work in “remote” areas who cannot access the internet by fibre optical cable and who are not on an existing fast broadband rollout. We now appear to be in that category.

Put simply, the idea is that internet users in such areas should raise part of the initial costs of laying a fibre cable to the nearest telephone cabinet themselves. In our case this would mean a share of the costs of laying a cable from the nearest fibre-enabled cabinet at the Woodhall Spa end of Kirkby Lane to our local cabinet opposite the Ebrington Arms, plus the necessary electronic equipment to handle the data.

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From the Woodhall Spa Notice Boards – year end 2017

Before you get stuck into the turkey and plum pudding, here’s our last selection of events for this year:

 

 

 

November 18: Christmas Fayre at the community centre in Alexandra Road, 10.30am to 3pm

 

 

November 21

Music for Woodhall’s guest performer will be international organist Chris Stanbury. Chris will be on stage at St Peter’s Church Hall, Woodhall Spa, 7.30pm. Contact Philip Groves 01526 353225. Website Continue reading

Kirkby Lane closed again

 

Yes, it’s about those pesky mustard gas cylinders again. Kirkby Lane will be closed from from November 20 to 1.30pm November 25, due to the decontamination work in progress. To judge by the positions of the road signs the closure seems to be between the old chicken farm (opposite “Woodlands”,) and the junction with Woodland Drive.

There is also a sign at the Woodhall Spa T junction (B1191) but did nobody (e.g. Lincolnshire County Council Highways Department,) have the wit or courtesy to place a sign at our end of the lane or at the junction with Wellsyke Lane?

 

NB: According to East Lindsey District Council, who are coordinating the project, the time and date of the end of the closure has been changed to 1pm on November 25.

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Enjoy the Lincolnshire Wolds on video

Earlier this month I noticed three rather nice videos on Youtube promoting the Lincolnshire Wolds which have now been compiled into one feature. Why not sit back, take your mind off mustard gas down in the woods and see how many places or people you recognise!

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Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are not usually publicly accessible or would normally charge a fee. It also includes tours, events and activities that focus on and celebrate the local heritage of the area. Since 1994 Heritage Lincolnshire has coordinated Heritage Open Days within the historic county. This year’s festival will be one of the biggest yet, with over 140 free events. The theme is Freedom, Justice & Equality to mark the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest, a copy of which is held alongside Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle.

The festival brochure was launched at the Lincolnshire Show on 21st June. It is also available from libraries, tourist information centres and heritage sites across the county and from our offices in Heckington. You can also download a printable copy here.

Local Highlights:

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Vera gets a makeover

Don’t worry, it’s only temporary! Petwood Hotel Director Emma Brealey recently spent some time in Hamilton, Ontario, and sent back a souvenir video (via Facebook,) showing “our” Lancaster being transformed with the temporary markings of the Ruhr Express, KB700, Canada’s first built Lancaster. All was revealed at a special event at the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum. “It’s so wonderful to see our Canadian friends on screen again – and doesn’t Vera film well?!”

[If you can’t hear any sound, uncheck the default speaker mute setting on the Facebook player control bar at the bottom right of the screen]

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