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May 2015

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VILLAGE DIARY
It was a delight to see the church so full on Easter Sunday; such a wide spread of ages and almost standing room only.  The children paraded their bonnets and, after the service, enjoyed their East Egg Hunt in the Bishop’s garden.
It was lovely, too, to see the return of flowers after Lent as we celebrated the   Resurrection.
The bright, sunny days have raised our spirits and encouraged the gardeners among us to greater efforts.  John Lea comments on the number of blind daffodils and wonders what seasonal variation has been the cause.
Bird activity has quickened.  I found the shell of a blackbird’s egg on the lawn and looked out for parent birds searching for food for the hatchlings.  John tells me that the brood may already be fledged.  Sheila Gee reports that the number of birds in her garden has been varied.  She has seen two red-footed partridges, an albino pheasant, long tailed tits and a charm of goldfinches.

Soon the trees in the wood will be unfurling their leaves.  The willows and the acers are already showing green.  April may be ‘the cruellest month’ but its    beauties can lift the heart.
I was not able to attend the Village Meeting on Wednesday 15th April but Mrs Smetham has sent a report on the broadband situation.  It seems that we are no further in our quest for better speeds for the 01625 subscribers and still waiting for yet another phase before public money might be available to provide a green box nearer to the village.
Barbara Wilson
  

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ST JAMES’ CHURCH
GAWSWORTH
OPEN WEEK-END
Saturday 23rd May       11 am – 4.30 pm
Sunday 24th May         12 noon to 4.30 pm
Monday 25th May        11 am – 4.30 pm
Teas, bric-a-brac and second hand books
Donations for above required, please.
NO electrical equipment.
Helpers required for teas throughout the day.

TOWER TOURS
Saturday 23rd May       11 am – 1 pm
                                      & 3 – 5 pm
Monday 25th May        11 am – 5 pm
Contact 01625 267342

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Village Meeting 15th April 2015 – Report on broadband  from Andrew Arditti and  Mr Rutterford

Work is on going to try to fill in the gaps.
The Rising Sun green cabinet went live a couple of years ago;  it is 1.5 miles away and that is why speeds are poor because it is too far away from the village.

The phase 1 project of 2 years ago in 2013 looked to provide for 96% of premises. The key rule for that phase was that it cannot invest in areas that are served already.

However, it has been beneficial for other areas. Sutton was live and the edges of Gawsworth may benefit. There will be three cabinets for Eaton by the end of June. North Rode is about to have cabinets erected soon around the end June. We will be informed when live.

A grant from DEFRA was obtained for Eaton. 10,500 premises in East Cheshire will benefit from the £6m between 2015 and 2017 following on from 1st phase. A survey and planning phase is to be completed. Information should be available in the summer.
The contract for the second phase was signed at end of last year. Investigation needs to be made into whether it is technically possible to put a cabinet at the crossroads in Gawsworth. There is still a limited budget and that has to stretch. DEFRA money had to get reallocated as goal posts moved and some had to be     re-fenced to other areas, eg North Rode.

The query was raised as to whether the DEFRA money was not shared equally between those who did the work. Those who did the work may have spent their effort in other ways if they had known that it wouldn't benefit our area. Andrew Arditti explained that the rules had changed
There may be a third phase after phase 2. Half the funding is available from the EU for the current project and those working on the project will rigorously seek other funding.
BT intend to serve as many as possible as they can get more revenue from    achieving highest numbers possible served by broadband.

When pushed on cost Mr Rutterford said that it could be between £20 - £50,000 for a cabinet somewhere in the village. Work needs to be done on where coverage is needed.

Philip Hampson, who will be a new parish councillor, explained that there is a wireless system that residents can access if their property is within sight of Mow Cop. He is willing to share details.
The leaflet that was delivered to some addresses noted that "fibre will be at your address by the end of April".  Mr Rutterford explained that there is a small increase in speed that is likely to benefit those living nearest to the broadband box at the Rising Sun. The leaflet is from the marketing people and the upgrade is likely to be a little later than April. Those closer might see 10mgb but not those further away.

Work has to be done on where the cable can be laid and where the cabinet should go. This has to take into account how to access full mains power. It is preferable for this to be on publicly accessible land rather than private land. When that work is done, it will then be possible to assess likely speeds that can be provided.
To go it alone, the project would need a village company set-up so that a contract can be arranged and the work would need scoping out. The work needs scoping however it is done.
BT priority is to complete current contract for phase 1;  this has to be done by the end of June. Summer, July /August is the expected completion. The second contract was signed at the end of last year. So both contracts are running together which is pressure for BT.

A question was asked about the minimum level that could be expected in phase 2.  Mr Rutterford answered that 24mgb plus might be possible but it still depends on how far properties will be from any new cabinet.
Lesley Smetham
East Cheshire Council Member
& East Cheshire Representative on the Gawsworth Parish Council

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ST JAMES’ CHURCH
GAWSWORTH
OPEN WEEK-END

Saturday 23rd May       11 am – 4.30 pm
Sunday 24th May         12 noon to 4.30 pm
Monday 25th May        11 am – 4.30 pm
Teas, bric-a-brac and second hand books
Donations for above required, please.
NO electrical equipment.
Helpers required for teas throughout the day.

TOWER TOURS
Saturday 23rd May       11 am – 1 pm
                                      & 3 – 5 pm
Monday 25th May        11 am – 5 pm
Contact 01625 267342

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