Brenstock 2017

Brenstock, Brentor’s very own music festival, returns again this year.  It will be held on Saturday 15th July at the Village Hall, and will be bigger and better than the first festival held last year.
The festival relies on volunteers for its organisation and for help on the day for such things as stewarding, catering and decorations for the marquees.  If you would like to help this year please contact Dom Carnell on 810425.
See more information about Brenstock by clicking here.
Go to the official Brenstock website at www.brenstock.org.uk by clicking here

Kit Holmes with Al Greenwood at the Village Hall

The next Villages in Action event in Brentor is a concert with Kit Holmes and Al Greenwood on Sunday 12 March at 8.00pm
Bring your own drinks and nibbles
Tickets £8 from Dom Carnell – Tel 810425
Enjoy an uplifting evening of gorgeous guitar, poignant lyrics and feisty fiddle playing.
Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have wowed audiences across the UK. Described as ‘Macy Gray meets Nick Drake’ by The Observer, Kit’s third album, Driving into the Blue, was met with high critical acclaim.
Expect an enthralling and energetic live performance of blues-driven roots with a soul sensibility.
To see a video of Kit Holmes click here
To find out more about Kit Holmes click here

Ongoing community issues

A new section has been added to this website – ‘Ongoing Community Issues’

This sets out to provide a source of information about issues which are of ongoing concern to our village.  Often these issues first appear on this home page, but require additional space to do them justice.
Click here for information about Broadband provision for Brentor
Click here for information about Affordable Housing provision in Brentor
Click here for information about the possible new railway line through Brentor

Broadband update – Openreach suggests we part fund their network and misleads some Brentor Residents

LATEST NEWS

Since mid-January several properties in the Burn Lane area have been connected to the Airband system, receiving signals from the Henscott Farm transmitter – and they are experiencing good broadband speeds. Sadly other properties at The Court and in Burn Lane cannot see this transmitter due to the height of the moor and there are no plans to provide an alternative service to them – the proposed Christchurch tower transmitter is also out of sight.  Another email message from Openreach to the editor dated 16th January 2017 suggests that Brentor residents should consider part funding the cost of a fibre link to Mary Tavy themselves – although using the £20 per metre cost that Openreach quote this would cost £40,000 – £50,000 in total.

There are plans to provide Fibre to the Customers at a distance from the Exchange (in Mary Tavy) however they are in early stages of Planning. I would request you to keep an eye on our website: http://www.homeandwork.openreach.co.uk/when-can-i-get-fibre.aspx,  for latest updates.

I understand that you are looking for the options to get Fibre, I can suggest you to get together with neighbours or a local community group and raising the money to help build the network yourself. We offer a community fibre partnership scheme where we work with local communities to jointly fund fibre cabinets. We can’t always guarantee this will be feasible, but we’d be willing to look at it if you are interested. To find out more, visit our website https://www.homeandwork.openreach.co.uk/fibre-broadband/community-fibre-partnerships.aspx.

It should be noted that some other very small local hamlets such as Hornden and Cudlipptown are currently being connected by Openreach to the superfast fibre network at no cost to their residents, despite being in the designated Airband area!  Unlike Brentor, their fibre cables are being routed on existing on telegraph poles, rather than underground.  Of course the Government’s policy is that it is supporting investment to provide superfast broadband coverage to 90% of the UK by early 2016 and 95% by December 2017 – so it looks as if much Brentor will fall into the unlucky 5%.

You can still check your broadband speed by clicking here. (Just click the button marked ‘Start Speed Test’ below the two dials).

For more information about how this issue has evolved click here

Colin Dawes, Editor

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Brentor Commons Update – January 2017

I leant upon a coppice gate
When frost was spectre-gray,
And winter’s dregs made desolate
The weakening eye of day.
These words of Thomas Hardy encapsulate the atmosphere of the common on one of our walks this month. In Hardy’s poem the gloom is broken by the song of a ‘darkling thrush’, giving hope for the future. We did not hear a thrush sing but the robin was in full and strident voice and the hedge sparrow’s quieter sound raised our spirits in the chilly, damp air.
Most days, birds were few and far between, but one late evening walk revealed large numbers of redwing, seeming to be charging around in the blackthorn along the back path. I suspect this is pre-settling down behaviour in a communal roosting area. It so reminded me of the times I spent as a youth ringing redwings at such a roost in Warwickshire.
The bare trees allow the ‘witch’s broomsticks’ in the birch trees to be much more apparent in all parts of the common. One tree had seventeen. These growths are the reaction by the tree to a fungal infection in the same way that oak apples are to wasp eggs. Another eye catching phenomenon to the right of the track down to Bawcombe Farm is the line of vertical willow shoots that have formed along the line of a fallen trunk. It is hard to imagine that they were not planted there for some purpose.

Barry Albrighton
Click here to see earlier monthly Commons updates by Barry Albrighton