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Christchurch Airband transmitter adjusted to provide better coverage


Parish Councillor Bob Lemon has written to the Editor:

“In order to ensure more accuracy and less bias on the village website, following comments regarding Airband:
1. The antenna on the church has been adjusted and most properties in village centre are now covered.
2. Take up in Brentor has been higher than most other villages, with over 40 properties now being supplied.
3. There was a minor speed reduction during roll out, but now corrected and 30MB is the norm.
4. The planning application for the feeder dish is proceeding and is looking as though it should go through. This is higher than existing so may enable some cover into valley.
5. The customer service has been excellent to date.

Bob Lemon”

In October 2017, 18 months late, the Airband transmitter on Christchurch tower became active, fed from a temporary mobile relay transmitter in the car park of the Brentor Inn.  Airband have submitted a planning application to Dartmoor National Park to erect a permanent wooden pole with transmitters on the site,  providing a permanent solution to the loss of the Bearwood Farm relay and possibly increasing coverage to some other parts of Brentor.

The Airband transmitter and relay dish on Christchurch tower before it was adjusted to provide better coverage

Initially some properties very near to the church tower could not receive an Airband signal, but now that the transmitter on Christchurch has been adjusted more  villagers in the centre of North Brentor should be able to enjoy superfast broadband. 

Residents in the village centre who do not have a line of sight due to tall trees in the village centre or the position of the transmitter in relation to the four corner finials of the church tower still will not be able to receive Airband.  The many other properties in outlying parts of Brentor which cannot see the Christchurch transmitter, or any of the other Airband transmitters, still cannot receive Airband and there seems little hope of this situation changing in the near future now that the contract period with Connecting Devon and Somerset has expired.  This is rather disappointing after a delay of 18 months and the huge amount of public money spent by Connecting Devon and Somerset on the Airband contract.  

Use of Airband is, of course, subject to taking out a contract with an Internet Service Provider using the Airband system (your choice is very limited, with no large national ISPs on board).

The Parish Clerk has received an apologetic letter from the Managing Director concerning the delay to activating the Airband transmitter on the Christchurch tower.  

Click here to read the full letter from Airband

 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

Mistletoe Fair raises £1500

This year’s Mistletoe Fair raised over £1500 for the Village Hall and Playing Field.  Without such events it would be very difficult for these facilities in Brentor to continue, so thanks must go to everyone who planned and organised the event.
The hall was packed with stalls and visitors and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day. Thanks must also go to the choir from the Mary Tavy and Brentor Community School who sang their programme of seasonal songs so well.  

Brentor Commons Association to benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund

Brentor Commons Association has been chosen to benefit from the next year of the Co-op Local Community Fund.  The funding started on 12 November 2017 and will  run until the 27 October 2018.
How it works
Every time Co-op members shop at the Co-op, 1% of what they spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund.  The Co-op will also give the Brentor Commons Association (shared with two other local causes) a share of the money they raise from sales of carrier bags.  Co-op shoppers who are Co-op members (ie  have a membership card) must first choose the Commons Association as their cause for their 1% to go to them and not the other causes – to do this click here to go to the website.
The more you shop at the Co-op, the more the Commons Association will benefit.
This is very welcome news for the Commons Association – as Government funding for conservation work becomes more difficult to win this grant will fill some of the funding gap that they are experiencing for the maintenance of our local commons.

A Christmas windfall for the Village Hall and Playing Field

Here’s some very good news for Christmas!  Brentor Village Hall and Playing Field has been selected to be one of the three participating beneficiaries of the Waitrose Community Matters scheme for December.
Shoppers receive a token at the checkout and the Village Hall and Playing Field will receive a pro rata award from the £1000 community budget for that month, towards the provision of new swings and a slide.  How much we receive will depend on how many tokens are posted for us.
So Waitrose could be a good place to do our Christmas shopping in December and to put a token in our box!

New Housing needs survey to be carried out

Although there has been no obvious movement for some time, the subject of Affordable Housing is still very much an ongoing matter.

Parish Councillors are aware however that the information collected from the Housing Needs Survey conducted some time ago may now be out of date.  In view of this, Councillors are intending to establish current need by means of a new survey.  Once this information has been collected, a meeting will be arranged to discuss the findings. The survey will be accessible to all and Councillors hope to circulate details of it and how to respond within the next few weeks.
Caroline Oxenham,  Parish Clerk

Editors needed for the Brentor News

Would you like to edit The Brentor News?
We are looking for one or two more editors to help our existing team.
You would need access to, and some familiarity with, desktop publishing software such as MS Word, MS Publisher, or InDesign etc – and be able to spend about half a day putting the paper together every three or four months on a rota basis.
I think all our current editors would agree that this is a pleasant and interesting ‘chore’ – and one of service to the local community.
If you would like to learn more, please get in touch with any of the existing editors, whose contact details can be found in every
edition of the Brentor News.
John Wheeler – 810083