The Garden Club talk planned for Thursday 16th September has been cancelled. All members have been notified and the committee offers their apology for the short notice if you were intending to come along as a visitor. Continue reading Garden Club closes and talk cancelled
West Blackdown residents are now being connected to Brentor’s new digital broadband network. The first connection was made on 23 August 2021. Several previous deadlines had been missed, but now all the months of battling with BT and Openreach, and all the countless telephone conversations and emails to Ofcom, our MP etc , have finally produced a result. Continue reading Fibre network underway
A local resident has written to Dartmoor National Park Authority Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Bishop, about the proposed railway reinstatement. His reply can be seen by clicking the image on the right. Let’s hope that Dr Bishop goes on to represent the views of National Park residents as well as the Park itself!
This issue has been going on for some time. As the CEO says, Dartmoor National Park Authority commissioned a report in 2015 to identify the key issues for the proposed line. Click here to see the report, called ‘Devon Main Line Route Options – DNPA Scoping Report. Continue reading Main line railway through Brentor?
The 2021 Wonderful Villages Photo Competition has been launched. Why not submit your photos celebrating village halls and village and community life, or perhaps the work which volunteers have been doing to support their communities through the difficult times of the Covid-19 crisis? Continue reading Wonderful Villages photo competition 2021
West Devon Community and Voluntary Services (WDCVS) publishes a bulletin about funding available locally for individuals and voluntary organisations.
There’s a wealth of information, from grants for individuals suffering hardship during the pandemic to funding for charitable organisations.
Highland cattle are back on Gibbett Hill, so if you are walking take care. In the past two years walkers with dogs have been attacked by the cattle, especially when calves are present. You are particularly advised not to walk between the cattle. Continue reading Highland cattle – take care!
Not only West Blackdown homes but also up to 31 homes in Brentor village centre will definitely be getting access at no cost to the new fibre broadband network being built by Openreach. West Blackdown should be connected by the end of August (over a month later than originally quoted), and BT announced on 10th March 2021 that enough residents had signed up for the government-funded Universal Service Obligation scheme for the north side of the village centre to also be connected.
South Hams and West Devon Council have jointly funded a two year Community Broadband Project to help drive broadband provision in areas with poor connectivity. It is being run by Gemma Bristow at West Devon BC, who writes:
‘Broadband provision in West Devon is ranked one of the worst in the country, partly due to our dispersed rural communities and the challenging topography of the landscape. During the pandemic digital connectivity has been proven to be critical and a lifeline for all. Communities are heavily reliant on digital apps and online services for their healthcare support, businesses fight for their survival through online sales and those who are isolated turn to the internet for a social connection with their communities. We need to ensure our rural communities are not left behind in this digital age. This project will help residents and businesses to navigate what has become a highly complex system of broadband suppliers and providers, and Government subsidy schemes. Continue reading South Hams and West Devon Council Community Broadband project
This year, with so much disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Devon County Council has decided not to publish a paper timetable with a short shelf-life. Travellers will have to rely on an on-line version for the time being.
Most services are now operating normally but any exceptions to this are indicated in the timetable.
Brentor’s Village Hall and Playing Field Committee has been looking for ideas on how to move forward with rebuilding the main hall of the Village Hall. They are a registered charity, whose duty is to run the Village Hall and Playing Field for the benefit of our community. Continue reading Village Hall rebuild put on hold due to the pandemic