Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Superfast broadband - good news

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Further to my last blog on this matter, I decided to email Steve Brookes for more information following their Friday update:

"Hi Steve,

Looking at the 22nd July update: “Needs external fibre provision and the Exchange to be completed”, this appears to relate purely to the commissioning of the new fibre cabinet.

I have a few questions for you if that’s OK:
  1. Please can you let me have an estimated timeline for the commissioning work to be undertaken?
  2. How did you get on with the assessment of costs that BT were going to provide for bringing over the Cab 3 lines… has this contract been received and agreed yet?
  3. Will this be dealt with as a separate entity to the commissioning of Cab 17… if so, what sort of extended timeframe are we on for this additional work?"
I received a very encouraging reply, first thing yesterday morning:

"Good Morning Geoff

BT tell me they will complete commissioning within 2 weeks.

I have raised a job for the transfer of the Cab 3 lines and we are happy with the associated costs. On that basis, we can go ahead. They have just put this into their system and I await a timescale. As soon as I get it, I will let you know.

Regards
Steve"


This is certainly good news for those residents of Nocton who wish to invest in a faster broadband service for their business or private interests.

BT Infinity Broadband Review

The seven things we need to know. To keep things simple we've boiled Infinity down to seven things customers should really know to get the measure of the service.

http://www.choose.net/media/guide/features/bt-infinity.html


BT Infinity Fibre Broadband

We've made BT broadband better than ever. For starters, we've boosted the speed of BT Infinity fibre broadband to 52Mb. And we've got powerful security features to keep you safe.

Upgrade your BT Broadband: https://www.productsandservices.bt.com/products/upgrade-your-broadband/

BT Smart Hub review

Smarter than the average router?

https://www.uswitch.com/broadband/news/2016/06/bt_smart_hub_review/

BT avoids Openreach breakup but Ofcom orders more investment

Ofcom said Openreach should be run as a legally separate company within BT Group, with its own board and its own brand.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jul/26/bt-avoids-openreach-breakup-ofcom-orders-more-investment

Millions will be condemned to 'dire' broadband after regulator refuses to break up BT, MPs warn

The decision, which comes after a year-long review, will infuriate campaigners who have accused the BT of leaving millions of people with sub-standard broadband connections.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/25/millions-will-be-condemned-to-dire-broadband-after-regulator-ref/

Monday, 25 July 2016

Women's Institute - great results

Witham Show

It was a day of excitement and celebration for the members of Nocton and District WI at the Witham Group of WI`s Craft, Cookery and Produce show on Saturday 23rd July. There were entries in every class which included vegetables and fruit, flowers, floral art, cookery, preserves, handicrafts and photography.

The standard and quality of the entries from all of the local WI`s was extremely high but Nocton and District pulled out all the stops to win four of the nine trophies. Julie Partridge won the Minting Trophy for most points in the vegetables and fruit section, Jane Kania won the Branston Trophy for the highest point tally in the photography section and the Area Leaders trophy for most points in the show by a member.

Many of the other members attained an amazing number of first, second and third prizes showing a wonderful commitment and level of skill and ability which led to the best achievement of the day – Nocton and District WI retaining the Andrew Trophy for the Institute gaining the most points in the show.

Report courtesy of Jane Kania

Jane Kania with the Area Leaders and Branston Trophies

Janet Goldsworthy with her entries and awards
 
Nocton & District WI with the Andrew Trophy

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Airsoft Event - RAF Nocton Hall

Airsoft meeting - Minutes

I refer back to my last blog on this matter. As promised, these are the formal Minutes taken at Monday's meeting.

All indications from the Ai500 Community site on Facebook are that the event will not now be going ahead... and I quote from an entry posted by Ai500 on Thursday 21st July at 14.03hrs:

"As we have already stated we will NOT be running an ai500 event at this location..."

This was confirmed by the Chair of the Parish Council, Ian Goldsworthy, yesterday at 16.02hrs on the 'What's On in Lincolnshire' Facebook site:

"I am sure residents will be relieved to know that NKDC has confirmed to me earlier today that Ai500 are no longer going to run their event on the Nocton Hall site in October."

Friday, 22 July 2016

Nocton Club - forthcoming events



Produce Show - Sunday 28th August
Items to Social Club 11.00 am to 12.30
Judging 1pm
Prize giving and auction 3pm
Entry forms available from the Social Club and Nocton Post Office, or download here.

Bank Holiday BBQ - Monday 29th August
Opening time 2pm to 7pm

Live Band - Saturday 3rd September
'Cat Litter'
7.30pm to 12.30
Tickets £5 available from the Social Club or on the door