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Gigaclear – more details

On Monday 18 April, Gigaclear gave a presentation in the Village Hall, of the installation of a full fibre network that will be introduced to the northern half of the village.

Whilst there were a number of people present, it was clear that the vast majority of the village didn’t or couldn’t attend. This Post will, we hope, present some of the information that was given on Monday.

The work will be starting within the next few of weeks and a map is shown of the area covered. Cabinets, similar to the green BT cabinets already installed, will be positioned at prime parts of the village. Gigaclear have consulted with the Parish Council about these positions and some have been moved from sensitive positions, such as the one planned to be near the Cross (!). Eight cabinets can be seen on the map as green squares, but please note these are not the final positions agreed with the Parish Council.

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Each property will have a connection point set into the pavement outside the house. Each point is about the size of the water meter cover, approximately 20cm/8″, currently outside many properties.

It is from this connection point that a property can be connected to any ISP of your choice:
It doesn’t have to be Gigaclear.
You may decide to stay with the provider you have already.
(Or you are not connected to the Internet and want to stay that way, in which case how come you can read this post?)
The choice is yours.

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It was pointed out that not many residents were aware of this forthcoming installation.  Gigaclear did send a letter to each household that would be affected, but it was in a plain white envelope addressed ‘To The Occupier‘.  The letter is reproduced here for those who, like me, put that type of mail in the recycling box.

 

When will installation start?

When will the village south of the river be connected?

When will Newton be connected?

These and many more questions were asked on Monday and, on the whole, were answered.

But there are many more and an orange folder of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) had been provided for all who attended.
The two pages are reproduced below.

Contact details for further queries:

Network Build Care Team
www.gigaclear.net
Tel: 01865 591137
Email: networkbuildcare@gigaclear.com
Facebook @GigaclearNetworks
Twitter @GigaclearNet

Regular updates on:
gigaclear.net/superfastnorthamptonshire

For the full list of Internet Service Providers available on the Gigaclear network go to gigaclear.net/get-connected.

Gigaclear and Rural Broadband

Chairman of the Parish Council, Nick Batchelor has announced what might be, good news, for those of us who suffer from slow broadband speeds or would like faster speeds.

Nick said: “A utilities provider, Gigaclear, will start to install underground fibre cables to bring Ultra Fast Broadband capability to the north part of Geddington in the next few weeks. Hopefully the south part, and Newton, will follow in the not too distant future.

There will be noticeable disruption, with digging in roads and paths, phased over several weeks, but moving across the whole north of the village in sections. Gigaclear will be communicating more as the dates start to firm up, but in the meantime have accepted our request to a presentation to residents from 6pm-8pm on Monday 18th March at the Village Hall. Please come along if interested, as representatives of Gigaclear will be available for questions.

The Parish Council will share more detailed plans and timescales as and when we get them.”

NCC Budget for 2019/2020 agreed.

Northamptonshire
County Council

Proposals to transform services and increase financial stability have been agreed by Councillors at Northamptonshire County Council starting a new chapter for public services in the county.

The agreed budget will target investment into adults’ facilities and children’s homes, to provide better support for some of the county’s most vulnerable people, while at the same time drive more cost-effective ways of delivering services.

A 4.99% Council Tax increase will retain the Council’s position as having one of the lowest tax rates in the country, while providing increased financial sustainability for any new unitary councils which may be created in the county.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Matt Golby, described the budget, and the latest financial reports, showing the organisation closing in on a balanced budget in the current year, as a turnaround point in the Council’s fortunes.

He said: “For the last year it has become customary for the words Northamptonshire County Council to be associated with crisis. That has now changed.  Our new cabinet and leadership team together with the Secretary of State’s Commissioners have spearheaded this change and we need to look at the facts. We are closing in on balancing this year’s budget which at one point stood at a £64.2m challenge and was immense. We have just agreed a budget for next year which balances, and has at its heart a commitment to transform services to make them more cost-effective rather than simply cutting them and responds directly to the concerns people raised with us through the consultation period. Of course the budget also includes a 4.99% rise in Council Tax and we did not take this decision lightly. While not many people welcome a rise in their bills it is important to put this into context. For the majority of people in this county it will mean a rise of between 75p and £1 a week. Even with the increase Northamptonshire will be the second lowest charging like-for-like County Council in the whole country.

The budget includes investment in Adult Social Care centres and homes to provide new accommodation and services for older people, those with learning disabilities and mental health requirements to increase capacity and therefore reduce the reliance on costly external placements.

It also signals investment in Children’s Services to build in-house provision including increasing occupancy at the council’s own residential homes to reduce the cost of using external service providers.

Cllr Golby said: “Whilst we acknowledge the challenges we will face over the next year, we will build on the hard work and progress we’ve made over the past twelve months.  Today’s budget delivers for the county’s most vulnerable. It delivers in bringing greater financial security. And it delivers in drawing a line under a very troubled time for this organisation, paving a way to a brighter future.”

The No 8 Bus – more initiative.

Further to our post on 21st February, about the No 8 bus – the one that Geddington might lose in July – Liz Ramsey, who is a member of the Let’s Gedd Going Transport Group, has offered village residents the chance to meet and discuss other means of transport, should it become necessary.

Options include, for instance, taxi- and car-sharing at regular and irregular times. By getting together and talking these options through, it is surprising how many other, new ideas can crop up.

So for those that do use the bus, and for those who might well want to use it in the future (there comes a point in every driver’s life when giving up the car is necessary), please give some thought to this idea of a meeting and, perhaps, come with new ideas.

Early April is the suggested month and Liz is asking those interested to contact her on:

Tel: 07810 832828
Email: freespirit18@hotmail.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/letsgeddgoing

UPDATE: Liz has just let us know that the meeting will take place on Monday 1st April at 7pm. Please contact her for further details, such as the venue, etc.

 

 

 

 

Knitting Club clicks away!

The first meeting of the new Knitting Club was a great success. Over twenty enthusiastic knitters, and non-knitters, gathered in the Cafe Oak and enjoyed coffee, tea, chocolate and a good natter.

There were experienced knitters, some wearing their previously knitted garments, some with challenging patterns already underway, but also, there were several beginners who were delighted to be shown how to start knitting.

Those who hadn’t got a project underway were encouraged to knit 4″ squares to make a community blanket, or two!

Nicky Brice, who encouraged us all to come along, says the Club will meet every Friday morning, from 10 to 11.30am.  Come along as often as you want to or are able to.

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Gardening Tips for March

The gardening year begins in earnest . . .

The Number 8 Bus

‘It is highly likely that the Number 8 bus service
via Geddington, will end in July.’

“That’s not a scaremongering headline in the Evening Telegraph, but sadly a reality; it is almost certain that Centrebus will cancel the number 8 bus service this summer.”

On 18 August 2018, during a Parish Council (PC) meeting, a village resident made an offer to set up a working party (WP) to look into the situation of the No 8 Centrebus.  (The working party, lead by Alison Holland, also agreed to look into a village Travel Plan.) This would include consultation, with the results brought to the PC at a later date: Cllr Padwick offered to be the liaison between the PC and the WP.

The consultation took the form of a village-wide survey and the results were brought to the PC in December. They showed:

  • 88% of residents use a car as their main mode of transport.
  • Secondary forms of transport are 49% walk, with cycling and bus transport also featuring.

A copy of the draft travel plan and any other documentation will be sent to the Parish Council.

The group next met on the 4th January 2019 and Alison has sent geddington.net a summary of the discussion and ideas that they had:

One of the reasons Centrebus will cite to close this route, is a lack of usage.  The travel survey showed that lots of people value the service and recognise they may need it in future, but don’t actually use it at the moment.  If we can increase usage and make it commercially viable it might be possible to persuade Centrebus to keep running it or to convince Stagecoach to reroute some X4s through Geddington.

 

But how could we increase usage?  Some ideas were…

  • ‘Use it or lose it’ Geddington Bus Campaign – see poster below (click to enlarge).  Also shown is the bus timetable and details of the cost of using the bus.
  • Promote the bus service as a social occasion and a way to access free activities to draw people to Kettering town centre. Could you organise a trip to Kettering – maybe to the Art Gallery, the library, museum or a restaurant and arrange it so everyone going goes on the bus?
  • Encourage over 65’s to get their free bus pass and then use it! Even if you have a car, a free bus pass will save you fuel money and parking fees.  Why not try using the bus just once a week?  Visit tinyurl.com/older-persons-bus-pass or go into a library to apply for a bus pass.

If you are worried about losing our bus service then why not voice your concern to Centrebus?  Tell them why you think the bus service is important and, if you use the bus, when you use it.  If you don’t use the bus, but would like to, then tell them why!  For example you might like to use the bus to go to school, but there isn’t a suitable time.  Send your letters to: Centrebus, 43 Wenlock Way, Leicester LE4 9HU

Other travel ideas were discussed:

  • A Community Minibus.
  • Supporting families apply who are entitled to Free School Transport (see below).
  • Lift sharing – help parents to arrange shares for school run before the start of the school year and promote lift sharing generally for villagers; please use our facebook page to offer or ask for lifts!
Free School Transport

Eligibility for free school transport is complicated!  It’s based on where you live but as a rule of thumb if you live in Geddington then you’ll be entitled to free transport to Kettering Buccleuch Academy (except for Year 12s and 13s) as it is the nearest secondary school and the route through Weekley is considered ‘not suitable’.  If you put KBA as your first choice, but didn’t get offered a place there and your second choice was Kettering Science Academy, and this is where you got offered a place, then you could be eligible for free school transport. You will need to apply for it.  If you would like advice on free school transport or want to apply please contact Alison Holland who is liaising with Northants County Council, alison@brightkidz.co.uk

Please join our Facebook Group for travel updates and more information on how you can help! www.facebook.com/letsgeddgoing

Note: Alison Holland ‘has form’ as the saying goes, with transportation ideas, as it was she who set up the Walking Bus. A rota of parents collected schoolchildren, from collection points such as The Star car park and the Village Hall car park and walked them to school in single groups. It was a brilliant idea and worked well. It was a sad day when it was disbanded, but surely resurrection would be a possibility? Think how many cars would not be congregating around the School, West Street, Grafton Road and Wood Street?  Any takers?

The Real Junk Food Project

“The Junk Food Project is a global movement aiming to abolish surplus food, through a variety of Pay As You Feel concepts.

International and local partners work to intercept food destined for landfill and redistribute it through a network of Pay As You Feel Sharehouses, Cafes and School Partnerships.”

So what does that mean for Geddington?
And how can the village support this Project?

Fortunately, the answer is quite easily found, because Geddington has its own local partner in the form of village resident, Sheri Murby and, at the moment, a small team of volunteers.

Sheri collects supermarket food, between the ‘sell by’ dates and before it goes to the landfill and then offers it at the Chapel Rooms on Queen Street, every Friday morning from 9 – 9.30am.  It’s quite simple, just pop down and fill your bag, or bags, and put a donation in the money tin – as much, or as little, as you feel you can, or the food warrants it. It may be for your family’s benefit or a neighbour’s benefit. No questions asked. Sheri is just delighted if all the food goes off the tables, because it means it is being used and not wasted.

And what sort of food? Lots of vegetables, of course, but when I went, there was also bread, rolls, fruit, some prepared and containered food and even some single red roses, well it was soon after St Valentine’s Day!

Sheri says not all the food gets taken, and the leftovers go to the Northampton’s depot where it is used in Elsie’s Cafe, which plays a major part in Northamptonshire’s Pay As You Feel Project.

Sheri also offers the food in Kettering on Mondays at the Grange School, but she is looking for a permanent venue and when that happens, she will need many more volunteers. Presently, members of the Geddington & Newton Women’s Institute help out, but offers of more help will be very welcome.

To find out more about this project, visit: www.fruitfulabundance.co.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Me Hearties!

Geddington has Talents

An Exhibition of Crafts from Geddington residents will take place on Saturday 6th April.

With the demise of the Village show, where handicrafts were not only displayed, but entered into the Handicraft Classes of the Show, there have been few opportunities for such a display of talents.

The U.R.C Chapel Rooms on 6th April will offer such an opportunity. The organisers of this Exhibition, would like anyone who would like to show a sample of their work at this time – embroidery, knitting, woodwork etc, etc – to contact Margaret Tuffin on tel: 741292.

The Exibition will take place in the Chapel Rooms on Queen Street, from 10am to 12 noon. There will be all the delights of a coffee morning as well!

The U.R.C will be holding a Service at 10am, on Sunday 7th April to celebrate Talents.

All are very welcome to both events.

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