Tree Clearing during the Snowstorm

The Garsdale Parish Council would like to thank Stephen Labbate, John Park, Eddie Lord and Jodie Mitchell for clearing away the fallen trees that blocked the road during the “Beast From the East”. The road was completely blocked as was the back road due to snow, so there was potentially no access for emergency services to most of Garsdale.  Cumbria Highways where unable to carry out the work at the time.

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Pub Quiz at the Moorcock on 13 March (not February)

Sorry, the date for the pub quiz this month should be 13 March, not 13 February!

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Pub quiz at the Moorcock 13 March

There will be another pub quiz at the Moorcock on Tuesday 13 March, starting at 8.30pm.

10% of the cash raised from entry fees  for the last quiz was donated to the air ambulance, the remainder was used for prize money. We expect the plan is similar for future events, and will be confirmed on the night or contact the Moorcock for further information.

The first quiz was held on Tuesday 15 January and proved good fun with a wide variety of questions posed by Neville Woodfine followed by a number of people kicking themselves at answers. Note the date for this next quiz and give it a try.

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Pub quiz at the Moorcock 13 February

There will be another pub quiz at the Moorcock on Tuesday 13 February, starting at 8.30pm.

10% of the cash raised from entry fees (£2 per person) for the last quiz was donated to the air ambulance, the remainder was used for prize money. We expect the plan is similar for future events, and will be confirmed on the night or contact the Moorcock for further information.

The first quiz was held on Tuesday 15 January and proved good fun with a wide variety of questions posed by Neville Woodfine followed by a number of people kicking themselves at answers. Note the date for this next quiz and give it a try.

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PC Meeting 18 January postponed to 1 February

Unfortunately, several councillors are unable to attend the parish council meeting on 18 January due to illness and work commitments, so the meeting has now been postponed to 1 February 2018, at 7.30 as usual.

Hopefully the weather will be more travel friendly by then as well.

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Quiz night at the Moorcock Tuesday 16/1

It is quiz night at the Moorcock on Tuesday 16 January 2017, starting at 8.30pm.

For more information contact the Moorcock or check out the posters in the Dale.

 

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Garsdale Bonfire night – Saturday NOT Friday this year!

Please note, this year the Garsdale Bonfire Night will be held on Saturday 4 November, NOT Friday as usual. This is because Sedbergh are not having a Bonfire on the Saturday this year.

Start 7.00 pm, cost £2.50 for adults, children free.

Refreshments incl hot soup will be available in the village hall afterwards. There is also a rumour of hot dogs this year!

Please pass the word around to any of your neighbours who don’t subscribe to the Parish website news.

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2nd Volunteers’ Meeting – Wed 25th Oct 7.30pm Garsdale Village Hall

Wow!

We had a great turn out yesterday evening for the first meeting of volunteers – about 25 – 30 people. With this degree of commitment HyperFast Fibre Broadband will be in Garsdale before we know it.

Formalising Wayleaves
We discussed and agreed three ‘Wayleave’ teams that will re-visit all landowners to formalise the 40 or so wayleaves we need signed (and routes agreed) to begin the digging phase.

Administrator/B4RN liaison/materials quartermaster
We asked for a volunteer to take on the role of B4RN liaison/administrator/materials ‘quartermaster’, and someone agreed to do it.

Route Info
The main ‘core’ route is very close to being finalised but it does need to be modified slightly to bypass a very small number of landowners who have not given wayleave permission to cross their land (if these landowners subsequently want B4RN internet they will be charged the full commercial cost of the diversion that had to made around their property). The main route will be dug using a professional contractor, unless a landowner wants to dig and receive shares in B4RN. The central control box or ‘cabinet’ will be sited at Garsdale Village Hall. The ‘spur’ routes to individual properties, or groups of properties, that come off the main route will have a ‘chamber’ sited approx. every 500 metres.

Route Splitting
It was agreed that we should split up the route into sections and a team of people volunteer to take responsibility for most tasks in that section, including:

  • visiting all homeowners and contacting second home/holiday home owners to find out who wants to be connected (£150 gets the fibre to a property) and who wants B4RN as their Internet Service Provider (£30 per month) – this can also include advising where their router should go and getting the resident to fill in a BDUK grant form (so B4RN receive £350 towards the actual cost of providing the service to each home, from a Government fund) etc
  • liaising with landowners about dig timing for both the professional contractor and resident dig teams
  • coordinating resident dig teams (these teams are yet to be arranged)
  • assisting the professional contractor to negotiate walls, ditches, streams etc
  • manually digging the spur routes
  • connecting the ducting to each property (connecting different ducts together, drilling walls, fixing plates on the inside and outside of walls etc) – this needs coordinating with residents as they need to be present or provide a key and permission
  • liaising with our newly appointed B4RN liaison/administrator to source materials

Materials storage
A couple of volunteers said they could store materials – main and spur duct reels etc – at their properties, so we have material on hand and don’t have to go to B4RN HQ at Melling to collect all the time.
Next Volunteer Meeting
Most importantly, we arranged to meet again NEXT WEEK, on Wednesday 25th Oct at 7.30pm in Garsdale Village Hall to receive training from B4RN in route planning/administration/dig preparation AND to agree teams to take responsibility for a ‘section’ of the dale (most likely in the vicinity of where volunteers live). We will have a very large map of the entire dale to use for this purpose.

Once we have had the training we can then move on to get the wayleaves formalised with each landowner.

It’d be great to see as many volunteers next week as came yesterday. We can only keep the momentum going with everyone’s help!

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Consultation on Privater Water Supply Legislation

If your property has a shared private water supply, like most of us, you may have received a letter asking for responses to a consultation about some proposed changes to the legislation for private water supplies. To summarise very briefly, the following changes are proposed:

1) To increase the things sampled for, for at least 3 years, at extra cost to us.
2) To allow the local authority to increase charges for sampling and risk assessments, as they see fit.
3) To give the local authority powers to carry out works on our water supplies if they see fit, and charge us the cost.

Garsdale Parish council has sent the attached letter objecting to these three proposals, as we do not believe the proposal takes any account of the rural householders’ interests.

If you do not agree with the above proposal, then please ensure you lodge your objection before the deadline of 24 October, either online at

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/water-quality/drinking-water-regulations-2017/

or by email to drinkingwaterquality@defra.gsi.gov.uk

or by letter to
DEFRA
Drinking Water Quality
Area 3D
Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London SW1P 3JR

Water proposal letter 1

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B4RN Garsdale meeting 4th October

VILLAGE MEETING – Garsdale Village Hall – Wednesday 4 October 7.30pm

The Dent and Garsdale Community Hyperfast Broadband Initiative is a collaboration between B4RN, a non-profit specialist fibre broadband service provider (set up over 6 years ago and now with 3,500+ homes connected to its 1000Mbps fibre-to-the-home network), and the volunteers and communities of Dent and Garsdale.

Many properties in Dent are now connected, finance for Garsdale has already been secured, the orange pipe/duct which will contain the fibre is approaching the outskirts of Garsdale, community-minded landowners have given in-principle permission to allow the duct to be buried across their land – all we need now are volunteers to help make it happen in Garsdale.

Come along, have a cup of tea and a biscuit, listen, ask questions, and most importantly volunteer. This initiative needs you!

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