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


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

or by email to

or by letter to
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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Stop press: A684 road works not happening after all

Following enquiries when no roadworks started today, it appears that the resurfacing of the Garsdale sections of the A684 has been cancelled, or at least postponed until further notice

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Roadworks on A684 during March 2017

There is a significant amount of surfacing work coming up on the A684, Garsdale Road, commencing on Mon 6th March in the following order:
Moss to Bowkers Cottage/Hall Bank
Potholme Gill – New Bridge (the Garsdale one)
Aye Gill – Roger Pot nursery
The works are all programmed to take place at night from 19:30 onwards and will require a full road closure to meet current H&S regulations.
The road will be re-opened to traffic at the end of each shift and there are no plans to work Sat / Sun nights at present.
Completion is expected by Fri 17th March
There is a possibility that work may continue further East on the A684 beyond 17th – through until the end of March.

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Annual Parish Meeting

You are all cordially invited to the Annual Parish Meeting on Thursday May 12th in the village hall commencing at 7.00pm.  This meeting is for the parishioners of Garsdale to be able to relate to the parish council any concerns or matters of interest that you, as a parishioner, have.
The parish AGM and regular council meeting will follow and although you are welcome to attend, it is not “obligatory”.
Agendas for the Annual Parish meeting, the AGM and the Parish Council Meeting can all be found on the Parish Council documents page
On behalf of the parish council, I hope that many of you can attend and look forward to seeing you on the 12th May,
Kind regards,
Philip Johns
Clerk to Garsdale PC

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B4RN Broadband Update

A B4RN action group for Dentdale & Garsdale has now been set up, and fund raising is well under way. The first duct has already been dug in on the route into Dent from Barbondale, and from the other side of Barbon the B4RN trunk line has now reached Casterton!

For more information see the “Hyperfast Garsdale & Dentdale” at




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A684 closures for resurfacing

At long last some of our spectacular potholes are getting fixed!

As a result, the A684 will be closed overnight, from 8 pm to 5 am, on the following sections and dates:

16th – 18th March – A684, Black Horse Hill
29th March – A684, Dandra Garth
30th – 31st March A684, Badger Dub
1st – 2nd April A684, West of Longstone Fell


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Public meeting about B4RN Broadband

The B4RN project community broadband project is now rapidly approaching Dent, and could potentially reach Garsdale.  Hence the Parish Council would like to invites Garsdale farmers, landowners and residents to a public meeting to receive information about the B4RN community broadband project.

The meeting will be held on 1 March 2016 at 7:30 pm in Garsdale Village Hall


  1. Presentation about the B4RN project by Barry Forde.
  1. Presentation about the action group for Dent & potentially Garsdale by David Pilgrim.
  1. Questions from the audience.
  1. Tea/Coffee break with the opportunity to talk to presenters and B4RN guests.


The public meeting will be followed by an extraordinary meeting of Garsdale parish council, commencing at approximately 8.30 pm, with the following agenda:

  1. Apologies.
  2. To be considered: to support the proposed B4RN community initiative to bring superfast broadband to Garsdale.

Please pass the information to any neighbours who may not have seen this. The Agenda can also be downloaded here as a pdf: B4RN Public Meeting & Extraordinary PC Meeting

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