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Case studies, SME and Testimonials

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in B4RN News, B4RNstorming B4RNicles | 0 comments

A message from a new customer: 

Dear all,

Just to add one more voice to the recent wave of (rightfully and well-earned) praise, I’d like to thank everyone who has been part of B4RN, and have helped us – here in the duo of Chapel Gardens houses – get connected to some of the fastest internet in the world.
It’s magnificent, and I feel very proud to be part of such a brilliant community. Plus, I can finally search for new music rather than listen to the wireless, read and watch the news instantly rather than relying on the Grapevine, and even watch videos of cats doing funny things, rather than finding their stools in the garden.
I also must apologise for being able to help out only a couple of times so far – it’s feeble and pathetic; however, whenever a free weekend matches a B4RN weekend, I shall be there.
Thanks again.
Kind regards,
Peter Adams

 

Another message from a new customer:

Hi, 

 As you may all know, I moved house 4 years ago and have been making / working in clay in my hall way whilst I had a new studio built.  At the same time, I got involved with a local group of volunteers who decided to provide the country community with world class broadband. It has taken us 3 years in my village to dig and lay the optical fibres but now we have an upload and download speed of 1000 and more if needed.  It is fantastic and although I had to put my work on hold slightly, it has certainly been worthwhile. Not only do we have the world’s fastest internet but the profit from the system is going to be put back into the community. One would think that you can’t challenge BT and dig your own internet fibre optics in, but you can, and B4RN will help if you want to do a similar thing where you live.
 
 
This is a film which has been made by professionals to show everyone that it can be done. It was shown at Cannes this year. I am in the film, where the sound tract becomes sloshy !!! I have come across some nice clay in the last 3 years of digging!!!!
 
I would like to now tell you that my studio is complete and I will be full time making again very soon. I did very well in my hallway, contained the obsession, but I cant tell you how fantastic it is to work in my new studio.
I intend filming myself at work and uploading it. If any fellow makers are doing the same thing, or would like to use my facilities to do as such, let me know.
 
many thanks for reading this and please forward the link to anyone who you think would be interested in doing their own broadband in their community. Many thanks to B4RN.
Liz Collinson

Home business and cost savings:

Case study for B4RN by Steve Thorns

Small family business with the fastest internet on the Planet

http://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/news/business/probably-the-fastest-internet-speeds-on-planet-1-7090421

Home user, The difference it’s made to me

B4RN features Local Heroes in June issue of Saga

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in B4RN News | 0 comments

B4RN is turning into a network built by the senior generation. Their work ethic is sound, they are strong, sensible, kind, and can often afford the time to be volunteers. They are the lifeblood of the network. Their selfless contribution to this project will go down in History! Well done to all the B4RNstormers, building a gigabit network for future generations. Read the full article here Pressure groups JUNE 2015

great photo, with Anna Gerd and her pickaxe!
great photo, with Anna Gerd and her pickaxe!

 

From the June issue of Saga Magazine (1.2m readers) and if people want to subscribe http://www.saga.co.uk/saga-magazine.aspx

Many thanks again to all of you for your time and good luck with your brilliant enterprise!
Regards

Katy 

Two MBEs for B4RN

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 in B4RN News | 0 comments

BARRY FORDE and CHRISTINE CONDER Awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

“I’m delighted that my work on rural broadband has been recognised with this honour. However it’s important to realise that without the massive investment of time, effort and money by many hundreds of other people we could not have built the B4RN network, so I think we should regard it as a joint award. Between us all we have proved that there is little that cannot be achieved if the will and determination is there and people take an active part in their communities”

Barry Forde

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‘I am very honoured to accept this MBE on behalf of the people involved in these community projects, we’re going where telcos fear to tread, we are JFDI, bridging the digital divide and building social cohesion in this rural area. The B4RNstormers go the extra mile, to reach everyone.

It is also a great achievement for a group to be awarded two honours at the same time, and reflects the enormous impact B4RN has had, both in the UK and further afield. Hopefully it will encourage politicians to support similar initiatives in other rural areas and make it easier for communities to help each other. Power to the People’.

Chris Conder.

BARRY FORDE:  Barry has been awarded an MBE specifically for his truly pioneering work in establishing and running (as CEO) the community benefit society known as Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN).  Barry has a distinguished background in both academic and social enterprise work. He holds a Professorial Fellowship in Computer Networking within the Department of Computing at Lancaster University where he was head of networking, head of technical services and Deputy Director Information Systems Services until his retirement.  In the wider context, Barry was previously responsible for the CLEO network, which connects over 1000 schools and public sector sites across Lancashire and Cumbria; a member of the JISC committee, which oversees the university JANET network; and a member of the NWDA Broadband Advisory Group.

Within his work at B4RN since 2011, he has been passionate and committed to extending the concepts and techniques pioneered at B4RN to other community organisations across the UK. Many ‘baby-B4RNS’ have been formed and are now taking Barry’s concepts and applying them to their local communities. Barry is a frequent speaker at many organisations at a national level trying to extend rural broadband to the final 5% of the population – an area of nearly 60% of the landmass – who are not covered by any commercial roll-out plans of incumbent suppliers, nor via the government’s current broadband programmes.

The effect of B4RN on its immediate community has been profound. This would simply not have happened without the forbearance, skill, enthusiasm and community focus that Barry brought to the organisation.  Many residents and farmers in this sparsely populated rural area are now enjoying broadband speeds some fifty to five hundred times faster than the average rural broadband speeds from the UK incumbent suppliers. In many cases this has been a move from  giving other alternative networks a model whereby they too can get on the fast lane of broadband delivery.  Under Barry’s guidance B4RN has been able to achieve all this without government subsidies and without support from the local authority. Indeed, in many ways the conventional risk-averse mind-set of authorities has actively put barriers in his way – each of which has been systematically overcome. Barry’s legacy will be a hyperfastfibre to the home network, built by the local community, for the local community, and in doing so has shown the rest of the UK a better way to achieve results.

CHRISTINE CONDER:  Chris is a farmer’s wife, grandmother, and passionate evangelist for better communications networks to help the disadvantaged rural communities in her home village of Wray, the Lune Valley and the Trough of Bowland.  She has been very active in the local community in excess of thirty years, starting with being school governor and Chair of Wray Endowed School during the eighties and early nineties. She began campaigning for better rural broadband as long ago as 2002, and over the next few years was a founder of Wray Com Com which brought internet to the residents and schools of Wray for the first time.

In 2009 she was a leading individual in the creation of the Wennet Community Interest Company, a wifi network, which laid the first rural fibre to the home network in May 2009.  She was a founder member of B4RN in August 2011 and is in many respects the public face of B4RN – out in all weathers to dig trenches, lay conduit, blow fibre in the backbone and to customer premises, as well as helping with organising teams of volunteers in the many villages and parishes.

She is an ardent user of social media – Twitter, Facebook, Pinterst, YouTube — such that there probably isn’t anyone active in the rural broadband market in the whole of the UK that is not aware of her presence, commitment, straight-talking and willingness to challenge the status-quo of the incumbent operator. Her presence is equally felt at European level, where she acted as an observer reporting to Neelie Kroes on matters pertaining to the Digital Agenda in Europe.

In between her many roles Chris has also found the time to work on other community events, and particularly in the formation of the modern day Wray Scarecrow Festival which was restarted in 1994 with Chris as a founder member of the committee. She is the personification of the ‘Can Do’ spirit: nothing is too much trouble and many are helped by her energy and enthusiasm.

 B4RN Briefing notes:

dayofthespadesweb

The day of the Spades

It is three years since the first sod was dug by Woodie the mayor and Eric Ollerenshaw MP, and filmed by John Popham.

Since its inception three years ago in Quernmore, B4RN has been providing hyperfastfibre-optic broadband service to outlying villages and isolated hamlets that are otherwise served only by dial-up or suffer from very bad reception. The B4RN area has now extended to 27 parishes with a very high up take in each parish.  We have laid approximately 500 miles of fibre, and the network has already been shown to create jobs, foster community spirit, encourage enterprise and support education.

All of the work is sourced locally and digging, laying duct, blowing fibre, connecting properties and so on, is done or paid for by volunteers for the good of the community.

B4RN provides 1000Mbps symmetrical fibre-optic broadband directly to each property for £25 per month plus VAT, and all benefits have to go back into the community.  It will be up to the community (B4RN membership) to decide what will be done with the income from its service.  B4RN now has 6 paid staff, and all of the rest of the work, digging, laying duct, blowing fibre, connecting properties and so on, is still done by the volunteers.  B4RN provides training and some younger helpers have already decided to follow a career through these opportunities, two of whom are now full time employees.

Community initiatives are being trialled that make use of the superior bandwidth available such as broadcasting church services and cricket matches to those who can’t attend, and also trialling medical services which are particularly useful for the elderly or infirm or those with young children who can thus be seen at home. CCTV for home security and monitoring lambing sheep and calving cows is also being installed in many places.

True fibre-optic broadband that is dug under the ground directly to the house is effectively invisible, and ideal in areas of outstanding natural beauty. It is also extremely resilient and not affected by wind or rain. It provides energy efficient and cost-effective high quality broadband that is future proofed and requires very little maintenance.

See http://b4rn.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Pressure-groups-JUNE-2015.pdf  for a good recent article.  More information on www.b4rn.org.uk

Our latest mini video https://youtu.be/Uf6Jw2gxSJw

 

Barry Forde and HRH Prince Charles looking at fibre being blown by Tom Hartley HRH Prince Charles did us the great honour of visiting B4RN on 1st April 2015.  He took part in demonstrations of blowing fibre in fields and to the property, connecting up a bullet (the spiders web of connections that goes into the chamber), and splicing fibre including doing a splice that is now in our 1000th connection.Barry Forde and HRH Prince Charles looking at fibre being blown by Tom Hartley 

Prince Charles fused this pigtail, which contains a golden leaf and a tiny bead with the letter 'C' on it.

Prince Charles fused this pigtail, which contains a golden leaf and a tiny bead with the letter ‘C’ on it.

We have now passed the 1000th isolated rural property and hope to achieve many more by the end of the year!

Barry Forde presenting Walter Wilcox with the very first B4RN share

Our very first shareholder, Walter Wilcox from Surrey presenting his cheque to Barry Forde.

Barry presents the 1 Millionth  share in B4RN to Walter

Barry presents the 1 Millionth share in B4RN to Walter

The 1,000,000th Share was donated to our very first shareholder, Walter Wilcox, a pensioner from Surrey, who regularly travels up north to help dig, and generally support our progress.

 

B4RN & Emtelle Show-Tell Day #7

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in B4RN News | Comments Off on B4RN & Emtelle Show-Tell Day #7

Update. 24th March.

Another  great day, with fantastic visitors and demos. The cake was awesome too, superb catering by a local lady, much tea, a grand day. Photos on our facebook album because that is the easiest place to put them! You don’t have to join facebook to look at them. Click here

It’s time for another Show-Tell day. These now legendary events are an opportunity to meet up with like minded folk to learn and share the knowledge of rural broadband deployment. These are great events for communities who want to learn how deploy a community based world class broadband.

The date for the seventh Show-Tell day is set for the 24th March 2015. These events have been extremely popular and have allowed valuable information to be shared. It includes field visits to see various aspects of the B4RN community fibre broadband deployment.

Show Tell #7

B4RN Emtelle Show-Tell #7

The event, as before will be jointly hosted by B4RN and Emtelle in Lancaster and the surrounding B4RN area. The day will focus on sharing experiences and demonstrating installation techniques for rural fibre to the home/broadband initiatives.
Topics to be covered include:-

  • Customer Engagement
  • Product Selection
  • Network Planning
  • Content
  • Active Equipment
  • Hands on demonstrations
  • Field trip

We hope you will be able to join us for a fully interactive day! It is advised that due to the locations visited on the field trip that delegates bring suitable clothing such as a raincoat and walking boots or wellies!

Best regards

Barry Forde CEO, B4RN and Steven King Chief Commercial Officer, Emtelle

Please register for attendance by emailing info@emtelle.com. You we be sent further details regarding the full agenda and location.

Please use the same address for any other enquiries in connection with the event.

The Twitter hash tag for the event is #FTTHshowTell

For anyone who has not attended one of these events, an excellent write up was provided by Vicki Turk, UK Editor of Motherboard and can be seen here. There are also several photos from the event on the B4RN Facebook page.

Here is a recent video that shows what activity is taking place in B4RNland and how this sort of project can transform your community.

B4RN Shortlisted in Techworld 2014 Awards

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in B4RN News | 2 comments

B4RN has been shortlisted for several industry awards since its inception and it has won a few of those too.

The shortlists for the forthcoming Techworld awards to be held at the ME hotel in London on 20th November 2014 have been announced and B4RN is up for an award in the Enterprise Project of the Year” category. The full shorlist for the category is as follows:-

FirstGroup plc
Hull Trains Wi-Fi Single Sign Up project

B4RN
Broadband for the Rural North project

UK Power Networks
Self service tools project

Hargreaves Lansdown
HL Live for iPad with Mubaloo

CSC and Zurich Insurance Group
IT Infrastructure Transformation Programme

As you can see, B4RN is up against some industry big players so it will be interesting to see how we fare with our unique project. Even to be shortlisted is a great boost for the community that have put in so much hard work to make the project a success, so to win this would be superb. Fingers crossed!

Techworld Awards 2014 Shortlisted

Techworld Awards 2014 Shortlisted

B4RN & Emtelle Show-Tell Day #6

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in B4RN News, Lessons Learnt | 2 comments

B4RN & Emtelle Show-Tell Day #6

Emtelle show tell day 6

Update…

The 6th showtell day went exceedingly well, with favourable weather meaning we could visit a lot of sites. The photos are here on the facebook page, and you don’t have to join facebook to see them. We were joined by a visitor from the EU commission who was reporting back about what rural communities are capable of, and whether the project can be replicated across Europe.

The next showtell date will be announced soon, register your interest if you want to be included.

It’s time for another get together. A meeting of like minded folks and an opportunity to share the knowledge of rural broadband deployment.

The date of the sixth Show-Tell day is set for the 8th October 2014. These events have been extremely popular and have allowed valuable information to be shared along with field visits to see various aspects of the B4RN community fibre broadband deployment.

The event, as before, will be jointly hosted by B4RN and Emtelle in Lancaster and the surrounding B4RN area. The day will focus on sharing experiences and demonstrating installation techniques for rural fibre to the home/broadband initiatives.

Topics to be covered include:-

  • Customer Engagement
  • Product Selection
  • Network Planning
  • Content
  • Active Equipment
  • Hands on demonstrations
  • Field trip

We hope you will be able to join us for a fully interactive day! It is advised that due to the locations visited on the field trip that delegates bring suitable clothing such as a raincoat and walking boots or wellies!

Best regards

Barry Forde CEO, B4RN and Steven King, Chief Commercial Officer, Emtelle

Please register for attendance by emailing info@emtelle.com. You we be sent further details regarding the full agenda and location.

Please use the same address for any other inquiries in connection with the event.

The Twitter hash tag for the event is #FTTHshowTell

For anyone who has not attended one of these events, an excellent write up was provided by Vicki Turk, UK Editor of Motherboard and can be seen here. There are also several photos from the event on the B4RN Facebook page.

 

Dolphinholme – Snorkels, Triffids and Fibre

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in B4RN News | Comments Off on Dolphinholme – Snorkels, Triffids and Fibre

Many followers of the rural broadband debate will have heard of the small Lancashire village of Dolphinholme. Situated just outside Lancaster and on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, this village of around 200 people, whilst having great views, has suffered with very poor broadband speeds.

One thing the village does have though, is a very active community. Having being made aware of the B4RN project deploying nearby, the villagers decided to get involved and subsequently raised the interest, investment, muscle and cake to ensure that Dolphinholme would be brought into the Hyperfast lane. Much hard work has and still is being put in by all the villagers and some very interesting stories regarding how the duct was deployed have been heard. For example, snorkels have been used at some point! Several residents were called in to tackle a very large Triffid sized plant that was blocking the duct route. All these obstacles and more have been overcome and now the village has a live connection, several properties are now enjoying one of the fastest connections in the world with more being added daily.

Some people will remember the debate that raged in the press regarding the appearance of BT in the village, shortly after the villagers started digging. Word has gone quiet on this front but it’s safe to say that B4RN is now well and truly embraced by the village.

Dolphinholme Plinth and B4RNstormers

Dolphinholme Plinth and B4RNstormers

Media attention was raised again this week as BBC Radio Lancashire visited to find out more at a demonstration evening arranged by the villagers. The aim was to allow residents to come along, ask questions and generally find out more about what was involved. Most of all, as the Village Hall is now live, the people that have yet to be connected could bring their own gadgets, connect up and experience the service first hand. To show what other capabilities the connection could bring, local computer firm Black Bear Computers were there with various connectable widgets.

Unfortunately not all went to plan as shortly before the session was about to start, the connection went dead. As the village is still deploying, the resilient link is not yet live. The fault was soon found. A utility company working in nearby Abbeystead had accidentally cut through the cable which feeds the village. The B4RN team was called in and much to the delight of all affected, the fault was fixed in around four hours. The fix would have been quicker but the B4RN team had to wait for the site to be made safe first. So although this put an end to the live demo, it gave great reassurance to the villagers that should there be similar issues then a quick resolution would be found. A positive end to what started somewhat more negatively.

If you missed the radio interview, then you can listen again here.

      1. BBC Radio Lancashire Dolphinholme Report

In addition, the story was also covered on the BBC website,  the Telegraph wesbite and Cable.co.uk

Well done to all involved at Dolphinhome. They are leading the way for other similar communities showing that if people pull together, anything is possible. True B4RN-stormers! It will be interesting to see how the village make use of the service as it propagates.

 

B4RN & Emtelle Show-Tell Day #5

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in B4RN News | Comments Off on B4RN & Emtelle Show-Tell Day #5

Update:

Been and gone, great day, enjoyed by all and lots of knowledge shared. The next showtell day will probably be in October, please email us at info@b4rn.org.uk or SimonW@emtelle.com if you want to attend it. Lots of photos on our facebook page if you want to see what happens.

It’s time for another get together. A meeting of like minded folks and an opportunity to share the knowledge of rural broadband deployment.

The date for the fifth Show-Tell day is set for the 10th July 2014. These events have been extremely popular and have allowed valuable information to be shared along with field visits to see various aspects of the B4RN community fibre broadband deployment.

B4RN Show-Tell #4

B4RN Emtelle Show-Tell #5

The event, as before will be jointly hosted by B4RN and Emtelle in Lancaster and the surrounding B4RN area. The day will focus on sharing experiences and demonstrating installation techniques for rural fibre to the home/broadband initiatives.
Topics to be covered include:-

  • Customer Engagement
  • Product Selection
  • Network Planning
  • Content
  • Active Equipment
  • Hands on demonstrations
  • Field trip

We hope you will be able to join us for a fully interactive day! It is advised that due to the locations visited on the field trip that delegates bring suitable clothing such as a raincoat and walking boots or wellies!

Best regards

Barry Forde CEO, B4RN and Steven King Chief Commercial Officer, Emtelle

Please register for attendance by emailing info@emtelle.com. You we be sent further details regarding the full agenda and location.

Please use the same address for any other enquiries in connection with the event.

The Twitter hash tag for the event is #FTTHshowTell

For anyone who has not attended one of these events, an excellent write up was provided by Vicki Turk, UK Editor of Motherboard and can be seen here. There are also several photos from the event on the B4RN Facebook page.

Here is a recent video that shows what activity is taking place in B4RNland.

Rural Broadband – The Difference it’s Made to Me

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in B4RN News, B4RNstorming B4RNicles | 2 comments

Step back 6 years. I was a busy lawyer living in a small town in the North West of England, addicted to my expensive Virgin Media broadband connection. I used it for email, internet, keeping in touch with friends around the country/world and all sorts of television-related goodies. I’d become dependent upon it, and couldn’t imagine enjoying life without a fast broadband connection. At the same time, I loved walking and camping with pals in Cumbria, Yorkshire/North Lancashire and Scotland. I’d get out as often as possible with my tent and my dog and spend a weekend away, and then I’d drive home and fire up the computer to catch up with pals, the world and the TV I’d missed over the weekend. Everything seemed sorted.

My perspective changed fast, though, when my mother died very suddenly. I realised I wasn’t entirely happy in my work, and I began to fantasize about chucking in my high-pressure job and moving to live in the sort of place I’d spent 20 years driving to at weekends. I was no longer tied to my small town, but could the move be done? My problem didn’t lie in the reduction of income, but in the virtual impossibility of finding the sort of internet access I’d become accustomed to in the kind of place I wanted to live. It’s said that broadband has become one of the essential utilities, and I certainly agree. I don’t mind having to drive 5 miles to the nearest petrol station or cash machine, or even 15 miles to the nearest town, but I can no longer live from daytoday without a decent internet connection.

I spent many, many hours on the internet after work, searching for places I’d like to move to that had houses I could afford. One day I saw an advert for a tiny cottage in Wray, and booked a viewing. I researched Wray, and found that it was part of a broadband experiment involving Lancaster University. It sounded as though this might be the kind of place I was looking for, and when I saw that Wray was planning to stream a cricket match (#twicket) across the internet I knew this was the place for me! My decision was made.

Fast forwarding, I moved to Wray mid 2011. Not long after I arrived I heard about B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North) and became very excited. The proposal was for the local community to cooperatively dig a fibre connection across the moors and into the village that would enable us to have one of the fastest broadband connections in the world. Wow! I was instantly hooked, and extremely excited! I’ve had a commercial broadband connection since I moved here, but I’ve had to pay an enhanced rate because I’m living in a rural community. Also, there was no possibility, preB4RN, of being able to upgrade that connection to fibre, as the commercial operations were not willing to invest the money required to do the job.

I immediately expressed an interest in B4RN and joined in the community effort to spread the word and encourage local residents and landowners to sign up. I’ve known that it was coming for a couple of years now, but four days ago superfast broadband finally became a reality for me when I got home from work to find that local volunteers had blown in my connection. Dog fed, I went to the new router to check my new password, and less than a minute later I was connected, on my iPad, to one of the fastest internet connections in the world! Amazing!

screen shot of my speed test this morning

A speed test from my laptop

Having finally arrived at the weekend, I’ve been able to spend all morning updating things around the house. B4RN is now feeding not only my iPad and Macbook but also (and wirelessly) my PC desktop upstairs. Not only that but it’s also driving my smart TV! No more frustrating pixelated interludes while my commercial broadband struggles to catch up with iPlayer and Lovefilm.

My next step will be to organise a B4RN telephone service (and I’ll be able to keep my existing number). That means I’ll be able to have a phone that uses B4RN fibre for a fraction of what I currently pay in monthly landline rental charges, and I’ll be able to run my mobile off it too while I’m at home. When my number has been ported over I’ll cancel my existing commercial broadband and telephone connections. I’ll be paying approximately the same price (maybe a little less), but for a vastly improved service.

B4RN has made all the difference in the world to me. If it hadn’t been available then I wouldn’t have been able to move to the countryside. I need a fast broadband connection to live my life in the way I’ve become accustomed to living it over the course of the last 20 years. When I was a teenager the ultimate in technological sophistication was a digital watch, but the world has moved on and few people can manage without email and a decent connection to the internet. Certainly I can’t.

What sort of a daily difference will it make to me? Well, for a start I’ll be able to communicate with the local Parish Councillors in email, in my role as Parish Clerk. Not all Councillors had internet connections before, but they will when the village dig is complete. I also hope to be able to keep local residents in touch with what’s going on via an email circulation list. I’ll be able to read and respond to my work-related emails at home (um… not sure whether that’s a good thing or not!) Mainly, though, I’ll be able to surf the internet super-quickly and stream TV and films via my television. I’ll have a super-fast connection to all of the internet sites that I’ve become used to using since I first bought a laptop 20 years ago and became dependent upon broadband.

I’d like to say a huge “Thank you!” to all of the local volunteers who have made this possible for me. I’ll pay for the connection, but volunteer villagers have come to my house and drilled holes to bring the fibre through, routed the wires through my house and also installed the router for me. They’ve been available at the end of a phone to advise me on how to get things going. Does that happen with commercial providers? *insert hollow laughter here* I don’t think so ?

Thank you, B4RN. You’ve made it possible for me to change my life and enjoy the benefits of the city and town without having to live there.

Land Rover, The Princes Trust & B4RN

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in B4RN News | 1 comment

Some people may remember that B4RN was awarded the use of a Land Rover Freelander 2 towards the end of last year thanks to the Land Rover Countryside Bursary in partnership with The Princes Countryside Fund.

The new freelander, on loan to B4RN for 12 Months from the Princes Countryside Trust fund and Landrover

The new freelander, on loan to B4RN for 12 Months from the Princes Countryside Trust fund and Landrover

Those who are familiar with the type of terrain that the B4RN area covers will know that the availability of a reliable 4×4 vehicle is a necessity. So it goes without saying that since the first day of delivery, the Land Rover has been out in the fields come rain, shine, snow, hail and whatever else Mother Nature has thrown our way. It has enabled the team to get deep into the fields where the fibre optic cable is routed and as can be seen from the super film produced by the people at Land Rover, the vehicle also doubles as a fibre work tent.

The film (produced by Land Rover and The Prince’s Countryside Fund), shows not only how useful the Land Rover is to projects and communities like B4RN but also what the project itself brings to a community. Not only the world class broadband but also the bringing together of many different people in the community with a single cause for the benefit of all.