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Picture Special: B4RN Community Dig Day

September 22nd, 2022
Author: Mark Gray
Posted In: Latest news

B4RN staff, volunteers and contractors were in Burton-in-Lonsdale for another ‘Community Dig Day’.

A big ‘thank you’ to the local community and volunteer group for hosting us on Friday 16th September and the Sports Pavilion for acting as our hub.

The day showed what it takes to get a community connected to full fibre gigabit broadband, with demonstrations on: moleploughing; core and house fibre blowing; a garden dig; and house kit fitting.

Below are some pictures from the day.


Team B4RN Staff and Volunteers:

The whole crew. B4RN staff and volunteers at the Sports Pavilion.


Out with the hard dig contractors.


One of the teams at the garden dig.


One of the teams at the house fibre blowing demo.


Another team at the garden dig.


One of the teams in the trenches at the garden dig.


Tea break at the Pavilion.


Volunteers learning about core fibre blowing. Alistair explaining about bullets and how the network works.



Moleplough “Little Nell” listens to the team briefing.


Digging the hole where the moleplough will start.


Pre-site assessment and Health & Safety briefing with staff and volunteers watching on.


Core & House Fibre Blowing:

Engineer Brad talks through core fibre blowing.


Fibre blower almost ready to start work.


Engineer Matt Brown explaining blowing house fibre.


B4RN staff member Jenny Wood having a go at blowing house fibre.



Volunteers watch on as the house fibre is spliced and fused.


Garden Dig

Volunteers getting stuck in at the garden dig.


B4RN staff Jenny, Chloe and Sarah in the trenches.


B4RN staff Thomas, Charles and Cat turn a corner with the garden dig.


House Kit Fitting

B4RN Director and long-time volunteer Ian Thompson led the session on house kit fitting.


Volunteers and staff being shown the internal FWO (Fibre Wall Outlet).



Connections Manager Stephen Cottam dreaming of the day everyone has B4RN.


The CEO and COO getting muddy! A quick drink in between digging trenches.


This prospective customer had a t-shirt on which appealed to our engineers.


Gavin And Belinda Second Nature Smallban

Stories from out in the field from our very happy customers

One residential customer in Over Kellet used to know whether it was worth firing up her computer by looking out of her front window to see what the weather was doing with her telephone line.

Customer Testimonial

We juggle two jobs from home, and it’s just been a game-changer. Just sign up! It’s the best internet service I’ve ever received, and I’ve moved a thousand times!
Georgiana, Dentdale
It has allowed us to improve our farm business through the implementation of Wi-Fi heat detection ankle bands on our herd, and thus improving our business productivity.
Heather Whalley, Farmer
OMG it is amazing! I don’t want to go back to London, which was faster than here, but not now! Just to say a BIG THANK YOU to all you guys, what a great thing you are doing. I’m shocked not everyone is signing up!
Customer in Norfolk
After lambing 1300 ewes a good film is what I want to watch and because we have B4RN that is no problem. Just enables me and my family to get on.
Farmer (Anonymous)
It’s like going from a Ford Anglia to a jet engine!
Jackie Frankland, Rathmell

We’re award winners!

Connected Britain Bpoty All Caps Edit Best Rural Isp Winner 2022 Inca Winner 2022 Medium Connected Britain Community Improvement Award Winner 2022 Inca Ispa 1663059912