Here’s a lovely guest post from David Smith, one of the coordinators and B4RN Team at Arkholme, a rural village in north Lancashire. As regular visitors to the B4RN site will have seen, David and his fellow community members have been working hard come rain of shine laying the core B4RN duct. In David’s own words, here’s how it all started.


Arrived home from 10 days in Malta well rested. Within 2 hours Chris Conder on phone, ”we’re starting the dig tomorrow, can you organise helpers!!”

Well from that day for two weeks, the community has rallied round and despite the awful weather has succeeded in laying the core duct from the village hall to the Geo breakout point.

Helpers have been supplied with tea and food and kept working hard by Chris. [I know the feeling! – Ed]. First houses could be live by end October. Meeting in Bay Horse pub this week found a couple of dozen residents well up for the next stage of dig around village. We’ll do this!


Power up the tea urn and bake the cakes, Arkholme forge ahead with the dig.