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Awards Tour: Calder Vale

Stop 26 on the Awards Tour and this time we’re in Calder Vale! We’re taking the INCA and ISPA trophies – won last year – around the communities who’ve given their time, effort and expertise as volunteers over the last decade to make B4RN happen where they are. We joined this group as they gathered … [Read more…]

Celebration As B4RN 4 Crook Enters Build Phase

Volunteers, staff and local councillors gathered as B4RN 4 Crook celebrated their project entering the build phase. Crook is the latest South Lakes community which can look forward to being connected to gigabit full fibre broadband on the B4RN network. It’s a big milestone for the local volunteer group, who started making this happen back … [Read more…]

B4RN Launches Volunteer Handbook

B4RN has launched its Volunteer Handbook! The 16-page booklet, titled “Volunteering with B4RN – An Introduction”, will be handed to new volunteer groups. The Handbook includes: – An introduction to B4RN – The roles of B4RN volunteers – An explanation of the phases of a B4RN project – A run down of the training B4RN … [Read more…]

Awards Tour: Over Kellet

We’re up to stop 25 of the B4RN Awards Tour and this time it’s Over Kellet! The trophies – won last year – are being taken round the communities and volunteers who’ve got the job done of installing B4RN’s gigabit full fibre broadband network. This occasion coincided with the Over Kellet volunteer group’s AGM, with … [Read more…]

Langcliffe Quarry Enterprise Centre Goes Live on B4RN

Businesses occupying a new, purpose-built rural enterprise facility will have the opportunity to benefit from fast, reliable broadband thanks to B4RN – following an investment by Craven District Council. Langcliffe Quarry – located within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and close to the market town of Settle – has been transformed from a former waste … [Read more…]

Awards Tour: Chipping

We joined the Chipping chain gang for stop 24 the Awards Tour! The INCA and ISPA trophies – won last year – are being put in the hands of dedicated volunteers who have spent the past decade connecting their communities to the B4RN gigabit full fibre broadband network. Four volunteers – Peter Chambers, Graeme Crichton, … [Read more…]

Awards Tour: Preston Richard

The B4RN Awards Tour rolled into Preston Richard for stop number 23. The trophies for the INCA and ISPA prizes – won last year – are heading out to the communities and volunteers who have spent the last 10 years planning and building the B4RN gigabit full-fibre broadband network.. Seven volunteers gathered at Endmoor Village … [Read more…]

Storth School B4RN Officially Switched On By MP

Storth CE Primary School had its B4RN gigabit broadband officially ‘switched on’ by MP Tim Farron. Local volunteers, who were vital to getting the site connected, were there alongside B4RN staff. The rain held off for the outdoor occasion on Friday (1st July). The school provided cake and hot drinks with pupils from class three … [Read more…]

Kirkoswald Goes Live On B4RN!

Kirkoswald’s B4RN gigabit full fibre broadband network has gone live! People in the parish can now enjoy B4RN thanks to hard graft by local volunteers, working alongside our contractors and staff. Locals went ‘live’ on Tuesday 28th June, with the lights coming on connected customers’ routers. This is the culmination of months of dogged work … [Read more…]

Awards Tour Special: Allen Valleys

Stop 22 of the Awards Tour was a whistle-stop mini-tour of the Allen Valleys! The INCA and ISPA trophies – won last year – are doing the rounds of volunteers from communities who have got the job done laying the B4RN gigabit full fibre broadband network over the last decade. The prizes went to the … [Read more…]