Broadband update, Quiz Night, TWCC TT, Better mobile coverage
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Superfast broadband for Chillaton?
This has been mentioned before as a possibility, so an update may be useful.
A consortium of various County Councils and BT, called Connecting Devon and Somerset [CDS], aims to bring superfast broadband to 90% of premises in its area by 2016.  ‘Superfast’ in rural areas is likely to mean about 24mbps.  Currently, in the centre of Chillaton the actual speed is about 6mbps, so if we are upgraded, our broadband connection could be about four times faster than it is now. 
BT are scheduled to carry out a survey in Chillaton before October this year and whether or not we actually get upgraded depends on the outcome of that survey and on the level of interest expressed by local residents.  It’s crucial that as many people as possible express an interest in superfast broadband as that really does influence whether we get it. No-one who expresses an interest will be under any obligation to subscribe to the service.
BT Openreach now has a new facility to record your interest and it can also be used for business premises.  Although many residents will have registered before, please do so again on BT’s new site at
Please register, or re-register, today.
Quiz Night
Don't forget that Wednesday night this week (13th) is Charity Quiz Night at the Chichester Arms. A multi round quiz for everyone. You don't have to be clever, you just have to be there.
Tour De Chillaton
Last Thursday evening (7th August) saw Tavistock Wheelers members fill the square (and the pub) as 42 members of Tavistock and Okehampton cycle clubs got together for their annual (well twice) 3 Up Time Trial. This consists of teams of three riders setting off up Chillaton hill for a 25 mile loop via Lydford, Sourton and Lewdown, ending back in Chillaton for a well earned drink and some food at the Chichester Arms. The winning time was around 1 hour and 6 minutes and the first and second teams were separated by only one second. 6 Chillaton cyclists took part including members of the fastest all woman team!
Better Mobile Signal in Chillaton?
Vodafone are running a 'competition' of sorts to help small rural communities improve their mobile reception. The details can be found here  on the Vodafone web site. They call it 'Rural Open Sure Signal'. Essentially if the community can find some places to put the masts (see picture) and agree to pay for the electricity, (about £30 per site per year and up to 10 sites per location) then Vodafone will install boosters in your village and pay for the broadband connections to make them work. Anyone within range and with a Vodafone contract can then get a signal at no extra cost. (You can always change to a Vodafone contract later). The range of the boosters is about 500 metres, so it wouldn't take many to improve the signal across the heart of the village.
There is a time limit for applications and we need some commitment from people in the village to make this work, so please respond quickly by  emailing if you are interested in helping to make this work or can offer a site
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