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Urgent update about Village Broadband

A message from WeFibre (Telecom) 

If you missed the deadline to sign up to broadband you now have a new opportunity to register interest directly with WeFibre (www.wefibre.com). This is not binding in any way as a commitment to a contract but will assist them in understanding the likely audience in the village. This opportunity will close again on the 15th February. 

To keep you informed this is the email received by the community coordinators:

Thank you for your interest in WeFibre and for your vote as a part of the Broadband Upgrade Fund.

We know you had a choice of suppliers as a part of the Broadband Upgrade Fund and so don’t take the responsibility lightly.

We’ve been truly blown away by the level of interest we’ve received as a supplier on the Broadband Upgrade Fund and are very grateful to have your support. Each vote we received in an area helps to build support for that area so please know your vote really does matter and count.

We’re incredibly excited to have the potential opportunity to serve you and ensure you benefit from what most take for granted these days, digital inclusion.

WeFibre was established to help close the digital divide which is why our mission is simply “to do the right thing for the UK by ensuring everyone has the access they need and deserve”.

Now all the votes are in, we’re working through each vote in order to understand where the clusters of interest are and how we can allocate clusters of votes into projects that will eventually be put forward to DCMS for funding.

📅 Next steps:

Monday 8th of February 🏘️ Complete grouping of votes into projects by region.

Tuesday 9th of February📣 We will be sending out the next update to confirm that all projects have been allocated.

Monday 15th of February📜 We will be confirming what your project will be and providing you with community action pack outlining a step by step guide from there until final connection. As a part of the project allocation stage we will do our best to create groups of votes large enough to ensure they meet the mobilisation threshold however if the geographic spread is too large then we may need to set a minimum signup threshold for your area that will mean more support from the community is needed in order to trigger mobilisation.

Our commitment is we will put every single vote into a project in order to give every community no matter where you are based the opportunity to generate additional interest even if initial levels received by the Broadband Upgrade Fund are low.

Please continue to be patient with us whilst we complete this important planning stage. There will be an opportunity to engage in dialogue concerning your community project after the 15th of February, once each community project has been formed.

If you know of anyone else who is interested in participating and would like to engage with us prior to the 15th of February, please direct them to wefibre.com and have them submit interest.

Thank you once again for your support and interest. We look forward to working with you to connect the unconnected.

Shaun GibsonWeFibre

Honouring our Families

A piece from overseas – referring to our twin up north ond yn dal yn berthnasol and it is a lovely read.

Families are special! They provide us with what we need to survive,both as children and as grown ups.  If we’re fortunate enough, we inherit the stories of our families and the individuals, who can make the stories more interesting.

This can bring them to life well after they have passed on.  My childhood was blessed with this legacy.  My mother was the keeper of such stories and what a storyteller she could be! Her knowledge of family genealogy was tapped into by relatives who have now spread out all over the world. 

As I enter my 60th year, I am drawn, more so than ever, to my mothers’ homeland of Wales.  Advances in technology have given us the ability to connect with our families, some lost, misplaced, some still waiting to be found.  These are those whose names and histories spring from our computer screen and with great enthusiasm we dive in to their lives and welcome them home. 

My great grandfather was one of these ‘lost’ souls, destined to never be remembered or given his freedom to connect again to his family of today.  It was by sheer chance that a good friend of mine who is a wonderful family counselor, made a remark regarding the work I’d been doing on Ancestry.com. She was especially impressed that my name, Ann, had been cherished and loved from mother to mother for many generations until it finally rested with me.  We don’t often think about our names.  Unless we’re filling out forms or introducing ourselves to new people.  But whats in a name???  As it turns out, Everything!

It was Ann’s maternal grandfather, Owen Griffith, who, for some reason, caught my attention. ” Llansadwrn?”, I said to myself, ” Llansadwrn? Where in Wales is Llansadwrn?”  It was such a pretty word and it rolled easily off the tongue.  Might I just add here that my grandmother Laura Ann raised her three children with very little of her mother language.  She raised them to speak English because she remembered being beaten as a child for being so bold as to say anything in Welsh and it was made even more difficult for her when her family packed up and moved to Liverpool. But I remembered a little of my mother’s use of the language, which were the basic words, really.  So, I was pleasantly surprised when,  in my very awkward pronunciation, I found  ‘ Llansadwrn’ rolled off the tongue like honey? So, I looked it up on the World Wide Web.

By doing this I felt connected to Owen and I was excited to visit, via the computer, places and buildings he may have seen. In my research I found that Owen was born around 1760 in Llansadwrn, Anglesey, Wales and that he had married Jane and they lived, it seems, quite happily in Llansadwrn, where they are both buried. He was a farmer and, from what I have discovered, worked for a Wm Peacoke Esq.  Jane passed away in 1838 and dear Owen only 4 years later, in 1842. 

Their daughter, Elizabeth carried on the DNA, down the line to me.  I have been blessed throughout my life with some fascinating and totally awe-inspiring moments but knowing that in a small space in Llansadwrn, there is a part of my heritage, a link to those proud Welshmen and Welshwomen  who loved their country and their language and who, without knowing it, have  passed it on in spite of any difficulties. It is now up to me to continue this legacy and teach my three grandsons the little I know. Perhaps one day I will be fortunate enough to honour Owen and Jane with my presence and pray over their graves in Welsh.  Until then, however, my work continues. It is incredible to me that a little place like Llansadwrn is now spoken of and viewed by my family who live in Canada, Australia and the US. Oh, and by the way, I am enrolled in a language class to begin in March 2020…the language I’m learning?  Why Welsh, of course!

 

New-Style Concessionary Travel Pass

Anyone over 60 who uses the local buses and trains need to ensure that they have a new-style travel pass by 31 Dec.

This is an online application, so to help those who don’t have access to a computer then if you bring along the relevant information to Saturday books at the village Reading Room then someone will be there to help over the next couple of months.

Just drop in, grab a cup of tea and maybe even find a book or dvd you fancy taking home. The perfect environment to tackle personal admin with support on hand!

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