Local Community News

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Building on the success of the marketing event held last February, Alston Moor Partnership in conjunction with Cybermoor is facilitating this follow-up event aimed at anyone who is involved in tourism/visitor related activities in and around Alston Moor. It will be a great opportunity to find out what’s going on, what others are doing, what plans are in the pipeline and how you can be involved in helping market Alston Moor.   BOOK a place NOW on this FREE event.

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We have been working hard over the summer and autumn to plan the improvements in the Cybermoor broadband services with Briskona. The wireless network will be upgraded over the winter/spring to provide faster broadband speeds and a more reliable service. The fibre network is also being expanded to cover more properties around Alston.

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In June 2014, the government announced the successful bids for its £10m innovation fund to explore ways to take superfast broadband to the most remote and hardest-to-reach areas of the UK.  Cybermoor was selected as a pilot project to focus on Superfast Broadband provision in Northumberland. With the government’s current nationwide rollout already on track to deliver superfast to 95% of the UK by 2017, it is now focusing on exploring ways to reach those premises in the
final 5%.

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At their January meeting, Alston Moor Parish Council expressed concerns about the lighting on A-roads within the parish, the blowing up of two postboxes, drainage problems at Tyne Willows pavillion, the reduction in funding for bus services and the lack of information provided by Cumbria County Council on their budget consultation.

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You will no doubt already be aware that Cumbria County Council is currently undertaking a major Public Budget Consultation, proposing cuts in spending for 2015-18.  The cuts will affect either most of us personally and/or someone we know and care about in some way. You can read information on the consultation and its proposals on the council’s website, together with links and information on how you can respond to it at Cumbria County Council Budget Consultation.

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You may be surprised to hear that the Alston Lifeboat Ladies Guild appears to have been very active in the Alston and Nenthead area until a number of years ago. A quick search of The Cumberland & Westmoreland Herald archives shows that the Guild were busy during Flag Week raising funds with house to house collections, coffee mornings and pub quizzes. In May 2001 two of the ladies involved in the Guild, Mrs Mary Renwick and Mrs Celia Langhorne, were presented with the RNLI Silver Award for service to the organisation in recognition of their fund-raising activities over the years.

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If one of your New Year's Resolutions is to get into gear and get fitter, then READ ON ... new Heath & Fitness sessions starting this week at Samuel King's School, every Tuesday and Thursday evening.  Spinner cycle classes running every Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm and Circuit Training every Tuesday from 7pm.  Spinning classes must be booked in advance, as numbers are limited, but no booking required for Circuit Training.  Discounted rates for block booking and Circuit Training sessions free if combined with Spinning sessions. 

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We thought it would be useful to publish the official Virgin Media Summary Report that records in full the incident timeline for the disruption in Cybermoor broadband services for the period 30th November to 1st December, which was caused by a break in the BT fibre.

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At their December meeting on 1st December, the Parish Council heard from PC Paul Crabtree, who is due to retire at the end of the year, discussed the idea of parish councils raising money to support local bus services and the concerns around the reduction in footway lighting around the whole of the parish.

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Alston Moor Partnership is holding two historic exhibitions and a public consultation to help develop the initial proposals contained in the successful first stage Townscape Heritage scheme bid and it is hoped that the local community will come along and look at the ideas and suggestions, give their opinions and suggest their own ideas about how Alston can maintain its unique character whilst accommodating the needs of locals and visitors alike. Join the Alston Moor Partnership to find out what the project has achieved so far and what the next phase will entail. The exhibitions are on until 13th December 2014.

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