November 22, 2017

Poultry Update!

Very pleased and relieved to report that the Hen has now finished her walkabout and returned home to her Eglu for a long deserved sleep after 36 hours ‘on the run’. Panic over.

Andrew / Liese

For sale – TV Cabinet, Help the Village Hall

For sale - An attractive display cabinet/TV stand which would complement any home!

 Offers are invited for this outstanding piece of furniture and it will go to the highest bidder.

The owners have very kindly offered to donate the proceeds to the Village Hall funds.

Now’s the chance to enhance your home and help the Village Hall!

To arrange a viewing or make an offer please email Johnshort.clx@btinternet.com

 

Stamps

I am collecting used stamps, does anyone know of a charity that wants them?
Thanks Rosy Miers ( 468481)

Missing still from wold view – small black cat

Our gorgeous and much loved black cat is still missing.

She is small, all black except for a few hairs of white on her chest. We have had a couple of possible sightings in the village but no further news.

We her desperately, please call 07809140717 or email sas2272@gmail.com. We live at will view directly behind the school in Sand Hutton.

Sarah Moore

Claxton High Speed Broadband : here at last!

After a very long wait its seems Fibre-based High Speed Broadband has finally arrived in Claxton*. Some of you may have already received notification from BT. It is worth noting that you do not need to be a BT customer to get the service as BT are legally obliged to ‘unbundle’ their services to other providers. So – unless you are in a long term contract it is well worth shopping around as there are some good introductory offers.

I have ordered a service from PlusNet (who are part of BT now) and this will be installed in a couple of weeks. This gives a ‘guaranteed’ 80Mbps  (Megabits per second) download and 20Mbps upload – more than 15x what we were getting previously. It is costing a little more but should provide improved performance for streaming audio, video, games and TV. If you have a ‘Smart’ connected TV or use BBC iPlayer then it will almost certainly be worthwhile, with less buffering of video etc. The higher upload speeds should also make things like Skype and FaceTime better too for most people. And, for those like myself who work mainly from home it should make things faster and less frustrating all round.

It is also worth noting that the lower cost packages from most providers have a ‘usage cap’ which limits the amount you can download each month. Video, Skype and TV will consume quite a bit if used heavily so its best to speak to the provider to see which is the best package on offer depending on your likely usage.

I’d be interested to hear of the early experiences if anybody is already up and running – let us know in the comments section on the website  http://www.claxton-sandhutton.org.uk/2015/10/03/high-speed-broadband/ together with any questions.

We’ll maybe try to get some video on the Village website – which could do with a bit of a revamp. Contributions most welcome.

* I’m not sure if Sand Hutton is ‘enabled’ yet – does anybody know?

Andrew Fawcett

Community Noticeboard Reminder

If you live locally and have anything For Sale, Wanted or better still to Freecycle you can list it for free on the Website Community Noticeboard. Items posted will remain for around 6 weeks before being removed, or you can let us know if you no longer want the listing active.

The Noticeboard page is at http://www.claxton-sandhutton.org.uk/community-noticeboard/ with full details

Further Development at FERA / DEFRA

Capita and Newcastle University have been chosen to create a joint venture with Defra to help run Fera, the Food and Environment Research Agency as part of Defra’s ambitious science programme. The joint venture will unlock £14.5m of new investment.

This is part of Defra’s ambitious science programme and recognition of the importance of cutting-edge research. The joint venture will expand the agency’s world-leading scientific capability and strengthen its role in food safety research. It will enable Fera to play an even greater role in helping to drive growth in our £100 billion agri-food industry.

- See more at: http://www.ukspa.org.uk/blog/15/02/multi-million-pound-investment-sees-further-development-sand-hutton-site

Broadband Musings

It is interesting to read the latest news – that BT “overestimated” the cost of rolling out High Speed broadband to rural communities and is seeking to return or ‘reinvest’ the £90m or so which it has kept in its monopolistic coffers. (full story here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31043548)

It is also curious to note that BT are looking at spending £12.5bn on buying out the UK’s largest mobile operator EE, seeing this as a better investment than in fulfilling its oft-cited obligations for ‘Broadband Britain’ and ‘Superfast North Yorkshire’. I wonder how much of the taxpayers money paid to BT may have been effectively diverted? But i digress.

So we enter 2015 still with no sign of fast broadband coming to our villages. On a personal basis good fast broadband is essential for my work (in IT) and i am mostly home-based, so i recently trialled one of the satellite broadband services (EuropaSat/Tooway) which are on offer nationally.

On the face of it satellite should provide an interim solution until the day when HSB eventually comes along. The bad news however is that it doesn’t (and it is also quite costly). The download / upload speeds are consistent and good per se (around 16Mbps/6Mbps respectively) but the achilles heel is the latency it imposes (that is to say it takes a relatively long time to send a message to/from a web server). Therefore the general web browsing and internet experience remains sluggish and little better than we have become accustomed to in our broadband ‘desert’. To be fair Satellite will provide faster downloads for things like streaming video, iPlayer and YouTube and large email attachments but the ‘capped/limited’ nature of the service means that it is not really practical/economic for that either. As a result i have sent the equipment back and cancelled the trial subscription. I wouldn’t really recommend it.

Back to square one, then. I’m currently looking at taking some short-term office space in Welburn (which was blessed by BT as part of the initial rollout and enjoys High Speed services) for a project which i am currently embarking on. This may end up being the only option. It is galling when the fibre which carries the fast broadband service to Malton runs along the A64 closer to our villages than it is to Welburn.

I’ve made enquiries as to BTs ongoing plans for the area of SW Ryedale however it seems to be something of a moot point since our local scheme hit a brick wall. I wonder if Ryedale DC may be able to apply some renewed pressure? All of the broadband providers in our area are effectively dependent upon BT and as a result we pay £5-10/month more than areas where the exchanges have been ‘unbundled’ which provides an effective choice. Rural areas such as ours get a double whammy with both slow speeds and higher prices for what we do receive.

It is clear that it is to BTs commercial advantage to maintain this status quo for the foreseeable future. Moreover the politicians seem to have either lost interest or are mistakenly thinking Rural High Speed Broadband rollout is a done deal.

Any thoughts and ideas welcome.

 

Andrew

 

A64 to be dual carriageway?

in case not seen… link to Press article below

http://bit.ly/1vMXEFN

 

Help : Carrots !

Hello, I wonder if any gardening club member will help me with any tips on growing carrots next year, please? My gardening is confined to raised beds and I am at the wrong age to go through a learning curve of even as long as 2 years. I wish to grow a good crop of carrots next year, simple as that. And left to myself, know that next year I would learn what I should have done and be all ready for 2016 season. I formerly lived at Stamford Bridge for ~16 years and performed odds and sods activities for the local Benefice.

 

Ray Barry

01757 28 82 78 J