Quest For Community Broadband is fast gaining members and momentum

Hello Crosby Ravensworth Parish,

I hope that you are all keeping well and warm and haven’t had any snow or frost-related incidents/accidents.

Here is a brief update on the expansion and imrovement of our communications.  People and ideas are coalescing online – which is good because this snow makes it hard to do physically! Even so we need your bodily warmth and support at Crosby Ravensworth Village Hall on Monday evening at 7.30 pm for a focused presentation and Q&A session on improving mobile and internet communications in our area. Please come along and find out what the potentials are and what is at stake.

Communications Survey
Our LVC Communications Survey Questionnaire is in your copy of The Lyvennet Link. Please can you detach the centrefold , fill in the survey as soon as comfortably possible and return it either:

  • To the box in Crosby Ravensworth Bus Shelter
  • To the box in Margaret Wilcox’s front porch
  • To the box in Maulds Meaburn Bus Shelter
  • To The Parish Council Meeting at Crosby Ravensworth Village Hall on Monday December 6th at 7:30 pm
  • To the little green metal bucket on the step outside Charles Paxton’s home at Greywalls, Maulds Meaburn

Nick Thomas and Lisa have done us proud, the information in the Link looks great and is now circulating thanks to the stalwart delivery network. For survey returns Christian Barnes has kindly put a box in CR bus shelter, Tom Wilcox has put one in his mum’s porch for Reagill returns, I’ve put one in MM bus shelter, so we’ll cross our fingers that people will return them. They can also return them to my house or at the Parish Council meeting. I hope we’ll eventually get a fairly good picture of our Parish communications situation.
I have sent one by email to Lisa and Tim at the school (this is likely to be a very key return). I’m hoping that whatever we do can benefit school too and thus all the local children. It would be really something to fix the school up with a fast fibre connection!

Rory Stewart’s Broadband Cumbria Site and ‘The Eden Declaration’

Please can you have a look at ?
If you haven’t done so yet, please forgive me for asking that you do so sometime this weekend as you will then have a chance to see the ‘Eden Declaration’ , and to sign it too, if you personally agree with its content. I have signed it, as I think it encapsulates some very important messages.
Rory Stewart’s website has launched a petition to demand superfast broadband and universal mobile broadband coverage in Eden by 2012.
This will hopefully convince BDUK, the broadband funding arm of Government that we’d like first crack at (and to dig deep into) the money-pot for rural broadband expansion in our area.
I trust that our MP for Penrith and The Border, Rory Stewart knows what he’s doing here and so would be grateful if you would support this venture as it is likely to yield dividends if it is well supported. As far as I can see, this declaration is very sound and says all the right things for us.
(Admittedly it works on the assumption that people around here want to improve communications. People I have spoken with do. I think this is a good starting point, because it allows for pick and mix solutions to suit different people’s needs and preferences – some people are likely to make their connections via mobile devices, others via fibre to the home for a very fast internet set-up and services akin to cable TV, and others may just plan to benefit from the mobile telephony at first – either directly or via benefit from First Responders or for their Children.

To sign the petition, please go to ‘your account’, click on ‘profile’, click on ‘edit profile’, and scroll down until you see a ‘sign the petition’ box.

Tick this box and your name will appear on the list of signatories on the petition page:

Current non-members have the option of signing the petition when they create an account on the site. It’s free to join. So, please pass this news on to your friends and neighbours by word of mouth, email, post, Facebook, Twitter, door-to-door at Church or at socials – it doesn’t matter how!
The more who sign-up, the merrier.  It will naturally be seen as a gauge of our collective enthusiasm and desire for improved communications services.

People new to the Internet maybe interested to know that there is a very user-friendly training service available locally called Myguide. Shap CDC is one provider, we may be able to run courses in the future in one of our village halls.

Our microsite

Our community website has a broadband area now. Please check out our site and tell me what you’d like to see on it.
We have also been given a microsite attached to which can be found at
I’m running this site as a ‘banner’ around which villages in the wider area can rally to form friendships, exchange ideas and raise issues and solutions. It is likely that a degree of inter-community cooperation will be necessary to help benefit everybody. Please can you have a look at this site too and let me know what you feel could be usefully added?
I’ve put up our communications questionnaire so that other villages in this area of Eden can modify it to conduct their own surveys if they want.

Please don’t hesitate to call me if you have any questions or need any help with navigating any of these sites. Finally I should add that I’m taking no kick-backs or secret benefits or pay-offs for promoting better communications.

Many thanks for reading and thinking about this. Please do circulate this widely among family and friends. I look forward to hearing your responses at your earliest convenience.


Charles Paxton
Tel: 01931-715-270


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