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£540raised of £1,200 target by 24 supporters

Weʼre raising £1,200 to Have more Broadband choices for Peatmoor.

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Hi Neighbours.

This letter would have been more appropriate 12 months ago prior to Relish, but with community spirit and all of that, I thought I would give it a shot. I hope you all agree.

With the ever changing technology, who knows what will happen, however you are all aware that we have had terrible broadband on the estate. BT/Openreach have made several broken promises over the years, and to finally get the ball rolling, one of our neighbours decided to take action and pay to have the BT green cabinet 29 area upgraded. With Openreach co-funding the cost ended up being roughly £1200

Now before I go any further, the person who paid has not asked for any of this money back and is not aware that i have created this page, so he shall remain nameless for now, however I personally think that if we all chip in a little, he will get his money back. It is quite a large lump sum from anyones pocket, plus we will all get a minimum of at least 50Mbps Broadband and have a choice of ISP’s that use the open reach network to get broadband to our homes.

Openreach advised there are 80 homes connected to the cabinet. I worked it out as 103 homes.

1200 / 103 = £11.65 each

If everyone were to pay £20 each, it would raise £2,060 if there were 103 donations, otherwise £1600 if there are 80 donations. However, i doubt everyone would be able to donate for whatever reason, so if only 50% of the community paid £20, we would hit £800. If anything is left over it could be saved in case Openreach needed some more funds, or if they don't, with the community spirit it could go towards a pint or 2 in the pub.

How did i find out about this. Well I was sent a personal message via the Think Broadband site back in December, this is how i found out that a neighbour had paid to have the cabinet upgraded. We have sent a few emails back and forth, but we have not yet met in person.

How i was found

Openreach Broadband Checker

This really has been a *selfless act*, and it would show some true community spirit for all of us in Peatmoor if we shared the cost.

p.s, i have never done this before and i am sure it does not come across as professional, but its not meant to be. I will be willing to reply to any questions and share what i know.

Below are all the postcodes that will benefit.

Postcodes that will benefit.

Thank you, and don't forget to tell your neighbours!!

Here is another page view that shows this has been privately funded.

April 30th 2018

I placed this on to the cabinet today hopefully itl‘ll draw some more attention.


BT Broadband Availability Checker

Facebook Page Link

June 28th 2018

Today I noticed the telecom tariffs / code lookup portal is showing a FTTc live date of November 2018.

14 August 2018

The first sign showing the work is due to start.

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  • Mitch Charles6 hrs ago
    Mitch Charles

    Mitch Charles

    6 hrs ago

    Hi Everyone. We have an update, the site is now showing work is due to take place between 29 Aug - 6 Sep to lay underground ducting and also install the new cabinet. It will still take some time to connect the fibre and install power and conduct testing etc.

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  • Mitch Charles9 days ago
    Mitch Charles

    Mitch Charles

    9 days ago

    Two more donations yesterday 👏 We are now at 45% aka £540 from 24 supporters. There’s 103 homes that will benefit, we can do this! This time the thanks go to Gav & Jenny Waldron Also their neighbours Leigh & Jim Rendell Great community spirit. Thanks, and lovely chatting to you all. Don’t forget to tell your neighbours !

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  • Mitch Charles11 days ago
    Mitch Charles

    Mitch Charles

    11 days ago
    Update from the Page owner

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4 months ago

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Page last updated on: 8/15/2018 1:44 AM



  • Jenny & Gav Waldron

    Jenny & Gav Waldron

    Aug 5, 2018

    Great idea, thanks for organising. Jenny & Gav 5 Peaks Down


  • Jim Rendell

    Jim Rendell

    Aug 5, 2018

    Keep up the good work Mitch.Jim & Leigh10 Peaks Down


  • Sarah Chilvers

    Sarah Chilvers

    Aug 4, 2018

    Wonderful to see the community coming together and sharing the load. Well done Mitch for all your hard work and the gentleman who pre paid. Hope we get to the target Sarah and Dave Chilvers 1 Tower rd


  • Gareth Johnson

    Gareth Johnson

    Aug 4, 2018

    Well worth it as Peatmoor enters the 21st century.


  • Alex Dean

    Alex Dean

    Jul 8, 2018

    More than happy to donate. Fingers crossed it all goes through. Alex and charmaine at 17 Tower Road.


  • Laura Bailey & Alun Dowdeswell

    Laura Bailey & Alun Dowdeswell

    Jun 2, 2018

    We only moved in yesterday and didn’t even think to check the internet before moving! Thanks for talking us through the situation this morning 😊Laura & Alun26 Horcott Road


  • Sally + Howard Phillips

    Sally + Howard Phillips

    May 27, 2018

    We liked the poster on the cabinet, very eye catching, it really drew our attention. More than happy to help. Pass on our thanks to the mystery person. There's a pint at the bar with his name on!


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I am a 46 year old gadget loving married guy with 3 kids and work in the tech industry and am originally from London, but have lived in Swindon since 2004.

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