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raised of £1,200 target by 29 supporters

    Weʼve raised £710 to Have more Broadband choices for Peatmoor.

    Funded on Saturday, 28th December 2019

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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 (Mat Phillips) 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 (Mat Phillips) 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.

    Thursday August 30th - Work Commence.

    Well as most of you have probably noticed, the workman arrived and started the dig. Here's a few pics to date. The first one is thanks to Howard & Sally.

    And a few more.

    Monday 3rd September - They're Back.

    Bacon Sandwiches for the workers :) Enjoy !

    I'm still on a diet, so I cannot have one lol.

    Octobre 25th - Openreach confirm that the work is complete and they are accepting orders.

    I am now withdrawing the funds and will be passing them over to our neighbour who paid up front.

    Thanks again to everyone who chipped in. It was good for me to meet some of you on the doorstep.

    This will be one of my last posts on the topic.

    Here is an earlier snippet from one of the mails i received from our neighbour.

    So its a thanks all round.

    Well done Peatmoor :o)



    • Mitch Charles5 years ago
      Mitch Charles

      Mitch Charles

      5 years ago

      I received this from Amazon today. It was totally unexpected. What a lovely present. I am honestly over the moon with it. Everyone this was a present from our generous neighbour Mat Phillips who made all of this happen. Too Man Mat !!

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    • Mitch Charles5 years ago
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      5 years ago

      As I can only fit a small amount of text on this page, I thought I’d share a link instead. It’s about having a get together on Saturday October 27th at 3pm. It’s the last post on the link below. It would be great if you could all make it. :o)

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    • Mitch Charles

      Mitch Charles

      Nov 3, 2018


    • Amanda, Matt and Nathan Round

      Amanda, Matt and Nathan Round

      Nov 3, 2018

      Hi Mitch, thank you to you and our kind payer of the original £1,200. Here is just a small donation to say thanks for getting Super Fast Broadband in Peatmoor. Thank you from the The Round Family


    • kevin archer

      kevin archer

      Nov 3, 2018


    • Julian Farmer

      Julian Farmer

      Oct 29, 2018

      Well done mate and many thanks for yours and your neighbours efforts


    • Anonymous


      Sep 9, 2018

      It’s really happening I can’t wait!! Fingers crossed for a high speed xmas.


    • 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


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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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