Fibre broadband can now cost the same or less than standard broadband.
So why aren’t people upgrading to a fibre service? And why are they paying the same for 10mbps as they would for 50mbps?
The upgrading process requires shopping around for the best deals. Prices vary but some deals are the same price as old fashioned ADSL broadband. Be aware too that by sticking with the same supplier you may pay more than by switching, have usage caps, and lower speeds.
What can you do with fibre broadband that you can’t do with a standard service?
- Everyone can be online at the same time, which is perfect for a busy household or for when the holidays are coming and friends and family are visiting
- Stream movies and download games without buffering
- Work from home
- Have easy and fast access to educational games and e-books. Homework will be easily uploaded online too.
What to do next?
- Check if you can upgrade by accessing the following website dorsetforyou.com/superfast
- Then shop around for the best deal that will suit you and your household / business. There are websites that do the leg work for you. They compare all the deals available for your postcode to save you time. One example is Money Saving Expert. Finally, contact the chosen supplier and tell them you want to upgrade to a fibre service.
Ultimately, if you get stuck or if you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year on 27 January Holocaust Memorial Day reminds us to think about all those millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.Holocaust Memorial Day events 2018
The South West Multicultural Network with partners Dorchester Town Council and West Dorset District Council would like to invite members of the public to its annual Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) commemoration on Friday 26 January 2018 at the Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester between 12.30pm – 1.30pm.
Cllr Stella Jones, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Equalities, said:
“This service is an opportunity for everyone to come together and remember the victims of these tragedies.
“I would encourage local residents and visitors to take the time to join in with these memorial events and pay their respects.”
This is the 13th HMD event the Network has organised and they are hoping it will be the biggest yet. This year’s theme is – The Power of Words. Spoken and written words from individuals, corporations, community organisations or the state can have a huge impact, whether good or bad. The theme for HMD 2018 explores how language has been used in the past, and how it is used in the present day.
The programme includes Harry Grenville a local resident and Holocaust survivor, presentations by local schools – Thomas Hardye and Sunninghill, poems and music. There will be a minutes silence and the lighting of candles. The Mayor of Dorchester Cllr Susie Hosford and the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset Mr Angus Campbell will be in attendance as well as many local councillors, residents, community groups and organisations.
“This is a time to reflect on those who were killed and persecuted during the Holocaust and other genocides. We hope to encourage young people to understand everyone’s responsibility in trying to prevent a repetition of such atrocities” said Chair of the Network’s HMD Committee Angela Sibley.
There will also be free refreshments afterwards. The Corn Exchange will open from midday to allow time to view exhibits before the event commences at 12.30pm.
Christchurch Borough Council is conducting a review of the Community Governance arrangements across the whole of Christchurch and local people are being invited to have their say.
The review is currently in the first stage, which invites people and interested groups to make submissions in response to the Council’s published consultation document. During this first stage we will be seeking people’s views on what people think is the best form of governance at a parish level in Christchurch.
The consultation document, and supplementary information booklet, is available online or in hard copy at The Civic Offices in Christchurch.
Local residents and organisations are encouraged to respond to the consultation and make their views known. Christchurch Borough Council will then be well informed on public opinion. Responses to phase one of the review must be received no later than 23 February 2018.
Once this first stage of consultation has been completed and evaluated, the Council will then form a draft recommendation. At this point, the second stage of consultation will commence seeking views on the final proposal.
Any new arrangements would take effect from 1 April 2019.
Anyone wishing to submit their views at this stage, or wishing to obtain further information, should visit www.dorsetforyou.com/Christchurch-Community-Governance-Review
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NDDC’s Economic Development team host an annual event for local businesses. We held this year’s event in Sturminster Newton back in November.#1 It is the perfect showcase for your business
2017’s event saw over 100 businesses interact, discuss opportunities and share best practice. Even though rural Dorset is a rural area, it doesn’t mean you have to be isolated!#2 Meet your North Dorset MP North Dorset MP Simon Hoare was in attendance, alongside members of the District Council. Cllr Sherry Jespersen – Portfolio Holder for Community and Regeneration – says: “recent research has shown that businesses in rural areas are more likely to be innovative and more likely to return a profit. “We need to get the message out that North Dorset is a really good place to do business.” #3 Meet our North Dorset Economic Regeneration team
Our dedicated team can help you with business grants, financial advice, connections with relevant agencies. We can also connect you with relevant agencies. Additionally, we can guide you through any regulations that may help [or hinder!] your business. By understanding your needs and challenges, we can all help to drive a stronger economy for Dorset.#4 Practical and engaging workshops
- pre-start and start-up support
- improving digital capabilities
- accessing finance
They also delivered a talk on the day of the business event about digital marketing.#5 There’s a free lunch!
…and it was delicious! Plus, lots of treats from the wonderful array of food and drink brands we have here in North Dorset [including some Great Taste, Taste of Dorset and Dorset Food and Drink award winners!]Thank you!
Thank you to all those who allowed us to film them on the day. We look forward to seeing you all again this year!
This month the Christchurch Health Cycle Ride is celebrating five years of weekly pedalling.
The success and popularity of the Christchurch Health Cycle Ride is down to a team of dedicated volunteers and cyclists. Every week, whatever the weather, they enjoy a fun and social ride around Christchurch using quiet roads, cycle paths and traffic free routes.
The free, 60 minute cycle rides are part of the Activate Coast and Countryside programme, which is coordinated by Christchurch and East Dorset Councils.
Marc Thompson, Health and Activity Officer, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils said “I’m so pleased to see that this group continues to go from strength to strength. These cycle rides are a great success story, which gets local people outdoors and active, which is one of our council’s priorities.
“This group is particularly special due to its strong sense of camaraderie and it is fantastic that the volunteers arrange social events too, which strengthens the group ethic.”Would you like to get on your bike this year?
There is no need to book, just meet outside The Castle Kitchen at Highcliffe Castle on a Monday morning at 9.45am and you will be greeted by a friendly and enthusiastic group who welcome new and fellow cyclists. If you don’t have a bike, but want to give it a try, there is also the option to hire a bike for £2.50, as they also have a small stock of bikes.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or you would like more information on the Christchurch Health Ride, phone the Health and Activity Team on 01202 795682 or visit https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/article/416361/Cycling-groups-and-health-rides-in-Christchurch
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Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has issued a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Use for the former coastguard helicopter site on Portland.Helicopter search and Rescue training facility to continue. (Photo credit: Liam Toohill)
This means HeliOperations will not need to apply for any further planning permission for the site to operate as a helicopter facility including hanger, runway for take off and landing and associated activities.
The decision comes after the applicants made a formal submission for a Certificate of Lawfulness. This followed initial borough council concerns about whether the proposed use for the site was the same as when it previously hosted the Coastguard helicopter.
Before coming to a decision Planning officers sought legal advice over the details provided by the applicants.
What is a Certificate of Lawfulness of a Proposed Use?
Applying for a Certificate of Lawfulness of a Proposed Use is a statutory process. Applicants can provide evidence to obtain a formal decision on whether their proposed use requires planning permission.
This is different from a planning application. For example, the planning merits of the use, operation or activity are not relevant and therefore normal material planning issues such as impacts on ‘amenity’ are not under consideration.
Certificates of Lawfulness of Proposed Use depend entirely on factual evidence about the history and planning status of the building or other land. The interpretation of any relevant planning law or judicial authority concerning the proposed use in comparison to the approved existing use is also considered.Noise complaints
Numerous comments and complaints have been received about noise coming from the site. If the noise is caused by an aircraft, Environmental Health Officers have no power to investigate . The correct authority to contact would be The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). You can reach the CAA online, via telephone at 03300 221500, or post at Civil Aviation Authority CAA House, 45-59 Kingsway, London WC2B 6TE.
Another free one-day course will be held to train people to become volunteer walk leaders in North Dorset.Health walks
The course will be held in Sturminster Newton on 21 February. It is aimed at people who are interested in helping to run health walks to help others stay healthy and active.Walk leading is fun
If you are interested in leading walks, including being a front middle or back marker, please register and come along. The course will be held at Sturminster Newton Medical Centre, Old Market Hill, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1QU. Registration starts at 9.15am and the course runs from 9.30am to 3pm. Places must be booked in advance. Please contact Keith Harrison if you would like to attend on 07825 691508 or email: email@example.com
Tempted? Here are five reasons you should be!
1/ Volunteering makes us happier, according to researchers at the London School of Economics
2/ Walk leaders get to explore the beautiful Dorset countryside
3/ Leading walks is a great chance to meet new people
4/ Walking is great for your physical and mental health
5/ The course is free
This initiative is part of ‘Walking for Health’, England’s largest network of health walks.
Community Groups in Weymouth and Portland are set to receive a £50,000 worth of funding.
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council set aside funding from its reserves for a community and voluntary sector grant fund in August 2017. The council agreed priorities for funding according to identified local needs.
The grant fund was £50,000 and applications were invited from local groups and organisations. The council was inundated with responses. Applications were received from 36 local organisations for 38 projects totalling £230,830.
Cllr Christine James, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Social Inclusion, said:
“It’s important for the borough council to maintain strong links with our local community and voluntary groups. Without these groups many projects and events wouldn’t be possible. We owe a big thank you to these groups for all they do.
“We had lots of applications and have granted some funding to most of them. I look forward to seeing the results of their work.”
Grants were assessed according to agreed priorities benefitting some of the most deprived areas of the Borough. Money was awarded to 26 different organisations to deliver a range of 28 local projects.Organisation Project Amount
£ Brendoncare Clubs To support the older persons club at Radipole 500 B-Side Arts To renovate their existing project space to create a multi-purpose community outpost 2,500 Chapelhay Community Playgarden To support activities for children and families in the area 600 Citizens Advice Weymouth and Portland To support an outreach service in Littlemoor 2,375 To develop a support service hub at The Portland Centre 7,000 C-Siders (Weymouth & Portland Cancer Support Group) To provide a rehabilitation programme for those with cancer. 2,300 Dorset Domestic Abuse Welfare Committee To support domestic abuse intervention courses for men and women 3,100 Dorset Wildlife Trust To improve across Lorton Meadows nature reserve. 1,000 To offer free marine discovery sessions targeting Underhill residents and workers 1,000 Dorset Youth Association Enabling delivery of a strengthening families programme in priority areas of the Borough 4,000 Friends of Castle Cove Beach To enable a land lease to install new steps to the beach 500 Friends of MV Freedom To enable installation of a more disability friendly galley 3,000 Friends of Radipole Park Gardens To install a sensory garden 3,000 Friends of The Marsh To help towards installation of a green gym 1,000 Islanders Club for Young People To promote the use of the club by the wider community 1,200 Weymouth & Portland Amblers To establish a walk for health project 2,000 L,GB & T Dorset Equality Network To enable a LGBT support group and anti-LGBT prejudice & bullying sport project. 550 Opportunities R Un Limited Supporting swimming lessons with a qualified instructor for those with learning disabilities and support needs 2,552 Parenting Platform Project Holding family support sessions 500 Portland Museum Trust To update the Museum’s security systems 1,000 Refresh To develop a social supermarket to provide affordable food for those on little financial income 1,400 Spirit of Life Community Band To assist with band running costs 500 Steps Club for Young People To support the club’s programme of activities 2,000 The Horse Course To support the work with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in society, who do not respond to talking-based therapies. 1,500 The Wey Valley School To support a breakfast club for disadvantaged pupils 1,000 Westham Community Group To provide a community defibrillator in a busy location in the community 1,000 Weymouth Family Church To extend youth club provision 1,000 Weymouth Sea Scouts To purchase sports equipment 1,000
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