ByPhil Archer

Better broadband?

Broadband speed test showing 19MB down, 1Mb up

More of us than ever are working from home. Zoom, GoToMeeting and all the others are now part of many people’s lives as much as Netflix and iPlayer. This raises a problem – the low broadband speeds some of us have. I get around 19Mbps download (not great, but usable) but only 1Mbps upload. That means that when I’m in a video conference, I can’t usually have my camera on and share my screen at the same time.

It is possible to massively improve those speeds if BT Openreach install fibre to the premises (FTTP) but this is only affordable if lots of people join in. I recently got a quote for me and my three immediate neighbours. Let’s just say the price was prohibitive, but if we expand it to cover around 30 addresses, the price falls to less than £400 per premises if you take into account the government grant available to rural homes and businesses.

I’m happy to coordinate a community effort for H&C, but I need to know who might be interested in finding out more. If that’s you, please drop me a line at phil@philarcher.org. No commitment at this point, just a fact-finding exercise.

Bycristiana velloso langton

Social Club- what changes on 24/9/20

As a result of the new measures announced on 22nd September 2020, members and guests visiting the Social Club indoors must now wear a face covering, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Please wear a face covering on arrival, departure, or when moving about the hall to use the loos or play darts/pool. People who are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, such as children under 11 years of age, will continue to be exempt from these new obligations.

The SC will close at 10pm, which means last orders will be at 9:40pm.

You may use the NHS Covid-19 app to scan the QR code when you arrive at the SC or continue to provide the bar volunteers with you contact details for Track and Trace.

The rule of six implemented on 14/9/2020 means that a maximum of six people can sit together at a table and those seated on separate tables must avoid mingling, even if they know each other. If your household or support bubble is larger than 6 people, this is your largest permitted group and you cannot meet as a group with any additional people. You must try to follow social distancing guidelines (2m or 1m+) when sharing a table with or meeting those who are not in your household or support bubble.

You may find the government Covid-19  FAQs page useful.


Bycristiana velloso langton

Rule of Six- what it means for our users?

If you are thinking of hiring or using the MUGA or Playing field, this is what the government says regarding participation in sport and physical activity in groups of more than 6. 

When playing sports informally with people you don’t live with, you must limit the size of your group to 6. It is illegal to do so in a larger group and you may be fined.

You can continue to take part in organised sporting or licensed physical activity in groups of more than 6.  These activities either need to be organised by a club, business or charity and/or involve someone who has received an official license to use equipment relevant to the activity. In all cases, the organiser must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance. You should only be playing team sports where the relevant governing body has published guidance on how to do so safely.

When participating in organised sport or licensed physical activity, you must not gather in groups of more than 6 before and after the activity. You must also ensure you socially distance from people you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) wherever possible.

You can find more information here.