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EBAG – Target met!

Ellisfield Broadband Action Group (EBAG) are delighted to report that the target has been reached and the money is now in the bank ready for action!

We would like to thank all donors for getting the monies to us so promptly.

As already reported EBAG will be meeting Hampshire County Council and Openreach on Wednesday 6 June to and progress next steps. We will of course keep you informed.

best wishes

EBAG

EBAG – Pledge collection latest – nearly there!

Pledges collected now total an impressive £18,925

Thank you, once again to all those who have followed up their pledge so quickly.

A meeting with HCC and OpenReach has been setup for 6 June to go through the details of the project and to discuss the contract with HCC. Reminder: All the relevant information will be communicated BEFORE the contract is signed and BEFORE any monies leave the EBAG account.

It would be good to have collected all pledges by the meeting date so that we can show HCC and OpenReach that we are a serious concern and committed to the project. Cheques are an acceptable method of payment but BACS transfer (using the details sent individually) would be best.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact:

Ali Swanston, Oakhill, Green Lane, telephone 381171,
or
Alix Taylor, Lower Farm, Green Lane, telephone 381992,

Thank you

EBAG

EBAG – Pledges now being collected

Once again EBAG would like to thank the villagers who have generously pledged – meeting the target required.

Following the EBAG meeting on 16 May – pledges are now being collected towards the target of £22,442.

So far,  £14,675 has been collected. Thank you to all those who have followed up their pledge so quickly.

A Treasurers account has been opened for dual signatory. Monies are being collected into this account. If you haven’t already done so please contact Ali and / or Alex for details of the account.

A meeting with HCC and OpenReach has been requested to go through the details of the project and to discuss the contract with HCC. All the relevant information will be communicated BEFORE the contract is signed and BEFORE any monies leave the EBAG account.

We are still a little way away from signing any contract, however HCC and OpenReach have to be satisfied that we can raise the necessary funding and if they are not satisfied then the process cannot continue any further. So we need the monies in the bank to prove our intent even if this means collecting it early.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact:
Ali Swanston, Oakhill, Green Lane, telephone 381171,
or
Alix Taylor, Lower Farm, Green Lane, telephone 381992,

Thank you

EBAG

Memorial Hall Celebration – 100 years since the end of WW1

SAVE THE DATE

CELEBRATING
the end of the First World War

REMEMBERING
the Ellisfield men commemorated by the Hall
Saturday 10 November
7 for 7.30pm
Ellisfield Memorial HALL

  • Welcome Drink
  • Talk by Gordon Dunse on the men whom the Hall commemorates
  • Songs with the Belles of St Martin’s
  • Two Course Dinner
  • Period Costumes & Dancing optional
  • During the day the Hall will be decorated by Ellisfield children (and the young at heart)

Tickets £7.50:
Zani Robinson 381320
Joanne Thomas 381300
Cheques Payable to Ellisfield Memorial Hall – Priority for Ellisfield residents

EBAG latest update – Pledge total met

We have been overwhelmed by the support for a superfast broadband solution for the South of Ellisfield. We have received pledges from the South and some from the North of the village for which we are most grateful.

We are now delighted to announce that we have hit the pledge target of £22,422

We are in the process of opening a bank account for monies to be paid into and the bank details will be made available once we have them.

EBAG are meeting on 16 May and will issue an update on next steps after that.

Thank you

EBAG

Latest pledges total – EBAG Superfast for the South

As of today we have been pledged the amount of £16,800 (we need £22,442).

We current total is now high enough to make the £22,442 achievable… however we are still not there!

Ali Swanston (aaswanston@gmail.com) and Alix Taylor (nfgt@aol.com) will be door knocking around the village this weekend in the hope of raising more pledges. Please do get in touch with either (or both) if you would like to make an offer or to raise your current pledge.

Thank you to all those who have already put their names forward. Your support for our local community is very much appreciated.

Ellisfield Broadband Action Group (EBAG)

Read more detail about pledging your support here: Pledge Communication April 2018 V2

EBAG – Fantastic Broadband Opportunity

Ellisfield Broadband Action Group (EBAG) have today, hand-delivered a new communication to the houses in the South of the village regarding the latest news about internet connectivity. The communication says:

“We have just now received a significantly lower quote from Openreach/Hampshire County Council for a faster broadband solution (Fibre to the Premises – FTTP) to the whole of South of Ellisfield. The quote is for £44,883 which means that we need to raise £22,442 (Hampshire County Council can currently provide 50% of the cost).

EBAG firmly believes that this is a great opportunity for the South! Although the South are having to pay for their broadband it is important to point out that the solution on offer is the ‘latest and greatest’ available. It is superior to the solution in the North and will give us a uniform fast service that is inherently future proofed. FTTP can offer speeds of up to 300mbps!”

However HCC funds are limited and issued on a first come first served basis. Therefore time is of the essence – we need to move quickly. The South raised £11,500 in pledges in 2014, let’s just double that!!

We are now asking residents to make their pledges via:

Pledges will be taken in confidence. Please could you confirm the date of your pledge, the amount, your name and property name. We will acknowledge your pledges in due course along with a proposed payment date.

******PLEDGES NEED TO BE WITH US BY 6 MAY 2018******

Please ‘dig deep’. There is no minimum or maximum amount to pledge as every household is different. However as this is a community undertaking we would hope that the majority will feel able to contribute something.

If anyone has ideas for community fundraising efforts – perhaps the younger generation might like to get involved – please share them as this scheme has huge benefits for everyone for many years to come.

If you have any questions please contact Alix Taylor (details above) in the first instance.
We will publicise a running total on the Parish Council website and should you wish at any point to increase your pledge please do so!

We would be interested to hear if you run a business from your home in the South of Ellisfield as we are investigating the ‘Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme’. Just let Ali or Alix know.

The North of the village did go live with superfast broadband on 10 April 2018. If residents in the North have any questions or require assistance about what to do next please contact Julian Wright, who will be only too happy to help.”

Read the whole communication here:  Pledge Communication April 2018