Villagers at Shipdham will be asked for their thoughts soon on whether a transmitter should be installed on their parish church tower to bring them the prospect of better broadband.

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The WiSpire scheme, a joint venture between the Church of England Diocese of Norwich and city-based hi-tech firm FreeClix, is using churches across much of Norfolk and in north-east Suffolk to help deliver high-speed, reliable wireless broadband internet access to businesses, schools and families in areas where speeds are poor.

Places where it is already “live” include Beeston, in central Norfolk, Blofield Heath, Norwich, Oulton Broad, Postwick, Rackheath, Ringland and Salhouse.

Others being lined up to join the network soon as it is rolled out include Ashill, Barnham Broom, Carbrooke, Saham Toney, Woodbastwick, Garvestone, Great Melton, Great Plumstead, Little Melton and South Walsham, according to the WiSpire team.

The parochial church council at Shipdham has confirmed that it has held talks with WiSpire. And an open meeting to discuss whether All Saints’ Church should agree to sign up will take place there on Friday, September 28, starting at 7pm.

In a message to villagers inviting them to go along, air their views and question WiSpire representatives, the Rev Louise Alder says the discussion will help the church council to decide whether or not to proceed. She describes the proposed transmitter as small.

More information about the network at www.wispire.co.uk, or call 08451 800 026.

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