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Cheers! Villagers’ joy as they finally get broadband boost

PUBLISHED: 09:08 08 August 2020 | UPDATED: 09:34 08 August 2020

The south Norfolk villages of Shimpling, Burston, Gissing and The Heywood are set to gain access to high speed internet thanks to B4RN. Picture: Peter Everard Smith

The south Norfolk villages of Shimpling, Burston, Gissing and The Heywood are set to gain access to high speed internet thanks to B4RN. Picture: Peter Everard Smith

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A cluster of rural villages in Norfolk have finally been given access to high speed internet.

The south Norfolk villages of Shimpling, Burston, Gissing and The Heywood are set to gain access to high speed internet thanks to B4RN. Picture: Peter Everard SmithThe south Norfolk villages of Shimpling, Burston, Gissing and The Heywood are set to gain access to high speed internet thanks to B4RN. Picture: Peter Everard Smith

Residents and businesses in Shimpling, Burston, Gissing and The Heywood, all in south Norfolk, can now receive 1 gigabit broadband after the latest technology was installed in Burston.

The project was led by B4RN, a non-profit community benefit society dedicated to bringing faster internet to rural areas through a network of local volunteers and contractors, providing employment along the way.

The south Norfolk villages of Shimpling, Burston, Gissing and The Heywood are set to gain access to high speed internet thanks to B4RN. Picture: Peter Everard SmithThe south Norfolk villages of Shimpling, Burston, Gissing and The Heywood are set to gain access to high speed internet thanks to B4RN. Picture: Peter Everard Smith

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Members of its Lancashire-based team were in Norfolk to oversee installation of a fibre cabinet and complete rail and road crossings.

The south Norfolk villages of Shimpling, Burston, Gissing and The Heywood are set to gain access to high speed internet thanks to B4RN. Picture: Peter Everard SmithThe south Norfolk villages of Shimpling, Burston, Gissing and The Heywood are set to gain access to high speed internet thanks to B4RN. Picture: Peter Everard Smith

And a host of volunteers and villagers, including steering group members Jane and Brian Fishwick, Alison Wakeham, and Lynn and Jim Howard came together with David Evans from B4RN South Norfolk to celebrate a significant milestone.

Creating networks is partially funded by the government’s gigabit voucher scheme, with the remainder from local investment and volunteers.

The south Norfolk villages of Shimpling, Burston, Gissing and The Heywood are set to gain access to high speed internet thanks to B4RN. Picture: Peter Everard SmithThe south Norfolk villages of Shimpling, Burston, Gissing and The Heywood are set to gain access to high speed internet thanks to B4RN. Picture: Peter Everard Smith

To apply for a voucher in your community, visit b4rn.org.uk/postcode-checker.


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