Would you like faster broadband in Littlehempston?

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At the time of writing, if you go to the Connecting Devon and Somerset website, and enter a Littlehempston postcode in the Where and When box, you’ll see that most of our parish is a pale grey colour. The map’s key tells us that means “Out of Programme”.

However, the Phase 2 page on their website tells a much better story. That page announces that contracts have recently been signed with ultrafast broadband provider Gigaclear for lots 2, 3, 5 and 6 of their six Phase 2 areas. Scroll down to the map and you’ll see that Littlehempston is in lot 6. You can read a much more detailed announcement of the signing of this new contract on Gigaclear’s website.

Now whilst that looks like better news than we’ve had previously, we still don’t know when, or indeed even whether, Littlehempston will get faster broadband. That’s where you come in! Gigaclear have got a Register interest page on their website which they say they’re using to measure levels of interest in different areas.

So if you want to help bring faster broadband to Littlehempston, click on the Register interest link and submit your details – it doesn’t commit you to anything.

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Outbreak in the UK

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Devon & Somerset Trading Standards Service have asked us to publish this information:

“As you will be aware there have been a number of Avian Influenza outbreaks in the UK and a Prevention Zone was declared in December that covers the whole of the UK.

“The prevention zone means that all poultry keepers – whether on a commercial scale or simply a small backyard flock – are now required by law to house them (keep them under cover) or otherwise keep them separate from wild birds. This requirement (the Prevention Zone) has now been extended until 28 February 2017. They have also banned gatherings of poultry across the UK.

“It is also important that poultry keepers must continue to keep a close watch on the health of their birds, and take steps to reduce the risk of infection via the environment, for example in wild bird droppings, by practising good biosecurity. You should do this even if your birds are inside. If they are concerned it is important that they contact their Vet.

“This has been necessary because the same Avian Flu strain has also been found in wild birds in England, Scotland and Wales. DEFRA have taken this action to reduce the risks and help protect poultry and captive birds from avian flu.

“The Food Standards Agency advise that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

“We have also attached DEFRA’s How to keep your birds safe from Avian Influenza (bird flu) leaflet.

Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.”

Nicola L J Pearce, Trading Standards Officer

You can contact Nicola Pearce by telephone on 07971950919 (mobile) or 01392 383000 (landline).

Christmas Fun in Littlehempston

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There was lots to enjoy in the village in the run-up to Christmas. Festive fun kicked off with the Children’s Party with an afternoon of family entertainment with OzzD, backed up by lashings of food, mince pies and mulled wine, all funded by some of the proceeds from Littlehempston Fete 2016 and the generous donations of those who came. The afternoon was rounded off with the traditional tree lighting (new lights this year) and rousing carols, accompanied by the Totnes Band. Many thanks to all who helped make this possible.

The Tally was packed to the rafters for another merry Villagers Night – delicious food, good company and fine ale abounded and the raffle raised £125 for the Community Space. The Littlehempston Lottery was also drawn and Bee West was the lucky winner of the first prize of £136.  A cheque for £170 was presented by Ken Wood to the Community Space and will be used to pay fuel bills and support further village activities. To sign up for Lottery 2017, just click here.