SE1 – Most Northerly Dig

12th June 2019

Since the last post a lot has happened, TS Trenching have been grafting away in tricky ground and have ploughed all the way up to Hause Foot and are now digging in one last chamber and then they will be heading up to Borrowdale Head and High House.

Low Borrowdale and Shap Fell bothy will be to return to when we have way leaves sorted.

The Fibre and Router teams have been out and we now have routers ready to go live once the last 2 sections of fibre are blown and the bullet splicers have been.

Photo shows our cabinet filling up with connections. Each yellow fibre patch tail represents 1 property. There will be 500 of these if everyone gets digging and fitting boxes.

We have hit critical mass on SE Route 5 to get digging to Mealbank. We are waiting for the bridge repairs and then B4RN civil team to complete the in road works then we will send the core route to them.

SE Route 6 is rapidly getting ready in the race to complete their works before the core can be sent.

Docker are all complete and are waiting for the core.

SE1 has Spur SE108 to the memorial hall to complete alongside the above works Estimated 2-3 more weeks on SE1.



Get Digging

Now is the time for everyone to get digging.

  • there are route champions that you can ask for help
  • Wednesday nights for advice, planning and materials
  • others that are complete for advice and help
  • contractors out there if you need them.

TS Trenching are rapidly laying our network in the ground moving quicker than I fear people are getting ready. In the past few days they have shot along the A6 and are now at Kendal Caravans. There are 3 rivers to drill and a couple of roads to impact mole under, then that leg of Route 1 will be complete.

Where next???

It all depends who is ready.

39,700 meters of core network have been laid in the ground since September. Our whole network is 99,090 meters so we are essentially 40% complete.  This includes Grayrigg Head End, “New Hutton Head End extensions” through Docker + along Paddy’s Lane and the Selside Head End.

Well done to Docker for Getting ready, Also on the ready list is route 5 as far as Mealbank however the bridge repairs may slow proceedings a little. GR1 seam to be in the thinking stage along with SE6. SE4 are planning and some have dug and drilled.

  • SE1 = 20400m / 15000m complete – Live
  • SE2 = 15520m / complete – Live
  • SE3 = 6200m / 6150m complete – Live
  • SE4 = 2845m / 100m complete
  • SE5 = 7175m / 100m complete
  • SE6 = 82700m / 2550m complete – Live
  • SE7 = 3320m / 650m complete
  • NH5 = 32070m
  • GRHE = 335m
  • GR1 = 8535m
  • GR2 = 9480m
  • GR3 = 3950m
  • GR4 = 4130m
  • NH4 = 5660m

Stages to get a live connection

  1. Plan
  2. Drill & Fit Boxes
  3. Dig
  4. Fill out GBVS form
  5. Wait for core duct
  6. Property fibre gets blown
  7. Router Fitting & Splicing
  8. Core fibre gets blown
  9. Core spliced
  10. Your Live 


B4MS 1 Year Anniversary

Well its been exactly 1 year since the first B4RN meeting for the Mint & Sprint in my kitchen here in Selside and a lot has happened in that time.

I think, we, as a community are doing quite well and its down to the efforts of us all, but more importantly our contractors who have been grafting hard in the fields ploughing through all weather and terrain.

Since the 9th May 2018…

  • 4 community start up meetings
  • 80% sign up
  • over £500,000 raised in shares (either direct with B4RN or in the Holding Pen)
  • 1 cabinet (of 2) landed
  • Longsleddale – complete and live with 100% of residents connected.
  • Selside – 70% complete and live
  • 5 out of 15 routes now with live fibre and spliced into the cabinets.
  • 1 school about to go live early next week
  • 90% of all way leaves gained for the whole network
  • Website built ground up for the project with social media links and e-mail campaigns
  • GPS navigation soft-wear designed ground up to navigate, photo graph and record our network build and feed back to B4RN. 
  • over 30 office open evenings for help and advice
  • and more…

We have reports of 970mbps up Longsleddale, light years away from the previous unreliable less than 2mbps!

Again, a thanks to all the area champions who have taken the time to learn all about it and helping others practically and verbally, the Landowners for working closely with TS Trenching when they approach their land with the machinery and to all those who have invested in B4RN for our build area.

A common questions is “when is the route my property is on going to be built?” The answer is “when you have worked your bit out, dug, drilled and fitted the property boxes and filled out the GBVS form”. Professional help is available for those who are not undertaking things on a DIY basis. All being well the whole network will be complete in May 2020.

Telephoning through B4RN 
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Finish planning and get digging and drilling. Offices open every Wednesday evening. Link – Directions to Office 

The Dug and Live List
SEHE – Selside Head End went live on 7th Dec
SE6 – live to Kiln Croft 7th Dec
SE1 – live to High Above Park 19th Dec
SE2 – Longsleddale West live 14th Jan, East live 28th Feb Route Complete
SE3 – Fibre Splicing and Router fitting 13th May
SE3 to GR2 Link – The Mint is Drilled and fibre is on the way to Grayrigg.
SE1 – to Dry Howe Dug and ready for fibre

Up Next

SE1 – Watchgate to link up and then along to Low Bridge House.
NH4 – Docker are ready for the Contractors.
SE5 – is getting closer and will be the next line to dig on. There is some steep ground we need to dry out to be able to get down to the river. The Meal Bank Industrial estate bridge is now out of action so we can not complete the works in the road until that is fixed.
GRHE – is in the final planning stage. A cabinet will be installed ASAP. It will take 2-3 months to get the electric live upon completion of the cabinet base as this needs to come of the electric pole close by. The build time is only a weeks work upon obtaining final permissions and quotes for the work and plans are complete.
SE6 – have started to dig and drill
You – when you get your property ready. You dig to B4RN.

Connects 8 Ltd
The B4MS project is overseen by a small group of volunteers, who are responsible for delivering the project with the support of B4RN. Activities undertaken by volunteers include: raising awareness of the project by delivering leaflets and arranging meetings; discussing way leaves with landowners; collecting and managing data about households who wish to sign-up to B4RN and arranging local meetings, events and drop-in sessions. Project volunteers are also trained to help local householders physically connect to the network by offering advice or assistance to dig in the ducting and connect the required equipment to the premises. The project team is also responsible for the day-to-day running of the construction phase of the main network.

For those that attended the parish meetings you may remember the need for the Mint & Sprint to have an internal budget for delivering the project. This is completely separate to the investments needed to build the core network and will be used to provide essential equipment such as tools to help householders with their home connections, a computer to keep track of the project, stationery and printing, and resources to enable us to hold drop-in sessions and other project-related events – among other things. The funding for this will be generated through donations from individuals, businesses and Parish Councils. If you can help with a donation, we would be extremely grateful.

We have a formal way of holding these funds.

Limited Company name: Connects 8 Ltd

Sort Code: 16 52 21

Account: 54253162

Address for Cheques: Goodhamscales, Selside, Kendal, LA8 9DS
Tools to lend
With the Connect 8 Ltd funds we have managed to purchase a powerful SDS drill, drill bits and various other useful tools to help you with your own DIY connections. Drop Dan Robinson an e-mail if you would like to use these for a day or two to get yours done DIY style.

Updates via e-mail are only very occasional, Please see the News page of the B4MS website for all updates and news items. 

Dan Robinson
Voluntary Project Manager

m. 07816870756

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Steps to getting B4RN at your property in the Mint and Sprint. 

1. learn
2. drill and fit property boxes (or employ a contractor)
3. dig to boundary (or employ a contractor)
4. fill out GBVS form on B4MS website
5. wait for the core
6. allow access for property fibre once you are attached to a chamber with duct
7. fill out B4RN contract
8. allow access for B4RN to splice your FTU (and fit router if your taking service)
9. enjoy the fast and reliable internet
10. change over to VOiP for your phone line and save money – look into circle loop.
11. Once you move your current phone number to your new service that will cancel your current contract with BT for your phone line, so don’t cancel it yourself or you may lose your number. However – check its all wrapped up and your not paying 2 bills once your new system is working.

Help needed?

  • Look at the B4MS website in detail
  • Come down to the B4MS office on a Wednesday night for help
  • If DIY then materials available at the office on Wednesday nights
  • If contractors are to complete your work then they will have materials

Below is our network since we began build on the 4th September. 

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Way leave update

29th March, We have nearly 200 land owners in the Mint and Sprint. There are less than 20 way leaves yet to receive. 5 are a verbal yes and we just need to meet with them. Out of the remaining 15 none are a formal no at this stage, only 3 land lock people, 2 cause extra network build costs and the other 10 only stop themselves receiving B4RN.

Tonight I have returned from yet another way leave meeting and I am pleased to say the verbal yes has now been formalised and we can now dig all of route 6. Ian Robinson is the champion for this line so please work with him or pop and see me on the Wednesday nights at the office and get digging.

TS Trenching are now back on route 1 heading along the West side of the A6 in a northerly direction.

Any week now we should expect the core fibre for Route 3.

If you are planning on visiting the offices please remember we have an number of champions who are on hand to help with questions and advice just like myself and each area has their own champion who can help you.

SE3 – Selside School get the fibre

25th March, Along with Selside Primary School 14 other properties had fibre blown to them by Will and Frank – B4RN core volunteers today. There are now 17 properties ready for splicing and with the 4 that are already complete another 21 properties will be live in April once the core is blow and spliced. A 144 fibre is needed from the head end before it splits into a complex web feeding Selside South and East with Fibre.

Selside Route 3 links with Grayrigg Route 2. We are getting closer Grayrigg.

This evening another way leave was signed after another meeting with a land owner.

The Order – you dig and drill, core is dug in, property fibre is blown, properties are spliced and fit with routers, core fibre is blown, core spliced. There is a natural lag in time from when your FTU is spliced and router fitted to the core being blown and spliced and it going live at your house. If you have a router that is not live please leave it turned on. Its impossible to know your connection is working at splicing and patching stages if its not plugged in and turned on. It costs less than £10 per year to keep a router turned on.

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