The latest village newsletter is now online. If you’re in the village – a printed copy should have already come through your door.
We seem to get more and more plastic bags being delivered collecting on behalf of one charitable organisation or another. Are they all genuine? Well, that is hard for us as householders to tell. All collectors must hold a House to House Collections Act 1939 National Exemptions Order issued by the Home Office or a House to House Collection License issued by the local council, in our case, East Cambridgeshire District Council.
It turns out that the “NSPCC”, whose recent bag is being distributed and collected by Clothes Aid, is indeed one of the 44 organisations holding a National Exemption Order from the Home Office (PDF). In addition, and as a courtesy, Clothes Aid informed East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) that they will be collecting in the ECDC area between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015. On the other hand, it appears that “Helping Our Soldiers”, whose recent bag is being distributed by Maksim Ltd, does not hold a National Exemption order from the Home Office nor, according to an ECDC spokesperson, does “Helping Our Soldiers” hold a House to House Collection License to collect on Friday 18 July 2014 within the ECDC area (SVG).
If you suspect that such apparently charitable collections are not genuine, simply do not put anything in the bag. You can always give directly to your favourite charity’s high street shop, many of whom offer a personal collection service anyway.
Bob Young discovered today that BT can offer him fibre to his home. This means that most premises in Little Thetford should be able to get superfast broadband now, at least from BT.
You may recall that in February last year we wrote that BT had signed a deal with Cambridgeshire County Council to provide 90 percent of Cambridgeshire homes with superfast broadband by 2015. See the article here. It appears that, according to Connecting Cambridgeshire – Cabinets now in service, superfast broadband went live in Little Thetford on 23 March 2014. Check your own availability using BT (Can I get fibre broadband) but at the time of writing, superfast broadband should be available from BT, at least to most premises in Little Thetford.
At the time of writing, only BT offered superfast broadband to my premises in Little Thetford. When I checked, none of Sky Broadband, Talk-Talk nor Virgin Media were offering superfast broadband to my own premises.
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Edit: 22 April 2014. According to Connecting Cambridgeshire, the Little Thetford area champions are Ann Wardle and Sandra Thompson. Thank you both for promoting Little Thetford so successfully. Connecting Cambridgeshire also tell me that EE, Plusnet and Primus Saver are now offering fibre service to Little Thetford. Connecting Cambridgeshire have asked me to point out their article How to Get superfast broadband. Do let us know how you get on.
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