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Monday, 8 July 2013

July 2013 - Affetside Link Newsletter



SUMMER BBQ 
 
As we go to print, it looks like Summer is arriving just in time for the Affetside BBQ!  Keep your fingers crossed and this time the good weather may even last a week or more. 
The price of your BBQ ticket includes a large hamburger and a hotdog, with salad and accompaniments.

Making a welcome return are Carol’s famous black peas – so come promptly as we ran out last time!  


The BBQ starts at 6pm on Saturday 13th July and will continue with the disco well into the evening.

It’s a great evening out at just £7 for adults, and £5 for children under the age of 15.

There will be a cake stall and our infamous raffle so please bring your spare change to purchase any goodies.  All donations to the raffle and cake stalls are extremely appreciated.



TWITTER

If you use Twitter, you can now keep up-to-date with everything that is taking place in Affetside by following us on @affetsidevillag



SPRING CLEANING 

Thank you to everyone who kindly donated to the clothes collection.  It was one of the best collections to date and we raised £210.



HIGH SPEED BROADBAND


HSBB delivery for rural areas is moving slowly.  A formal consultation process has now started and it’s very important that we all take part in this consultation to get a better broadband service here.  The consultation covers the eight metropolitan borough councils of Greater Manchester.
Superfast broadband brings many economic and social benefits, as well as the potential to provide education, healthcare and interactions with local and central government in innovative and cost-effective ways.

They need to know where people live and work who want access to superfast broadband.  Although we have asked you for information before, this is now the new process so even if you have given your details to us before, only this new survey will now count.  So please log onto http://www.tfgm.com/GMBroadbandConsultation/Pages/Residential.aspx

However, if you run a business from your home address, please complete the following survey http://www.tfgm.com/GMBroadbandConsultation/Pages/Business.aspx

To make it easy, we have added these links to the Affetside Society website www.affestside.org.uk.  Just scroll down to the bottom of the home page.

The DEADLINE is 1st August 2013.  A couple of minutes completing the survey may result in a lifetime of high speed broadband!



TURBINE UPDATE

The hearing for the Birches Farm turbine at the north end of Affetside will be held at Bolton Town Hall in the Lancaster Suite at 10am on Tuesday 25th July. Everyone is welcome to attend this public hearing. We need to show the inspector that local people do NOT want to see the Greenbelt harmed by inappropriate development.  Simply by turning up the inspector will be able to gauge the strength of feeling about the turbines.  Once one turbine has gone up, subsequent applicants will use it as a precedent.  So if you don’t want one in your back garden, help others to prevent it in theirs – otherwise one could be coming your way very soon. 



RECENT EVENTS

Thank you to everyone who turned up to help with the wild flower sowing.  The flowers are just about to burst into bloom and we should have a fantastic display in time for the Summer BBQ.  What great timing!


Photos here 


The weather turned out well for this year’s  French Boules competition.   Thank you to Tony and Roseanne Davies for all their hard work and enthusiasm for making this event a roaring success. 

Check out the Gallery, here,
for photos of the event. 

If you haven’t looked at the website dedicated to Affetside village before, or you haven’t been back back very recently, please do have a look.   We have redesigned and reformatted the site and have added lots of new information.  Thank you Mike!  If you don’t use Twitter, you can access Affetside’s own twitter feed on the home page.   The Gallery has been extended significantly and we now have some historic photos which show an interesting insight into village life in years gone by.  If you have any old photos of Affetside, let us know and we will scan them onto the website for everyone to enjoy.

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