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Slaley Carpet Bowls: 2013 to 2014

The bowls year started in September 2013 with the Tuesday club nights, these last from 7.30 to 9.30 and involve lots of bowling, chatting, laughing and drinking tea. There are usually 10-15 people attend and it is certainly a very popular night out.

The Slaley Bowlers!

The Slaley Bowlers!

During the season we played 18 matches with teams, mainly from the Tyne Valley but also including Whitley Chapel, Snods Edge, Catton and Stamfordham. A bowls match consists of 16 players each side divided into 4 teams and each team plays 4 games against the opposition. The matches are played home and away and are not in a league but everybody wants to win! Good friendly fun and the opposition teams contain familiar faces who we love to meet up with every year.

In this year we played 18 matches , won 12 , lost 5 and drew 1. The draw was probably the highlight at Wall – a remarkable result considering a match has over 1,000 balls bowled and it all came down to the very last ball!

The bowls players in Slaley range from teenagers to those who are a little older and in the year we welcomed a few new players, but we could certainly do with a few more next season which starts in September and ends the following March, so come and give it a go: you’ll have some great fun!

We finished by wishing Bradley success as he joins the Navy:

Farewell to Bradley!

Farewell to Bradley!

The Broadband Survey continues!

Many people in the Slaley and Healey area will want (or need) to get better broadband, so the Community Trust (with the support of the two Parish Councils) are undertaking this survey to establish the needs of the local community.

In order to get better broadband, we must be able to demonstrate that enough people in this area want and need it! To date over 60 people have responded online or by completing the form enclosed with the March newsletter. We will be accepting responses until the beginning of April at least.

The survey is available online here: Better Broadband Survey.

If you haven’t already completed it, why not do so now? It will only take a few minutes.

If this survey demonstrates a definite need for action, we will then establish a working group to look at current & alternative solutions, and to liaise with Arch Digital and others. Possible solutions might include fixed wireless or satellite links, as well as local community action.

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Slaley Parish Council February 2014 minutes

Help Slaley & Healey get faster broadband!

For many households, and particularly for businesses, a fast, reliable Internet service is now essential. Northumberland is recognised as an area in need of improved high-speed broadband, and the intention is to provide access to fibre broadband to around 95% of residential and business premises in Northumberland by the end of 2015, as part of the iNorthumberland programme delivered by Arch Digital.

At present it is unclear just how much of the Slaley and Healey area will be included in the current plans, so the Community Trust (with the support of the two Parish Councils) are undertaking this survey to establish the needs of the local community.

We need your help!
In order to get better broadband, we must be able to demonstrate that enough people in this area want and need it! Can you help to improve internet access in and around Slaley & Healey, and would you take part in a short survey?

This survey is now available online here:  Better Broadband Survey

If this survey demonstrates a definite need for action, we will then establish a working group to look at current & alternative solutions, and to liaise with Arch Digital and others. Possible solutions might include fixed wireless or satellite links, as well as local community action.

Can we help you?

If you are puzzled by all the jargon, uncertain whether your connection might be improved, or would like to get involved with this project, then get in touch with Michael Elphick (Tel: 01434 673443, email: michael@elphicks.plus.com).

For general information about broadband, different options for accessing the Internet, and what the government is doing for rural areas, look at:

 

January 2014 minutes of Slaley Parish Council