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Six more Gloucestershire communities get set for Spring switch-on

7th May, 2014

Southrop is the latest community to join Fastershire, with the first homes and businesses now able to connect to a new fibre broadband network.

The Gloucestershire village can now start to take advantage of the high-speed technology and another six communities in the county are set join them this spring as the £56.6 million Fastershire project, now in its second year, gathers pace.

Following Southrop, parts of Drybrook are expected to go live in the coming weeks and premises in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gorsley, Kemble, Poulton and St Briavels are also due to go live during the spring as the project continues to extend faster broadband to those areas in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire not covered by commercial roll-out plans.

So far, throughout the Gloucestershire and Herefordshire project area, engineers have walked around 300km to undertake vital surveys, laid more than 165 kilometres of fibre cable, moved more than 250 tonnes of earth and poured around 115 tonnes of concrete to make faster broadband a reality.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: "This is fantastic news for our County. The Fastershire project is really beginning to gather pace, and residents and businesses are starting to benefit from investment in this vital infrastructure. Many more homes and businesses will start to benefit over the next two years, and communities and businesses alike will be able to use the new network to grow and prosper."

Bill Murphy, managing director of next generation networks for BT, said: "There is still a long way to go, but we are getting there and this is an exciting time for people in the Fastershire area. This project will have a hugely positive impact on rural as well as urban communities in Gloucestershire with fibre broadband providing a whole range of opportunities for households and businesses."


Simultaneous use

With a slow internet connection you can have problems doing more than one thing at a time online. With faster broadband the whole family can be online doing homework, watching iPlayer, keeping in touch with friends on Skype or Facetime and doing the weekly shop all at the same time without any time delay or frozen screen.


Work from home

Working from home can now be as fast and effective as working from the office. This could save you time and money, as well as helping you to achieve a better work life balance. With faster broadband you could even consider setting up your own business from home as you would have the world class connectivity that could give you the edge.


Keep files in the cloud

Store photos, documents, music and videos online in the cloud rather than on the computer at home. Your files will be kept safe and you can access them anywhere. Fast upstream speeds mean backing up files is done in the blink of an eye.


Stream films & TV shows in seconds

With faster broadband you can download the latest blockbuster before the kettle has boiled or watch your favourite TV show online instantly.


Take an online learning course

With faster broadband you can study online with flexible hours and video tutorials that work immediately.


Maintain independence

New telecare services mean that people who are unwell, have a disability or older people can stay safe and independent at home.

Stream films & TV shows in seconds

Did you know that you can now access a whole host of council services and information online, such as reporting a pothole, paying your council tax, finding out when your rubbish or recycling will be collected and checking library opening times?

Visit: Do it online in Herefordshire Visit: Do it online in Gloucestershire

Home Stories

Pudleston in north Herefordshire is one of the communities that we be fibre enabled under phase 2 of the Fastershire rollout. Phase 2 will be delivered by Gigaclear and will provide a new full fibre network and access to speeds up to 1000mbps.

In these community diaries the residents of Pudleston will document their experiences throughout the deployment. 

To see if your property is included in phase 2 or if you can already access faster broadband, please use the address checker above.


Pudleston Community

In this piece, the community introduce their home, Pudleston, located in north Herefordshire and is one of the communities that we be fibre enabled under phase 2 of the Fastershire rollout delivered by Gigaclear.

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Internet Training

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Grant funding to help community organisations, groups and clubs in Herefordshire

Local community organisations, groups, clubs and other not-for-profit organisations in Herefordshire can apply for up to £2,500 funding to arrange internet support and training so that local people can make the most of the benefits of going online.

Click here for further information and an application form or email go-online@fastershire.com

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Free 'Introduction to the Internet' sessions for communities in Herefordshire

Do you know of a group or club in your community in Herefordshire who would like to find out more about using the internet and the benefits of going online? Fastershire can arrange for a tutor to bring laptops and tablets to the group’s usual meeting place, or another venue with internet access, to demonstrate how to send emails, search for information about the local area, or shop or pay bills online, and then support them to ‘have a go’ themselves. To find out more please email go-online@fastershire.com. These free sessions could lead to a longer course for those who are interested in developing their skills at going online.

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Online Training Resources

Learn My Way (www.learnmyway.com) is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you to develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.  It's also got courses and resources to help you teach others basic computer skills - including a 'How to be a Digital Champion' course.  

We also have a whole host of training guides here that you can download for your own learning or to use when training someone else.

Computer Training in Herefordshire

There are many organisations across Herefordshire who regularly offer computer courses and support for beginners. Information about just some of the training currently offered available here.

If you would like to be contacted about beginners’ computer courses offered by organisations in Herefordshire please register here and we will send you details when they notify us that more have been arranged.

Details of beginners' computer courses offered by Adult Education in Gloucestershire are here.

Where to buy

Here's a list of home broadband providers who offer packages for homes connected by Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) or Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), with links to their web sites, so you can find out if they're up and running where you live.

Click here to view FTTP providers >

Fibre to the premises (FTTP) Providers

Fibre to the premises (FTTP) is one of the world's most cutting edge types of fibre broadband with blistering speeds of up to 330Mbps and 1000Mbps.

If you get enabled with FTTP, you can order it through one of the following Service Providers.

We'll update this page as more ISPs start to offer FTTP.

Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) Providers

Where to buy

Here's a list of home broadband providers who offer packages for homes connected by Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) or Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), with links to their web sites, so you can find out if they're up and running where you live.

Click here to view FTTP providers >

Gigaclear Providers

Facebook Advertising Essentials

27 Apr 2018
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Location: Hereford Business Solutions Centre, Skylon Court, Coldnose Road, HR2 6JS

Date: Friday 27th April 2018

Time: 12:00-14:00

Facebook Advertising Essentials

In this FREE workshop, Faster Business advisor, Jack McCaughtrie, will help you understand how you can use Facebook adverts for increased conversions, decreased costs and find new customers. 
This workshop will;
  • Review the main types of Facebook advertising 
  • Examine the main type of Facebook adverts
  • Outline the targeting and audience options
  • Help you create the right content
  • Monitor and measure your Facebook campaign performance
A complimentary lunch and refreshments will be provided for all attendees as well as a time to network.

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Hereford Business Solutions Centre, Skylon Court, Coldnose Road, HR2 6JS

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