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Seven Springs to be the first of Fastershire's ultrafast Cotswold communities

27th August, 2015

Around 6,500 homes and businesses across the Cotswoldswill receive ultrafast broadband by the end of 2017 as part of the Fastershirephase 2 contract awarded to Gigaclear in June 2015.

Work on this new rollout will begin in October in and around Seven Springs, and the first Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) connections delivering upload and download speeds of up to 1Gbps will be completed before Christmas.

This first step in Fastershire’s phase 2 broadband rollout in the Cotswolds will reach Coberley, Upper Coberley, Cowley, Stockwell, Cockleford, Elkstone, Colesbourne and Seven Springs, with Severn Springs being the first community to benefit.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Some of the county’s most isolated and difficult to reach areas will benefit from Fastershire’s new rollout in the Cotswolds.

“We know that residents are increasingly eager to see details on when they may be upgraded so I’m delighted to now publish the full list of premises included in the rollout.”

The full list of all premises included in Fastershire’s phase 2 broadband rollout in the Cotswolds is now available at www.fastershire.com/phasetwo

A full schedule for the delivery including the expected timeframe for all communities within the plans will be published in September.

Matthew Hare, chief executive of Gigaclear, said: “We’re delighted to be able to reveal that Seven Springs is to be the first community in the Cotswolds to benefit from our ultrafast pure fibre broadband.

“This will give homes and businesses in the area a world-leading internet connection with speeds up to 40 times faster than the UK average. Working with local communities, landowners and the county council, we aim to minimise the impact on the local environment during the construction stage while we install this substantial new telecommunications network.”

As part of the rollout Fastershire and Gigaclear will hold events in advance of engineering work to provide information and give residents the opportunity to ask questions.

The Seven Springs community event will be held on 30th September at Elkstone Village Hall at 7.30pm.

This rollout builds on phase 1 of the Fastershire project which has already seen over 12,000 homes and businesses in the Cotswolds upgraded to faster broadband through a contract with BT to deliver faster broadband to around 90% of the county.


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

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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.




Go-online@fastershire 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




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 inspire people in your community to use the internet and help them improve their digital 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 offered is available here.  Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, please contact the organiser for up-to-date information on whether they are open and offering training.

For details of the free monthly workshops at Libraries in Herefordshire visit our events page.  These aren't running currently due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Please complete the form and we will contact you as soon as this changes. 

Details of beginners' computer courses offered by Adult Education in Gloucestershire are here.  Please contact them for up-to-date information on whether they are currently able to offer training. 

If you would like to be notified about beginners’ computer courses offered by organisations in Herefordshire please complete this form.  

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 Cabinet (FTTC) 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.

Where to buy

Here's a list of home broadband providers who offer packages for homes connected to Gigaclear's ultrafast broadband network, with links to their web sites, so you can find out if they're up and running where you live.

Gigaclear Providers

How to use a tablet (Leominster Library)

15 Feb 2018
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Location: Leominster Library, 8 The Buttercross, Leominster, HR6 8BN

Date: Thursday 15th February 2018

Time: 10:00-12:00

How to use a tablet 

Tablet devises allow you a simpler way to access the internet by using different application or 'apps'. 
This session will help teach you the basics of how to use a tablet, from; 
  • Learning how to send email 
  • Search for information 
  • Stay safe on the internet 
  • Learning about apps
  • Shop or pay bills online 
  • And how to connect to our library WiFi.
Bring your own device or we will have tablets available for the session. 
Places are free but booking is essential.  Book at Leominster Library, or phone 01432 383290

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Leominster Library, 8 The Buttercross, Leominster, HR6 8BN

FREE Beginners' Training

Get the most out of the internet with FREE training from Fastershire in Ross-on-Wye and Cinderford.

Booking is essential, please call 01432 260026.

No experience is necessary and equipment will be provided if required.  


The Larruperz Centre, Grammar School Close, HR9 7QD

How to use your tablet
Wednesday 6 June, 2pm-4pm

How to use the internet
Monday 11 June,10am-12pm

Introduction to email
Friday 22 June, 5pm-7pm


Belle Vue Centre, 6 Belle Vue Road, GL14 2AB

How to use the internet
Tuesday 5 June, 10am-12pm

Introduction to email
Wednesday 13 June, 2pm-4pm

How to use your tablet 
Monday 18 June, 5pm-7pm  

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