Broad Band link to the centre of the Village of Hayfield was installed on the 25th April 2003
Digital Parish Broad Band service went public at
11am 29th April 2003
Updated 12th July 2012
We are now in our 10th year of providing a service to the community.
As Optical Fiber broad band is likley to be availabe in the Village this year enabling everyone to access the outside world via the internet;
that aspect of our objectives will have been achieved.
We wil be migrating members over to that service as it becomes available (should it prove reliable) freeing us to concentrate more on local content generation and services.
Mesh AP nodes are active at : Church St, Top O' Town, Old Co-op, Chapel St, New Mills Rd, Wood Lane, Chendre,
Market St, Vicarage Lane, High St, Kinder Rd, Ridgetop, Glossop Rd,
Valley Rd, Higher Heys and Highgate Head.
You can now use your iTouch, Smart Phone, iPad or Laptop on the community Mesh whist enjoying a walk round the Old School Field or in many other locations around the Parish.
New Mesh AP's are to be installed on the new Low Energy Lighting units going into the Memorial Square refurbishment, to improve coverage in the center of the Village.
These Mesh AP's will offer ticketed access to visitors as well as full access to members.
On the 22nd January 2003
at the Vital Villages, Parish Plan meeting, considerable interest
was shown in getting Broadband into the Parish.
At this open meeting it was agreed that we should investigate the feasibility of implementing a broadband service into the village without delay by
1. encouraging people to
register an expression of interest with BT.
2a Investigate methods
of providing our own service we had been in touch with
LocustWorld (24thJan) regarding their Mesh AP system
Meeting 11th Feb. 2003
After report from Phil Gee It was agreed to form the Digital Parish Project group
1. request a Demonstration
of the latest Mesh technology
Digital Parish Project
To get the system up and
running asap we doing it in two phases
As this is a Community Project we need to start to create a list/database of volunteers that would be willing to help local community members
Please E-mail your name, location & area of interest
Tuesday the 4th March
A demonstration of the Mesh Box Access Points (AP) by Locust World worked and signals could be received at St Matthews Church Hall from a unit inside the Tiffany room at the Bulls Head with little attenuation.
Phil Gee placed an order for
three Mesh Boxes to get us started, which arrived later that week
Our MP Tom Levitt attended
a Parish Plan 'Drop in Session' on the 15th March and was able
to see for himself how well the link to the Church Hall worked
We just needed to find a suitable form of broadband backhaul, Satellite appeared the most economic but there were concerns over its suitability however there was to be a demonstration unit at the Harrogate Hardcore Wireless event on the 20th March which Phil was able to attend.
23rd March - meeting after
considering various options it was decided to use
26th March we were able to 'surf' the web from the Picnic area at end of Sett Valley trail via wireless link from Laptop to base station in the Bulls Head connected to WWW. Emails were sent to members.
On Tuesday 15th April we were able to surf the web from Highgate Head Farm. Did the heifers who were inquisitively nuzzling us the back know the 'Bull' was only a click away?
Wednesday 16th April - Broad Band for Business Conference in Buxton hosted by Derbyshire Chamber of Trade , Barry and Phil were able to attend and present proposals to the Managers of EMDA and RABBIT scheme
Saturday 26th April 'Drop In' session we were able to surf the web using our Broad Band connection after ironing out a few glitches the service went on line at 11am on the 29th
On the 15th May BT enabled the New Mills Exchange but residents of Hayfield are still too far to receive BT's ADSL 'broad band' via their phone line but now they have an alternative.
Thank you to all who managed
to make the meetings and to those who sent in apologies and letters
of support and to everyone who has worked so hard to get this
project off the ground in particular
Thank you Melanie for the use of the room at the Bulls Head and the Coffee
Now the adventure can start!
Hayfield May 2003