Ash Villages Calendar

Each year in September we invite everyone to submit photographs to our Photographic Exhibition. The pictures are of people, places or events taken in and around the Villages. By popular vote the photographers chosen for the 2019 calendar are Pam Dodd, Jackie Evans, Chris Gittins, Judith Griffin, Judith Smythe, Jan Thornhill and Roger Thornhill,

Any profit from the sale of this calendar is used towards village hall funds and associated charitable community projects within the villages.

The copyright of each of the photographs remains with the photographer.

GP Appointments – Evenings & Weekends

Local GP practices are working together to offer patients more access to appointments, in the early evenings and weekends, from Monday, 1 October, 2018.

In Shropshire, local practices will work together in a network of ‘hubs’ to provide this Extended Access service. This will ensure patients can access appointments at a nearby practice in their local area – the practices will take turns on a rota basis and patients will be advised about location at time of booking, so they can make an informed choice.
The pre-bookable appointments will be available between:

  • Weekday evenings (Monday to Friday) between 6.30pm and 8pm (at a local area hub)
  • Saturdays between 8am and 1pm (at a local area hub)
  • Sundays and bank holidays between 8.30am and 12.30pm (at a single site in central Shrewsbury)

Arranging a pre-bookable evening, weekend or bank holiday appointment is easy to do – patients simply need to contact their practice (who they are currently registered with), during normal opening hours, and speak to the practice receptionist or a member of the practice team who will be able to help. Appointments may not be with your registered GP but will be with a GP or other qualified healthcare professional.

Information to help patients understand more about Extended Access is available on the NHS England website, visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/redesign/improving-access/

Your Fibre Broadband Update – August 2018

Cabinet 21 on Ash Road at the junction with Sunnybank is now live and accepting orders. Lucky people now connected to this cabinet should have access to an enhanced service.

Cabinets 22 (near Somervilles Christmas Trees) and Cabinet 23 (on Ash Road opposite the junction for Brown Moss/Edgeley); both required a wayleave for the power connection. The wayleave has now been agreed and the cabinets expected to be connected by 22nd October.  Final testing before going live will be 6 weeks so, assuming no issues during the final stage, these two cabinets are expected to go live in mid-December. Just in time for your Christmas live streaming!

To check which cabinet you are linked to click here then enter your landline telephone number

Road Closures – July 2018

Road Closure:  Ash Road, Near Ash Magna
Start Date: 9th July 2018
End Date: 13th July 2018
Purpose: Installation of power ducts and cables
Works Promoter:   BT
Diversion route along Whitchurch bypass – A525/Whitchurch to Nantwich Road and Church Lane

Traffic Controlled roadworks – Junction Church Lane, Ash Magna
Date: 16th July
Purpose: Dig Power Holes
Works Promoter: BT

Road Closure:  Ash House Farm to Lea Hall, Ash Parva
Start Date: 23rd July 2018
End Date: 24th July 2018
Purpose: Road Closure – Locate and excavate 1 blockage in existing duct, locate and excavate 1 subsequent blockage in existing duct
Works Promoter:   BT
Diversion route along Whitchurch bypass – A525/Whitchurch to Nantwich Road and Burleydam Road

Your Fibre Broadband Update

Cabinets – Whitchurch 21 & Whitchurch 22
We are here:-
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Openreach has informed us that cabinet 21 (the new cabinet in Ash Magna) is currently connected to the copper network working on the fibre spine and power connection. There are further engineering works to be done (the connection stage), followed by testing and assurance (activation stage) to be completed before hand over to the service providers. As things stand if everything goes according to plan, the engineering works will be complete towards the end of the summer with testing and handover expected in the autumn (Oct-Nov).

You may all be disappointed that fibre broadband will not now be available to you before the autumn months however Openreach has said if there is an opportunity to improve on these dates they will.

For the eagle eyed among you who have spotted you are now linked to cabinet no. 22 (near Somervilles) rather than 21, the position is similar to cabinet 21 but also requires a road closure and a private wayleave agreement. Hopefully the wayleave will be agreed quickly and activation of Whitchurch 22 will follow soon after Whitchurch 21.

To check the status at your property, go to
https://www.homeandbusiness.openreach.co.uk/fibre-broadband/when-can-i-get-fibre
and enter your landline number.
(you will find the landline number gives a more accurate picture than the property address)

Road Closure – Ash Magna to Ightfield- May 2018

Road Closure:  Ash Road, between Ash Magna & Ightfield
Start Date: 14th May 2018
End Date: 15th May 2018
Purpose: Road closure for blockages and cabling Phase one
Works Promoter:   BT
Enforcement pattern for Ash Road, between Ash Magna and Ightfield: Mon – Tues 08:00 – 6:00
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Road Closure : Ash Parva to Ightfield
Start Date: 16th May 2018
End Date: 16th May 2018
Purpose: Road closure for route proving and cabling, Phase two.
Works Promoter:   BT
Enforcement pattern for Ash Parva to Ightfield:Wednesday 08:00 – 16:00
road works 16th may

Diversion Route Details

We are here – your fibre broadband update

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The new fibre enabled cabinets have been installed however there is still a considerable amount of work required to connect the Ash cabinet (no21) to a power supply and the fibre network.

Following the works in March to install new tubing that carries the fibre cable into existing service ducts Openreach require a further road closure to enable them to install the fibre cable up Ash Lane and into the village. If all goes to plan, Openreach expect the cabinet in Ash Magna (Whitchurch 21) to go live in July 2018.

 

Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme – extended

From Connecting Shropshire :-
The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme provides support towards the cost of the installation of a broadband connection. This national Scheme was established and is funded by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and it’s administered locally by Shropshire Council.

Originally, the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme was expected to close at the end of December 2017. However, the government has confirmed that that the Scheme will continue through 2018. This means that people unable to access download speeds of more than 2Mbps will still be able to apply to the Scheme to get an ‘interim solution’ in advance of them benefitting from superfast broadband coverage. Further details about the scheme can be found at: http://connectingshropshire.co.uk/basic-broadband-subsidy-scheme/. “