Burston and Shimpling

OPEN DAYS – Come along and find out more about this Community Project.

Update on the B4RN Community Broadband project

for Burston and Shimpling.


Last week members from B4RN, including the founder Chris Condor, came down from Lancashire to meet with villagers from the East Anglian projects.

Chris Condor answering questions. photo copyright .img(at).img(dot).img

They also brought with them a huge vibrating mole plough which will help with our projects.  There was a great turnout from many of the villages which have current projects or are hoping to start a project to install the B4RN fibre to the home network.

meeting at Scole. photo copyright .img(at).img(dot).img

The B4RN group gave training on various aspects on building the network so that local people have the skills and the tools. We all learnt a lot and thank the B4RN members for spending very valuable time with us.

The project here is well advanced with homes in Scole,Billingford, Upper Street and Thelveton already connected and benefiting from the gigabyte speed. Digging is currently taking place in the Tivertshalls and the first houses there soon expected to be online.The planning stage for Burston, Shimpling and Gissing is well advanced with the network currently being dug to the Diss Business park and Scole Common.


B4RN is a Community Benefit Society and is not for profit and grown by volunteers but at the same time is a very professional operation.  We are able to keep costs low as we are mostly volunteers unlike other companies who are promoting broadband projects locally. To find out more and to see if you are eligible for a gigabit voucher from the Government Go to www.b4rn.org.uk and follow the Get B4RN link.

It is aimed at everyone – both business and residential connections. If you have previously expressed an interest in the B4RN service, you still need to sign up to the scheme so that we can claim this Government money. If you have lost the original flyer, please contact Jane at the email below or follow the link above.

Are you interested in learning a new skill? We are now training villagers to fit house kits, splice fibre and connect properties to the B4RN community broadband. This is all done by the community for the community, we have no connection with the big telecom’s companies.

B4RN have now successfully crossed the bridge over the A140 into Thelveton, and have drilled under the river in the Moor road area in Shimpling and at Audley End. They are currently finalising the best route under the railway line into Burston.

We are ready to go –so please sign up now for this incredible community project.

If you have any questions, or want to sign up for training, please contact your Burston & Shimpling co-ordinator, Jane Fishwick, at: –