Monthly Archives: April 2017

Hankerton Broadband

As many of you may be aware, a significant number of village residents seem to be having problems with their fixed line (typically BT) broadband at the moment. Some people are getting lower speeds than promised, some people are having trouble getting connected and some people have been experiencing a general reduction in speed over the past month or so.

The speed reduction issue appears to have occurred early in March and impacts fixed wire broadband (not the wireless service) serving the village. It manifests itself as a significant reduction (between 30-50%) in speed. Residents have tried to engage with BT, BT Business , Talktalk and other service providers who use the fixed wire infrastructure provided by Openreach.

Whilst Openreach (and Kelly Communications) have been seen in the village we have seen little apparent improvement and the service providers deal with each issue as a one-on-one discussion rather than looking at the problem in the context of a wider issue. Consequently, they perform a line test and if no issue is reported by their test systems, they state there is no issue.

To gauge the full extent of the problem and hopefully assist Openreach in resolving the issue we would appreciate it if residents who have any problem with their broadband service  get in touch and indicate :-

  • The service provider (eg. BT, BT Business, etc.)
  • The impacted phone number
  • The problem that they are having
  • Where this is a speed reduction, the scale of the reduction and if they have it, evidence of the reduction.

We will collate this information and report the issue as a generic trouble ticket, covering multiple numbers directly with Openreach. We will ensure Wiltshire Council are apprised of the ongoing issues via the Parish Council.

If you have been impacted then please contact Geoff at

Hankerton History Group


APRIL 25th 2017 7:30p.m.

North Aisle   Hankerton Church.

Presenting the On-line parish clerk site and Know Your Place, a chance to find out about what is written about Hankerton.

There will be opportunities to explore these, and other sites, for yourself and help with recording people, places and events (bring a lap-top if you can).

Come along and join in with an evening of active research and recording.

              £2.   Tea & Coffee.

Details from Susan Mockler 577526


A visit to Oakham Treasures and a late lunch Thursday 27th April

Dear members and friends,
Most of you will be aware that from time to time we join with other societies such as the Cirencester Science & Technology Society and the Fairford Classic Car Club in organising visits to places of interest. Members and their guests are invited to the following:-

A visit to Oakham Treasures and a late lunch Thursday 27th April.

What is it that really turns one on as you advance in years? For most of us it is reminiscing about our past and what it was like in the ‘Old Days’.
Here is the chance with a welcome to Oakham Treasures, an award winning collection of memorabilia from the last century (no, not the 19th but the 20th when you all grew up). It will enchant and amaze you, bring back vivid memories for anybody over 50, and may in fact bring you to happy tears.
It is a huge collection by one man of retail and farming equipment with a few cars, bikes, railways, tractors, you name it, it is probably in the collection. There are some five halls to explore, all on one floor so the less able can easily get around.
Coffee and cakes are there to greet us on arrival and we have a pub/restaurant within easy reach for a late lunch of your choice.
Oakham Treasures are located just off the M5 at Gordano (jct 19). Best to use cars which are motorway capable. The entry charge is £8 or £7 concession. If there are enough of us we probably can get a group rate and if even more a coach may be the best way.
The plan would be to meet at the museum in mid-morning and have a scenic drive back after lunch over the Brunel’s Clifton Suspension bridge (there is a small toll) to north of the M4.
Please email Bunny ( to express your interest right now with the number of persons – time is short!


Meeting in Town Hall


Malmesbury and District U3A Local History group invite you to come to a special meeting on

                                             May 8th 1.30 – 3.00pm .

Venue : The Maltings, Malmesbury Town Hall.

Ben Kane, a celebrated author of fiction based on the Roman era, will be here to give a presentation entitled, ‘ Massacre in the German Forests AD 9. Rome’s greatest defeat?’

He will recount the fascinating history behind his trilogy of novels set at this time, including the latest and illuminating archeological finds at the Kalkriese site.

Tickets only, £3.00. Please email me if you would like to come or ring on 01666 577526.

Best wishes,
Susan Mockler