Monthly Archives: May 2019

The Bisset Love Letters

The Bisset Love Letters
A C19th Charlton Park Love Story
Dr Diane Lovell
7.30pm  Thurs 6th June 2019

An evening for all lovers of romance, history and literature, and those who simply enjoy a good tale!

Dr Lovell will tell us about her discovery of the letters between the Rev George Bisset and Lady Catherine Howard, the progress of their romance, and how it may have influenced Jane Austen’s work.

Please contact Bunny for more information on 577275 or

Be On The Lookout

I do want to let you know that my car has been emptied of 4 pairs of sunglasses, 3 jackets (waiting to go to the dry cleaners) , all my shopping bags (to put jackets in?), a small dog blanket and a large metal candle holder is missing from a barn (wrapped in dog blanket?). I fear I may have left the car unlocked on Monday (possibly..can’t quite recall) as the driving seat position had been altered. My neighbour also had an unsolicited visit last week from a man who wandered around the yard,( watched by her) and then left. So keep an eye and lock your car…Jacqui Erskine Crum at Dolmans Farm, Cloatley Road.

Even Faster Internet Coming To Hankerton

The arrival of the new green cabinet, positioned at the entrance of Follyfield, eventually made a ‘Superfast’ internet connection a reality to many in Hankerton. This system called Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) uses the copper telephone cables from the cabinet up to our houses, and the shorter this distance (and the less joints) the better the speed you can obtain. If you’re close enough the speed offered is adequate for most casual users today, but not if you’re further away or a heavy user. Additionally, as decades ago some of the cable it relies on was poorly installed, corrosion has led to less than expected speed. Recently I experienced a total failure and Openreach needed to replace a short length of underground cable.

Gigaclear are rolling out ‘Ultrafast’ across parts of the country and you may have noticed roadworks with big orange drums of ducting recently in the local area. This system called Fibre To The Premise (FTTP) uses a dedicated fibre optic cable straight to the house. It can provide speeds much faster than FTTC and is unaffected by distance. Hankerton is part of their plan for this year and they are currently mapping out the design. I would strongly suggest that you register your address with an interest even if you don’t think you need the potential speed now. It will likely mean that when they come past they put a point for you to connect to in the future when you do. If you are one of those who still can’t get fast internet or are a heavy user then this is a potential solution.

You can register your interest here

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Hankerton Cycling

As a regular cyclist it is apparent we have more cyclists in the village than I realized. In addition there are people who would like to try cycling but don’t feel joining a local club is for them but may be interested in a social ride locally.

If this interests you, I would be happy to arrange some mid-week social rides from the village, which would include a café stop.

Don’t worry if you have not ridden before, or for some time, the aim of the rides will be to provide a supportive environment to get into cycling and the health benefits it brings. You don’t need to have the latest bike or kit, and I would be happy to help if people need some help getting their bikes ready for the rides. The idea would be to tailor the rides to those who sign up.

If you are interested then drop me a line at If you are an existing cyclist, then give some idea of level to help co-ordinate things).