Market Bosworth Telephone Exchange Upgraded To BT 21CN

December 2011 saw the Market Bosworth Telephone Exchange (which serves Market Bosworth and surrounding villages including Barlestone) upgraded to BT’s 21CN (21st Century Network) promising residents a more reliable broadband connection – but will it make our broadband faster?

December 2011 saw the Market Bosworth Telephone Exchange (which serves Market Bosworth and surrounding villages including Barlestone) upgraded to BT’s 21CN (21st Century Network) promising residents a more reliable broadband connection – but will it make our broadband faster?

Broadband for Market Bosworth and the villages which surround it has been historically slow when compared to larger towns and city broadband speeds due to the distance to the Exchange from rural villages and the Exchange itself not being a priority for BT to upgrade with technology due to it serving a reletively small amount of people.

In December 2011 however, BT rolled out its 21CN (21st Century Network) WBC (Wholesale Broadband Connect) service to Market Bosworth.

Will This Make My Broadband Faster?

In theory, it could do. The upgrade does provide more opportunities for faster broadband and also from other companies.

Before the upgrade, BT could only offer us their ‘IP Stream’ service, promising speeds of ‘up to 8mbps’. Any other companies offering broadband had to do so over this service, making them unable to offer competitive (cheaper) alternatives as-seen in larger towns and cities.

BT’s WBC upgrade offers an increase of to ‘up to 24mbps‘ in broadband speed (although this would decrease drastically over any distance from the exchange to your home).

Who Will Supply My Broadband?

By upgrading the exchange itself (the building in Market Bosworth where all of our phone lines plug into), BT can now allow third-party broadband providers to ‘have presence’ in the Exchange and install their own equipment, thus allowing them to offer more competitive broadband options to customers.

At the time of publishing, only TalkTalk has presence in Market Bosworth, meaning that the only option other than BT is TalkTalk. Hopefully we will soon see other providers such as Sky and O2 enter the market in the area, so cheaper and faster broadband alternatives are available.

Is This BT Infinity?

No. BT Infinity is BTs retail name for its new fibre-optic based broadband network. This network offers ‘Fibre To The Cabinet’ or ‘FTTC’ which involves the installation of a large dark-green cabinet at the end of your street, and broadband speeds of around 40mbps, which is achieved by swapping out the old copper-wire cables from the Exchange to your street with fibre-optic cables.

BTs WBC upgrade still uses existing copper wire to connect your home to the telephone exchange.

There are currently no plans for BT to offer BT Infinity (FTTC) to residents served by the Market Bosworth Telephone Exchange, let alone FTTH (fibre to the home) which will offer speeds of over 100mbps should it ever arrive.

Will This Affect My Broadband?

No – the upgrade is already complete and would have taken approximately 30 minutes to complete. We’ll have to wait and see to find out who will come to Market Bosworth to offer us cheaper broadband.

As for BT Infinity, it took BT 4 years to install WBC, so don’t get your hopes up just yet.

Barlestone Recycling & Refuse Collection Schedule 2012

We’ve published the complete list of recycling and refuse collections for Barlestone for 2012 right here. Collections start at 7:00am. Make sure you put the right bin out on the right day with our helpful guide.

Please find below the collection schedule for recycling and refuse for Barlestone for 2012:

Christmas Tree Collection

Garden waste bins (brown bins) will not be collected over Christmas and New Year. Real Christmas Trees can be left out with the brown bin on the first collection of 2012 (January 19th) to be disposed of. Trees must be in less than 1m lengths and be left either in the brown bin or alongside it.

Recycling Guide

Yellow Bag Blue Bag Blue Bin / Box Brown Bin Black Bin
Paper
Newpapers
Magazines
Telephone Directories
Cardboard
Food Tins
Drinks Cans
Plastic Packaging
Foil
Cartons
Aerosols
Food Tins
Drinks Cans
Plastic Packaging
Foil
Cartons
Aerosols
Glass
Garden Waste Non-Recyclable Waste

Collection Times

All collections begin at 7:00am.

January 2012

Date Collection
Jan 5th 2012 Blue (All Recycling)
Jan 12th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
Jan 19th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
Jan 26th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)

February 2012

Date Collection
Feb 2nd 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
Feb 9th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
Feb 16th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
Feb 23th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)

March 2012

Date Collection
Mar 1st 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
Mar 8th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
Mar 15th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
Mar 22th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
Mar 29th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)

April 2012

Date Collection
Apr 5th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
Apr 12th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
Apr 19th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
Apr 26th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)

May 2012

Date Collection
May 3rd 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
May 10th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
May 17th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
May 24th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
May 31st 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)

June 2012

Date Collection
Jun 7th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
Jun 14th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
Jun 21st 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
Jun 28th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)

July 2012

Date Collection
Jul 5th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
Jul 12th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
Jul 19th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
Jul 26th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)

August 2012

Date Collection
Aug 2nd 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
Aug 9th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
Aug 16th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
Aug 23th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
Aug 30th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)

September 2012

Date Collection
Sep 6th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
Sep 13th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
Sep 20th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
Sep 27th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)

October 2012

Date Collection
Oct 4th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
Oct 11th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
Oct 18th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
Oct 25th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)

November 2012

Date Collection
Nov 1st 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
Nov 8th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
Nov 15th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)
Nov 22th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
Nov 29th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)

December 2012

Date Collection
Dec 6th 2012 Brown (Garden Waste) & Blue (All Recycling)
Dec 13th 2012 Black (Non-Recyclable)

Barlestone Post Office To Re-Open At Village Co-Op

Barlestone’s village Post Office, which closed in September 2011 due to the retirement of Post Mistress Heather Ball is to re-open on a 6 month trial basis inside the village Co-Op.

Barlestone’s village Post Office, which closed in September 2011 due to the retirement of Post Mistress Heather Ball is to re-open on a 6 month trial basis inside the village Co-Op.

The installation of Post Office services at the Co-Op will be assessed once in place with a view to continuing the service only if the demand for it proves to exist. This means that the village Post Office service will be on a ‘use it or lose it’ basis.

Full details of services to be available from the Co-Op (including bank deposits / withdrawals and specialist services previously offered by the Post Office are yet to be confirmed.

A447 Closed September 12th – October 24th 2011

The A447 between Barlestone and Market Bosworth will be closed from Monday September 12th 2011 for 6 weeks until Monday October 24th.

The closure is due to bridge repair works which are taking place beside the junction between the A447 and Goatham Lane, which leads into Osbaston Village.

The A447 between Barlestone and Market Bosworth will be closed from Monday September 12th 2011 for 6 weeks until Monday October 24th.

The closure is due to bridge repair works which are taking place beside the junction between the A447 and Goatham Lane, which leads into Osbaston Village. The work involves exposing the existing brick arch and installing a concrete saddle.

Whilst the road is closed, main road traffic is being diverted at the ‘Bull in the Oak’ junction near Market Bosworth towards Newbold Verdon, then around Barlestone village through Newbold Heath.

Such diversions have seen up to half-mile traffic jams leading from the Newbold Road junction due to the increase in traffic in the area at busy periods, as cars travelling to Leicester have to give way to diverted traffic heading towards Hinckley.

 

Barlestone Post Office to ‘Temporarily’ Close on September 24th 2011

Barlestone Post Office is to ‘Temporarily’ close on September 24th 2011 after the retirement of Sub-Post Mistress Heather Ball. The village post office will close indefinitely until a suitable replacement location for the post office is found, according to Post Office Ltd.

Loss of Local Services

After Sept 24th, villagers will have to use the nearby Post Office in Newbold Verdon as there will be no other Post Office facilities in the village. Villagers will also be left without the ability to make free cash withdrawals without leaving the village.

Residents of Barlestone may find it difficult to make the journey over to Newbold due to recent cutbacks on the local Arrive Bus Service, reporting by Barlestone net earlier this year.

Will The Post Office Be Replaced?

Post Office Ltd say they will be looking for a replacement for the Post Office in the village, but with only two village shops remaining (the village Co-Operative and Barton Road Stores) options are limited. In a time when the Royal Mail is saving costs wherever it can, will they see this as an opportunity to close the village Post Office permanently?

Good Luck Heather!

Heather is retiring from the Post Office after many years working in the village Post Office, which is also her home. Heather was voted Barlestone Citizen of the Year in 2009, and switched on the village Christmas Lights in 2010. We wish her a very happy retirement and say thank you for the many years of service you have provided to the village.

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