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Have you given your Voucher Code to your chosen CDS approved broadband supplier yet ?

On the 5th of December Voneos  had received 25 Voucher Codes

even though there are more than 84 CDS vouchers issued to premises in Compton Dundon !

65 committed Voucher Holders need to be signed up  with Voneus by 9th December and installed by March 2017 in order for their community scheme to proceed.

If you wish to partake in the Voneus community scheme for Compton Dundon please contact Olivia Gray <olivia.gray@voneus.com> and send her your name, address, phone number ,your chosen service (Essential £20/month for 20GB of data or Freedom £35/month for unlimited data) and attach the voucher code in your CDS email voucher – now.

If you care about this issue get out and discuss it with your neighbours to make sure this threshold of 65 vouchers is reached.

Not got your free voucher yet ? - well you are too late !

Deadline for Free Broadband Voucher applications was the 30th November. 

No Internet Service Provider (ISP) is committed to providing a fast service for Compton and Littleton  currently –  a screen shot of a speed test showing less than 2.9Mbps should provide adequate evidence if needed to make your case  - please don’t accept a refusal.

If your application is refused or you have difficulties or you know people who cannot view the online form, or do not have an email address but would be interested in the subsidised alternative broadband scheme. Please contact CDS at


and they will provide you or them with paper forms, along with a return address.

Contact Hugh Thomas  mailto:hughthomascdpc@gmail.com if you need assistance.



http://voneus.com/           -   65 Community Vouchers Needed


There was a good turn out for the meeting at the Meadway Hall on 11th of November for Voneus’s Presentation regarding a community broadband scheme in Compton Dundon.

Voneus stated they would provide a ”minimum bidirectional speed of 24Mbps or they don’t get paid”  at £20 for 20GB or £35 unlimited data per month.

The outdoor hardware was shown and fixed wireless technology explained – the  timescales are tight though Voneus are confident.


If you wish to partake in the Voneus community scheme for Compton Dundon please contact Olivia Gray <olivia.gray@voneus.com> and send her your name, address, phone number and attach the voucher code in your email voucher.

28/11/16   Olivia Grey writes

We are still struggling with numbers on our end, but I have heard from CDS that there are 84 applications for CDS vouchers in Compton Dundon, with 65 of those already approved. So people seem to be aware of the vouchers, but are just not coming to us.

Do you have any idea as to why this might be? Obviously, any feedback at this point would be helpful as we really want to get this project off the ground.

Here are some articles relating to a project that we recently completed, this may help??

•             ISPreview – Voneus Bring 60-80Mbps Broadband to Dunton in Rural Bedfordshire http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2016/11/voneus-bring-60-80mbps-broadband-dunton-rural-bedfordshire.html

•             Cable.co.uk – Church tower helps bring superfast broadband to village https://www.cable.co.uk/news/church-tower-helps-bring-superfast-broadband-to-village-700001693/

•             Comms Business – Voneus Connects The Forgotten Village http://commsbusiness.co.uk/news/voneus-connects-the-forgotten-village/



Dear Resident,

Thank you for attending the very successful event at the village hall on the 11th November, and a big thank you to those that have already registered their commitment to us.

We stated at this event that we need a minimum of 65 individual households to commit to installation along with a 24-month contact by the 9th December 2016 in order to make the project commercially viable, and to ensure installation by March 2017 (a deadline set by CDS).

Within 23 days, a decision will be made based on commitment received, as to whether or not we will go ahead with building a high speed broadband network infrastructure benefitting Compton Dundon.

We currently have only a third of the required commitment, and time is running out!

What we need from you: 

If you would like to be a part of this community build, please send your full name, address, contact number, CDS voucher code, (or state that you are willing to pay for installation) along with your package choice to sales@voneus.com .

If you have any questions regarding the service that we will be providing and what is available to you, please either contact myself, Hugh Thomas on hughthomascdpc@gmail.com or email helpdesk@helpdesk.voneus.com and we will be happy to help.

I will keep you updated with how we are getting on, but in the meantime, spread the word and let’s bring broadband to your community.

Yours sincerely,

Olivia Gray
Sales Executive+44 (0)20 3026 4122   +44 (0)77 6363 0954
Voneus Limited | Southgate Office Village
1st Floor – Block B | 284A Chase Road | London N14 6HF
@voneusbroadband   www.voneus.com
main line
sales team
020 3026 4100
020 3026 4111
020 3026 4123

Premises Issues

Do you have a voucher and do you wish to utilise it via a community scheme ?

CDS say that 45 premises in Compton Dundon have  vouchers out of 140 eligable premises but of them 37 have expressed interest to date regarding participation in a community scheme to

Hugh Thomas mailto:hughthomascdpc@gmail.com

Do you wish to keep your landline so you can still get technical support if your new service is down and you do not have mobile coverage?

Are you committed to an existing broadband contract (that is delivering more than 2Mbps) and therefore would  you be prepared to pay for two contracts during an overlap period ? You may have to spend hundreds of pounds on installation if you have not paid for it with a voucher now.

Listed building consent is required – cost free - for the ‘side plate’ sized external antenna (on the chimney or gable - antenna can be painted to blend in ).


Compton Dundon Parish Council are aware that many residents are frustrated and dissatisfied with their current Broadband service, and  are anxious to ensure that everyone is made aware of the status of the Broadband rollout in the Parish. We hope the following information will help to clarify the situation.

1. Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) are responsible for managing some of the rollout in our Parish. However, according to CDS’s website, Compton and Ham Lane “area is either currently, or planned to be, commercially covered by a private sector service  supplier from the Street exchange (with 44… numbers). As such, (CDS) are not allowed to invest in this area under phase 1 of their program”. This information has been confirmed as incorrect as regards vouchers  where the Department of Culture Media and Sport have stated that all those with a sub 2Mbps service are eligible for vouchers (so do not accept a refusal on this basis). Much confusion has resulted from BT failing to improve this service despite committing to do so during phase 1. Dundon has received an improved service (though not “superfast” for most) under phase 1 covered by the Somerton exchange (those with with 27…numbers) which does not have a commercially viable status.

2. CDS are due to provide details of their Phase 2 rollout plans by the end of 2016, and have indicated that they will seek  much “Superfast” coverage by the end of 2017, with full service by commencement of 2019. We still do not know if Compton Dundon will be part of this rollout and 2019 is still 3 years away!

Please take the time to contact

David HALL – Councillor mailto:DHall@somerset.gov.uk and

David WARBURTON  mailto:david.warburton.mp@parliament.uk

to ensure they understand your needs as they influence the priorities for the roll out of Phase 2.

Surgeries by appointment only – contact Mrs Netia Carr on netia.carr@parliament.uk or 01373 580500 to book an appointment.

3. CDS have advised that up to 140 subscribers with a speed of less than 2Mbps in the parish are eligible to receive a Voucher ‘worth up to £500′, to fund the installation of a satellite or community wireless connection. Vouchers are available to homes and businesses and communities till Nov 2016 guaranteeing a minimum 10 Mbps on a range of tariffs with phase 2 unaffected.

4. CDPC would be willing to initiate a Community Scheme if there are sufficient people interested in the village. Even if you do not want to contribute to a Community scheme,  we would urge you to apply for a Voucher and consider how best you can improve your own Broadband service if you are eligible.

5. CDS have provided a list of authorised suppliers, such as ABInternet, and Airband which uses fixed Wireless technology. Or Satellite providers such as Avonline or Europasat. A complete list can be obtained from the CDS website.

6. A satisfactory and reliable Broadband service is becoming more important for everyone, and is now regarded as a “must have utility”, rather than a  convenience and can even affect house prices.

7. Hugh Thomas  is co-ordinating the responses for everyone who would like to be involved with the Community Scheme. There is nothing to be lost by applying for a Voucher, even if eventually it is not used. Please apply via the CDS Website and contact  Hugh  for any questions.

Hugh Thomas mailto:hughthomascdpc@gmail.com




CDS have e-mailed parishioners to say that if they confirm that there is no viable ‘fibre’ service available to their property then they were happy to issue a voucher. On this basis anyone in the above areas should apply.

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You can Apply and use your VOUCHER to a Community Scheme    Crucially all residents with a service of less than 2Mbps are entitled to a Voucher ‘worth £500? towards a satellite based solution or a community scheme.

Run the BT speed test using the link below and find if your current service is less than 2Mbps.

http://speedtest.btwholesale.com/  Click ‘yes’ button and then ‘Begin Test’

If you have not applied yet you can apply here :-


Read the small print here


What can you do with your Voucher ?

Possible Suppliers of Community Broadband Services for those with Vouchers


A) Fibre to the premises


100 Community Vouchers or interested parties  needed - With additional funding of £750+ / premises


B) Fixed Wireless

http://voneus.com/       65 Community Vouchers Needed

VONEUS           Presented on Friday 11th of November

Broadband Package Comparison


                                                    ESSENTIAL                      FREEDOM

Download speed                          Min 24 Mbps                  Min 24 Mbps

Data Allowance                         20 GB per month                  Unlimited

Cost                                            £20 per month                 £34.99 per month

Free installation with Connecting Devon and Somerset voucher


http://wireless.abinternet.co.uk/ABInternet/      40 Community Vouchers Needed

Which package is best for you?Essential Broadband 2Mb. £14.99/month inc vat.Our entry level broadband service for ‘light’ users. 2Mb download and 2Mb upload speeds and includes a free WiFi routerEssential Broadband 4Mb. £19.99/month inc vat.Our most popular broadband services. 4Mb download and 4Mb upload speed and includes a free WiFi routerEssential Broadband 10Mb. £29.99/month inc vat.Particularly good for large families with average demand. 10Mb download and 10Mb upload speeds and includes a free WiFi routerEssential Broadband 30Mb. £34.99/month inc vat.Intended for frequent and high usage broadband users. 30Mb download and 10Mb upload speeds and includes a free WiFi routerEssential Broadband 50Mb. £39.99/month inc vat.Designed for the most demanding of broadband users. 50Mb download and 10Mb upload speeds and includes a free WiFi router




Possible Speed 32Mb per second — Typical Cost £32 per month — Common Data Allowance 16GB per month





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Set up fees paid for with voucher

You can use your voucher to bring benefits  to your individual premises using

C) Cellular – Mobile Data 4G Wireless Broadband Internet Connection

(Subject to availability of a 4G signal Outdoors via high gain aerial)


CDS VOUCHER (or £495) which includes the 4G Modem, External Antenna. EE Data PAYG Sim Card, Full Installation, and Site Survey and a 12 month Warranty (3 months on the modem), plus 12 months free support.

There is no extra cost for the hardware although a Data Only Sim card needs to be purchased through ourselves (which is an EE data sim card) or directly through the mobile supplier. Prices vary depending on the capacity size e.g. 16GB to 100GB and the length of contract i.e. 1 month rolling contract to 24 months.

16GB starts from £22 a month. 32GB for a 1 month rolling contract is £28, or a 24 month contract is £25 a month. These are our most popular deals. We also provide at a small additional charge VOIP solutions meaning the customer can use the internet without the need of a landline.

We also boost Mobile Phone signals through either “Wi-Fi calling” through EE, or via 02 and 3 apps which uses the router to boost the signal to the maximum strength.

D)Satellite Technology Providers



Other approved suppliers for those with vouchers


Vouchers will be available until November 2016 or until the money runs out.

Vouchers do have a limited time for utilisation.


WI Meeting – Nov 16

The secrets of dichroic glass were revealed to us by our speaker, Margaret Harper. Retiring from her post as a Personal Manager as she did not wish to learn the mysteries of computers, the bizarre fact emerged that she has learnt the tricks of her new trade from U Tube.

Originally a friend has decided to live in Spain and disturbed by the treatment of stray cats and dogs, had decided to set about rescuing them. To raise money, cards were made, but Margaret’s enthusiasm for this venture wained when, on one occasion, she was required to make 300 cards. When the said friend returned to England, Margaret decided to raise money for the Beacon Centre at Taunton. After trying various crafts Margaret fell head long for the manufacture of fused glass jewellery. This involves a lengthy process, heating shards of glass to incredible temperatures, in a kiln which Margaret purchased and which is computer generated programmed. Margaret has learnt to do this despite her earlier aversion to anything to do with computers. The type of glass required is manufactured solely in America, but can be purchased locally. Magic happens in the kiln, with colours changing when a temperature of 790 degrees is reached. Margaret says she is so excited by the whole procedure, she finds it very hard to wait the 10 hours it takes for the kiln to cool down to room temperature. Describing her activity, which consumes so much of her time, to her husband as work, this is not quite true, as  Margaret looks upon it as a game, and is so involved often gets up in the early hours of the morning, to check her kiln and the progress of her glass making.

Margaret presented an extensive range of her products, pendants glowing with colour, earrings, brooches and necklaces.Members did a great deal of Christmas shopping, happy to contribute to the fund raising for the Beacon Centre. Sally Walker thanked Margaret.

Trish asked us to spend a moment remembering Iris Burt, a long serving member, who had recently died.

We will represent Ashcott, Walton and Shapwick W I’s at next year’s Annual General Meeting which will be held at Liverpool, Janet will probably attend on our behalf.

The recent Craft Day, funded by our bursary,  had been enjoyed by those who went along, but the numbers attending were disappointing.

The replacement trough is now in position, having been artistically planted up by Royston and Harvey, thank you both.

Val Day had kindly organised the 12 Christmas boxes, members were reminded of the Christmas meal. Secret Santa will take place at the December meeting, gifts to the value of £5.

Patricia informed us of a scheme to improve the broadband speed in the village and reminded members of Compton Capers November 26.

Congratulations were extended to Anthea and Christina who had won the recent Short Mat Bowls competition.

Wendy Edwards.

WI Report – October 2016

We gathered in the small room  as the floor of the main hall is undergoing a face lift. This proved to be a nicer venue and everyone could hear what was being said from the platform.Janet was ably helped by Val as Trish is sunning herself in Spain.Twenty five members were present to hear a very refreshing talk by Claire Rawle on her experiences with antiques with the BBC. Claire divulged that her two ambitions as a 15 year old were
a. To leave school as quickly as possible and
b. To win the Badminton Horse Trials.

Leaving school was achieved when she gained sufficiently good O level results but winning Badminton eluded her, Claire thought this was just as well as she had been more likely to break her neck. At  Dulverton she became a part time assistant at an auction house,  Claire enjoyed the atmosphere of auctions having attended a great many with her father who had farmed in Gloucester. This was followed by a post at Sotheby’s where there was much learning and drinking, one lesson was always carry a file and a pen to look busy even if heading for a coffee break.Whilst working at Sotheby’s only articles of the highest quality were seen.

Opportunity to join the B B C programme Flog It,  Claire was reluctant as she felt she may lack the required expertise but passed a screen test at Whiteladies Road in Bristol with flying colours. The B B C operates to a very high standard with everything conducted correctly.

On to Bargain Hunt presented by Tim who is very knowledgable but very  naughty. For this Show people in pairs are required to apply, it is necessary to have enthusiasm and be able to react well to the camera.

Antiques Road Trip with Paul Laidlaw in which Claire travelled in a T V R Tuscan which is very difficult to enter and exit with a degree of elegance. It was good to be paired with Paul, who always wins, Claire would love to beat him, just once. Anyone who participates does gain from the publicity. It was a good learning curve acting as a dealer as opposed to an auctioneer.

Now back to her day job as an Auctioneer in Bridgwater, Claire will always be grateful for the opportunities given to her by the B B C.Angie thanked Claire. Judging the competition for an antique item Claire placed Wendy’s Black Forest dancing bear first. With Julie’s mother’s nursing notes second and a geological map third. The flower of the month was won by Angie.A measuring book dated 1800 was deemed to be very collectable.

Val has organised the Christmas meal and items for shoe boxes.
An e-mail from Liz Brown of Walton W I informed us of the death of Janice Davies, Wendy attended the memorial service on our behalf, Janice is held in high esteem by us all.

Mary sent a thank you for flowers, cards and visitors following her recent operation for a knee replacement from which she has made a full recovery, a big contribution to this being Harvey’s kind administrations!

The recent short mat bowls competition held at North Petherton resulted in the defending champions, Compton Dundon, retaining their
title with a large trophy to prove it. This is the 25th anniversary of this competition, 14 pairs took part, with Compton Dundon represented by Anthea and Christina, who reached the final by beating Sandra and Joan, also Compton Dundon, then beating Ashcott represented by Janet and Shirley in the final.

Wendy Edwards.

Planning Application at Shepherds Close (Robins Way)

Application No: 16/03045/FUL

Application Status: Pending Consideration

Applicant: Barry Brereton             Agent: Collier Reading Architects

Parish: Compton Dundon             Ward: WESSEX

Location: Land OS 8335 Northeast Of, Robins Way, Compton Dundon, Somerton, Somerset

Proposal:  Proposed development of 14 dwellings, replacing in part an already approved scheme of 17 dwellings (07/04651/FUL) to create a total of 26, Development to include underground LPG tank installation and access road and pedestrian paths

Look on line for more details here

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