Sunday, 29 April 2018

Broadband updates

As ever, progress is painstakingly slow.
However Moorsweb are have done some successful tests, and are hoping to extend WiFi broadband to Westerdale probably later this year.

They have recently extended to other problem areas in Glaisdale and Fryup as well as Danby Dale. Moorsweb offer quite fast speeds ate reasonable cost, however most customers would need a separate line rental for phoneline - which is often included in ADSL and fibre deals.

There is still a chance that *eventually* a fibre cabinet might be installed to cover part of the dale but even then the more remote properties might not see any benefit - so the WiFi would likely be best option there.
 In the meantime, since 10th April Castleton exchange has been updated to offer ADSL2 and ADSL2+ This is effectively a way to increase bandwidth on existing lines.
However, as always the further you are from exchange the less any improvement from changing over will be.

 If you get around 5mb or more on ADSL, asking your ISP to enable ADSL2/2+ might give you 1mb or more download speed, and a useful increase in upload speed (typically 0.4mb will go up to 0.5 or 0.6mb). These are only rough estimates and it is possible that some installations might see no improvement at all.

To switch you need to be able to access router settings.
If the ADSL is set on Auto just restart the router after asking the ISP to change you over.
Or manually change it to ADSL2 or 2+
ADSL2+ will potentially give slightly faster speeds - so worth trying.

Strange April

After a cold March, the start of April continued cold and unsettled.
Things seemed very late, but soon after mid-month a few very warm days brought spring growth on rapidly. The wild daffodils were late to start - then were going over in the blink of an eye as the temperature reached 23C on the 19th.

The last few days reverted to cool days and chilly nights, but at least it has been drier - and we largely missed 2 or 3 rain events which affected the south

Saturday, 3 March 2018

The Beast Blizzard

Bitter east winds and frequent snow showers made the start of March exceptionally severe, with serious drifting in the more exposed areas.
 In 2010 it was snowy for longer and much more fell but there was little wind.

The village, being on something of a ridge was as badly affected as anywhere and Arkangel was perhaps the bleakest place to be!
 The road to Castleton was almost impassable for a few hours but the hardworking snowplough and digger team soon beat a way through.
By Saturday afternoon (3rd) all roads were open including the Back Lane and Sugarloaf to Ralphs Cross.

 28th February the maximum was only -2.6C, that was also the lowest temperature of -6.1C at about 7pm. It was the windchill which set this spell apart, calculated at -13C also 28th February. With drifting snow blasting horizontally a truly dangerous period to be outside for too long.

Arkangel Saturday 3rd March

Drifting begins to get serious by Pinfold
Clearing the last blocked road behind the village
Crossroads on Back Lane

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Depths of Winter

January 2018
There seems to have been no shortage of snowy days and icy roads this winter, but nothing too serious as yet.
As Janaury ticks away the days begin to lengthen and light begins to strengthen.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Box House garden makeover

Wilf Wilson's garden had become overgrown as it had become to much to keep on top of, so the Westerdale and Rosedale keepers have stepped in to clear overgrown areas and are planning to make things more manageable by sowing more of the area grass.

The garden used to be a picture with lovely roses and other flowers such as dahlias; artists would sometimes stop and paint the scene from the roadside.

The cottage is still very pretty and it will be much better when Wilf is not almost trapped inside!

 Gamekeepers from Rosedale and Westerdale Estate (left to right) Colin Smith, Ben Mountain, Jimmy Brough, Wilf Wilson, Matthew Hacketpain, Michael Wearmouth and Kevin Butler

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Maasai Mara Evening

An evening on the Maasai Mara with Sharon Artley.
Sharon will give a film/slide presentation of her recent photography safari. It will include a fund raising event for the school in Enkerende village, Ol Chorro.
Light refreshments. Raffle with some special prizes (further contributions for the raffle very welcome)

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

James Bowes of Westerdale

(By email)

I'm contacting your site as I wonder if anyone in Westerdale realises that this year will be the 100th Anniversary of the death of a Westerdale man, James Bowes.
His parents are buried in Westerdale church yard and James is mentioned on their headstone.

 James Bowes would be my Great Great Uncle, 2 of my sisters and I are going to Ypres next week to visit out Gt Gt Uncle's grave and will also be visiting the grave of James' parents on 13th Sept to mark this anniversary.
I have no idea if this is of any interest to anyone or if you have a local history group or anything

 [If this is of interest more details on request]

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

The Seated Man

The Seated Man is a Bronze sculpture by Sean Henry, installed on Castleton Rig 14th June 2017
It should be there for only five years.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Bin Collection day finder

Especially useful to see changes around Bank Holidays!
Usually if they don't come Monday it will be Wednesday.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Phone Box removal

BT have published a list of boxes in The National Park which they would like to remove due to minimal use.
This is not surprising as even the minimal upkeep they get must be costly.
Obvious many of these including Westerdale are in areas with limited if any mobile cover, but nonetheless they clearly are hardly ever used as people make calls from where there is a signal.

It's not difficult to imagine problems here in snowy conditions - when you have to gain considerable altitude to be able to make a call!
 List of boxes to be removed - PDF

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