The Bradley Stoke Journal is seeking volunteers to help promote its campaign for better broadband in the area after receiving sponsorship of £500 from two local businesses.
The money will be used to print banners, posters and leaflets for display and distribution around Filton, Almondsbury & Bradley Stoke.
The initial focus of the campaign will be to encourage residents and businesses to register a vote in BT’s Race to Infinity competition, which offers the chance of getting our local telephone exchanges fast-tracked for the installation of superfast fibre broadband.
Have you voted yet? If not, please do it now – it only takes a few seconds.
To vote, go to: www.racetoinfinity.bt.com/html-version
Subject to the outcome of local MP Jack Lopresti’s ongoing discussions with Virgin Media, we hope that the scope of the campaign will very soon be expanded to gather evidence (signatures/emails) to show that there is sufficient consumer demand for Virgin to complete its cable network in Bradley Stoke.
Full details of the publicity campaign and the business sponsors behind it will be revealed shortly but, in the meantime, we are asking residents to volunteer their services for the distribution of posters and flyers and the canvasing of up to 2,000 homes in the worst-affect broadband ‘slowspots’.
Subject to recruiting sufficient volunteers, we will running a stall this weekend (13/14th November) in the Willow Brook Centre mall, where shoppers will be able to vote ‘there and then’ in the BT Race to Infinity.
This is an ambitious plan and we will need the help of scores people to bring it to fruition. Local businesses have set the ball rolling with their generous sponsorship; now it’s time for the community to rise to the challenge.
Please email us now on firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer your services.
BT Race to Infinity standings at midnight on 10th November 2010:
- Almondsbury 369 votes (3.89% of total possible)
- Filton 214 votes (1.14% of total possible)
Of the near 2,500 exchanges eligible for the competition, Almondsbury was one of the first 100 to reach a count of 100 votes, which resulted in The Journal receiving a special Campaigner’s Pack (pictured) from BT.
If anyone can make use of the posters (A3 and A5 sizes), rosettes, stickers, pin badges, note pads or pens, please get in touch.
Upcoming promotional activities will include:
- Canvasing at the Willow Brook Centre
- Press releases to the local media
- Asking schools, community centres, libraries, shops, offices to display an A4 poster
- Distributing A5 flyers to the 52 streets in Bradley Stoke that don’t have Virgin Media cable [map and list of streets]
- Urging the neighbouring Town/Parish Councils of Almondsbury, Filton, Patchway and Stoke Gifford to advertise the campaign on their websites and in their newsletters
We are also looking for someone to knock together a number of sturdy roadside noticeboards for the display of posters.
If you would like to volunteer to help with any of these activities or have any other suggestions for how we could promote the campaign, please leave a comment on this story, contact us via the usual channels or email email@example.com.
Related link: BB4FABS Better Broadband Facebook group
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