Villagers discovering more about internet

Local residents attend a Boot IT session at The Boot and Slipper pub, in Barmby Moor.
Local residents attend a Boot IT session at The Boot and Slipper pub, in Barmby Moor.

More than 300 households and businesses in the village of Barmby Moor are now able to access superfast, fibre broadband.

The new technology is helping people in the village discover more about the internet via training sessions delivered at the local pub.

The Boot and Slipper’s ‘Boot-IT’ sessions encourage residents to get online and teach them how to use tablets and other devices. Already internet shopping deliveries are made to the pub’s car park twice a week and the community is looking at other ways in which they can benefit from using digital technology.

Andy Tennant, licensee at the Boot and Slipper, said: “The IT training sessions started in January last year, evolving out of coffee mornings held at the pub.

“The village shop had closed and residents started talking about online shopping, although it became clear that many of the elderly residents didn’t really know how to get started with it.

“The group began working closely with East Riding Council and were initially loaned ten tablets by the adult education service so the IT sessions could begin, before Barmby Moor Parish Council successfully applied for a Connecting Communities grant to help buy new equipment. The sessions are now regularly held on Thursday mornings, and cover different topics each week.”

Andy explains that the sessions have many benefits, saying: “These sessions are also social events and are helping to combat isolation amongst the village’s elderly population, while also boosting community spirit.

“Residents have learnt new skills such as keeping in touch with family by email or Skype and searching for information. The internet shopping deliveries also save customers money and the community is keen to benefit from other opportunities using the new faster broadband speeds.”

Since upgrading the pub’s broadband connection to fibre broadband it has helped to deliver the sessions more effectively.

The fibre broadband, with speeds of at least 24Mbps, has been rolled out to homes and businesses in Barmby Moor as part the Broadband East Riding programme. Boot-IT is not just for residents of Barmby Moor, everyone is welcome to come along. Visit www.barmbymoorboot-it.co.uk for more information.