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Telecoms giant to sponsor village hall for a year

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 08, 2012

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A TELECOMS giant is ploughing in £50,000 of investment to bring improved broadband provision to villages near Burton.

Talk Talk is expanding its ‘next generation’ network into Alrewas and Fradley, and to mark the installation of the new technology is also providing cash to sponsor Alrewas Village Hall for a year.

The deal will see the company provide £600 to carry out refurbishments to the 101-year-old community hub, in Wellfield Road.

The building is used for a wide range of activities including plays, concerts, dance and gym classes, Women’s Institute and parish council meetings, private parties, baby and toddler groups, ‘flea pit’ cinema screenings and Zumba sessions.

Tony Jones, chairman of Alrewas Village Hall, said: “We are very pleased that Talk Talk has chosen to support the hall over the next 12 months.

“The donation will be used towards refurbishments such as replacing chairs and to improve the stage technology for the many performances held at the hall. It will make a huge difference to everyone who uses the hall.”

Tristia Clarke, commercial director at Talk Talk, said: “We are at the forefront of developing new services for our customers and by investing in the exchange in Alrewas we will be able to bring our offers to even more families in the area.

“Alrewas Village Hall plays an important role in the lives of many local residents and Talk Talk are delighted to be supporting them over the coming months.”

The new network will allow speeds of 14MB, with customers who upgrade to it experiencing an average increase in broadband speed of 50 per cent.

The improvements at the village hall will take place while its owners continue their bid to raise cash to build a brand new hall, which is expected to cost up to half a million pounds.

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