Oyez, Oyez!

As John has noted, I have a passing interest in the issue of effective communication within the Parish.

In order to sustain and develop our community we need organised and effective communication, but who is making an effort to improve communication, indeed a better question might be “Who cares?”.

With their websites, John and Jim Williams make sterling efforts to keep people informed but their sites can only begin to be effective if the information is fed to them, and then only really effective if the information is available to every household in the Parish.

In relation to the first requirement, one only has to look at the “Events” section on Jim’s site, close examination reveals that there is nothing happening in the Village Hall in January.  There can only be two possible reasons for this, either there is nothing happening or the Trustees of the Village Hall don’t see the internet as being of any value in communicating with residents.

The second requirement is more difficult to resolve in that there is no simple way to establish who reads the websites and where they are situated, John has been able to obtain limited information about the visitors to his website.  While it is interesting to discover that his site is accessed from places such as Abu Dhabi, Brazil and Rumania it is impossible to determine which households in the Parish access his site.

More importantly, we do not know which households in the Parish have an active internet connection and if they do, whether they visit John or Jim’s sites.

Sadly, I cannot see a way forward and the Parish Council displays no interest in the question.

Graham Williams.