Can’t Get Online Week – Help still needed

Thank you to everyone who has help so far with making Can’t Get Online Week happen. I am especially grateful to the CLA for their sponsorship, and to everyone else who has helped out, especially those who have contributed financially. There is still time to make a contribution here, or a simpler way might be to donate using paypal to john[dot]popham[at]ntlworld[dot]com.

Here’s a message of support from Hugh Bonneville

The latest draft of the itinerary is below. As I am still some way short of my funding target, I am now asking if people could please help out with support in-kind, in the following ways:


Is there a car hire firm out there that might be prepared to donate a week’s car hire (Sunday 30th October to Saturday 5th November) in return for some positive publicity? Failing that, is there a company / organisation that has access to a favourable car hire rate as part of a corporate deal that I might be able to take advantage of?


If anyone would be prepared to put me up during the week, that would greatly help in keeping the costs down. I need accommodation in the following areas.

Sunday 30th October – somewhere in short driving distance of Colchester

Monday 31st October – somewhere in short driving distance of North Warwickshire

Thursday 3rd November – somewhere in short driving distance of Saltburn, North Yorkshire.

If at all possible I would like to stay in places with fairly decent internet connections, and where people don’t mind me hammering their connection by uploading the day’s content to the web.


Anyone got access to a way of paying for petrol (perhaps a corporate account) that they might help out with?


If you could send food parcels / vouchers, etc. that would be great (NB. I am vegetarian).

I would be exceptionally grateful to anyone that can help out, and I’ll ensure you get due publicity for your support.

Here are some links to some of the publicity and support we’ve received lately:

More from Hugh Bonneville:

Radio 5 Live “Outriders” programme:

Radio 4 “Today” Programme

And please join the Challenge on Facebook


Draft itinerary as at 20th October

Sunday 30th October: PM: Somewhere in south-east England

Monday 31st October: AM: Little Horkesley Essex (Village Hall)
PM: Sedgeford, Norfolk (Village Hall)

Tuesday 1st November: AM: TBA
PM: Adderley, Shropshire

Wednesday 2nd November: AM: Wray, Lancashire (Village Institute)
PM: Westmorland Showground, Milnthorpe, Cumbria (IT Suite)
PM: CLA Lancashire Committee, Garstang

Thursday 3rd November: AM: Northern Farming Conference in Sedgefield
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PM: Byers Green, County Durham
PM: Goats on the Roof, Fontburn, Northumberland

Friday 4th November: AM: Moorsholm, Near Saltburn, North Yorkshire (Church Hall)
PM: Sledmere Estate, Near Driffield, East Yorkshire
PM: South Stainley, Near Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Talking about Broadband Speeds on BBC Radio 4 “Today”

I did a five minute interview (via Skype) about broadband speeds in rural areas for BBC Radio 4’s flagship breakfast current affairs programme “Today”. Only a sentence or so made it through the edit, but it was nice to hear, via Twitter, how many people were startled by the mention of my name on national radio.