A barn is a unit of measurement. It was coined after some argument between particle physicists ended with the assertion that some microscopic area was 'as big as a ****** barn door'. I remember that but little else from some lecture in 1969 which probably explains why I'm not a particle physicist today.
Barn or rather B4RN also stands for Broadband for the Rural North, a not for profit Community Benefit Society established by people living in Bowland and the Lune Valley, with the aim of installing a fibre optic superfast broadband network. I'll quote from their own publication/prospectus 'It will be available to every property in our area; no exclusions because it’s too far away or it’s too difficult to reach. The aim is to initially connect properties across 8 parishes in 2012, with further parishes bein added in subsequent years. The network will be owned, managed and supported by members of our community, providing huge benefits to everyone. B4RN will be financed through a community share offer and through work-shares, You can either buy shares or earn them by carrying out work for B4RN e.g. burying fibre ducting across land.'
How simply ******** amazing is that? From Arkholme in the North to Overwyresdale in the South, from Quermore in the (Wild?) West to Tatham in the East people are planning to install their own broadband network in the face of a lack of interest from the people that do such things for a living/profit. You do wonder if a reduction in the advertising budgets for Sky, BT and Virgin Broadband would pay for more miles of network to places like Bowland. Usain Bolt has other talents (and income streams) to fall back on if he wasn't appearing in Virgin adverts.
Hey, good luck and please succeed! Now you've read this go back and check the link to B4RN.