July 18, 2018 at 9:05 am #21057
Hello, my husband, myself, grownup children and my mother 91 are thinking of relocating to Warkworth Northumberland.
My mum was born in Thorngrafton and grew up in Bardon Mill. My dad was called up to be a Bevin Boy in Durham, they met and married and moved to London so my dad could finish his apprenticeship. I and my brothers were born and grew up in London.
My husband has fallen in love with Northumberland and wants to retire and too live in Warkworth.
I have a lot of friends in London and will miss them. How do I make friends in Northumberland and will they accept us into the community. I am very nervous about this and I want to make the right decision.
I would love to hear from anyone who can reassure me.
JaneJuly 21, 2018 at 9:38 pm #21058
Northumbrians are amongst the friendliest people you’ll ever meet so it shouldn’t be difficult to make new friends, but that won’t stop you missing your old ones. However it’s likely they will be queuing up to visit you as Warkworth is (as I expect you already know) a very beautiful place and you’ll be in easy reach of other lovely places including Alnmouth, Alnwick, Amble and (a bit inland) Rothbury and Morpeth. Newcastle has excellent shops and lots of cultural activities but you’ll also find theatre in Alnwick and concerts in Morpeth. The fabulous sandy beaches and unspoilt countryside need no introduction. I’m biased because I was born and raised in Northumberland, but I have spent the last 42 years living (mostly very happily) in London and am now on the brink of returning to Northumberland. Finding a house you love in a location you love will make it easier to leave London behind. And just think of the open spaces, fresh air and low crime rates! Personally I can’t wait to move back. Good luck, and I’m sure you won’t regret the move.
August 9, 2018 at 6:16 pm #21067
- This reply was modified 7 months ago by Pauline.
PS to my last message… you might enjoy reading Judith O’Reilly’s funny and moving book “Wife in the North” which is all about your own situation. Judith was a wife and mother who was very happy living in London but was persuaded to move up to Northumberland by her husband. In her (rather complicated) case she moved up with two toddlers and whilst heavily pregnant with a third baby; to make matters worse they rashly embarked on a major building project involving knocking two cottages into one, and her husband kept disappearing back to London for weeks on end (for work) but she survived and she certainly made lots of friends along the way. Her adventures make for a great read – especially for someone like you whose toddlers are long grown up and whose husband is presumably intending to stay at your side!
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