March 28, 2013 at 8:30 am #4659
Hi, we have 2 children of 5 and 3 and possibly relocating to this area over the summer hols. My hubby could be based at RAF Coningsby so looking for great villages or towns with good schools within easy commuting distance from there. Had a look on Rightmove etc but completely confused myself!March 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm #4664
I live about 6 miles from Coningsby in a little place called New York (very rural) I have to children that have gone to the local New York Primary School it only has about 50 peoples so is small, but I like that. I have lived in Lincs most of my life.
Boston is a market town about 15 miles from Coningsby with a large Eastern European population I don’t have a problem with this but some people do.
Horncastle is another small market town to the North of Coningsby about 10 miles away it has 2 secondary schools and I lived there for a while, it also has a small Tescos and Co-op.
Coningsby and Tattershall have 3 primary schools & a secondary school a small Co-op and a nice butchers and other local shops.
Woodhall Spa is about 6 miles from Coningsby and has a high percentage of retired people and is more expensive for buying houses, it has a nice outdoor swimming pool, a cinema, several small shops.
I hope this has helped if there are any other local places you want to know about just ask.
JackieMarch 28, 2013 at 2:57 pm #4666
I live in Grantham which is approx 50 mins from RAF Coningsby – possibly too far a commute? There are numerous villages along the way though, with some bigger towns inbetween like Sleaford. Its a market town and I know the council have pumped some money into it as there are new arts & crafts places/hubs there and they’ve done up the town centre. I’m afraid I don’t know what the schools are like there, (you can check on Ofsted site or maybe Netmums) but I’m sure there are good schools.
Or you could try Lincoln (approx 40 mins) or outskirt areas – plenty of smaller towns/villages around. Lincoln is fab for shopping and things to do with the children. There’s also country parks nearby & farms/activity places.
I find the local people mostly quite friendly and easy to talk to. People say hello to you in the street & its easier to make friends. Housing is definately cheaper to buy/rent & generally you feel like you’re ‘in the country’ wherever you are.
If you’re going to live in a village, you’ll need to be able to drive/have access to a car because public transport doesn’t run frequently like in London eg last bus from Grantham to the villages is at about 5.30pm.
Hope I’ve helped a bit.
RachelMarch 28, 2013 at 3:27 pm #4667
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