Belinda Aspinall

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  • in reply to: Gays in Rochester- Social views #19140

    Belinda Aspinall
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    We had a couple of replies on social media

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    Any area can have people who feel they are above everyone else and think they should have a say in people’s lives but I know plenty of lesbian couples in and around Rochester and have never known them to have any problems Rochester itself is a beautiful place and even better for falling more and more in love with your partner’s. But like I said everywhere you go now days has people that think they’re entitled to an opinion in your life even when they don’t know you. X

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    I think you will love living in Rochester it’s a wonderful place. You won’t be disappointed. Of course wherever you live you get small minded people but have to say never really noticed or heard of anything.

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    We moved here, 3 years ago and love it, to be honest, most of our friends (both gay and Str8) are still based in London. This is more to do with established links. However, we have never encountered any sort of homophobia or felt threatened. Our local neighbours are great. There are 3 gay pubs/ clubs in the area. More than happy to have a chat off here if you want to PM me or even wanna meet for a coffee.

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    we love it here and hope you do too

    in reply to: Good primary schools in Bucks with provision for autism #19009

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    Feedback from one member….the news doesn’t sound good in the State Sector. From what we can gather autism provision in the Bucks area sounds really like a battle and there aren’t any great schools. We would be delighted to do some more specific research for you if that would be helpful – drop me a note at bee@lifeafterlondon.com

    in reply to: Moving to Shrewsbury/ Shropshire #18798

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    An answer from a local

    Shrewsbury Town Centre, better to avoid the Northern side.
    Roman Road, Kennedy Road and Porthill and surrounds are smart.
    Copthorne, the Mount and newer estates in Radbrook and Sutton farm a nice in between option.
    Most of the villages are nice. For walking head South, Pontsbury, Church Stretton and Bishops Castle.
    The A49 is an accident blackspot and traffic can be dreadful.
    Bishops Castle has a lot of ‘outsiders’ and is very arty and quirky, the same in Ludlow which is quite monied area and foody. House prices are generally cheaper in the South but outside of those areas.
    Lots of private schools. Priory School and Belvedere amongst the better state options.

    in reply to: Hertfordshire vs Winchester #18529

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    Some thoughts for you from our facebook group

    Knebworth is a nice village near to a1m train into central London and in between two international airports

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/propert…/property-47614011.html

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    I’ve lived close to both Winchester and Hertfordshire. In my view, the best place to consider would be Berkhamsted.

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    I would highly recommend our little corner of South West Hertfordshire. We live in Croxley Green, adjacent to Rickmansworth, Chorleywood and delightful villages such as Sarratt. For shopping the town of Watford is nearby but we also have great access to London via the Metropolitan Line. The perfect mix, which is why we’ve stayed here for 37 years!

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    The villages north of St Albans (for example Codicote, just 5 mins from Knebworth station – 20 mins to London, Kings Cross, 5 mins from the A1 and easy 20 mins to Luton airport) are perfect. Plenty of cafe culture nearby.

    in reply to: Parking at Grateley station for london commute #18214

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    On our facebook group someone has posted that her husband commutes from Andover which is the same distance from Ludgershall because of the bigger car park and the more frequent trains.

    in reply to: Want to move – but unsure where! #18036

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    We moved to near Bath about five years ago which I think works well as we have the countryside and the city not far away. There are quite a few good villages within about five miles of Bath. Also there are some very good secondary schools including Ralph Allen and Beechen Cliff. Train times are going to be much faster after the electrification soon so probably just about one hour ten minutes to Paddington, and Reading is even closer of course.

    Regards
    Michael

    Michael Edwardes | Director

    http://www.citytocountry.co.uk

    in reply to: Want to move – but unsure where! #18035

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    Another message

    Basingstoke’s secondaries aren’t brilliant, but trains and facilities are and it’s relatively cheap, so you get lots for your money, Easy train to Reading. Alton has better schools.

    in reply to: Want to move – but unsure where! #18034

    Belinda Aspinall
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    Message from a member

    Bristol and Bath are great cities to relocate to from London, both have their own identify, Bath is a well-known World Heritage site and Bristol is a hub for all things creative and is home to many emerging scientific and technology companies. Housing in both cities is full of options for a family with two children from period properties to modern housing developments, there is an excellent selection of both state and private schools in both areas. From a transport point of view, trains regularly run from Bristol and Bath every 30 minutes to London Paddington with a journey time of 90 minutes, due to be reduced when the electrification of the line is completed. The countryside surrounding Bristol and Bath covers the Local Authority areas of South Gloucestershire, BaNES and North Somerset, all of these have excellent links to the motorway network giving easy access to the M4 to London and South Wales and the M5 to Cornwall and the North.

    Hope this is of help to you.

    Kind regards

    Jessie

    in reply to: Meeting like minded people…. #18033

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    Hi Sarah,

    We moved from suburban London to the New Forest where my partner was born and brought up. I’d previously always lived in suburban London. If you’re looking for like-minded people it depends on your mindset whether you will find them – some mindsets are more common than others! We don’t have children but have no problem making friends – both local neighbours and through hobbies. With support from your partner and your previous countryside experience I think you’ll get along just fine.

    As you will know the countryside tends to be a bit slower in terms of making friends, but also a bit more sincere and long term – I have some wonderful neighbours who were cheerfully tolerant of my lack of understanding of local ways; and now also many supportive friends in my local area. I was surprised to find that quite a few locals are ‘incomers’ – often from suburban areas – who value the quality of life in the New Forest. New Forest house prices are high so often it is folks from other more expensive housing areas that can afford to move here. If you’re moving into your partner’s place you’ll have the advantage of their support and local knowledge – but little choice over where you live. If you and your partner are planning to move anew then my advice would be to try to move inside the National Park area where there is unlikely to be quite so much new development as just outside the National Park.

    There are excellent restaurants and pubs around the New Forest, and plenty of country activities; I’m told Bournemouth has a thriving night life and Southampton I know has mega shopping malls and a good music, arts and cultural base.

    If your partner already lives in the New Forest why not try it out for a while? Keep your current London place on, but try a little break down here. The quality of life is good, it really is a beautiful place and if you do move down to the New Forest you may well find that a lot of your London friends would love to visit you!

    Cheers, Stephen

    in reply to: Moving out of London #18003

    Belinda Aspinall
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    Have you considering Birmingham? I keep reading about it recently and seems to offer a lot.
    I thought this was quite a good blog on the subject http://sarahpluslaura.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/birmingham-vs-london.html

    and a couple of other articles
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37385265
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-37584781

    in reply to: Living in winchester #17885

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    Another message from the lady who runs Winchester Mums

    As per Adrian’s response but I would also add that Fulflood has a great community feel and is largely families. Newsagents, great cafe (the bean below) and pizza restaurant as well as being 15 mins walk from city centre, 5 mins from station. We lived in Fulflood for 8 years and loved it. But have friends in Hyde and St Cross and friends/family with children at pretty much every primary school in the city (St Bedes, western, westgate, St faiths, St. Peter’s, Stanmore, to name but a few) and all are happy with their choice.

    We now live in Twyford which is only 3 miles from Winchester, lots for families – good schools, playgroup and toddler groups, and walkable to Shawford station (my husband commutes to London twice a week)

    In Winchester, fulflood and Hyde are your best bets for the station, St Cross a little bit further but still easily walkable.

    in reply to: Living in winchester #17880

    Belinda Aspinall
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    A message from a member

    We go to the Winchester Farmers’ Market roughly every month (it’s held twice a month and is a real gem) Parking in the city is free on Sundays and we don’t go on other days. When I was looking in the Winchester area (houses about £100,000 more than Basingstoke because it’s classier and “nicer”), I found Charters estate agents particularly helpful. They are at the top of the pedestrianised High Street. Loads of people commute from Winchester, so the trains are good, but Basingstoke is even better – they’ve just built a multi-storey car park and because trains go on the Winchester and Salisbury lines, you can go almost anywhere by train. Husband commutes on Monday morning and Wednesday evening and you never need to worry if he misses a train because there’s always another one!

    in reply to: Commuting to Liverpool street #17879

    Belinda Aspinall
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    Message on our facebook group

    I live in St Neots Cambridgeshire and the main train line goes into Kings Cross. I think you may need to be near to Cambridge to get into Liverpool Street. Quite a few secondary schools in Cambridge to choose from. Two good ones are St Bedes and Comberton.Shelford is on the Liverpool Street line as is Whittlesford and Great Chesterford but not sure if latter two are Cambs or Essex

    in reply to: Where to start with a move from outer London #17683

    Belinda Aspinall
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    Message from a member…

    Yes, the place that fits that bill is Hastings and St Leonards. You can still buy a four bedroom house for £300,000. There are fast trains to London, the fastest being 1 hour 20 minutes. Primary schools are good, I understand, not so secondaries but my neighbour’s children go to a good secondary in Battle, just up the road. There are numerous good private schools as well. Sea, coastal walks, cycling path all the way to Eastbourne along the coast, and numerous Dowen From Londoners opening up their ideal small business/cafe/gallery; independent cinemas etc. etc. Downside – social problems in certain areas where people with mental health and addiction problems have been concentrated, so be careful where you buy. Many people have made the move and love it.

    in reply to: Where to live on the south coast #17625

    Belinda Aspinall
    Keymaster

    One website you might find handy is this one – shows flights going over an area https://www.flightradar24.com/

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