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I’ve just received this month’s Period Living and Traditional Homes and there is a wonderful article in there about shepherds huts – some of them look fabulous and a number of companies seem to do them – they are insulated with log burning stoves etc.
Hi – I moved out of London 20 years ago and never regretted it. I think the difficulties you are having may be more attributable to real every day life with two young children than the area you are in. I do remember how difficult it was even in London for those first couple of years. Even though I was in a great NCT group in London there were days when everyone else was busy and you do feel very alone. When I moved out of London I infiltrated a local NCT group in the area which was a good way, at first, of making friends and then slowly made friends through school mums etc. I’ve also experience moving countries in my single past and it does take at least a year plus to start to feel at home in a completely different place. Give it time, invite people over to your house with their kids, and eventually you will find those you get on with like a house on fire and some you don’t! Good luck.
Hi – I have discovered if I go on to the website through Google Chrome then I have no problem! Thanks for looking into the matter.
Hi – I moved to Chesham 20 years ago from London which is just over the border in Bucks. It has always seemed a nice village to me. Not sure of the schools in the area as Herts and Bucks are different – Bucks has Grammar schools which a lot of people move here for so someone from Hemel Hempstead area would need to advise you. This part of the world in terms of countryside is lovely either side of the border. Berkhamsted is a lovely place, although very expensive in terms of housing and Hemel has a shopping centre with a small M & S, Debenhams, TK Max plus others. Watford has a range of much bigger shops. Good luck.
Hi – I live in Chesham which is next to Amersham and work in Estate Agency. Stanley Hill has some nice houses on but is quite a busy road being an informal bypass of the town centre and also has a secondary school and college on the road as well. I don’t know Grove Road itself but I think it may be close to less desirable areas/streets.
Don’t let that put you off – there are some lovely areas but the better the area the more expensive it becomes! Some people in the local area don’t rate Chesham but I have been here for 20 years and there are some very nice roads and areas and you do get more house for your money.
My advice is to pick a few houses to look at and allow yourselves time to drive round the difference areas to get a feel – the less desirable areas are fairly obvious. Once you get an idea of what sizes house your money will buy that is also an indication of area – Chesham Bois, for instance which is between Amersham and Chesham is very sought after and almost London prices!
Hi Bee – I’ve just tried accessing from hubbies PC and the site is fine – obviously a fault with my old laptop and probably not up to date software at work – your IT man can stand down! We can sort it at home.
thanks for your help
Hello – just to add to the others, what they say is correct. All the grammars are popular so it is a bit of a bun fight to get in and that is after the stress of trying to get your child to pass in the first place! Because the Grammars have such a good reputation unfortunately this leaves the Secondary Schools behind somewhat – where you have Grammars you don’t h ave Comprehensives. Some people prefer a Comp environment which is not selective but streams within the school. However, both my children didn’t go to Grammar schools but went to the local Secondary School and have done really well – the pressure of Grammar Schools is not suitable for all – they are both about to finish University now. Unfortunately with your children so young it is impossible for you to know at this stage what schools will suit them later on – you can only go with your best guess and gut feelings. however I can recommend living in the Amersham/Missenden area. We came out of London 19 years ago and have loved it.
Hi Amy, regarding living in Berkhamsted and applying to Chesham/Amersham for Grammar Schools – it can be done and is done but getting a place in the Grammar schools is always a bun fight – even when you live in the catchment area. Be prepared for a battle! However, not everyone rates the Grammar School system – it does fall down if you have a borderline child and there is intense pressure to tutor your children. Don’t dismiss good secondary schools or comprehensives in other areas when you are looking. It is a hard decision to make.
Hi Amy – I think I have responded to you regarding amersham as well. I do know Berkhamsted quite well as I worked there fore a couple of years. It is lovely, very smart, lovely shops and restaurants – would take your husband into london closer to the City. House prices are significantly higher in Berkhamsted because of all the above so depends how much house you want for your money! I am just about to start working for a local estate agent. You will find house prices higher in Berkhamsted and Chesham Bois (part of Amersham) because they are so highly sought after. Amersham itself, slightly cheaper and Chesham you will get a lot more house for your money. Chesham does have some areas you wont want to live but does have some nice areas as well – and of course there are all the villages in between. Watch out for High Speed 2 however.
Good luck with your decision
Hi Amy – I live in Chesham, just next to Amersham. Amersham gives you the choice of the Chiltern Line and the Met line. The Chiltern Line in particular has a good reputation for running when some of the others don’t and also, in extreme circumstances, it is only 20 minutes to High Wycombe or Berkhamsted where you can catch different lines. The Chiltern Line, I believe, is also cheaper than some of the others. The Met line can take you right into the City depending on the time of day. In terms of living in this area – we moved out of Chiswick in 1994 and really love it here. Easy access to London if you need it but right on the doorstep of beautiful country side. Schools in these areas are all very good, although some better than others. If you have very young children I always recommend contacting the local NCT to put you in touch with other local mothers with children the same age and you can then join their post-natal groups which is a great way to make friends when you move to a new area.
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When we came here Chartridge Combined School, Leyhill Combined School and Chesham Bois Church of England all had good reputations and are both primary and junior which negates the problem of trying to get 2 children to 2 different schools when they are young. I wouldn’t like to confirm how good their reputations are now but I’m sure if you contacted the NCT and explained that you are hoping to move to the area and ask if they could put you in contact with any members with children of a similar age you could get up to date advice from them.
My experience was that we used separate primary and junior schools and on reflection I wished I had gone for a combined school as it is stressful when you have to choose a junior school to move on to. I presume your question about ‘feeder’ schools refers to what I call a combined school? if not let me know! The junior school I chose was not the one the primary fed into, so it can be done – but I have noticed how quickly popular schools go in and out of fashion at all levels – and, of course, what suits one child may not be right for the other!
Just try and get as much information as you can – then visit the schools. A bit like buying houses, the more you visit the more you will get a ‘feel’ for the schools and what feels comfortable for you. Then you just have to hope for the best!!!!!
Hi Dawn – I currently live in Chesham, on the border of Amersham and have been working in Amersham for a few years now. We moved out of Chiswick back in 1994 and chose this area as my hubby was then working in Harrow – although he has moved many times since, but we have become very attached to this area. Amersham will give you the choice of both the Chiltern line and the Met line and is on the edge of some beautiful countryside as well as still having that connection to London. Regarding schools, you will probably already know that there are some very good schoos in Bucks, Grammar and private/independent schools. Just a warning though, everyone loves the idea of sending their kids to the grammar schools but reality can be a bit different if your kids don’t make it and have to go to one of the secondary schools – I know because both my children wouldn’t do any tutoring and my daughter even said that she didn’t want the pressure of the grammar schools – but having said that they have both done really well in their own way. my son is just about to finish Portsmouth uni having studied Computer gaming for the last 6 years both there and at the local Amersham & Wycombe college. my daughter is in year 2 at Hertfordshire Uni doing history and Chinese and is absolutely loving it. Both of them have really good friends locally as well so I don’t see us moving from this area for a long time yet, if ever.
Also, don’t dismiss Chesham completely – a lot of people in the area look down on it, and it does have some areas you wouldn’t want to buy/live in but I can assure you that it also has some lovely areas – the high street has everything you need as well as the choice of a big Sainsburys or Waitrose. If your budget is restricted you will get more for your money in Chesham, but if it isn’t then Chesham Bois is the place to go.
I have worked in Estate Agency in the past, in the area – and am just about to go back into it with another agent – so if you need any advice on buying property in the area I am happy to help with some advice.
Also, if your children are very young the local NCT is very active and a good way to make new friends in the area.