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  • in reply to: Toddler Groups and Mums in South Somerset/West Dorset #12101

    caroline
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    Hi Jenny. I do not have kids, but friends with a baby moved from London to near us in Merriot and found it super easy to tap into the local mum and baby groups. They literally stopped mums they liked the look of in Waitrose and the local shop, and asked them! It seems all the mums were in the same boat, wanting to meet people. where are you moving to? I might know someone local to you to get you started.

    There is a very broad social spectrum in South somerset, and you want to find a group that is full of people that you’ll like. There is a free monthly magazine, available at shops, cafes, Libraries, some supermarkets, called The Marshwood Vale, and it is invaluable as a source of info. There are lots of ads, (mum and baby groups included) and one of the best What’s On sections in the area.

    I do hope you find friends and are as happy as we are living in the area.
    Caroline


    caroline
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    sounds like a great idea. We re-located to somerset eight years ago, and I have a bit of advice. you need to explore a bit in person. There are massive differences in socio-economic conditions within very small areas, and you want to make sure that you are in an economically vibrant area, especially for getting into the holiday business. you can tell in a second in a city, but it is a tad harder out in the wilds. Chat to people in the pub. Is there a good, or gastro pub nearby? Is there a deli or well stocked farm shop near by? what kind of cars are parked in the car parks? Are lots of shops closed, or charity shops? Have a look at the local papers and free magazines to see what’s on. Lots of Art and Music events are a good sign. Have a peek in the local tack shops with a notice board, and see if other people are offering the same thing as you want to be. Best of luck.

    in reply to: Things to do in Somerset #5374

    caroline
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    If somerset is bringing out the latent hippy in you, there are a ton of things going on this summer where you and the kids can let your hair down and run barefoot about eating locally sourced food, quaffing cider made down the road, and meeting a broadest cross section of people possible! This weekend, 9th June, I recommend the Green Fair and Sythe competition at Thorney Lakes. Here is link to the flyer. If you are in a festival mood, there is camping alongside the fair. http://www.greenfair.org.uk/A4%20poster%202013.pdf

    See you there!!

    in reply to: Londoner seeks alternative #4508

    caroline
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    Hi. We moved to Somerset 7 years ago in May and think this is a great place to live. Closer to London for fixes of ethnic food and hair cuts, by train car and bus than Cornwall. I have just heard from someone who has moved locally from cornwall (previously London) that although it was beautiful and interesting, the locals didi not welcome them with open arms. Folk in somerset seem very welcoming, and we did make a massive effort to make friends when we moved here. It has paid off and we have a crammed social life and a very eclectic selection of new friends. You do need to make an effort, and if smiling and chatting comes easily you will not have any trouble building a new life. Good luck.

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