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Getting a seat depends very much on the time of day you are commuting (as does getting a space in the car park). My husband has commuted for 15 years and has always driven 40 minutes up the track to Basingstoke (we live 10 minutes from Grateley) because that is where the London train line splits – half go to Portsmouth and half to Exeter. Almost all of the Basingstoke trains stop at Clapham Junction and there are trains to and from London every 8 minutes or so in the rush hour, so if you miss one you don’t have long to wait for the next. If you miss a train to Grateley, you will have to wait an hour. Most people complain about the commute (second only to the weather!) but it is one of the compromises you make for living in such a lovely part of the country – and you will make friends on the train too! Don’t let it put you off!
Hi Judy, My sister runs a small local agency called Any Task (www.any-task.com, 07775 734188, ask for Miranda Chetwode). She provides nannies, au pairs and other forms of home help and support. She doesn’t throw loads of nannies at her clients, she will definitely listen and get the right person for you, even if it does take a little longer. And if she can’t find the right person, she will be able to direct you to other local agencies with whom she has worked in the past. I’m sorry if this sounds a bit like an advertisement, but I do know what you mean about national agencies being expensive and a bit impersonal, and Miranda certainly isn’t like that! Good luck.March 21, 2013 at 9:21 am in reply to: Lymington/New Milton/Barton on Sea – Will we have retired in our 40's?!! #4446
I think many people share your dream! That part of the Hampshire coast is very sought after, and is touristy in the summer, but much calmer in the winter. The road across the New Forest can become very busy and Lyndhurst is a notorious gridlock on summer Sunday evenings! There is plenty to do – get your boys into sailing! – and both Bournemouth and Southampton are busy cities with their fair share of good cultural things (So’ton in particular has good theatre) and some dodgy areas. It isn’t a dead backwater, certainly! Good luck.
I would speak to Louise at Night Nannies 07800 843618 – she won’t be able to provide daytime nannies as she deals with babies and sleep training, but she knows a lot about the childcare provision in Surrey and will give you an unbiased view.
I live in Broughton; we moved here when my first daughter was 16 months old and have loved it, it is a buzzing family community with all the things you hope to find in a village – pub, shop, village school, church, (in fact, check out the website http://www.broughton-hants.net/). BUT the property prices reflect this. The Test Valley has so many lovely villages, it does depend on your criteria, as previously stated. It is commutable, but this can be tiring. I suggest you come down here one Saturday and drive round the villages, talk to people (we are a friendly bunch) and get a feel for the separate villages. Most of them have a good age range and an even mix of weekend vs permanent inhabitants. Good luck – do contact me if you want more info.February 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm in reply to: Grammar schools/high property prices – vs – fabulous houses/private schools #4185
Yes, I’m with the crowd: added to which competition for the grammar school will become fiercer each year so your children may not get a place, then you will have the worst of all worlds – small house, wrong school, regret! We moved when ours were little and made friends at the school gate – it is much easier to move when your children are young enough to make new friends, you will definitely make friends with the parents and have a lovely lifestyle to boot (I do live in the middle of nowhere, so may be biased on the town v country debate!) Good luck!
February 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm in reply to: Schools with good support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder #4164
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My nephew has autism and had really good support at his primary and secondary schools in Hampshire, having moved from London at the age of 7; my sister had to go through the statement process again but said that they used the London statement as a basis and he got the same level of support as before. She also says to aim for a smaller primary school, where your daughter will be more quickly known and accepted than in a bigger school. Also, I think that the smaller schools like to have the financial support that comes with the statement (although they might not admit it!!). Good luck!
If you’re going private, take a good look at Leaden Hall School – it’s in the Close at Salisbury, girls only from 3-11. Great record at getting kids into South Wilts Grammar School (7 out of 8 this year, and one got 100% in maths!) as well as other independent schools in the area, a lovely safe environment for the girls to grow up in and a warm Headmistress. My daughters loved it. They probably run a school bus from your area, or there will be plenty of parents to share a run.