If you like many Londoners you are thinking of moving out to the home counties of Essex or Hertfordshire then you will undoubtedly want to check out whether your chosen areas has a good sense of community, especially if you are moving from a bustling area into a small village.
It can all be a bit daunting but by following some simple steps you can easily find out just how community spirited a new area is.
If your new village has a village hall then check out the notice board to see how much is going on - normally you will be able to see if they have any classes, such as aerobic, pilates, sewing, dancing and so on. Check to see if it is regularly updated. If they don’t have a village hall check out the local post office or café.
If there are no communal places to meet, such as shops or bars, then a village will be unlikely to have a good sense of community as there is nowhere for locals to meet up. But there are some exceptions. So if you are not sure speak to some locals to see how friendly they are and ask them about local activities and events.
Check out social media sites like your local Mum’s guide to Saffron Walden, or check out whether they have a local directory such as Saffron Directory where there will be a list of activities in the town or wherever you are thinking of moving to.
Check out the local newspaper to see what events are going on in the classifieds.
Frequent the local cafes and take a walk through the streets and talk to the locals to see how they respond.
If in doubt pop into your local branch of Intercounty to find out more about the local areas.