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    • tannis
    • By tannis 17th Apr 17, 12:30 AM
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    Freethorpe, Norfolk
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    • 17th Apr 17, 12:30 AM
    Freethorpe, Norfolk 17th Apr 17 at 12:30 AM
    Hi

    Looking at moving to Freethorpe and seems to be very little information when searching the net, just wondered if anyone has any insight into the village and what it is like to live there?
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 17th Apr 17, 7:21 AM
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    It's not a large village, so the chances of gaining insights on here are somewhat slim.

    It doesn't flood, unlike much of the surrounding land, and it looks pretty innocuous on Street View. The vast majority of the kids at the local primary school, which is rated 'Good,' are white European. The nearest secondary school is rated 'Inadequate.' The village is surrounded by farmland, probably devoted to growing beet for the nearby sugar factory

    None of this tells you a great deal, and much might be irrelevant anyway, but then reading a resident's opinion could be misleading too, especially if they have issues with neighbours.

    For example, I would tell you that my village, which is not dissimilar in size, is a great place to live, but that would be the opinion of an older person. A younger individual might say it is boring.

    I like the name of your pub there, but apparently it serves a limp salad sometimes. Unforgivable!
    Last edited by Davesnave; 17-04-2017 at 7:43 AM.
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    • tannis
    • By tannis 18th Apr 17, 8:04 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 8:04 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 8:04 PM
    It's not a large village, so the chances of gaining insights on here are somewhat slim.

    It doesn't flood, unlike much of the surrounding land, and it looks pretty innocuous on Street View. The vast majority of the kids at the local primary school, which is rated 'Good,' are white European. The nearest secondary school is rated 'Inadequate.' The village is surrounded by farmland, probably devoted to growing beet for the nearby sugar factory

    None of this tells you a great deal, and much might be irrelevant anyway, but then reading a resident's opinion could be misleading too, especially if they have issues with neighbours.

    For example, I would tell you that my village, which is not dissimilar in size, is a great place to live, but that would be the opinion of an older person. A younger individual might say it is boring.

    I like the name of your pub there, but apparently it serves a limp salad sometimes. Unforgivable!
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    Thanks for taking the time to reply, it was a bit of a shot in the dark to be fair but insight is in real short supply on the web, hopefully going up there to have a look around this coming Friday!
    • 9ja4life
    • By 9ja4life 19th Apr 17, 4:09 PM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 4:09 PM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 4:09 PM
    It's a small nice village. Close enough to Norwich to make the commute worthwhile. It's close to the Broads so the roads do get busy in the summer. School is doing well. Close enough to Yarmouth to access services though the A47 is a pain to drive on due to traffic.
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 19th Apr 17, 4:26 PM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 4:26 PM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 4:26 PM
    It's really not far from my home, less than ten minutes as the crow flies. Unfortunately, I can't fly, and the transport links in and out of that area are quite poor. To get anywhere distant, you'll have to go out to Yarmouth or Norwich. The A47 does get busy, especially in Summer, when the caravan convoys hit it (and each other). Me, I'm the other side of the Yare, and I have easier links to the South, and I do need them now and then.

    Not knowing that village directly, I can't advise on it one way or another. I can say that on the other side of the Yare the villages are friendly, open, reasonably civilised, quiet, and generally nice places to live.

    Anyway, I'll wave across the water at you, if you choose to move there.
    • tannis
    • By tannis 19th Apr 17, 9:27 PM
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    Thanks for your responses, much appreciated.
    • borkid
    • By borkid 19th Apr 17, 9:37 PM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 9:37 PM
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    If you're going there on Friday drop into the local pub and have a chat similarly if there is a local shop that should give you a good idea of how friendly the people are. Pick up a village magazine if they have one to see what is going on. Check the parish council minutes to get an idea of any problems re traffic, planned changes.

    You don't say where you are moving from , village /town /city that would affect what you would expect/ like to have.
    • tannis
    • By tannis 26th Apr 17, 7:22 AM
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    • 26th Apr 17, 7:22 AM
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    • 26th Apr 17, 7:22 AM
    If you're going there on Friday drop into the local pub and have a chat similarly if there is a local shop that should give you a good idea of how friendly the people are. Pick up a village magazine if they have one to see what is going on. Check the parish council minutes to get an idea of any problems re traffic, planned changes.

    You don't say where you are moving from , village /town /city that would affect what you would expect/ like to have.
    Originally posted by borkid
    Well unfortunately due to family reasons the landlord has taken the property off the market........

    I'm moving from Basildon so i understand that where i am moving to will likely be very different and am fully prepared for that.

    I have been up to view a property in Attleborough and 3 in Thorpe Marriott but they all seemed to be built from the same mould with living rooms that were too small for my liking..........My next viewings are going to be in Watton and Melton Constable so hopefully better luck there!
    • Durban
    • By Durban 26th Apr 17, 8:06 PM
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    • 26th Apr 17, 8:06 PM
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    • 26th Apr 17, 8:06 PM
    Watton is not pleasant
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    • tannis
    • By tannis 27th Apr 17, 2:45 AM
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    Watton is not pleasant
    Originally posted by Durban
    What's the problem with Watton please elaborate?
    • tannis
    • By tannis 27th Apr 17, 8:23 AM
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    Any opinions on the following areas?

    Attleborough
    Melton Constable
    Sutton

    Thanks.
    • Durban
    • By Durban 27th Apr 17, 1:16 PM
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    I know several people who live in Watton. All of them dislike it but cannot afford to move to a different area. It is cheaper than other areas like attleborough and wymondam
    There has been an influx in the past few years of people who have come to work in the farms and food processing plants close by.

    Without going into details, this has caused some community tensions.

    I know Attleborough and it is a great place to live.
    I don't know much about Melton Constable but have never heard anything bad about it.
    Last edited by Durban; 27-04-2017 at 1:26 PM.
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    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 27th Apr 17, 1:42 PM
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    Agree Attleborough is pleasant; I nearly bought a house nearby, in Old Buckenham, until I plumped for this one. Easy access to Norwich, a good (small) range of shops and services, a decent Sainsburys (and Lidl), good bus service, socially pleasant.

    Wasn't aware of trouble in Watton, but it is a very busy through-route with no by-pass. There is a prison nearby... if escapees worry you It is cheaper than most, and there are small, cheap villages around it.

    Both the above are small towns, not villages like Freethorpe. Sutton is back to a village and, although I don't know it directly, I do know its neighbour, Catfield. (Catfield Hall's owner and me share the same interests in environmental issues and rare breed sheep (and goats) and swap stock!). Catfield is a pleasant small and friendly village, with pretty, if rather bland countryside around. I think Sutton is less attractive, more recent development, many more bungalows... but, as I say, no direct knowledge of what it's really like to live in it.

    I, too, know nothing of Melton Constable.

    However, the problem with internet recommendations is there's no reason your likes and mine would agree. Lively evening social life revolving around clubs and winebars isn't exactly my focus, and neither is a wide range of shopping.
    • 9ja4life
    • By 9ja4life 27th Apr 17, 7:34 PM
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    Well unfortunately due to family reasons the landlord has taken the property off the market........

    I'm moving from Basildon so i understand that where i am moving to will likely be very different and am fully prepared for that.

    I have been up to view a property in Attleborough and 3 in Thorpe Marriott but they all seemed to be built from the same mould with living rooms that were too small for my liking..........My next viewings are going to be in Watton and Melton Constable so hopefully better luck there!
    Originally posted by tannis

    Don't go to Watton!!!! I live in Attleborough. We've actually just bought here after living in rented here for the past 2 years. It's small and nice. Very friendly people. Mainly commuters so the centre gets busy in the morning and afternoon but clears pretty quickly. I like it - easy to get to most arts of Norfolk. I used to work in KL and now work in Yarmouth


    Melton Constable is nice. After the NDR is completed, it'd be easy to get to Norwich from there but for now, it's a commuters hell from that part of the county. Sutton, small village too. We viewed a house there but decided against it.
    Last edited by 9ja4life; 27-04-2017 at 7:37 PM.
    • tannis
    • By tannis 27th Apr 17, 10:08 PM
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    Thanks so much for all the opinions, really helpful!
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