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Life in a UK village

Hi everyone. I watch so many British TV shows and documentaries. A lot are located in small villages.


What is it really like? Does everyone know everyone else? Would you recommend it?


Created By on 01/12/2020

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Smudgersnan
2nd Dec 2020 20:02:22
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Hello Llamamamma,

I live in a little village called Melling, in the parish of Waddicar. This is near Aintree (think Grand National) and a 20 minute train ride to Liverpool.

When I was a little girl and lived in Aintree, Melling was like a 'one way in and one way out' kind of road. Houses flanked both sides of Waddicar lane, and that was it apart from a school, a church, little post office and general store.
As houses are built, Melling grew, but the original Tithebarn still stands and more shops popped up. I think the residents of Melling have a heart of gold-The local pub was runner up in a national competition for all the good works they did during the first lockdown, by ensuring vulnerables had a hot meal and were not entirely isolated. Whenever people need something, the local residents and neighbours always rise to the challenge. I have always felt that I live somewhere very nice indeed and feel blessed, (we moved here in 2006) and I hope it continues. I believe that social media has a huge hand in the community spirit, I am personally not on face book, but I realise how fast news spreads via this platform!
Melling participates in Melling in Bloom each year, we all contribute towards the flowers and plants etc., and we all love the scarecrow competition when overnight many many gardens become homes for some really fantastic entries! At Christmas, we have several trees with solar lights on street lights and this year, because we were not happy with the council tree, decided to get our own. A beautiful tree now stands in the car park of our Horse and Jockey pub and looks fabulous.
So, in answer to your question-not everyone knows everyone, but we see familiar faces when we go out for our exercise and lovely walks ( we are blessed with lovely surroundings for walking) or to the shop. I would certainly recommend living in a village, but I guess you just take a chance on where you go and who lives there already doesnt it?

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