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Lewes or Ringmer?

On 30 Apr 2015 at 10:38am sunshine wrote:
Hope somebody can help. We're moving back to Sussex this year and would like to move to the Lewes area. A few friends have said we should also look at the surrounding villages (Ringmer being one that's caught our attention) as you seem to get a bit more for your money. Is this a nice village? I can see that it's very close to Lewes.
We have two small children, so would like them to make friends in a nice school with a sense of community and be near to the countryside.
Welcome feedback on Lewes, Ringmer and any other recommendations. Thanks!
On 30 Apr 2015 at 12:33pm Earl of Lewes wrote:
Ringmer is a bit dull and it's cut in half by the main road, but the houses offer far better value for money than Lewes and it's easy to get to Lewes by car/bus or bike. If you both drive, it's worth considering. It depends what your priorities are: being within walking distance of most of the things that are going on, or having a reasonable-sized house with a garden bigger than a postage stamp. Also, do you need to be near a train station? There are pros and cons to both options.
On 30 Apr 2015 at 1:50pm Non Lewes Resident wrote:
Any where is cheaper than Lewes ( or Brighton, of course )
On 30 Apr 2015 at 2:51pm Lewes Resident wrote:
Might be worth checking which primary schools have places for your children? Could help you make a decision. Good luck with your house hunt!
On 30 Apr 2015 at 3:00pm Sunshine wrote:
Earl of Lewes- thanks for reply!
I think with an expanding family, the space you get is quite alluring. We used to live in Brighton once-upon-a-time, had a garden flat (rented) but cannot believe how much the prices have increased over the years, for literally half a house! Madness.
Husband cycles, so would make use of cycle paths to Lewes or nearest station and I would have the car for work and children.
Dullness is fine, you make your own excitement and adventure in this life...The only thing I'm not too sure about are the schools.
I've heard that the secondary in Lewes is great, but haven't heard any reviewers on the Ringmer ones. Thank you again for your help.
On 30 Apr 2015 at 3:09pm Sunshine wrote:
Thank you Lewes Resident and Non Lewes Resident.
Ringmer have spaces at their primary school so son would be guaranteed a spot if we moved to the village.
Other schools in Lewes look somewhat squashed, but people move, so things can change...
Tis a tough one. Ultimately we just want to be somewhere that makes the children feel happy and secure so they can concentrate on school and having a great childhood.
I'm aware that the fact we're even in a position to move into this area of sussex means they're already pretty lucky compared to most.
On 30 Apr 2015 at 3:27pm Zzz.. wrote:
Barcombe is a lovely village with a great community and lots of kids. The primary school is very good and has places. Chailey secondary school is also good and most Barcombe kids go there.
There are a few houses on the market at the moment.
On 30 Apr 2015 at 9:57pm Roly Mo wrote:
Ringmer is great!! We moved from Lewes 13 years ago (we grew up there), but absolutely love it. It is by no means dull! The primary school is fantastic and there are so many people of similar ages, that we have a fantastic social life too. How old are your children?
On 1 May 2015 at 8:23am ducatipete wrote:
Try Hailsham.
On 1 May 2015 at 8:34am Norton Norm wrote:
Good one Pete - I live there. Cuckoo Trail for cycling to Polegate Station. Best Value town in E. Sussex . BUT avoid Uckfield like the plague !
On 1 May 2015 at 11:19am Peasant wrote:
Primary school places are at a premium in both Ringmer & Lewes. Rising 5s resident in Ringmer are guaranteed a place there but NOT older children, already primary age. Bit of a trog from Ringmer to Pells!
On 1 May 2015 at 12:14pm Pete wrote:
+1 for Ringmer- not at all boring
Good community,great countryside,bigger houses,flat gardens, good shops and the Community College is much more inclusive than Priory who just concentrate on their Ofsted ratings.
On 1 May 2015 at 2:03pm Trog la Dite wrote:
WTF is that ? trudge trug troll lol
On 1 May 2015 at 4:37pm Sunshine wrote:
Hi All,
Thanks so much for your replies!
Great to hear such positive things about Ringmer, I was beginning to get a bit disheartened as a few people we know in Lewes weren't so complimentary for some reason.
priorities for us I think are value for money, nice community and good schools. At first we were happy just to be close to Brighton, but to be so near to a bustling town like Lewes would be great too.
Judging by the property prices, it looks like it won't be too long before Ringmer is out of reach for a lot of people.
We tend to keep ourselves to ourselves most of the time, but really want the kids to form nice friendships and feel safe and secure (Pete, your inclusivity point about the college is really helpful).
Again, that's so much for your advice (I've pretty much made up my mind, just need to convince the family now).
On 1 May 2015 at 9:38pm Pete wrote:
Good to hear we may be getting more Sunshine in Ringmer
Ringmer Beavers,Cubs,Scouts, Brownies etc are a great way of introducing the kids to lots of new friends.
On 1 May 2015 at 11:50pm Belladonna wrote:
Think carefully about the villages- great when kids are small, not so great when teenagers and the bus service is rubbish.
I hear good things about both the primary and secondary in Ringmer.

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