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On 29 Jul 2014 at 4:43pm Odysseus wrote:
Thinking of moving to South Chailey (got new job in Haywards Heath) from Lewes. Could do with the space and the money goes a little further in terms of houses (would actually get a garden).
Been in Lewes about 15 years, but never really had cause to stop in South Chailey. Is there much sense of community there? Is there a children's playground (I have two boys aged 9 and 5)? I do read that Chailey school (secondary) is really good so no qualms about switching from Priory.
I'm looking for reassurance about whether South Chailey is ok....
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On 29 Jul 2014 at 4:46pm Zzz.. wrote:
Its a road, the unlovely A275
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On 29 Jul 2014 at 6:28pm Sands wrote:
I moved to South Chailey from Shoreham when I got married. Coming from a busy town I can't say that the people here are too friendly but it's a beautiful place! As my kids are older I didn't have the usual meeting mums at the school gates etc so missed out with making friends there. Chailey school is a very good school and hey you're not far away from Lewes anyway!Good luck!
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On 29 Jul 2014 at 7:22pm Fairmeadow wrote:
There is a reason the houses are cheaper. Fewer people want to live there.
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On 29 Jul 2014 at 8:04pm frustrated wrote:
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On 29 Jul 2014 at 9:20pm Lord Broyle wrote:
I should add that there has also been some terrible violence between the people of North and South Chailey. I've no idea why, but I've heard that it began during a Britain in Bloom contest. As a rule, the people in N Chailey have allied themselves to Haywards Heath, while the South looks to Lewes. I wouldn't want my kids to grow up surrounded by sectarian hatred. You're better off in Lewes.
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On 29 Jul 2014 at 10:50pm Country Boy wrote:
Is it any cheaper than Wivelsfield?
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On 29 Jul 2014 at 11:20pm Astro widow wrote:
Moved to South Chailey from Lewes 8 years ago and absolutely love being here.
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On 30 Jul 2014 at 7:31am Lewes and proud wrote:
Brought my first house in Chailey many years ago (about 22yrs) then sold it after a year. I felt very isolated and cut off as public transport links are few and far between meaning if you go anywhere someone has to always drive. If you've a bit of a social life make sure you understand this. I struggled. And avoid Mill Brooks area!
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On 30 Jul 2014 at 8:23am me wrote:
Lived there for 6 months. I've never encountered such unfriendly, curtain twitching people in all my life. It's a horrible place mostly filled with people who think that they are way way above their station. I've met and spoken to many people who have had exactly the same experience. I'd avoid the place like the plague, unless you enjoy the experience of constant conflict with neighbours who think it is their business to interfere with your life for no reason other than that they can. Snobbery beyond believe.
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On 30 Jul 2014 at 8:54am Lewes Parent wrote:
What's wrong with Priory? I have heard that Chailey is a very good secondary school but so is Priory. We are very lucky in this area that we don't have any 'bad' or failing schools.
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On 30 Jul 2014 at 9:55am ar10642 wrote:
You might already know this but if you're working anywhere near the station in HH parking is either expensive (6 - 7 per day) or involves at least a 10 minute walk from parking down a residential road. Traffic through the high street at rush hour is also a nightmare, although might get better when the new bypass opens. And from South Chailey you're going to have to drive everywhere.
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On 30 Jul 2014 at 5:52pm Odysseus wrote:
So the school is ok but the people are horrible?
Interesting. I met someone from S Chaily today and she was very nice indeed. Looks like I'll have to stick with my Lewes friends if I move there. I know it will be a life spent in a car...
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On 30 Jul 2014 at 9:35pm Horseman7 wrote:
I think we are all capable of being very happy or extremely miserable wherever we live.
Odysseus, instead of just sticking with your Lewes friends, perhaps this would be an opportunity to make some new ones as well as keeping up with your old ones. Town and country buddies.
If you like public transport, you could take the 121 bus to Cooksbridge Station and get the train from there.
Good luck with the move and the new job.
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On 31 Jul 2014 at 1:20am Fairmeadow wrote:
I wouldn't rely on the bus - East Sussex are currently 'consulting' on cutting the already-modest bus service by half. And it doesn't sound like the sort of 'consultation' where they will be taking any notice of the responses.
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On 31 Jul 2014 at 7:48am hawths4 wrote:
I've encountered some nice folk in S C but generally the place itself hasn't got a lot going for it. A pub, k
overpriced shop and post office and speeding traffic. Feel sorry for the young kids who have to make their own fun
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On 31 Jul 2014 at 5:45pm woods wrote:
Is South Chailey really this bad? I love living in Lewes, but half of living here is road-side, or you can hear the A27, after all. Feel sorry for the children? It's only 10 minutes from anywhere... I'd like to hear from people who love living there and why, perhaps.
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On 31 Jul 2014 at 8:08pm belladonna wrote:
why bother moving ? - it's only 20 mins by train or car to Haywards heath anyway ? Your kids will do much better in Lewes when they are more independent - you won't have to ferry them about everywhere, and there will be more for them to do in Lewes. If you are not used to village life it's very hard to get used to.
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On 3 Aug 2014 at 11:59pm dubious dan wrote:
And if you are thinking of daring to park at Cooksbridge station.. beware the friendly folk in Cooksbridge itself who regularly vandalise "strangers " cars parked near their houses. Nice
S.C ? Some nice people but as atomised and unfriendly generally as suburban USA. Awful place.
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On 4 Aug 2014 at 5:12pm Odysseus wrote:
Staying put!
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On 13 Aug 2014 at 11:47am SC Resident of 5 years wrote:
I have lived in SC now for 5 years and absolutely love it. There isn't a great deal of community due as the village as no central hub. It is essentially a village on a road. It does have lots of little groups, a horticultural group, two thriving churches, WI, craft groups, the usual sort of thing. However it set in the most beautiful surroundings. Hills, Woods, Common Land, streams. If you're out doorsy then this is what you will love. I have two toddlers and we cycle to cooks bridge, to the nursery, to the shop, around the surrounding lanes to parks in nearby villages (Plumpton is amazing!) and spend a lot of time exploring the woods, climbing trees, building dams etc. Yes, Lewes is our local town and we get in the car and drive a lot but you expect that in any village. The shop is brilliantly stocked. Not really a pub goer but the food is great at the Five Bells. There is a children's centre behind the secondary school. Two parks (one better for toddlers and one better for older children). Horses for courses - I am very happy here and chose the village for the lifestyle it gives my family. I didn't want a town, I wanted rural. Hope that helps.


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