On 18 Feb 2017 at 7:58pm VillageEnvy wrote:
I am absolutely desperate to move to Barcombe. It is a truly idyllic village. But I don't know anyone that lives there. Is there anyone on this forum that lives there and if so what is it like to actually live there?
I'm obsessively checking rightmove for a house there and think it's the nicest village ever from what I've seen driving/walking round it.....please advise!
On 18 Feb 2017 at 8:23pm John Parish wrote:
Yes, a pleasant Sussex village that's not on a main road, a very rare thing around here. Uckfield, Newick & Ringmer expansion will see more traffic cutting through. The spendid village shop & Post Office is under threat of closure. The pub battles on. Micheal Gove has declared that schools with lesss than 250 pupils are uneconomical, so your young children may be forced into some education farm (academey chain) somewhere on the distant horizon. Need a bus... okay, right? Have plenty of cash, a 4x4 and a budget for private education. Enjoy. X
On 18 Feb 2017 at 8:38pm VillageEnvy wrote:
What does 'need a bus...okay right' even mean?
And what is wrong with academies? Why are you calling them education farms? That sounds a bit bizarre. I've seen schools in special measures in London get turned in to outstanding by academies, so why be negative about them? And who says barcombe school is going to turn in to an academy anyway?!
Why do I need plenty of cash to live there??
And I don't believe the village shop is under threat of closure for 1 minute with one and a half thousand villagers using it!
On 18 Feb 2017 at 8:43pm Alan the cat wrote:
Well said village envy. More local knowledge than the locals! Best of luck to you. Prepare for more similar posts.....you will probably regret ever seeing this forum.
On 18 Feb 2017 at 8:47pm John Parish wrote:
I bow down to your obvious knowledge of the local area and deeply apologise for mentioning some simple local issues. You'll be fine, I hope your husband enjoys his commute to London.
On 18 Feb 2017 at 8:47pm Barcomber wrote:
No-one is going to be using Barcombe as a 'cut through' due to the expansion of nearby villages!!! Nobody will think ''ooh I'll just cut through those long winding roads through barcombe, where you have to pull over for oncoming traffic and get stranded in bad weather'
What rubbish. Development of nearby villages will make no difference to barcombe whatsoever, which has no plans to develop BTW, it will remain forever untouched.
On 18 Feb 2017 at 8:53pm Alan the cat wrote:
Cutting through Balcombe will make any journey longer. And harder
On 18 Feb 2017 at 9:06pm Pedro wrote:
@ Alan the Cat. Shut up.
On 18 Feb 2017 at 9:19pm VillageEnvy wrote:
Just to clarify Alan, I'm talking about Barcombe in East Sussex, not Balcombe in West Sussex.
On 18 Feb 2017 at 9:31pm Alan the cat wrote:
Hi, yes I realise that. Spell check is very keen. You really gain very little from cutting through Barcombe. There is no such place as a sleepy village round here anymore. General traffic is high. Its a nice place though.
On 18 Feb 2017 at 9:42pm Dexter wrote:
@Alan the Cat. Your spell check really distinguishes between Barcombe & Balcombe? Really? Wow!
I suspect something from a cow's derrière my self.
Oh and with more numbers cueing with every rush-hour at Earwig Corner; are we really expecting less traffic through Glynde & Barcombe?
On 18 Feb 2017 at 9:51pm Alan the cat wrote:
It does. It's terrible on this phine. Please explain how avoiding earwig corner takes you through Barcombe. You are more likely to hit earwig corner going through Barcombe
On 18 Feb 2017 at 9:53pm VillageEnvy wrote:
Well it's sleepy compared to London, I can assure you!
On 18 Feb 2017 at 10:01pm Dexter wrote:
Looking back at the original post..... This forum has been 'trolled' by an Estate Agent.. All these keywords will look great on a search. All this forums consequential interaction will only improve the rating of the said search. Just imagine Googling any of the following words...
I am ........ ......... ... move to Barcombe. .. .. . truly idyllic village. ... ... ... ... ... .... . lives there. ... ... . ...... .. ... ... ... . ............... ...? I'm obsessively checking rightmove for a house there and think it's the nicest village ever from what I've seen driving/walking round it.....please advise! Any of these 'keyword's' are underpinned by 'Lewes'
VillageEnvy.... You are an Estate Agent. Who's house are you trying to sell?
On 18 Feb 2017 at 10:04pm Dexter wrote:
Barcombe/Balcombe but not Phone/Phine. ..... There's some serious BS going down on this thread.
On 18 Feb 2017 at 10:08pm Alan the cat wrote:
Dexter, that was a joke. You didn't get it. Doh!
On 18 Feb 2017 at 10:28pm Cubit and west wrote:
Well spotted Dexter. I even bothered to comment on other threads to make my troll look genuine. Only someone of your intellectual dexterity could have spotted me. Bravo
On 19 Feb 2017 at 10:53am Commuter wrote:
Barcombe is a lovely village. But when I used to commute from Ringmer to Burgess Hill I did cut through Barcombe and it was more reliable that Earwig/Bypass. Doesn't work when the river floods though or when the road is full of escaped cows.....
On 19 Feb 2017 at 3:27pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
When the town centre is very congested, it can be quicker to get from the Nevill to Uckfield via Offham and Barcombe Mills, than go through town and up to Earwig Corner.
And if you happen to be on a motorbike, it's much more fun.
On 19 Feb 2017 at 3:39pm Matt Sharpe wrote:
I lived there for more than 20 years, my grandmother 99 years young, still does.great place to live !! Decent shop, post office, village hall, school and fishing on those warm summer evenings and walks amongst blue bells in knowlands wood, and sledging at side hills, watching/playing football, cricket and bowls over the rec. Fond memories, and I will be moving back there !
On 19 Feb 2017 at 8:18pm The Greek wrote:
I was born and bred in Barcombe! Recently moved out for work but still return regularly to visit friends and family.
Truly is a classic English village and yes the road can be a "north Lewes bypass" but it's nothing like busy. Lorries appear to have stopped using it too after the temporary weight restriction on the former railway bridge. If anything its large agricultural vehicles that are the biggest road worry.
In my time growing up I saw Barcombe lose its doctor's surgery, police house, better bus service, delicatessen, butcher, Renault dealership, petrol station, numerous clubs and societies and the Anglers Rest.
However the Royal Oak is still a successful community locals pub, wet led rather than relying on food with a community-focused landlord. The shop and Post Office is indeed under threat after the owner wishing to retire and spending 3 years trying to unsuccessfully sell the business. Perhaps you could consider being the new shop keeper? The Anchor is still going down on the river which is nice for a summer evening's pint. We also have a fancy dress shop, electrical shop and Fire Station.
There's a new village hall, of which opinion is split on, a successful primary school that I attended and numerous clubs, teams and societies. However Barcombe is much smaller than its surrounding counterparts, with a more dispersed parish population so lots of these are now struggling. Being a rural English community the Church is still relatively active.
If you're thinking of moving to my lovely village I would urge you to get involved in local clubs and societies. It is always the same handful of people organising all the events and activities if you take a leaf through the Barcombe News. For example, Barcombe arguably hosts one of the best village Bonfire nights on the 3rd weekend of November, however it was cancelled last year due to lack of support from the community. Also, there have not been Parish council elections for the last few cycles as there have not been enough candidates to trigger one.
The community feel is there, but it needs people to chip in and give back. Barcombe has its own 'DFL problem' as much as anywhere around here. Whereby people will by a large house in the outskirts, send their kids to private school, not use any of the services or get involved in the community. This doesn't help to preserve the character of the village and turns it into another homogenous commuter dormitory.
If you're involved in the community it can become quite close-knit in a sense of everyone knowing everyone else's business. Certain families have been in the village for generations etc etc.
New housing is planned for the village over the next few decades, but only for a small handful of extra dwellings.
Transport is limited. There are 5 buses a day to Lewes (every 2 hours) Monday-Saturday. A return is £3.80. First bus out at 0740ish and last return at 1710. This works for getting to school/college/work in Lewes but otherwise is limited. A car is essential unfortunately. Trains run from Cooksbridge but only Mon-Fri at commuter times. The nearest serviceable station is Lewes (Barcombe lost its two decades ago!) and a taxi will set you back £13-15. The transport challenges are compounded by the fact that it is not really on the way to anywhere. The Brighton and Hove buses 28/29 can be caught from the Barcombe Mills road 2 miles away.
For secondary school a free bus is provided to Chailey and Ringmer or passes can be obtained from the council for the service bus to Lewes Priory. For sixth form the nearest is Lewes but you will have to pay for the privilege of the bus - a student weekly ticket was about £14 but that was a number of years ago!
Employment locally there is the pub, shop, agriculture, local business units, Bevern View care home for disabled adults, Fire Station and school.
Due to its location of not really being on the road to anywhere, it is peaceful with beautiful surrounding countryside for walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding etc.
On 19 Feb 2017 at 8:21pm The Greek wrote:
Correction: single on the bus is £3.80! Its subsidised by the council so who knows if it can survive the next round of cuts.
On 19 Feb 2017 at 8:34pm Alan the cat wrote:
Well that rant of dullness will certainly put her of. And lower house prices. Dullard
On 19 Feb 2017 at 8:45pm The Greek wrote:
On 19 Feb 2017 at 9:29pm Dexter wrote:
Wow, 'The Greek'; that's a great response. I'm not too sure the original poster deserved it but the people of Barcombe should appreciate the eulogy. The immediate reply really didn't deserve a reply, I can only think the person is retarded.
On 19 Feb 2017 at 9:58pm The Greek wrote:
It's been a slow Sunday evening...
On 20 Feb 2017 at 10:13am Zebedee wrote:
As another Barcombe resident (although of only ten years standing) I can confirm that The Greek (can I borrow that book then?) and John Parish are the only people who have it right.
The only thing I'd like to point out is that Barcombe is used as a cut through and as a result there are cars driving through the village far to fast at the beginning and end of the working day. And this traffic is likely to increase with developments in Barcombe, surrounding villages and on the A26 at the end of Barcombe Mills Road (the Boathouse Farm shop and Furniture shop plots). The other side of this is that the development near and in Barcombe might help keep the shop and school open.
Although I currently don't get involved in the village to any great degree it is remarkable for its strong community, a community that happily bridges class divides.
One of the village's saviours is the lack of railway. This has made it less attractive to commuters and must be (at least) partly responsible for the fact it has not become a sterile commuter village. There is always talk of reinstating the railway but in my opinion it's vanishingly unlikely to happen.
It is a fantastic village and I for one feel very lucky to live there.
BTW. 'The Greek', for line space you can do 'enter' 'space' 'enter'.You don't need the dashes.
On 20 Feb 2017 at 10:29am The Greek wrote:
Indeed Zebedee you guessed me! Ah good to know, it is infuriating when the breaks just disappear!
On 20 Feb 2017 at 10:35am Enter wrote:
Or press Enter twice, posting with a double blank line seems to parse it down to a single one.
On 20 Feb 2017 at 1:23pm Zebedee wrote: