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Bexleyheath
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Thinking of moving to Christchurch

Help, Am thinking of moving to Christchurch, we are mid 50s and are too young in heart to be put out to pasture. Need lots to do, places to shop and maybe U3a to joint. I am a nurse (specialist in practice) and although I no longer want to work in the sense of paid work, I need to help somewhere and keep my brain occupied.

Is Christchurch a good area to move to, and whereabouts?.

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We lived in Christchurch for 7 yrs , well actually it was Highcliffe but it comes under Christchurch. We moved away 12yrs ago , down to Devon, but Christchurch and surrounding area's would still be one of my favourite places to live .

Christchurch is very central for getting to other great places too. Bournemouth and Poole are within driving distance if you want the 'Big' names to shop, as is Southampton on the other side.

There is the lovely New Forest right on the doorstep for great pubs and goood days out walking etc . Lymington is beautiful with lots of individual shops and cafes and a very pretty harbour ... I could go on and on !!

Should'nt think you would have any problem finding volunteer work ( if that's what you're thinking of) it might need some research but I'm sure there will be lots of scope for someone with you're qualifications.

Whereabouts in Christchurch to live - then I would have to say Highcliffe ! Very near to the beach and the fabulous Chewton Glen Hotel just up the road !! It's an area popular with retired people but on the whole it has a mix of all ages and very beautiful ... check out Highcliffe Castle !

I would guess we are about the same age as you and we loved living there - circumstances caused us to leave .

Hope this helps.

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Thanks so much for your reply, it really helped. Its quite scary to just up and move, I am sure that you miss it a lot, and hope that you are happy where you settled.

One question please , what is the medical care like in the Christchurch area? I have had serious surgery and chemo and that is the reason for my "not working" but am absolutely fine. We feel as though it would be a new phase of our lives.

Thanks again. Debra

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I'm sure the medical care in the Christchurch area would be as good as any . Have a look at www.rbch.nhs.uk . You should be able to get more info from there .

Yes - uprooting yourself and going somewhere new to live can be a bit daunting but I'm sure you'd meet lots of other like-minded people who have done the same by moving to Christchurch. Its that sort of area, a very desirable place to live . But then I would say that being Dorset born & bred !!

We moved to Devon for much the same reason as you are thinking of moving to Christchurch and although I love Dorset we have never regreted coming here to live but I still get back regularly to visit family & friends!

Whatever you decide I hope you'll be very happy .

Good Luck !!

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We have lived in Christchurch for about 11 years. We are in our 40's and have 2 teenage daughters. I have no hesitation in recommending Christchurch as a lovely place to live and/or visit. Plenty to do, especially of you like the beach/seaside and walks. The New forest is just up the road - 20 mins, and there are shops of all kinds a short distance away.

Busses run reasonably reliably and we are on the main Weymouth to London railway line.

There are good medical practises available - we've always had good service fron the Stour Surgery, and Bournemouth hospital, about a mile from where we live, has one of the best reputations in the country.

I know there is a U3A close by, and a number of Adult education courses are available nearby, e.g. at Ferndown (where I did a French course in the evenings), in Christchurch and also in Bournemouth.

Best of luck with your decision.

Alex.

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Hi Debra. Come on down. Christchurch is a fantastic place to live (I've been down here since 1979). It's in an ideal location having coast, countryside and various smaller and bigger towns and cities readily accessible for shopping etc. The town has a reputation for being full of old people but although I gather it's fairly high up the list of concentrations of older people not all of them are ready to crumble just yet and there is an enormous range of clubs, organisations, societies etc. which are all very active and loads of opportunities for volunteering. It strikes me as a happy and friendly place. Public transport is fairly good and Bournemouth airport on the edge of Christchurch is great for jetting off for holidays and short breaks. The local council have a fairly good reputation - fairly economically and efficiently run. There is a weekly market in the High Street on Mondays which sells most of the usual stuff you find in markets. As far as medical care is concerned, I too would highly recommend the Stour Surgery in Stour Road. My friends tell me that the Barn surgery is also very good. I personally would not recommend the local hospital in Bournemouth - it seems to have quite a bad reputation locally but I think that's probably best for you to judge yourself. There is a good hospital at Poole (Poole General) and for most regional speecialities Southampton General is only about a half hour's drive away. Salisbury Hospital, to the north of Christchurch is a bit further away but also has quite a good reputation. There's a thriving U3A in Christchurch as well as local history clubs etc. if you are interested in history and an adult education centre in Christchurch which lays on a variety of courses. Crime seems very low and I think again we have won a "safest place to live" award or similar. Certainly the local area always seems very safe and lacking in graffiti etc. There are beautiful walks by the riverside in Christchurch itself and also a little further out there are walks in the new forest, by the sea, etc. etc. Between May and September there are some parking restrictions along the seafront at Mudeford but outside these months you can park for free on the road, stroll down to the beach and either be energetic by walking/jogging or you can stop at one of the cafes, read a newspaper, have breakfast lunch or tea and watch the world go by. Apart from the odd bit of traffic congestion at times - usually at "school run time" (Christchurch's "bypass" runs through the middle of town!) I really can't think of any reason not to live in Christchurch.

Hope this helps.

Jenny

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