Winsford??!

(44 Posts)
HRHLadyG Wed 24-Oct-12 14:30:23

Afternoon Mummies! We're considering a potential relocation from Spoth East to North. We're currently looking North West in an around Altrincham but wonder if anyone can tell us what Winsford is like to live/raise family...walk dog?! x

MrsTMD Sat 09-Mar-13 20:17:15

My daughter attends mossley and i think it has been brilliant for her.v v happy with the school and the teaching.r u looking forward to the move?x

HRHLadyG Mon 04-Mar-13 14:55:57

Hello!! Thankyou for making me feel welcome. Am now mid packing boxes and endless journeys on m40/M6! See you soon! x

puffylovett Sun 03-Mar-13 02:50:26

<waves hello> another congletonian here, hope you get settled in quickly smile
Re schools, mine attend Havannah, a friends Buglawton - both have outstanding ofsteds but are very different in my opinion, buglawton more traditional ad academic, havannah very open plan free flow learning.
The town is really friendly and has great access to pretty much everywhere. We've been enjoying the Beartown Unplugged festival this weekend, there's a fair bit to enjoy here and loads of countryside to explore for walks. I really love it, been here 2 years now although OH congy born and bred.

GeorginaWorsley Thu 28-Feb-13 21:11:54

Sorry only just seen this!
They go to All Hallows Catholic College in Macclesfield,got outstanding at OFSTED.
We have had 3 there,2 still go ,1 will go!
Pay for school bus and yes obv adds to school day but very happy with school so worth it.

HRHLadyG Mon 25-Feb-13 18:08:20

Thankyou for that....which secondary school do yours go to?

GeorginaWorsley Mon 25-Feb-13 16:13:11

I live close to Mossley but my children attended St Marys as catholic.
Mossley very middle class,quite large school,bit 'cliquey' from what I hear.
Quinta other side of town,not as middle class grin but certainly ok.
would depend whereabouts you want to live,whether you want to be able to walk,as Congleton bit gridlocked in morning.
Also thinking ahead to secondary,Mossley feeds into Eaton Bank,Quinta into Congleton High.
In my opinion,although again my children don't go to either,Congleton High better.

HRHLadyG Sun 24-Feb-13 12:13:37

We like the look of Mossley C of E, Maybe Quinta.....What are your experiences? In the process of applying ahead of the move! x

GeorginaWorsley Wed 20-Feb-13 22:13:52

Which school s do you like?
Am vey knowledgable re Congleton grin

HRHLadyG Fri 15-Feb-13 16:33:40

Thankyou soooo much!! Maybe I'll bump into you soon! x

MrsTMD Tue 12-Feb-13 16:41:39

Sorry...have just seen this thread again...meant to msg u with info about congleton schools...will sit down n do it tonight when my 2 have gone to bed.x

HRHLadyG Mon 11-Feb-13 12:44:26

Finally....looking like Congleton as great for Husband to travel out from. Have found a couple of lovely houses.... next step... schools! x

AlwaysOneMissing Sat 05-Jan-13 09:49:49

Did you make the move HRHLadyG? Where did you decide upon in the end?

hjtunny Tue 27-Nov-12 20:05:29

as someone who lives not far from Winsford I'd say not, it tends to be known as being Liverpool's overspill but without the intersting architecture etc of Liverpool. The town itself is pretty grey and depressing! Has good and bad areas same as everywhere. As I say I'm fairly local and where I live is pretty grey and depressing too so I'm not being a snob, I like where I live but that's because it's home and I've always lived here but if I was moving from outside the area I wouldn't choose to live here or Winsford.

HRHLadyG Tue 27-Nov-12 20:00:42

MRS TMD, Thankyou so much, we would be very grateful of any information about schools, our little one is currently in Year 2.....

ChasingSquirrels Thu 22-Nov-12 15:57:44

I grew up in Winsford, but left just over 20 years ago when I went to Uni. Parents moved nearly 10 years ago to be closer to me when I had kids.

It will have changed a lot in the 20 years since I lived there, there has been an awful lot of house building since then which has lead to the sprawl of the place - for a while I worked in the Community Charge dept of the district council and was more than once given a Winsford address as Chester by people buying on the new estates on that side of town who didn't want to have a Winsford address.

Historically it was a small village (well more than one - Over, Wharton, Darnhall etc) and then in the 60's when they cleared out the slums in first Manchester and then Liverpool they built a number of large council estates to house people moved out from those cities.
Unfortunately that was followed by an economic downturn and loss of jobs on the industrial estates that were also built - which resulted in at least one generation growing up with non-working parents and other relatives, and little expectation of finding work themselves.

My mum taught on one of the estates and my dad was a policeman, so I probably had more exposure to some of the less attractive aspects of the town.

Having said that when growing up (70/80's) I lived in nice enough areas with easy access to open space (Knights Grange - which I think is mostly built on now) within easy walking access, and within the heart of Cheshire and access to all that enabled.

I don't think that with Cheshire to choose from that Winsford is somewhere that I would be drawn to, but then I am currently considering a move to a town that is similar in many ways - because as my children (primary school) get older I think that a town has benefits over a village location.

MrsTMD Thu 22-Nov-12 13:04:34

Is it schools in congleton then that u r looking at...i have loads of info for u if it is because when choosing a school for my daughter we hadnt been in the area long so i did as much research and open days as i could.

Mandy21 Sun 18-Nov-12 17:19:25

Agree with everything RCheshire says, it really depends what your priorities are.

HRHLadyG Sun 18-Nov-12 11:52:44

RCheshire, Thankyou and yes, access to commuting is very important....we've made a couple of visiys recently and like what we see so far...... Anybody with information about schools would be great....

MrsTMD Fri 09-Nov-12 21:40:35

Hello.i relocated from east yorkshire to congleton last yr for husbands job.we love it.schools are good, people are nice and transport links are good...husband travels a lot for work.let me know if u want any more info on congleton or feel free to pm me.

RCheshire Wed 07-Nov-12 19:52:45

It depends what you're looking for. Congleton has some nice surroundings, but for me starts to feel more like Stoke/Staffs territory (it's not of course, it's firmly in Cheshire) and I like both Manchester and Chester as 'local' cities, but am much less keen on Stoke as my local shopping place.

Pretty much everywhere (inc. Winsford) has something going for it, but each part of Cheshire has something different. Is the mainline (for South) trainline important? If so then Congleton has that mix of green surrounds and good train links. It wouldn't be my pick, but that's because my priorities are more 'green areas but within 30 mins of Cheshire or Manchester'.

FerrisBueller1972 Wed 07-Nov-12 19:12:25

I'm going to congleton on Saturday for ds football match, I'll report back on my first impressions if you like? It's been donkeys years since I was there last!

HRHLadyG Tue 06-Nov-12 20:33:10

Not Winsford then!!! Congleton??

soverylucky Sat 27-Oct-12 16:31:14

Its all about money though really. Winsford and Northwich have homes that are very cheap and not in the same league as places like knutsford and wilmslow. I have family in Northwich and I find the comments about "all whites" quite unpleasant. Just because your relatives shouted when they saw a non-white person doesn't mean all children are like that there.

Like any areas there are good and bad parts, affluent and deprived etc

indiegrrl Sat 27-Oct-12 15:42:25

It is really dull. DP's family live near all round there. Winsford is a dump, and Northwich and round there is full of entirely white primary schools with stepford wives pulling up in 4 x 4s. When the nephews come to visit us in the big city, they point and shout at anyone black/Asian they see.
DP fled asap to Manchester.

Doodler79 Sat 27-Oct-12 04:44:42

I used to work in Winsford and wouldn't want to live there. I have lived in Chester now for over 10yrs and have never had any trouble with crime.

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