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Relocating and need advice on villages nr Macclesfield

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freckles66 Wed 30-Jan-13 22:10:58

Hi, I am new to the site and I am looking for advice on a possible relocation (husbands job in Macclesfield) my husband doesnt want to be driving much more than 30 mins to get to work. We have looked at Congleton, Biddulph, Middlewich and Northwich - mainly because these are the areas we can afford as looking for a 4 bed.

I have an 11 yr old son and an 8yr old daughter so would like somewhere with facilities within a 3-5 mile drive if in a village. I can drive so wouldnt mind being in a countryfied place as long as I wasnt driving over 1/2hr to get to a supermarket/family facilities.

I would appreciate any comments x

carlajean Sun 10-Feb-13 11:38:15

Macc does have a good film club though (though I'm not sure if that'll swing it wink

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 09-Feb-13 21:15:47

Oh yes. The cat and fiddle road is always closing over winter.

DameSaggarmakersbottomknocker Sat 09-Feb-13 20:07:28

I'd definitely choose Leek over Biddulph if you were looking the Stoke side of Macc. You then have the Peak District 15 minutes drive one way and Stoke 15 minutes the other and still an easy drive to Manchester.

Buxton lovely too but Buxton to Macc often cut off in the winter.

emark Sat 09-Feb-13 19:55:56

fallibroome is very difficult to enter unless in a feeder primary. The high schools in wilmslow and poynton are both outstanding with excellent primaries reputation .
there are also many excellent inde schools available. you are correct with some excellent primaries however these are vastly over subscribed and difficult to join mid year especially with more than one child.
the recent changes to schools closing or amalgamating have not helped.

RCheshire Sat 09-Feb-13 19:43:37

Would disagree to a degree on Macc schools emark. Several primaries are considered good and Fallibroom secondary is v highly regarded. Also kings for private primary or secondary. For the better state schools you want to be west of town.

emark Sat 09-Feb-13 19:28:14

macclesfield has a small cinema 1 screen. ten pin bowling lots of pubs but very little else. the schools are not great for primary or secondary. the big plus point is commutable to Manchester.
house prices very varied depending on the area as several estate type areas.
hope that helps.

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 09-Feb-13 16:55:57

The schools in Congleton are Ok. However Holmes Chapel has a very good secondary. In Congleton you are also close to Stoke-on Trent too. There is a bus to Hanley or you can get a train to Manchester. Congleton is perhaps seen as not as posh as Macclesfield.

carlajean Sat 09-Feb-13 15:39:09

I'm really sorry, but I can't say anything too useful. We left the area 17 years ago, but remember Macc as having plenty to do, being easily accessable for other areas, and having a nice feel to it, whereas Prestbury was just a posh village.

kissmyheathenass Sat 09-Feb-13 15:14:02

Freckles, we have alot of friends here - in fact just off to a party in a minute - dcs will sleep over and we can all have a few drinks. We have a small crowd of close friends here which all stems from a few friends I made at toddler group5 yeatrs ago. Several of th women have become really colse friends, our dhs are all chummy and dcs all friends too. I will have to start again when we move. sad

kissmyheathenass Sat 09-Feb-13 15:11:20

Carlajean, do you know Macc well? Can you tell me more please? smile

freckles66 Fri 08-Feb-13 23:47:12

I wouldn't mind driving 20 mins I suppose that is only like driving to Kingswood from me which is where all facilities are. What are the schools like in Congleton and are there good bus routes - just thinking in a couple of years when my son will be wanting to go off on his own!

What are the schools like in Congleton?

I do worry about how I will cope - I am quite a social person but I realise we won't really have any social life for quite a while until we make real friends sad

MrsTMD Thu 07-Feb-13 22:48:57

My brother has only just moved from wold road so not too far away from u.i have 2 children 5 and nearly 2 yrs old.we walk to school, i can walk into the centre of town and i can walk to the leisure centre from where i am.i am glad i moved...i like living in congleton and have so far found it really friendly.only downside is i do have to drive to macc or stoke for cinema etc and bigger shopping places.but its only about 20 mins so not too bad and am only an hour from trafford centre.x

carlajean Wed 06-Feb-13 22:53:22

we lived in Prestbury several years ago. given the choice again, I'd live in Macc. itself.

freckles66 Wed 06-Feb-13 22:06:50


SpangleMaker Wed 06-Feb-13 21:40:57

£200k for detatched 4 bed would probably have to be Congleton or Leek type area. Or Biddulph, but there is less going on - I currently live near there and gravitate towards Congleton for DC activities.

I gather they are building a lot of new homes around the Holmes Chapel area so should be a lot on the market but I've not been looking in that area so couldn't say.

freckles66 Tue 05-Feb-13 19:40:45

Hi Mrs TMD - I live on Holderness Road near the Mill pub, how have you found the change and do you have children? I have a pub, leisure centre, primary and secondary schools all within walking distance and cinema/bowling etc within a 15 minute drive and one of my concerns is that my children will find it too stifling - although I believe Congleton has more than say Middlewich (which I really like the look of) and is only a short drive to Macclesfield which I think has most of the things I have mentioned.

Have you settled and do you wish you hadnt moved?

MrsTMD Sun 03-Feb-13 19:14:55

Hi freckles...i moved from hull to congleton 2 years ago bcos of husbands job!where abouts in hull r u?x

freckles66 Thu 31-Jan-13 20:50:24

cheers will have a look

kissmyheathenass Thu 31-Jan-13 20:40:03 Hullygullys thread on how shit rural life is.

kissmyheathenass Thu 31-Jan-13 20:37:41

Freckles, I spent hours reading a 35 page thread last night about living in the countryside with teenagers. It put me off! Most people with teens seem to regret being rural or remote. That's why we are very towards big My ds is 12, I also have 2 dds, 8 and 6. I will see if I can find the link - its worth a read or skim at least. If you google the environment agency, one their website they have asection "Am I at risk of flooding" - put in a placename or postcode. Dh obsesed with flooding so we check everywhere!

freckles66 Thu 31-Jan-13 18:55:49

Hi All, thank you very much for your replies - all are very useful.

House prices are obviously going to be a big factor in ruling out some of the places unfortunately - we are looking at max 200k for 4 bed det - RCheshire if you have been house-hunting you may know which towns are within our price range?

I didnt realise the school system was different to each town - the issue over the school bus is one to look into as I was liking the sound of Middlewich but my high school choice would be Holmes Chapel which is across the M6 so obviously not a bike ride away lol!

I would love to be in a pretty market town but taking into consideration my son is 12 this year I would worry about being somewhere too far from facilities - I think small town is prob as rural as we could go - unless a stunning village was VERY close to a town smile

Chillikat - Hull must be a bit of a grey shocker for you after coming from all that countryside!

Does anyone know if flooding is an issue in any of these towns?

chillikat Thu 31-Jan-13 15:39:47

Freckles - I'm in Hull but originally from Macc - the hills will be the biggest shock for you (I miss them). The nice thing about Macc is that you can walk half an hour out of the town centre and be in the hills, but you could also be in Manchester in a hour on the train if you want.
Bollington would probably be a good bet for shops, pubs, etc.

guineapiglet Thu 31-Jan-13 08:53:29

Hi - we have just moved out of Bollington to SE for job reasons. Very sad to leave Bollington, miss it terribly - lovely place to live and bring up kids. Good primaries, and all secondaries are good, some outstanding. In the recent league tables, All Hallows and Poynton state schools did very well, - Fallibroome is outstanding but has quite restrictive entry criteria re catchment. My kids went to Tytherington HS, which is now under a new Head and making good progress.
One factor to consider is that CECouncil are now cutting school buses to some HS in the area, so you might want to investigate this! - Especially if you choose a rural village.

Sutton and Langley are lovely villages - 10 min drive into Macc and up in the hills. A friend with a SEN child sends hers to a school in Leek - which is about 20 mins from Macc on a good day. Also there has been a constant threat to close Macc Hospital, which has up until now been strongly fought against - the designate hospital if this happens would then be in Stockport, not a nice drive in rush hour - this factor was important to us because of our son's needs.

It is a lovely friendly area - you will enjoy it!

RandallPinkFloyd Thu 31-Jan-13 06:48:26

Isn't there? Oh that's a shame. It was a few years ago now but it was a lovely little village. Definitely a bit isolated if there's no shops or anything though.

RCheshire Thu 31-Jan-13 00:24:51

Randall, I could be wrong but I don't think there's anything left in Rainow now apart from the primary. Nice green spot though.

Kiss, I'm sorry but I don't know anything about SEN, except that there's a private school (called 'Ram...' something or other) in Cheadle area that's well regarded.

Pictures is talking about areas I don't know so well. I know North of Macc very well and a little way South. Leek is supposed to be a nice market town but I've never been that way as I like knowing Manchester isn't too far away (child of the city at heart despite living in a field now and chopping logs for heating!)

Fallibroome is the best comp secondary in Macc but as you say the catchment is West of town, so West Macc, Broken Cross, Henbury, Prestbury etc

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