I live about half an hour or so from Chard. It has got a bit of a reputation, but it's not that bad that it would stop me living there..well I would pick my area. Tatworth would be OK I reckon. Everywhere around is lovely though, the countryside is beautiful. Ford Abbey and Cricket st Thomas are nearby. I would prefer Axminster which is a nice quiet little town with a train line to London and Exeter. Or Crewkerne which is also a nice pretty town with a Waitrose and is on the same train line. Chard has a B&Q, Tesco and Sainsburys. Is there anything else you wanted to know about the area?