Beetley Benefits

My thoughts about village life in England, from 2014. Nothing much has changed in the five years since I wrote this. (Some of you have seen it before)


If you live in a large town or city in the UK, it is unlikely that you would ever be aware of the unseen benefits of living in a Norfolk village, or for that matter, villages all over this country. There are downsides, that I have often mentioned in this blog. Public Transport could be much improved, and there is a scarcity of local shops, and places of entertainment and leisure, that do not involve having to drive to them. Call an ambulance, and you may well have to wait a considerable time for it to turn up; and you are not likely to see a police officer walking the beat locally.

However, the benefits far outweigh these disadvantages. Ask yourself, are you happy to leave your car unlocked where you live? If you went out and realised that you had forgotten to lock the door, would you return home…

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15 thoughts on “Beetley Benefits

    1. If I can ever be of any help, Chloe, my email address is on the ‘About’ page. I hope that you enjoy being a blogger, but just remember it takes time to become part of a community. Your blog is already impressive, and I am sure you will soon make lots of blogging friends. I have many posts about blogging, just type that word into my search box.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Not so sure I would feel the same in most parts of Dereham, and definitely not in Norwich or Kings Lynn. But you don’t have to travel far to find a nice peaceful place to live. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. Well, the town where I live (Ede) used to be a small town, but since we now have over 110.000 citizens, I don’t consider it very small anymore. Wish I could say I could leave the door open, or leave a package of Amazon outside…but no can do here. Even the neighbours here we hardly talk to. It sounds like a wonderful feeling though. Oh well, who knows, maybe when I retire I might travel to the countryside myself 😊

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    1. When I was younger, city life didn’t bother me. But once older, and potentially more vulnerable, a country village is definitely preferable, Michel. Even the largest city in Norfolk, Norwich, has a population of just 132,000. Not much larger than your town. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. THe town I live originally was a small town but has since been sucked up by the larger city ….before it was small and a wondrous place then it became cosmopolitan and then casinos arrived and now it is just a small busy city of about 250,00…I miss the good old days….LOL chuq

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