About Herne Bay

Carol By Carol, 6th Mar 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Herne Bay is a modest little seaside with a lot to offer. Read on to find out why this is.

About Herne Bay

When I was at work, and my family were growing up, we lived near to London. I got used to the hustle and bustle of daily life, and traffic jams everywhere I went, accepting it as part of normal life. Sometimes it took an hour to travel about 5 miles, with heavy traffic at roundabouts, and many traffic lights along the way.

But in the year 2000 I moved to Herne Bay, which is a small seaside town on the Kent coast. Years ago, people got to a certain age, and then retired to live by the sea, away from the rat race, living their life at a much slower pace.

But that isn't my reason for living there. Herne Bay has a lot to offer people of all ages, both on holiday, and living there. When I first arrived, there were some fields nearby with old disused caravans in them. It wasn't long before the caravans were replaced by a new housing estate with neat gardens and shrub lined walkways. It was affordable housing.

About Affordable Housing

I knew that some people who had lived in the area for a long time had objected to these new homes, and I appreciate that sometimes people don't like change. But as far as I was concerned, if it's a way for people to be able to buy and own their homes, surely that must be a good thing. It also brought an influx of younger people and families into the area, which means it's not just a retirement area. It also created more jobs, as these families needed cleaners and baby sitters at times.

Some of the 30 somethings joined our local badminton club, which is great for the older members. It pushes us to be more competitive and try harder. The increasing amount of inhabitants also meant more doctors were needed, so we now have a new doctor's practice in a very modern building, which has also recruited new staff.

Other Advantages

We have motorways to allow us to get around really quickly, which is particularly useful when travelling into London. We also have country lanes, which are not crowded, and nothing is more pleasant than driving into the beautiful city of Canterbury, famous for it's river, flowers and architecture, along the Hoath Road. It takes only minutes, and you don't hit traffic until you reach the city.

Herne Bay also has its own indoor swimming pool, where I have enjoyed swimming many times. It also has its own competitive swimming club.There is a good selection of local shops, and the shop keepers are pleasant and appreciative of your custom. We also boast of many inexpensive seaside cafes which are very reasonably priced, as well as takeaway Pizzas, Chinese and Tai food, and Indian curries. The fish and chips in Herne Bay is second to none, freshly caught and beautifully cooked.

There are plans in the pipeline to make Herne Bay even better, but all this costs money, and may be overambitious in the present economic climate. As far as I am concerned, the one thing that money can't buy is a sense of community, and Herne Bay certainly has that in abundance. I live amongst the most friendliest and supportive people I have ever known, who have time to speak to you, yet don't invade your privacy. They are there if you need them, and this is why, to me Herne Bay is home.

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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
6th Mar 2013 (#)

Beautiful, article and places, thanks for sharing them with us carol..:0)...

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author avatar Carol
8th Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks so much Delicia

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
6th Mar 2013 (#)

I love it when you remind me of the places I once visited many years ago.

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author avatar Carol
8th Mar 2013 (#)

Oh thanks Peter, it's still a nice place.

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author avatar Retired
6th Mar 2013 (#)

Excellent article! I lived in the UK for 12 years, but never was able to visit Kent. It sounds beautiful!

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author avatar Carol
8th Mar 2013 (#)

Such a shame Mike, Kent is the garden of England

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author avatar Val Mills
6th Mar 2013 (#)

This place sounds an idyllic one i which to live. Here in NZ coastal properties are very expensive.

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author avatar Carol
8th Mar 2013 (#)

it is idyllic to me, thanks Val

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author avatar Blanka
6th Mar 2013 (#)

What a beautiful small town you live in, Carol! Thanks for your lovely article, life there must be very pleasant. Love, Blanka x

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author avatar Carol
9th Mar 2013 (#)

Bless you Blanka, life is good now

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author avatar Songbird B
6th Mar 2013 (#)

Such an enjoyable read Carol, about a place that means so much to your heart..

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author avatar Carol
9th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Songbird

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
7th Mar 2013 (#)

Bless you Carol for this lovely write up about your home town .May you have many more happy years there.
Stella

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author avatar Carol
9th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Stella, what a lovely thing to say

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author avatar Susan Jane
8th Mar 2013 (#)

For a few minutes you transported me to a different place. What a gem of a location in which to live. I hope you have many years of happiness and fun living in Herne Bay.

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author avatar Carol
9th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you so much Susan for your kind wishes

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