A great place to live

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I am writing in response to your letter from R. Bailey a couple of weeks ago which was entitled “Town not open to new friends”.

I would like all your readers to know the experiences which my husband and I have encountered since we moved to Goring in February, 2012.

We had been living in our house in Wembley for the last 40 years, so as you can imagine it was quite an upheaval to leave so many friends in an area that we had come to know so well. However, the attractions of having a daughter and her family living nearby and the lure of the sea made us finally decide to up roots and move here. We wondered if we would make new friends but, thankfully, our experiences have been the totally the opposite to that of R. Bailey.

Whilst I am in no way at all an intellectual, I have joined three classes at the Worthing U3A. All are very different but equally interesting. Above all, the people I have met at each group have been overwhelmingly friendly. My husband is a bowler. He wondered how he would fit with a well-established bowling club. Would he be a good enough bowler? No worries there. He is playing three or four times a week and loving every minute of it.

We don’t do everything separately. We both love to dance and have found so many friendly dance clubs and lessons that we barely have chance to fit everything in.

A chance meeting in the Ilex Way introduced us to a monthly charity quiz and what an amusing, friendly evening that has proved to be.

There seems to be many opportunities for charity work. So far, I have only had chance to become involved with one. This is Contact the Elderly in which volunteer hosts and drivers hold monthly tea parties for elderly people who are housebound or lonely. I could write much more about our good experiences with neighbours, church members, bus drivers, shop keepers and so on, but suffice it to say that we are thoroughly enjoying our new life here in Worthing and just wish we had come here years earlier.

Carole Butler

Midhurst Drive