VIDEO: Explore the best place to live in the UK according to the Sunday Times - Wadhurst in East Sussex
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Wadhurst in East Sussex was named the overall winner of Best Places to Live. It was praised by judges for its ‘good schools, convenient transport connections, an amazingly well-stocked high street and stunning scenery’. They said that it offers ‘pretty much everything needed for modern life in miniature’.
Anna Robinson, executive headteacher of Uplands Academy, said: “This is fabulous news for the close-knit community of Wadhurst. The village has a real community feel - it is a place where people readily greet you on the high street and in the welcoming stores, delis and cafes. Wadhurst is a village that proudly holds on to the most relevant traditional values, while at the same time progressively reflecting modern life - much like we do at Uplands Academy.
"We are understandably particularly pleased that our village schools were singled out for praise. As a smaller secondary school in a semi-rural location, Uplands Academy prides itself on having close ties with our village community, its local businesses and of course with our local families. One of the things that makes this village special is the very real community spirit and the sense that everyone supports one another. Uplands Academy is proud to be an integral part of this community."
Uplands Sports Centre posted on Facebook: “Our amazing village has been voted the best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times. The BBC will be filming live today in Uplands Sports Centre, so be sure to give them a wave if you see them around. We are so proud to be a small part in making Wadhurst such a wonderful place to live and work.”
A spokesperson for Wadhurst Parish Church said: “We are so proud to read that Wadhurst has been voted best market town to live in by the Sunday Times. We are rather chuffed that Carillon Cottage a project owned and managed by Wadhurst Church gets a mention. As does our CofE primary school.”
A spokesperson for LeGrys Independent Estate Agents said: “Safe to say there’s a bit of a buzz in the village today.”
Johanna Collyer, headteacher of Sacred Heart School, said: “I relocated to the area myself within the last two years and I am not surprised that Wadhurst has been named as the best place to live in the UK. Having lived in London for a number of years, my husband and I searched many areas to move to and our main priority was finding somewhere that had an outstanding school that could provide the best education for our children, within a nurturing and supportive environment. Sacred Heart School certainly matched everything we were looking for! It is a very special school and I am extremely proud to be the headteacher.”
Chris Bending, director of place at Wealden District Council, said: "We all know that Wealden is a wonderful place to live, work in and visit and the news that Wadhurst has been voted the best place to live in the UK is a fabulous endorsement. Wadhurst has rightly been recognised for its good schools, convenient transport links, variety of high street shops and being surrounded by stunning scenery, and I would urge people to put it on their list of places to see.”
We’ve been to meet some of the people who live and work in Wadhurst...