20 August 2014

Posted by Discount Insurance on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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A recent survey by Compare the Market revealed that we are now so reserved and insular that only 25% of us would think about making an effort to get to know our neighbours if we moved to a new area.

This surprising statistic prompted the Daily Telegraph to search the UK for the places where good neighbourliness remains habitual, where people greet each other with a friendly wave and community events such as street parties are regularly organised.  Whilst friendliness is a subjective measure, here are their top 10 places where you could be confident of a warm welcome.

Keswick, Cumbria

Not only friendly to those of us on two legs but also the winner of the “Open for Dogs” prize so man’s best friend is also welcomed with open arms.  The town is a great example of a community which relies on tourism but hasn't lost its own identity.

Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Harrogate has been voted the happiest community in Britain for the last two years in a survey by Rightmove which takes into account factors such as good neighbourliness and the beauty of surrounding area.

Taunton, Somerset

The county cricket ground, beloved of West Country sports fans, is legendary for its relaxed good humour.  An abundance of independent shops and businesses in the town centre reveals a quirky and confident community – and the excellent local cider also helps keep everyone in a good mood!

Plymouth, Devon

This naval city is the most bicycle-friendly place in the country, according to a survey by Virgin Money. 

Gateside, Fife

Winner of the friendliest community in Britain competition run by Tesco – not bad for a community of just 200.

Narberth, Pembrokeshire

When a family with a badly injured serviceman moved to Narbeth, the locals immediately organised a cake sale which raised £6,500 for the charity Help for Heroes.

Bramhall, Stockport

With over 70 clubs, societies and sports groups, you’ll never be bored in Bramhall.

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Good neighbourliness is in the DNA of Henley and, for a celebrity hot-spot, it remains remarkably down to earth.

Haddenham, Buckinghamshire

There are so many communal activities – church fetes, concerts, fun runs, am-dram productions, bridge clubs, pub quizzes – that there is generally something for everyone to get involved with.

North Dorset

A 2012 government survey found that 93% of residents felt that they lived in an area where “neighbours look after each other”.

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