June 4, 2007: We just received a very nice email from Kathy Nel, who wrote as follows: "This is mainly to thank you very much for your lovely www.hatherleigh.net, and to let you know what a big influence it has had on me.
Since Christmas I've known that a move to Devon was going to take place in 2007. I'm now into my fifties and the last time I was in Devon I was about 10yrs old! My Aunt moved to the Isle of Wight when I was ten and all subsequent free time/holidays has been spent with her in I.O.W. Sadly, she died last year but typically of her kind heart, she left me some money knowing how much I wanted my own home.
With my daughter moving to Devon in '07 and not ever having felt an affinity with Hertfordshire, I thought it was time to up-sticks! My husband, Dave, was agreeable to the idea of a complete new start too! So the search began.
Properties within our price range always seemed to be in large, sprawling towns such as Plymouth. I've lived on the outskirts of a big town (St.Albans) for the past 30 yrs, it was something we wanted to avoid if we could.
By the end of March, we'd found three that we liked. Trying to research an unknown area is not easy but two of them were in large towns. I googled 'hatherleigh' and instead of the usual local Council site; .....presto! There appeared www.hatherleigh.net. I fell in love! (I think I tried posting a question on your forum but it wasn't accepted for some reason so I hope I didn't inadvertently break any rules.) The reality of Hatherleigh, a week later when we visited, merely served to strengthen what I'd already seen and learned via your pages.
The house-buying paperwork is now more or less signed and hopefully we'll be able to move sometime this month. So, thank you, guys, without your site I may have never found Hatherleigh."