LIVING IN THE VILLAGES
Taking an in-depth look at the reality of living a rural life
It’s the rural idyll of a bygone age - where you can walk to the pub or the post office and where the local shop is the heart of village life.
Yet, the reality of rural life today can be quite different. The gradual whittling away of many traditional village amenities means that some older people in such communities can feel isolated and lonely.
For its National Countryside Week, from July 30 to August 5, The Prince’s Countryside Fund is focusing on the importance of isolated rural communities, and the solutions to the challenges they face.
Ellie Jesson, communications officer, says: “These communities are essential to the countryside, and the loss of services is keenly felt by those living in isolated areas. The fund firmly believes that thriving rural communities act as the backbone of rural life.”
A paper published by the Local Government Association in association with Public Health England in 2017 detailed how nearly 10 million people live in areas of England defined as rural. This number is increasing and the population is growing older.
A paper published by Rural England in 2016 found the prevalence of loneliness increases with age.
However, there are projects across East Anglia rising to the challenge of reconnecting people.
A beautiful countryside scene from our archives, showing a view of Shotesham, in south Norfolk, in 1959.