The information gathered from the About You and Coummunications sections of the survey has been used to create a picture of the village.
1. Are you Male or Female?
2. What age group do you belong to?
The population of Birlingham on 1st August was 339, of which 37 were children.
The conclusions about the ages of respondents are as follows:
- 50% are over 65 years old.
- 85% are over 45 years old.
- 96% are over 30 years old.
There is a 50/50 male/female split with ladies just having the edge.
3. How many people live in your household?
These figures are derived from the electoral roll and other sources. There are 154 homes in the village, of which 149 are currently occupied.
- 77 (50%) are two-person households.
- 15 are three-person households.
- 18 are four-person households.
- 4 properties were empty on August 1st but surveys were delivered as they were expected to be inhabited
during the survey period.
A further 5 properties have been empty for some time and did not receive a survey.
4. How many children under 18 do you have in your household?
- Only 21 households (14%) have children under 18.
- 37 children are evenly split between the age groups shown.
5. How long have you lived in the village?
Questions 5-8 provided the Parish Council with a rare opportunity to obtain a summary of the make-up of the village. This information will help the Council
to make decisions that are relevant to the people who live in the parish.
- 40% have lived here for more than 25 years.
- 25% have lived here between 11 and 25 years.
- 20% between 6 and 10 years.
- 85% have lived in the village for more than 5 years.
6. What were your reasons for moving to the village?
- 6 respondents were born here, 11 grew up here, 36 moved with family.
- Main reasons - right housing and access to countryside.
- Work also plays a part in choosing the village.
- Although we have good schools in the area this was not a reason in most cases, reflecting the older
demographic of the village.
Based on the survey respondents:
- There is very little unemployment.
- 50% are in work (full time, part time or self employed).
- 50% are retired or housemakers.
- Of those in work, the number of self employed is quite high.
8. Where do you work or study?
- 21% work from home – we assume many of these are self employed.
- 25% work locally.
- Only 10% work further afield.
Question 9-15 formed the Communications section of the survey.
9. Do you have internet access at home?
10. If not and a village internet facility were available at the Village Hall, would you use it?
- 94% have internet access at home but those that don't have no wish to do so.
- However, 40% would like to see access to the internet at the Village Hall.
11. Have you looked at the Village Website, www.birlingham.org?
12. What parts of the website do you find most useful?
13. Do you have any comments/suggestions on how the website might be improved?
The Birlingham Village Website, www.birlingham.org, was set up in 2012 by Birlingham Parish Council to provide information on the running of the council
and to give details of organisations and events in the village and local news.
The website is now run independently of the Parish Council by the Birlingham Website Group, which is part of the Jubilee Committee.
This has allowed the website to offer advertising to local businesses, the income from which will be used for the benefit of the village.
- 76% use the village website for a variety of purposes.
- The Website Group will try and accommodate the other suggestions over the coming months.
- Although there were some suggestions that the Bystander should be incorporated into the website, it is
considered that the Bystander is an important and completely separate medium to the website and
therefore it is inappropriate to combine the two.
14. Do you receive the village email newsletter?
15. Do you have any comments/suggestions on how the email might be improved?
Three months before the website was launched, the Council began to distribute an email newsletter, Birlingham News, to residents, their friends and families.
To date there have been over 90 village emails. Currently over 75% of households in Birlingham receive the
emails, which are also distributed to a number of former residents and other people with connections to the village.
The village email is also run by the Birlingham Jubilee Committee.
- 82% of respondents read the Birlingham News village email on a regular basis.
- The Website Group have taken up the suggestion that the email should be published according to a regular
schedule and from November it will be distributed twice a month (on the second and last Wednesdays).