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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Broadland, Norfolk, is said to be the most peaceful local council area in the UK, and Lewisham, London, to be the least; but the tiny Hampshire village of Ower close to Southampton claims to be one of the happiest villages in the UK.

The village has a population of only 24 residents and are all called "Owers" so they have started calling their village "Happy Ower" with a slogan "Happy Ower - 24 Owers".

The local pub The Vine Inn, which is right next to the A36 and survives on passing trade didn't have a Happy Hour menu, but recently some Owers thought it should and so the pub owner decided to include one. One Ower said that the pub isn't the only place that has a Happy Hour as every household has at least one happy Ower and that the entire village is full of happy Owers, 24 Owers every day.

Just up the road is the New Forest National Park and you can escape to Canada which only takes about five minutes in the car, or you could walk there within an hour (not within an Ower).

So it looks like happiness matters as well as peace - but which of these two factors is the most important - peace for Peaceful Broadlanders or happiness for Happy Owers?

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