Community members pay rent, around £320 p/m not including heating which is wood
supply and electricity while we are still conneted to the grid. The reason the rent is not
set to include heating is because it is easier to be responsible for the heat we consume
if it directly affects us in the pocket. Rent includes everything else, council tax, water
rates, internet, house basics (toilet paper etc.), house maintenance, etc. Rent is paid
monthly in advance by bank standing order, and a deposit of one month's rent is held
against the normal things, returnable when you leave. Notice is one month, either way.
We cannot legally permit use of recreational drugs on the premises and excessive use of
alcohol is also desructive. Community members should be people who don't need these
things. No smoking in the house, if you must smoke in the garden please keep it away from doors
and windows and take care of your cigarette butts.
Community members are asked to commit to attending our weekly community
meeting. In these meetings we talk about our emotions as well as practical issues and it is
hoped that everyone will want to make use of this as an opportunity to look more deeply
at themselves through the reflection of the others. This may not always be easy and we
are looking for people who are committed to working through issues rather than wanting
to avoid them or quit. At times we may bring in a counsellor by mutual agreement to help
us in this process, particularly if conflict arises.
We are looking for honest, honourable people who do not have any intention to leave within
at least a couple of years as far as you are aware at the time of joining us. Everyone has
friends to visit and places to go, but we hope that you will spend the majority of your time
at the community and allow it to become a big part of your life.
It is hoped that community members will move further into sustainable living. We do not
have a big enough garden to provide for us all, but we can buy locally produced food. Most
people in the countryside use cars, often it cannot easily be avoided, but we try to move
toward life choices that reduce the need to cars and plane journeys, without denying
The house is not yet off-grid, but people are asked not to use electricity for heating. Each
room has its own wood burning stove. Low impact living is an art which
no-one really seems to fully understand - one of the aims of the community is to explore
this issue and come up with an example which can provide a framework for others who
also want to live responsibly. Community members are responsible for buying all wood
supply, for their own stoves, the kitchen Aga and the Biomass hot water boiler. They
must come to agreement over how this cost is divided up between them. They also need
to help with cutting and storing wood, and moving it around. In summer, we go through
4 or 5 blissful months when no wood burning goes on, except for occasional use
of the hot water boiler when we get 2 cloudy days in a row.
Decisions about who is invited to stay in the community are influenced by all but the final
word at present lies with Roger, the owner. When a suitable group appears of people showing
care and concern for the community rather than just themselves, a committee will be set up
to share such decision making.
Any community member may invite a guest to stay in their room or in a dormitory space
for up to 2 nights providing we have room. For more than one guest or more than 2 days stay, consent
should be obtained at a community meeting. This guiding principal does not apply to children /
sleepovers, it is intended to stop people using the house as emergency accommodation,
which can turn out to be for long periods and may disruptive the community. If another community
member has difficulty with a particular guest they might be asked to leave and not be invited in future
unless the difficulty can be resolved to the satisfaction of all.
No work is required from community members except jobs decided by the community
e.g. to keep the house clean. It is hoped members will want to make the
garden beautiful. If we decide to keep chickens or other animals (horses??!!!) they will
be the responsibility of those who elect to keep a nd care for them.
Community members are asked to always be courteous and polite to our neighbors.
Any interaction of significance with a neighbour should be mentioned in the next
community meeting or earlier if there is any immediacy about it. Please do not
engage in any contract with a neighbour (e.g. to do some gardening for them) without
first consulting the community. If any such arrangement is undertaken, it is your
responsibility to ensure the neighbour is entirely satisfied and happy with the work,
regardless of whether you are happy with your side of the bargain.
Parking. Please don't park outside our immediate neighbours. There are parking spaces
inside the grounds, please use them whenever possible. Please leave vehicle keys in the
key rack in case your car needs to be moved. If possible, travel by bike or on foot!
The event room and art studio. These are available for the community whenever
they are not otherwise in use.
Parties can happen when decided upon in a community meeting. Please be considerate
and avoid inviting individuals who's presense is known to upset another community
member. Impromptu gatherings in the common spaces should be considerate to others
and open to all.
In general, community members need to practice tollerance and acceptance of others'
behaviour. People are diverse and we are here to learn about ourselves, rather than dictate
how others should be. This includes:
- Diet; there is a vegetarian fridge, but the kitchen is not vegetarian and we will all need to
be comfortable cooking and eating together.
- Spirituality; we accept that each person has their own path, and respect their practice
and beliefs or lack of them.