General

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.

Alcohol tobacco and drugs.

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.

Weekly meeting.

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.

Absense.

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.

Sustainability.

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

ourselves excessively.

Off-grid.

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.

New Members.

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.

Guests.

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.

Work.

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.

Neighbours.

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.

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!

Event room.

The event room and art studio. These are available for the community whenever

they are not otherwise in use.

Parties.

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.

Other.

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.