After hard work and good progress with our renovation we are at a key stage of recruitment for our 3-buildings-and-7-acres co-op, here on the border of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Powys. Over the last 3 years we have installed log-fired central heating and upgraded infrastructure including a wetland water treatment system, better access and a complete electrical rewire. We are now completing a couple of flats in the big house and upgrading two of the shared house bedrooms...ready for new members to move into over the next year. We currently have 7 full members, and two new probationary members will move in early in 2017.
We are now recruiting for a two-bedroom self-contained flat on the first floor of the main house. The first bedroom, kitchen and living room of the flat are completely renovated with central heating, full insulation and fitted kitchen.However there is some work left to do on the hall, and significant work on the bathroom and second bedroom. The flat currently shares a bathroom with another flat, and will have its own bathroom in the future. We're looking for a person, couple or family who would be willing to live in the flat as is and work with us on completing its renovation over the next year or two.
The closing date for applications for this flat is Monday 6th March, and shortlisted applicants will be invited to visit us on the weekend of 1st April.
Members help renovate our three buildings and manage seven acres of land. Some areas of land are still quite unmanaged but could provide part of land-based livelihoods in forestry, crafts, veg' growing and fruit orchards. Hosting events and small courses here could be another future possibility. There is also good shared workshop space. The new flats are well designed and fitted out. Some of the shared house rooms are enormous and all are potentially beautiful. It's beautiful all over here, with loads of wildlife, clear stars and space to play, at the edge of the well appointed village of Leintwardine.
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We need members who are able to live in and around a building site and work closely with the people they live with/ next door to. We have at least 1 meeting a month which everyone comes to. Investment of time and energy, imagination and patience are all required. Finding paid work round here requires similar qualities. All members pay rent and bills, and for our renovation to proceed on schedule, we're hoping to recruit people who can all commit significant time to the renovation work. (between 1 and 3 days a week). Ideally we want people with some aptitude for practical work and the resources, confidence and interest to learn on the job.
To find out more about the renovation click here
Who you'd live with
Our co-op comprises three self-contained flats, a shared house, a static caravan and a small family house, in various states of repair and habitability (at the moment the caravan and two of the flats are occupied, and the shared house is part-occupied). The shared house members buy and cook food together. The current flat and static-caravan inhabitants have chosed various levels of involvement in shared meals, joining in part of the time or catering for themselves in their own kitchens.
You would also be sharing the land and wider co-op with two dogs, some chickens, two small children and maybe a few events each year such as camps, courses and gatherings. We are a diverse bunch, including vegans and meat-eaters, teachers and parents, growers and brewers.
Becoming a member
Our membership process usually takes 5-6 months from when you first get in touch to when you move in, and a further 6 months before you become a full member. Click here to find out how to apply.
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We're currently looking for applications for the two-bedroom flat, and we'll start recruiting for a room in the shared house in winter/spring 2017 - watch this space for details.