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 4 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 upgrading two of the shared house bedrooms...ready for new members to move into over the next year. We expect to have 10 members living here, by the end of 2017, across our three buildings.

 

The next spaces we are recruiting into are two bedrooms in the shared house. The shared house is part of the main building (which also contains two flats and a future business space) and eventually have rooms for six to seven people. At present it has two residents, with a third joining us as a probationary member in November. For the shared house, we are looking for people who are interested in living together with the current members and sharing cooking and household tasks.  We're also holding out for people with enthusiasm for getting involved in the building and renovation project that is our shared mission for the next few years.

 

One room will be ready to move into straight away.  The other will be ready after March 2018. It is most important to read widely within this website, to find out how to apply, and to get a sense of if this could be the right place for you.

 

Applying


The closing date for applications for both rooms is Friday 20th October 2017, and shortlisted applicants will be invited to visit us on the weekend of 3rd - 5th November.  Please see the 'Membership Application Process' page under 'Who We're Looking For' for details of the application process.

 

Open Day

We are pleased to be hosting an open day on 23rd September, ahead of the application deadline. This gives people a chance to see our lovely home and ask any questions they may hae, before deciding whether to apply.  All thinking of applying are encouraged to come, however if you can't make it this won't affect your application.  Please let us know by phone or email if you're coming, and roughly what time we should expect you.

There will be tours in the morning and afternoon, with a bring-and-share lunch in between.  To keep the logistical challenge to a minimum, the open day ends after the afternoon tour, so dinner is not part of the offering.  But if you are coming from far away and need to stay over, you can camp in our orchard, or we can share a list of recommended BnBs in the village.  Leintwardine has a brilliant fish 'n' chip shop as well as a shop and smarter restaurants/pubs, so a DIY dinner is quite easy.

 

After the open day and the application deadline, we will have a look at all the applications we have received and invite some potential new members to stay for a weekend.  This will be your first official membership visit: to be absolutely clear, the open day is not a part of the application process. Please read more throughout this website to understand the application process and the membership process we use.  One general rule though, is that nothing happens very fast - members rarely move in sooner than 6 months after first getting in touch.

 

Big Opportunity

Crucially, members renovate our three buildings, and share the management, maintenance and design of the housing.  Som also share the managing our 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. 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.


Click here to find out more about co-operatives and our home.

 

Big Ask:

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 looking to recruit people who can all commit significant time to the renovation work. (between 1 and 3 days a week). 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 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 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 also have several work weeks a year, where friends and aquaintances share the shared-house kitchen and bathroom whilst doing excellent work for free on the land and other projects.

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.

 

If you'd like to browse photographs of the land and buildings we manage here, please explore https://www.flickr.com/photos/wheatworm/albums