Our intentional co-housing space has a diverse group of individuals who want space, nature, neighbours and a connected lifestyle for ourselves and our children.
We aim to balance our private family lives with our chosen responsibilities.
Each month we attend a short meeting where we make decisions about budgets and expenditure.
Most people choose to belong to a subgroup that they enjoy, such as maintenance, land or lettings. This means they get the benefit of 23 acres of land and other spaces, without having to maintain it alone.
One Sunday a month, we like to do the big jobs together, which gives us chance to bond with those me night not see.
Every Friday evening there is a pot luck supper for anyone who feels like eating with others.
But the real glue of Laughton Lodge is when we when we help each other out with babysitting, lifts, animals, shopping, parties, advice and friendship.
With around 70 residents, as a home owner at Laughton Lodge you get instant neighbours, more land than when buying alone, and there’s usually someone to lend a hand or a glass of wine. Learning how to get along with different people gives you new skills and a broader outlook on life.
While we do not have long term homes to rent some individuals do share their homes with people who rent rooms from them through private arrangements.
We welcome people lodging in this way to take an active part in the community as a non-director.
Living in a co-housing space is a unique and rewarding experience.
We hold a collective vision about neighbourliness and what it is to share some resources and space. Thanks to the mix of people and the beautiful place in which we live, serendipitous things happen which are fun and funny and memorable, and which enrich our lives in ways we could never have imagined.
The children develop social and democratic skills and are exposed to a wide variety of events and people.
Our total is far greater than the sum of our parts.
I want to live in a community that provides a safe, welcoming, creative and precious environment to its residents, children and those from outside.
One where everyone has a role and willingly contributes to the care of our children, each other, land, buildings and process
A community that runs its business efficiently, wisely and responsibly, but above all knowing that there is a greater good in being and working together in community.