It now seems a different world to that in late 2019 when removal vans were queueing up on Cannock Mill Rise. We are still taking a rest from website activity while we are beginning our community, but we will have time to respond if you want to find out more about joining our waiting pool (please see below). We have now (April 2020) restarted at least our Facebook updates – so please look there for our latest news: https://www.facebook.com/cannockmillcohousing/
We are a mutually supportive cohousing group, sharing values and aims, building our own low energy and environmentally friendly homes with a shared ‘common house’, land and facilities at Cannock Mill, Colchester. Our website provides information on us, our project and on cohousing generally.
If you share our values and our aims, perhaps you would like to join us? Plans for all homes may be seen here. Although most are now allocated to existing members, it is always worth contacting us to enquire, as availability can change at any time. We would particularly like to hear from you if you might be interested in one of our three-bedroom houses; please contact Joanne on firstname.lastname@example.org
We publish ‘Cannock Mill News’, our email newsletter, so if you are interested you don’t have to remember to check this website for developments. Please subscribe by clicking HERE. You can also keep in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter.
The simple answer is because it enables a caring, sharing way of life that eliminates the social isolation that threatens many today, especially in later life, and recreates the neighbourly support of the past.
In cohousing, we know our neighbours and look out for each other; we choose as much privacy or as much socialising as we want; we decide collectively what shared facilities we want to build — a common house where we can cook and eat together, say twice a week, where there will also be guest rooms, a workshop, library, laundry, space for music … dancing … a gym … the possibilities are endless. We can share gardening, cars, skills, carers in old age — with common facilities and functions jointly owned and run by us.
As a cohousing group, we do not have any central religious or social agenda, we are just individuals who see the benefits of an intentional community. We have agreed, however, that we all aim for maximum eco-efficiency: low energy homes, water efficiency, solar power generation, growing fruit and veg — in other words ‘living lightly’. We will also integrate with and contribute to the wider community in Colchester.