The main house at Temple Druid offers a number of potential living spaces for members and volunteers to live on site.
We welcome interested folk to come along to one of our visitor sessions, volunteer days or weekends to visit and meet the community.
Visitor Sessions 2017; 9th Feb, 14th April, 16th June, 1 Aug and 9th Nov.
We will be holding 6 visitor sessions in 2017. These sessions are roughly 3 hours long, from 10am-1pm and will include;
A welcome briefing of the history of Temple Druid from the Bronze Age to date
A tour of the downstairs of the John Nash designed House and Barns
A guided walk through some of the gardens and land at Temple Druid
A brief outline of the current communities aims, objectives and projects
A cup of something warm or cold
These sessions would suit those who want to take a peek the history of the house and land, meet some of those who currently live and work here, and find out more about the regeneration of the house and associated projects. We are suggesting a donation of £10 per adult for this tour and tea ☺ We are open to groups (such as schools or historical societies) contacting us in advance to make group bookings.
The overall plan is for the majority of the land to be a shared resource and for each household to build their own ecobuild on the land. While this is still in the discussion stage we anticipate that each household will have the same size parcel of land – say ½ acre – on which to build their property and have private space to use as they wish. Households may chose to live off grid or closer together to share amenities. The property also has 2 large barns that could potentially be converted into living spaces. We aim to accommodate each households’ wishes if possible. Some thought has been given to applying for the One Planet Development Policy as a community.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE:
Current members have loaned monies to Temple Druid Ltd to purchase Temple Druid and are all directors of the companies. New members will join Temple Druid Ltd and automatically become directors of the company. The expectation is that we work collaboratively together but not everyone has to be involved in all aspects of what we do.
Company Objects as set out in the Memorandum and Articles of association of Temple Druid Ltd are:
The Objects of the Company are specifically restricted to:
1.1 the provision, construction, conversion, improvement or management of accommodation;
1.2 the development and operation of a holistic retreat centre within a sustainable farm and woodland environment;
1.3 the promotion for the public benefit of research into methods of improving agricultural techniques including the production of high quality organic food;
1.4 the protection and preservation for the public benefit of natural features, buildings and artefacts of special, social, historical or architectural interest; and
1.5 the promotion of good community relations.
JOINING THE COMMUNITY
Over the next five years we will be looking for new people to join us. Initially we would be interested in people with some capital to invest (£50-60K member loans) in order to pay off existing loans and a mortgage. After this we may be in a position to offer membership to those without capital investment.
Whilst it is not necessary to have experience in a particular area of community living and renovations, the current community would greatly benefit from people with those skills. The process of applying to live in the community includes the following:
Initial request for consideration to the group.
Day visit and information sharing.
Weekend visit and joining in activities.
Further weekend visit.
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