Brotherhood Church

Postal Address
Stapleton
Pontefract
WF8 3DF

Year started
1921
Situation
rural
Number of over 18s
5
Ideological focus
Environmental pacifist anti-capitalist
Legal structure
Open in principle to new members
yes
Charge visitors
no
Work in Lieu
yes

Although we are not religious now, The Brotherhood Church originated as a Christian Pacifist Group over 100 years ago. Around 1892 it was jointly at Purley in Essex with Tolstoyans. In 1898 the Tolstoyans in the group decided to move to Whiteway in Gloucestershire. The rest of the group were Christian Pacifists and were based in Leeds. Both men and women were prosecuted and imprisoned in both first and second world wars for being conscientious objectors. After WW1, there was a strong feeling of the need to be more fully involved in the land – members felt it very important to treat the land in the right manner as well as animals and humans. In 1921, a seven and a half acre field was bought and houses were built without resort to planning permission – two of the houses were pulled down by the council and rebuilt by the members several times.
This land is probably one of the oldest organic holdings in Britain as it was part of our principles to treat all things in a right and just way. We live out an ecological lifestyle, some refer to us as anarchists. Our Members and Trustees do not all live here at Stapleton but give their support from all corners of Britain.
Visitors and volunteers are always welcome – but please contact us to arrange a date. A first visit would normally be up to a couple of days or so.

community does not share income
community does not require capital from members
community has broadband internet access
community does not generates any of its own electricity
community does not use solar energy
community buildings not insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community does not have an organised system for car sharing
community is accessible by public transport
community shares utilities
community has tool sharing system
community has organised systems for recycling
community has some kind of ecosewage system
community is involved in land management
community grows a lot of vegetables
no communal animals
regular communal meals
community does not have policy which restricts smoking
community buildings at least partly wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

Diggers & Dreamers
care of BCM Edge
London
WC1N 3XX
United Kingdom

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