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.
We publish ‘Cannock Mill News’, our email newsletter, so if you are interested you can subscribe via our website.
Cohousing 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.