Oakfield Road Community is a small community (5 members) established about 19 years ago and centred simply around the tasks necessary for the upkeep of our house and the sharing of food (vegetarian) .
We are situated in a quiet and leafy part of Stroud Green, North London about midway between Crouch Ends more high end shopping and café culture and the more budget Harringay Green Lanes. Harringay National rail is our closest rail link but we are also close to Finsbury Parks excellent tube and bus links. We rent direct from a private landlord, the ground floor and basement of a 4 storey Victorian terraced red brick house which includes a 125 square metre garden & patio overlooked by a balcony on the ground floor.
Me, Michael 56 resident 14 years and described by another member simply as: ‘our resident Irish Buddhist plumber, very handy!’
Equador, 32 British resident 6 years is an entertainer using magic and bubbles to entertain adults and children…into meditation too.
Remy 30 French resident 8 mths Recently a market trader with some bent towards social enterprise and healing using sound. Spirituality like Equador more modern
Orshi and Robert
The purpose of our community is more pragmatic than ideological or even spiritual; that is to share tasks necessary to maintain and develop the house and to share food. To pull this off however does frequently involve some ideological discussion and for some battles with demons and invocations to the divine!
In the past the main communal activity was sharing of meals but more recently the emphasis has shifted towards the upkeep of the house and the development of its facilities. Even though we rent from a private landlord, we have been able to upgrade our facilities with little obstruction. Food sharing is still key but it is now more food items and less meals.
An important part of this of course as with any group is getting agreement as to what we want and who and how we go about achieving it. And so in a community in contrast to people living alone, before much can be done, there is the ‘overhead’ of needing to carry out some consultation and debate. This does usually though in my experience result in better choices.
There are also many efficiencies such as food items bought in bulk saving people money and the trouble of making so many trips to the shops. We are generally also well facilitated with high-end broadband, dryer, cleaner, various mod cons each managed by one or more members.
In reality, in my view we are all ‘in community’ in much of our lives anyway, whether that be with more conventional groups such as family, work colleagues or friends. The greatest benefit I believe to living here, is to bring aspects of each of these ‘communities’ together in a single environment enabling members to explore and develop their behaviour outside them.
If this is something you are interested in being part of then please apply. To do so please tell us a little about yourself including in particular any experience you have living communally but also any dietary preferences you have.
People interested in shared living, food and health, psychology and spirtuality, the Arts and social issues particularly welcome.