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Electronic Mail susannah.diamond@gmail.com
Year started
Number of over 18s
Ideological focus
Legal structure
private ownership
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

Oakleigh comfortably accommodates 8 people, and the house is so lovely and spacious that occupants tend to stay for 3-10 years before moving on. However sometimes we host volunteers or guests on short courses in Sheffield, and at other times the house is quieter when several people are away. This gives the house an ever changing rhythm with times when only a couple of people are around or larger communal meals with an eclectic combination of dishes and personalities. Interests currently represented in the house include cooking and food growing, crafts and game playing, music and dance, yoga and qi gong, through to foraging and preserving, sustainable living and volunteering. The house is privately owned, but house meetings three or four times a year offer everyone a say about changes. Housekeeping is managed in a flexible way, with a balance between communally purchased and private sharing of food, and a light-touch approach to recycling, cleaning and maintenance. The house was initially bought in 2000 with support from the Ecological Building Society. It needed considerable work (plumbing, electrics, improved/secondary windows, and a new back porch), but it is becoming a beautiful home. The restoration of the house was as sympathetic and as low impact as possible, investing in eco-insulation, solar hot water, condensing boiler, efficient wood stove, low emission paints, and solar PV. Other additions have included a pond, woodpile shelter, raised beds for fruit and veg, a chicken house and a friendly dog. We are located in Burngreave, an easy 15 min from Sheffield town centre by bus or bike (30 min walk), and 5 minutes from shops and the Northern General Hospital. The house has a large garden with mature trees and birdsong and offers most amenities, including big screen film nights by the toasty wood-burner. 

community does not share income
community does not require capital from members
community has broadband internet access
community generates some of its own electricity
community uses solar energy
community buildings 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 does not have tool sharing system
community has organised systems for recycling
community does not have any kind of ecosewage system
community is not involved in land management
community grows a lot of vegetables
animals kept communally
regular communal meals
community has policy which restricts smoking
community buildings not wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

Diggers & Dreamers
care of BCM Edge
United Kingdom


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Oakleigh is currently looking for new members

If you are interested in contributing to our lovely household, please get in touch and tell us about yourself! Then come see the house, have some conversations, and come for dinner. Or in the current context, we could do virtual tours and zoom conversations. Looking forwards to meeting you; let’s see if we are compatible! We have possible two rooms: Larger room (approx 18 m2) £370 pcm. * Smaller room (approx 12 m2 but has a raised platform double bed you can walk beneath) £335 pcm. All bills included. See more photos at: http://bit.ly/Oakleigh-photos.  

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Oakleigh is currently looking for volunteers

We can host one person or a couple between now and the end of May. This year’s tasks could include re-lining the pond, coppicing trees, painting windows or internal walls, re-building garden walls, or re-slating a barn, taking damaged furniture apart, ripping ivy up and planting bulbs, depending on weather, skills and inclination! We have one room available: it’s approx 12 m2 with a half mezzanine raised platform you can walk beneath for extra space. See more photos at: http://bit.ly/Oakleigh-photos.  If you are interested, get in touch with possible dates and let us know something about you, and your experience / preferences.

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