Threshold Centre

Postal Address
Cole Street Farm
Cole Street Lane

Electronic Mail
01747 821929
Year started
Number of over 18s
Ideological focus
Sustainability and spirituality
Legal structure
community interest company
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

The Threshold Centre at Cole Street Farm, is a small cohousing community just outside Gillingham in North Dorset. We aim to ‘walk our talk’ with a lifestyle that is more green, more affordable, and more neighbourly. The Threshold Centre consists of fourteen dwellings, seven of which are affordable rent and shared ownership with a local housing association – a first in the short history of cohousing in this country. There is also a common farmhouse with shared facilities and guest rooms, green energy systems and a community vegetable garden.

We hold an open afternoon tea on the first Saturday of the month and Gardening Weekends and other events periodically. Please see our website for details of dates. If you are interested in coming to live here, you are welcome to visit, even if there are no immediate vacancies. Please see our website or email us at for more details.

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 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 has policy which restricts smoking
community buildings not wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

Threshold Centre is currently looking for new members

We are a co-housing community of 14 properties in rural north Dorset, aiming to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Some properties are owned, and some rooms and houses are rented. Vacancies do come up intermittently and you are welcome to visit in order to have a look around, meet some of the residents and learn more about our whole setup first hand. Since the membership process can take weeks or months, it is advantageous to have visited at least once before a vacancy comes up. Please see our website or email us at for more details.

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Threshold Centre is currently looking for volunteers

We currently have one vacancy, which consists of a room in our shared farmhouse.  Please see our website for details of the accommodation and how to apply (N.B. Due to current Covid restrictions, dealing with applications is taking longer than usual).

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