Tinker’s Bubble

Postal Address
Norton Covert
Little Norton, Norton sub Hamdon
Stoke-sub-Hamdon
TA14 6TE

Electronic Mail tinkersbubble@riseup.net
Year started
1994
Situation
rural
Number of over 18s
10
Number of under 18s
3
Ideological focus
Environmental
Legal structure
Open in principle to new members
yes
Charge visitors
no
Work in Lieu
yes

We keep our website www.tinkersbubble.org up to date. Please check there for more information and links. —– Tinkers Bubble is a small woodland community which uses environmentally sound methods of working the land without fossil fuels. We have planning permission for self-built houses on the condition that we make a living from the land. We make our monetary incomes mainly through forestry, apple work and gardening. As a result we’re money poor but otherwise rich! We manage about 28 acres of douglas fir, larch, and mixed broadleaf woodland using horses, two person saws, and a wood-fired steam-powered sawmill. Our pastures, orchards, and gardens are organically certified, and no-dig methods are commonly used. We press apple juice for sale, grow most of our own vegetables, keep chickens and bees, and sell our produce at farmers markets. We make loads of jam, cheese, butter, preserves, cider and wine. We have solar powered 12v electricity, spring water on tap, and use compost toilets. We burn wood for cooking, heating, and for hot water in the bathhouse. We eat some meat (mostly game), and try to cater for all diets. Though some of us would consider ourselves to be spiritual, we have no shared spirituality. Most people wash their clothes by hand. Life is lived mostly outdoors, so it’s cold in the winter, but we live on the top of a steep hill, so there’s plenty of chances to get warm! There’s loads of wildlife on site, particularly badgers, deer and ticks!We’re currently a group of 10 adults, spanning a wide age range, and 2 young children. We are sometimes open to new live-in members who are interested in making a living from the land, although there is an expectation that you volunteer with us for a while as we get to know each other, before we commit to new membership. Please get in touch by email or post if you would like to volunteer with us, including why you’re interested in visiting, and any relevant experience you’ve got. We don’t expect you to be a professional peasant; It just helps to get an idea of what you’re about. Please check your spam folder for our response – we try to answer all emails, usually within a week or so, but some email providers (particularly hotmail) seem to put all emails from riseup.net in the spam folder (please let us know if this is the case). We have a guest house with a wood burner, but long-johns are still a must in winter. Bring a torch, warm clothes, practical footwear, and any fresh looking roadkill you find en-route. Follow the Tinkers bubble blog: tinkersbubble.wordpress.com

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 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
animals kept communally
regular communal meals
community has policy which restricts smoking
community buildings not wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

Tinker's Bubble is currently looking for new members

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tinkersbubble@riseup.net

Tinker's Bubble is currently looking for volunteers

Send them a message:
tinkersbubble@riseup.net