Values, Ethos & People of Pendragon Community

OUR COMMUNITY STRUCTURE -

House Rules. These rules are designed for the welbeing of the

house infrastructure and are not negotiable.

1. It is the responsibility of community members to put into effect

arrangements that make sure the common parts of the house are

kept clean and tidy. Individuals belongings should not be kept in

the common parts, including bags of rubbish. Within reason

children's play things should be cleared up afterwards,

and washing up should not be left for later.

 

2. Please do not use electricity for heating under any circumstances.

Please use energy efficient light bulbs. I will provide LED equivalent

bulbs if requested. Hot water in the taps may not be available 24/7.

Please ask before using high wattage appliances.

 

3. Roger provides toilet paper for common bathrooms. Please do not

take these toilet rolls for your own private bathrooms.

 

4. If an accommodation room is unocupied it does not become part

of the common space, please rerspect that these rooms need to be

kept clear and undisturbed ready for new occupants.

 

5. Please don't keep a lot of house crockery, cutlery or cooking pans

in your room as the whole community needs to use them.

 

6. Please keep your laundry and bedding separate from 'house' laundry.

Here is a link to the Lodger Contract.

 

March 24, 2014 at 4:12pm Updated 10th September 2015.

This may be updated as we develop as a community

 

Pendragon community Structure;  

We are looking for people who;

 

Feel they have something to contribute

 

Are committed to living in a community - this is not just rented accommodation

 

Resonate with the Pendragon vision.

 

Are able to complete the membership process.

 

Are willing to participate in communal activities and the weekly meetings.

 

Share our wish to live sustainably and with respect for the planet.

 

Take responsibility for yourself, your actions and relationships.

 

Have the resources to finance their accommodation whether through outside work

or benefit claims in appropriate cases.

 

Will support each other and create a kind of 'village living experience'.

 

We will have sharing meetings to discuss feelings and share our ideals etc. and

business meetings to discuss work requirements, projects etc.

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Information for prospective community members.

Updated 10 September 2015 and 23 February 2016..

Community members pay rent, around £320 p/m not including heating which is wood

supply and electricity while we are still conneted to the grid. The reason the rent is not

set to include heating is because it is easier to be responsible for the heat we consume

if it directly affects us in the pocket. Rent includes everything else, council tax, water

rates, internet, house basics (toilet paper etc.), house maintenance, etc. Rent is paid

monthly in advance by bank standing order, and a deposit of one month's rent is held

against the normal things, returnable when you leave. Notice is one month, either way.

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We cannot legally permit use of recreational drugs on the premises and excessive use of

alcohol is also desructive. Community members should be people who don't need these

things.

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No smoking in the house, if you must smoke in the garden please keep it away from doors

and windows and take care of your cigarette butts.

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Community members are asked to commit to attending our weekly community

meeting. In these meetings we talk about our emotions as well as practical issues and it is

hoped that everyone will want to make use of this as an opportunity to look more deeply

at themselves through the reflection of the others. This may not always be easy and we

are looking for people who are committed to working through issues rather than wanting

to avoid them or quit. At times we may bring in a counsellor by mutual agreement to help

us in this process, particularly if conflict arises.

 

We are looking for honest, honourable people who do not have any intention to leave within

at least a couple of years as far as you are aware at the time of joining us. Everyone has

friends to visit and places to go, but we hope that you will spend the majority of your time

at the community and allow it to become a big part of your life.

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It is hoped that community members will move further into sustainable living. We do not

have a big enough garden to provide for us all, but we can buy locally produced food. Most

people in the countryside use cars, often it cannot easily be avoided, but we try to move

toward life choices that reduce the need to cars and plane journeys, without denying

ourselves excessively.

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The house is not yet off-grid, but people are asked not to use electricity for heating. Each

room has its own wood burning stove. Low impact living is an art which

no-one really seems to fully understand - one of the aims of the community is to explore

this issue and come up with an example which can provide a framework for others who

also want to live responsibly. Community members are responsible for buying all wood

supply, for their own stoves, the kitchen Aga and the Biomass hot water boiler. They

must come to agreement over how this cost is divided up between them. They also need

to help with cutting and storing wood, and moving it around. In summer, we go through

4 or 5 blissful months when no wood burning goes on, except for occasional use

of the hot water boiler when we get 2 cloudy days in a row.

 

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Decisions about who is invited to stay in the community are influenced by all but the final

word at present lies with Roger, the owner. When a suitable group appears of people showing

care and concern for the community rather than just themselves, a committee will be set up

to share such decision making.

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Any community member may invite a guest to stay in their room or in a dormitory space

for up to 2 nights providing we have room. For more than one guest or more than 2 days stay, consent

should be obtained at a community meeting. This guiding principal does not apply to children /

sleepovers, it is intended to stop people using the house as emergency accommodation,

which can turn out to be for long periods and may disruptive the community. If another community

member has difficulty with a particular guest they might not be able to stay.

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No work is required from community members except jobs decided by the community

e.g. to keep the house clean. It is hoped members will want to make the

garden beautiful. If we decide to keep chickens or other animals (horses??!!!) they will

be the responsibility of those who elect to keep a nd care for them.

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Community members are asked to always be courteous and polite to our neighbors.

Any interaction of significance with a neighbour should be mentioned in the next

community meeting or earlier if there is any immediacy about it. Please do not

engage in any contract with a neighbour (e.g. to do some gardening for them) without

first consulting the community. If any such arrangement is undertaken, it is your

responsibility to ensure the neighbour is entirely satisfied and happy with the work,

regardless of whether you are happy with your side of the bargain.

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Parking. Please don't park outside our immediate neighbours. There are parking spaces

inside the grounds, please use them whenever possible. Please leave vehicle keys in the

key rack in case your car needs to be moved. If possible, travel by bike or on foot!

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The event room and art studio. These are available for the community whenever

they are not otherwise in use.

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Parties can happen when decided upon in a community meeting. Please be considerate

and avoid inviting individuals who's presense is known to upset another community

member. Impromptu gatherings in the common spaces should be considerate to others

and open to all.

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In general, community members need to practice tollerance and acceptance of others'

behaviour. People are diverse and we are here to learn about ourselves, rather than dictate

how others should be. This includes:

- Diet; there is a vegetarian fridge, but the kitchen is not vegetarian and we will all need to

be comfortable cooking and eating together.

- Spirituality; we accept that each person has their own path, and respect their practice

and beliefs or lack of them.

 

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