For Christmas this year we wanted to take our socials to another level. So just before Christmas, 19 of us gathered to collaboratively set-up, cook and eat our first community feast!
Eating together as a community is often a core binding experience for cultivating 'community glue'. We're hoping they'll be a real and regular commitment to cooking and eating together once we have the physical community space that we're working towards. This experience was an out and out success, and was enjoyable on a range of levels, and bodes well for future foodie gatherings.
We had three teams making it happen - room set-up and decoration, cooking and clear-up - though in reality everyone simply pitched in as and when needed to make it all go swimmingly. Here below is our cooking team that make an utterly scrumptious and varied feast that catered for everyone's dietary and culinary needs.
It was a heart-warming day and we look forward to many more meals like it, though perhaps with a few less dishes on an ordinary community cook-up!
Most of our newly expanded Development Team, now comprising 15 members, gathered for a days workshop in December with local green architect Robin Hillier to explore the design considerations for 'Common Area' of our cohousing project.
Common areas are one of the key elements that make a cohousing project. They are the shared spaces and facilities that knit a community together, and facilitate togetherness. They are also the benefits that can be enjoyed beyond the nuclear dwelling that most of us live in.
What became clear on the day was how many things there are to think about, so we'll be working together through 2019 at a series of workshops to get clearer on what common areas we'd like included in our cohousing project, and what they might look and feel like.
Perhaps the most pressing consideration is to what degree we'd like to minimise the size and facilities of our private dwellings in order to maximise the size and facilities included in the common or shared areas. It's a philosophical position that will be interesting to understand the practical implications of. We'll be sure to communicate decisions we make along the way.