Cohousing is coming to Dumfries and Galloway! CoHousing is a way of living in an “intentional community” where the residents have their own front doors to their own homes but also share some communal space. This way of life is quite common in some European countries, particularly Denmark, and in the United States and Canada, and it is becoming popular in Britain. The whole point is that the residents can support each other: their communal building may house a laundry, possibly some workshops, a fitness room, but most importantly a communal kitchen and dining room where they can share meals, usually once or twice a week, although their houses and flats are fully equipped for cooking and independent living. All this can be on a rented basis or an ownership basis, depending on the wishes of the proposed resident.
Galloway CoHousing is a group of friends in the Stewartry who are planning to establish a community along the lines of the cohousing model, ideally within easy reach of Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright or Dalbeattie. It may be a new-build or it may be an old building or buildings which could be adapted to suit their requirements. The plan would involve about 20 individual dwellings with enough space for a communal building as well. Buildings will be constructed to environmentally-friendly standards with plenty of light and insulation and possibly some renewable energy. Outdoor space is important; residents may have their own gardens and there will also be communal space. Looking after the environment is one of the priorities of the Galloway CoHousing.
Find out more information about Cohousing at the UK Cohousing Network.
Our filmnight last month was interesting with three new faces and some useful discussion afterwards. Otherwise we are forging ahead with some new intitiatives – watch this space. The picture below is what we dream of eventually…but of course without the guarantee of such fine weather.
Our next Open Meeting will be on Saturday 6th December in the Community Centre, Cotton Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1AJ
see www.list.co.uk/place/52760-castle-douglas-community-centre for directions
We start at 11am with a cuppa, followed by a general session on cohousing developments to date and a look at some aspects of ecobuild housing.
Lunch is about 1pm and if you wish to stay for this please bring a small contribution to the shared lunch.
Some new dates for the coming months. As October arrives bringing more lovely weather we hope, but hinting at the long evenings to come, we decided to have
a Film Night in the Community Centre, Castle Douglas
this will be from 7 till 9pm on Thursday 9th October.
We’ll be looking at cohousing projects around the world.
Let’s have a look at how this works!
After this we are taking a break to enjoy the Autumn leaves and will be back in action for an Open Meeting same place, in the Community Centre, Castle Douglas at the usual time of 11am.
Come along and find out what’s going on with cohousing and enjoy a shared meal with others afterwards. If you want to stay for the lunch please bring food to share, but it’s not a competition, all goodies accepted!
August was a great holiday month for most of us, so on with September!
There is an Open meeting on Sunday 7th September to accommodate folk who cannot manage Saturday meets. We meet at the Community Centre in Cotton Street, Castle Douglas at 11am for various activities, followed by a shared lunch and finishing by 2pm.
The next social get-together is at Palnackie, home of the Flounder Tramping festival, tho’ no ‘tramping’ will be required that day.
We will meet at The Willow Tree Cafe for lunch at 12.30 on Sunday 13th September, followed by a local walk for the energetic, or a cake and Sunday Paper fest for the non-energetic!
In October there will be a video evening on Thursday 9th October exploring various models of cohousing communities followed by discussion. This will take place in Room 1 of the Community centre in Cotton Street castle Douglas at 7pm. and finish around 9pm. The nights are fairly drawing in and this will be a great alternative to a night by the telly!
Next Open Meeting will be on the usual Saturday slot at the usual place and time. This will be on Saturday 6th December in the Community Centre castle Douglas.
Watch this space for detail or contact Ellie at email@example.com