Co-operative living at Postlip Hall
“Co-operatives are built on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.” (ICA Centennial Congress, 1995)
At Postlip we aspire to live these values for ourselves, for our children, for a wider community, and for those who will follow us in this beautiful place. We aim for consensus in decision-making, with tolerance and understanding. We strive to be inclusive, to respect difference and diversity, to resolve conflict with generosity, and to find the coming together and “glue” that will bind us into a thriving community.
We live as separate families, with all ages and a variety of occupations represented. To care for the listed Hall and Tithe Barn, grounds, garden, and animals takes both individual energy and togetherness. The work is often hands-on, drawing on our experience and resourcefulness. Events we run are for fun, to give space for our imaginations and creativeness, and to raise the necessary funds.
We seek to let our children be children, growing and developing in the safe, supportive, family environment that is our home. Here they can learn to be inquiring and expressive. They will carry forward the values they see being lived out around them.
One of the maxims when the community was founded in 1970 was “Everybody needs someone to lift the other end.” It may explain why we are here. We try to live up to it and thank Postlip’s founders and all who came before us for their vision.