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Who are we?
We are a group of families and individuals who have chosen to live together in a large old building, with 70 acres of land, in rural Suffolk. There are approximately 40 adults and 10 under 18s living here, though that can vary from year to year. A number of the founder members from 1974 still live here and, although people come and go, we are a fairly settled community. We see ourselves as part of the wider community rather than separated from it – our children attend local schools and several members have jobs locally, in nearby towns or London.
There is no single ethos for living at Old Hall – beliefs are as diverse as the individuals living here. Generally however, we share a concern for the environment and a desire to live an egalitarian, co-operative and healthy lifestyle. We attempt to farm the land, rear our animals and grow our food as organically as we can. Decision making is by consensus.
We are located in the heart of Constable country in a large village which has a few shops, pubs and a post office, plus play groups, a primary and secondary school (up to year 11). Sixth forms are in Colchester and Ipswich, both about 10 miles distant. There are three trains an hour to London from Manningtree, a commuter town three miles away. Buses to Colchester, Ipswich and Hadleigh stop at our gate. A nearby trunk road (A12) links the village to major towns and cities in the region.