Downsize to something bigger: join Still Green Cohousing, Milton Keynes & Bicester for a future of independent living in a mutually supportive community of like-minded people aged 50+.
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re looking for the kind of retirement housing where your need for independence is respected, but where you have the opportunity to socialise close at hand, where you live in your own self-contained dwelling, but with a “common house” within the complex, for shared meals, celebrations and recreational activities.
Yes, you can have it both ways, with cohousing. This way of living was pioneered in Denmark in the late 1960s, and is now gathering momentum in the UK and elsewhere (www.cohousing.org.uk)
Retirement villages, supported housing for seniors, and the like are not for you; you want to help create your community, to be involved in decision-making at every stage of the process.
Your financial resources may be limited; understandably, you don’t want to pay maintenance fees to a profit making outside body. Properties on the sites we are exploring in Bicester and Milton Keynes are predicted to reflect local market rates. Thanks to the high eco-specifications energy costs will be minimal, and there will be the opportunity to share resources such as cars, tools and equipment. On both sites, we will have properties that are for sale and some will be for rent.
We have a walk and social on Saturday 18th August.
We are starting at The Galleon, Wolverton which is also roughly the halfway point. It’s a loop of roughly 5 miles . One half incorporates the Floodplain Reserve which has birdwatching hides at several points and Konic ponies roaming wild. The other half incorporates the Ouze Valley reserve. Those who only want to walk the floodplain half can take the short walk back via the canal towpath and over the bridge to the Galleon”
The menu at the pub looks great
http://www.thegalleonwolverton.co.uk/food … they can cater for us without a reservation, but if people can let us know they are coming we can give the pub notice of our number.
We are suggesting a latish lunch at 1.30 and a start time for the walk of 11.00 am, meeting at the Galleon (Old Wolverton Road, Milton Keynes MK12 5NL) 10.45 to 11.00. The fast walkers should be able to do the whole walk in two and a half hours and those who want a more leisurely walk can do the flood plain half before lunch and the second part after lunch or not at all!
It would be helpful to know who is planning to come and to decide what we do if it rains (call it off, walk anyway, have a nice pub lunch together?). Please let us know whether you can come.
Hopefully see you this Saturday for a sunny walk and general chit chat about cohousing together.
Our next Enquirers’ meeting for those who are interested in finding out more about Still Green and Senior Co-housing is on September 22nd 2018. We start at 11.00am and finish at 1pm. We will then have a bring and share lunch when people can chat.
If you would like to attend this meeting or another one, please email us at email@example.com for details.
General Meetings are held regularly.