Houses

The Pericles houses are situated in Hoathly Hill, Sharpthorne and Forest Row. We live together as an extended family.

Pericles currently runs three houses, one in Hoathly Hill, one in Sharpthorne Village and the third locally in the village of Forest Row. The houses are surrounded by beautiful countryside and are close to East Grinstead, Crawley and Tunbridge Wells. Here, people live together as an extended family.

 

In our houses, everyone shares in the running and the responsibility of their house and everyone sits together for meals. Meals are freshly cooked, using organic ingredients with a choice of seasonal vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, various grains, potatoes or pasta.

 

There are weekly house meetings where everyone has the opportunity to discuss ideas and problems – things that are going well and things that could be improved on. At weekends service users are encouraged to go on outings to local places, like museums, historical places or to the cinema. This is also a time when people can go to church or visit their families and friends.

Our Daily Rhythm.

At Pericles, offering our residents a healthy and beautiful environment to live in is an essential part of the Steiner philosophy that we hold dear.  Everyone shares in the running and the responsibility of the house and we all sit together for meals, lighting a candle and giving thanks for the meal before starting. These rituals are also an integral part of what we do.

 

Meals are freshly cooked, using organic ingredients with a choice of seasonal vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, various grains, potatoes or pasta. We like to follow the cycle of the year with its different seasons and festivals, such as Candlemas, Easter, Pentecost, St. John’s, Michaelmas and Christmas, as well as any other festivals which are important to any of the residents. We talk about the origin of these days, decorate the houses accordingly and join with colleagues and other service users to share special events and birthdays.

 

During the week day, residents may attend college or Pericles day activities. Each house has a weekly house meeting where everyone is involved. Here plans, routines and problems etc. are discussed.  On Saturday mornings residents take part in looking after their house together. Everybody has a task and everyone supports each other. After lunch there may be an outing: for instance to a National Trust place, to a play, to the cinema or for a shopping trip.

Every few weeks the houses come together for a supper where we chat about our life, activities, achievements, plans, holidays etc. On Sunday mornings residents are encouraged to attend a church service or visit their families or friends.

 

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