Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Homeworking and communities

One of the advantages in homeworking is that it allows you to play a greater part in your local community, and indeed help keep that community alive. It's a topic covered here before (see Anna Minton's article here) and the Guardian newspaper today has an interesting piece about the inhabitants of Hesket Newmarket who have set up various co-operatives to protect key local services including a post office, pub/brewery and shop which is also a local meeting place. Rachel Pugh writes: "The pub is now a venue for philosophy classes, a library, an internet cafe, and provides a cashback scheme. If the shop cooperative is successful, it will lease the business to someone who will focus on stocking local produce."

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