Our resident Chloe A has been with our community for over 18 years, so she knows what makes our community tick! For our Women of Camphill project, we discussed women as excellent communicators, which is an essential skill in any community. CMKC: What’s your name and what’s your role in the community? C: My name is Chloe, and I am a resident. CMKC: How long you have been in the community? C: I came to Camphill in 2000, I lived in Oberlin first, then I moved to MP house, before finally moving to Appleyard. CMKC: What’s your most memorable experience in the community? C: When I had a two weeks’ trial in the beginning at Oberlin, I enjoyed the lovely company of Linda and Andrew, who were the house parents at that time, and the company of the residents too. CMKC: How important do you think women are to this community? C: Very important as women bring so many different experiences with them when they join Camphill, just like men. Most women enjoy talking to others that makes them excellent communicators. CMKC: Do you think women’s influence has changed over time in the community? C: No, women have always been a very important part of the community. CMKC: What’s your expectation of yourself and the community for the future? C: To carry on enjoying life in Camphill. I would like to see the workshop where we use up-cycled cardboard to make craft items up and running in the future. CMKC: Who in your opinion is a hero of Camphill? C: Lidia M, for her creativity and many impressive skills that she has. CMKC: What is your favourite thing to do outside of the community? C: I love to explore nature and walking.
We chat to Lidia M, one of our Women of Camphill interviewees about her first experience at Camphill and how sheer determination maketh the woman. CMKC: What’s your name and what’s your role in the community? LM: My name is Lidia, and I am the Workshop Coordinator for the Gardens and Landcraft Workshops. CMKC: How long have you been involved with the community? LM: I joined Camphill on the 16th of October, 2000. CMKC: What’s your most memorable experience in the community? LM: There are so many memories, but what stands out most was my 1st day at Camphill. I arrived at 8 am, not knowing where to go, so I stood outside Blackthorn and waited. Then Fiona came out and stood with me until Nick came to greet me. In the beginning, I didn’t know that Fiona did not communicate verbally, then I realised how sweet it was to be looked after by such a gentle and caring soul. CMKC: How important do you think women are to this community? LM: Women are essential to this community. Their motherly instinct helps to hold this place strongly together. From my own experience, the gardens require a lot of work and the schedules have always been very busy. I still remember how daunting it was to be asked to produce food and vegetables for the community when you were so new here, it is through sheer determination that the gardens have become established and grown to what they are today. CMKC: Do you think women’s influence has changed over time in the community? LM: Women have brought positive influences to the community right from the start. Most women here are strong-minded and determined homemakers and caregivers, and this aspect has not changed over time. CMKC: What’s your expectation of yourself and the community for the future? LM: Just keep going and keep adapting to the changes, regardless of what might happen in the future. CMKC: Who in your opinion is a hero of Camphill? LM: Definitely Morwenna Bucknall. CMKC: What is your favourite thing to do outside of the community? LM: I enjoy reading all sorts of books, but crime novels are one of my favourites. I do handcraft at home too; it is one of my passions.