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Fear­ing a lonely twilight of play­ing bingo or­gan­ised by a care home, a group of sin­gle women, all over 50, got to­gether to build a dif­fer­ent kind of re­tire­ment home

– one run en­tirely by the res­i­dents.

Decades in the mak­ing, the New Ground de­vel­op­ment, in Bar­net, north Lon­don, was of­fi­cially opened last year.

It is the first co-housing group set up just for older women.

Each of the 26 mem­bers has their own flat, which is bought or rented, and a com­mu­nal gar­den that is main­tained by them­selves.

They have a rota for clean­ing and cook­ing, shar­ing a meal once a week, and the group go on reg­u­lar out­ings.

‘It’s a very ac­tive group,’ says Maria Bren­ton, who started the ini­tia­tive.

‘The sense of com­mu­nity doesn’t just hap­pen, and we have done a lot to cre­ate

it and sus­tain it.’

Sis­ter act! The women who’ve built their own com­mu­nity

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