Peace House opens on Thursday 21 January at 12 noon when the shutters come down on a row
of houses next to Ordnance Road Post Office. The houses, which have been empty for several
years, have been bought by Coventry Peace House Housing Co-operative Ltd, a Friendly
Society formed by members of Alvis Peace Camp.
The Peace House will become a permanent peace resource for Coventry offering
information, a peace library, a campaigning base, peace education in schools, and
community mediation. One house will be available for refugees. It will also provide a
communal home for those wanting to work for peace.
The first week-end of every month will be an activity week-end, where helpers are
invited to offer labour and skills for the considerable renovation work which needs to be
done, in return for food and accommodation in a happy environment. The work will be done
with reused materials where possible and the emphasis will be on minimum energy needs.
There is also a large garden which will provide food and refreshment. The Peace House
members will be learning a lot about ecological design and practice, and sharing this
knowledge with others.
Co-op member Penny Walker said
"In order to work for peace in the world we must also work for peace in our local
community and in our home. Peace means respect for the earth as well as the people who
inhabit it. We are very lucky to have a strong network of support from local people to
enable us to set up this exciting project. We see it as a community resource and welcome
ongoing involvement from those around us."
There will be an Open Day at the Peace House on Sunday January 24 10am 10pm to
which all interested people are invited. Telephone 01203 663031 after 21 January. The
co-op has room for new members and it welcomes financial and practical support and
encouragement from others.