Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Update from our last gig, and future events

Huge thanks to everyone who came to our Rojava benefit gig back in October, and especially to the fabulous artists, we had amazing time and raised £452 to donate to a womans bakery worker co-op in Kobane. 

The next event here at Camel House is International Pizza Punk day on the 26th, so drop by from mid-afternoon onwards for music, beer, and vegan pizza. Feel free to bring a CD, an instrument, or just yourself.

Our film nights will be starting again in the new year, with the next one being on Jan 29th. Vegan dinner from 7PM, films from 8PM.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Happening: Rojava Benefit gig! See this page

Friday, 22 July 2016

Our next work weekend is this weekend, Sat 23rd + Sun 24th, when we attempt the epic task of putting the massive wooden frame we've almost finished building on top of the wall we've rebuilt parts of, and then try to put in some windows and walls, and possibly begin making some rafters.

But there are various things happening and not all of them need building expertise, just desire to learn new skills and appreciation of resourcefulness + DIY ethos.

This is roughly what a work day looks like...

Breakfast + planning 9am
Work commences 10am
Lunch + review tasks 
Work on a different thing/finish what you were doing
Dinner 7pm
Tidy up, crack open some beers + hang out

As always there'll be free vegan food throughout the day and a fire in the evening. Wear your scuzziest least precious clothes + bring your favourite music. Crash space available.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Work Days

So it's Summer and we have lots of work to do here at the house of random camel. Our regular film nights have been put on hold until the Autumn, and we're busy putting a new roof on the extension, growing some lovely veg in the garden, paint-stripping and painting, all-sorts of exciting things!

We have some work days coming up that we'd love some of you lovely people to come along to. There will be breakfast from 9am with work starting at 10am each day, lunch at about 1pm, and dinner and a fire in the garden in the evening. So come along and help out with the painting and building and roof work etc. There will be skill sharing and lots of tea and coffee.


16/07 & 17/07

Some photos of recent work days:

Monday, 4 April 2016

Rojava Events and other upcoming things

Rojava Events:

We have a Film Night on 24/04, starting at 8pm about the co-operative movement and worker co-ops in Rojava, an autonomous region in Northen Syria with a largely Kurdish population. Rojava is fighting back against the threat of Daesh - the so-called Islamic State (aka ISIS/ISIL), and the ongoing war in Syria (note on the Syrian civil war: there is currently a partial 'cessation of hostilities', not including attacks on UN-designated terrorist organizations such as Daesh and al Qaeda’s Syrian front, al Nusra), by developing a society based on principles of direct democracy, gender equality, and sustainability.

Bring and share food and snacks; all food needs to be veggie (preferably vegan) and no almonds or brazil nuts

We also have an all day event & benefit gig coming up on 28/05, raising money for the co-operative movement in Rojava. Suggested entry donation £5.

More details to be announced soon.

More upcoming things:

We have a Work Party on Sunday 17th and Monday 18th April. Jobs will include lots of painting, work in the garden (weather permitting), re-potting, and more.
Come along, bring friends and your favourite CDs. Skill sharing, and large amounts of tea and coffee will be available.

The Prison Letter Writing group will be on 27/05 starting at 8pm. Lists of prisoners you can write to, help and advice for writing the letters, and lots of old magazines and pictures to cut up and use will be on offer.

Random Camel now has a facebook group for keeping you guys posted about our events, gigs etc.: Regular Events @ Random Camel

Event announcements and general updates will still also be posted here on the blog.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Ipswich housing co-op seeks new members

Who would like to live in a community with seven adults, one cat, and 

two part-time children?

We have a
room to let until may 10th (call or email to discuss details & options) and one membership vacancy
Rent is £55 per week, which is within the local housing benefit rate and there is no council tax to pay.


Our vision is to create a better Ipswich – we're looking for a proactive motivated person, happy to band together and initiate building work, work on radical social change projects or community engagement, or take an active role in the administrative side of running the co-op.We are a community in its infancy so your influence will make a strong impact. The right person for our community will be respectful of other members' needs, open to listening, honest and supportive. We expect to give the same in return and recognise that this depends on a constant commitment to good communication. All co-op decisions are arrived at by consensus.We also pool resources to buy organic, fair trade and local produce communally from our independent food co-operative. We split all bills equally.Current members range in age from early 20s to late 40s, with a wide range of skills and experience. We put on events, help run the Ripple food co-op, and our interests include ATS belly-dancing, horticulture, foraging, wildlife conservation, music, cycling and mechanics.
Here's some criteria to help us see if we're right for each other:
A commitment to co-operative principles and radical social change.The ability to communicate in a co-operative way.Participation in home-making – energy efficiency, construction, tidying and washing up!We have an evolving set of agreements for how we live together, called our Secondary Rules, on a separate blog pageThese will help you decide on our mutual compatibility.

Our housing co-op is a member of the Radical Routes network, we're a vegetarian/vegan household (one kitchen each) with no smoking indoors. We often eat together and cook with fresh ingredients every day, sourced from the Community Supported Agriculture scheme in Rushmere. In return, we do some work on the farm about once a fortnight.

Interested in applying?
We want everyone who applies to be at the same stage as others so that we minimise the chances of any unfair advantages and inequalities, but if you're interested please be pro-active and invite yourself to our events, get stuck in on work that we're doing and generally impose yourself on us! We very much welcome visits, emails, telephone calls, post, etc. from anyone interested.