Work, Worship, Study and Play


by Bradwell Office
Tuesday 20th December 2022

As many of you are aware, we have been trying to get planning permission to install a second wind turbine here to complement our energy system. We were delighted to be able to have Alex Schlicke, from Scene Connect, who is an alternative energy planning specalist to lead this, following a successful grant application for £27,000 (Many thanks to Clare Stone for her help with this). The application was to have a 25 Kw wind turbine in addition to the 5Kw already here. Sadly we were informed last week that the planning application has been turned down by Maldon District Council. The reasons given were:

1. Visual impact  

2. Adverse impact on footpath  ( a bit galling as it is an unwalked path and we had good discussions with the local footpath officer and the ramblers and... Read More

by Bradwell Office
Tuesday 20th December 2022

We have some lovely custom designed (By Phil) Othona Community Tea Towels for sale. They are ideal as gifts or around the home! 

The cost is:£8 for one, £15 for two.

We can post these out (additional charge to cover P&P). If you are interested please contact us in the office ( or pick up one when you are here.


by Bradwell Office
Monday 19th December 2022

The Othona Community featured in a recent article in the Morning Star written by Paul Simon. The inspirational Othona Community reports on the endurance and contemporary relevance of England's often overlooked Christian socalist tradition. Please take a look by clicking on the link below:

The Inspirational Othona Community

by Bradwell Office
Monday 19th December 2022

The next three sessions of the interviews between Jan Marshall and Paul Simon are now available, please click on the link to view:

Session three - Community :

Session four - Years of Growth:

Session five - Sustainability:

These interviews give a fascinating insight into the Community and how it has changed and developed over the years. There are two more sessions to come soon.

Thank you to Jan and Paul for doing these sessions and to Nastassja Simensky for filming and editing.  

by Bradwell Office
Wednesday 14th December 2022

Dear Othona members,
It is with deep and abiding sadness that Jasmin, Tad and Rod would like to tell you that Ford died at home on 25th November, 2022. His funeral will be held on 5th January at Chelmsford crematorium.

As many of you will know who are friends of Ford, we had a very happy childhood at the camp, so many experiences that few people will ever be able to have again in this new, complicated world. We were both carefree and free to explore the natural surroundings and we learned how to talk to people from all walks of life.

Ford was a much-loved and frequent visitor, famous for his disappearing acts, usually at washing up or chapel time. In recent times, we spoke a lot together about all the people and places there and the things we got up to. Dave... Read More

by Bradwell Office
Monday 12th December 2022

Today you can watch the second of our interview series with Jan Marshall, Norman Motley's daughter. This episode is titled "Hopes and Challenges". Click on the link below to view:

by Bradwell Office
Friday 9th December 2022

Have you ever wondered about how the Othona Community first started? In a series of interviews featuring Jan Marshall, Norman Motley's daughter, you can hear all about the inspiration and founding of the Community. These interviews with Jan were conducted by Paul Simon, covering from the very beginning of the Community to her hopes for the future. There are seven sections to enjoy, the first one is published today and you can access it via this link:

The next video will be available on Monday to enjoy. Many thanks to Jan for giving her time to share these recollections, to Paul for facilitating and arranging these sessions and to Nastassja Simensky for the filming and video production.

by Bradwell Office
Wednesday 30th November 2022

The notes from the latest Trustee Meeting, held here at Bradwell a couple of weekends ago, are now available to read. Please click on the link below to access them.

Chair's notes form November 2022

by Bradwell Office
Friday 9th September 2022

The Othona Community joins the Nation in mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Her long reign has been marked by her faith in God, her dignity and her commitment to public service. We mourn for her loss, celebrate her life and pray for her family.

Gracious God, we give thanks for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth, for her faith and her dedication to duty. Bless our nation as we mourn her death and may her example continue to inspire us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

by Bradwell Office
Monday 5th September 2022

Our Autumn Retreat this year is being led by Bishop John Perumbalath, the Bishop of Bradwell. This is being held over the weekend of the 23-25th September. If you would be interested in coming either for the whole weekend or as a day visitor on Saturday 24th September then please take a look at the event details:

Autumn Retreat- Wondrous Depth | Othona Essex