Charlotte Church sets up off-grid commune offering food and housing in exchange for work

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Charlotte Church has announced her plans to set up an off-grid community in mid Wales in the grounds of Laura Ashley's former mansion, and she's looking for participants.

The Welsh singer, 35, has shared the new venture on her social media feeds, encouraging those over 18 to apply to join the 'team'.

Charlotte's new group will stay in a hostel-style accommodation on the 47-acre grounds of designer Laura Ashley's former mansion, Rhydoldog House, set near the rolling hills of the Cambrian valley in mid Wales.

In exchange for a membership – which includes activities, food and hostel-style accommodation – members will be expected to complete 30 hours of labour per week.

What the labour will exactly entail is yet to be revealed, but the website states the £1.4million property is in need of some work and comprises of seven bedrooms over three storeys – so those interested could expect to get their hands dirty.

Also on the 47 acre stretch of land is a 200 year old barn and a row of four guest houses. Charlotte also shared plans to convert the age-old barn into a large hall, with the guest houses set to be turned into an "artists residence", hinting this could be part of the labour expected.

If you're not a keen builder or decorator, don't fear as the website for the project states that "no skill is without value" so make sure to really ham up your CV if you do apply.

When you're not getting your hands dirty, participants will be able to take part in a range of activities including mixed martial arts, kickboxing, yoga, hiking, zip wire and a "large array of other spiritual healing practices".

During their down time, members can also take a dip in the hot tub or plunge pool – or even watch a movie in the outdoor cinema.

Meanwhile, keen writers, artists and musicians will also have space to channel their inner talents, too.

Aside from the labour, there is another catch as the project has also been set up for researchers to look into the "efficiency of exchange" between work and housing – meaning community members will also be required to share 'data' on their wellbeing, which will be gathered confidentially.

Those taking part can't be camera shy either, as the project is also being filmed for a series, which will air on The Discovery Channel.

If the food selection is something that is putting you off, you need not fear as there will be professional kitchen which will serve organic eats and will cater for all diets.

Meanwhile, Charlotte's project promises to be held together "by a system of non-hierarchical participatory democracy", meaning everyone has an equal right to speak and vote on decisions on how the community is run.

Those interested in taking part needs to email a short application, which can be either a short film, audio file or writing on one side of A4 paper to [email protected]

Charlotte bought fashion designer Laura's former mansion in 2021 and plans to launch the project in June and it is expected to last for 12 months.

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To entice anyone who may be keen to sign up, Charlotte shared snaps of the stunning mansion and gorgeous grounds on her Instagram page.

She singer then told her 16,800 followers: "For people who are looking for something a bit different which includes living in a community, building something wonderful whilst being immersed in the wilderness of the Cambrian mountains."

Intrigued fans soon commented to share their interest in taking part, so if you do want to get involved you better be quick!

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