Inside the radical English village with no crime where adults don’t earn a wage

In a "simple" English village, residents work but don't earn a wage, and children have no access to social media or television.

Radical Christians who live in the village of Darvell, Robertsbridge follow certain rules which helps the Sussex village become free of crime and homelessness.

The Bruderhof are a private community who are known to live a simple life.

With 55 families in the village, they live communally and nobody owns anything, reports Sussex Live.

However, they are able to get everything they need with a community-owned multi-million pound business.

Although this means members of the community can work, they are not given a wage as everything is provided within the community.

Residents also work on the farm, in the school, operating the kitchen, and making clothes.

The 300 members of the village live as disciples of Jesus and they say their way of life allows them to follow his teaching as close as possible.

The village has been operating for almost 50 years, however the movement is around a century old.

Bruderhof has almost 3000 members across 23 settlements worldwide.

Many decisions dictate life across the communities, such as restrictions on same sex relations and a strict dress code. However, before individuals decide to become a member at age 21, they get the opportunity to experience what it is like living in mainstream society.

The BBC was given exclusive access to the community to film a documentary called Inside the Bruderhof.

The film follows Hannah, an 18-year-old member who goes to London to experience the outside world before she decides whether to make a lifelong commitment to the Bruderhof.

She leaves her family and the familiarity of the closeted community behind, and quickly realises the challenges of independence – and the comfort of living in the Bruderhof community.

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Viewers are also introduced to Hardy – as a teenager, he became acutely aware of the sacrifices members of the Bruderhof have to make.

Together with his five siblings, he rebelled against the ideals of the community, and with their blessing, his family left the Bruderhof and began a new life outside.

Hardy has since returned to the community, accepting that he must sacrifice his career and ambitions in order to find the peace that he found in the community.

Hannah told the BBC: "I was looking for an experience outside the Bruderhof. Almost all young people who grow up on the Bruderhof get a chance to do this.

"I missed my parents and my friends. At the Bruderhof, you always have people around to do stuff with – not so in London.

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"I really enjoyed working with the young people at XLP (youth group) and making new friends. But I also gained a respect and appreciation for the Bruderhof – there are things you take for granted when you grow up here.

"Some people assume that if you live in a community like ours you are somehow completely ignorant of the world around. Crazy idea, really. Growing up on the Bruderhof, I had tons of opportunities to travel, hang out with people from different cultures, meet people with different beliefs and life experiences.

"Growing up on the Bruderhof doesn’t make you socially inept. In fact, probably the opposite. You grow up knowing the value of forming good relationships, and learn the skills to do so.

"I got along well with my colleagues and yes, they were very interested in my background.

"It was a good experience, and I am glad that I did it."

Hannah returned to the Bruderhof after her year in London. She is currently studying to become a teacher at university in New York, while living in a Bruderhof community.

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