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IN their ankle-length plaid skirts, shapeless blouses and headscarves, the women of the Bruderhof community look like peasants from a past age.

But this is not an Amish community in the US but a little-known group of radical Christians living on extensive rural land in a quiet village in Sussex.

Women at the Bruderhof dress in headscarves, long skirts and shirts to stay ‘modest’BBC

Here, the 300-strong members have vowed to live the way they believe that Jesus wants us to, based on his teachings at the Sermon on the Mount.

There are no telephones, computers, mobile phones or video games. Instead children are encouraged to play in the fields, go camping in the woods and swimming in the lake.

Members have to relinquish all wealth and possessions before joining. But then, who needs money when houses, food and clothes are provided for?

Oddly, while the women all dress alike in their archaic garb, the men wear contemporary clothes that would not attract a second glance walking down any high street.

Bernard and Rachel met at the Bruderhof and marriedBBC

Nearly all their food is grown in the extensive grounds. There is livestock, a laundry, a school…. and a high quality wooden children’s furniture and toys business that brings in £17 million a year.

Same sex relationships and divorce are forbidden but, while they hold radical Christian views, they are no cult and members are free to come and go as they wish.

Children who grow up in the compound are encouraged to leave at 18 and spend a year exploring the world outside before deciding if they want to commit to the lifestyle.

Children learn to thrive without phones and TVs, and play happily together outsideBBC

The Bruderhof started in Germany almost a century ago and spread to Britain, the US, Germany, Australia and Paraguay.

The Darvell community in Robertsbridge, Sussex, was established in 1971 but it is only now that TV cameras have been allowed in to the compound.

The result is a fascinating BBC1 documentary Inside the Bruderhof which airs on Thursday.

Sun reporter Jim Maloney was invited to spend a day with them to experience their lifestyle and to talk freely to members.

Driving through the village, the community is clearly sign-posted ‘Darvell’ and a long path leads through pleasant greenery to the main house, which was a former TB hospital.

Lunch is eaten in the communal hall amid hymns and prayersBBC

But any perception of student-like cramped accommodation is wide of the mark. Houses have been built throughout the extensive land and, while families often share, each has their own living space for “family time”.

Bernard, 38, who acts as the community’s PR person, and his wife, Rachel, welcome me warmly and are keen to show visitors around.

“The Bruderhof works because everyone here has given up absolutely everything for Christ,” he explains.

“If people are looking for a different way of life then a different way of life is possible and anyone is welcome to join us.”

‘Peasant’ clothes hide female figures and discourage attention from the opposite sex

Bernard’s family, originally from Farnborough in Hampshire, first came across the Bruderhof when he was four years old after “sticking a pin in a map” to decide where to go on holiday and ending up near Robertsbridge.

On their way to visit Rudyard Kipling’s house, they spotted the sign to Darvell and decided to drive in.

“Something just struck my parents, right there and then,” he adds.  “Here was a way that Christians were trying to live out what it says in the New Testament in a way that maybe the old church doesn’t.

“They saw people loving and supporting each other, sharing their possessions. It was an holistic way of life.”

Hannah, centre, with other children and adults of the BruderhofBBC

After spending some time living with the Bruderhof, Bernard’s parents decided to sell up and join the community when he was nine years old.

It was at the Bruderhof that Bernard met Rachel. They have three children, Esther, 14, Michael, 12 and Jonathan, five.

Their life seems idyllic. But the women’s clothing, likened to “peasants in the 1920s” looks out of place in the modern world.

“We don’t want anything slinky that will show your figure,” explains one woman in the documentary. “We should not try and attract attention to ourselves, especially not to the opposite sex. And be modest.’

For Rachel, the dress is a convenience.

Women dress modestly to avoid tempting menBBC

“It’s about having a simple, modest costume that’s practical that I can put on every day, where I don’t have to dedicate a lot of thought and time to whether it’s in keeping with the latest fashion,” she says. “I am not here to stand out and do my own thing.”

Bernard feels that there is too much focus on women’s fashion in the outside world.

“It’s because that’s where fashion makes its money,” he says. “It’s ever changing and that’s what makes our women here look outdated.”

Softball and swimming replace phones and TV

In another throwback back to a bygone era, the division of labour is along gender lines, with women taking traditional jobs such as cooking, cleaning, sewing and laundry while men work the land, but both work in all areas of the factory, from the design and sales department to the work floor.

“People often come to the Bruderhof and they see a certain gender segregation in our work and they want to ask about it,” says Bernard. “But, to us, no one is being paid and it’s really not a big deal which jobs men do and which jobs women do.”

Strolling through the grounds, the absence of electronic devices  is noticeable – particularly among the kids and teenagers.

Down in the field, children of all ages are happily playing softball with the grown-ups and Bernard points out a former swamp that they dug out and turned into a large pond for swimming.

As they mix with outsiders the children are aware of what other kids have but Esther, 13, says they don’t mind.

Community member Hardy in the surprisingly modern toy factoryBBCWomen go about their daily chores at the Bruderhof compoundBBC

She acknowledges other teenagers, “would probably be on their phone all the time or watching telly. But we don’t have those things.”

But she adds: “I don’t think I miss them because I’ve never had them, so I don’t know what to miss.”

Bernard’s son, Michael, looks after the pigs and calls the piglets out of the enclosure with a rattle of some food in a bucket, to show me.

There is other work to do, of course. In a huge kitchen some of the women are busy making lunch, which is taken communally in a large hall, seated at row after row of long tables. Here, we dine, after saying grace, on delicious seasoned chicken with rice, broccoli and gravy.

Everyone joins in with singing hymns before and afterwards and there is a tradition that whoever is celebrating a birthday receives a generous helping of ice-cream.

Millions made from toy factory with 90-year-old workers

Peasant-garb aside, perhaps the biggest eye-opener is a large, on-site factory where they make high end wooden furniture and toys with its own design and sales team. Surprisingly, the equipment is cutting edge, and includes an impressive machine that creates moulds for the plastic trimmings. It brings in between £17m and £18 million  a year.

“When we design a product it is done so that anyone can assemble it and so there are jobs for those who have lower abilities or are very old,” says Bernard. “It means that people don’t retire. We have people who are 90 who still come and put in an hour of work and they feel fulfilled.”

There is a similar factory in America. Profits are shared and used to sustain their lifestyle and the rest goes to good causes, financing their humanitarian work abroad, helping victims of famine, natural disasters, war and violence.

A female worker puts together a child’s chair in the factoryBBC

This is not a community that shuts itself away. The local village is used to seeing them in their midst.

“We do some great projects in the village,” says Bernard. “The local high school wanted a garden for the kids to work in so we helped to both finance and build it.

“We do a barbecue for the village fete and at Christmas and we also have ‘open days’ where 300 people turn up and enjoy our animals and eat our burgers and play with the kids. It’s a family fun day.”

‘Imagine someone from the middle ages turning up in London’

Despite their lack of worldly ways, kids are not expected to automatically commit to their parents’ lifestyle. Instead, all 18-year-old’s spend a year outside to decide where their future lies.

The documentary follows Hannah, as she experiences a very different life in London, finding work and handling money, budgeting and shopping for the first time.

“You can only become a member of the Bruderhof at 21 and now that I’m 18 I’m thinking about it because joining the community would be a lifelong commitment,” she says.

“As an adult I have to decide where I want to go with my life. At this point the Bruderhof is basically all I have known. I need to know what my other options are.”

Hannah is shocked by the hustle and bustle of LondonBBC

Having never been outside the community Hannah, who is sent to a Bruderhof halfway house in Peckham, struggles with the noisy, overpopulated streets of London and is aware her clothing makes her stick out like a sore thumb.

“Imagine that someone from the Middle Ages shows up in London and stays in those clothes and that way of life,” she says. “I feel like a foreigner. I feel I am from a different way of living.”

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Around a third of teenagers opt not to return to Darvell, which Bernard says is “healthy”, but Hannah  is keen to return to the simple life after experiencing the polar opposite in London.

She says: “Seeing the emptiness in people’s lives and how massive the society is I have realised the value in community, the joy of committing your life to something bigger than yourself. It makes you happy.

“My heart is telling me to finish this year off and get my butt back to Darvell.”

Inside the Bruderhof airs on BBC1 at 10.35 on Thursday.

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SHANE LOWRY turned up for the third round of The Open alongside his wife Wendy Honner.

The Irish golfer shared the lead at the start of the day on eight under par alongside American star JB Holmes.

Shane Lowry with wife Wendy Honner and daughter IrisGettyWho is Wendy Honner?

Wendy Honner is married to Open golfer Shane Lowry.

She is a nurse but also travels the world following her man in tournaments.

Wendy met Shane on a “random night out” in 2012 and the pair have been together since.

When did Shane Lowry and Wendy Honner get married?

The couple got married in New York in April 2016. The city holds a special place in their heart after they enjoyed a special holiday there the June before.

They got married the week after The Masters, the first Major of the year that is played in Augusta, Georgia.

And it was a low key affair.

Lowry told the Irish Independent: “The guest list [was spiralling] and I get stressed very easily, so we decided the big white wedding at home was not what we wanted.”

Shane proposed on a beach in Dubai in December 2014.

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Wendy gave birth to their daughter Iris in March 2017.

Both Wendy and Iris were present in Abu Dhabi as Lowry won the HSBC Golf Championship in January this year.

Iris was seen holding her dad’s hand as he made his way to the course for the third round of The Open.

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MANCHESTER UNITED continued their 100 per cent pre-season record with victory over Inter Milan in Singapore.

The Red Devils, yet to concede throughout their tour of Australia, secured the morale-boosting win thanks to hotshot Mason Greenwood.

David De Gea struggled on crosses on his return to the United teamAFP

The 17-year-old showed all the maturity of a seasoned-striker to bag the only goal of the game with just under 15 minutes left.

Ashley Young’s free-kick was palmed away by the goalkeeper, but he could only push it towards the hotshot towards the back post.

Greenwood calmly flicked the ball onto his right foot before leathering it into the far corner despite heavy-pressure from the onrushing defender.

But he was not only man to impress – although not everyone came through the friendly clash with flying colours for United.

Here is Dan King’s player ratings from the Singapore National Stadium:


Had little to do but looked rusty under crosses in his first game of tour.


Dynamic going forward and at the back, although one or two tackles were a bit too gung-ho.


Strong, calm and mostly competent, almost taking the lead role in United’s backline.


Pretty much untroubled and even had time to roam forward to set up a good chance.


Inter’s lack of threat allowed him to make a good contribution at the other end, too.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka shone again for the Red Devils as they defeated Inter MilanReuters


Started full of energy but unable quite to impose himself on the game consistently.


Happy to do the dirty work while most of his team pressed forward hard.


Willing and combined well with Wan-Bissaka. Didn’t make most of chances to cross and shoot.


Threatened in fits and starts, mobility caused the Inter defence problems.


Terrified Inter with his pace but could not quite make it happen in the final third.


He grew into the game, swapping positions with Rashford to keep Inter guessing.

Mason Greenwood is congratulated by his team-mates after bagging the winner against InterAFP


PHIL JONES (for Lindelof, 57) – 6

Came on after the Swede appeared to hurt his left thigh. Steady.

SERGIO ROMERO (for De Gea, 63) – 5

Did not have a save to make.

 DIEGO DALOT (for Wan-Bissaka, 63) – 6

Looked eager to show United have right-back options and did well enough.

ASHLEY YOUNG (for Shaw, 63) – 6

On the front foot, as Shaw had been. Bizarrely booed by fans, though. What’s that about?

ERIC BAILLY (for Tuanzebe, 63) – 6

Made sure United saw out the game with some no-nonsense defending.

ANDREAS PEREIRA (for James, 63) – 6

Did his best to match the energy of James.

FRED (for Matic, 63) – 6

Did nothing wrong, did nothing spectacularly right.

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JUAN MATA (for Lingard, 63) – 5

Did not make much of an impression.

SCOTT MCTOMINAY (for Pogba, 63) – 6

Made sure United’s grip on the game did not slip.

TAHITH CHONG (for Rashford, 63) – 7

Very lively, set up a chance for Greenwood but injured before the end.

MASON GREENWOOD (for Martial, 63) – 8

Grabbed the all-important goal and almost had another. What an impact.

ANGEL GOMES (for Chong, 90+2) – 5

No time to do much after replacing injured fellow sub.


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TOMB Raider actor Simon Yam has been stabbed while speaking on stage at a promotional event in China.

Shocking footage shows a man approach the stage and lunge at the actor before a violent scuffle breaks out.

Shocking footage shows the actor being stabbed in the tummy during the promotional eventA man was seen rushing on to the stage and lunging at the 64 year-old actor

The 64-year-old actor underwent a minor operation at a hospital in the city of Zhongshan, his manager Lester Mo said.

Mr Mo added: “He was stabbed in the tummy area and also got a cut on his right hand but was conscious the entire time.

“A preliminary investigation showed his injuries were not critical but the doctors are still deciding whether to operate on him.”

A suspect was detained after the attack in Zhongshan city, in southern China.

Police have not said what his motive was.

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Yam, who is also known by his Chinese name, Yam Tat-wah, has appeared in more than 125 movies and 40 TV series.

He played the villain Chen Lo in the 2003 Hollywood film Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

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HARLEY Brash sparked intrigue among Love Island fans when she mentioned her favourite sex position is the Reverse Cowgirl.

The stunning Newcastle native made the kinky revelation during a racy chat with fellow Islander, Chris Taylor, who’s favourite is the Anaconda. Here is all you need to know about the Reverse Cowgirl…

A diagram illustrating the reverse cowgirl favoured by Love Island’ Harley BrashWhat is the Reverse Cowgirl sex position?

A survey carried out by Lovehoney, found Britain’s second favourite sexual position is the Cowgirl, however, there is more than one method.

Cowgirl involves a woman straddling their partner and is a common move enjoyed by couples in the UK.

But there are variations to the position favoured by Brits such as Reverse Cowgirl, which as the name suggests is doing it in the opposite direction.

The definition for Reverse Cowgirl on the Urban Dictionary, reads: “A sexual position where the female is in a superior position by placing herself on top of the male and facing his feet.”

Harley Brash and Chris Taylor became a couple in episode 41 of Love IslandWhat did Harley Brash say about the Reverse Cowgirl sex position?

Before taking part in the couples’ quiz challenge in episode 41 of Love Island, the stunning estate agent and Chris Taylor attempted to get to know one another better.

As they chatted by the pool, the topic of favourite sex positions was mentioned and the blonde bombshell revealed hers is the Reverse Cowgirl.

“Reverse Cowgirl,” the 20-year-old from Newcastle offered, before Chris added: “Was gonna say you look like a Reverse Cowgirl kind of girl. Mine is the Anaconda.”

“[What] the f**k’s an Anaconda?!” she exclaimed, to which he quipped: “I don’t think we have time to go through that right now.”

Then, Harley Brash asked: “Can you talk me through it please?” to which the business development manager retorted: “Right now? It’s very hard to describe with words…”

If like Harley you have no clue what the Anaconda is click here!

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The relationship guru recommended this position for both partners, with her saying the manoeuvre is ideal for shy women.

She told Daily Star: “He gets a fantastic view, and if she’s normally a little shy, she may feel more uninhibited because there’s no eye contact.

“Plus, in this position, it’s easy to work in some clitoral stimulation with a bullet vibrator, which she can also use across his balls and perineum.”

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The Love Island 2019 final will take place on Monday, July 29, 2019.

Season four, which also ran for eight weeks, wrapped up on Monday, July 30.

The series was extended by a week in 2017 following its huge success in 2016.

The couples will need to be whittled down before the finale so we’ll see lots of couplings and eliminations as the Islanders try to win series five.

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ARSENAL have reportedly been told by Juventus they will need to include a cheap buy-back clause in any deal to sign young forward Moise Kean.

The 19-year-old shot onto the scene with a flurry of goals in Serie A last season, scoring six goals in as many games during the spring.

Kean made the headlines for a number of reasons last seasonReuters

Despite his rapid ascent, Juve are ready to sell up on the premise they can re-sign Kean for a bargain fee further down the line.

Daily Mail claim Arsenal enquired about the striker’s availability to his agent, Mino Raiola.

Such a deal is of interest to the Bianconeri, who reportedly want to renew his contract, expiring next summer, and then authorise a sale.

Kean would be available for just £31.5million but Juventus are insistent on a buy-back clause worth just £36m.

All being well, the club plan to return him to Turin once the clause becomes active two years after his exit.

That is of little interest to the Gunners, who want the prospect tied down for the long-term, and it is said they are happy to up their offer to £36m if the clause is binned.

But Raiola is reportedly confident that several teams want to sign Kean, including Everton.

The striker made headlines while playing in Serie A last season as a continual target for despicable racist abuse.

Born in North-West Italy to Ivorian parents, Kean received support from the likes of Raheem Sterling while many were shocked when teammate Leonardo Bonucci claimed he was partly to blame for the incidents.

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POLICE in Magaluf have arrested a UK tourist accused of raping a British woman at a hotel.

The alleged attack happened near the party strip of Punta Ballena around 5am on Friday.

Alamy A 20-year-old man was arrested after a Brit woman claimed she was raped in Punta Ballena in Magaluf. He was later released after she decided not to press charges[/caption]

Cops were able to find and arrest a 20-year-old man after the 24-year-old woman described what he was wearing.

He appeared in court but was freed after the woman decided not to press charges, according to sources.

Earlier, local reports said the pair had tried to go to the woman’s hotel first but a receptionist had turned them away – and they ended up in his hotel.

A police source confirmed today: “The British woman told officers she had agreed to go back to his hotel but the detainee went further than she wanted to and forced her to have sex.”

It comes just days after an Irish holidaymaker was also arrested in Magaluf on suspicion of raping a Brit woman.

The man, 22, was hauled off in cuffs after the woman told cops he assaulted her at a holiday apartment in the city centre.

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He walked free when his alleged victim refused to press charges.

She claimed she had agreed to go back with him – but had not consented to sex.

She was taken to Son Espases Hospital in the Majorcan capital Palma for a medical examination before his arrest.

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QUICK-stepping Casualty star Charles Venn tonight celebrates four years playing nurse Jacob Masters on the BBC drama.

However, many viewers know him simply as the hottest man in soap – a reputation given a massive boost by his sizzling turn on Strictly Come Dancing.

Instagram Charles Venn is often dubbed the hottest man in soap[/caption]

The 46-year-old actor joined Casualty on 18 July 2015 as new nurse Jacob, and quickly landed himself a gig as a series regular.

He leaps into action tonight when there’s a riot at the local jail and people with shocking injuries start pouring into hospital.

One admirer congratulated him for reaching four years today, tweeting: “What an absolute dream he is! Thanks for blessing us with the amazing Jacob.”

But Casualty is far from his only impressive acting role, with the star appearing in films including The Bourne Ultimatum and Batman epic The Dark Knight.

BBC He is celebrating four years as Jacob in Casualty[/caption]

Instagram The 46-year-old is devoted to the gym[/caption]

Instagram He’s certainly not afraid to whip his shirt off[/caption]

The star got his big break on Sky One’s fondly-remembered football drama Dream Team as Curtis Alexander in 2003.

The following year he crossed over to another sports soap, Footballers’ Wives, where he was ‘Mr Bling’ Tremaine Gidigbi.

Roles in EastEnders as Morgan’s dad Ray Dixon and as the sexy firefighter in Miranda followed.

However, he gained his biggest following thanks to Strictly, where finished sixth alongside Karen Hauer (formerly Clifton) wowing fans with his samba.

Instagram Working hard in Strictly rehearsals on Strictly Come Dancing[/caption]

He was partnered with pro dancer Karen Hauer

Simon Jones - The Sun Charles reached sixth place on Strictly Come Dancing[/caption]

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He lost out to Ashley Roberts in the dance-off but found a legion of fans thanks to his often-shirtless routines.

He memorably dressed up in a white naval suit to perform the American Smooth to the strains of Up Where We Belong from An Officer And A Gentleman.

Charles spoke about his technique on the show explaining: “The Foxtrot is nice, I’m trying to be fluid like water.

“I’m trying to be more flowing with Karen, I’m trying to find my groove, I never thought I’d be doing dances like this.”

Handout The star returns to Casualty in tonight’s episode[/caption]

Instagram He joined the Saturday night favourite in 2015[/caption]

Charles and Karen on Strictly Come Dancing last year

However, fans were left impressed by his moves.

One wrote: “I mean seriously though? Who gave Charles Venn the right to be that hot????????????”

Another wrote: “Charles Venn is so sexy! Good grieeeffffff.”

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THIS is the stomach-churning moment a pest controller arrives at a home covered in thousands of bed bugs.

Ryan Osborne visited the house in Vancouver, Canada, and said it was the worst infestation he’d ever seen in his career.

Pest controller Ryan Osborne was shocked to see the state of this home

Footage shows the tiny bugs crawling all over the floor and every surface of the room.

Ryan said about the video: “I work in pest control and this was a house we were treating for bed bugs. It was hands down the worst thing any of us have ever seen.

“The whole house was like this, it was absolutely disgusting.”

Bed bugs are parasitic insects in the genus Cimex and they feed on blood.

While they aren’t dangerous and don’t spread disease, their bites can cause a rash on the skin or an allergic reaction.

They vary in colour from yellow, to red, to brown and they live in cracks and crevasses in and around beds.

They tend to crawl out at night and feed on blood by biting exposed skin.

It was infested with thousands of tiny bug crawling everywhereHe said the disgusting house was the worst he’d ever seen

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MANCHESTER CITY paid the penalty as they allowed the Premier League Asia Trophy to slip through their fingers on a sweltering night in Shanghai.

Raheem Sterling skied a first half spot kick as neither the champions nor Wolves managed to make a breakthrough.

Neither side could make the breakthrough in 90 minutesGetty Images - GettyCity were well supported in ChinaGetty Images - Getty

Then in the shoot out Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva and Lukas Nmecha all saw their pens saved by Rui Patricio.

And it gives Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves a boost with their season due to start properly this week.
With Kevin de Bruyne pulling the strings in midfield, City began brightly with the Belgian teeing up Sterling whose finish was weak.

The former Chelsea man then linked up with Sterling again to find Leroy Sane but the German was also unable to provide the opener.

Their best chance came on 20 minutes when a ball over the top from Aymeric Laporte put in Sane but he was bundled over by Adama Traore.

Sterling – who scored the decisive penalty in the Carabao Cup final shoot-out – took responsibility and looked confident but skied his spot-kick high over the angle.

Wolves start their season on Thursday with a Europa League qualifier against Crusaders – and took a while to get going here.

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They could have taken a surprise lead just before the break but Joao Moutinho got underneath his effort and sent it way too high.

Both sides made changes due to the sweltering conditions after the break – with Sane getting a run down the middle.

Veteran David Silva forced a smart save out of Rui Patricio with a curling free kick but the game was drifting towards a penalty shootout.

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