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A New Warden at Shallowford

I’m sitting at my desk fully intending to write an amusing and informative article –  but it’s far too easy to ‘lift my eyes to the quiet hills’ and watch the clouds scudding through a blue sky. The birds are …

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Will goes up before the Judge

  Dear all, We finally got Will up before the judge! Well done to Johnny for setting in up, and who knows where it may lead. Useful too to see how relatively straightforward such an outreach exercise is. For the …

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Changes at Shallowford

  Having worked at Shallowford for many years now I have seen several changes but all for the good. Shallowford has always been, and still is, a place where you can find God in the centre of all things, a …

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City to Farm Sponsored Cycle 2019

It’s going to be a tough ride. Between 25-29 August 2019, up to 12 friends and supporters of the Shallowford Trust and Providence House Youth Club will cycle the 250 miles from Battersea to Dartmoor. We’re not asking you to …

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Looking ahead – the Cycle Ride is coming up!!!

Looking ahead – the Cycle Ride is coming up!!!

It is going to be a very busy year for the team with many more groups coming to enjoy the farm, learn from the animals and immerse themselves in the wild spaces around us. Please do keep an eye on …

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Farm to City and the Restoration from God. Friday 8th June 2018.

Farm to City and the Restoration from God.

The deputy mayor came with her gold chain, and enthusiasm, and full of questions, and finished watching the Shallowford film, with a cup of tea in one hand and a pork sandwich in the other.

The MP came and got her photo opportunity on the tractor.

Three schools came with open eyes and a sense of discovery. Three nurseries got a tour, and a couple of after school clubs, and a group of elderly with their zimmer frames sat entranced watching the sheep and calves. A refugee group came, and we let a trickle of families and visitors in.

In the evening there was a more studied group of supporters, funders, and potential friends.

The taxi driver stopped by, and said we should do it again in the summer!

A school teacher and a school governor visited and asked that their school be allowed on another occasion.

The supermarket maintenance man kept repeating this is b… good and gave me a kiss and a hug, and the eyes and smiles of countless passers by told the story.

The four young pigs appear quite content. In fact they may be enjoying a break from their strawed home at the farm.

It is a hard task finding an inspirational Bible verse about pigs. They usually fall into the negative ritualist symbol category, or there are one or two references to illustrate when things run into hard times. But then this is a serious project about making connections with oneself, with each other, with living creatures, with God as Creator. It is a serious comment on when things begin to disfunction socially, and into that context the work of Shallowford and Providence, indeed the work of the gospel seeks to make a difference.

So listen up:

‘Restore us, O God,
Make your face shine upon us that we may be saved.
You have fed us with the bread of tears.
You have broken down the walls, so that all who pass by take their pickings.
Why, Lord?
And the pigs… The wild pigs from the forest root and scavenge among the grounds, and wild creatures feed on the harvest.
Return to us, O God Almighty!
Look down from heaven and see!
Restore us, O Lord Almighty, make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.’

Psalm 80.3,12,13,14,19.


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