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The Results Are In! – City to Farm

As you all know, A group of up to 10 adventurous cyclists took on the 250 mile challenge from Battersea in London to Widecombe on the Moor (Dartmoor) between 25-29 August 2019. The aim was to raise £20,000 for two …

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Journey Log – City to Farm 2019

Journey Log – City to Farm 2019

A group of up to 10 adventurous cyclists took on the 250 mile challenge from Battersea in London to Widecombe on the Moor (Dartmoor) between 25-29 August 2019. The aim was to raise £20,000 for two related charities: East Shallowford …

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East Shallowford Farm – Open Day!

East Shallowford Farm – Open Day!

Feel welcome to join us on Saturday 14th September 2019 from 10.00am  – 6.00pm and learn more about the opportunities we can provide. Shallowford is a place of learning and building experiences that opens doors to many who have no …

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City to Farm 2019 – Help Us Meet Our Target

City to Farm 2019 – Help Us Meet Our Target

10 riders will be cycling from Providence House to East Shallowford Farm between 25-29th August 2019. We are raising funds to help continue the vital work of these 2 amazing charities. Please give generously by clicking here. Or by clicking the …

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Wonderful Summer

Wonderful Summer

As the schools planned for their end of year activities, Shallowford provided the magic that would carry them through the summer and beyond. To different age groups, Shallowford provides different things. However, the magic tends to fall into one of …

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Farm to City Sunday: 10th June 2018

I have long longed for it to happen. Now it has happened ….. maybe. Or now we have seen how it can happen …. maybe.

The prophet Zechariah lived in hard times, but at a time when hope was being renewed …. maybe.

He had a vision I have long wanted to embrace, or wanted to see fulfilled in a God way.

Maybe – it is often maybe – we have seen how it could be fulfilled in a social way.

‘This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each of them with cane in hand because of their age. Once again the city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.”

‘This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“It may seem marvellous to the remnant of this people at that time, but will it seem marvellous to me?” declares the Lord Almighty.”

We have seen the streets filled, and with people of every age, those of ripe age with canes, those wheeled in push chairs and carried in arms, boys and girls hurrying from cubicle to cubicle, adults open eyed or with nodding heads.

As we closed up for the final time last evening, I heard a lady say loudly to her friends, while walking past, ‘I can’t believe Providence have done this. I can’t believe it is happening.’

A woman instagramed the comment, ‘this morning I walked past a queue of school children bubbling with excitement to see animals from Shallowford Farm.’

We’ve been facebooked, snap chatted, tweeted, posted, talked about.

Yesterday our community day was not overwhelming but 300 people visited and went away enriched.

A 1000 have come into the farm and learned, and we hope a difference has been made. 2,3,4 maybe five thousand have passed and smiled or raised eyebrows or just stared.

An aggregate team of approaching 50 people have worked together to make it happen.

And if you pass by mid-morning today, you will see an empty car park. It will be quiet. It will be all over. The animals will be en route back to Dartmoor’s rolling hills, and to join the flock or herd, dreaming of London streets, recalling fond memories of short lived fame (?!).

The prophets dreaming was bigger than a one-off event. He was looking beyond that to something more restorative, more redemptive.

This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“I will save my people from the land of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in (in the city) they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.” (Zechariah 8.4-8).

The longing is for restored connections.
People connecting together in community.
People connecting with the living the world, the created world, the God given world.
People connecting in God. In God through His Son. In God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
And that is the heart of the matter.

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The wild animals honour me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen,

Isaiah 43:20

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The Shallowford Trust – A charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England & Wales
Registered office: East Shallowford Farm, Widecombe in the Moor, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 7PW
Charity number: 1105186 Company no: 4430825