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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: Saturday 9th June 2018

In the early morning the quietest place in our farm to the city is the sports hall. It is cool with its west facing windows. In the afternoon it will warm up a bit, but there is always breeze.

The first to find a voice is, of course, the cockerel. Cock a hoop with his hens wherever he finds himself, and here it is no different, in his wooden pen with ample walk around space, a perch for the night, where the whole troupe can nestle together, and a slanted net covering to deter the fowl from investigating the basketball hoops.

He will find his voice repeatedly throughout the day. His ten hens are busy foraging among the sawdust, clucking, sitting, showing off their colours.

In the centre of the room, is a larger wired enclosure. There the goose thinks she is queen, tall, strong necked, bright white, with a rasping call. The four white ducks at times seem to follow her around, and the children usually need to be told they are not little geese. The turkey is not to be forgotten, and lets out her plaintive thin shriek. She isn’t sure where she fits in with this lot, but is going along with it. She has recently lost her pal to a marauding fox on the farm, but at least she is safe and well fed here.

There are learning experiments with eggs and feathers in the hall, that fascinate every single group of visitors.

Then there are the chicks, just a few days old, either spread out across their raised pen,raised to make viewing easier, but also to keep them a bit out of children’s grasp; or huddled together under the heat lamp. Endearing, yellow, fluffy, with short squeaks as they peck, and move their necks in that distinctive way.

Three days of school and other organised visits are over tonight, with pushing over 700 visitors.

Today is the community day, and we expect a crowd, and hope our well laid plans work to a tee.

A word for today from the chickens.

First, one of regret from Jesus, that as people, as a community, we have wandered into (spiritual) danger around the farmyard of our lives; and with the hint of a plea that we return:

‘How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!’ Luke 13.34

Secondly, one of encouragement for those who put their trust in God

‘He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.’ Psalm 91.4.

O Lord, for your presence …. in Your farmyard….. in Your world.

Amen.

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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