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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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Mums and Daughters enjoy the farm

Ten of them came and spent a wonderful few days of quality time with each other. As well as working with the animals and walking on the moors, there were many deep discussions around relationships and the meaning of True …

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Wonderful Work Party

A select few came once again and blessed us all here at the farm with energy, enthusiasm and muscle power! As always the list of tasks was long but they stuck at it and produced plenty of fire wood stacked …

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Let it Snow, let it snow

For 5 days at the end of January we hunkered down and enjoyed that wonderful silence that comes with the snow. It was so beautiful, so quiet and so annoying!!! It must be my age – love it for a …

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Praise the Lord for New Beginnings

It is difficult to believe that the decision shared with the Trustees last September is about to be fulfilled.It is all very surreal, with only a few weeks left here at Shallowford after 5 exciting years. It is a decision …

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Farm to City Update

Who would have believed it?

Six week old calves in Clapham Junction, cosily nestling into the straw, while the fire sirens blared past, and the buses stopped, and passers by gawped, and took photo after photo.

It took two days to make the space ready, erect fencing, assembling pens and paraphernalia. And prepare all the necessary bits and pieces.

At last they arrived late afternoon.


First off came the sheep with four lambs, looking every which way, until they saw an open gate. Then they were through. They had done this herding and following bit before.

Then came the pigs. More caution now for man and beast, because this was a new thing. Slowly they inched forward, sniffing every piece of straw, until pressed into their pen, and they have been happy ever since.

Next it was the calves turn. Stretching their stiff travelled legs, and looking out over the ramp. Yes, that is Providence House; but I don’t think they had heard of it.

There is something dainty, hesitant, about calves as they step forward, their large searching eyes looking to the left and right. But down the ramp they came, and onto a bed of straw. Another look round, a gulp of water, and standing slim, and pretty, silky black, and brown and white. A good urban image.

They even treated us to a skip or two.

The last of the old testament prophets also saw calves skip. I expect he saw it over and again, watching as the yard gate was opened and the calves leaped into the pasture.

He said that is the experience of faith, of those who place their faith in Christ as Saviour. It is like a calf leaping for joy. It is a release into a fresh world. It is a release into an old world made fresh. It is like greeting the sun in the morning, rising to begin a new day.

‘But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will arise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.’
– Malachi 4.2.

Go out today, with faith and reverence in he, who is the sun of righteousness, Jesus Christ, and jump with the joy of faith. (And have a thought for the farm to city project!)

– Robert Musgrave, Chairman Shallowford Trust.

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God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Gen 1:25

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