Elizabeth Braund was born in June 1921 into a privileged and intellectual family. Her father was a barrister and her mother a strong supporter of the Arts. She excelled at school but any intention of pursuing a career was thwarted with the outbreak of World War Two when she joined her parents who were then living in Burma and later India.
With no career structure in place, Elizabeth, despite a short period of working for MI9, became frustrated with the social environment in which she lived and perhaps it was with some relief that she returned to England for health reasons.
With no fixed abode, Elizabeth drifted between the hospitality of friends and eventually worked for the BBC, adapting broadcast with great success. It was also at this time that she started to attend Westminster Chapel with a friend and where she heard Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preach.
Her work for the BBC also included some research into “The History of The Bible”. She thoroughly enjoyed this challenge and whilst pursuing this project she recognised what was missing in her life and she
became a Christian.
Her literary skills also extended into becoming editor of “The Evangelical Magazine” and based herself in a disused chapel in Battersea for editorial meetings and it was here that she encountered a community that was being disrupted with new urban social planning. Old houses being pulled down in favour of blocks of flats. Youths were hanging around the streets aimlessly and Elizabeth decided to do something.
With the help of her friend Rosemary Bird, a youth club was started in the chapel. Again urban planning disrupted this project but Elizabeth was able to negotiate for a new youth club to be built. It was called Providence House and still functions today on the Falcon Road next to
Whilst working with these youth groups and devising a fulfilling programme of activity, Elizabeth recognised the limits of living in a city environment and she decided to extend the provision of the youth club by buying East Shallowford Farm on Dartmoor which she described as “a lung for the city”. As with Providence House, the farm still continues to welcome groups to stay.
More detail of Elizabeth’s life and her extraordinary work during her life time can be found in two books –
“The young woman in the shoe” written by Elizabeth and “The seeds of youth” which tells the story of Elizabeth’s early life.
Copies are available from the farm priced £8 which includes P&P