The Lastest

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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The Story So Far

Elizabeth Margaret Braund MBE was born in Kensington in 1921, she was the only child of His Honour Judge Sir Henry and Lady Margaret Braund. Her early years and life experiences in India and Burma encouraged her ability to think critically, and after the war she began to work for the BBC, writing scripts and undertaking research. One unlikely research was the history of the Bible for a radio series, but this began under God to the journey that led to her life’s work.

Introduced to Wesminster Chapel by the family doctor, she was challenged by the fresh and direct preaching of Dr Martin Lloyd Jones, and came to a vibrant and thinking faith in the early 1950’s. Partly under his guidance, and with her own energy and inquiring mind, she launched herself into a series of Christian journalistic projects that ended with the founding of The Evangelical Magazine, for which she was managing editor throughout its life, until competing calls to mission prevented her from continuing with it.

Rosemary and Elizabeth standing in the farmyard ready for farm workWhen the Magazine took up offices in the empty Providence Chapel in Battersea in the early sixties, the door opened literally to a new kind of mission. Elizabeth found herself in largely unchurched community, still recovering from the extensive bomb damage of the war, and soon to be re-developed into modern housing estates. She began to work with children and young people, and very soon the old church became a thriving centre for young people and families. Supported by Christian friends from Westminster Chapel and other places, and in particular Rosemary Bird, who became a lifelong colleague in the challenging work, Providence House grew. Following the re-development, a new purpose-built centre was opened on Falcon Road in 1970. Here the work was in the centre of the melting pot of social and demographic change.

Assessing early on the negative effects of ‘the concrete jungle’, she felt compelled to find something new for her community, and in 1976 secured the resources to purchase East Shallowford Farm on Dartmoor. For almost 40 years inner city families and young people have made their way to that remote farm, and returned enriched by the experience. The work of Providence House and the Shallowford Trust carry on the work that she started so imaginatively under the leading of God.

Since her death in 2013 the Shallowford Trust has committed to develop the work with young people.

The Shallowford Trust Manager leads a team committed to expanding the experiences of the visiting groups and overseeing the vision into the future.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made

John 1:3

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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
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