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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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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.

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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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