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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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Visit to East Shallowford Farm for Nativity 5th-7th December 2015

What I enjoyed at the Farm/ What is different in Battersea:

“Some people think shepherds just herd sheep but they do so much more. I helped the shepherd move the Farm’s sheep along with the sheep dog. I also watched the acting out of the Nativity in the fields in the evening in the dark. It made the Christmas story very real.

I loved watching Timber (the Farm’s dog) swimming in the river. Battersea people have mean dogs. Timber is a happy dog. People in London have dogs to stop people stealing things and because they like to have mean dogs. Mean dogs are needed more in London than in Devon.

Devon is a nice place. There’s space for people and animals and plenty of space to play. In London there are too many buildings and cars and not enough space to run around.”

Zafari (10)

“Crime is more likely in Battersea than in Devon. In London there is lots of noise. At night teenagers do bad stuff. It’s easier to get pickpocketted in busy places. Our mums worry about letting us out in London. They don’t worry about us coming down here without them even though they can’t have phone contact with us here.

I enjoyed being a shepherd in the acting out of the Nativity play on the farm. In Battersea you’d have to do all that inside. It’s more realistic here – real sheep, real fields, real shepherds.”

Keanu (10)

“I enjoyed being given the opportunity to take on a leadership role here. I don’t have that in London. It made me feel really good – I’m so glad I can do things like this now. I don’t need to do childish things now; I can be more involved in adult work. I feel like I’m a man and part of the man’s team. I can see the proof I’m doing a man’s job but I can still have a joke.”

Troy (15)

“I enjoyed being a shepherd in the Nativity and acting as if I was scared in the light from the angels. I liked working with James (lead shepherd) and had fun running round doing jobs. It’s different to London – they are real sheep and not fake.”

Dillon (10)

“The food on the Farm is delicious and home-made.
I enjoyed doing physical work with the animals. I also learned how to play Monopoly.
In the play I was a page for a king and everyone watched me. I asked loads of questions about God and the Bible. And I found a new best friend!”

Abi (9)

“When a group visits the farm it makes a dramatic difference to our lives.
When children and young people return, we can see how much they have matured in the meantime. This time there was an enormous list of jobs to be done and we had enough help to get through them all. We wanted everyone to experience as close as possible what it would have been like to have been at Bethlehem when Jesus was born. We could make it as if people were actually on a journey round the farm and in the fields. This was the first and only run-through – no dress rehearsals and practice! It’s different from being in church where it’s listening to readings and standing up and sitting down in the same place.”

Debbie (Shallowford Trust Manager)

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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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Registered office: East Shallowford Farm, Widecombe in the Moor, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 7PW
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