This week, fourteen society members visited East Shallowford Farm to learn about the recent renovations there. We were following in the footsteps of the Duke and Countess of Wessex, who officially opened the renovated buildings in May. There is a report of their visit at https://providence-house.org/royal-visit-to-east-shallowford/.
Many readers will know that the late Elizabeth Braund MBE (branch 1) set up East Shallowford Farm on the edge of Dartmoor, to enable city children to experience rural life. Since Elizabeth's death, the farm has been run by a board of trustees, including society members. The Society has paid several visits to the farm, where Elizabeth's legacy is remembered.
The weather was beautiful for our visit and we enjoyed a lovely lunch on the lawn before touring the premises and hearing East Shallowford’s story. The young people who visit the farm from London now have upgraded accommodation and many of the other facilities have also been improved. Apart from providing a taste of rural life in a Christian atmosphere, the farm is part of a conservation project for the rare Marsh Fritillary butterfly and we were able to spot some in the meadow.
To learn more about East Shallowford Farm and its mission see https://shallowfordfarm.co.uk/. The farm is a charity and donations to support its work are welcome.