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Songs of Praise!

Many of you have been in touch to say that you saw a wonderful group of girls enjoying Shallowford farm on Songs of Praise. Unfortunately it is no longer on BBC Catch, but if a link does return it will be posted on this website and www.shallowfordfarm.co.uk

However please try these YOUTUBE links below to get a flavour of the BBC programme and of PH girls at East Shallowford February 2017.

To find out more our programme of visits to East Shallowford contact us at Providence House.










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Summertime at Providence

Summertime at Providence.

Full programme of activities for all ages of children and young people at Providence this summer.

Indoors & outdoors. Day outings & residentials.

For youth club information contact: esther.providencehouse@gmail.com.

For children and families’ information contact: nina.providence@gmail.com

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The Falcon Road Festival is back for its second year, with this year’s theme, Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Key sponsors and partners in this year’s Festival are once again BigLocal SW11, the London Fire Brigade, Enable Leisure and Wandsworth Council.

Festival organisers are pleased this year that Wandsworth Radio have come on board and are putting together an exciting line up of performers for the main stage in Shillington Park, from where they will broadcast all day.

Sacred Heart and Christchurch Primary Schools, the George Shearing Centre, and Providence House are all hosting a variety of activities as part of the Festival.

The street festival will run from 12 – 6pm from Falcon Road, adjacent to Providence House, and all along Este Road, as far as Shillington Park, where sporting activities are located, and where the main stage will host live performances from 12 -9pm.

In keeping with last year, the falcon will return with the bird of prey display, as will the Tea Dance in Christchurch School; and in addition Deen City Farm will bring their mobile farm, and there will be a skateboard workshop sponsored by St George’s development group

The design of the festival is based on 6 zones:

Falcon Road Zone: Providence House-Platform One-Red Cross & Heritage displays (Library & Battersea Society)

Community Safety Street: along Este Road from the Fire Station, including LFB open day, stalls from local uniformed groups and organisations relating to safety.

Community Zone: along the second part of Este Road, with market stalls especially promoting health and wellbeing, but also general community interest.

Food Zone: towards the end of Este Road with dedicated food providers

Activity Zone will be located in Sacred Heart School sports areas, organised by Enable and facilitated by Sacred Heart School, and spilling into Shillington Street Park. Activities to include football, boxing, karate, daily mile, inflatable etc.

Performance Zone: in Shillington Park, with stage run by Wandsworth Radio, plus falconry displays, St Peter’s deck chair area, and Scariofunk tee shirt printing.

It promises to be another great community day, for children, families, all ages.

Robert Musgrave MBE

Chair Falcon Road Festival.

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Providence House  – Sundays @ 3pm

All are welcome to this small group meeting at Providence, (almost) every Sunday around 3pm.

We start from one shared point, that we all want to find God’s answer for today.

Join us this summer for:

A series of bible study & discussion on values.

  • Sunday 11th June: The 10 Commandments – For real? For today?
  • Sunday 25th June: Jesus 9 Blessings – upside down kingdom?
  • Sunday 2nd July – SUNDAY FIRST
  • Sunday 9th July: Lord’s Prayer – some kind of blueprint?
  • Sunday 16th July: And the greatest of these is love

For more information call 07894714153.

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Neighbours NOT Hoods

Concerned about the community? Concerned about family and social issues? Concerned about young people and growing up?

Committed to community togetherness?

Then maybe this is the place for you to be on Saturday 27th May @ Providence.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/neighbours-not-hoods-tickets-34138392852

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Ten very excited juniors left Providence House on Tuesday 4 April to spend four days on the Farm.  The programme included working as ’Junior Vets’ with Will, and working towards the John Muir award which encourages people to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places.  For half of them it was their first visit as part of a group.

For all, the highlight of the trip was to engage with the lambing at Broadaford, finding out what had to be done for a new born lamb, feeding and watering the new families, and then taking ewes with their new lambs out to the field after they had been fully checked over.

They even saw a lamb being born!

Along with the lambing experience, there were also the animals at East Shallowford to be fed and cared for before breakfast and dinner every day.  Moving the pigs from the field into the stable proved quite a challenge!

An afternoon of craft activities was a popular diversion from farming, and the children enjoyed practising origami, clay modelling, painting and weaving with local experts willing to share their skills.

Walking back across the fields, we collected the top leaves from young stinging nettles and enjoyed Serena’s soup made with them for lunch.  At first there was a bit of anxiety about whether the sting would still be in the soup.  But no, and everyone tasted it; some even had seconds!

But the emphasis of the trip was to discover new things, and use our eyes to see God’s hand in creation.  We listened, looked, tasted, touched and saw so many beautiful and interesting things around us, with Debbie’s help.   One of the young people said that he felt when he was on the farm his listening was so much more sensitive and really improved in the peace and quietness of the area.  He said that the noise of London and loud music seemed very loud in contrast.

The walk along the reservoir and to the top of the Tor where we could see for miles was quite breath-taking in the Spring sunshine.


All the children are looking forward to their next opportunity to visit the Farm later in the year.  John Muir would have been pleased with their enthusiasm to discover and enjoyment of a ‘wild place’.

Our grateful thanks go to Thomas’s of Battersea for their generosity in sponsoring the children on this trip.



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