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21 Mar 2019

      We have just finished clearing...


Farmer John’s Blogs

ewe with triplets outside

21 Mar 2019

      We have just finished clearing out Oaklands Yard at Rushall Manor.  For 20 years it was the home of Pang ...

Image of John Simonds Trust Report 2013

February 2019

1 Feb 2019

A number of people have admired our new toilet and shower block at Rushall Manor. I’ve always loved putting my hand down a drain, so ...

January 2019

10 Jan 2019

When we first came to Rushall Farm in February 1974 it included 275 acres north of the M4 at Mapletons, land known well for its flints ...


November 2018

6 Nov 2018

Why did Jesus say ‘I am the good shepherd’?  At that time everyone knew that shepherds could not be trusted! They couldn’t testify in a court of law in Israel.  They were known for their thieving, that they lied, were poor and couldn’t be educated. It is like a farmer today putting “good” in front of the word “gypsy” or “traveller”.  Their reputation goes before them!

16 Oct 2018

It all started about six years ago with a call about an eviction order served on seven turkeys and four chickens.

September 2018

25 Sep 2018

Many of you know that the chalk face, on the corner of Scratchface Lane past Rushall Farm, is a Regionally Important Geological Site (R ...

Camping through trees

July 2018

10 Jul 2018

    It is almost 35 years since John Simonds died while driving along Back Lane late one Saturday night. Rushall Manor ...

Barn through trees

June 2018

14 Jun 2018

      This morning at 3.45am there was the gentle sound of a lark rising in the sky to announce the dawn.  It ...

organic poppies

May 2018

15 May 2018

On 24th April a statue of the leading suffragist Millicent Fawcett was unveiled in Parliament Square. The Fawcett statue joi ...

April 2018

About this time last year a weighty package was delivered to our door. It had the size and presence of a much-loved family Bible, but t ...

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