Rural Care

Where care for land and people meet.

Aldenham on Instagram

We are proud to announce that Rural Care Aldenham have our very own Instagram account where we will be sharing all of the exciting things that we get up to on the farm. Our account name is ruralcare123. We would love for you to have a look and hopefully like what we have been up to.



Running for Rural Care

Our very own Tony Hopkins is running the London Marathon this year to raise money for Rural Care. Once we had got over the fact that Tony could actually run and didn’t just stand around drinking tea all day, we thought about how we could help him train. What Tony doesn’t know is that we have a training schedule planned for him. How better to train for a marathon than helping herding sheep. We thought he could start by herding our flock of 200 ewes. Think one man and his dog, without the dog! To finish up his training we thought we could put the pressure on and let the rams do the herding and see how fast he can run! We are here to help in any way we can.


All money raised will help Rural Care in different ways to help in general but there are some specific projects and tools we have in mind.

  • We would like a few new 2-wheeled wheelbarrows, as these enable Co-Farmers with mobility problems to be more independent.
  • We would also like to make some of our animal pens more accessible for wheelchair users.
  • Finally, we have a fund for individuals who we really feel would benefit from what we do. Funding for provisions and services is diminishing year on year. It often hits hardest for those who fall between the cracks or don’t fit into the funding boxes. This fund will enable those individuals to access the farm and all it has to offer.

2017 - Sept wheelbarrow

We are blown away by this amazing gesture and will be with Tony every step of the way through this amazing journey.

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Time Well Spent

In 2009, my oldest son Lee who has special needs was lucky enough to start as a Co-Farmer at Rural Care Church Farm.  I would drop him off at 10:00am on a Thursday morning , and collect him at 3.00pm.  Once we were on our way home I would turn to ask him what he had been doing ,but he usually nodded off to sleep.  It was clear he enjoyed his day at the farm.

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In 2010-2011, on one of the rarer occasions I got to talk to him before his usual sleep on the way home I asked him what he had been doing, and all he said was collecting eggs.  Concluding that even with tea-breaks and a lunch break it wouldn’t take five hours to collect eggs, I decided I wanted to learn more about what  he enjoyed so much about  Church Farm and especially about Rural Care.

I was sure we had a pretty good idea of the work he  was doing , but I thought it would be a good way to spend some time on a working farm.

The following Thursday, I asked about spending the day, especially collecting the eggs. I remember on that particular day this task wasn’t being done until a bit later but I enjoyed the day so much that in 2011 I became a volunteer  at Church Farm.

Ian Corley Dec 2017

In that time I have done many different tasks and jobs as a volunteer at Church farm and all of these have been enjoyable and rewarding.

Collecting eggs, painting, moving sheep from one field to another, recording whether a ewe is pregnant and if so with how many lambs, bottle feeding baby lambs, cleaning and feeding rabbits, guinea pigs ,egg cleaning and grading, cleaning baby chick shed  food and water for baby chicks, looking after and care of the farm’s Christmas trees, digging up fresh veg, the list is endless.

My main jobs at present are cleaning, feeding, and water for the baby chicks and the care of the Christmas trees, which I took over in 2011.

My sons look forward to their Rural Care work every week.  They and I have made friendships that will last a lifetime.  Our day is more like a brilliant day out, because there is no such thing as a  boring job at Church Farm.

—Ian Corley


2017 - 17 Aug 60th Birthday Tea