Churchfields has a rich history dating back over 100 years.  The farm has been in our family for five generations now, ever since Thomas Davies purchased “Lot 21” in 1913. There are three generations currently living onsite. 

Evolution and change have always been a part of our journey, with humble beginnings as a working dairy farm producing award-winning milk, it was always our family’s dream to diversify into ice cream.  

We have since also launched our Barn & Kitchen, Fun Barn and Droitwich Salt, and our ultimate vision is to create an educational and family friendly destination suitable for all generations. You can read about our journey below.

Timeline

1913
1913

Churchfields Farm and Cookshill bought

Churchfields Farm and Cookshill bought

Part of the High Park and Salwarpe Court Estate. Thomas Davies, the first generation of Churchfields Farmers, paid £1,460 for the farm, which was 45 acres and home to a herd of 15 Dairy Shorthorns. At this time, Milk was delivered by horse and trap to the town of Droitwich Spa.

1914
1914

Cookshill sold

Cookshill Cottage and Barns were part of the original farm but were sold off, splitting up the original farm. This was the best way to divide the land at the time, and allowed focus on the dairy and arable side of the business.

1942
1942

Cecil Davies (2nd generation) and Patricia Joscelyne married

Cecil Davies (2nd generation) and Patricia Joscelyne married

Cecil and Patricia became the second generation to own and manage Churchfields Farm.

1943
1943

Michael Davies born (3rd generation)

Michael Davies born (3rd generation)

Michael Davies was the third generation born here and was the father of Gillian Kerton, who currently runs Churchfields Farm. He was instrumental in kicking off a period of diversification for Churchfields: from a simple dairy farm into an award-winning ice cream manufacturer, a visitor attraction, and beyond.

1970
1970

Land at Porters Mill

This land was purchased by Patricia Davies for the grazing of her dairy cows, also extending the arable enterprises of the farm.

1973
1973

Michael and Felicity married

Michael and Felicity married

In 1973, Michael and Felicity were married, having become engaged the year before. She’s known as “Fizz” to us and is still an active part of the farm’s partnership today.

1975
1975

Gillian Davies born (4th generation)

Gillian Davies born (4th generation)

Gillian Davies was born in Worcester and is part of the generation who runs Churchfields Farm today. She met Will Kerton when she was only 4, but it was many years until they married.

1977
1977

Fiona Davies Born (4th Generation)

Fiona Davies Born (4th Generation)

Fiona and her family currently live in New Zealand.

1980
1980

Land at Chawson and Copcut lanes

This additional land was bought by Michael Davies to extend the arable enterprises of Churchfields Farm.

1980

Salwarpe Valley Meadows

Four fields of arable land to the west of the village bought by Michael Davies, further expanding the arable enterprises on the farm.

1982
1982

Erica Davies Born (4th Generation)

Erica Davies Born (4th Generation)

Erica and her family currently live in Bournemouth.

2003
2003

Gillian & Will Kerton married

Gillian & Will Kerton married

Gillian Davies married Will Kerton in June of 2003. The ceremony was held at our local Salwarpe Church, and then there was a big party at the farm!

2004
2004

Edward Kerton born (5th generation)

Edward Kerton born (5th generation)

Edward Kerton was born in November 2004, and is eldest of our farm’s fifth generation. Having been born just a few months after Churchfields Farmhouse Ice Cream was created, he enjoys going to shows and events in the summer selling the ice cream he has grown up with.

2005
2005

Churchfields Farmhouse Ice Cream

Churchfields Farmhouse Ice Cream

We made the very first scoop of Churchfields Farmhouse Ice Cream in June of 2005. The decision to diversify into ice cream took a lot of discussion, touring around looking at equipment, and number crunching – but a decade and a half on and with numerous Great Taste Awards having been awarded to our products, we’re delighted that we made the leap!

2006
2006

Louisa Kerton born (5th generation)

Louisa Kerton born (5th generation)

Louisa Kerton is our eldest daughter and was born in April 2006. She loves the farm and our animals, and looks after Sparky the pony and Missy the pig.

2007
2007

Coney Meadow Nature Reserve

Land was sold to help the re-opening of Droitwich to Salwarpe Canal. It was purchased by Wychavon District Council to be used by The Canal and Rivers Trust for a reed bed, and has now been turned into a nature reserve.

2009
2009

Jennifer Kerton born (5th generation)

Jennifer Kerton born (5th generation)

Our youngest, Jennifer, was born in March 2009. Jen has been appointed to the role of CEO at Jen’s Hens: the farm’s egg production unit (12 hens!)

2010
2010

Cookshill returns

Cookshill returns

Cookshill Cottage and barns were acquired by Will and Gillian to allow the development of Churchfields new Barn & Kitchen and Fun Barn.

2010

First Great Taste Award

First Great Taste Award

Churchfields Farmhouse Ice Cream goes from strength to strength with our first Great Taste award, among many others.

2014
2014

Solar Panels Installed

Solar Panels Installed

Having seen what energy savings we could achieve from solar panels on two of the farm buildings, we invested in a 120kW solar panel system, which covers an acre and a half of our land. This helps us realise our goals to work with our land as sustainably as possible.

2015
2015

Milk Vending Machine

Milk Vending Machine

With the ice cream side of the business 10 years in, we re-invested to purchase our vintage milk vending machine, a pasteuriser, and a skimmer. With this equipment, we began pasteurising and skimming our own milk in our Micro-dairy.

2015

Churchfields Barn & Kitchen

Churchfields Barn & Kitchen

After two years of restoration work, the Grade II listed Churchfields Barn & Kitchen served its first ice cream and coffee.

2016
2016

Biomass Burner installed

Biomass Burner installed

To heat the houses on the farm, along with our offices and the Barn & Kitchen, we installed a renewable biomass burner. It’s fuelled by sustainable, locally sourced wood chip, and now also heats our salt pans and Fun Barn.

2017
2017

First Maize Maze

First Maize Maze

Our very first Maize Maze was opened in the summer of 2017 and featured our signature cow’s face logo and an ice cream cone. We love seeing the joy that children and adults alike have exploring, and make sure to build a “mini-maze” into each year’s designs so you can always pick the option that’s right for your family.

2017

Droitwich Salt Launched

Droitwich Salt Launched

We launched Droitwich Salt at Ludlow Food Festival and Droitwich Salt Festival in September 2017. Since then we’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support and fascination from our local community. We met Michelin Starred Chef Brad Carter at Ludlow, who has since become our Salt Ambassador. He has been instrumental in Droitwich Salt becoming available on the shelves at Harvey Nichols.

2018
2018

Land at Hill End

Grassland that has been occupied by Churchfields since the 1960’s was purchased by Felicity Davies to secure the milking cows’ grazing land.

2018

Droitwich Salt becomes award-winning

Droitwich Salt becomes award-winning

Droitwich Salt won a Great Taste Award and 4 more awards at Ludlow Food Festival.

2019
2019

Fun Barn Opens

Fun Barn Opens

Following great demand from families with children enjoying the farm, our indoor Fun Barn was converted with support from LEADER. Having three kids living on-site, we know how important it is to have a place to keep the little ones entertained, as well as cosy and dry in the winter.

2019

Farm Shop Opens

Farm Shop Opens

Our Farm Shop specialises in products made by Worcestershire Food & Drink members, including our own produce. There’s some great treats and gift ideas as well as the everyday necessities.

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