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.
Churchfields Farm and Cookshill bought
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.
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.
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.
Land at Chawson and Copcut lanes
This additional land was bought by Michael Davies to extend the arable enterprises of Churchfields Farm.
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.
Edward Kerton born (5th generation)
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!
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.
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!)
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.
Churchfields Barn & Kitchen
After two years of restoration work, the Grade II listed Churchfields Barn & Kitchen served its first ice cream and coffee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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