The Early Years

2004: The Beginning

2004: The Beginning

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Lorica obtained the lease for East Clayton Farm in 2004. The first stage of development at East Clayton involved converting the farm outbuildings into individual living units for 8 young adults with 24/7 care needs. The  farmhouse was turned into flats for 5 people moving on from homelessness. These facilities are now well established and thriving.  


Spirit of Place

As tenants of the National trust, we have created in partnership with them,  a ‘spirit of place’ statement which captures the spirit of the farm and the environment. This is shown in  a short cartoon.

Spirit of Place

Spirit of Place

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Lorica Trust was founded with deep Christian roots which East Clayton farm continues to grow and nourish. 

Partnership Work


We work in close partnership with organisations who help us extend and develop our work. 

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West Sussex County Council support the care provision. We work closely with West Sussex Community volunteers on farm development projects.


Southdown Housing
Association run the care provision for those with 24/7 care needs


The National Trust are 

our landlords and partners

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We are within the South Downs National Park and undertake joint projects with Park Rangers and volunteers.


Turning Tides run our homelessness provision  supporting those moving on from homelessness

We also work with local farmers who graze stock on the farm, helping us with our conservation goals.


Our Staff

Jean Rolfe
Jean Rolfe

Chief Executive Officer

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Rachel Nye
Alternative Provision Manager
Scott Clark

Senior Support Assistant

Paula Newman

Livestock Support 

Liz Grinham

Finance Clerk

Darren Rolfe
Darren Rolfe

Internal Verifier

Wendy Steele
Wendy Steele


Elspeth Bunker

Safeguarding Consultant 

Jackie Duplock

Student Support

Dawn Edney

Student Support

Jane Redman

Student Support

Emma Bowen

Student Support

Krista Gile

Student Support

Doris Midwood

Student Support

Louise Crush

Horticultural Support

Johanna Hopkins

Student Support

Lisa Wishart

Student Support

Bea Wood

Student Support

Holly Sugden

Student Support

Ashley Bray

Student Support


Our Trustees

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Chair - Robin Hobson

Agricultural Consultant

The vision for East Clayton Farm began in the year 2000 when I approached the National Trust about the possibility of developing the farm for people, as well as farming and conservation; this was borne of a christian conviction that this farm should be a place where everyone who visits and lives there can feel at home and be blessed. The vision was that at the farm, anybody, whatever their life circumstances, could come and be Inspired, Restored, Educated and Refreshed. It has been amazing to see how this vision has been fulfilled and we are excited by what is still to come!

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Andrew Sharpe

Water Engineer

I have been involved with the East Clayton Farm development, giving practical help around the farm from the outset of our tenancy with the National Trust.  Robin Hobson and I started fundraising for the farm by taking part in the Plymouth-Banjul car rally in 2007 where we raised £60,000.  As a Christian, I long to see people who come to the farm being blessed by being there. God has guided our steps as the farm has developed and it is great to see how the impact of the farm has grown over time.

Juliette Hindson

Teacher at Brinsbury College

One of the beauties of East Clayton Farm is the way it allows young people to thrive and find the best in themselves. As someone who works in Further Education, with students who have a range of learning, behavioural and emotional difficulties, I am able to bring my experience with education and outdoor environments to the Trustee role, as well as my passion for seeing every person and part of the world around us, being valued and cared for. This seems to be at the heart of God’s unconditional love for our part of West Sussex.

Howard Sayers


I accepted an offer to become a Trustee in 2011. Then and now I wanted to put my personal Christian faith into action and be part of something in my local community and use my skills and knowledge to contribute to the development of the farm. Over the intervening years it has been exciting, whilst sometimes challenging, to be part of the farm’s development, touching an ever widening community. I feel privileged to share in God’s plan for the farm as it continues to grow.

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Charles Haywood

Quantity Surveyor

I became involved with East Clayton through the original redevelopment of the farm. This led to me becoming a trustee which I was going to do for a couple of years but I am still here because I find the unique opportunities the farm provides both inspirational and rewarding!

Nick Dungay

Marketing Director

 I was delighted to be invited to join as a trustee in 2021.  I am very impressed with the unique opportunities and support the farm provides to a wide variety of people and the caring manner in which these are delivered.  I aim to bring financial and corporate governance experience to help the trust continue to develop in future.  


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