Summer Fun at the Farm House

 

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School may be out for summer but don’t worry, there is plenty going on at Love’s Farm House for children and adults alike!

Magic Carl will be the star of our summer show on 9 August — 90 minutes of magic and comedy for children of all ages and their grown ups. There will be shows at 10.30am and 1pm. Tickets are £5 per child (parents and siblings under 1 / over 12 are free) and are available to book online at https://ti.to/loves-farm-house/magic-carl.

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For the very little ones, St Neots Library will be relocating its Baby & Toddler Rhymetime to Love’s Farm House for the summer holidays – every second Friday (3, 17 and 30 August) 10.30-11am, £1 per family. Older children have not been forgotten – on Friday 27 July 10.30-11.30am children can come along to Love’s Farm House to sign up for the library’s Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2018 and have some craft fun creating their own Beano glasses.

There are plenty of children’s workshops going on this summer too. The summer kicks off with workshops from Limelight Entertainment for ages 3+. This summer they are taking their inspiration from Moana (26 July, 10am-1pm) and Wonder Woman & Spiderman (6 August, 10am-1pm) – their first ever superhero workshop! Workshops cost £15 and must be booked in advance as spaces are limited. Visit www.limelightentertainmentuk.com or call 07825 331453 for more details.

Tiny TotsTiny Tots Dance have been inspired by the stories of Julia Donaldson this summer and will be running workshops on 10 August (based on The Singing Mermaid) and 24 August (based on The Smartest Giant in Town) 9.30-10.45am. There will be crafts and games as well as lots of dancing for ages 2-5 (siblings are welcome too). £6 per child, £2.40 for siblings. Places must be booked in advance, visit www.tinytotsdance.co.uk for further information and to book.

For something a bit different, Movie Memoirs Ltd will be running movie-making workshops for ages 8-12 (Monday 13, Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 August, 10am-12noon), and ages 4-8 (Thursday 16 and Friday 17 August, 10am-12noon). Projects will include filming fictional news reports, adverts, music videos and even their own version of X Factor. £2.50 per child per session. Spaces are very limited and must be booked in advance at www.movie-memoirs.co.uk.

For the Baby and Pre-School age group, Baby Sensory and Love’s Farm Starlings will be running for most of the summer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays respectively (check our What’s On Guide for their summer closure dates). Hartbeeps will also be running a Big Summer Rave on Wednesday 29 August — a sunny, bouncing celebration of summer. £8 per child, visit www.hartbeeps.com for more details and to book.

Jam NightFor the grown ups, many of our regular exercise classes continue over the summer — check the What’s On Guide for the dates of Zumba, Pilates, Yoga and Karate. The Farm House Bar will be open as usual every Friday from 7.30pm. Come along and chat to your neighbours over a few drinks, or get stuck into one of our themed nights. On 10 August you’re invited to bring your musical instruments and singing voices for our Jam Night. The ever-popular Cocktails and Karaoke is on 3 August and 7 September, and of course you can test your knowledge at the LFCA Quiz Night on the last Friday of the month, 27 July and 31 August. On Friday 20th July St Neots Film Club will be showing Black Panther and on 17 August there’ll be a family-friendly film — watch this space for more info. Films start at 8pm, tickets cost £5 on the door.

Don’t forget that the foyer area at Love’s Farm House is open 9am-12noon Monday to Friday throughout the school holidays (closed Monday 6 to Friday 10 August). You can pop in to borrow a book from the Micro Library or bring a cup of coffee and make use of the free wi-fi. This is your community centre, so make the most of it!

 

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Belgian Beer Tasting at the Farm House Bar

Friday  July, 8pm – midnight

Shume-beers cropLove’s Farm House is teaming up with Shume, the new bottle emporium in Cross Keys Mews, St Neots, for an evening of Belgian delicacies. Tickets cost £10 and include samples of five Belgian beers and five cheeses. Belgian beer specialist Bart Verhaeghe, who has 30 years experience working in the industry will be sharing his knowledge.

Shume’s full range of over 50 Belgian beers will also be available to buy (and share) by the bottle, as well as plenty of cheese and schnapps. If you’re really lucky we might even throw in some Belgian pop music. Proost!

Please click here to buy tickets online.

Great Get Together Community Fun Day

Saturday 23 June
Round House school from 2pm, Love’s Farm House from 4pm

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Please come and be a part of the Love’s Farm Great Get Together Community Fun Day on Saturday 23 June between 2 and 4pm on the field of the Round House school. The afternoon will be packed full of activities for grown ups and children, with stalls and demonstrations by some of our community groups including Scouts and Guides, Hartbeeps, Baby Sensory, Little Loves, a Bhangra dance group, Katy North’s dance classes, Messy Church and more besides. The St Neots Library will be present with a display of local history as well as the Woodcraft Folk and Rotary Club.

There will be bouncy castles, water zorbs, tennis tasters, petanque, ice cream, cake from the WI, face paints, raffles and tombolas. Love’s Farm Runners will be hosting an advice, exercise and information hub and then lead a mile-long Jog, Jeff, Walk, Shuffle, Scoot ending at Love’s Farm House where live music will be playing and a barbecue cooking. The day will coincide with other events running across the country as part of the Great Get Together initiative in memory of Jo Cox MP.

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Please come and help make the Love’s Farm community day a success – bring along your neighbours and friends, host a stall on behalf of your street or plan to enjoy the barbecue together. Please get in touch with Helene (community.chaplain@yahoo.co.uk) or your Street Rep for more information (or if you’d like to help) – and do put 23 June in your diary!

Art at the Farm House: Marilyn Wood

Friday 8 June, 7:30pm

The foyer and café space at Love’s Farm House plays host to a rolling programme of art exhibitions by local artists. Our next exhibitor is Marilyn Wood.

Marilyn 1During her time spent studying fashion design at Newcastle upon Tyne College of Art and Industrial Design, Marilyn entered the prestigious Nation Wide bursary competition held by the Royal Academy of Art. In 1961 she won this competition in the Fashion Design category. The prize money allowed her to travel to Paris and study at the Jean Darroux Academy for six weeks to learn the art of couture making by directly modelling fabric onto the tailor’s dummy to create garments. Showing at Love’s Farm House Gallery is the body of work she submitted to the Royal Academy.

FullSizeRenderSince graduating, most of Marilyn’s working life has been in the fashion industry, working variously as a pattern cutter, production manager and design studio manager. She has run a theatre wardrobe department and worked in various Colleges and Universities teaching her craft.

Now living on Love’s Farm, Marilyn is exploring and experimenting with other art expressions and will have some of her recent twig collages on display. The exhibition launch evening is on Friday 8 June from 7:30pm — everyone is welcome and the bar will be open.

Garden in Full Bloom

If you’ve never ventured out to the garden at Love’s Farm House, now is a great time to check it out. Lovingly designed and maintained by our volunteers, it includes a shaded patio seating area, raised beds and borders that are bursting with colour and a willow tepee for children to chill out in. The garden gets regular use from groups such as Little Loves (Thursdays 9:30-11am), and on sunny Saturday mornings you can order breakfast from the café and enjoy it outside.

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The garden is included when you hire Love’s Farm House for private parties, too. Click here for more information.

We’re always happy to have more volunteers to help maintain the garden. If you could spare an hour or two from time to time, please get in touch with Maria via the office on 01480 262626.

Exhibition: Melina LaFirenze

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Join us on Friday 9 March, 7:30pm for the launch of our seventh exhibition by local artists. Children (accompanied by a parent or carer) welcome until 9pm.

Melina La Firenze is an artist living and working in St Neots, born in Italy and brought up in London. She is self-taught and has been a painter all her life, starting with oils at age 12. Her paintings have been exhibited in London, Barcelona and Salamanca.

He work is often informed by patterns found in nature. The colours vibrant. She is obsessed with trees. One thing that is consistent about her work is that she never paints the same thing twice. This is a collection of brand new paintings, three of which are derivative portraits of Hans Silvester’s photos of Omo valley tribes people and two of which are a playful celebration of colour and pattern. Melina does work on commission including portraits.

Visit www.instagram.com/melinalafirenze to see more of her work. Love’s Farm House’s gallery space is curated by Neotists.