Could you be a Trustee of Love’s Farm House?

Love’s Farm House is managed by Love’s Farm Community Centre CIO, a charity set up by members of the Love’s Farm Community Association and other local residents. Each year at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) there’s a chance to welcome new trustees to the board. Could you be one of them?

The trustees are volunteers who take overall responsibility for the community centre. At the monthly trustee meetings (on the first Wednesday of each month) they discuss things such as finances, marketing and fundraising, defining policies and procedures, employing and managing staff, planning events and ensuring that the building is run in accordance with the charity’s constitution and mission statement – see lovesfarmhouse.com/about/mission-statement/.

It’s useful to have a range of ages, backgrounds and interests to help serve all parts of our community. Our trustees are a friendly and welcoming bunch and no specific skills or experience are required, as we recognise that everyone will bring something different to the role. There are opportunities to get involved in the running of Love’s Farm House in many different ways depending on your own interests, from helping to plan events such as the beer nights or Halloween disco, to brainstorming ways to better engage with our community, to using any specialist skills you may have to help create policies, manage finances or assist with HR.

If you’re interested in becoming a trustee (or would like to volunteer in any other way) the team would love to hear from you. Please email chair@lovesfarmhouse.co.uk or call 01480 262626 for more information or to register your interest.

Love’s Farm House is reopening!

We are very happy to announce that Love’s Farm House will be reopening on Monday 7 September 2020. We are really looking forward to welcoming our customers back!

We have worked very hard to provide a Covid-19 safe building for our customers. Things will inevitably look a bit different at first, and initially the building will only be open to people who are attending a scheduled activity. The measures we have introduced to help keep our customers safe include:

The building will be cleaned thoroughly overnight and our staff will be carrying out additional cleaning of all high-contact surfaces throughout the day.

It is compulsory to wear a face covering in Love’s Farm House, unless you are exempt from the government requirements. You may be permitted to remove your face covering in very limited circumstances, for example while exercising. Your group leader will let you know the details.

We ask that you sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the building. There are hand sanitiser units located throughout the building.

There is a one-way system around the foyer, and this area will be a through-route only. You will need to wait outside the building for your group leader to let you in. You should then follow the one-way system to the relevant room. The exit from the Hall is via the side door, customers leaving the Meeting Room or requiring an accessible exit should leave via the main doors.

The toilets will operate on a one person / household bubble in, one out policy and will be cleaned frequently throughout the day. The disabled toilet will now be the ladies’, disabled and baby change.

It is really important that we all play our part to minimise the spread of coronavirus within our community. To help us to do this, please ensure that you do not enter the building if you or anyone in your household has had symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 10 days, or if you are required to self-isolate for any reason.

You can find our full Covid-19 Risk Assessment on the Policies tab of our website.

Our Bar and Cafe remain closed, but we are actively making plans to open these as soon as we are able to do so safely.

Current government guidance also doesn’t permit us to host parties at present. However if you would like to make a tentative party booking for a date from 1 November 2020 onwards, please contact bookings@lovesfarmhouse.co.uk.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you back to Love’s Farm House. Many of our regular classes will be returning, and we also have a number of new hirers joining us. Please watch this space and keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on our hire timetable and to find out when your favourite classes are returning.

Love’s Farm House is Closed to the Public

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Following the government’s announcement on Friday 20th March that all leisure venues should close in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Love’s Farm House is currently closed to the public. 

We will continue to play our part in supporting the community in whatever way we can during the closure period. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for further updates, and we hope to see you all when things are able to return to normal and it’s safe for the building to reopen.

Love’s Farm House Opening Hours

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Love’s Farm House is currently open, and we are hoping to be of service to our community in whatever way we can during this difficult time.

There may be changes to our usual opening hours, which are 9am-3pm Monday to Friday during term time and 9am-12noon Monday to Friday during school holiday dates. We aim to keep to these hours as far as possible but will have to continually review depending on staffing levels and government guidance. As and when our opening hours change we will do our best to publish this on our Facebook Page, so please check before you visit.

Sadly our Friday Bar Nights, Lazy Breakfast and Tuesday Café sessions are suspended until further notice. Many of our hirers have also had to suspend their sessions due to the current government guidance, so please check with your session provider before attending to avoid disappointment.

We are asking for our visitors’ help to make sure that we can comply with the social distancing measures currently advised by the government. Please wash your hands on entering the building, ensure that you maintain a distance of at least 1 metre between yourself and anyone outside your family / household group, and please stay at home if you or anyone in your household feels unwell.

We are lucky to be part of such an amazing community on Love’s Farm and we are working together with other local organisations including Love’s Farm Community Association, Love’s Farm Church and our Local Councillors to find out how we can use the building to help and support our community during this time.

 

 

 

Tickets on Sale Now

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Tickets are now on sale for Gin Lab IV and the Valentine’s Salsa and Merengue Night.

If you fancy spending Valentine’s Day evening learning some new dance moves and drinking cocktails (singles and couples of all abilities welcome), or would like to enhance your gin palate with some expert(ish) advice from our Gin Lab technicians, head over to our Tickets page now.

 

Happy New Year from Love’s Farm House

Happy New Year to all of our customers!

There’s lots going on at Love’s Farm House this January. We’re back to normal from Monday 6 January after the Christmas break, with our packed schedule of fitness classes, toddler groups and children’s activities. You can find our monthly schedule on our What’s On page, there’s something for everyone.

Disney’s Aladdin (PG) will be showing at Kids’ Film Club on Friday 10 January.

If you’re easing yourself into the year gently, we have plenty of activities for you too. Why not keep the kids entertained by bringing them along to the Kids’ Film Club on Friday 10 January for our showing of Disney’s Aladdin (PG). The bar will be open from 6pm and the film starts at 6.30pm, only £5 per child and accompanying adults are free (all children must be accompanied by a parent or carer). No need to book in advance, just come along.

This month’s read for the Love’s Farm Book Club is The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. The club will be meeting to chat about the book and drink gin (other beverages also available!) on Friday 17 January from 7.45pm. For the non-literary-minded the bar will be open as usual in the foyer. If you want to get a head start on February’s Book Club, it will be a Valentine’s special to discuss The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (Friday 21 February at 7.45pm).

The Farm House Coffee Shop and Lazy Breakfast are back in January.

If you’d rather chill out with a coffee or a cold beer, don’t forget the Farm House Bar is open every Friday evening from 8pm, or you can come along to one of our cafes – Lazy Breakfast on Saturdays from 9-11am for pastries and bacon sandwiches, or the Farm House Coffee Shop on Tuesdays from 9am-12.30pm for delicious home baked cakes and cookies. The bar and café are very relaxed and everyone is welcome, so come along and meet your neighbours, they’re a friendly bunch!

Lots of exciting events are being planned for 2020, so watch this space!

And of course we have our usual packed events schedule coming up this year, from magic shows to beer nights to the Halloween Disco, which is now a Love’s Farm institution!

We hope to see you at Love’s Farm House in 2020!

Christmas Opening Hours

The Love’s Farm House office opening hours over the Christmas period are:

  • Monday 23rd – Tuesday 24th December: 9am-12noon
  • Wednesday 25th December – Wednesday 1st January: CLOSED
  • Thursday 2nd January – Friday 3rd January: 9am-12noon
  • Monday 6th January onwards: 9am-3pm

We would like to wish all of our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Notice of AGM

The Annual General Meeting for Love’s Farm Community Centre CIO (the charity that runs Love’s Farm House) will be held on Friday 11 October 2019 at Love’s Farm House.

The meeting will take place as part of an evening of events in conjunction with Love’s Farm Community Association. The evening will start at 7.30pm and will include a quiz and discounted fish and chips from Cox’s at the Lighthouse. The event is open to the public and there will be an opportunity to sign up as a member on the night. Members will elect the trustees and officers.

People standing for (re-)election as trustees are:

  • Zoe Cumberland
  • Andy Hill
  • Mark Kipping
  • Sophie Knight
  • Charles Findlay
  • Owen Smith

View the charity’s annual report and accounts here.

 

Calling All Volunteers…

Love's Farm House logoDid you know that Love’s Farm House was set up and is run by a team of local volunteers? We’re currently recruiting trustees and people to help with our Saturday morning café and to join our garden team.

The committee started life as a subteam at LFCA, but went on to set up an independent charity, Love’s Farm Community Centre CIO. The charity is managed by a team of volunteer trustees, who meet monthly to oversee all aspects of the building from finances to bookings, building maintenance to in-house events, garden development to marketing and much more besides.

We’re lucky to have a fantastic team of staff who handle the day-to-day running of the building, but it’s up to the trustees to set the strategic direction to ensure that Love’s Farm House serves the local community in the best way possible.

Each October at our AGM there’s a chance for people to join our board of trustees. If you’d like to know more, please email ben@lovesfarmhouse.co.uk or call Jenny on 01480 262626. The list of candidates will be published with our notice of AGM so please get in touch by 16 September.

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We’re also looking to expand our team of volunteers who run the Lazy Breakfast café on Saturday mornings during term time (8:30am to midday). We operate a rota, with each person volunteering roughly once a month. No previous experience is necessary… you just need to be clean and friendly! If you’d like to get involved please contact ben@lovesfarmhouse.co.uk or call Jenny on 01480 262626.

We’re always grateful for help with the gardening. We have an amazing community garden project in the raised bed that runs down the side of the building – more info at www.facebook.com/incredibleediblelovesfarm. Please get in touch with Jessica via Facebook or the contacts above.

Thank you!

A Midsummer Night’s Dram

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Friday 12 July 2019, 8pm

Experience a world of distilled luxury, with six drams of premium single malt whisky from around the globe. From Scotland via Sweden to Japan, virgin casks to heavily smoked, we’ll have something special for every palette.

Tickets are £25 in advance from our online store, or in person from the Love’s Farm House office (weekdays 9am to 3pm, 9am to 12pm during school holidays).

SMALL PRINT: Over 18s only; under 25s will need ID on the door. Sorry, no refunds. Whiskies shown above may not be what is included on the night (but if gives a good idea). Admittedly, 12 July isn’t midsummer night, but you’re also getting more than one dram.