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 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 are now on sale for Gin Lab IV and the Valentine’s Salsa and MerengueNight.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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!
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:
View the charity’s annual report and accounts here.
Did 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Thanks to a grant from Ridgeons Community Fund, the garden at Love’s Farm House is now bedecked with LED strip lighting along the trellis and pergola arch. It makes a massive difference for groups using the garden after dark, including private parties, people attending our regular Friday bar nights, as well as community events such as our Great Get Together barbecue (22 June from 4:30pm). A big thank you to Ridgeons, and to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, which administered the grant.
Love’s Farm House is available to hire for private parties, wedding receptions, Christenings and charity fundraisers. Please check out our hire rates or call Jenny on 01480 262626 for more information.
We’re always looking for ways to improve our community centre. If you have any ideas please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ever wondered who lived in Love’s Farm before it became Love’s Farm? Before the construction of the development a team of archaeologists took part in the biggest archaeological operation ever to be undertaken in St Neots and one of the biggest in the country, right here on Love’s Farm. They unearthed Roman pottery, jewellery and even a headless horse! The Final Report on the excavation has now been published and the man in charge, Mark Hinman, will be joining St Neots Local History Society for a talk about the Archaeology of Love’s Farm.
The talk will take place in the hall at Love’s Farm House on Friday 14 June from 7.30pm. The bar will be open for refreshments, so come along and find out about the history of our Love’s Farm!
Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased from St Neots Museum, at St Neots Local History Society Meetings, or (subject to availability) on the door.