Trustees Wanted

Love’s Farm House is on the lookout for new Trustees!

Love’s Farm Community Centre CIO is a charity which was specially created to manage Love’s Farm House on behalf of our community. The charity is headed by a board of volunteer trustees who have overall responsibility for the building.

Trustees manage the building’s finances, set hire fees, organise and market our events, draft the policies we need to have in place, employ Love’s Farm House staff and generally ensure that the charity meets its objective of making Love’s Farm House a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone in our community.

The full Trustee Board meets on the first Wednesday evening of each month. Trustees are also encouraged to join one or more of our sub-groups, focusing on particular areas such as events, marketing or facilities. There are opportunities (but no pressure) to get involved in other ways too: many of our Trustees help to run events such as the Gin Nights or Halloween Disco, volunteer at Lazy Breakfast or help to maintain the garden.

There are no particular skills or experience required to be a trustee, as everyone will bring something different to the table. We aim to have a wide range of trustees of varying backgrounds, ages and experience. All we ask is that you have a strong commitment to running Love’s Farm House for the benefit of our community and that you can commit to attending the majority of the monthly meetings.

If this sounds like a role for you, we would love to hear from you! Please email Raymon on chair@lovesfarmhouse.co.uk or call 01480 262626 for more information.

Easter at the Farm House

There’s lots of fun (and chocolate) for all the family this Easter at Love’s Farm House!

April kicks off with Easter-themed baby and toddler yoga classes by MamaBabyBliss on Friday 1 April for ages 2 months to 4 years (£10 per child). Each session includes a series of fun yoga moves alongside songs and rhymes to entertain and relax your little one. There will also be an Easter mini photo shoot, so don’t forget your bunny ears!

Little ones don’t get to have all the yoga fun though, as there will also be a special Yoga for Mums class on Sunday 3 April (£10 per person). This gentle, candlelit yoga class will nurture your body and mind and give you time to relax, unwind, rest and recharge, followed by tea and a chat. Contact joanna.miller@mamababybliss.com to book your space.

If your baby or toddler likes to party, get them booked in for the Hartbeeps Easter Rave on Monday 11 April (ages 5 and under). Included in the £15 ticket price is a party session, themed sensory stations to explore, refreshments, a gift for each child and a digital photograph. Click here for more information and to book your child’s ticket.

Older children will enjoy the Easter Craft Workshops on Tuesdays 5 and 12 April from 10.15-11.45am, which are aimed at children aged 5 and over. On 5 April children will be creating spring blossom and on the 12th it’s all about Easter eggs and bunnies. Workshops cost £8 per child, visit www.facebook.com/SilverRockDesigns to book your space.

There will also be crafts a-plenty at Messy Church on Good Friday (15 April, 3pm), where families can learn the real story of Easter with help from Helene and the Love’s Farm Church Team. The afternoon will include telling the Easter story through a range of activities, crafts, film clips, food and moments to wonder and ask why. The event is free, but you do need to book a space by contacting community.chaplain@yahoo.co.uk

Back by popular demand, after a break of more than 2 years, Chocolate Bingo will be returning on Thursday 14 April. Fun for all the family, bring your own snacks and drinks and settle in for bingo Love’s Farm style – playing for chocolate and sweets rather than money, and with our very own Love’s Farm bingo calls. £1 for a book of 10 games. No need to book, just come along at 6.30pm.

Chocolate Bingo is always popular on Love’s Farm!

We’ll be rounding off the Easter holidays with a special family film night on Good Friday, showing Mary Poppins Returns on the big screen.

Popcorn, crisps and sweet bags will be available at the bar, as well as a range of kid-friendly mocktails – and Mary Poppins themed cocktails for the adults too of course! Doors open at 6pm and the film will start promptly at 6.30. Tickets are £2.50 per person and will be available to buy on the door. All children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

You can find details of all activities at Love’s Farm House on our What’s On page and there’s also lots of info on Facebook. Hope to see you there!

Half Term at Love’s Farm House

Are you looking for something to entertain your child during February Half Term? Look no further!

Inspirations Dance Academy will be running two Acro & Street Dance holiday clubs for children aged 4-15 years, on Monday 14th and Friday 18th February from 9am-12noon. Sessions cost only £10 per child. The clubs are open to all children and all abilities, not just children who attend their term-time classes.

Sessions will involve a mixture of Acro and Street Dance, as well as arts and crafts, games and activities.

Children will need a water bottle, a snack, comfortable clothes to dance in and an exercise mat.

To book your child’s space, visit https://inspirations.dance/classes/february-half-term-clubs-loves-farm-st-neots/, or for more information email Laurie on office@inspirations.dance.

Younger children may be interested in attending Limelight Entertainment’s Once Upon a Dream Valentine’s Ball on Thursday 17th February 10.30am-12.30pm. Join Princesses Belle and Aurora in a beautifully decorated venue for some Valentine’s fun.

There will be live performances from the Princesses, a craft activity and lots of dancing, fun and games. Each child will also receive a delicious lunch box.

A professional photographer will be on hand to document this special day.

Tickets are extremely limited to ensure a personal experience for the little ones, and must be booked in advance. Email hello@limelightentertainmentuk.com or message www.facebook.com/LimelightEntertainmentUK for more information and to book your tickets.

For the adults, the Farm House Bar will be open as normal on Friday 18th February. Love’s Farm Book Club will be meeting in the hall to discuss their February book, In Five Years by Rebecca Serle over book-themed cocktails and plenty of gin (more information here). The Foyer Bar will be open for anyone wanting a chilled drink without the literary chat.

Hope to see you at Love’s Farm House this Half Term!

Happy New Year from Love’s Farm House!

A very happy 2022 to all our customers, and here’s hoping it will be a good one.

We’ve had lots of new faces at the Farm House recently, so we thought it was time to introduce ourselves to any newbies to Love’s Farm and our wider community.

The Love’s Farm House Launch Festival – October 2015

Love’s Farm House aims to provide a space for everyone in our local community to make new friends, learn new skills, get active and get involved. We have a varied schedule of fitness classes, children’s and youth activities, uniformed organisations, support groups and faith activities, a Tuesday morning cafe and Friday evening bar where local residents can come and spend time with their neighbours, and one-off events to bring our community together.

We work closely with other local organisations such as the Love’s Farm Community Association and Love’s Farm Church to make Love’s Farm a great place to live and to deliver the activities and support that our local community wants and needs.

We have a packed schedule of weekly activities, with something for everyone, from baby sessions to adult exercise classes and from Acro to Zumba. You can find the details of everything going on at Love’s Farm House on our What’s On page.

On Tuesday mornings you can drop into the Farm House Coffee Shop for hot drinks and pastries. Bring your friends or a newspaper, or browse the books in our Micro Library – currently well-stocked with plenty of reading material including books from the Reading Well for Mental Health and Reading Well for Children campaigns.

The Farm House Bar goes from strength to strength, with a range of themed nights every Friday from the ever-popular Cocktails & Karaoke (absolutely no musical talent required), to the Love’s Farm Book Club who meet to discuss the latest literary offerings over lashings of gin, and the end-of-the-month Quiz Night where your Quizmaster Emma presides over rounds as diverse as Love’s Farm Street Names and Cheese…or Disease? We have lots of new ideas for bar nights in 2022, celebrating all sorts of things from Pride to Harry Potter, and beginning with an exciting Open Mic night on Friday 11th February. You can find details of our upcoming events on our Facebook page.

If you’re planning your own social event for 2022, Love’s Farm House is available for party bookings on weekend afternoons and Saturday evenings. Drop us an email on bookings@lovesfarmhouse.co.uk, call us on 01480 262626, or click here for more information.

And if you find yourself with a bit of time on your hands this year, we are always on the lookout for volunteers. No special skills are needed and we can find you something to help with for as much or as little time as you like. From weeding the garden to serving pastries at the cafe to ushering at an event, there’s a volunteer role for everyone. If you would like to get involved please sign up via our Volunteer Register or pop in for a chat.

Whatever your plans for 2022, we hope Love’s Farm House will be a part of them.

Songs for Christmas

Friday 10 December at 8pm at Love’s Farm House

Admission free (donations welcome in support of the Love’s Farm Community Money Advice Service)

On Friday 10 December we welcome harpist Lucy Bunce to Love’s Farm House. You may remember Lucy from her recent appearance at the St Neots Micro Festival. She will be performing Songs for Christmas on voice and harp.

Admission is free, though donations are welcome in support of the Love’s Farm Community Money Advice Service. There will be nibbles on the table and the bar will be open. So gather your friends & neighbours and come on down to Love’s Farm House for an evening of Christmas music and Christmas spirit!

You can find more information about Lucy at www.lucybunce.com.

Notice of the Annual General Meeting of Love’s Farm Community Centre CIO (Love’s Farm House)

The Trustees and Members of the Love’s Farm Community Centre CIO, working as Love’s Farm House, are hereby convened to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the year 2020-21 on Friday 12 November 2021 at 7.45pm.

Venue: Love’s Farm House, 17 Kester Way, St Neots PE19 6SL

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Our AGM will be held in conjunction with Love’s Farm Community Association and the bar will be open. There will be an opportunity to sign up as a member on the night, and members will elect the Trustees and Officers of Love’s Farm House during the evening.

There is a requirement for one third of the Trustee Board to step down at each AGM. The following candidates are standing for election as Trustees:

Sian Hatt

Lara Davenport-Ray

The Trustees propose an alteration to the Charity’s Constitution at Section 7 to read:

A charity trustee must:

1) Declare the nature and extent of any interest, direct or indirect, which he or she has in a proposed transaction or arrangement with the CIO or in any transaction or arrangement entered into by the CIO which has not previously been declared; and

2) At the discretion of the non-conflicted Trustees, by majority vote, may be required to absent himself or herself from any discussions of the charity trustees in which it is possible that a conflict of interest will arise between his or her duty to act solely in the interests of the CIO and any personal interest (including but not limited to any financial interest).

Any charity trustee with a conflict of interest, whether or not he or she has been required to absent himself or herself from any discussions in accordance with this clause, must not vote or be counted as part of the quorum in any decision of the charity trustees on the matter.

The proposed amendments are underlined in the text above. A copy of the current Constitution of Love’s Farm Community Centre CIO, where the current text of the above clause can be seen, can be found here.

The proposal should be considered by the Members at the Annual General Meeting.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Half Term Fun at Love’s Farm House

Love’s Farm House is the place to be this October half term!

Combining gymnastics elements with dance, acro dance is a great way to burn off some energy!

Half term week kicks off with Inspirations Dance’s Acro & Street Dance Holiday Workshop. If your child loves bouncing around the house doing handstands and cartwheels, this could be the club for them – and save your furniture in the process! The workshop runs from 10am-12noon on Tuesday 26 October. Click here or contact office@inspirations.dance for more information and to book your space.

Little Princes and Princesses will love the Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Ball!

On Thursday 28 October 10.30am-12.30pm, the Love’s Farm House hall will be transformed into a beautiful ballroom where little princes and princesses can join Cinderella and Aurora for dancing, fun and games, a craft activity and live performances from the princesses. There will also be a delicious lunchbox to enjoy. Tickets to the Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Ball cost £25 and can be purchased by emailing hello@limelightentertainmentuk.com or messaging their Facebook page.

The Library Presents: The Unexpected Adventures of Darwin the Chimp – coming to Love’s Farm House at half term!

There’s something a bit different on Friday 29 October, when the award-winning Ditto Theatre Company will be bringing their new show, The Unexpected Adventures of Darwin the Chimp, to Love’s Farm House. Suitable for families with children aged 5+, the show is an adventure of friendship and family and what it means to be home. The show is organised by The Library Presents, click here to book your tickets (making sure to select the Friday performance) or pop in to your local library.

Spooks & Sparkles – a not-so-scary Halloween party!

On Halloween itself, Emmabelle’s Princess Parties will be hosting two spoooooooky events. The Spooks and Sparkles Halloween Party from 12.45pm-2.15pm is a not-so-scary Halloween event hosted by the Mermaid Princess and the Lilypad Princess. Braver children will enjoy Once Upon a Wicked Halloween from 3.30pm-5pm, where two amazing Villain Kid (VK) hosts will be leading proceedings. Both events will include live singing and dancing performances, follow-along dancing, party snacks and a treat bag to take home. The events each cost £17 per child and tickets can be purchased here.

Join the VKs for Once Upon a Wicked Halloween

Don’t forget Love’s Farm House also has a varied schedule of regular activities during term time. Visit our What’s On page for full details. We hope to see you soon!

Love’s Farm House Needs You!

Trustee and volunteer roles available.

Here at Love’s Farm House, we love to put on events that bring our community together. From barbeques to bar nights to breakfast cafes, from holiday activities to the Halloween disco, we aim to have something for everyone.

Our volunteers organised games for all the family at the Halloween Disco.

Our events are run by a team of dedicated volunteers and we are always on the look-out for new members. There are opportunities to get involved in a whole host of activities, from spending a couple of hours weeding the garden, to an afternoon running games for children, to a regular role serving bacon butties at Lazy Breakfast one Saturday morning per month.

The Saturday morning Lazy Breakfast Cafe is run by volunteers.

Volunteering is a great way to meet people and have fun, while making Love’s Farm House the premier destination for community events. Everyone is welcome to get involved – no matter your skills, we can find something for you. If you would like to hear more, you can register your interest on our Volunteer Register or email jenny@lovesfarmhouse.co.uk.

If you would like to have a bigger say in how Love’s Farm House is run, we are also welcoming new Trustees. Love’s Farm House is managed by local residents via a charity called Love’s Farm Community Centre CIO. The charity is managed by a Board of Trustees and each year at our AGM we have an opportunity to elect new candidates to the board. We’d love you to be one of them!

Our Trustees take overall responsibility for the community centre, including managing the finances, marketing events, applying for funding, setting policies and procedures, employing and managing staff and ensuring that we meet our objectives of making Love’s Farm House a welcoming place for everyone in our community.

The Trustee Events Sub-Team organised a performance of My Pet Monster and Me at Love’s Farm House.

We aim to have a range of Trustees of varying ages, backgrounds and interests. You don’t need any particular skills or experience, everyone will bring something different to the table.

Trustee meetings take place at Love’s Farm House on the first Wednesday evening of each month and all Trustees get involved in one or more of our Sub-Teams, depending on their interests and experience. If this sounds like a role for you, we’d love to hear from you! Please email chair@lovesfarmhouse.co.uk or call 01480 262626 for more information or to register your interest.

Have Your Say!

Is there something you really love about Love’s Farm House?

Or is there something you wish we would do more of?

Perhaps there’s an activity or event that you think is missing from our schedule?

As we gradually start to move on from the Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions, we are very keen to find out how well we are serving our community on Love’s Farm and beyond, and whether there’s anything we can do to make the building and the activities which take place in it more visible, enticing and accessible for everyone.

Whether you use the building every day, or the only time you’ve set foot in it is to cast your vote in the election, we would really like to hear from you! Please fill in our Survey and let us know your opinion.

Your feedback will be enormously helpful as we seek to steer Love’s Farm House into the post-pandemic era and try to make sure that the activities and events we’re offering are suitable for everyone in our community. This is your community centre, so please do get involved!

To access the survey please click here, or if you would like a paper copy just drop into the office between 9am-3pm Monday to Friday. Thank you for participating!