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.

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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.

Christmas Fun at the Farm House

The Christmas holidays are relatively quiet at Love’s Farm House, with our regular groups, classes and cafés taking a well-earned break. However we have some extra activities that we really hope you can join us for.

Christmas Cheers at the Farm House Bar

Friday 22 December, 7:30pm

Join friends (or make some new ones) for a quiet Christmas tipple at your local. We’ll be serving mulled wine and mince pies and challenging ourselves to unearth the best and worst Christmas songs. Mild, obedient children (accompanied by an adult) welcome until 9pm.

Breakfast Church Christmas Carol Service

Sunday 24 December, 4-5pm

The Breakfast Church team will host a Christmas Eve event at Love’s Farm House with lots of carols, Christmas lights and nibbles. Children are welcome to come dressed as a shepherd, king or queen, angel or Christmas super-hero to help retell the Christmas story – surely the best story ever! Everyone is welcome.

Great Get Together Christmas Lunch

Monday 25 December, 1pm

On Christmas morning Breakfast Church will meet at 10am for a short Christmas service. Afterwards the team will host a Great Get Together Christmas lunch from 1pm. Everyone is warmly welcome to either or both! Please contact Helene, community chaplain on 07938 803501 or community.chaplain@yahoo.co.uk to book a place for the Christmas meal. Events are free of charge but donations are welcome on the day.

Chocolate Bingo

Thursday 28 December, 6:30pm

Join Emma for bingo Love’s Farm style. £1 per person (mininum 10 games) and lots of yummy chocolate up for grabs. Will it be Pick and Mix 26 or Overweight 28? Please visit http://www.facebook.com/ourlovesfarm and join the Facebook event so Emma knows how many prizes to order.

New Year’s Day Brunch

Monday 1 January, 11am – 1pm

Join the Lazy Breakfast team for a late morning medley of comfort food, soothing live music and craft activities to keep the kids entertained. We’ll be serving fry-ups, bacon butties and pastries, plus the usual selection of posh coffees, speciality teas and luxurious hot chocolates. Veggie, vegan and gluten-free catered for. As an added treat there’ll be live music from our resident ivory tickler Chris Hatt, playing soothing jazz and the odd request (no fast tempos please). Bring your own bean bag!

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October Half Term Events

School may be closed next week but at Love’s Farm House we’re busier than ever. On top of our usual activities we have a week of special events to celebrate two years since we first opened our doors. We really hope you can join us!

LFCA Community Champion Awards, Family Quiz and AGM
Friday 20 October, 7pm

The LFCA Community Champion Awards are when we celebrate that amazing people and groups that make Love’s Farm a better place to live. We’ll also be hosting a family quiz and there’s a chance to find out — and have your say — about the new parking restrictions that are coming to Love’s Farm. Then there’s the small matters of AGMs for Love’s Farm Community Centre and Love’s Farm House — we promise to keep them mercifully short.

It’s a great chance to meet your neighbours and find out what’s happening in the community, and the bar’s open too.

Neon Disco
Saturday 21 October, 8pm-12am

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Dig out your day-glo outfits and get ready to dance to classic 80s and 90s floor-fillers from Rick Astley to The Prodigy and back again. We had a great time at last year’s 80s Disco so we’re back for more. Over 18s only. Tickets £5 in advance — see below.

 

Lost and Found Theatre Production
Monday 23 October, 11:30am and 2:30pm

SORRY – CANCELLED! We’re very sad to report that this show has been cancelled as the production company are no longer able to deliver the show. Ticket holders, please contact our office 9am-12pm Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th for full refunds.

Set sail on a wonderful theatrical adventure in this magical, musical adaptation based on the book by award-winning, bestselling picture book creator, Oliver Jeffers.

Produced by the people who brought My Pet Monster and Me and Dotty the Dragon to Love’s Farm House in 2015 and 2016, this show is set to be a real treat for 3-7 year olds. Performances at 11:30am and 2:30pm. Tickets £6 per adult/child in advance — see below for ticket information.

Jam Night at the Farm House Bar
Friday 27 October, 8-11pm

Jam RGBBring your instruments and singing voices to Love’s Farm House for a night of music making. All instruments and abilities welcome (sorry, no under-18s), and the bar’s open as usual. We’ll be putting together a set list of songs in advance so please email ben@lovesfarmhouse.co.uk or join the Facebook event and we’ll keep you posted. You can make your own song suggestions too!

Indoor Car Boot Sale
Saturday 28 October, 9:30-11:30am

Buy and sell nearly new items at our indoor boot sale. We’re not weather dependent so there’s no risk of soggy shoes, drenched dresses or blown-away babygrows. The coffee shop will be open too for a well-deserved cuppa. Seller’s tables are £5 in advance — see below to book a table.

Halloween Disco
Saturday 28 October, 6-10pm

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Get ready for an evening of spooky fun and ghoulish goings on at the Haunted Farm House. There’ll be games for younger children from 6pm and a chance for kids and adults of all ages to strut their freakiest moves from 7pm. Fancy dress encouraged but not essential. Tickets are £2 in advance — see below.

And Lots More Besides…

Limelight Entertainment’s workshop on Tuesday 24 October is inspired by Beauty and the Beast (contact amy@limelightentertainmentuk.com), while Tiny Tots Dance will be running a spook-bat-ular dance workshop on Wednesday 25 October at 10am (visit http://www.tinytotsdance.co.uk for more info). St Neots Library’s brings Baby and Toddler Rhymetime to the Farm House on Friday 27 October at 10.30am.

Our Tuesday coffee shop is closed during school holidays but Switch Café is open as usual on Thursday and Friday 10am-2pm serving light lunches and delicious cakes baked on the premises.

Tickets in advance

For events that need tickets in advance (Neon Disco, Lost and Found, seller’s table at the boot sale, Halloween Disco), please pop in or call Jenny on 01480 262626. We accept cash or card payments. The office is open 9am-3pm during term time, and 9am until midday Mon-Wed in half term week. Follow us at www.facebook.com/lovesfarmhouse for more information and the latest updates.

Notice of AGM

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It’s coming up to AGM time of year again for Love’s Farm House. Here is your official notice:
The AGM of Love’s Farm Community Centre CIO (the charity that manages Love’s Farm House) will take place on Friday 20 October 2017, 7pm at Love’s Farm House, 17 Kester Way, Love’s Farm, St Neots, PE19 6SL.
Trustees standing for election (and re-election) are as follows:
Andrew Gilbert
Charlotte Hadfield
Marcus Pickering
Alan Cronin
Emma Lovelock
Rebecca Mitton
The evening will be combined with the AGM for Love’s Farm Community Association, and also include a quiz and the Love’s Farm Community Awards.
The meeting is open to the public and there will be opportunity to sign up as a Member on the night. Members will elect the trustees and officers for Love’s Farm Community Centre CIO.
The annual report for Love’s Farm Community Centre CIO can be found here.