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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01480 262626 for more information or to register your interest.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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!
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.
You may have two whole weeks to keep the kids entertained, but don’t worry, there’s lots going on at Love’s Farm House for adults and children alike!
Our Easter holiday show this year is a combination of balloon modelling and magic from Mr Bubbles of Bubbly Circus. Watch in awe as he creates amazing balloon models for you and your friends, then relax and be entertained with a wacky, joke-filled magic show – can you work out how he did it? Ages 3+ (younger siblings welcome but may not be able to participate in the balloon modelling). All children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Tickets must be bought in advance and can be purchased here or from the Love’s Farm House office.
For the little ones, Tiny Tots Dance will be bringing you a fun-filled workshop based on Julia Donaldson’s story The Rhyming Rabbit on Wednesday 10th April 10-11.15am. Workshops are for ages 2-5 and include dancing, spring crafts, a snack and a story. £7 per child, places must be booked in advance. Click here for booking information.
Hartbeeps will be continuing the Spring theme with their Spring Eggstravaganza on Thursday 18th April. A spotty, wiggly, chirpy, boingy Hartbeeps celebration with plenty of eggs, bouncing, bunnies and sunshine! Sessions at 10.15am (toddling to age 5) and 11.45am (younger babies), £10 per session. Places must be booked in advance. Click here for booking information.
There is fun for the whole family in the form of Easter Chocolate Bingo on Thursday 11th April 6.30-8.30pm. Join us for bingo Love’s Farm style…bingo, chocolate and a few Love’s Farm twists! £1 per person (min 10 games). No need to book, just turn up.
On Friday 19th April at 6.30pm, St Neots Junior Film Club are bringing us a screening of Inside Out. The five emotions living in young Riley’s brain all battle to avoid a complete meltdown as she struggles to process her new life in San Francisco. This is a fantastic film, which teaches children about emotions, control and how the brain processes memories. There will be free popcorn for children, and the bar will be open for the adults. £5 per child age 3+ (accompanying adults free), no need to book.
For those who would like to delve a bit deeper into the Easter story, Love’s Farm Community Church are running lots of Easter events and you are very welcome to come along. The Easter holiday kicks off with Messy Church, straight from school on Friday 5th April (3.30-5pm) where they will be exploring the Easter story with lots of crafts, science experiments and much more. The afternoon concludes with an altogether time to recap the story, sing and pray before hot dogs for tea and cake to go! Children and their grown-ups are welcome, no need to book. On Good Friday from 10-11.30am there will be Simply Good Friday for children and their grown-ups wanting to take some time to go a bit deeper into the story of Good Friday. They will make and eat hot cross buns, tell the story and do some craft together. All are welcome but you will need a free ticket to attend. Tickets can be obtained from Helene Tame, our Community Chaplain – either message her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lovesfarmchaplain/ or text her on 07938 803501 to book your ticket.
Breakfast Church will be running as usual on Easter Sunday 10am-11.30am, and will be followed by lunch at 12.30pm for anyone who would like to attend. Please let Helene know if you will be coming along to the lunch. There will also be Compline & Communion on Good Friday in the Meeting Room, a night prayer and communion starting promptly at 9pm and lasting for an hour. Breakfast Church runs every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month. Our Community Chaplain, Helene Tame, can be contacted on 07938 803501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well as all of that, the Farm House Bar will be open every Friday from 7.30-11pm. Join us for Cocktails & Karaoke on 5th April, get your instruments out for Jam Night on 12th April and come and join us forInside Outat the Film Club on 19th April (starting at the earlier time of 6.30pm).
Many of our exercise classes, children’s groups and other events run as normal throughout the holidays, check out our What’s On Guide for all the details.
Friday 16 November, 8pm – midnight at Love’s Farm House
After the great success of our Belgian beer evening in June, Love’s Farm House is teaming up once again with Shumë, the new bottle emporium in Cross Keys Mews, St Neots, for an evening of the best of British beer and cheeses.
The new wave of British ales is exploding with character, from the big hoppy flavours of Citra and Mosaic hops to IPAs made with lactose and vanilla pods. We’ll be pairing them with some extraordinary cheeses that might just melt your heart… or make your ears fizz with pleasure.
Tickets cost £15 for a tasting menu of five beers and five cheeses for you to sample. Shumë stocks over 30 British craft beers, and the full range will be available to try at the Farm House Bar on Friday 16 November from 8pm.
Tickets are available in advance. Buy online here, from the Love’s Farm House office (9am-3pm weekdays) or from Shumë, Cross Keys Mews.