Love’s Farm House is managed by Love’s Farm Community Centre CIO, a charity set up and run by local residents. We have our annual general meeting (AGM) on 12 October 2018 and would like to welcome new trustees to our board.
The trustees are volunteers who take overall responsibility for the community centre. At our monthly trustee meetings (on the first Wednesday of each month) we discuss finances, marketing and fundraising, defining policies and procedures, employing and managing staff, planning events and ensuring that we always act in accordance with our constitution and mission statement. We also do lots of practical jobs: gardening, running the bar and café, building maintenance and helping out wherever it’s needed. There’s lots to do but it’s really rewarding.
Some of our trustees are also regular hirers of the building, and it’s useful to have a range of ages, backgrounds and interests to help us serve all parts of the community. Click here for more information from The Charity Commission about what’s involved.
If you’re interested in becoming a trustee (or would like to volunteer in any other way), we’d love to hear from you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01480 262626. Please get in touch by Saturday 22 September.
Friday July, 8pm – midnight
Love’s Farm House is teaming up with Shume, the new bottle emporium in Cross Keys Mews, St Neots, for an evening of Belgian delicacies. Tickets cost £10 and include samples of five Belgian beers and five cheeses. Belgian beer specialist Bart Verhaeghe, who has 30 years experience working in the industry will be sharing his knowledge.
Shume’s full range of over 50 Belgian beers will also be available to buy (and share) by the bottle, as well as plenty of cheese and schnapps. If you’re really lucky we might even throw in some Belgian pop music. Proost!
Please click here to buy tickets online.
Saturday 23 June
Round House school from 2pm, Love’s Farm House from 4pm
Please come and be a part of the Love’s Farm Great Get Together Community Fun Day on Saturday 23 June between 2 and 4pm on the field of the Round House school. The afternoon will be packed full of activities for grown ups and children, with stalls and demonstrations by some of our community groups including Scouts and Guides, Hartbeeps, Baby Sensory, Little Loves, a Bhangra dance group, Katy North’s dance classes, Messy Church and more besides. The St Neots Library will be present with a display of local history as well as the Woodcraft Folk and Rotary Club.
There will be bouncy castles, water zorbs, tennis tasters, petanque, ice cream, cake from the WI, face paints, raffles and tombolas. Love’s Farm Runners will be hosting an advice, exercise and information hub and then lead a mile-long Jog, Jeff, Walk, Shuffle, Scoot ending at Love’s Farm House where live music will be playing and a barbecue cooking. The day will coincide with other events running across the country as part of the Great Get Together initiative in memory of Jo Cox MP.
Please come and help make the Love’s Farm community day a success – bring along your neighbours and friends, host a stall on behalf of your street or plan to enjoy the barbecue together. Please get in touch with Helene (email@example.com) or your Street Rep for more information (or if you’d like to help) – and do put 23 June in your diary!
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.
During 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.
Since 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.
Love’s Farm House is recruiting bar staff for its Friday evening bar nights and private hire events. Full details over on our Vacancies page.
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.
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.
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.