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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
School may be out for summer but don’t worry, there is plenty going on at Love’s Farm House for children and adults alike!
Magic Carl will be the star of our summer show on 9 August — 90 minutes of magic and comedy for children of all ages and their grown ups. There will be shows at 10.30am and 1pm. Tickets are £5 per child (parents and siblings under 1 / over 12 are free) and are available to book online at https://ti.to/loves-farm-house/magic-carl.
For the very little ones, St Neots Library will be relocating its Baby & Toddler Rhymetime to Love’s Farm House for the summer holidays – every second Friday (3, 17 and 30 August) 10.30-11am, £1 per family. Older children have not been forgotten – on Friday 27 July 10.30-11.30am children can come along to Love’s Farm House to sign up for the library’s Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2018 and have some craft fun creating their own Beano glasses.
There are plenty of children’s workshops going on this summer too. The summer kicks off with workshops from Limelight Entertainment for ages 3+. This summer they are taking their inspiration from Moana (26 July, 10am-1pm) and Wonder Woman & Spiderman (6 August, 10am-1pm) – their first ever superhero workshop! Workshops cost £15 and must be booked in advance as spaces are limited. Visit www.limelightentertainmentuk.com or call 07825 331453 for more details.
Tiny Tots Dance have been inspired by the stories of Julia Donaldson this summer and will be running workshops on 10 August (based on The Singing Mermaid) and 24 August (based on The Smartest Giant in Town) 9.30-10.45am. There will be crafts and games as well as lots of dancing for ages 2-5 (siblings are welcome too). £6 per child, £2.40 for siblings. Places must be booked in advance, visit www.tinytotsdance.co.uk for further information and to book.
For something a bit different, Movie Memoirs Ltd will be running movie-making workshops for ages 8-12 (Monday 13, Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 August, 10am-12noon), and ages 4-8 (Thursday 16 and Friday 17 August, 10am-12noon). Projects will include filming fictional news reports, adverts, music videos and even their own version of X Factor. £2.50 per child per session. Spaces are very limited and must be booked in advance at www.movie-memoirs.co.uk.
For the Baby and Pre-School age group, Baby Sensory and Love’s Farm Starlings will be running for most of the summer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays respectively (check our What’s On Guide for their summer closure dates). Hartbeeps will also be running a Big Summer Rave on Wednesday 29 August — a sunny, bouncing celebration of summer. £8 per child, visit www.hartbeeps.com for more details and to book.
For the grown ups, many of our regular exercise classes continue over the summer — check the What’s On Guide for the dates of Zumba, Pilates, Yoga and Karate. The Farm House Bar will be open as usual every Friday from 7.30pm. Come along and chat to your neighbours over a few drinks, or get stuck into one of our themed nights. On 10 August you’re invited to bring your musical instruments and singing voices for our Jam Night. The ever-popular Cocktails and Karaoke is on 3 August and 7 September, and of course you can test your knowledge at the LFCA Quiz Night on the last Friday of the month, 27 July and 31 August. On Friday 20th July St Neots Film Club will be showing Black Panther and on 17 August there’ll be a family-friendly film — watch this space for more info. Films start at 8pm, tickets cost £5 on the door.
Don’t forget that the foyer area at Love’s Farm House is open 9am-12noon Monday to Friday throughout the school holidays (closed Monday 6 to Friday 10 August). You can pop in to borrow a book from the Micro Library or bring a cup of coffee and make use of the free wi-fi. This is your community centre, so make the most of it!
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.
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:
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.
The schools are closed, the days are long, but Love’s Farm House is open to keep you and your family entertained!
St Neots Library is bringing its Baby and Toddler Rhymetime sessions to Love’s Farm on alternate Fridays (28 July, 11 August & 25 August at 10.30am. Ages 0-2, £1 per family). They are also running an Animal Agents Craft Morning on Friday 4 August from 10.30-11.30am, where children can drop in to make some crafts based on this year’s Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge (50p per child, you don’t have to be participating in the Summer Reading Challenge to attend).
Limelight Entertainment’s workshop this summer is inspired by Ariel from The Little Mermaid, with crafts, dancing and fun for ages 3+ (workshops on 7 and 14 August, 10am-1pm. Tickets cost £15 and places must be booked in advance as numbers are limited. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07825 331453 to book your space). Tiny Tots Dance are running workshops for ages 1-4 (older siblings welcome). The theme on 26 July is Magic & Potions, and on 9 August it’s Rainbows & Unicorns, and as well as dancing there will be games and a craft to take home (11am-12.30pm, £6 per child / £2 per additional sibling, places are limited, visit www.tinytotsdance.co.uk to book).
For older children there will be a Children’s Theatre Workshop on 24 August for ages 5-8 years. They will use masks, physical theatre and ensemble voice work to create a living story (10am-12noon, £3.50 per child, contact email@example.com or 07903 142133 to book your place). All of this is in addition to our normal programme of events – from Breakfast Church to Circuits classes to Karate to Zumba there’s something for everyone!
Switch Cafe is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10am until 2pm for light lunches and freshly prepared cakes, and the Micro Library is well stocked with books. And don’t forget the Farm House Bar is open every Friday evening from 7.30pm, with a rolling programme of Cocktails & Karaoke (4 August), St Neots Film Club (18 August), the Love’s Farm Quiz (25 August), and the whole family can enjoy our inaugural Family Games Night on 11 August beginning at the earlier time of 6pm.
You can find details of all of our events on our What’s On Page or our Facebook Page. We’re looking forward to a summer of fun on Love’s Farm!