Summer Fun at the Farm House

 

Magic Carl

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.

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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 TotsTiny 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.

Jam NightFor 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!

 

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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.

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.

Summer Fun at Love’s Farm House

The schools are closed, the days are long, but Love’s Farm House is open to keep you and your family entertained!

Library launchSt 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 amy@limelightentertainmentuk.com 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).

Circuits 2For 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 annac@hartbeeps.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!

Strawberry DaiquiriSwitch 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!

 

 

New Classes and Events

We’ve got lots of exciting new groups recently launched or coming soon to Love’s Farm House. Get in touch with the group leaders to book your place.


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Zumba
Monday 12 December, 7-8pm

Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness class. Cardio-based workout with sculpting exercises designed to burn calories and tone the entire body. The first class on 12 December is a free taster, with weekly classes starting on 9 January. £5 per class or £25 for a block of six. Contact Nicola Ashby on 07912 442622 or nicola_ashby7@outlook.com.


jess-and-julesJess and Jules’ Interiors Workshops
5, 7, 12 December, 25 January 2017

Make a Lampshade Create a bespoke lampshade with professional tuition from Jules Woodmore. Workshops on Wednesday 7 December and Wednesday 25 January 9.30am to 12pm. This one-day workshop costs £39 to £47 depending on your choice of lampshade kit.

Transform Your Dining Chairs for Christmas Join the interiors experts at Jess and Jules on a two-day course dedicated to giving your dining chairs a makeover ready for Christmas. Their professional tuition will take you through the process of stripping down your chair, preparing and painting woodwork and then reupholstery of your chosen fabric. Monday 5 and Monday 12 December 9.30am-12pm. £99 for the two-day course.

Visit www.jessandjules.co.uk or or email studio@jessandjules.co.uk for more information and to book.


burlesque-dancers-love-letter-lightAn Evening of Burlesque
Friday 2nd December, 8-11pm

Join K Dance and Fitness at Love’s Farm House for a night of dress up, giggles and seductive dance moves. Learn two Burlesque dances and some cheeky Burlesque techniques. Dress to impress: corsets, stockings and heels (or whatever you feel comfortable in). No experience required but you must be female and over 18 to come to this event. Tickets must be bought in advance at classes or by emailing kdanceandfitness@gmail.com.


wi-logoWomen’s Institute
Wed 18 January, 8:30-10:30pm

The Love’s Farm Ladies is Love’s Farm’s new WI group, meeting on the third Wednesday of the month at 8:30pm. Come to make friends and do something new. Contact Phyllis Brooks on 01480 380240 or email phylbrooks@live.co.uk for more details.


29522_Coloured_LandscapeYour Time to Grow — The Bird Table Taster Sessions
Wed 14 December, 7:30/8:30pm

Give yourself two hours a month to think, to have space to air your ideas and concerns, to learn about your strengths and motivations, all in a safe, non-judgemental environment. Charlie will be leading two 60-minute Bird Table taster sessions, providing an opportunity to progress your thinking on a current business idea or career-related challenge or opportunity. Special price for the taster session is £20. Call 07791 767654 or email charlie@yourtimetogrow.com to book.


sewing-clubSt Neots Sewing Club
Monday 12 December, 7-9pm

A fortnightly club for enthusiastic sewers of all abilities who would like to learn more about their sewing machines, or just come and share their expertise. The group meets 7-9pm every other Monday at Love’s Farm House. Bring whatever project you are working on. £4 per session payable on the night. Places are limited so please call Jonathan on 07827 819639 or message www.facebook.com/stneotssewingclub to book.


brainupBrain Up Abacus Mental Maths
Mondays 5pm-6pm

Brain Up is a unique mental maths programme offering to help children excel at mental arithmetic. It uses both traditional and multimedia teaching methods in order to stimulate both sides of the brain using visualisation of the abacus. Tuition is in small groups and the programme is suitable for children aged 5-13 years. Contact Abi Bodede on 01234 930160 or info@brainup.uk for more information and to book.

 

First Birthday Celebrations

It’s already a year since the launch of Love’s Farm House, and what a year it’s been! Our community centre is run by local volunteers, and we’ve lined up some exciting events throughout half term week to mark the occasion.

80sBack to the 80s

Sat 22 October, 7:30pm – 12:30am

Put on your dancing shoes, back-comb your hair and get ready for a night of 80s party classics. Tickets are £5 in advance * and that includes a free garish 80s cocktail. Over 18s only.

Dotty the Dragon

dotty-press-pic-2Monday 24 October, Performances at 11:30am and 3pm

Blunderbus Theatre brings its acclaimed production to Love’s Farm. Dotty is a baby fire dragon who loves to gaze down and watch the children playing in the orchard. One day, she decides to pay them a surprise visit. This clever new show comes to life with an irresistible blend of live music, fabulous puppets and high-energy storytelling. Tickets are £5 in advance. *

This event is kindly supported by St Neots Slings and Your Time To Grow.

Creepy Crafts Workshop

booksWednesday 26 October, 10:30am-12pm

Illustrators Marion Lindsay (Ready Steady Ghost!, Bella Donna, Maisie Hitchins) and Jo Clark (hehehe hyena) will be helping children to make Halloween animal masks and spooky dreamcatchers. Ages 5-10 (accompanied by a parent or carer). 50p per child, payable on the door.

This event is kindly supported by Friends of St Neots Library.

Community Champion Awards & Quiz Night

awardsFriday 28 October, 7pm

Join us for the Oscars of Love’s Farm, also known as the Love’s Farm Community Champion Awards. We will be honouring people who have gone the extra mile to help others or who are the essence of community spirit. Alongside the awards, we are holding an extra special quiz with fabulous prizes and we will elect the officers of Love’s Farm Community Association and the trustees of Love’s Farm House.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Love’s Farm Community Association and Love’s Farm House, and perhaps getting involved, this is a great time and place to start.

Halloween Disco

halloweenSaturday 29 October, 6pm-10pm

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 £2 in advance. *

 

* Tickets are on sale in person from Love’s Farm House (open 9am-12pm Mon-Sat), or you can make a bank transfer and we’ll post or hold the tickets for you – call 01480 262626 or email bookings@lovesfarmhouse.co.uk to reserve yours.

Under-18s must be accompanied by a parent or carer for all events.

Events for Children – Summer 2016

 

There’s lots going on over summer to keep you and your children entertained. We really hope you can join us!

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Saturday 23 July, 3-7pm
Free entry

Get into the summertime vibes with our family fun day.

We have loads of activities lined up including arts and crafts, cake decorating, games, a treasure hunt, baby play area, face painting, sponge tossing, Lego club, prizes to be won, jugs of Pimm’s on sale and a barbecue in the garden.

 

Library at Love’s Farm:
Super Happy Magic Launch

Monday 25 July, 10-11am
Free entry

mattylong-shmf-coverMeet Matty Long, author of Super Happy Magic Forest and winner of the Cambridgeshire Libraries’ Read it Again Picture Book Award, and enjoy a fun session of drawing and storytelling.

The Library and Love’s Farm is a micro-library located in the foyer and café space at Love’s Farm House. It will be available for anyone to pop in and borrow a book to read here or take away with them, and there will be newspapers and magazines available too.

This launch event is kindly sponsored by Friends of St Neots Library.

 

St Neots Film Festival:
Video Production Workshops

Saturday 13 August, 10am-1pm & Saturday 10 September, 1-4pm
£5 per family (ages 7+) per session

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Fancy making your own film? Want to see it on the big screen at Cineworld St Neots? St Neots Film Festival is joining forces with Love’s Farm Community Association to stage two video production workshops that will help take your project from concept to finished film.

The first workshop (13 August, 10am-1pm) will focus on planning and shooting. The second workshop (10 September, 1-4pm) is all about editing. Both are designed to be informative, inspiring and most of all, fun! They’re aimed at families (with children aged 7+) or groups of friends (aged 18+) and cost £5 per session per family or group.

The workshops will reveal what’s involved and provide lots of tips and tricks. Each family or group will then be supported as they work on their film in their own time. We’ll help you get your film finished in time for submission to St Neots Film Festival, which runs from 7th-11th November at Cineworld St Neots and Love’s Farm House. Deadline for submissions is 30 October. The first eight families/groups to sign up to both workshops will receive free software worth £33. Please email ben.pitt@ourlovesfarm.co.uk or call Love’s Farm House on 01480 262626 to book your place.

 

Switch Café

Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-2pm

cache_11138932Switch Café will be open throughout the summer holidays, serving a delicious selection of cakes, drinks, sausage rolls, salads and cheese toasties. Switch Café offers meaningful work placements and supported training for young adults (co-workers) with additional needs, to help progress them towards paid employment and more fulfilling futures. Any profits made are reinvested to support our co-workers development.

 

Farm House Coffee Shop

Tuesdays from 16 August, 9am-12:30pm


cakeThe Love’s Farm House volunteer team will be serving up home-baked cakes, luxurious hot chocolate, speciality teas and coffees on Tuesday mornings.

We’re taking a short break at the start of the summer holidays and will be open again from 16 August.