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!
The Annual General Meeting for Love’s Farm Community Centre CIO (the charity that runs Love’s Farm House) will be held on Friday 11 October 2019 at Love’s Farm House.
The meeting will take place as part of an evening of events in conjunction with Love’s Farm Community Association. The evening will start at 7.30pm and will include a quiz and discounted fish and chips from Cox’s at the Lighthouse. The event is open to the public and there will be an opportunity to sign up as a member on the night. Members will elect the trustees and officers.
People standing for (re-)election as trustees are:
View the charity’s annual report and accounts here.
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!