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.
Experience a world of distilled luxury, with six drams of premium single malt whisky from around the globe. From Scotland via Sweden to Japan, virgin casks to heavily smoked, we’ll have something special for every palette.
Tickets are £25 in advance from our online store, or in person from the Love’s Farm House office (weekdays 9am to 3pm, 9am to 12pm during school holidays).
SMALL PRINT: Over 18s only; under 25s will need ID on the door. Sorry, no refunds. Whiskies shown above may not be what is included on the night (but if gives a good idea). Admittedly, 12 July isn’t midsummer night, but you’re also getting more than one dram.
Thanks to a grant from Ridgeons Community Fund, the garden at Love’s Farm House is now bedecked with LED strip lighting along the trellis and pergola arch. It makes a massive difference for groups using the garden after dark, including private parties, people attending our regular Friday bar nights, as well as community events such as our Great Get Together barbecue (22 June from 4:30pm). A big thank you to Ridgeons, and to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, which administered the grant.
Love’s Farm House is available to hire for private parties, wedding receptions, Christenings and charity fundraisers. Please check out our hire rates or call Jenny on 01480 262626 for more information.
We’re always looking for ways to improve our community centre. If you have any ideas please get in touch at email@example.com.
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.
Join us for a day of balloon modelling and magic from Bubbly Circus. Mr Bubbles can make anything out of balloons! Watch in amazement as he creates something special for you and your friends. Then sit back and enjoy a magic show to remember. With lots of audience participation, Mr Bubbles will surprise and baffle you at the same time with his colourful, visual magic, sure to enthral children of all ages.
All children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Ages 3+. Under 3s are welcome but may not be able to participate in some elements of the show. Siblings under 3 or over 12 and parents and carers don’t need a ticket.
Tickets are £5 in advance from our online store, or in person from the Love’s Farm House office (weekdays 9am to 3pm, 9am to 12pm during school holidays).
Gin lovers rejoice, science geeks get giddy with excitement, for it’s the return of Gin Lab: St Neots’ premier gin-tasting experience.
Our team of intrepid lab technicians have spent the last six months painstakingly hunting down and analysing the best boutique gins from around the world. We’re going high end this time around, so while there’s slightly less quantity on the tasting menu, the quality will be off the chart.
Your £20 ticket will give you a half-measure taste of eight sumptuous gins, plus tonic and a plate full of garnishes with which to adorn your glass. Try the distiller-recommended garnish, follow our lab technician’s advice or come up with your own experimental concoctions. When you’ve found your winning combination, your ticket also gets you a double gin and tonic from the bar (and you can buy more too). A world of scientific discovery awaits!
Over 18s only; under 25s will need ID on the door. Sorry, no refunds.
Tickets are £20 in advance from our online store, or in person from the Love’s Farm House office (weekdays 9am to 3pm, 9am to 12pm during school holidays).
Love’s Farm House is hosting a portrait challenge! We want to see the Faces of St Neots in all their diversity: young, old, black, white, happy, sad. It might be a painting, drawing, photo, digital illustration, collage… anything goes, as long as it fits on an A4 page (portrait orientation) and is suitable for display in our foyer. Self-portraits are welcome but we don’t want quick selfies: think about how to capture your (or your subject’s) personality.
Portraits must be a single face of someone from St Neots, head and shoulders only. Drop your submissions off at Love’s Farm House (Mon-Fri 9am-3pm) or email digital images to email@example.com. Please include your name and contact info, plus the name of your subject (with their permission). The deadline is 29 March.
You can create your portrait at any time, but if you’re looking for inspiration, join us for a Portrait Workshop on Saturday 16 March, 3:30-5:30pm at Love’s Farm House. We’ll have artists, designers and photographers on hand to help you create your masterpiece. Adults and children are all welcome and there’s no need to book – just drop in, and don’t forget to bring a friend or family member to use as your subject.
All portraits will be exhibited at Love’s Farm House in April, kicking off with a launch event on Saturday 6 April. A few of the best portraits will remain on display in our foyer for a longer period.
There are lots of new groups and activities to keep you busy in 2019…
Fit Mums Post-natal Exercise Class
NJ Fitness and Massage are introducing a post-natal exercise class on Wednesday mornings at 9.25am for mums with babies and toddlers. The 45-minute class will give you a full body workout, focusing on effective exercises to support your body post-pregnancy. Babies are welcome to stay in their buggy or car seat, or they can come and play on the mats with the toys that are provided. Classes are £30 for a 6-week block, and booking is essential. Contact NJfitnessandmassage@outlook.com to book.
Serene Baby Massage & Yoga
These baby massage and baby yoga classes on Thursday mornings are for babies aged eight weeks to pre-crawling. Learn soothing and calming holds for your baby, learn why he or she benefits from each massage and feel more connected and bonded to your baby. Contact Sareena on 07921 154861 or visit www.serene-baby.com for more information and to book.
Love’s Farm Movie Makers
This film-making club welcomes children of all ages up to 16 who are interested in directing, producing, writing or starring in their own films. The club meets on Mondays 4-5pm. Children will learn how to use all the filming equipment, plan their own projects, grow in confidence and make new friends and have fun along the way! All footage is edited and provided on a DVD at no extra cost. Sessions cost £27.50 per 12-Week Term. Contact Iona on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.movie-memoirs.co.uk for more info.
Sakura Shotokan Karate Club
Love’s Farm House has a new karate club! It meets every Monday from 6pm-7pm and is run by Sensei Lucas, who is a Double World Karate Champion (London 2017 and Portugal 2018). £5 per session (first session free) and must be booked in advance. The club is currently adults only, but hoping to accept children and families soon. Email email@example.com to book, or to register your child’s interest.
Mum & Toddler Yoga
Join Yogabellies’ new Mum and Toddler Yoga class at 9:30am on Friday mornings. The sessions are fun, easy going classes where mums and their mobile little ones can practice yoga together, or toddlers can dip in and out while mum exercises. Ending with snacks, drinks and a chat for everyone involved. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to book your space.
Sweaty Mama Fitness
Sweaty Mama is an effective way to exercise with your child. The sessions allow you to bond with your child while you work out, using their weight to intensify the exercise. Over the course of the sessions you will gradually build up your fitness level and strengthen your core to rehabilitate your body after having a baby. The fun workouts are done to upbeat music that both you and your child will love. Sessions are on Thursdays at 11.40am and cost £40 per 6-week block. Contact email@example.com for more information or to book your place.
From February, the fantastic Baby Sensory programme will include a new Toddler Sense class for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Toddler Sense is a whole new world of sensory stimulation, play, fun adventures and learning. The equipment encourages a wide range of skills including social, physical, emotional, creative, intellectual skills and lots more. There will be a FREE taster session on Tuesday 26 February at 1.30pm. Booking is essential so sign up at www.toddlersense.com/bedfordshire, or contact Sam on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details for all of our regular activities are available on our What’s On page.
Love’s Farm House is teaming up with Shumë Bottle Emporium for an evening of discovery, celebration and straight-up enjoyment of local beers, ciders and cheeses. There will be over 30 beers and ciders to choose from including a selection from Papworth Brewery, Drawcott Brewery in Buckden, Wylde Sky in Linton, South Cambs and Three Hills in Kettering. We’ll be pairing these with the best cheeses from Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, so get your taste buds ready for some big, bountiful flavours.
Tickets cost £15 for a sampling menu of five beers and five cheeses, with a wider range available to order at the bar.
No under 18s. 18-25-year-olds will require photo ID.
Buy tickets in advance from our online store, or in person from Shumë, Cross Keys Mews (open 9am-5pm Mon-Thu, 10am-6pm Fri-Sat, 10am-4pm Sun), or the Love’s Farm House office (weekdays 9am to 3pm).