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St Neots 'Portas Pilot' Bid

Struggling towns and cities across England are being handed the chance to breathe new life into their ailing high streets. Mary Portas and the Local Government Minister launched a competition to choose 12 towns to become 'Portas Pilots', with the winners benefiting from a share of £1 million to help turn around their "unloved and unused" high streets. For further info: http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/regeneration/2082143
You can see St Neots' bid in the video below:
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Quiz Night This Friday
Love's Farm's premier cheap night out (Author: Ben Pitt)

Saturday is SMART Day  
Banish litter from Love's Farm (Author: Ben Pitt)

Brown Tail Moth Infestation 
How to spot and deal with this pest (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Easter Fun with the Youth Club 
Tuesday daytime sessions for kids aged 10+ (Author: Ben Pitt)

Morning Walks 
Get together to stretch your legs (Author: )

Community Centre Survey 
Tell us what you want (Author: Ben Pitt)

Big Love's Farm Easter Egg Hunt 
Family fun for the Easter holidays (Author: Emma Lovelock)

Newspaper deliveries 
Can we reach critical mass? (Author: Ben Pitt)

St Neots Makes the Final
Support our team on Tuesday 8 April (Author: )

BPHA Sessions at Love's Farm Starlings 
BPHA (Housing association) sessions at Love's Farm Starlings (Author: )

Love's Farm East Amendments 
Changes to the planning application for the Love's Farm East development proposal. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Employment Support in Love's Farm 
Free sessions for bpha residents (Author: )

St George's Weekend 
Two days of celebrations in Eynesbury (Author: )

Community Centre Plans Unveiled 
Detailed plans now available online (Author: Ben Pitt)

New bus stops
New and re-located bus stops are planned for Love's Farm. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

St Neots TimeBank
Share time and skills (Author: )

Youth Club now from 5pm 
Slightly earlier start on Tuesdays (Author: Ben Pitt)

Camera Club Exhibition 
Over 200 photos on show - vote for your favourite (Author: )

Cafe Church: 2nd March
Meet your neighbours and have fun - all welcome (Author: )

BPHA submits plans for new plot
BPHA have submitted a planning application for 21 new dwellings between the railway line and Station Square (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Railway footbridge is open!
The new footbridge and lifts to the station were opened today (Author: Marcus Pickering)

St Neots Neighbourbood Plan
You can help to shape the future of our town (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Community Centre On Its Way
Have your say with our residents' survey (Author: Ben Pitt)

Round House Pre-School rated 'Good'
The Round House Pre-School are celebrating after Ofsted gave them an overall rating of "good" (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Changes to Love's Farm Buses
Buses to and from Love's Farm are changing again from 23rd February (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Railway Footbridge Opening Soon
The official opening of the new footbridge and lifts is on February 19th 2014 (Author: Marcus Pickering)

School Cake Sale
Mmmmmmm cake (Author: Ben Pitt)

New Trains for St Neots
New trains, more seats and a more frequent service. (Author: Ben Pitt)

Parking - do you care?
Volunteers needed to help address parking problems (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Amendments to the Constitution
We are planning to make some minor changes to the constitution at the February 2014 committee meeting. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Love's Farm Youth Club
Calling all 10-14-year-olds (Author: )

Cafe Church: 2nd February
Meet your neighbours over a cuppa. (Author: )

Committee Meeting Minutes
Find out what's going on at LFCA (Author: Ben Pitt)

Become a Volunteer Youth Worker
Get involved at our local youth club (Author: Viv Merryweather)

Storage space required
Could you spare a bit of garage space? (Author: )

January 2014 newsletter
Coming to a letterbox near you (and you can read it here too) (Author: )

Saturday is SMART Day 
Let's work off those festive excesses (Author: Ben Pitt)

Happy Christmas!
See you in 2014. (Author: Ben Pitt)

Barnardo's Now Open
Love's Farm's second shop is open for business (Author: Ben Pitt)

Chippy + Pizzeria Coming Soon!
Expected tenants for 2 further retail units (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Christmas Bin Collections
The countdown to Christmas has started, and Huntingdonshire District Council would like to encourage you all to keep the party going by remembering to recycle over the festive period. (Author: Huntingdonshire District Council)

Committee Meeting Agenda
Find out what's up for discussion and share your views (Author: Ben Pitt)

Northern Access Petition - Response
Council refuses opening of northern access (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Pirate Ship repaired
Everything's shipshape once again - let's keep it that way. (Author: Ben Pitt)

Christmas Tree Festival
Get out your tinsel and show us what you're made of (Author: Emma Lovelock)

Carol singing (and mulled wine)
It's time to get in the mood for Christmas. (Author: Emma Lovelock)

Smart Work!
Sterling work in 2013, hoping for more volunteers in 2014. (Author: )

Northern Access - Update
Our petition for the opening of the northern access has been heard by the Cabinet of Cambridgeshire County Council (Author: Marcus Pickering)

A428 campaign
Join the campaign for improvements to the A428 (Author: Marcus Pickering)

AGM Minutes Online
The minutes of the Community Association's Annual General Meeting can now be found online (Author: Marcus Pickering)

November 2013 newsletter
Now available to download (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Hallowe'en Pumpkin Festival - winner!
Congratulations to Lucas, Lewis and Aiden (Author: Emma Lovelock)

New Tesco opens Friday, 8am
Tesco opening 8am on Fri 8th November. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Who is doing this?
Sadly, another report of dog mess smeared on our play equipment (Author: Marcus Pickering)

A Neighbourhood Plan for St Neots
Have your say on a neighbourhood plan for St Neots (Author: St Neots Town Council)

Vandalism of Pirate Ship
Criminal damage to Pirate Ship - do you know anything? (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Dog fouling: we are after you
Community action on dog mess (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Tesco to open 8th November
Opening date set for Love's Farm Tesco (Author: Marcus Pickering)

UPDATED: New play area on track!
Construction of Love's Farm's newest play area has begun and will be open on Weds 23rd October (Author: Marcus Pickering)

UPDATED: Station footbridge ahead of schedule
Main span to be lifted into place on September 21st. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

A14 Update Proposals
The Government's proposals to upgrade the A14 around Huntingdon will have a direct impact on Love's Farm (Author: Alan Robinson)

X5 bus stops to be moved
The X5 bus stops for Love's Farm are to be moved next week to make them more accessible. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Community Building - good news!
An update on progress with plans for the community building (Author: Philip Gibbs)

All aboard! New play area coming soon
A new train-themed play area aimed at the toddler age group will be arriving in the copse area to the north of Top Birches, close to Hogsden Leys. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Power cut - Updated
Information about the power cut (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Indian Encampment Play Area
Our new play area is open! The 'Indian Encampment' themed play area, adjacent to the woods at the northern end of the site, has been packed with children since its opening (Author: Marcus Pickering)

SMART kids and others
On Wednesday 26th June we held our first SMART evening and for once the weather was kind. (Author: Phyllis Hooper)

July newsletter
July's newsletter will be dropping through your letterbox shortly, but if you can't wait to read it, you can download it now from the website. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

New play area on its way...!
The parts for the construction of the new play area next to Auntie's Woods arrived on Love's Farm today! (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Out and about!
May's Out and about is now published, this month taking us to Overhall Grove, Barnwell Park and Harrold Odell Country Park. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Church news
Events organised by St Neots churches on Love's Farm (Author: The Revd Sarah Gower)

Young people at Love's Farm
Younger members of our Community have been meeting at the Roundhouse School on Tuesdays evenings. (Author: Linda Whitfield - BPHA)

Speedwatch - help needed
Volunteers needed to help monitor the speed of vehicles on Love's Farm (Author: Philip Gibbs)

Cold Callers
Some advice from a resident about cold callers (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Love's Farm Eastern Expansion
Gallagher Estates have submitted planning applications to Hunts District Council for Love's Farm Eastern Expansion and for the reserve site (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Railway Footbridge Update
An update on the new bridge from Love's Farm to St Neots train station (Author: Keela Shackell)

Bollards to get more visible
Gallagher have acquired some reflective material to make the black bollards on the development more visible at night. (Author: Bev Morrison)

SMART day report
We had a productive time and collected a good load for HDC to collect and two full wheelies of recycling. (Author: Phyllis Hooper)

Northern access to Love's Farm
We are looking for volunteers to help gather signatures and comments from residents (Author: Bev Morrison)

New 'out and about' section
A resident of Love's Farm has put together a series of articles about local places to visit which she will add to each month. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Wintringham Park Development
Developers have submitted a planning application for the Wintringham Park development, which will take in the triangle of land to the south of Love's Farm and bounded by the A428 and the railway line. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Cambridgeshire Children's Centres
Children's Centres support all families with children under 5. They offer easier access to health and family support, help with finding jobs and training, drop-in sessions and activities and information about local childcare and early education. (Author: )

Playing on Love's Farm - please respect our neighbours
A couple of issues with the Bawlins play area and the woods. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Are you interested in working with young people?
If you are interested in or have ever thought of working with young people then Youth Service Providers are offering a free training session (Author: Linda Whitfield)

Retail Centre Update - Feb 2013
A contractor has not yet been appointed. With an 8-month estimated build time, Gallagher are currently slating completion for the end of December 2013. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Bin collection days to change - UPDATED
Small change to bin collection arrangements from 25th Feb. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Love's Farm Neighbourhood Watch
Are you interested in getting involved in the Loves Farm neighbourhood watch? If so, we would like to hear from you! (Author: Eleanor Babbington)

New plans for railway footbridge
The plans for the footbridge to link Love's Farm to the railway station have been revised to replace the proposed long ramps with lifts. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Planning applications for C7 and COM-A
Planning applications have been submitted by Bovis Homes for 2 parcels on Love's Farm. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Dog found
A honey/brown coloured puppy found Wednesday midday 23/1/2013 taken by HDC dog warden to Wood Green shelter. (Author: David Wells)

Retail Centre Update
We asked Gallagher for an update and they told us that there is a 'technical problem' but they aren't able to say more than that at this stage. They will, however, be able to give more information by the end of January 2013. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

New bus for Love's Farm
Details of the new bus service to serve Love's Farm from Sunday February 10th, and a new stop for the X5 outside Love's Farm. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Cat found
Found, a black and white Tom cat. (Author: )

Icy roads - TAKE CARE!
Love's Farm hasn't been gritted and so the compacted snow has made the roads very treacherous. Please drive with extreme caution. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Join the events team!
Enthusiastic volunteers needed for the events team! (Author: Emma Lovelock)

Become a member of BPHA's representatives group
bpha currently has vacancies in the Resident Scrutiny and Improvement Group (RSIG). (Author: )

New year SMART day
Wow, that’s better! Both the weather and the turn out were good for this, the second of our rebranded litter pick days. (Author: Phyllis Hooper)

X4 bus service to be axed
The X4 bus service which links Love's Farm to the town centre and to Cambourne and Cambridge, and which was only introduced in June this year, is to end on February 10th. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Charles Church Site
Some issues have been raised concerning the Charles Church development. Here is their response (Author: Bev Morrison)

Faster broadband for Love's Farm?
We need you to show your support for faster broadband on Love's Farm (Author: Marcus Pickering)

SMART day report
The first SMART Day has come and been with a disappointing turn-out. (Author: Phyllis Hooper)

Roads Update - 20th November
Timetable of works over the coming weeks. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

New Play Areas - UPDATED
Plans available. Public consultation to take place on Monday 26th November from 7pm to 10pm in the Reedman's Bar at St Neots FC. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Love's Farm Community Plan - UPDATED
Our community plan would aim to build on the great things we already have; our quiet green open spaces, our great homes, school, our access links and community spirit and work towards making it even better (Author: )

Love's Farm Virtual Pumpkin Festival
It's time to vote for your favourite pumpkin in the Love's Farm Virtual Pumpkin Festival! (Author: )

Street Lighting on Love's Farm
As the nights draw in, we'd like to do what we can to make sure as many street lights as possible are in working order. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Our newsletter - we need your ideas
In the New Year, we are revamping our newsletter with a fresh new look. We need your ideas! (Author: Keela Shackell)

SMART Clean-up days
Love's Farm litter picks are now SMART days - here are the details. (Author: Phyllis Hooper)

Roads Update - 22nd October
Work is progressing well on Stone Hill, with block paving almost complete. Final tarmac surfacing is due to start in the next couple of days. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

International Cafe
A place to make new friends and discuss interesting topics. Everyone welcome: whatever your age, faith or culture. (Author: Richard Walker)

St Neots in Bloom plans 2nd Gold
After celebrating St Neots' first Anglia in Bloom Gold Award, St Neots in Bloom is now planning for 2013. (Author: )

Beverley Morrison is new Chair
The Annual General Meeting of the Love's Farm Community Association elected Beverley Morrison as its new Chairperson in succession to Carl Jones. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Google Maps
Help make Google Maps view of Love's Farm better. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

CCC will 'revisit' Priory Hill access
Cambridgeshire County Council leader Nick Clarke says the council will 'revisit' the issue of the Priory Hill access (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Construction work is expected to start by the end of October, with completion in May/June 2013. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Love's Farm '2nd best area in St Neots'
A local estate agent is quoted in a national newspaper describing Love's Farm as the "second-best area in St Neots". (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Roads Update - 3rd October
Stone Hill is closed while surfacing works are carried out (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Love's Farm Big Lunch 2012
After having to cancel The Big Lunch in June to wet and windy weather, the sun shone on Love's Farm this Sunday! (Author: Emma Lovelock)

Olympic Photos
Did You come to the Olympic Day on the 27th July? Photos taken by our photographer on the day are now on their website to buy. (Author: Emma Lovelock)

Opportunities for 16-25s
Are you a young person aged 16 - 19 (or up to 25 in some circumstances), living on Loves Farm that would like some help finding work, training or personal development opportunities? (Author: )

St Neots Christmas Lights
The organisers of this year's Christmas lights switch-on in St Neots have been in touch and they'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback on how they can improve the event. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Our new Town Councillor
David Wells has been co-opted to the Town Council to replace Carl Jones. (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Local Children's Centres
Details of activities taking place at our local children's centres (Author: )

Love's Farm Needs YOU
Could you represent Love's Farm on the Town Council or chair the Community Association? (Author: Marcus Pickering)

Letter from Carl Jones
More details about Carl Jones's resignation as chair of LFCA (Author: )

Roads Update
An update on the roadworks taking place on Stone Hill (Author: )

Carl Jones Resigns from LFCA
Carl Jones is stepping down from his position as chair of LFCA. (Author: )

New Play Areas on Love's Farm
We've already got some fantastic play areas on Love's Farm, but there are more in the pipeline! (Author: )

Celebrating the Olympics
Love’s Farm Community Association teamed up with St Neots Town Football club and Hunts DC for an afternoon and evening of fun and sport at the Football Club. (Author: Emma Lovelock)

You can now recycle even more
Hunts District Council will now accept a wider range of plastics in your blue bin for recycling. (Author: )

Latest Newsletter
The latest newsletter from Love's Farm Community Assocation is available for download. (Author: )

Station Footbridge and Improvements
The footbridge is coming... we've still got a wait, but plans are coming together! (Author: )

Missed the newsletter?
We have quite a lot of newsletters left over from the June delivery, so we're wondering if any streets or areas were inadvertently missed from the rounds. (Author: )

More news on the roads
The ongoing works to the roads have been the subject of some delays, but Gallagher have given us an update. (Author: )

New Bus for Love's Farm
There is a new half-hourly bus service, the X4, from St Neots to Cambridge, via Love's Farm. (Author: )

Free training for residents
Katie Baldwin, bpha Community Development Officer has been working with Hunts Forum to organise an opportunity of free training for Love's Farm residents. (Author: )

Veggies on Your Veranda
100 pots, 60 litres of compost and about 30 packets of seeds were all planted by 7pm! (Author: )

The Big Community Litter Pick - THANKS!!
A huge THANK YOU to the 25 volunteers who gathered on Saturday and collected over 40 bags of rubbish (Author: Harry and Rini Patel)

Peterborough Rape Crisis Care Group
Peterborough Rape Crisis Care Group are currently increasing the support they offer in the St Neots area. (Author: )

Shops - it's Tesco!
District Councillors finally rubber-stamped the plans for the retail centre and community centre at a meeting of the Development Management Panel last night. (Author: )

Olympic Torch Route
Details of the Olympic Torch route in our area. (Author: )

Public Spaces Update
All areas of public open space on Love's Farm have now been adopted by Hunts District Council (HDC) and they will be clamping down on dog fouling. (Author: )

Football Development Centre
St Neots Town FC are excited to announce that for the 2012-2013 season we will be offering, in conjunction with Hunts Regional College, a programme of further education and football development. (Author: )

Planning Applications Update
The Planning Officer's Report for the Community Building and Retail Development has been released. (Author: )

Events with Eynesbury Village Association
Time Bank and events over St Georges weekend (Author: )

Transport Survey
Public Transport - how can public transport at Love's Farm better suit your needs? (Author: )

Love's Farm Eastern Expansion Proposals
Feedback invited on Love's Farm Eastern Expansion proposals (Author: )

New Twitter Account
New Twitter account @ourlovesfarm (Author: )

KICK Boxing Project
Learn the basics of Kick boxing with professional trainers. Every Tuesday 5-6.30pm at The Bargroves, Cromwell Road, St Neots. (Author: )

Roads on Love's Farm
Statement from Gallagher UK regarding the raising of ironworks and road surfacing. (Author: )

Retail Planning Application
The planning application for our retail development and community centre is once again absent from HDC's planning meeting. (Author: )

Nam bibendum ipsum quis ipsum porta vel pulvinar justo dignissim. (Author: )

Station Footbridge
It has been annouced that the Department of Transport has pledged an additional £1m of funding to provide the footbridge from Love's Farm across to the station. (Author: )

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