This week, we will be supporting the DEC appeal in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe after the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai. It has left behind a trail of destruction that has affected an estimated 2.6 million people. Houses, roads and bridges have been ripped apart and agricultural land is completely submerged. More 400,000 have lost their homes. The full scale of the disaster is still unfolding, as search and rescue operations continue and more heavy rain is predicted. The UN have stated that this may become one of the worst weather-related disasters on record in the southern hemisphere.
In line with our mission to support charities and good causes, we’ll be donating half our takings to the DEC. If you’d like to add to this, there will be a collection tin by the till in Barnaby’s.
St.Patricks Day is this weekend. It’s an event that started in the early 17th century, commemorating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and the heritage of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of shamrocks.
This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we’ll have yummy homemade shamrock biccies available with every coffee and an awesome Guinness cake – homemade by one of our fabulous volunteers. You won’t want to miss that!
Oh, and the Irish play Wales in Cardiff on Saturday at 2.45pm…
Barnaby’s Team Leaders had the pleasure of learning from Ieuan Andrews today, known widely as “The Coffee Man“. A 20-year career in the coffee business has helped Ieuan build up an unenviable knowledge of coffee machines and how to get the best from them. He now readily shares this experience with small independent coffee shops like Barnaby’s, helping them to deliver quality and consistency.
Ieuan made a number of recommendations to Barnaby’s Team Leaders, in order to maintain our high standards and help train our volunteers. We are grateful to him. Find out more about The Coffee Man at thecoffeemansoutheast.co.uk.
It’s all going to go a bit Welsh this week, in celebration of St. David’s Day and the Welsh Eisteddfod on Friday.
In Welsh culture, an Eisteddfod is a Welsh festival of literature, music and performance. The tradition of a meeting of Welsh artists dates back to the 12th century, when a festival of poetry and music was held by Rhys ap Gruffydd at his court in Cardigan. He invited poets and musicians from all over Wales, and a seat at his top table was awarded to the best of them – a tradition that prevails in the modern day Eisteddfod.
We won’t be going that far, but we will have rousing Welsh hymns, lots of castles to look at, and yummy Welsh cakes on offer! We’ll keep the theme going until Saturday afternoon, when there will be prizes for anyone who knows what Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau means…
The staggeringly fabulous Pontypridd Male Voice Choir will be back in Swanmore on Saturday 2nd March at 7pm. Tickets will be available from Barnaby’s today from 10am, and on Saturday 16th February.
The last time the Pontypridd Male Voice Choir was in Swanmore, the event event was a complete sell out. Make sure you get your tickets early! There really isn’t quite anything like the sound of a choir such as this.
This week, a percentage of our takings will be given to the amazing team at www.choose.love – the world’s first shop where you can buy real gifts for child refugees that include essentials such as clothes, tents, nappies & sleeping bags.
This new model of charitable giving has already raised over £1 million, it has got the message out to over 200 million people, and it has engaged celebrities, influencers and the public with a really positive message. Find out more at www.choose.love.
This week in your favourite coffee shop, love is in the air! Barnaby’s will be decorated with a lovely Valentines theme, and we look forward to seeing you with whoever you choose to bring along with you…!
On Thursday, it’s“Buy One, Get One Free.” Just come on in with your wife husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, friend, running buddy, someone else’s wife, their Scrabble partner etc etc, and we’ll pay for their hot drink!
See you all on Thursday.
A dream to turn Droxford church in to a community hub and heritage centre, inspired by Barnaby’s, is now very close to reality. The church had been placed on the Heritage At Risk register after a host of structural problems were logged, but after a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a wave of enthusiastic ideas from the villagers, work is now well under way.
John Symes, Chairman of Friends of Droxford Church, told the Meon Valley News this week “Our repairs were conceived as a community project rather than just as a restoration project. When fully completed, “Wilfreds”, a volunteer-run cafe inspired by Barnaby’s in Swanmore, will be the centrepiece of this huge project. There is still a lot of money to be raised, but we have made wonderful progress. We have been very impressed with what the Barnaby’s team have achieved there, so that will be the model for us too.”
The full article can be read in the latest issue of the Meon Valley News, and you can follow Johns progress on friendsofdroxfordchurch.org.uk.
Messy Church will be back on Friday 8th February, with a lot of messy fun and things to do for our younger customers. It all kicks off next door in the Paterson Centre 3.30pm, so mum, you can come and grab a coffee in Barnaby’s before you head over there!
The birthday of Scotlands finest poet Robbie Burns rarely passes quietly. Scotsmen tend to celebrate the bards’ contribution to their culture by singing his most famous song “Auld Lang Syne” whilst munching large helpings of haggis. Find out more about other Burns Night traditions here, and catch photos of our recent events here.
This week, Scotland comes to Barnaby’s. You’ll get to enjoy a stirring blend of ginger beards, rousing bagpipes, and an awful lot of shortbread. Meanwhile, you can click here to start learning the words you’ll need when addressing your own haggis on Burns Night itself – Friday 25th.