Hooray – it’s Hot Cross Bun Week!

In celebration of Easter Week, it’ll be Hot Cross Buns as far as the eye can see in Barnaby’s! And for the third year running, our friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market have kindly offered to bake them. They recently published a little study on the ingredients of the perfect hot cross bun, as compared with the ones you buy from the supermarket….

This is what’s in ours
Flour, sugar, salt, mixed spice, dried yeast, butter, free range egg, dried fruit, dried milk & margarine.

And from the supermarket…
Wheat flour (includes  calcium carbonate, iron, niacin, thiamin), orange soaked fruit (includes orange juice from concentrate), water, orange soaked Chilean flame raisins (includes orange juice from concentrate), unsalted butter, yeast, mixed peel, invert sugar syrup, wheat protein, honey, demerara sugar, buttermilk powder, maize starch, salt, palm oil, dried egg, flavouring, rapeseed oil, palm fat, soya flour and wheat starch.

Opening times during Easter Week

As in previous years, Barnaby’s opening hours will change slightly over the Easter period. Our confirmed schedule is below.

Dates Morning Afternoon
Tuesday 9th April 2-4
Wednesday 10th April 2-4
Thursday 11th April 10-12 2-4
Friday 12th April 10-12 2-4
Saturday 13th April 10-1
Tuesday 16th April 2-4
Wednesday 17th April 2-4
Thursday 18th April 10-12 2-4
Good Friday Closed Closed
Saturday 20th April 10-1

 

Messy Church back on Good Friday

Love Messy Church? Then the good news is that you will not have long to wait for the next one, because Messy Church is back on Good Friday. Doors open at 9.45 for a start at 10am.

Not sure what Messy Church is? Well, this is lots of fun for the younger members of your family. It is next door to Barnaby’s in the Paterson Centre, and once you’ve been, that’s all your kids will every want to do!

Note that Barnaby’s will be closed on Good Friday.

Supporting the DEC

This week, we will be supporting the DEC appeal in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe after the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai. The cyclone has left behind a trail of destruction that has affected an estimated 2.6 million people.  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 in Barnaby’s all week.

“Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know”

This Thursday, the Barnaby’s Book Club will be reviewing what they thought of “Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know” by Ranulph Fiennes. Fiennes appears regularly on the news with an epic frozen beard, waving an ice axe in triumph on a summit or at a pole, trumpeting yet another first ascent or crossing. “Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know” is chiefly the account of the post-1987 expeditions – remorseless derring-do ends with crotch rot, kidney stones and a grim catalogue of other physical suffering which reaches a climax in 2000, when our man hacks off five of his frostbitten digits with a Black & Decker.

Meet in the Brickmakers on Thursday 28th March at 7.30pm.

The Irish are coming…

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…

The Coffee Man comes calling

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 gone a bit Welsh!

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…

Male Voice Choir tickets now available

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.

We choose love

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.

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