The easing of Government restrictions this week allows for non-essential shops and business to open. Because Barnaby’s is such a vital hub for our community, we are now finalising a plan with the help of the PCC that ensures we can open Barnaby’s as safely as possible, particularly so far as the rules on social gathering are concerned.
Our intention is to run two “trial days” on Saturday 24th April and Saturday 1st May between 10am and midday. Both days will feature a takeaway-only service. The outdoor seating will not be available. We’ll post more information on this closer to the first of our two dates, but we sincerely hope that you will support our trial dates by coming along to enjoy a lovely coffee!
In order to protect our volunteers and our customers, Barnaby’s will not re-open as planned after Autumn Half Term. This follows the announcement of a nationwide lockdown that will begin on Thursday 5th November.
There is no telling when we’ll be back, but we’ll post details here when we are ready to do so. In the meantime, please keep yourselves and your families safe.
As per previous years, Barnaby’s will be closed for period of the Autumn Half Term holiday. We hope you all have a lovely time.
We hope to be back with our takeaway service and outdoor seated service soon after. Details will be confirmed nearer the time. We look forward to see you all then.
Following successful trials of our takeaway service, we are now ready to extend this service to Thursdays & Fridays. This will be launched on Thursday 8th October. Our hours are therefore as follows:
Takeaway service available from 2pm to 4pm
Takeaway service available from 9am to 11am
Takeaway & outdoor seated services available from 10am to midday
If you have volunteered at Barnaby’s, you’ll have recently received an email from us asking if you’d like to help with our new takeaway and outdoor seated services. Many of you have replied.
Barnaby’s doesn’t work without people like you, so if you have not received the email, please write to email@example.com and us know. If you have received it and not replied, please get in touch.
We’ve waited a long time to say this, but we’re back!
At 1000 on Saturday 12th September, our new takeaway service will be launched, alongside a new “seated” service in our extended outdoor area. Both services have been extensively tested within the rules we must all now follow, and our volunteers look forward to serving you.
As you might expect, things will be a little different when you arrive. If you wish to be seated outside on one of our tables of 4, wait until we can offer you a table. Use the hand sanitiser while you wait. Once seated, we’ll take your order and bring it out to you. Payment will be by contactless only.
Our takeaway service uses a strict one way system, which is clearly marked. Your coffee will be available from the window on the East side of the building.
This is all a bit strange for us too, and it couldn’t be done at all without our amazing volunteers. Please be patient with them and do as they ask. Our intention is to run a Saturday service every week with a restricted menu, to which we will add Thursdays and Fridays in due course.
Yesterday, Barnaby’s volunteers were invited by the BBT to “be a customer for the day”, in order that they could trial a new takeaway service. The trial day was an important first stage in our phased approach to re-opening, bearing in mind the unique layout of Barnaby’s and the community we serve.
The trial day was a great success, and we are now evaluating the things we learned in order to prepare for a full launch of the service in September. Details will be announced here shortly. Thank you to all the volunteers who took part. It was great to see you again!
As there are now some restaurants, pubs and coffee shops opening up, albeit on very restricted terms, we are naturally looking at how Barnaby’s may do the same. In assessing this, our priority has been the safety of our volunteers and customers, whilst also respecting the guidelines we operate under and the experiences of similar community projects.
All things considered, it is currently the intention of the BBT to re-open Barnaby’s in the first week of September. We hope that by then, the current guidelines may have relaxed enough to allow us to deliver the full Barnaby”s experience. It may be that we adopt a phased approach, starting with a takeaway service only. We know this news may be disappointing to some. That includes us, as we want to be open too! However, the size of our kitchen and the need to create a suitable one-way system make effective social distancing very challenging.
Our confirmed plans will be announced closer to the time, both here and on Facebook. We very much look forward to sharing them with you.