Many congratulations to Bash Kara, a club coach at Swanmore Lawn Tennis Club, who was awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal in the Queens Birthday Honours List on Friday.
Now aged 81, Bash is an “inspirational grassroots tennis coach who has made a significant contribution to young people in the community for a number of decades”. Find out what more the LTA had to say about Bash here.
In true style, Bash was coaching at SLTC the day after the announcement, where BBC South caught up with him. See their report on South Today this evening at 1900.
We’ve been busy recently, training new volunteers and modifying our procedures to ensure we can serve you yummy coffee and cake in these challenging times.
Now we’re ready to return to weekday opening, kicking off with Fridays from 9am to midday. We’ve got lots of new things to see at Barnaby’s, including some delightful new flower displays outside, courtesy of our very own Berty Ferrone. Grazie Berty!
As part of our gradual return to full service, this weekend you’ll be able to come on in to Barnaby’s to place your coffee order and choose a yummy cake! Like many other places, we sadly do not have the space to seat anyone indoors within the current Government guidelines, but we’ve got lots of tables outside!
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
As part of our phased approach to re-opening Barnaby’s, cake is back! We’ve extended our partnership with Bishops Waltham Country Market to supply cake to Barnaby’s every day, starting this weekend. All the old favourites will be back, and our volunteers look forward to serving you.
In celebration of Barnaby’s return to its rightful place as a hub for the village, we we’ll be hosting a collection of privately-owned classic cars on Saturday 26th June. Full details of the cars on show will be confirmed closer to the time, but they already include:
- 1930 Austin 7 Swallow
- 1934 Riley Mentone 14/6
- 1936 Austin 10
- 1959 Morris Mini
- 1985 Mercedes 280 SL Sports
- 1986 Lancia Fulvia
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 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.