We are delighted to announce the arrival of Barnabees – a brand new beehive that will form a significant part of the wonderful new garden design project led by the Y6 children of Swanmore Primary School.
Pictured above is Rebecca Parker (new Deputy Head Teacher at the school) receiving a large cheque from Alastair Walton (Barnaby’s Business Team) alongside Carl Weston (Site Manager and newly-appointed Head Beekeeper!) Carl has been busy preparing for the arrival of the queen bee in a few weeks time, and expects to see the first honey crop in 2023. It is Barnaby’s intention to further support the Primary School by offering Barnabees Honey for sale in Barnaby’s next year.
With our great thanks to the team at FOSPS for helping to make this happen! We look forward to keeping them, and you, posted.
On Saturday 18th June, we’ll be hosting a number of trainee dogs from Hounds For Heroes as part of our Charity Awareness Scheme. Come and meet ‘Aurora’ and her handler John Branson. She is a 12-month old golden retriever in training for Hounds For Heroes. In the next year, she will join a higher training program ahead of becoming an assistant dog. John will be able to tell you the amazing things that these dogs are capable of and how they are trained.
Half of Barnaby’s takings on Saturday will be added to your donations, and sent to Hounds For Heroes. Please come and give them your support.
Last month, we supported Christian Aid with a number of activities and items on the big screen. Our local Christian Aid rep – Wendy Horn – popped back in to Barnaby’s recently to collect a cheque for £770.
On receiving the cheque, Wendy (R) commented “We are so grateful to the Barnaby’s team for helping to raise such afabulous amount of money. Thank you.!”
Sarah Walton (L) commented “Our support of Christian Aid is a great example of Barnaby’s at its very best – as a community hub supporting charitable works here and elsewhere. Our thank go to all the wonderful volunteers who help make this place such a great success”.
The second in the Classic Cars @ Barnaby’s series was a great success, with a large number of cars on show for the first time. Some came from as far east as Bosham and as far north as Guildford. Word is clearly getting out!
As before, Barnaby’s popup coffee shop was there in support. Event organiser Alastair Walton offered to give all of the days takings to the Jubilee Sailing Trust, and £182 was donated! As luck would have it, JST Ambassador Roger Morfill was in Barnaby’s having a coffee, so we sent him home with a big cheque! The picture shows Sarah Walton handing it over to a very happy Roger.
Thank you to all who came, enjoyed, and donated. Our next Classic Cars @ Barnaby’s event is on 25th June.
It’s Christian Aid Week. As such, we, like Christian Aid, will be championing women like Jessica, whose Zimbabwean family is suffering from an aching hunger triggered by the combined effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, conflict, and drought. Together, these once-in-a-lifetime circumstances have robbed communities like Jessica’s of the power to provide for their children.
All this week:
- Christian Aid will stand with resilient women – like Jessica – who are determined to lift their families out of hunger
- Christian Aid will raise their voices to call for climate justice
- Christian Aid will pray that families will stay strong during times of drought
All this week, Barnaby’s will be collecting to help women grow crops that survive in the drought. Together, we can help turn hunger into hope.
This Saturday, we will be showcasing the work of the Meon Valley Lions Club through our Charity Awareness Scheme. This scheme has already raised close to £3,000 for good causes in 2022, as reported in the Swanmore Link magazine.
Come along and meet the Lions this Saturday – learn about the amazing things they do to support those close to us, and the events they have coming up later in the year. The Big Blue Bus might even be here! Head to www.meonvalleylionsclub.org.uk for more information about this great charity.
As some of you know, we recently received Planning Permission for our new all-weather awning. The groundworks started on Thursday 5th May, and will take two weeks to complete. While this is going on, not all our outdoor seating at the front will be available, but there’s plenty round the side where we have recently added more tables!
Our Classic Car Summer kicks off this weekend, with a welcome return to a collection of stunning vehicles from private collectors around the Meon Valley.
PRE-1990 CARS WELCOME
NO NEED TO REGISTER – JUST TURN UP
DOORS OPEN 1000 to 1230
With up to 50 cars expected at each event, we’ll be in the main car park opposite Barnaby’s. If you are attending, you may arrive any time from 0945, when a marshal will show you to a space where you can display your car. The event will be supported by Barnaby’s “popup” coffee shop, serving coffee, tea and yummy homemade cakes made by our friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market. Barnaby’s will nominate a charity on the day, and all our proceeds will go to that charity.
Head to https://barnabys.coffee/classiccarsummer for details of all our gatherings this year.
Barnaby’s is closed until 10am on Saturday 23rd April, while the BBT undertake our annual spring clean. At the same time, we are fitting some new equipment paid for by a grant from Winchester City Council in an effort to keep us as Covid-free as we can.
Our re-opening will be celebrated by the return of our Classic Cars @ Barnaby’s events, with some 40 classic cars expected. Full details can be found at barnabys.coffee/classiccarsummer. We look forward to seeing you.