All posts by Alastair Walton

When might Barnaby’s re-open?

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 fabulous volunteers and loyal customers, whilst also respecting the guidelines we operate under and the experiences of similar community projects such as ours.

Having given this some considerable thought, 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. 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 all.

The BBT

We are closed

Much as we would prefer to be able to support our community by remaining open, there are a number of challenges and risks associated with keeping our volunteers and customers virus-free. As such, we have opted to close Barnaby’s until further notice. We promise to be back just as soon as we feel it is safe to do so. This may take several weeks, but we will keep you posted here and on our Facebook page.

Meanwhile, we’d like to thank all the people who have done so much to help us remain open thus far. Stay safe everyone.

The BBT

The Irish are coming!

St.Patricks Day is on Tuesday. It is an event that commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and the heritage of the Irish in general. Celebrations first began in the 17th Century, and today they generally involve public parades, festivals, cèilidhs and the wearing of shamrocks.

To mark the occasion, we’ll be giving away yummy Shamrock biccies with every coffee all week, plus we have two awesome Guinness cakes coming! These have been homemade by one of our fabulous volunteer bakers, but when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Neighbourhood Watch drop-in session on 19th March

After successful trial ‘drop-in’ sessions with the Meon Valley Neighbourhood Watch last year, we will be welcoming them back on Thursday 19th March from 10am to midday. This is your opportunity to:

  • ask about current initiatives in the Meon Valley
  • raise concerns about recent events near you
  • propose or discuss ideas that Neighbourhood Watch could get involved in to help improve security near you

Find out more about the Meon Valley Neighbourhood Watch team on their Facebook page at facebook.com/MeonValleyNHW, or just pop in to Barnaby’s on Thursday morning for a coffee and a chat.

Charity Awareness Day
Rainforest Alliance UK

In partnership with the Y7 students at Swanmore College, we will be supporting the Rainforest Alliance UK as part of our Charity Awareness Scheme. A collection tin will be out all week, and we’ll hold a full Charity Awareness Day on Saturday 7th March. All you have to do is come in and have a coffee, because 50% of our takings will go direct to this very worthy cause!

Rainforest Alliance UK is a non-profit organisation, whose aim is to protect forests, improve the livelihoods of farmers and forest communities, promote their human rights, and help them mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. Further information is available via www.rainforest-alliance.org/uk.

It’s all going to go a bit Welsh this week

It’s all going to go a bit Welsh again this week, in celebration of St. David’s Day and the Welsh Eisteddfod.

In Welsh culture, an Eisteddfod is a festival of literature, music and performance. The tradition 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. It is 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! So, anyone know what Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau means…?

Charity Awareness Day
British Heart Foundation

In continuation of our Valentines Day theme, this Saturday will be a Charity Awareness Day for the British Heart Foundation. Half of our takings on the day will be sent to the BHF, along with the contents of the red tin by the till. Please give what you can.

BHF’s vision is a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. They fund research to keep hearts beating and blood flowing.

Two-for-one on Valentines Day!

Love is in the air next week, so it’s “Buy One, Get One Free” in Barnaby’s on Friday! Just come on in with your wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, running buddy, someone else’s wife, their Scrabble partner etc etc, and we’ll pay for their hot drink.

Displayed on the wall will be a selection of Marie Kennards fabulous Valentines wreaths.

Charity Awareness Day
Trinity Winchester

As part of our ongoing support for charities with a connection to the Village, we will be holding a Charity Awareness Day on Saturday for Trinity Winchester. 50% of our takings on the day will be given to this incredible venture, along with the money from the tin by the till.

Trinity Winchester addresses the effects of homelessness and vulnerability through specialist practical and emotional support. Theses effects can include addiction, physical and mental ill health, poverty, social isolation and domestic abuse. More at trinitywinchester.org.uk.