All posts by Alastair Walton

Volunteers. We need your help!

If you have volunteered at Barnaby’s at any stage this year, you’ll have recently received an  email from us asking if you’d like to help with our new takeaway and seated services. Many of you have replied. Thank you!

Barnaby’s doesn’t work without people like you, so if you have not received the email, please write to hello@barnabys.coffee and us know. If you have received it and not replied, please get in touch.

Barnaby’s set to re-open this Saturday

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.

 

Volunteers trial new takeaway service

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!

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 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.

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…?