The Irish are coming…

St.Patricks Day is this weekend. It’s an event that started in the early 17th century, commemorating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and the heritage of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of shamrocks.

This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we’ll have yummy homemade shamrock biccies available with every coffee and an awesome Guinness cake – homemade by one of our fabulous volunteers. You won’t want to miss that!

Oh, and the Irish play Wales in Cardiff on Saturday at 2.45pm…

The Coffee Man comes calling

Barnaby’s Team Leaders had the pleasure of learning from Ieuan Andrews today, known widely as “The Coffee Man“. A 20-year career in the coffee business has helped Ieuan build up an unenviable knowledge of coffee machines and how to get the best from them. He now readily shares this experience with small independent coffee shops like Barnaby’s, helping them to deliver quality and consistency.

Ieuan made a number of recommendations to Barnaby’s Team Leaders, in order to maintain our high standards and help train our volunteers. We are grateful to him. Find out more about The Coffee Man at thecoffeemansoutheast.co.uk.

It’s all gone a bit Welsh!

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

In Welsh culture, an Eisteddfod is a Welsh festival of literature, music and performance. The tradition of a meeting of Welsh artists 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 – 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! We’ll keep the theme going until Saturday afternoon, when there will be prizes for anyone who knows what Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau means…

Male Voice Choir tickets now available

The staggeringly fabulous Pontypridd Male Voice Choir will be back in Swanmore on Saturday 2nd March at 7pm. Tickets will be available from Barnaby’s today from 10am, and on Saturday 16th February.

The last time the Pontypridd Male Voice Choir was in Swanmore, the event event was a complete sell out. Make sure you get your tickets early! There really isn’t quite anything like the sound of a choir such as this.

We choose love

This week, a percentage of our takings will be given to the amazing team at www.choose.love  – the world’s first shop where you can buy real gifts for child refugees that include essentials such as clothes, tents, nappies & sleeping bags.

This new model of charitable giving has already raised over £1 million, it has got the message out to over 200 million people, and it has engaged celebrities, influencers and the public with a really positive message. Find out more at www.choose.love.

Two-for-one this Valentines Day

This week in your favourite coffee shop, love is in the air! Barnaby’s will be decorated with a lovely Valentines theme, and we look forward to seeing you with whoever you choose to bring along with you…!

On Thursday,  it’s“Buy One, Get One Free.” Just come on in with your wife husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, friend, running buddy, someone else’s wife, their Scrabble partner etc etc, and we’ll pay for their hot drink!

See you all on Thursday.

Barnaby’s inspires new venture in Droxford

A dream to turn Droxford church in to a community hub and heritage centre, inspired by Barnaby’s, is now very close to reality. The church had been placed on the Heritage At Risk register after a host of structural problems were logged, but after a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a wave of enthusiastic ideas from the villagers, work is now well under way.

John Symes, Chairman of Friends of Droxford Church, told the Meon Valley News this week “Our repairs were conceived as a community project rather than just as a restoration project. When fully completed, “Wilfreds”, a volunteer-run cafe inspired by Barnaby’s in Swanmore, will be the centrepiece of this huge project. There is still a lot of money to be raised, but we have made wonderful progress. We have been very impressed with what the Barnaby’s team have achieved there, so that will be the model for us too.”

The full article can be read in the latest issue of the Meon Valley News, and you can follow Johns progress on friendsofdroxfordchurch.org.uk.

How does Barnaby’s support my community?

Barnaby’s is a very tangible asset to the community – a charming, friendly and social place to meet with your friends and share a little time together. Behind-the-scenes, Barnaby’s is much more than that. After we meet our running costs, Barnaby’s supports community projects and ventures through our Charity Donation Scheme (CDS). Recently, these have included:

  • Alzheimers Society
  • Childrens Society
  • DEC
  • Fit For Felix
  • Friends of Teso
  • Girl Guides
  • Macmillan Cancer Research
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Royal British Legion
  • Rowans Hospice
  • St. George Foundation
  • Swanmore Lions
  • Swanmore Mothers Union
  • Swanmore Open Gardens
  • Swanmore Village Primary School
  • Toilettwinning.org

To apply to receive funding from Barnaby’s CDS, please go to barnabys.coffee/charity and complete a very short form.

This article was first posted in February 2016

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