This week, we will be supporting the DEC appeal in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe after the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai. The cyclone has left behind a trail of destruction that has affected an estimated 2.6 million people. More 400,000 have lost their homes. The full scale of the disaster is still unfolding, as search and rescue operations continue and more heavy rain is predicted. The UN have stated that this may become one of the worst weather-related disasters on record in the southern hemisphere.
In line with our mission to support charities and good causes, we’ll be donating half our takings to the DEC. If you’d like to add to this, there will be a collection tin in Barnaby’s all week.
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.
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.
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.
One of the key remits of Barnaby’s is to support charitable causes. This month, the BBT have elected to donate 20% of our December income to Crisis at Christmas. This will be in the form of a cash donation, which will enable CAS to continue to work side-by-side with the homeless in order to help them rebuild their lives.
If you wish to make a personal donation to CAS, either click here or pop your donation in the red tin that is now in Barnaby’s.
At midday today, Mike Holubinka was drawn as the winner of the photo competition we have been running all through November, in aid of the DECs relief effort following the Indonesian tsunami.
Mike correctly chose the location of a photo taken by one of our regular volunteers – Berty Ferrone. The answer was Mudeford Quay in Dorset, and the winning ticket was chosen by Bertys grandson Oliver!
As a result of Bertys generosity and the donations you made today, we will be sending over £100 to the DEC next week. Thank you.
Barnaby’s Business Team, volunteers and customers were all saddened to hear about the recent passing of Sydney Dean – a fervent supporter of Barnaby’s from the very beginning.
Sydney demonstrated this beautifully in his bullish answers to a DJ on Radio Solent, who dared to be critical of ‘church coffee shops’ live on air a couple of years ago. Sydney rang in, and was so forceful with the chap that he was forced to come out to Barnaby’s to see the place for himself! A victory for Sydney, and a great moment for Barnaby’s.
Rest in peace sir.
Sydneys funeral will be in St.Barnabas Church on Friday.
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
- 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
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
This stunning image is one of a series, now framed and on display in Barnaby’s. The photographer is our very own Berty Ferrone, who can be found hard at work as a barista most Saturdays. Berty has very generously offered to give away one of his superb images in aid of the Tsunami Appeal that followed the recent earthquake in Indonesia.
So, how can you win one? Simple! All you have to do is guess where this photo was taken. Pop your guess in to the pot in front of the till in Barnaby’s, along with your donation to the appeal. The winner will be drawn from the correct answers by Berty himself at midday on Saturday 1st December, at which point you’ll be able to choose the photo you want to take home!
In support of the Royal British Legion and in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday, poppies will be on sale from Barnaby’s from Saturday. This year has a special resonance as it marks the 100th year since the end of hostilities in WWI, so our big screen will be given over to to the work of the charity.
Barnaby’s is honoured to be able to support the Royal British Legion in this way, and we are delighted to have been a major contributor to them as a result of your generous donations.