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!
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.
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.
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.
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.