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Short summary of the charity events on in Swanmore Hampshire

Meet our marvellous volunteers. This month – Julie Smith

In the second of our MEET THE VOLUNTEER series, we caught up with someone relatively new to Barnaby’s – Julie Smith – so we asked what volunteering means to her:

Q.  Why do you volunteer at Barnaby’s Julie?
  Well I believe a strong community runs on its volunteers, and I like supporting the community in which I live.  In the case of Swanmore, that’s been over 30 years, all be it with a bit of a recent break while we lived abroad! I brought my boys up here, so I rather like the fact that, with Barnaby’s being opposite the Primary School, I’m helping mums who are now on the same journey that I have been on.

Q.  What have been the side benefits of this?
A:   It’s a lovely way of meeting people that I might not normally have been able to meet. Some of those are new faces, and some are not so new!

Q.   How are you getting on with making your own coffee?
A:   Well, you’ll have to ask our customers that! I’ve learned not to be frightened of the machine, but on occasion, it can be a little hard to tell my lattés from my cappuccinos! It’s been fun to learn a new skill though, and all us volunteers receive lots of friendly training to help us improve.

Q.   Where do you think the money goes?
A:   I had originally thought that it went to the church, but I now know that it does not. In fact, I’ve seen Barnaby’s handing out some big cheques recently because there are some images here on the big screen, Perhaps more could be made of that – may be with a page in the Parish magazine?
(Thanks Julie – we’ll look in to that idea)

Q.   Can you explain the photo Julie?
A:   No. Not really! But Christmas isn’t far away!

Thank you Julie!

Helping Hooves return to Barnaby’s

One our favourite local causes is Helping Hooves.  Based here in Swanmore, Helping Hooves assist people experiencing change caused by illness, injury, recovery or other trauma.

Today, “Mouse” and “Hamish” made the journey down Hampton Hill to be brushed and loved by Barnaby’s customers, although they were a little bit too damp for that by the time they got here! To support our Charity Awareness Day,  Helping Hooves owner Abbie Withey held a tack sale inside the Paterson Centre. Lots of tack was bought and sold, while “Mouse” and “Hamish”  enjoyed a carrot or two from those who had come down to visit.

Visits from Helping Hooves have proven to be very popular with our younger customers, so we look forward to welcoming them back in Spring next year.


Poppies now available

Ahead of our Charity Awareness Day for the Royal British Legion on Saturday 13th November, poppies are now available in Barnaby’s. If you wish to support this wonderful charity with a donation of any sort, the ability to do so by card or cash can be found by the till.

Details of the Charity Awareness Day for the Royal British Legion will be released next week.

Classic cars round out the summer

A collection of 50 stunning Classic Cars enjoyed the autumnal sunshine outside Barnaby’s this morning, including three stunning E-Type Jaguars. Our famous popup coffee shop was on hand to keep the owners happy, offering tea, coffee and yummy homemade cakes from our friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market. As at previous events, we agreed to give all the money we collected to a local charity. Today we chose our local partners at the St.George Foundation.

To Pete, Roger, Berty, Sarah, Vicky, Chrissie & Sharon, the BBT would like to say a huge “thank you” for all the help you gave towards this summers events. Well done! You did it!

Meet the First Responders on 8th October

Many of you will know that First Responders from South Central Ambulance Charity (SCAC) attended an incident in Barnaby’s recently.  We were unaware of the work of the SCAC until we got chatting with them afterwards, so are delighted to confirm that we’ll be hosting them under different circumstances as part of our Charity Awareness Scheme on Saturday 8th October.

So come along and meet a First Responder, climb in to their ambulance, find out what they do, and see the equipment they carry. We’ll be supporting the SCAC by donating half of our takings on the day, in addition to any funds collected. Head to scascharity.org.uk/about-us/ to find out more about the SCAC.

The Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning

We are delighted to be playing our part in the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning, in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. This Friday 30th September, our amazing volunteers look forward to serving you  with coffee and yummy homemade cake from 9am-12noon. Please pop along- bring your family and your friends and be part of something truly amazing!

You can donate direct on our Macmillan donation page at thyg.uk/BUS007479915

Fancy baking a cake for Macmillan?  Please drop your marvellous creation – large or small –  in to Barnaby’s between 4-5pm on Thursday 29th September. It all counts, so thank you!

Barnaby’s set for The Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning!

Over £10m has been raised through The Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning over the years, and Barnaby’s are delighted to confirm that we’ll be getting involved again in 2022.  Set your calendars for Friday 30th September for a coffee and a slice of homemade cake.

You can donate now at thyg.uk/BUS007479915 or join us on the day to be part of something truly amazing!

Fancy baking a cake for Macmillan? If so, watch out for details of when you can drop your marvellous creation off for us to sell.

Classic cars raise over £100 for Macmillan

Some truly stunning classic cars gathered outside Barnaby’s this Saturday, as part of our Classic Cars @ Barnaby’s series that runs until October. Images can be seen on our Facebook page.

As ever, our fabulous volunteers ran a popup coffee shop in support, offering tea, coffee and homemade cakes.  It raised well over £100, which we’ll be giving to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Our next gathering of classic cars is on Saturday 27th August.

We meet the RNRMC

The subject of our Charity Awareness Scheme (CAS) this month is the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC). We have an RNRMC rep in the village and a serving Royal Marines soldier – both were in Barnaby’s on Saturday.

As will all CAS events, half of our takings on the day were added to whatever donations were made by you – our fabulous customers – and given straight to the RNRMC.

About the RNRMC – serving in the Royal Navy or Royal Marines represents an enduring commitment to protecting our island nation. This commitment is not without sacrifice. Those who serve can find themselves in a uniquely difficult and dangerous environment facing extended periods of time separated from loved ones, often with very little opportunity for communication. Head to rnrmc.org.uk to find out more.