This Saturday, Barnaby’s will focus on the work of the Royal British Legion as part of our Charity Awareness Scheme. The RBL was formed in May 192 with the objective of bringing together four national organisations of ex-Servicemen that had established themselves after the First World War:
- National Association of Discharged Sailors & Soldiers
- British National Federation of Discharged & Demobilised Sailors & Soldiers
- Comrades of The Great War
- Officers’ Association
The amalgamation of these diverse bodies can be attributed largely to two men: Field Marshal Earl Haig and Tom Lister. Lord Haig served as President of The RBL until his death in 1928. For more information, head to britishlegion.org.uk.
Every Saturday in November, Barnaby’s will play host to a “popup” box office for SADS, allowing you to purchase tickets for their forthcoming production of “The Snow Queen” on 5th, 6th & 7th December. There are four performances to choose from. Ticket prices start at £4:50.
The SADS Box Office will be in Barnaby’s from 10am to noon on 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd November. The SADS team look forward to seeing you.
Peter Borastons family have today told us of an email address they have set up to receive messages of condolence from anyone who’d like to write one. As many of you know, Peters mantra was always “Onwards and Upwards!”, so it seems highly appropriate that email@example.com is the address the family have chosen.
As part of Barnaby’s 5th Birthday celebrations, volunteer Berty Ferrone has offered the opportunity for you to bid for one of his fabulous photos that are currently hanging on our wall. Bertys images are wonderfully shot and beautifully framed. We invite you to come in to Barnaby’s this week and enjoy the variety on display.
The auction will take place at 1130 on Saturday 12th October, after which the winner will chose from any of the images displayed. The proceeds will be split between the St.George Foundation and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.
Tickets for two events are now available from Barnaby’s:
The St.Barnabas Quiz Night will kick off in the Paterson Centre at 7pm on Saturday 12th October. Your host Alastair Walton will test your knowledge on a number of subjects, ahead of a fabulous ploughmans supper. Lots of prizes! Tickets are £10 (£5 for U16’s), and multi-generational teams of 6-8 are encouraged. Bring drinks!
Crafts, games, music, food, singing & fun for our younger customers kicks off at 4pm on Thursday 31st October. A huge success in its first year, last year. Tickets are free, and there are prizes for the Best Dressed Superheroes! Who will you be?
The Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning has raised a record amount for Macmillan Cancer Support this year. With 50% of Barnaby’s takings added to the total amount raised from the sale of homemade cakes made by our wonderful volunteers, a cheque for £475 has just been sent to this amazing charity!
Huge congratulations go to all the bakers and baristas involved, and to Sarah Walton who organised it all. Well done!
Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest charity fundraising event is undoubtedly The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. It will be held in Barnaby’s on Friday 27th September, starting at 9am. There will be plenty of cake for sale, and loads of things for the kids to do too.
Pop in & be part of something special!
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning was first held in 1991, when 2,600 coffee mornings were held simultaneously across the country. Last year, the number was closer to 155,000, and a total of £165 million has been raised for the support of cancer patients as a result. Find out more at coffeemorning.macmillan.org.uk.
The vicar of St.Barnabas, Claire Towns, announced today that she will be leaving Swanmore on 5th January to take up a new post near St.Albans. Back in 2014, Claire was instrumental in the transformation of what was the Old School Room in to what is now a bustling community coffee shop. Claire has remained an active member of the BBT ever since. Her support and guidance have been invaluable.
From the BBT, our volunteers, customers & suppliers, we say “Thank you Claire.” We look forward to seeing you and Sally at our volunteers celebration event on 29th September.
Photos from yesterdays Family Fun Day are now up on our Facebook page. The whole event was a huge success, with the grounds of the school and church hosting well over a 100 people as they discovered things about the village they had not previously known. On-site attractions included:
- superb display by the girls of Roynon Dance
- hidden areas of the church, including the Bell Tower
- ‘Beat the Goalie’
- bouncy castle
- treasure hunt
- self-defence demonstrations
- the lovely horses of Helping Hooves
- fire engine, police car & ambulance
Barnaby’s was heaving all afternoon, so we are very grateful to the Team Leaders and volunteers who gave up their time to open on a Sunday.
Our neighbours at St.Barnabas and Swanmore Primary School have jointly launched a Family Fun Day, to be held in the grounds of both buildings on 7th July. This promises to be a great day of fun and entertainment for the whole family, so Barnaby’s will be open! Activities will include:
- Family games
- Family quiz
- Fire engine, ambulance & police car
- Glitter tattoos
- “Stranger Danger”
- Explore the Bell Tower & hidden areas of the church
- Bouncy castle and Sumo suits
- Dance exhibition
There will be an all-day bar open, and you are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy between you. All proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the church, and in support for future community of events. Further details can be found on the screen in Barnaby’s.