Our friends at BBC Radio Solent broadcasted live from your favourite coffee shop today, as part of a two-week focus on community projects and their importance to the people who benefit from them. It was prompted by a call from local resident Sydney Dean to DJ Alex Dyke, after Alex had slammed church coffee shops during his morning show a couple of weeks ago. Sydney challenged Alex to come to Barnaby’s to see what proper coffee tasted like, then dared him to compare it to the high street brands.
Barnaby’s was full to bursting this morning, as Sydney Dean and Alastair Walton met with BBC producer Alun Newman, ahead of the live broadcast on Alex Dykes morning show. You can listen to the full show here on the BBC iPlayer (click forward to 1h 9m to hear our bit), or press play below to hear a short clip.
There is now an album of photos on our Facebook page, showing Alun, Sydney and Alastair live on air. The album includes an image of the #baristasisters as requested by DJ Alex Dyke during the interview today. We think he may have started something. Can you guess who they are?
Incredibly, 2.5 billion people do not have anywhere safe, clean and hygenic to go to the loo. That’s more than a third of the people on the planet! There are four loos at Barnaby’s, so we are going to twin each of them with loos in countries like Nepal and Uganda by raising money for the fabulous toilet twinning charity www.toilettwinning.org.
Toilet twinning is a simple and quirky way to solve a serious problem. For just £60, we’ll be able to twin one of our loos with one halfway round the world. For £240, we could even twin with a school block! We’ll end on 19th November, with half of Barnaby’s coffee & cake proceeds on the day being added to what will have been donated up to that point.
We are already off to a flying start, with enough collected on the day of the recent launch to pay for two new loos in Burundi! Find out more about what happens to your money through these wonderful videos, and make a date to pop in to Barnaby’s on Thursday 19th November.
Anyone who watched the latest episode of The Apprentice will know just how vibrant the childrens book industry is. We’ve seen the effect of this from the success of our great Storytime@Barnaby’s series during the school holidays. So we were delighted to hear of the Open The Book initiative that our own Primary School is engaged in – a three year rolling programme of themed and dramatised storytelling, in partnership with The Bible Society.
“The stories actually make us laugh – and you wouldn’t have thought Bible stories were funny!” said Darcey, aged 10 “I like Open the Book because we do different things every week. I haven’t heard some of these stories before, but they are really good.” said Isabelle, aged 7.
Open the Book was launched in 1999. Since then, thousands of school children have discovered Bible stories through assemblies and collective worship. Teams of volunteers throughout the country use drama, mime, props, costume, and even school staff to present Bible stories in lively and informative ways. Want to find out more? Ask your child what they think of Open The Book, or watch this great video on the Bible Society website.
Next to the till in Barnaby’s Coffee Shop is a little glass jar. Every day, people drop money in to that little glass jar – change from their coffee perhaps, or a few loose coins from their purse. Some people have asked where that money goes, and the answer is the St.George Foundation.
Swanmore is very closely aligned to the St. George Foundation, established as it was by Phillip Dean of the St.Barnabas congregation. The foundation is also the nominated charity of the Swanmore Primary School. The contents of that little glass jar came to £175:80 when we counted it out a few days ago, which has all gone to the work of the foundation in Sierra Leone.
The St. George Foundation helps orphans in Western Rural – the area immediately on the outskirts of Freetown in Sierra Leone. Since it was launched, the foundation has taken 360 orphans into residential care, arranged foster care for 140 others, and handed emergency packs to a further 300 in the community. With your support, the long road to recovery for these orphans is significantly reduced, for which we thank you. Click here to find out more about the St. George Foundation, or just keep popping money in the jar.
One year ago, there was a new word on everyones lips in the Meon Valley. That word was Barnaby’s. Born from an initiative of the Portsmouth Diocese to help village churches find vibrant ways to maximise their use of the buildings they occupy, a volunteer team set to work on what was known as The Old School Room to create a vibrant community coffee shop.
So on Saturday, Barnaby’s volunteers, partners, friends and customers came together to celebrate the end of an incredible first year. Yet again, the place was full from the moment to the doors opened until well after they were supposed to be closed! There were balloons, party poppers, bucks fizz, singing, and rather a lot of cake. Head over to our Facebook page for some fabulous images of a truly great moment for this vibrant addition to Swanmore life.
As a community project, Barnaby’s success is entirely built on the generosity of some wonderful people. If you were involved in the original planning, or if you helped paint a wall, or if you learned how to use a coffee machine for the first time, or if you bake a cake every week, or if you just come in to enjoy a coffee and some free wifi, you make Barnaby’s what it is. Thank you.
Wow! What an amazing day at Barnaby’s yesterday! Your favourite coffee shop never looked better, and it was standing-room only throughout the day for our participation in The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Volunteers volunteered, bakers baked, decorators decorated, and by the end of the day we had made a huge donation to Macmilan Cancer Research. There are some great photos now live on our Facebook page, including one taken of our 200th Facebook follower who popped in!
This event had raised over £25 million for cancer research and patient care. We are extremely proud that Barnaby’s has been able to contribute £242:30 towards the success of this years event. You can watch the donations rolling in at coffee.macmillan.org.uk.
Special thanks go to Peter – an absolute star who worked a double shift (that Kingdom training was worth it!), plus Janet, Sam and Jane for working their socks off, and all of our cake baker volunteers. Huge thanks to those that just dropped in and ended up spending a few minutes clearing tables or serving, or on occasions helping at the coffee machine – yes, it is possible for two people to be operating it at the same time!
This Friday at Barnaby’s, join over 160,000 people in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning! This fabulous occasion is Macmillan Cancer Support’s largest charity fundraising event, one that has so far raised over £113 million for cancer research and patient care.
Join us between 9am and 12 noon. Come and be part of something special, and invite your friends through our events page.
Proceeds from the sale of all our cakes will be donated to Macmillan, as will half our coffee sales. If you can’t be there, but would still like to give a donation to Macmillan, just text CUPCAKE to 70550 (one text donates £5), go to macmillan.org.uk/coffee or phone 0845 074 2606.
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest charity fundraising event. The first was held in 1991, when 2,600 people registered to hold coffee mornings across the country. Last year, the number was closer to 155,000, and a total of £113 million has been raised for the support of cancer patients as a result. Find out more in this short video.
This year, Barnaby’s will be part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 25th September from 9am to 12 noon. Come and be part of something special, and invite your friends through our events page.
If you can’t be there, but would still like to give a donation to Macmillan, just text CUPCAKE to 70550 (one text=£5), go to macmillan.org.uk/coffee or phone 0845 074 2606.