Here we go then! It’s Christmas week, the kids are over-excited, and the house looks like a bomb has gone off. Come and de-stress at Barnaby’s during Christmas week, with a delicious coffee and a free homemade mince pie. You deserve it!
On Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd December, we’re open from 2pm to 4pm. We’ll have kids colouring, free mince pies with every coffee*, warming Christmas carols, and lots of sparkly lights!
On Christmas Eve, we are open from 9 and it’s party time all the way up to midday! Join the fun with free coffee/tea and a free mince pie*. What more could you want!
All through Christmas week, we will be collecting for the Hampshire Air Ambulance, who cared for Felix Barrow so well after his accident in October. Can’t make it? Donate here. Felix continues to improve in Southampton General Hospital, so please give generously to this very worthy cause. We wish Felix and his family a very Happy Christmas.
Over 220 people joined Felix Barrow’s family at an awesome Santa Hat Workout this morning, run by Vanessa Barrow and Debbie Jones of InspireMeFit. The aim was to raise money for the Hampshire Air Ambulance, who cared for Felix so well after his accident in Swanmore on 7th October. Family and friends gathered at 8am, to huff and puff their way through a circuits workout, followed by coffee & croissants in Barnaby’s.
At the time of writing, the JustGiving page had already raised £2,600 for the Hampshire Air Ambulance. We know there is another £1,000 to come from Swanmore College where Felix’s eldest sister Charlotte is a student, and we expect the event today to have raised well over £1,000. Please keep giving for this fabulous cause here, and look out for the new FitForFelix campaign launching very soon.
Just a few weeks ago, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) was in Swanmore following an accident involving 11 year old Felix Barrow. Felix required vital medical treatment on the scene, before being flown to Southampton General where he continues to improve. Every day, the Air Ambulance crew respond to situations like this across the region. Despite its vital work, HIOWAA receives no government, statutory or National Lottery funding for routine operations. It relies entirely on the generosity of local people and businesses to keep it flying and save lives.
On Saturday, join us for the big Santa Workout in aid of HIOWAA, run by Debbie Jones of InspireMeFit. You’ll need to be at the Broad Lane recreation ground at 8am on Saturday, followed by coffee and croissants at Barnaby’s. Children are very welcome. You should be reasonably healthy to take part, but if the workout isn’t for you then why not go for a hearty walk and meet us at Barnaby’s for coffee at 8:45!
The event is free to attend, but donations towards the Air Ambulance that provided Felix with such timely and urgent treatment are welcomed and encouraged. You can donate now through JustGiving, or on the day.
We’d love to see you on the 19th. You must post on the special Santa Run website to say you are coming, so we order enough croissants! Don’t forget your Santa hat!
It will not have escaped your notice that there was a loo in the middle of Barnaby’s last week. The loo appeared again during Beer n’Hymms, and you could be forgiven for thinking that it has been following you around the building!
We first raised this subject during the Hope In Action service in St.Barnabas Church last month, after which we began raising money for the Toilet Twinning charity toilettwinning.org. Shuna Rose has been championing this project for us, assisted by Alastair Walton who kindly lent us the loo in to which people had been popping their ‘donations’…
We are pleased to report that we have raised enough money to twin all four of our own loos with new ones being built in four developing countries – Burundi, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India. Pictures of the loos you paid for are now up in our very own loos at Barnaby’s and the Paterson Centre. In addition to that, your generosity has helped Swanmore contribute towards the following fabulous projects, here and abroad:
the Royal British Legion
the St.Georges Foundation
Swanmore Primary School
Details of the project we are supporting at the Primary School will be announced on this website before the New Year. Thank you to all who made this possible.
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!