It’s Christian Aid Week. As such, we, like Christian Aid, will be championing women like Jessica, whose Zimbabwean family is suffering from an aching hunger triggered by the combined effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, conflict, and drought. Together, these once-in-a-lifetime circumstances have robbed communities like Jessica’s of the power to provide for their children.
All this week:
- Christian Aid will stand with resilient women – like Jessica – who are determined to lift their families out of hunger
- Christian Aid will raise their voices to call for climate justice
- Christian Aid will pray that families will stay strong during times of drought
All this week, Barnaby’s will be collecting to help women grow crops that survive in the drought. Together, we can help turn hunger into hope.
This Saturday, we will be showcasing the work of the Meon Valley Lions Club through our Charity Awareness Scheme. This scheme has already raised close to £3,000 for good causes in 2022, as reported in the Swanmore Link magazine.
Come along and meet the Lions this Saturday – learn about the amazing things they do to support those close to us, and the events they have coming up later in the year. The Big Blue Bus might even be here! Head to www.meonvalleylionsclub.org.uk for more information about this great charity.
In support of our donations to the work of the International Red Cross in the Ukraine, our friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market have made us some fabulous Red Cross buns! They will be in Barnaby’s on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only, so grab yours while you can!
We’ll be closed from 4.30pm on Thursday to start Barnaby’s Annual Spring Clean. We’ll be back at 10am on Saturday 23rd April to welcome the return of our Classic Car weekends.
We are collecting for two causes closely associated with events in the Ukraine. They are:
- UNICEF – supporting the half a million children in Ukraine who have already been affected as the conflict enters its eighth year under heightened circumstances.
- ASSOCIATION OF UKRAINIANS IN GREAT BRITAIN – working with HM GOV to deliver diplomatic, cultural, economic, financial and sporting responses on an international scale.
For those who feel able to support these causes, please use the collection tin or the Tap n’Go pad.
Barnaby’s commitment to community outreach ensures that we share our proceeds with local causes through a Charity Awareness Scheme. This scheme has been on hold for almost 2 years, so we have recently been working hard to re-start the program. Pop these dates in your diary:
Saturday 19th March
Based in Swanmore, Helping Hooves provide a wonderful home to a number of therapy horses. Abbie and the team will be outside Barnaby’s with some of their ponies for you to meet!
Saturday 9th April
‘Meon Valley HomeStart’
Being a parent, whatever the circumstances, can be challenging. That’s were HomeStart steps in, and we’re pleased to be able to raise their profile today.
Saturday 17th May
‘Meon Valley Lions’
The Meon Valley Lions are part of a service organisation that has over 1.4 million members in 205 countries. Their aim is to provide assistance in our community for those in need. We’re delighted to support them.
Saturday 18th June
‘Hounds for Heroes’ (see pic)
Come and meet some of the wonderful dogs in training to assist injured and disabled men and women from the UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services.
Saturday 2nd July
‘Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity’
Come and meet those from the RNRMC who help Service personnel face extended periods of time separated from loved ones, often with very little opportunity for communication.
Head to barnabys.coffee/charityawarenessscheme to find out more, or apply.
Our Charity Awareness Days help raise the profile of local charities and good causes. We are delighted to be able to restart this program after a 2-year pause, beginning with a return of the wonderful team from Helping Hooves on Saturday 19th March.
Based here in Swanmore, Helping Hooves use some amazing horses and ponies to assist people experiencing change caused by illness, injury, recovery or other trauma. Come and meet them!
CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST
This Saturday, Barnaby’s will play host to the last in our series of Classic Car Summer events. Any pre-1990 vehicles are invited to attend and showcase themselves. Doors open at 10am.
All visitors, kids, dogs and families are welcome too! Barnaby’s popup coffee shop will be there with teas, coffees and homemade cakes from our friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market.
Our Classic Cars events will return in April 2022.
It was a pleasure to be able to host Rev Michael Smith and his team at Barnaby’s yesterday (Thursday 11th November). A couple of years ago, we assisted Michael in the set-up of a community coffee shop in Hatch Warren near Basingstoke – Michaels parish at the time.
Michael was back at Barnaby’s for some advice on a similar venture he is setting up at his new parish in Bournemouth. Good luck Michael!
This Saturday and all next week, we will be championing the work of the Royal British Legion. It has particular resonance this year, as it marks the 100th Anniversary of the RBL. There will be lots of slides on the big screen in Barnaby’s recognising the events of Armistice Day, the daily Act of Remembrance at the Menin Gate in Ypres, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in London. As always with our Charity Awareness Days, half of Saturday takings will be given to the RBL.
Please head to barnabys.coffee/charityawarenessscheme to find out more about our Charity Awareness Days and to put forward a charity of your choice that we could support as part of the scheme.
In support of the Royal British Legion, our friends at St.Barnabas Church have organised a garage sale in the car park outside Barnaby’s for items discovered in attics & garages during the pandemic lockdown. Set-up from 9.30am on Saturday 10th July.
For details, please email email@example.com direct.