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.
We are delighted to announce the arrival of Barnabees – a brand new beehive that will form a significant part of the wonderful new garden design project led by the Y6 children of Swanmore Primary School.
Pictured above is Rebecca Parker (new Deputy Head Teacher at the school) receiving a large cheque from Alastair Walton (Barnaby’s Business Team) alongside Carl Weston (Site Manager and newly-appointed Head Beekeeper!) Carl has been busy preparing for the arrival of the queen bee in a few weeks time, and expects to see the first honey crop in 2023. It is Barnaby’s intention to further support the Primary School by offering Barnabees Honey for sale in Barnaby’s next year.
With our great thanks to the team at FOSPS for helping to make this happen! We look forward to keeping them, and you, posted.
On Saturday 18th June, we’ll be hosting a number of trainee dogs from Hounds For Heroes as part of our Charity Awareness Scheme. Come and meet ‘Aurora’ and her handler John Branson. She is a 12-month old golden retriever in training for Hounds For Heroes. In the next year, she will join a higher training program ahead of becoming an assistant dog. John will be able to tell you the amazing things that these dogs are capable of and how they are trained.
Half of Barnaby’s takings on Saturday will be added to your donations, and sent to Hounds For Heroes. Please come and give them your support.
Last month, we supported Christian Aid with a number of activities and items on the big screen. Our local Christian Aid rep – Wendy Horn – popped back in to Barnaby’s recently to collect a cheque for £770.
On receiving the cheque, Wendy (R) commented “We are so grateful to the Barnaby’s team for helping to raise such afabulous amount of money. Thank you.!”
Sarah Walton (L) commented “Our support of Christian Aid is a great example of Barnaby’s at its very best – as a community hub supporting charitable works here and elsewhere. Our thank go to all the wonderful volunteers who help make this place such a great success”.
The second in the Classic Cars @ Barnaby’s series was a great success, with a large number of cars on show for the first time. Some came from as far east as Bosham and as far north as Guildford. Word is clearly getting out!
As before, Barnaby’s popup coffee shop was there in support. Event organiser Alastair Walton offered to give all of the days takings to the Jubilee Sailing Trust, and £182 was donated! As luck would have it, JST Ambassador Roger Morfill was in Barnaby’s having a coffee, so we sent him home with a big cheque! The picture shows Sarah Walton handing it over to a very happy Roger.
Thank you to all who came, enjoyed, and donated. Our next Classic Cars @ Barnaby’s event is on 25th June.
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.