In order to protect our volunteers and our customers, Barnaby’s will not re-open as planned after Autumn Half Term. This follows the announcement of a nationwide lockdown that will begin on Thursday 5th November.
There is no telling when we’ll be back, but we’ll post details here when we are ready to do so. In the meantime, please keep yourselves and your families safe.
As per previous years, Barnaby’s will be closed for period of the Autumn Half Term holiday. We hope you all have a lovely time.
We hope to be back with our takeaway service and outdoor seated service soon after. Details will be confirmed nearer the time. We look forward to see you all then.
As there are now some restaurants, pubs and coffee shops opening up, albeit on very restricted terms, we are naturally looking at how Barnaby’s may do the same. In assessing this, our priority has been the safety of our volunteers and customers, whilst also respecting the guidelines we operate under and the experiences of similar community projects.
All things considered, it is currently the intention of the BBT to re-open Barnaby’s in the first week of September. We hope that by then, the current guidelines may have relaxed enough to allow us to deliver the full Barnaby”s experience. It may be that we adopt a phased approach, starting with a takeaway service only. We know this news may be disappointing to some. That includes us, as we want to be open too! However, the size of our kitchen and the need to create a suitable one-way system make effective social distancing very challenging.
Our confirmed plans will be announced closer to the time, both here and on Facebook. We very much look forward to sharing them with you.
St.Patricks Day is on Tuesday. It is an event that commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and the heritage of the Irish in general. Celebrations first began in the 17th Century, and today they generally involve public parades, festivals, cèilidhs and the wearing of shamrocks.
To mark the occasion, we’ll be giving away yummy Shamrock biccies with every coffee all week, plus we have two awesome Guinness cakes coming! These have been homemade by one of our fabulous volunteer bakers, but when they’re gone, they’re gone!
After successful trial ‘drop-in’ sessions with the Meon Valley Neighbourhood Watch last year, we will be welcoming them back on Thursday 19th March from 10am to midday. This is your opportunity to:
- ask about current initiatives in the Meon Valley
- raise concerns about recent events near you
- propose or discuss ideas that Neighbourhood Watch could get involved in to help improve security near you
Find out more about the Meon Valley Neighbourhood Watch team on their Facebook page at facebook.com/MeonValleyNHW, or just pop in to Barnaby’s on Thursday morning for a coffee and a chat.
In partnership with the Y7 students at Swanmore College, we will be supporting the Rainforest Alliance UK as part of our Charity Awareness Scheme. A collection tin will be out all week, and we’ll hold a full Charity Awareness Day on Saturday 7th March. All you have to do is come in and have a coffee, because 50% of our takings will go direct to this very worthy cause!
Rainforest Alliance UK is a non-profit organisation, whose aim is to protect forests, improve the livelihoods of farmers and forest communities, promote their human rights, and help them mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. Further information is available via www.rainforest-alliance.org/uk.
In celebration of St.Davids Day later this week, our friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market have been baking yummy Welsh cakes for you all! They are now on offer at Barnaby’s for just £1 for 3. They are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee, but when they are gone, they are gone!
It’s all going to go a bit Welsh again this week, in celebration of St. David’s Day and the Welsh Eisteddfod.
In Welsh culture, an Eisteddfod is a festival of literature, music and performance. The tradition dates back to the 12th century, when a festival of poetry and music was held by Rhys ap Gruffydd at his court in Cardigan. He invited poets and musicians from all over Wales, and a seat at his top table was awarded to the best of them. It is a tradition that prevails in the modern day Eisteddfod.
We won’t be going that far, but we will have rousing Welsh hymns, lots of castles to look at, and yummy Welsh cakes on offer! So, anyone know what Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau means…?