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Barnaby’s hosts coffee mornings and get-togethers all the time. Details here, and on our Facebook page.

Outdoor seating is back!

As part of our ‘phased’ approach to re-opening, Barnaby’s outdoor seating will be available from this Saturday. Sadly, the weather gods look like they may have something to say about it this weekend, but we’re going to try anyway! If there is a table available, please sit down and then send an emissary up to the till to place your groups order. We’ll bring your coffees out to you.

The takeaway service will operate as normal.

There are restrictions still in place for meeting people outdoors (rule of 6, social distancing etc), so please be mindful of those while you are visiting Barnaby’s. If in doubt, one of our wonderful volunteers will help you. 

When might Barnaby’s return?

Since the Government posted their roadmap for the easing of restrictions, the BBT have been considering how and when Barnaby’s might reopen. In short, we are very much looking forward to 21st June when it is expected that all the legal limits on social contact will be removed. That is the point at which Barnaby’s will be able to safely return to its rightful place as a vital hub for our community.

The Government roadmap proposes a series of steps that lead up to 21st June. Indeed, we could potentially launch a restricted outdoor service as early as 12th April. So as that date approaches, we’ll be able to tell you more about our plans, guided by whatever is required in order to operate as safely and as successfully as possible. Until then, please stay safe.

The BBT

We remain closed

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.

When might Barnaby’s re-open?

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.

The BBT

We are closed

Much as we would prefer to be able to support our community by remaining open, there are a number of challenges and risks associated with keeping our volunteers and customers virus-free. As such, we have opted to close Barnaby’s until further notice. We promise to be back just as soon as we feel it is safe to do so. This may take several weeks, but we will keep you posted here and on our Facebook page.

Meanwhile, we’d like to thank all the people who have done so much to help us remain open thus far. Stay safe everyone.

The BBT

The Irish are coming!

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!

Neighbourhood Watch drop-in session on 19th March

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.

Charity Awareness Day
Rainforest Alliance UK

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.