In order to give our fabulous volunteers and Team Leaders a chance to grab some time off (oh, and for us to do a spot of painting too), Barnaby’s is now on holiday. We’ll be back on Thursday 8th August at 10am, so we look forward to seeing you all then.
Meanwhile, we want to thank everyone who makes Barnaby’s what it is – customers, volunteers, suppliers and charities. Happy holidays everyone!
Barnaby’s Business Team
After a successful trial ‘drop-in’ session with the Meon Valley Neighbourhood Watch in May, we will be holding a 2nd session on Thursday 11th July 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.
“Cuppa & Colour” is a fun way for your kids to get stuck in to a little bit of creativity in a lovely safe environment. All this week, Barnaby’s will have drawing ideas available for the U10’s, while you sit back and enjoy a nice velvety coffee and some free wifi!
What will you do with your new found freedom? Read a book? Catch up with friends? Launch a new business? Either way, you’ll find drawings and pencils ready for little ones when you get here. Pin their creations up on the noticeboard to win a prize at the end of the week! We look forward to seeing you all.
Our famous ‘popup’ coffee shop will be back at the Swanmore Lawn Tennis Club (SLTC) on Saturday 18th May in support of the Big Tennis Open Weekend. This is your opportunity to try tennis for free, so the SLTC will throw open it’s doors to everyone who wants to come and have a go!
We’ll be there with yummy homemade cakes and delicious coffee, alongside our friends from JT Sports in Wickham who can advise on kit, or even re-string your old racket!
The event kicks off at 9.30am. Pre-book a slot if you wish to at goo.gl/HYWGvv, or just turn up on the day! See you there.
We’ll be celebrating the launch of Christian Aid Week by hosting The Big Brekkie on Saturday 11th May. Come along and have breakfast on us, while you have a go at the all-new Big Brekkie Quiz. It’s great fun, and you’ll know (almost all) of the answers!
Christian Aid Week is 12th to 18th May. Last year, the fund raised over £8m. What can they achieve this year with your help? Find out more at www.christianaid.org.uk
In celebration of Easter Week, it’ll be Hot Cross Buns as far as the eye can see in Barnaby’s! And for the third year running, our friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market have kindly offered to bake them. They recently published a little study on the ingredients of the perfect hot cross bun, as compared with the ones you buy from the supermarket….
This is what’s in ours
Flour, sugar, salt, mixed spice, dried yeast, butter, free range egg, dried fruit, dried milk & margarine.
And from the supermarket…
Wheat flour (includes calcium carbonate, iron, niacin, thiamin), orange soaked fruit (includes orange juice from concentrate), water, orange soaked Chilean flame raisins (includes orange juice from concentrate), unsalted butter, yeast, mixed peel, invert sugar syrup, wheat protein, honey, demerara sugar, buttermilk powder, maize starch, salt, palm oil, dried egg, flavouring, rapeseed oil, palm fat, soya flour and wheat starch.
St.Patricks Day is this weekend. It’s an event that started in the early 17th century, commemorating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and the heritage of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of shamrocks.
This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we’ll have yummy homemade shamrock biccies available with every coffee and an awesome Guinness cake – homemade by one of our fabulous volunteers. You won’t want to miss that!
Oh, and the Irish play Wales in Cardiff on Saturday at 2.45pm…
Barnaby’s Team Leaders had the pleasure of learning from Ieuan Andrews today, known widely as “The Coffee Man“. A 20-year career in the coffee business has helped Ieuan build up an unenviable knowledge of coffee machines and how to get the best from them. He now readily shares this experience with small independent coffee shops like Barnaby’s, helping them to deliver quality and consistency.
Ieuan made a number of recommendations to Barnaby’s Team Leaders, in order to maintain our high standards and help train our volunteers. We are grateful to him. Find out more about The Coffee Man at thecoffeemansoutheast.co.uk.
It’s all going to go a bit Welsh this week, in celebration of St. David’s Day and the Welsh Eisteddfod on Friday.
In Welsh culture, an Eisteddfod is a Welsh festival of literature, music and performance. The tradition of a meeting of Welsh artists 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 – 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! We’ll keep the theme going until Saturday afternoon, when there will be prizes for anyone who knows what Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau means…
The staggeringly fabulous Pontypridd Male Voice Choir will be back in Swanmore on Saturday 2nd March at 7pm. Tickets will be available from Barnaby’s today from 10am, and on Saturday 16th February.
The last time the Pontypridd Male Voice Choir was in Swanmore, the event event was a complete sell out. Make sure you get your tickets early! There really isn’t quite anything like the sound of a choir such as this.