St.Patricks Day is on Thursday. 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’ve got a rather awesome Guinness cake coming, made by one of our fabulous volunteer bakers – when it’s gone, it’s gone!
In partnership with Pete Yeoman of yeomansyearbook.org.uk, we are pleased to confirm dates for the Classic Cars @ Barnaby’s events in 2022.
- Saturday 23rd April
- Saturday 28th May
- Saturday 25th June
- Saturday 23rd July
- Saturday 27th August
- Saturday 24th September
- Saturday 22nd October
- Saturday 27th November
PRE-1990 CARS WELCOME
NO NEED TO REGISTER – JUST TURN UP
DOORS OPEN 1000 to 1230
With something like 50 cars expected at each event, we’ll be in the main car park opposite Barnaby’s. If you are attending, you may arrive any time from 0945, when a marshal will show you to a space where you can display your car. The event will be supported by Barnaby’s “popup” coffee shop, serving coffee, tea and yummy homemade cakes made by our friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market. Barnaby’s will nominate a charity on the day, and all our proceeds will go to that charity.
Fingers crossed for the weather!
Many of you have been enjoying Barnaby’s in the run-up to Christmas – either to meet up with friends for the first time in a while, or to sit with your laptop and research potential present ideas, or to give your kids that special end-of-term treat. To help support this need, Barnaby’s will have special opening hours during Christmas Week:
- Monday 20th December 10am to noon
- Tuesday 21st December 10am to noon
- Wednesday 22nd December 10am to noon
Barnaby’s will be back on Tuesday 4th January 2022.
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.
Last Saturday, Barnaby’s played host to a unique collection of classic cars stretching as far back as the 1920’s. Five of the cars on display were Austins, including an Austin 7 Swallow, Austin Heavy 12/4 Mulliner, an Austin 10, and two Austin 7 Ruby’s. Younger cars on display included a Lancia Fulvia, a TVR S2, a Mercedes 280 SL, and a 1978 Lincoln that was too big to fit in our car park!
There are some fabulous images now available on www.facebook.com/swanmorecoffee.
Following the success of this event, we will definitely host another one. We are planning to do so in September, and will post details in due course. Our thanks to all the owners who turned out on Saturday, and to Berty Ferrone for making it happen.
In celebration of Barnaby’s return to its rightful place as a hub for the village, we we’ll be hosting a collection of privately-owned classic cars on Saturday 26th June. Full details of the cars on show will be confirmed closer to the time, but they already include:
- 1930 Austin 7 Swallow
- 1934 Riley Mentone 14/6
- 1936 Austin 10
- 1959 Morris Mini
- 1985 Mercedes 280 SL Sports
- 1986 Lancia Fulvia
The easing of Government restrictions this week allows for non-essential shops and business to open. Because Barnaby’s is such a vital hub for our community, we are now finalising a plan with the help of the PCC that ensures we can open Barnaby’s as safely as possible, particularly so far as the rules on social gathering are concerned.
Our intention is to run two “trial days” on Saturday 24th April and Saturday 1st May between 10am and midday. Both days will feature a takeaway-only service. The outdoor seating will not be available. We sincerely hope that you will support our trial dates by coming along to enjoy a lovely coffee!
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.
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.