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Macmillan Coffee Morning 2019


Posted On 30 September 2019 at 10:26 by nicola

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2019

We've had a blast raising money for Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 27th September 2019 - It's been cakes galore here at Barnes!

We're thrilled to announce we raised £131.50 - Well done to all the bakers (& eaters!) at Barnes Coaches!

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New 19 Seater Minibus - Tommy


Posted On 19 September 2019 at 14:13 by nicola

New 19 Seater Minibus - Tommy

We are thrilled to welcome our brand new 19 seater minibus to our coach fleet, which will shortly  join the rest of the fleet in the recognisable grey & green livery. Following our new tradition all of our new vehicles will be named -  this one will be named after Tommy Barnes who started the company back in 1920!

You're sure to be the most stylish passengers on the roads in this ultra modern Mercedes-Benz Sprinter modified by EVM. It has a 7 speed automatic gear box for a smoother ride, 15 new safety features, DAB radio, A large luggage area, USB Charging at every seat and having a Euro 6 engine means there will be very low pollution!

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Work Experience - Brooklyn


Posted On 30 July 2019 at 09:13 by nicola

Work Experience - Brooklyn

For the last 3 weeks we've had Brooklyn join us for work experience, she's been behind the scenes in our office seeing what it really takes to keep everything running smoothly at Barnes Coaches!

Here's what she had to say about her time with us:

What did you like the most about your time at Barnes?

"During my three weeks at Barnes I enjoyed learning about the range of roles that make it a successful company and the different elements that need to be considered to ensure every trip is feasible and enjoyable for the customer. Everyone was really welcoming throughout my time and thorough when providing new information which made the learning process easier."

What surprised you the most?

"When shadowing the different job roles, it surprised me how much goes into planning the day trips and tours. From sending out travel documents to customers and ensuring the drivers have all the correct information before they depart. When working in coach operations, I was surprised at the amount of work that goes into selecting the correct coaches/drivers for the job and how quick they may nered to make changes if any sudden changes occur."

How has this helped with your university coursework?

"Completig work experience with Barnes has given me more knowledge of a tourism related company. It has given me an insight on job roles that may appeal to me in the future when i finish my degree. This opportunity has also given me a better understanding on topics that relate to modules I will complete in my second year of university, such as 'marketing' and niche tourism'."

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Send Us A Postcard Competition


Posted On 22 July 2019 at 15:36 by nicola

Send Us A Postcard Competition

Barney Bear is back with a summer glow and is ready for the school summer holidays! We’re giving our tiny customers the chance to #WIN their very own Barney Bear as well as a £10 Barnes Gift Voucher!

Throughout the holidays we will be giving out free postcards and Barney Bear stickers to all of the children (3 – 15 years old) on our summer day trips, we'd love to hear about your day with us, whether you want to write a little message or draw a picture about what you got up to!

To be in with a chance of winning a prize, you must:

• Write a message or draw a picture on your postcard about what you got up to on your Barnes Trip
• Include your name, address and phone number (So we are able to contact the winner)
• Pop it in an envelope and send it to us! – Barnes Coaches, Unit E, Woodside Road, South Marston Park, Swindon, SN3 4AQ

Competition Terms & Conditions:

  1. Competition runs from Thursday 25th July - Sunday 1st September 2019.
  2. This competition is strictly for children only between the ages of 3 – 15 years old.
  3. There can only be one entry per child, per trip.
  4. There is a total of 50 prizes to be won (x1 teddy bear + x1 £10 Barnes Gift Voucher)
  5. Barnes staff and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.
  6. The prize offered cannot be exchanged for any cash alternative.
  7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries delayed, lost or mislaid.
  8. Barnes cannot return the postcards to you.
  9. Barnes decision is final in all matters relating to the competition.
  10. Your details will be added to our customer databas, unless requested otherwise.
  11. Winning postcards will feature on our website & social media pages - by sending in your postcard you are allowing us to do this. (Any personal info eg. address & phone numbers will be hidden)

 

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Work Experience - Harry


Posted On 19 July 2019 at 14:16 by nicola

Work Experience - Harry

The last couple of weeks we've had the lovely Harry join us from Warneford School on work experience. He been out & about with our driver's helping them with their daily tasks and assisting with passengers on day trips!

Here's what Harry had to say about his time with us...

What did you like the most about your time at Barnes? 

"Seeing a different view out of the window every day!"

What did you like the least?

"Cleaning sand out after trips to the beach."

What was your favourite day out?

"Sandbanks, had never been there before and very pretty."

What surprised you the most? 

"How many challenges drivers face every day and how brilliant they are at solving them."

 

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