Announcing the Swanmore Village Fete

13254239_1130618340322417_2593632965185429477_nThe Swanmore Village Fete is a good, old-fashioned, traditional village fete, where you can expect lots of fun and excitement! This year, there will be live music from Contraband, Soberton Strummers and Swanmore College of Technology Jazz Band, as well as contemporary dancing and a join-in Zumba session.

For the first time this year, we will be welcoming the CHaOS Science Roadshow to the New Road Recreation Ground. CHaOS stands for “Cambridge Hands-On Science”, a voluntary student group based in Cambridge who believe that science is fun, and relevant to everyone! In their marquee, the enthusiastic student demonstrators will be conducting around fifty hands-on science experiments that will be a must-see for the kids and grown-ups!

The Swanmore Village Fete is on Saturday 9th July.
Provisionally, the schedule is as follows:

10.00  Motorbike rally congregates at the Rising Sun
12.30  Fete gates open
13.00  Swanmore College of Technology Jazz band
13.40  Soberton Strummers
14.10  Roynon School of Dance
14.25  Fitness demonstration by the Marriott team
14.40  Car and bike presentations
15.00  Contraband
15.50  Raffle and goodnight

To see some of last years photos and get a sneaky preview of some of the bands that will be there this year, click here.

Barnaby’s volunteers walk the Clarendon Way

index2On Sunday 5th June, one of our amazing volunteers will join a group of 20 people walking the Clarendon Way – a distance of 26 miles from Winchester to Salisbury! They are doing this in support of Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices, who provide expert hospice care to more than 280 life-limited and life-threatened children, young people and their extended families from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, West Sussex, Surrey and the Isle of Wight.

The team is being led by Elizabeth Billingham, who tells us that they have all been training hard! To support Elizabeth and the team, there will be a collection tin in Barnaby’s next week. Please do what you can.

Good luck Elizabeth and team! We hope you have fun and raise lots of money for a very worthy cause.

Pontypridd Male Voice Choir raise the roof

Flag_of_Wales_2.svgLast night saw a superb concert in St.Barnabas Church, featuring the many talents of the Pontypridd Male Voice Choir under the guidance of Musical Director Jonathan Gulliford. Joining the choir was baritone soloist James Wafer, whose recent achievements include Princess Ida,  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Favola d’Orfeo, Carmen, La Boheme and Le Nozze di Figaro.

The choir began life in November 1949, when a small gathering of 19 men met with a view of forming a choir. Their first concert was given in June 1950. It is worthy of note that the young guest pianoforte soloist that evening was one Dorothy Davies. Dorothy was honoured with a British Empire Medal in the 2015 New Years Honours List for her half century of service to the choir, and she joined them in St.Barnabas last night! What a moment.

“To be born Welsh is to be born privileged. Not with a silver spoon in the mouth, but music in the blood and poetry in the soul.”

Hampshire Open Gardens

Details of the forthcoming Hampshire Open Gardens event have been confirmed, with Barnaby’s at the heart of it! After a wet winter, this is a much-anticipated event and we are greatly looking forward to it.

12688340_1056456557738596_545942724649563527_nThis year, we anticipate 7 to 10 gardens being open each day, with 15 different gardens in all. They vary from small intimate village gardens, to large country house gardens. Amongst our old favourites, there will be one or two that have not been open recently and all have, of course, changed as the years have passed. Many of the gardens are within easy walking distance of Barnaby’s, giving you a lovely days walk of around 5 miles.

Dates: Saturday & Sunday 18/19th June and Saturday & Sunday 30/31st July. Gardens open from 1pm to 6pm.

Tickets: Available on the day at the Paterson Centre (next to Barnaby’s) from 12.30pm. Pre-ordering not available.

Cost: Day ticket £6 per person, to include parking and the use of the hop-on-hop-off minibus. Free entry for accompanied children (14 years and under). Proceeds are shared with Winchester Young Carers and St.Barnabas Church.

There will be the opportunity to purchase plants at many of the gardens. Our plant crèche will ensure you avoid the need to carry them around, so just give your purchases to your driver and collect them from the Paterson Centre at the end of the day.

Two events. One big weekend.

Last weekend saw Barnaby’s play host to two big events, both wonderfully supported by our amazing volunteers. Well done team!

13177355_1122963681087883_372093208326784819_nChristian Aid week
First up was a day marking the beginning of Christian Aid week. Barnaby’s was suitably attired to mark the occasion, with bunting, flags, balloons and some rather special cakes. Wendy Horn put the whole thing together, and there are some great photos of her smiling face now live on our Facebook page.

13227092_1122962681087983_3163092695307700574_nGreat British Tennis Weekend
Sunday brought the Great British Tennis weekend – a free countrywide event aimed at getting everyone to have a go at tennis. Your favourite coffee shop spawned a “popup” version in support of our friends at the SLTC, who were hosting the event. Well over 50 people turned up and had a go, and much coffee & cake were consumed in the sunshine! Again, photos are now live on our Facebook page.

Anyone for tennis?

12439348_1101096803274571_4782009414269854531_nSunday 15th May marks the return of the Great British Tennis Weekend. This is your opportunity to have a go a tennis for free! The Great British Tennis Weekend is a nationwide campaign run by the LTA that has been hugely successful all across the country – hundreds of clubs take part every year.

Your nearest club is Swanmore Lawn Tennis Club. You can sign yourself to a free slot today at the LTA website, where you’ll find session times for mini tennis, cardio tennis, adults, juniors, and free play! Racquet specialists JT Sports will be there, as will Barnaby’s with a popup coffee shop featuring fresh filter coffee, tea from the London Tea Company, delicious fruit juices, and a lot of yummy homemade cake.  Check out the weather forecast here, then get your trainers on! See you there.

Converting cappuccinos into essential literature

Year 3 and Year 5 children of Swanmore Primary School CE (Aided) were eager to show their appreciation for their brand new, set text, class reading books this week. The 80 books were funded by a donation from Barnaby’s, after consultation with the school on their needs for the current year.

IMG_8154Pictured are the children of the school with Sarah Walton and Bill Jones of Barnaby’s, and village vicar Reverend Claire Towns. Claire commented “All profits generated by the coffee shop are ploughed back into various community projects. To date, these have included donations to the St George’s Foundation, the Guides, the British Legion and groups of community carers. It is a pleasure and a delight for us to donate to the school for the benefit of the children.”

Head of Literacy at Swanmore Primary School, Mrs Jane Saunders added “There is no doubt our children love reading from new books. Given the fact we have a new national curriculum, it has never been more important to get our children engaged with good English literature. Amongst the new books bought, we have been able to buy a complete set for Year 5 called The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, a heart-warming story of being lost and found again.”

Sarah Walton and Bill Jones are volunteers at Barnaby’s. Sarah commented “We need to thank those who use our coffee shop and make this donation, and the others like it, possible. Whether it is the mums after the school run, cyclists as they tour the area, or village residents simply dropping in to meet – this coffee shop is always busy! I’d particularly like to thank the volunteers who bake our homemade cakes and donate their time to work in Barnaby’s. It has made a huge difference to the village.”

Photos from By George!

IMG_1359Photographs from the By George! event in Swanmore are now live on our Facebook page. The event allowed the village of Swanmore to show off some of the huge number of activities and events that go on here – from Sunday Club, the Village Twinning Association, Messy Church, Parish Council, Meon Valley Lions, Handbell ringers and lots more besides.

Click here to find your favourite!

Barnaby’s hosts or supports a huge number of events in and around Swanmore throughout the year. Subscribe to our events channel here, or follow the fun here. Next up? It’s the monthly visit of the Country Market on 7th May.

Celebrate St.Georges Day this Saturday

1933133_1078609022190016_3159203683554040450_oSaturday is St.Georges Day. To mark the occasion, Barnaby’s will be decorated once again, although we hear that Alastair has declined the offer to dress up as a British Bulldog and stand heroically for four hours! Instead, your favourite coffee shop will have extended opening hours in support of the By George! event in the Paterson Centre and in the St.Barnabas Church. You’ll be able to choose from a host of activities including a treasure trail, games & crafts, childrens entertainers, Knight School, a tombola and a Grand Raffle!

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 17.44.14Barnaby’s will be open from 10am to 3pm on Saturday.

By George! will also see the return of our famous Soup n ‘Roll Saturday, offering you a tempting choice of delicious warming soups accompanied by a warm crusty bread roll. This weekend we’ll have carrot & coriander, as well as Mediterranean tomato & basil. This goes alongside our usual array of homemade cakes and velvety coffee, so we look forward to seeing you in Barnaby’s on Saturday!

Paris Comes to Barnaby’s

P1110953There was yet another superb “theme” event at Barnaby’s this morning, as Alastair Walton raised the bar once more at your favourite coffee shop. It was clear that he had a Frenchmans outfit stashed away somewhere at home, so the theme was Paris Comes to Barnaby’s. In reality of course, it was just an excuse for him to dress up…again, and be rude to the locals… again.

There were croissants, pain au raisin, tarte tatin, some accordion music, and a lot of bunting. Yet again, the place was heaving and many strange accents were heard. One could have easily closed ones eyes and imagined oneself on the set of ‘Allo ‘Allo. Enjoy the photos, which are all now live on our Facebook page.

Watch out for more silly clothing on St.Georges Days next month, and check out the other events through the year here.

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