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.

Easter winners of Cuppa n’ Colour

CnC8 001Throughout the Easter holidays, we have had a whole host of events going on at Barnaby’s. As always, Cuppa n’ Colour ran all the way through, allowing children and toddlers to draw away to their hearts content while their mums relaxed with a delicious coffee!

All the entries from this Easter are now on the big screen in Barnaby’s. Special mentions go to Annabel and Laura who jointly win first prize. Well done girls! Your special prizes are ready for you to collect!

For more details of events at Barnaby’s, click here.

A special week at Barnaby’s

There is plenty going on in Barnaby’s this week! Make sure you do not miss any of the action by checking out our update here:

It’s Cuppa n’ Colour for our younger customers from 2pm to 4.30pm, followed by the start of our second “Italian For beginners” course at 6pm.

Cuppa n’ Colour from 2pm to 4.30pm,  allowing mums to relax with a nice coffee for a brief moment their little ones get drawing

Make some noise and have some fun with the welcome return of Moo Music, a great session for children and toddlers

It’s the last Cuppa n’ Colour of the Easter holidays, so the last chance to get your entries in for a prize!

One of our famous themed-Saturdays, as we bring Paris to Barnaby’s. Ordering your coffee in the accent of the bloke from ‘Allo ‘Allo will be compulsory!

New Team Leaders required urgently

we-need-youBarnaby’s has been incredibly popular since the new look was revealed in January. This has allowed us to put more back in to the community than we ever envisaged, for which we feel extremely privileged. In order to continue this level of support, Barnaby’s urgently needs two new Team Leaders to run shifts during the week, and maintain the level of service that Barnaby’s has become known for.

Team Leaders are essential to the success of Barnaby’s. Their responsibilities include:

  • opening & closing Barnaby’s on each shift
  • looking after the lovely volunteers who support each shift
  • make delicious coffee

Team Leaders are trained by our friends at Winchester Coffee. They choose the shifts they want to manage with our superb online shift management system, and are required to do a minimum of two shifts a month. This is a voluntary role but there are lots of great perks, so let us know if you can help.

Separately, Barnaby’s needs help with a number of behind-the-scenes tasks, equaling just a couple of hours a week. These include stock management and ordering, plus a few other things. Again, please get in touch if you can help.  Thank you.

Learn Italian at Barnaby’s


If you’d like to drive the Amalfi Coast, cruise the canals of Venice, or kiss a stranger on the shores on Lake Como, it’s time to learn Italian.

Starting on Tuesday 5th April at 6pm, we are running a fun five-week beginners course that will give you everything you need to survive a weekend visit, or even a full summer holiday. Each lesson includes a free cup of our famous coffee and a slice of homemade cake. Ordered in Italian, of course…

The cost of the whole course is just £35, or £7.50 a lesson. Book your place today by getting in touch here.

Ciao!  xxx

Easter holiday schedule for kids

Jumping kids, dressed colorful. Representing happiness and fun.

There is plenty going on at Barnaby’s for our younger customers (and their parents) this Easter. Come and enjoy a delicious velvety coffee & slice of homemade cake while your little ones enjoy the following:

  • Tues 29th – Cuppa n’Colour (2pm to 4.30pm)
  • Weds 30th – Cuppa n’Colour (2pm to 4.30pm)
  • Thurs 31st – Cuppa n’Colour (10am to 12pm & 2pm to 4.30pm)
  • Fri 1st – Moo Music live in Barnaby’s! (9.30am to 10.15am)
  • Sun 3rd – Barnaby’s at Junior Tennis Tournament at SLTC (2pm)
  • Tues 5th – Cuppa n’Colour (2pm to 4.30pm)
  • Weds 6th – Cuppa n’Colour (2pm to 4.30pm)
  • Thurs 7th – Moo Music live in Barnaby’s! (9.30am to 10.15am)
  • Fri 8th – Cuppa n’Colour (10am to 12pm & 2pm to 4.30pm)
  • Sat 9th – Paris comes to Barnaby’s (10am to 1pm)

There is no need to book for any of these, except the Tennis Tournament at the Swanmore Lawn Tennis Club. Details can be found here. For everything else, just turn up at Barnaby’s. We’ll see you there.

It’s hot cross bun week!

Hot Cross BunsIn celebration of Easter Week, it’ll be hot cross buns as far as the eye can see every day in Barnaby’s! This year, our friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market have kindly offered to bake all our hot cross buns for us, for which we are extremely grateful. Interestingly, they have just published a little study on the ingredients of the perfect hot cross bun, when compared to the ones you buy from the supermarket. Read this – it is quite interesting!

During Easter Week, Barnaby’s will be open on the following:

  • Tuesday 2pm to 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 2pm to 4.30pm
  • Thursday 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 4.30pm
  • Saturday from 10am to 1pm

Note from the above that we are NOT open on Good Friday.

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