Tree update – the clearup starts

A fair amount of damage has been sustained to the roof of the Paterson Centre as a result of the huge oak tree that fell on Monday. The result is that the whole tree will need to be removed in sections, starting tomorrow.

The whole area, including Barnaby’s, will remain closed while this work is going on. We hope to open again at 1000 on Saturday 2nd July.

Fallen oak closes Barnaby’s

P1210702The recent wet weather has done wonders for everyones gardens and the local fields, but it has brought down a very large oak tree in the grounds adjacent to Barnaby’s. There is a photo here (r) and more on our Facebook page.

On the advice of the insurers, Barnaby’s, the Paterson Centre, the Church and the Link are all closed until further notice while an assessment is carried out. Please do not attempt to go near the tree – it is not stable and further falls are likely. Barnaby’s will re-open as soon as we have been given the clearance to do so, and this website will keep you posted on developments as they become available.

Thank you for your patience.

Open Gardens – first weekend

13466162_1145886325462285_2531214794595082688_nBarnaby’s played host to the first of our two Hampshire Open Gardens events last weekend, with six local gardens open to the public. This is an annual event, run in partnership with the Meon Valley Lions Club, Barnaby’s Coffee Shop, and some very generous local garden owners! As usual, a special bus service ensured that visitors got from Barnaby’s to all the gardens, and our ever popular plant creche took care of any special purchases made along the way.

We’ll be back on Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st July for another full weekend… so long as the weather improves! Meanwhile, please enjoy some glorious photos here on our Facebook page.

Volunteer team get grubby

Untitled Last Saturday, we helped lead a volunteer team who gave our churchyard a Big Spring Clean. There was loads to do, so it was great to see so many people with nothing better to do on a Saturday morning came and lent a hand!

We cleared pathways, dug up weeds, cleared graves, trimmed hedges, mowed lawns and cleared gutters. Thank you to all who joined in – the churchyard looks much the better for it!

Did you Moo today?

P1190562We did! Well, everyone who turned up for Moo Music today did! And what fun they had too. There was dancing, singing, bouncing, and a lot of bubbles too. Over 40 babies, toddlers and grown-ups came in today, only some of whom were interested in the coffee, cake and free wifi!

Photos from a great morning of fun and frolics are now live on our Facebook page. Check out the school-time Moo Music schedule at For details of all the forthcoming Barnaby’s events, head over to our events page.

Art, music, photography. Must be half term at Barnaby’s!

11048754_1047115788672673_3770586917869357986_n It’s Spring half-term. To help you get through it, Barnaby’s has got plenty of choice for you. Firstly, we are open for Cuppa & Colour every day. Come and relax with a lovely cup of coffee and free wifi, while your kids get stuck in to some great colouring ideas. Pens, crayons, and things to colour in are all provided – we just need you! Pin your pictures up on the board for a chance to win a prize! No need to book – just turn up.

On Thursday, Barnaby’s will host the new craze that is sweeping the Meon Valley – yes, Moo Music will be here! Come and enjoy some extra-sensory music fun for babies and toddlers from 6 months to 5 years. Fun starts at 9.30 on Thursday.

Finally, this Friday marks the opening of a rather good Photographic Exhibition  from our friends at Bishops Waltham Photographic Society, with contributions from Swanmore and Bishops Waltham Primary Schools. The exhibition runs right through the weekend next door to Barnaby’s in the Paterson Centre. Barnaby’s will have special extended opening hours on Saturday to support the event.

See the details of all the events this Spring Half Term can be found here.

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.”

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