July and August are such exciting times for everyone, with the prospect of adventurous holidays, new discoveries, and shared family time. While you are all off enjoying yourselves, Barnaby’s will close from 1st to 15th August.
This is our last week before the break, so come on in and share your exciting plans with us before you go! There will be delicious fresh coffee and homemade cake waiting for you!
We’re not leaving quietly though. This Saturday sees a welcome return to our friends from Bishops Waltham Country Market, and we play host to Hampshire Open Gardens on Saturday and Sunday. Click on the links for more information. See you there!
Barnaby’s can only function in the way it does because of the generosity of its’ amazing volunteers. On a number of occasions, we have been able to say a big “thank you” to these fabulous people, and today was another one of those days.
There is nothing more British than Pimms on the lawn, except perhaps Pimms on the vicars’ lawn! So it was that around 40 Barnaby’s volunteers and their families met on the vicars’ lawn this afternoon to enjoy a glass or two of Pimms, a cream tea, and a spot of giant Jenga! Alastair Walton gave a short speech to thank everyone involved in Barnaby’s for their continued support of such a great community project. He took the opportunity to give everyone notice that a few more ‘themed Saturdays’ were planned for the autumn! You have been warned…
Photos of todays’ wonderful celebration can now be seen here on our Facebook page. One of our volunteers later said “We really enjoyed the time all together, and we both met new people, which is always good. Please pass on our thanks to all who organised such a happy event…. aided by excellent Pimms!”
To find out more about becoming a Barnaby’s volunteer, head to barnabys.org.uk/volunteer.
Damage sustained to the building as a result of the fallen oak tree in June caused us to postpone the visit by our friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market. We are pleased to confirm that the Country Market will return on Saturday 30th July at 10am. Come along and sample the very best from the countys local produce with a cup of rather lovely coffee in your hand!
Saturday 30th July also sees the return of the Hampshire Open Gardens event. Find out more elsewhere in this site.
For those of you wondering what has been going on behind Barnaby’s recently, there are now some photos on our Facebook page which prove the size of the undertaking to deal with the massive oak that fell on 20th June.
Tons of wood have been removed from the grounds over the course of the past 10 days. What remains is a 20′ stump, a large number of part-cut boughs that have yet to be cleared, and a lot of sawdust! Head over to our Facebook page to see the images.
Barnaby’s remains on schedule to re-open on Saturday at 10am. See you there!
One of the unfortunate knock-on effects of Barnaby’s currently being closed, is that we have had to cancel our plans to host the Bishops Waltham Country Market on Saturday.
We are hoping to re-schedule, because otherwise you will be waiting until the next one in September!
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.
The 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.
Barnaby’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.
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!