We support free tennis!

Our famous ‘popup’ coffee shop will be back at the Swanmore Lawn Tennis Club (SLTC) on Saturday 18th May in support of the Big Tennis Open Weekend. This is your opportunity to try tennis for free, so the SLTC will throw open it’s doors to everyone who wants to come and have a go!

We’ll be there with yummy homemade cakes and delicious coffee, alongside our friends from JT Sports in Wickham who can advise on kit, or even re-string your old racket!

The event kicks off at 9.30am. Pre-book a slot if you wish to at goo.gl/HYWGvv, or just turn up on the day! See you there.

Meet the Neighbour Watch team this Thursday

As part of our continued support of community ventures, we will be hosting a “drop-in session” for Meon Valley Neighbour Watch this Thursday from 10am to midday. This is your opportunity to:

  • ask about current initiatives in the Meon Valley
  • raise concerns about recent events near you
  • propose or discuss ideas that Neighbour Watch could get involved in to help improve security near you

Find out more about the Meon Valley Neighbour Watch team on their Facbook page at facebook.com/MeonValleyNHW, or just pop in to Barnaby’s on Thursday morning for a coffee and a chat.


Join “The Big Brekkie” on Saturday 11th May

We’ll be celebrating the launch of Christian Aid Week by hosting  The Big Brekkie on Saturday 11th May.  Come along and have breakfast on us, while you have a go at the all-new Big Brekkie Quiz.  It’s great fun, and you’ll know (almost all) of the answers!

Christian Aid Week is 12th to 18th May. Last year, the fund raised over £8m. What can they achieve this year with your help? Find out more at www.christianaid.org.uk

Helping Hooves event confirmed

After many months of trying to finalise the arrangements, we are delighted to confirm that we will be visited by the amazing horses of Helping Hooves in June. This is a great opportunity for young and old to meet these incredible animals, with the team who believe in doing anything they can to bring horses and the countryside to people as a lost pastime or new experience. Their work is known as Nature Therapy, and it often features as a part of a recovery program for those affected by illness, injury, recovery or other trauma.

Meet the Helping Hooves outside Barnaby’s on Saturday 15th June from 1030 to midday.

The Mayor of Winchester will serve you now

On Saturday, the 819th Mayor of Winchester will be waiting tables in Barnaby’s, dressed in his finest! It’s all in support of the Mayors chosen charities, which this year are the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, the Rowans Hospice, and the Defence Medical Welfare Service. More information can be found at mayorofwinchesterscharities.co.uk

Most of you will know the Mayor of Winchester as Frank Pearson – longstanding resident of Swanmore, and frequent visitor to Barnaby’s. Our engagement with the Mayors chosen charities is a feature of our ongoing Charity Donation Scheme, in which we support charities that have a strong connection to the village.

Hooray – it’s Hot Cross Bun Week!

In celebration of Easter Week, it’ll be Hot Cross Buns as far as the eye can see in Barnaby’s! And for the third year running, our friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market have kindly offered to bake them. They recently published a little study on the ingredients of the perfect hot cross bun, as compared with the ones you buy from the supermarket….

This is what’s in ours
Flour, sugar, salt, mixed spice, dried yeast, butter, free range egg, dried fruit, dried milk & margarine.

And from the supermarket…
Wheat flour (includes  calcium carbonate, iron, niacin, thiamin), orange soaked fruit (includes orange juice from concentrate), water, orange soaked Chilean flame raisins (includes orange juice from concentrate), unsalted butter, yeast, mixed peel, invert sugar syrup, wheat protein, honey, demerara sugar, buttermilk powder, maize starch, salt, palm oil, dried egg, flavouring, rapeseed oil, palm fat, soya flour and wheat starch.

Opening times during Easter Week

As in previous years, Barnaby’s opening hours will change slightly over the Easter period. Our confirmed schedule is below.

Dates Morning Afternoon
Tuesday 9th April 2-4
Wednesday 10th April 2-4
Thursday 11th April 10-12 2-4
Friday 12th April 10-12 2-4
Saturday 13th April 10-1
Tuesday 16th April 2-4
Wednesday 17th April 2-4
Thursday 18th April 10-12 2-4
Good Friday Closed Closed
Saturday 20th April 10-1


Messy Church back on Good Friday

Love Messy Church? Then the good news is that you will not have long to wait for the next one, because Messy Church is back on Good Friday. Doors open at 9.45 for a start at 10am.

Not sure what Messy Church is? Well, this is lots of fun for the younger members of your family. It is next door to Barnaby’s in the Paterson Centre, and once you’ve been, that’s all your kids will every want to do!

Note that Barnaby’s will be closed on Good Friday.

Supporting the DEC

This week, we will be supporting the DEC appeal in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe after the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai. The cyclone has left behind a trail of destruction that has affected an estimated 2.6 million people.  More 400,000 have lost their homes. The full scale of the disaster is still unfolding, as search and rescue operations continue and more heavy rain is predicted. The UN have stated that this may become one of the worst weather-related disasters on record in the southern hemisphere.

In line with our mission to support charities and good causes, we’ll be donating half our takings to the DEC. If you’d like to add to this, there will be a collection tin in Barnaby’s all week.

“Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know”

This Thursday, the Barnaby’s Book Club will be reviewing what they thought of “Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know” by Ranulph Fiennes. Fiennes appears regularly on the news with an epic frozen beard, waving an ice axe in triumph on a summit or at a pole, trumpeting yet another first ascent or crossing. “Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know” is chiefly the account of the post-1987 expeditions – remorseless derring-do ends with crotch rot, kidney stones and a grim catalogue of other physical suffering which reaches a climax in 2000, when our man hacks off five of his frostbitten digits with a Black & Decker.

Meet in the Brickmakers on Thursday 28th March at 7.30pm.

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