All posts by Alastair Walton

Meet the Neighbourhood Watch on Thursday 23rd January

After successful trial ‘drop-in’ sessions with the Meon Valley Neighbourhood Watch last year, we will be welcoming them back on Thursday 23rd January 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 Neighbourhood Watch could get involved in to help improve security near you

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

Art in Barnaby’s this month

In our continuous support of the community, we showcase the work of local artists on the wall in Barnaby’s. This month, we are featuring landscapes by Jerry Smith, whose studio is here in Swanmore.

Jerry paints in a vivid style, driven by a passion for detail which has always been evident in his work. The local Meon Valley landscape is a constant source of inspiration to Jerry, so he takes hundreds of reference photographs across the changing seasons before choosing which one to paint. Head to jerrysmithartist.co.uk for more info on Jerry, or pop in to Barnaby’s this month to see his work.

Free mince pies this week!

Barnaby’s will be helping you to celebrate Christmas with free mince pies all this week! So, simply order a hot drink (tea or coffee), and you’ll receive a yummy mince pie in place of your normal complimentary coffee biscuit!

Plus, we have our special festive offer of a gingerbread latte and a gingerbread man for just £2.50. Happy Christmas everyone.

Charity Awareness Day – Crisis at Christmas

On Saturday 14th December, we will be highlighting the work of Crisis at Christmas as they approach their busiest time of the year. Half our days takings will be given to Crisis as a feature of our Charity Awareness Scheme, so please come and have a coffee and a slice of homemade cake!

For more information about our Charity Awareness Scheme, or to apply for the support it provides, please head to barnabys.coffee/charityawarenessscheme.

Gentlemen in Moscow

This Thursday, the Barnaby’s Book Club will meet in The Brickmakers at 7.30pm to review what we thought of ““Gentlemen in Moscow” by Amor Towles. The book tells the tale of the triumph of goodness over cruelty and hopefulness over despair by painting vibrant picture of Soviet history from 1922 to 1954.

As an end-of-year celebration, we’re having dinner together in The Brickmakers too. You are very welcome to join us! If you like books, beer, wine or food, then let us know you are coming at facebook.com/barnabysbookclub. We look forward to seeing you.

Festive specials now available!

December is here! To help us all get in the mood for Christmas, Barnaby’s now has a number of new festive specials available for you to enjoy:

  • yummy gingerbread latte and a gingerbread man for just £2.50
  • individual gingerbread man for just 40p
  • new festive flavoured biscotti

During Christmas week, all Barnaby’s visitors will be able to enjoy a free mince pie in place of our normal complimentary coffee biscuits. Take your mind off all that shopping – come on in and enjoy a little festive treat or two with your friends!

How does Barnaby’s support my community?

Barnaby’s is a very tangible asset to the community – a charming, friendly and social place to share a little time together with your friends. Behind-the-scenes, Barnaby’s is much more than that. After we meet our running costs, Barnaby’s supports community projects, charities and other ventures through our Charity Awareness Scheme (CAS). Recently, these have included:

  • Alzheimers Society
  • Childrens Society
  • DEC
  • Fit For Felix
  • Friends of Teso
  • Girl Guides
  • Leukaemia Care UK
  • Macmillan Cancer Research
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Royal British Legion
  • Rowans Hospice
  • St. George Foundation
  • Swanmore Lions
  • Swanmore Mothers Union
  • Swanmore Open Gardens
  • Swanmore Village Primary School
  • Toilettwinning.org

To apply to Barnaby’s CAS, please go to barnabys.coffee/charityawarenessscheme and complete a very short form.

This article was first posted in February 2016