All posts by Alastair Walton

All this week

It’s Christian Aid Week. As such, we, like Christian Aid, will be championing women like Jessica, whose Zimbabwean family is suffering from an aching hunger triggered by the combined effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, conflict, and drought. Together, these once-in-a-lifetime circumstances have robbed communities like Jessica’s of the power to provide for their children.

All this  week:

  • Christian Aid will stand with resilient women – like Jessica – who are determined to lift their families out of hunger
  • Christian Aid will raise their voices to call for climate justice
  • Christian Aid will pray that families will stay strong during times of drought

All this week, Barnaby’s will be collecting to help women grow crops that survive in the drought. Together, we can help turn hunger into hope.

In support of the Meon Valley Lions Club

This Saturday, we will be showcasing the work of the Meon Valley Lions Club through our Charity Awareness Scheme. This scheme has already raised close to £3,000 for good causes in 2022, as reported in the Swanmore Link magazine.

Come along and meet the Lions this Saturday – learn about the amazing things they do to support those close to us, and the events they have coming up later in the year.  The Big Blue Bus might even be here! Head to for more information about this great charity.

Groundworks outside Barnaby’s

As some of you know, we recently received Planning Permission for our new all-weather awning. The groundworks started on Thursday 5th May, and will take two weeks to complete. While this is going on, not all our outdoor seating at the front will be available, but there’s plenty round the side where we have recently added more tables!

Classic Cars are back

Our Classic Car Summer kicks off this weekend, with a welcome return to a collection of stunning vehicles from private collectors around the Meon Valley.

DOORS OPEN 1000 to 1230

With up to 50 cars expected at each event, we’ll be in the main car park opposite Barnaby’s. If you are attending, you may arrive any time from 0945, when a marshal will show you to a space where you can display your car. The event will be supported by Barnaby’s “popup” coffee shop, serving coffee, tea and yummy homemade cakes made by our friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market. Barnaby’s will nominate  a charity on the day, and all our proceeds will go to that charity.

Head to for details of all our gatherings this year.

Our Spring clean is now on

Barnaby’s is closed until 10am on Saturday 23rd April, while the BBT undertake our annual spring clean. At the same time, we are fitting some new equipment paid for by a grant from Winchester City Council in an effort to keep us as Covid-free as we can.

Our re-opening will be celebrated by the return of our Classic Cars @ Barnaby’s events, with some 40 classic cars expected. Full details can be found at We look forward to seeing you.

Red Cross Buns for Easter Week

In support of our donations to the work of the International Red Cross in the Ukraine, our friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market have made us some fabulous Red Cross buns! They will be in Barnaby’s on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only, so grab yours while you can!

We’ll be closed from 4.30pm on Thursday to start Barnaby’s Annual Spring Clean. We’ll be back at 10am on Saturday 23rd April to welcome the return of our Classic Car weekends.

SADS Box Office is open!

Swanmore Amateur Dramatic Society (SADS) was formed in 1959, and has run continuously ever since. Later this month, the team will perform “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. This is Danny Jeffs debut as Director, using his acting, artistic and musical knowledge to turn his ideas into real life.

Get your tickets from the SADS Box Office outside Barnaby’s on Saturday 2nd April and Saturday 9th April from 10am.

The show itself runs Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th April 2022.

We loved it!

Barnaby’s hosted “Hamish” and “Mouse” from local charity Helping Hooves on Saturday. Loads of you came out to meet, brush and love our two new furry friends, and donated almost £200 to the cause!

Speaking to Abbie at the end of the morning, she said “We loved it! Thank you so much for having us, and for helping to raise our profile.”  It was Abbies birthday too, which made the whole thing all the more special. Apparently, she particularly enjoying having Alastair (BBT) and Gary (Village CSO) singing “Happy Birthday” to her quite loudly across the car park…

The Irish are coming…

St.Patricks Day is on Thursday. It is an event that commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and the heritage of the Irish in general. Celebrations first began in the 17th Century, and today they generally involve public parades, festivals, cèilidhs and the wearing of shamrocks.

To mark the occasion, we’ve got a rather awesome Guinness cake coming, made by one of our fabulous volunteer bakers – when it’s gone, it’s gone!