All posts by Alastair Walton

Barnaby’s is on holiday

In order to give our fabulous volunteers and Team Leaders a chance to grab some time off (oh, and for us to do a spot of painting too), Barnaby’s is now on holiday. We’ll be back on Thursday 8th August at 10am, so we look forward to seeing you all then.

Meanwhile, we want to thank everyone who makes Barnaby’s what it is – customers, volunteers, suppliers and charities. Happy holidays everyone!

Barnaby’s Business Team

Family Fun Day deemed “a huge success”

Photos from yesterdays Family Fun Day are now up on our Facebook page.  The whole event was a huge success, with the grounds of the school and church hosting well over a 100 people as they discovered things about the village they had not previously known. On-site attractions included:

  • superb display by the girls of Roynon Dance
  • hidden areas of the church, including the Bell Tower
  • ‘Beat the Goalie’
  • bouncy castle
  • treasure hunt
  • self-defence demonstrations
  • the lovely horses of Helping Hooves
  • fire engine, police car & ambulance

Barnaby’s was heaving all afternoon, so we are very grateful to the Team Leaders and volunteers who gave up their time to open on a Sunday.

Book Club meets again

Our ever-popular book meets again on Thursday to discuss “Somebody I Used To Know” by Wendy Mitchell, a Sunday Times Best Seller, BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, and part of the Richard & Judy Collection.

Barnaby’s Book Club meets in The Brickmakers pub in Swanmore at 7.30pm. There is no need to reserve a spot, but please let us know you are coming by heading to our events page on Facebook. and clicking on either going or interested. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Neighbourhood Watch team come back for more

After a successful trial ‘drop-in’ session with the Meon Valley Neighbourhood Watch in May, we will be holding a 2nd session on  Thursday 11th July 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, or just pop in to Barnaby’s on Thursday morning for a coffee and a chat.


Family Fun Day on 7th July

Our neighbours at St.Barnabas and Swanmore Primary School have jointly launched a Family Fun Day, to be held here in the grounds of both buildings on 7th July. This promises to be a great day of fun and entertainment for the whole family with our local community. Activities will include:

  • Family games
  • Family quiz
  • Fire engine, ambulance & police car
  • Glitter tattoos
  • “Stranger Danger”
  • Explore the Bell Tower & hidden areas of the church
  • Bouncy castle and Sumo suits
  • Dance exhibition

There will be an all-day bar open, and you are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy between you. All proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the church, and in support for future community of events. Further details can be found on the screen in Barnaby’s.

Meet the ponies of ‘Helping Hooves’

We are delighted to confirm that we will be visited by the amazing ponies of Helping Hooves on Saturday 15th June. This is a lovely opportunity for young and old to meet these gentle animals, alongside the team who believe in bringing 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 10.30 to midday.

Eisenhower pops in for coffee on D-Day

With the 75th Anniversary of D-Day upon us, it was inevitable that the village was going to be busy with jeeps, trucks, soldiers, and the like passing through. Indeed, the local area is in sharp focus currently, with Portsmouth set to host numerous world leaders over the coming few days.

Given all of this, it was no real surprise that General Eisenhower popped in for coffee at the weekend. Here is his, en route to a revival event in nearby Droxford, as photographed by our very own Bertie Ferrone.

Jubilee Sailing Trust ahoy!

As part of our ongoing commitment to charities with a connection to the village, we will be championing the work of the Jubilee Sailing Trust on Saturday 8th June. Long-standing Barnaby’s volunteer Roger Morfill is a JST ambassador, and he’ll be in Barnaby’s on the day in support of our Charity Awareness Scheme.

The JST are holding a Live Music & Afternoon Tea event in The Old Rectory Gardens in Wickham on Sunday 23rd June 2019 at 2.30pm. You’ll be able to stroll in beautiful gardens, enjoy jazz & blues from the amazing FB Pocket Orchestra, and indulge in a delicious homemade cream tea. Tickets will be available from Roger in Barnaby’s on Saturday 8th from 10am, or on 01489 892823.

Half term “Cuppa & Colour” is back

“Cuppa & Colour” is a fun way for your kids to get stuck in to a little bit of creativity in a lovely safe environment. All this week, Barnaby’s will have drawing ideas available for the U10’s, while you sit back and enjoy a nice velvety coffee and some free wifi!

What will you do with your new found freedom? Read a book? Catch up with friends? Launch a new business? Either way, you’ll find drawings and pencils ready for little ones when you get here. Pin their creations up on the noticeboard to win a prize at the end of the week! We look forward to seeing you all.

Supporting free tennis at the SLTC

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, or just turn up on the day! See you there.