All posts by Alastair Walton

Charity Awareness Day – Leukaemia Care UK

In honour of our friend Peter Boraston, who passed away recently, we will be holding a Charity Awareness Day for Leukaemia Care UK on Saturday 23rd November. Half our days takings will be sent to this fabulous charity, so please come and support the cause by buying some yummy homemade cake and a delicious coffee!

For more information about our Charity Awareness Scheme, or to apply for the support it provides, please head to

Car park improvements coming

Starting on Saturday, there will be some further improvements made to the new car park opposite Barnaby’s. The fence (pictured) will be removed to allow two cars to pass at the same time, and the surface nearest the main road with be topped up. In the near future, the stones marking each bay will be painted white, and new signage will be fitted.

Well done Swanmore Parish Council!

All The Light We Can Not See

This Thursday, the Barnaby’s Book Club will meet in the Brickmakers Pub in Swanmore to discuss what they thought of “All The Light We Can Not See” by Anthony Doerr – a book that won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Interested? Please just turn up at 7.30pm on Thursday and enjoy the conversation!

Charity Awareness Day – Royal British Legion

This Saturday, Barnaby’s will focus on the work of the Royal British Legion as part of our Charity Awareness Scheme. The RBL was formed in May 192 with the objective of bringing together four national organisations of ex-Servicemen that had established themselves after the First World War:

  • National Association of Discharged Sailors & Soldiers
  • British National Federation of Discharged & Demobilised Sailors & Soldiers
  • Comrades of The Great War
  • Officers’ Association

The amalgamation of these diverse bodies can be attributed largely to two men: Field Marshal Earl Haig and Tom Lister. Lord Haig served as President of The RBL until his death in 1928. For more information, head to

Arrangements for Peters funeral

Peter Borastons funeral will be held in St.Barnabas Church at midday on Monday 11th November. It will be followed by a family burial at Hoe Road. As a special gesture to Peter, and in response to all the volunteers who have offered their services, Barnaby’s will be open before & after the service, but only for those attending the funeral.

For those who wish to send a message of condolence to Peters family, please write directly to 

SADS Box Office is now open!

Every Saturday in November, Barnaby’s will play host to a “popup” box office for SADS, allowing you to purchase tickets for their forthcoming production of “The Snow Queen” on 5th, 6th & 7th December. There are four performances to choose from. Ticket prices start at £4:50.

The SADS Box Office will be in Barnaby’s from 10am to noon on 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd November. The SADS team look forward to seeing you.

“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!

Half term hours

As usual during half term (and in order to give our volunteers a little bit of a break), our hours will be a different during Half Term week. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday 2pm to 4pm
Thursday 10am to midday 2pm to 4pm
Friday 10am to midday 2pm to 4pm
Saturday 10am to 1pm

Cuppa n’Colour will be back, to allow your little ones a chance to get creative while you enjoy a nice relaxing coffee.

Sail on, Peter.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our dear friend Peter Boraston. Peter was a staunch supporter of Barnaby’s from the very beginning, and worked tirelessly to ensure it succeeded. “Onwards and Upwards” was his constant mantra. Only a couple of weeks ago, he was on his hands and knees in the loft fitting the new heating, until he was finally persuaded to go home at about 10pm!

Sail on Peter, with fair winds and a following sea, safe in the knowledge that you will always have a special place in our hearts here at Barnaby’s.