All posts by Alastair Walton

Come and say “Thank you” to Bill on Saturday 16th July

You are invited to join the BBT on Saturday 16th July at 1030 in a celebration event to thank Bill Jones for everything he has done to contribute towards the success of Barnaby’s.

(No need to RSVP – just turn up!)

Bill has been an integral part of Barnaby’s since the very beginning. His enthusiasm, positivity, can-do attitude and straight-talking style have been exactly what Barnaby’s has needed, in good times and in challenging times. Bill has always spoken up for our volunteers, for good coffee, and for the village. He justly deserves a celebration of his efforts, and a well-earned rest. Thank you Bill!

We meet the RNRMC

The subject of our Charity Awareness Scheme (CAS) this month is the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC). We have an RNRMC rep in the village and a serving Royal Marines soldier – both were in Barnaby’s on Saturday.

As will all CAS events, half of our takings on the day were added to whatever donations were made by you – our fabulous customers – and given straight to the RNRMC.

About the RNRMC – serving in the Royal Navy or Royal Marines represents an enduring commitment to protecting our island nation. This commitment is not without sacrifice. Those who serve can find themselves in a uniquely difficult and dangerous environment facing extended periods of time separated from loved ones, often with very little opportunity for communication. Head to to find out more.

Funds raised for St.George Foundation

Todays Classic Car Summer event saw the car park opposite Barnaby’s filled once more with stunning vehicles from all over the Meon Valley. This event continues to grow and grow.

We choose this month to give all the proceeds to the St.George Foundation, in support of their tremendous work in Sierra Leone. Pictured at the St.George Foundation garden party this afternoon are Foundation trustees, Richard Green-Wilkinson, Philip Dean, and Jo Dean, with Barnaby’s Alastair Walton. Head to to find out more about the Foundations great work.

Barnabees launched

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Barnabees – a brand new beehive that will form a significant part of the wonderful new garden design project led by the Y6 children of Swanmore Primary School.

Pictured above is Rebecca Parker (new Deputy Head Teacher at the school) receiving a large cheque from Alastair Walton (Barnaby’s Business Team) alongside Carl Weston (Site Manager and newly-appointed Head Beekeeper!)  Carl has been busy preparing for the arrival of the queen bee in a few weeks time, and expects to see the first honey crop in 2023. It is Barnaby’s intention to further support the Primary School by offering Barnabees Honey for sale in Barnaby’s next year.

With our great thanks to the team at FOSPS for helping to make this happen! We look forward to keeping them, and you, posted.

Meet ‘Aurora’ and friends this Saturday

On Saturday 18th June, we’ll be hosting a number of trainee dogs from Hounds For Heroes as part of our Charity Awareness Scheme. Come and meet ‘Aurora’ and her handler John Branson. She is a 12-month old golden retriever in training for Hounds For Heroes. In the next year, she will join a higher training program ahead of becoming an assistant dog.  John will be able to tell you the amazing things that these dogs are capable of and how they are trained.

Half of Barnaby’s takings on Saturday will be added to your donations, and sent to Hounds For Heroes. Please come and give them your support.

£770 donated to Christian Aid

Last month, we supported Christian Aid with a number of activities and items on the big screen.  Our local Christian Aid rep – Wendy Horn – popped back in to Barnaby’s recently to collect a cheque for £770.

On receiving the cheque, Wendy (R) commented “We are so grateful to the Barnaby’s team  for helping to raise such afabulous amount of money. Thank you.!”

Sarah Walton (L) commented “Our support of Christian Aid is a great example of Barnaby’s at its very best – as a community hub supporting charitable works here and elsewhere. Our thank go to all the wonderful volunteers who help make this place such a great success”.

Classic car owners raise £182 for JST

The second in the Classic Cars @ Barnaby’s series was a great success, with a large number of cars on show for the first time.  Some came from as far east as Bosham and as far north as Guildford. Word is clearly getting out!

As before, Barnaby’s popup coffee shop was there in support. Event organiser Alastair Walton offered to give all of the days takings to the Jubilee Sailing Trust, and £182 was donated! As luck would have it, JST Ambassador Roger Morfill was in Barnaby’s having a coffee, so we sent him home with a big cheque! The picture shows Sarah Walton handing it over to a very happy Roger.

Thank you to all who came, enjoyed, and donated.  Our next Classic Cars @ Barnaby’s event is on  25th June.

It’s Christian Aid 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!