It’s all gone a bit Welsh

In Welsh culture, an Eisteddfod is an institution and festival with several ranked competitions, including in poetry and music. Hywel Teifi Edwards defined the earliest form of the Eisteddfod as a competitive meeting between bards and minstrels, in which the winner was chosen by a noble or royal patron.

We won’t be going quite that far today, but there will be free Welsh cakes on offer with every hot drink, and a game of “guess the castle” on the big screen.

This Saturday in Barnaby’s

The BBT have agreed that, given the events unfolding in Turkey and Syria, we would step up our support for the DEC with a full Charity Awareness Day on Saturday 18th February. We will be giving half of our takings on the day to the DEC, in addition to any personal donations you make using our new “Tap n’Go” payment service. Please make sure you visit.

In support of this,  our “Tap n’Go” machine will be by the till for the forseable future.

In support of the DEC

A series of devastating earthquakes have hit southern Turkey and north-west Syria killing over 20,000 people. The first deadly earthquake struck while people were inside their homes, asleep in their beds, with no warning signs. Thousands of buildings, including hospitals and schools, have collapsed and infrastructure has been badly damaged. Local responders are desperately searching through the rubble for survivors.

By donating to the Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal, you’ll help DEC charities provide vital medical care, emergency shelter, food and clean water. You can donate in Barnaby’s, or at

Meet the volunteer – Ted Quincey

In the fourth of our MEET THE VOLUNTEER series, we caught up with the man who lives closet to Barnaby’s – Ted Quincey. We asked Ted what volunteering means to him:

So what drew you volunteering at Barnaby’s Ted?
Well, as I live right across the road from Barnaby’s, I had originally thought I’d be popping in at a moments notice if help was required. In actual fact, I have taken to planning a little bit further ahead by picking the shifts I’d like to do in advance, in preference to waiting until the last minute, It’s worked out much better that way, allowing me to plan my week around grandchildren and the like.

What do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy looking back at the end of a shift and being pleased with a job well done! I particularly like the “volunteer” role, as it allows me to do a number of different jobs whilst saying hello to our customers. That said, during the quieter moments, Berty has invested some time in teaching me how to make coffee, and I have enjoyed that very much.

Where do you think the money goes?
It was my assumption that it all goes to charity, after the costs have been taken care of. More recently, I’ve seen images on the big screen showing cheques being handed out to some of the local causes that I am familiar with, and I rather like seeing those as they pop up. I read the Swanmore Link every month, and there are very often articles in there that talk about charities who have benefitted from a donation.

What else could Barnaby’s do to help the community?
Yes. I play in a ukulele band called the Swanmore Strummers. We meet weekly in the village and have, in the past, raised a little bit of money at gigs. How about playing at Barnaby’s on occasion?

(We think that is a great idea, so please watch out for the Swanmore Strummers appearing here in the summer months!)

Meet the volunteer. This month – Mike Clay

In the third of our MEET THE VOLUNTEER serieswe caught up with someone well known to the village – Mike Clay. We asked what volunteering means to him:

Q.  You volunteered here only quite recently. What prompted that?
  I retired from a full career in the construction industry a few years ago, so started popping in here to meet friends from the village. My daughters had done a few shifts as work experience, so I thought I’d give it a go too.

Q.  Had you done this sort of thing before?
A:   I started my working life serving teas and coffees well over 40 years ago, so it seems rather nice to be ending it in the same way! In fact, while I was a student, I took on a part-time job at Bournemouth Pavilion and became a silver-service waiter. I ended up running the coffee shop there, which allowed me to meet a large number of stars and famous faces. That led to a love-affair with the stage, which explains the photo…

Q.   What do you like about volunteering Mike?
A:   I like to think of myself as a very community-spirited person. I have been a bell-ringer in the village since 2000, I’m often out litter-picking, and some will have seen me on stage with the Swanmore Amateur Dramatics Society, which I have been doing for 38 years! What I’ve learned is that you meet some great people volunteering, so I started doing an hour a week in Barnaby’s and it has grown from there at a pace I can fit in with everything else.

Q.   How have you got on with making your own coffee?
A:   Barnaby’s is a popular place, so I found some time with Berty on quieter days to learn the  ropes. It’s actually not as daunting as it looks, so I’m looking forward to making coffee for my daughters when they return as customers.

Q.   What else does Barnaby’s mean to you?
A:   I have a 50 year old MG which I plan to bring to your Classic Car events that restart in April. Other than that, the fact that you donate so much to local charities definitely has an appeal. Keep going!

(Well, we could not do it without volunteers like you Mike, so thank you)

Welcome back

We’re delighted to be back to normal this week, following the seasonal festivities. There are volunteer shifts available on most days in the coming week, so please log in and help yourselves! Our volunteer cake bakers are already getting ready, so we look forward to bringing it all together again on Tuesday at 2pm.

To our customers, we look forward to welcoming you back to Barnaby’s, and to restoring our position as an active hub for the community once more.

We’re on holiday!

Barnaby’s is now closed for the holidays. That’s it! 2022 done. We wish all our wonderful volunteers and customers a very and peaceful festive season.

We’ll be back on 3rd January 2023, and we look forward to seeing you all then. For those wishing to pick shifts for the New Year, they will be available in ShiftController on 23rd December.

Free mince pies this Christmas week

This Christmas week, you’ll receive a free mince pie with every hot drink at Barnaby’s! For some reason, we think this will be quite popular…

Our hours in Christmas week are:

  • Monday 19th December (10 to midday)
  • Tuesday 20th December (10 to midday)
  • Wednesday 21st December (10 to midday)

Our wonderful volunteers will return to full service again on 3rd January 2023.

Please help us support Trinity Winchester

As part of our ongoing support for charities with a connection to the village, we will be supporting the work of Trinity Winchester between now and Christmas. Our “Tap n’Go” payment option will be available to you if you wish to make a personal donation, and we’ll be adding half of Saturdays takings to that.

Trinity Winchester addresses the effects of homelessness and vulnerability through specialist practical and emotional support. Theses effects can include addiction, physical and mental ill health, poverty, social isolation and domestic abuse. Head to to find out more.

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