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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ll be celebrating the launch of Christian Aid Week by hosting The Big Brekkie on Saturday 11th May. Come along and have breakfast on us, while you have a go at the all-new Big Brekkie Quiz. It’s great fun, and you’ll know (almost all) of the answers!
Christian Aid Week is 12th to 18th May. Last year, the fund raised over £8m. What can they achieve this year with your help? Find out more at www.christianaid.org.uk
On Saturday, the 819th Mayor of Winchester will be waiting tables in Barnaby’s, dressed in his finest! It’s all in support of the Mayors chosen charities, which this year are the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, the Rowans Hospice, and the Defence Medical Welfare Service. More information can be found at mayorofwinchesterscharities.co.uk
Most of you will know the Mayor of Winchester as Frank Pearson – longstanding resident of Swanmore, and frequent visitor to Barnaby’s. Our engagement with the Mayors chosen charities is a feature of our ongoing Charity Donation Scheme, in which we support charities that have a strong connection to the village.
This week, we will be supporting the DEC appeal in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe after the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai. The cyclone has left behind a trail of destruction that has affected an estimated 2.6 million people. More 400,000 have lost their homes. The full scale of the disaster is still unfolding, as search and rescue operations continue and more heavy rain is predicted. The UN have stated that this may become one of the worst weather-related disasters on record in the southern hemisphere.
In line with our mission to support charities and good causes, we’ll be donating half our takings to the DEC. If you’d like to add to this, there will be a collection tin in Barnaby’s all week.
The staggeringly fabulous Pontypridd Male Voice Choir will be back in Swanmore on Saturday 2nd March at 7pm. Tickets will be available from Barnaby’s today from 10am, and on Saturday 16th February.
The last time the Pontypridd Male Voice Choir was in Swanmore, the event event was a complete sell out. Make sure you get your tickets early! There really isn’t quite anything like the sound of a choir such as this.
This week, a percentage of our takings will be given to the amazing team at www.choose.love – the world’s first shop where you can buy real gifts for child refugees that include essentials such as clothes, tents, nappies & sleeping bags.
This new model of charitable giving has already raised over £1 million, it has got the message out to over 200 million people, and it has engaged celebrities, influencers and the public with a really positive message. Find out more at www.choose.love.
A dream to turn Droxford church in to a community hub and heritage centre, inspired by Barnaby’s, is now very close to reality. The church had been placed on the Heritage At Risk register after a host of structural problems were logged, but after a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a wave of enthusiastic ideas from the villagers, work is now well under way.
John Symes, Chairman of Friends of Droxford Church, told the Meon Valley News this week “Our repairs were conceived as a community project rather than just as a restoration project. When fully completed, “Wilfreds”, a volunteer-run cafe inspired by Barnaby’s in Swanmore, will be the centrepiece of this huge project. There is still a lot of money to be raised, but we have made wonderful progress. We have been very impressed with what the Barnaby’s team have achieved there, so that will be the model for us too.”
The full article can be read in the latest issue of the Meon Valley News, and you can follow Johns progress on friendsofdroxfordchurch.org.uk.