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Short summary of the charity events on in Swanmore Hampshire

John Vearncombe on sailing around the world

Barnaby’s regular customer John Vearncombe will be back in Swanmore on Saturday 22nd September, having raced around the world in the Clipper Round the World Race.

John will be speaking about his adventure in the Paterson Centre from 3pm to 5pm, and what motivated him to use the event to raise money for the St.George Foundation. We urge you to come along. His talk will be fascinating for sailors and non-sailors alike, plus there will be tea and prosecco on offer! There is no need to book to hear John speak – just turn up. We’ll see you there.

Barnaby’s donates to Kerala relief effort

In what’s said to be the worst rains for more than 100 years, over a million people have been affected by the unprecedented flooding in Kerala – Southern India. Kerala’s floods and landslides have left ruin so terrible that around 200,000 people will be unable to return home for at least six months, Christian Aid estimates. Even among houses that were not completely destroyed, many are now filled with mud, vegetation and rubbish, with collapsed roofs and walls. Many people have lost everything they had.

Barnaby’s made a donation to Christian Aid yesterday, in order to assist them and their local partners in responding to urgent needs of shelter, food and clean water for more than 12,000 people. The full story is available at  www.christianaid.org.uk/emergencies/kerala-floods-appeal, in case you wanted to know more.

BWCM celebrates 70 years of service

Many of the cakes and scones you enjoy in Barnaby’s come from our amazing friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market. We regularly receive great comments about the things these ladies do for Barnaby’s and you’ll often find one of them – the lovely Jane Taylor – behind the counter on a Saturday morning!

Bishops Waltham Country Market are making the most of celebrating 70 years serving the community with two events. The first was in Bishops Waltham earlier this month, and the next will be in Swanmore on Saturday 21st July. So pop your 1940’s glad rags on and head over to the Paterson Centre (next to Barnaby’s) where you’ll find all their usual market goodies!

Head over to facebook.com/bishopswalthamcountrymarket for more information and contact details.

Felix meets Lewis Hamilton

Swanmore’s favourite son Felix Barrow is in Monaco this weekend, getting up-close-and-personal with the glamorous world of Formula One. His awesome opportunity was made possible by the amazing people at the Make A Wish Foundation, who turn dreams in to reality for disabled children and those with critical illnesses.

Pictured is Felix with Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, shortly before the qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix itself. As well as meeting Lewis and a host of other drivers, Felix has had a full tour of the pits and been out on a Sunseeker with the Red Bull Team. What an experience indeed!

Head to make-a-wish.org.uk to find out more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


And the winners are…

Congratulations to all of our younger customers who took the time to design some magnificent teapots for the Royal Wedding on Saturday. There are prizes for the top two entries in each category, and a couple of Highly Commended awards too. You can see the results on our Facebook page at facebook.com/swanmorecoffee.

If you are a winner, please pop in to Barnaby’s and grab your prize by asking the team behind the counter. Well done everyone!


An update from our friends at St.George Foundation

Philip Dean, Founder of St George Foundation, writes…

We are in awe of John Vearncombe’s venture to complete his year long journey in the 2017-18 Clipper Around the World Yacht Race. John, an active Swanmore resident, shows his dedication to St George Foundation by donating all sponsorship money to us.  He is now halfway around the world sailing in the vast Pacific Ocean.  Open his blog at www.roundtheworld.blog to read the courage and grit his crew need to run this race for us.  A donation at this time would greatly encourage them. You can help by sharing his blog with your contacts.  Its a great way to introduce new supporters to our vital work.

We have exciting news from Sierra Leone.  A German churchman visited during the Ebola crisis.  He was impressed by our work and has continued contact with Justina.  His church in Germany, St George, has now contracted to build us a large new centre on our land outside of Freetown.  We look forward to welcoming new friends who share our vision. Watch for news of this exciting development.

Obviously the big story of 2017 was the mudslide and we ended up with 36 children orphaned by it moving in with us.  We were also very active on the ground at the time.  This is the story of one flood survivor, told to our workers. Abdulia, a 13 year old, lived with his parents in a hillside community. He awoke early on 14 August to the urgent cries of his father to get out of the house.  Outside, in heavy rain,  neighbours were running helter skelter, all afraid.  Abdulia’s father took him and his mother by hand and started to cross the road. Suddenly, a river of mud overtook them.  It swept them away amid the rocks and debris thundering down the road.  Urgent hands reached for Abdulia and pulled him to safety, but his parent were not seen again. After a two week stay in hospital, a deeply bereft and traumatised boy was admitted to the St George Foundation.

Another victim of the landslides is a young girl who suffers from a serious spinal deformity.  If it is left untreated it will probably ruin and shorten her life, so we are going to deal with that for her.  Her name is Cecelia – full of life, very intelligent and keen to study. We have been in touch with a specialist spinal charity who advise us that they can assist us to get her condition operated on in Ghana – but it looks as if we will have to raise £10,000 to cover everything.  At the moment we are still assessing her condition and the situation is not urgent. We hope to keep you informed of her progress.

Sierra Leone has just held a general election.  As we move forward ourselves we don’t quite know what the new government will bring.

You may well be aware that there are new rules on data protection coming into effect and they also apply to charities.  It means that in order to communicate anything to you or hold any of your data we have to have your positive consent. St George Foundation has never done anything with your email or address from you other than to write to you occasionally.  We would never share your information.  Our policy statement is on our website.

You, our supporters, have been crucial in getting essential help to children in Sierra Leone so we don’t want to lose you! To continue receiving news and updates from us, please click here and select “Yes”

In the future we would like to get supporters more actively involved and we intend to write quarterly.  In fact, I am in Sierra Leone in May.  I plan to write a letter upon my return with what is happening.  I will bring back for you some photos and bits of film.

We are looking forward  to our Garden Party on 21st July at Haze Lea in Swanmore.  Your help and participation in this fun and fund-raising event is most welcome.  Call Jo at 01489 894133.

My very best wishes,


Barnaby’s customers complete Bike Big Challenge

Two regular Barnaby’s customers Alastair Walton and Stuart Barrow joined the Big Bike Challenge last weekend, and helped raise almost £30,000 for the Saints Foundation. The ride was 233 miles from Manchester City Football Club to Southampton Football Club, and set to coincide with the last match of the season between these two famous clubs.

The Saints Foundation raise money to support the needs of underprivileged and disabled kids in the region, including Stuarts son Felix Barrow. Felix attends sporting events and training sessions run by the Foundation, as part of his continued recovery. Pictured above are all the Big Bike Challenge riders outside the Etihad stadium in Manchester on Friday morning. The challenge ended in a standing ovation from 30,000 football fans in the Saints ground on Sunday afternoon.

Barnaby’s extends its congratulations to Stuart and Alastair! If you feel able to support the work of the Saints Foundation, please donate at justgiving.com/alastair-walton or justgiving.com/stuart-barrow2.

Christian Aid Week starts now

Starting in Barnaby’s on Saturday 12th May, we will be supporting the work of Christian Aid ahead of Christian Aid Week itself. Some illustrations of the work of this fabulous charity will be displayed on the big screen throughout the week.

Please sign up for the Sponsored Walk for Christian Aid, which will leave St.Nicholas Church in Wickham at 2pm on Sunday 20th May. Please be there from 1.45pm. There is parking available.

There are tree different routes available, for families, dog walkers, and those just looking for a spot of fresh air. Sponsorship forms are available from Barnaby’s all week.

Our takeaway cups are fully biodegradable!

In continued respect of our place in the environment (and in answer to recent questions on the subject), our takeaway coffee cups are fully biodegradable and compostable. Even the lids are too! This means that you can enjoy a takeaway coffee from Barnaby’s without feeling guilty about what will happen to the cup and lid afterwards.

Should you prefer not to use a takeaway cup, just bring in your thermos mug or cup in to Barnaby’s, and we will gladly pop your favourite coffee in there instead. There are more details about this at barnabys.coffee/refillhere.

Open Gardens comes to Barnaby’s

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April, a number of gardens in Swanmore will open their doors to visitors from all over Hampshire. This annual event has become a must-do for those who wish to enjoy the best of the spring blooms. It starts and finishes outside Barnaby’s, there is plenty of free of parking opposite, and a shuttle bus will take you from garden to garden should you not fancy stretching your legs. Full details can be found at barnabys.coffee/opengardens2018. 

In support of the event, Barnaby’s will be open on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. Our huge thanks go to the volunteers who have offered to come in and serve tea, coffee and yummy homemade cake to Open Gardens visitors.