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.
With the 75th Anniversary of D-Day upon us, it was inevitable that the village was going to be busy with jeeps, trucks, soldiers, and the like passing through. Indeed, the local area is in sharp focus currently, with Portsmouth set to host numerous world leaders over the coming few days.
Given all of this, it was no real surprise that General Eisenhower popped in for coffee at the weekend. Here is his, en route to a revival event in nearby Droxford, as photographed by our very own Bertie Ferrone.
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.
St.Patricks Day is this weekend. It’s an event that started in the early 17th century, commemorating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and the heritage of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of shamrocks.
This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we’ll have yummy homemade shamrock biccies available with every coffee and an awesome Guinness cake – homemade by one of our fabulous volunteers. You won’t want to miss that!
Oh, and the Irish play Wales in Cardiff on Saturday at 2.45pm…
It’s all going to go a bit Welsh this week, in celebration of St. David’s Day and the Welsh Eisteddfod on Friday.
In Welsh culture, an Eisteddfod is a Welsh festival of literature, music and performance. The tradition of a meeting of Welsh artists dates back to the 12th century, when a festival of poetry and music was held by Rhys ap Gruffydd at his court in Cardigan. He invited poets and musicians from all over Wales, and a seat at his top table was awarded to the best of them – a tradition that prevails in the modern day Eisteddfod.
We won’t be going that far, but we will have rousing Welsh hymns, lots of castles to look at, and yummy Welsh cakes on offer! We’ll keep the theme going until Saturday afternoon, when there will be prizes for anyone who knows what Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau means…
Now a firm favourite on the village calendar, the Christmas Tree Festival is a fabulous festive event. Barnaby’s is pleased to support it with special extended opening hours and some yummy festive offers.
We’ll be open all day on Saturday, through to 4pm. At lunchtime, we will be serving a choice of warm carrot & coriander soup or tomato & basil, both served with a freshly-baked bread roll for just £3.50. Our gingerbread latte & gingerbread man offer has already been very popular, and now there’s a cranberry & pistachio biscotti to enjoy too!
If you are planning to be in the village on Saturday, come and have lunch with us before you enjoy the Christmas tree display, or pop in during the afternoon for a cuppa.
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.
The Swanmore Village Fête is a good, old-fashioned, traditional village event, where you can expect to find lots of fun and excitement! It is run by the Meon Valley Lions Club, who last year celebrated their Centennial. Gates open at 1230 on Saturday.
This year, you’ll find live music from Contraband, Soberton Strummers and Swanmore College of Technology Jazz Band, as well as the Birnie Boozle Band. The organisers are delighted to have the Haven Falconry display team agree to come and put on a show in the main arena. Kristian Bediiako will be running a series of Djembe drum workshops every half hour during the afternoon. If you want to get into the rhythm he’ll show you how – children and adults can take part. There will be classic cars and bikes on display, plus over 40 stalls, coconut shy, beat-the-goalie, games and rides and oodles of yummy things to eat and drink.
Barnaby’s will be open from 10am to 1pm as usual, to ensure you get your morning coffee fix before heading down to enjoy the events on offer. See all the photos from last year, click here.
Our fabulous ‘popup’ coffee shop will be back at the Swanmore Lawn Tennis Club (SLTC) on Saturday 21st July in support of the Great British Tennis Weekend. This is your opportunity to try tennis for free, so the SLTC will throw open it’s doors to everyone who wants to come and have a go!
We’ll be there with yummy homemade cakes and delicious coffee, alongside our friends from JT Sports in Wickham who can advise on kit, or even re-string your old racket!
The event kicks off at 10am. Pre-book a slot if you wish to at goo.gl/HYWGvv, or just turn up on the day! See you there.