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We host open days and events in Swanmore Hampshire regularly. Details here.

Meet the Neighbourhood Watch on Thursday 23rd January

After successful trial ‘drop-in’ sessions with the Meon Valley Neighbourhood Watch last year, we will be welcoming them back on Thursday 23rd January from 10am to midday. This is your opportunity to:

  • ask about current initiatives in the Meon Valley
  • raise concerns about recent events near you
  • propose or discuss ideas that Neighbourhood Watch could get involved in to help improve security near you

Find out more about the Meon Valley Neighbourhood Watch team on their Facebook page at facebook.com/MeonValleyNHW, or just pop in to Barnaby’s on Thursday morning for a coffee and a chat.

Half term hours

As usual during half term (and in order to give our volunteers a little bit of a break), our hours will be a different during Half Term week. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday 2pm to 4pm
Thursday 10am to midday 2pm to 4pm
Friday 10am to midday 2pm to 4pm
Saturday 10am to 1pm

Cuppa n’Colour will be back, to allow your little ones a chance to get creative while you enjoy a nice relaxing coffee.

We celebrate our 5th Birthday!

Today marked the culmination of our Fabulous Fifth Birthday celebrations! These began two weeks ago, with a party for the amazing volunteers who make Barnaby’s what it is. Then all last week, the big screen in Barnaby’s has featured lots of “behind the scenes” images from the past 5 years. Finally today, we gave away a load of free cake and held a charity art auction!

Our thanks go to everyone who helps to make Barnaby’s such a great asset to the community it serves – customers, suppliers, volunteers & friends.

Vintage car display on 12th October

To celebrate our 5th birthday, we’ll be hosting a display of fabulous vintage cars outside Barnaby’s on Saturday 12th October. You are most welcome to come along and talk to the owners. Fingers crossed for the weather! Currently, we are expecting to see the following:

  • Austin 7
  • Austin 10 (pictured)
  • MGB Sports
  • MG Midget
  • Lotus Elan
  • Fordson Dexter tractor

The evening will see the return of the famous Quiz Night – always a fun night. Tickets are now available in Barnaby’s for £10 (£5 for children). Teams of 6-8 are required, so get together and get involved!


Family Fun Day deemed “a huge success”

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.

Barnaby’s signs up to Family Fun Day

Our neighbours at St.Barnabas and Swanmore Primary School have jointly launched a Family Fun Day, to be held in the grounds of both buildings on 7th July. This promises to be a great day of fun and entertainment for the whole family, so Barnaby’s will be open! 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.

Eisenhower pops in for coffee on D-Day

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.

Jubilee Sailing Trust ahoy!

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.

The Irish are coming…

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 gone a bit Welsh!

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…