Barnaby’s is a very tangible asset to the community – a charming, friendly and social place to share a little time together with your friends. Behind-the-scenes, Barnaby’s is much more than that. After we meet our running costs, Barnaby’s supports community projects, charities and other ventures through our Charity Awareness Scheme (CAS). Recently, these have included:
- Alzheimers Society
- Childrens Society
- Fit For Felix
- Friends of Teso
- Girl Guides
- Leukaemia Care UK
- Macmillan Cancer Research
- Prostate Cancer
- Royal British Legion
- Rowans Hospice
- St. George Foundation
- Swanmore Lions
- Swanmore Mothers Union
- Swanmore Open Gardens
- Swanmore Village Primary School
To apply to Barnaby’s CAS, please go to barnabys.coffee/charityawarenessscheme and complete a very short form.
This article was first posted in February 2016
“Cuppa & Colour” is a fun way for your kids to get stuck in to a little bit of creativity in a lovely safe environment. All this week, Barnaby’s will have drawing ideas available for the U10’s, while you sit back and enjoy a nice velvety coffee and some free wifi!
What will you do with your new found freedom? Read a book? Catch up with friends? Launch a new business? Either way, you’ll find drawings and pencils ready for little ones when you get here. Pin their creations up on the noticeboard to win a prize at the end of the week!
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:
||2pm to 4pm
||2pm to 4pm
||10am to midday
||2pm to 4pm
||10am to midday
||2pm to 4pm
||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.
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.
Tickets for two events are now available from Barnaby’s:
The St.Barnabas Quiz Night will kick off in the Paterson Centre at 7pm on Saturday 12th October. Your host Alastair Walton will test your knowledge on a number of subjects, ahead of a fabulous ploughmans supper. Lots of prizes! Tickets are £10 (£5 for U16’s), and multi-generational teams of 6-8 are encouraged. Bring drinks!
Crafts, games, music, food, singing & fun for our younger customers kicks off at 4pm on Thursday 31st October. A huge success in its first year, last year. Tickets are free, and there are prizes for the Best Dressed Superheroes! Who will you be?
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 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.
Our famous ‘popup’ coffee shop will be back at the Swanmore Lawn Tennis Club (SLTC) on Saturday 18th May in support of the Big Tennis Open 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 9.30am. Pre-book a slot if you wish to at goo.gl/HYWGvv, or just turn up on the day! See you there.
Love Messy Church? Then the good news is that you will not have long to wait for the next one, because Messy Church is back on Good Friday. Doors open at 9.45 for a start at 10am.
Not sure what Messy Church is? Well, this is lots of fun for the younger members of your family. It is next door to Barnaby’s in the Paterson Centre, and once you’ve been, that’s all your kids will every want to do!
Note that Barnaby’s will be closed on Good Friday.
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.