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.
“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! We look forward to seeing you all.
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.
Messy Church will be back on Friday 8th February, with a lot of messy fun and things to do for our younger customers. It all kicks off next door in the Paterson Centre 3.30pm, so mum, you can come and grab a coffee in Barnaby’s before you head over there!
Barnaby’s is a very tangible asset to the community – a charming, friendly and social place to meet with your friends and share a little time together. Behind-the-scenes, Barnaby’s is much more than that. After we meet our running costs, Barnaby’s supports community projects and ventures through our Charity Donation Scheme (CDS). Recently, these have included:
- Alzheimers Society
- Childrens Society
- Fit For Felix
- Friends of Teso
- Girl Guides
- 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 receive funding from Barnaby’s CDS, please go to barnabys.coffee/charity and complete a very short form.
This article was first posted in February 2016
Our friends at Swanmore Sunday Club are putting on a rather fabulous Light Party for 3-12 year olds, and the tickets are now available at Barnaby’s. We know this one is going to be busy, because there will be singing, games, craft, food and fun! The theme is Bugs & Butterflies, with prizes for the best dressed.
The Light Party will be in St.Barnabas Church on Wednesday 31st October from 4pm to 6pm. If you’re a mum, you’ll be pleased to know you can grab a takeaway coffee from Barnaby’s on you way there…
Our good friends at FOSPS (Friends of Swanmore Primary School) have confirmed that their annual Fireworks Night will be held on Friday 2nd November. This is always a popular evening, and a huge fundraiser for the school.
Please ensure you save the date for the FOSPS Fireworks Night. Further details will be released closer to the time.