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…
“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 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.
Last year, the nation collected 100 million packs of LEGO cards in just six weeks, with online searches for the product soaring by 240%. Sainsbury’s will stop issuing their cards on 8th October, so come on in to Barnaby’s and swap your remaining cards with the ones we have in stock!
- Tuesday 2nd October (3.30pm to 4.30pm)
- Tuesday 9th October (3.30pm to 4.30pm)
Here is your last chance to get the full set! Post your photos on our Facebook page, and tag your friends to make sure they all know what you managed to swap.
If you are a mum heading back to an empty house after dropping your children off at Swanmore Primary School for the first time, you may be interested to know that Barnaby’s needs you!
Our fabulous community coffee shop is entirely run by volunteers, who help as little or as much as they can. If you are interested in learning how to make real coffee, or if you just fancy supporting your community by working an hour or two here or there (or even a full shift), we’d love to hear from you. Find out about volunteering at Barnaby’s by heading to barnabys.coffee/volunteer.
Of course, if all you’d like is a lovely coffee after nervously dropping off your loved ones each morning, come on in! You’ll find a friendly welcome and homemade cake – a great combination.
Barnaby’s will start a summer schedule of special opening hours this weekend. We kick off at 10am on Saturday 11th August, and thereafter will be open every Thursday and Friday afternoon and Saturday mornings until the schools go back.
If you are a volunteer and wish to sign up for a shift, please log in and select your preferred shift today. We look forward to welcoming you all back, and to hearing about your summer holidays!