Final chance to join the Tour of the Meon Valley

Barnaby’s has been a strong supporter of the Fit For Felix campaign, set up to support promising young athlete Felix Barrow after his involvement in a terrible road accident. We have hosted events, baked cakes, and raised awareness. To date, the campaign has raised over £100,000.

The next event is called the Tour of the Meon Valley – a cycling sportive starting & finishing in Wickham on Sunday 7th May. There are three routes available – 25 miles, 50 miles, and 100 miles. All three are marshalled and signposted for your safety, and over 350 riders attended last year. Full details can be found at This year, we are hoping Felix will cycle the first few miles on his new bike (pictured).

Online entries  for the Tour of the Meon Valley event close at midnight on 1st May.

Spaces available on new Italian classes

Our weekly Italian classes are very popular, and the spring term is about to start.  Here is your chance to get ready for that forthcoming summer holiday or weekend getaway! We have spaces available on both the beginners course and the intermediates course, both of which are five week courses running from Barnaby’s Coffee Shop at 7pm. The details of each course are as follows:

Intermediates course
Five-week course starts on Tuesday 25th April
Cost is £43.75 for the full course
Starts at 7pm in Barnaby’s

Beginners course
Five-week course starts on Monday 15th May
Cost is £43.75 for the full course
Starts at 7pm in Barnaby’s

If you miss the first evening, you can jump in to the others at £8.75 per class. Please complete the form below and we’ll get in touch to sort out the details. Grazie mille!

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Barnaby’s Big Spring Clean

During the Easter holiday, we will be giving Barnaby’s a Big Spring Clean. We kick off on Monday 17th April, so Barnaby’s will be closed this week while we get stuck in. Anyone who runs a club or hosts a regular meeting in Barnaby’s has been advised.

Your shiny new Barnaby’s will be open for business again at 10am on Saturday 22nd April. We look forward to seeing you all then! Happy Easter.

Barnaby’s to support Great British Tennis Weekend

Our partners at the Swanmore Lawn Tennis Club tell us that they will feature as part of this years Great British Tennis Weekend again. This is an awesome nationwide event, and your opportunity to try tennis for free!

Short taster sessions are open to families and players of all ages or abilities, and equipment is provided. All you need to do is book online to let the Club know you’re coming. Last year more than 100 attended, and it was great fun! Barnaby’s will be there with our famous popup coffee shop, serving fresh filter coffee, tea, juices, and delicious homemade cakes.

The Great British Tennis Weekend is on Saturday 6th May at Swanmore Lawn Tennis Club, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Colouring fun for your little ones

“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 idea? 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.

Note that Messy Church will be on Good Friday from 10.30am.
Barnaby’s will be closed. 

It’s Hot Cross Bun Week!

In celebration of Easter Week, it’ll be Hot Cross Buns as far as the eye can see in Barnaby’s, (although we are not open on Good Friday).

For the second year, our friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market have kindly offered to bake all our hot cross buns, for which we are extremely grateful. Interestingly, they recently published a little study on the ingredients of the perfect hot cross bun, when compared to the ones you buy from the supermarket….

Ingredients in supermarket Hot Cross Buns
Wheat flour (Wheat Flour, Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin), Orange Soaked Fruit (Sultanas, Currants, Raisins, Orange Juice from Concentrate), Water, Orange Soaked Chilean Flame Raisins (Chilean Flame Raisins, Orange Juice from Concentrate), Unsalted Butter (Milk), Yeast, Mixed Peel (Orange Peel, Lemon Peel), Invert Sugar Syrup, Wheat Protein, Honey, Demerara Sugar, Buttermilk Powder (Milk), Maize Starch, Salt, Palm Oil, Free Range Dried Egg, Flavouring, Rapeseed Oil, Palm Fat, Soya Flour, Wheat Starch.

This is what’s in ours
Flour, sugar, salt, mixed spice, dried yeast, butter, REAL free range egg, dried fruit, dried milk & margarine.

How does Barnaby’s support my community?

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 profits are used to support community projects and ventures that benefit us all. These have included:

  • Alzheimers Society
  • Childrens Society
  • Fit For Felix
  • Friends of Teso
  • Girl Guides
  • St. George Foundation
  • Macmillan Cancer Research
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Royal British Legion
  • Rowans Hospice
  • Swanmore Lions
  • Swanmore Mothers Union
  • Swanmore Open Gardens
  • Swanmore Village Primary School

There is no doubt that all these projects could not be supported without our wonderful volunteers. They bake, pour, clean, serve and smile without any payment or reward. They are a fundamental part of the success of Barnaby’s. Our continued ability to support the organisations above is only down to the fact that our volunteers keep turning up every day to help! Thank you.

If you can give an hour a week or a month to such a great venture, find out what it is involved here.  It is jolly rewarding!

This article was first posted in February 2016

Local organisations honoured by Mayor of Winchester

Last nights Mayor Awards ceremony, hosted by the Mayor of Winchester in the citys Guildhall, recognised the incredible contribution made by volunteers and local organisations all over the region. There were a number of nominations received from Swanmore, including:

  • Jan White – for her legendary approach to fundraising in the village over many years
  • Sarah Woodman – for her relentless commitment to the Guides and others
  • John Woodman – for his continuous devotion to Swanmore through the Village Hall and the Parish Council
  • Lyn Kelly – (previous vicar Peter Kellys wife) for her work with CAB

Also awarded were the team behind Fit For Felix, a campaign set up to support Felix Barrow after sustaining life-limiting injuries in 2015. Pictured with the Mayor of Winchester are the Barrow family, Felixs friend Bradley (who first coined the phrase “Fit For Felix” here), and the trustees of the campaign – Jo Davey, Carl Lamerton, Mary Blount and Alastair Walton. Commenting on the award, Alastair said “The number of people in our community who have come together to get fit and raise money has been quite overwhelming at times! As an example, over 350 people joined the Tour of the Meon Valley cycling event last year, so we are busy preparing for the same again on Sunday 7th May. This award is for all those who contributed towards the support we are now able to provide Felix in his recovery.”

Well done to everyone who won awards last night, and to Winchester Councillor (and Barnaby’s regular) Frank Pearson for his nominations and support. Catch Frank in Barnaby’s every Saturday morning!

Book Club update

Our new Book Club met last week, to review “The Essex Serpent” by Sarah Perry. This was the Clubs second meeting since launch, and a vibrant one at that! Great to see so many people come along and express a view on what they thought.

We’ll be back on Thursday 4th May, so you have got plenty of time to read “The Trouble with Goats and Sheep” by Joanna Cannon. The book is available in all good bookstores, and online. If you’d like to join the conversation about this book, or just come along to the occasional meeting, get in touch via the Book Clubs very own Facebook page. See you on Thursday 4th May!

Winchester Coffee on BBC Radio Solent

 Our coffee comes from nearby Winchester Coffee, and many of our volunteers have been trained there.

On BBC Radio Solent this weekend, Rebecca Parker, host of The Kitchen Garden Show, met with Mark from the Winchester Coffee School and received a Barista Masterclass! Listen to the show again here, and you’ll find out all about stretching your milk, de-gassing your beans, and creating the perfect pattern on your flat white!

(Or just pop in to Barnaby’s and we’ll do it for you…)

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