Cycling the stunning lanes of the Meon Valley is a hobby for an increasing number of people, and Barnaby’s has become a regular place for them to stop and recharge whilst enjoying a delicious coffee and some homemade cake. We love seeing them!
Our most recent visit was from the SCB Club, whose website states “All we promise is regular social cycle rides, with coffee and cake!” It continues “We are just a group of people that enjoy being out on our bikes. Our ethos is to encourage newer cyclists looking to perhaps take the next step up, without the pressure to ride at a ‘club style’ pace.” Sounds good to us. Find out more about the SCB Club on their Facebook page.
Sainsbury’s stopped issuing Lego cards yesterday, but we still have loads in stock from the recent swap events we ran during half term. There are 140 cards in the collection (including the much-prized ‘Create‘ cards) so come along and see what you can swap with us on Thursday 22nd June from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.
It’s 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.
Some of you will have spotted that we do not grind our own decaffeinated beans in Barnaby’s like we do for our normal coffee. However, demand for decaffeinated coffee has grown steadily over the past few months. So, a new grinder has been bought, and fans of decaffeinated coffee can now enjoy the same unique flavour that everyone else enjoys.
Head to Barnaby’s today, and order your own freshly ground decaffeinated coffee. We look forward to making it for you.
The Swanmore Village Fête is a good, old-fashioned, traditional village event, where you can expect to find lots of fun and excitement! It is run by the Meon Valley Lions Club, this year celebrating their Centennial event!
The Swanmore Village Fête will be held on Saturday 8th July, and the schedule is as follows:
12.30 Gates open
12.30 Music from the Birnie Boozle band
12.30 Entrance of the Fete King and Queen, Prince and Princess
12.40 Official opening and cutting of the Lions’ Centennial cake
12.50 Drone flying demonstration
13.10 Roynon School of Dance
13.30 Swanmore College of Technology Jazz Band
14.10 Canine partners demonstration
14.30 Marriott Meon Valley Boot Camp
14.45 Car and bike presentations
15.10 Soberton Strummers
Barnaby’s will be open as usual, to ensure you get your morning coffee fix before heading down to enjoy the events on offer! To find out more and see photos from last years event, click here.
It’s half-term. To help you get through it, Barnaby’s has got plenty of things for you to do! Firstly, we are open for Cuppa & Colour every day. Come and relax with a lovely cup of coffee and free wifi, while your kids get stuck in to some great colouring ideas. Pens, crayons, and things to colour in are all provided – we just need you! Pin your pictures up on the board for a chance to win a prize! No need to book – just turn up.
On Tuesday and Thursday, come and swap your Lego cards in Barnaby’s. It’s the new craze that is sweeping the nation, and your kids will thank you for being here! Full details at barnabys.coffee/legocards.
We all have young families, and we have all been to concerts with our children just as thousands of people did in Manchester on Monday evening. In respect of the havoc wreaked through the audience as they left, there will be a candlelight vigil in St.Barnabas church this afternoon from 5pm to 6.30pm. Drop in any time.
Our fabulous ‘popup’ coffee shop was at the ‘Road To Wimbledon’ tournament on Saturday, serving tea and yummy homemade cakes to nervous parents in stunning English sunshine! The event took the format of a knockout competition, with the winner going through to a county championship in June and onwards to a final in Wimbledon, ahead of the Grand Slam itself.
Barnaby’s was joined at the Swanmore Lawn Tennis Club by Jamie of JT Sports, who re-strung rackets and supplied advice on kit. Pictured above is Alastair Walton of Barnaby’s with Terry Baudains, Club Secretary. More pics now available on our Facebook page.
Team Leaders and volunteers from Barnaby’s joined almost 100 people at the FOSPS Quiz Night on Friday, held in Swanmore’s Primary School Hall. They made a special effort with the table decoration, with coffee cups, aprons, cup cakes, and even a full coffee grinder adorning their table! The coffee cups were full of wine, of course…
FOSPS is a registered charity, and is run by a committee of parents and teachers. It’s primary role is that of raising money by organising various events throughout the school year. The funds raised are then used to pay for (or part-pay for) extras that are needed by the school. FOSPS make an annual commitment to the school in the region of £1,500, which pays for the Year R Christmas books from Santa, the Year 6 Leavers’ books, Christmas crackers, the Cathedral trip, and a number of other events and functions. Click here for more information about FOSPS, and the list of current committee members.
Christian Aid Week starts on Saturday, and runs until 20th May. Barnaby’s has come out in full support of this incredible charity, so you’ll see the place fully decorated all week. In addition, our big screen will be given over to images from projects funded by Christian Aid.
You may wish to consider supporting someone who is doing the sponsored “Walk to the Sea” on Sunday 21st May, or even join it yourself. Choose from beautiful walks of 5 or 10 miles, plus there is a shorter family walk with quiz! It leaves the Parish Rooms in Titchfield at 1.45pm, and registration opens at 1pm. Parking is free. Sponsorship forms can be found just inside the main door of St Barnabas Church all this week.
Over 300 riders joined the Tour of the Meon Valley sportive last week, made up of three routes across some of the most glorious countryside this country has to offer. The first riders were released at 7.15am, with the last group led out by Felix Barrow himself. Routes available were 25 miles, 50 miles, and 100 miles, making for a total of 19,289 miles cycled! That’s enough to get you almost right around the world!
Photos and videos are now live on the Fit For Felix Facebook page.
One rider, actor Rupert Penry-Jones (pictured), said “I was so lucky to have taken part in this ride today. I turned up for something that wasn’t happening and found you guys instead! The people organising it were so friendly and welcoming that I just had to take part. One of the most special rides I have ever been a part of. I loved it. I then had the privilege of meeting Felix and his amazing family after I finished. I have been walking on air for the rest of the day! Thank you.”
We know that a number of Barnaby’s customers and volunteers were involved in making this event a success. They included marshals, cake bakers, drivers, helpers, signmakers, masseurs, and web wizards! You helped to raise a lot of money, and put a big smile on young Felixs face. Thank you.