Claire Vennis and Suzie Wilde are in the house (well, their respective houses) for today’s update of services and help available in the Petersfield area during the coronavirus outbreak.

Send your offers of help or requests for people to help you to team@petersfieldradio.uk or telephone us on 01730 555 500 and we’ll pass them onto the relevant organisations and agencies.

Today, we hear from Amelia Mahler of East Hampshire District Council who seeks temporary accommodation from local landlords, B&Bs, guest houses and hotels. Can you help her? Contact Amelia on amelia.mahler@easthants.gov.uk or 01730 234 314.

Information transcript

Cyber Crime: We have received some lengthy advice from James Adnitt, Hampshire Constabulary’s cyber protection officer, regarding the various online scams being conducted under such headings as “COVID-19”, “Coronavirus”, “Working from Home”, “Self Isolation” and “Financial Support/Hardship”.

He advises that extra care needs to be taken as we are more accepting of going to unfamiliar websites and receiving emails from unusual sources while we deal with the current situation.

You can read the complete message .

And if you need a solicitor, many of the local firms are working but don’t all have staff physically in their offices. Biscoes and Mackarness & Lunt can both help with all their usual services, and Mackarness & Lunt point out that solicitors who deal with Wills and Court Cases are designated as Key Workers by the Ministry of Justice – so they’re there when you need them.

Owing to staff shortages Hampshire County Council is restricting some of its services to focus on priority areas.

For example, new bulky waste bookings – such as the removal of beds etc – have been suspended until further notice. Norse South East will complete existing requests provided the waste is left outside your property for the crew to collect.

It may take longer than usual to clear reported fly-tips and empty street litter bins, and officials are working to keep your rubbish and recycling collections running as scheduled.

However, the council may need to prioritise domestic waste (green bin) collections as the situation with the COVID-19 continues.

Please put your bins out as normal on your scheduled collection day and leave it out all day as the crews may be running later than usual. If your bin is not collected please leave it out, where it will not cause an obstruction, and it will be collected as soon as possible … although this may not be until your next scheduled collection day.

Excess recycling which can be left in clear plastic sacks or a cardboard box next to your bin and will be collected at some point. If your rubbish collection is missed, the refuse teams will collect any extra rubbish which can also be left in sacks next to your bin. 

And, please remember all Hampshire County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres are now closed until further notice.

Sophie Doe, of the Petersfield Coronavirus Community Support, says we live in an amazing community with some fantastic people who are willing to volunteer to help our neighbours in need. However, the group would love more volunteers – please visit its Facebook page or email petersfieldcoronacommunity@gmail.com.

Petersfield Town Council is being incredibly supportive too and has a link from its website at petersfield-tc.gov.uk.

To check out what to do if coronavirus affects your work, benefits or travel, call 0300 33 09 028 for assistance or visit citizensadvice.org.uk.

Petersfield Dementia Friends has a small group of volunteers to keep in touch with people who have dementia and their families on a regular basis. This covers predominately the people who attend the volunteer groups it has established in Petersfield, but organisers are aware there may be other people and families in the same situation who do not attend the groups. For assistance contact Jeff Williams, a Dementia Friends champion on 07849 195 702 or email grahamjeffreywilliams@hotmail.co.uk

Hampshire’s Farmers Markets have been suspended for at least the next three weeks. Organisers say that although government restrictions still allow outdoors food markets to continue, they have decided to put the interests of their staff, members and customers first. 

The NHS NEEDS YOUR HELP! There are four main volunteers the NHS is looking to find:

Community Response volunteers: This role involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home.

A Patient Transport volunteer: This role supports the NHS by providing transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge, and ensuring they are settled safely back into their home.

NHS Transport volunteer: This role involves transporting equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites. The role may also involve assisting pharmacies with medication delivery.

Check in and chat volunteer: This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a result of self-isolation. This can be done from your own home.

Sign up at www.goodsamapp.org/NHSvolunteerresponders or use the link at our website.

Let’s now return to our information round-up, and Goodwood’s Festival of Speed, originally scheduled for the beginning of July, has been postponed. Organisers hope to reschedule it for late summer or early autumn, and remain hopeful that the annual Goodwood Revival event will go ahead in September as planned.

Dr Ian Hallam and the team at Meon Dental have set-up an emergency number for patients who need urgent dental help. The number is 01730 265 555 and the practice says if you haven’t heard from it about an appointment that’s scheduled for the next three or four weeks, assume it’s cancelled for now.

Incidentally, did you know that Dr Hallam is a former Olympic cyclist? He competed at three Olympic Games and won bronze in the Team Pursuit in Munich and Montreal. He’s also a three-time Commonwealth Games’ gold medallist … and now he’s a wheely good dentist.

On the subject of sport, the Football Association announced yesterday afternoon that for steps three to six in the pyramid, the season has finished and all results will be expunged. That will affect the likes of Petersfield Town, Horndean and Alton and it’s not unreasonable to expect grass-roots football to follow suit soon … so be prepared.

Maria in The Old Drum public house has eggs, bread, sourdough and take-away beers available. Also, if you’re a key worker in the health service and need somewhere to stay in Petersfield, Maria is offering free accommodation for NHS and care home workers.

Banks

The banks are on restricted hours and we have the latest information right now on the Morning Report: 

TSB is open from 10am to 4pm, although it is shut between 12.30 and 1.30 – Nationwide, Lloyds and Santander are open from 10 til 2, Barclays from 9.30 – 1 and the Nat West from 10am – 1pm. 

But remember these times are subject to change, because the staff in banks are just as vulnerable as anybody else.

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And if you’re a business that would like to sponsor what we do and get your message out to our listeners which now number more than 2,000 a month, do get in touch – we’d really welcome your support and we’ll find a great way to recognise it.

If you have a website and would like to put the Morning Report on it to help people get even easier access to this vital information, then we can do that for you, free of charge.

Just email team@petersfieldradio.uk with the address of your website and we’ll get you the magic code to make it happen.

Our thanks today go out to David Thirkeld and Colin Smith who between them have made and printed posters to help people in Petersfield find this Morning Report.

David designed the posters and Colin, at Petaprint, has printed them, despite being closed, which is a remarkable achievement in itself.

Look out for our green posters in shop windows around Petersfield and do pass on the message so everyone can get access to the vital local information in the Petersfield Community Radio Morning Report.

Shops

Here are some shops that remain open for business, even if it is with reduced hours…

Superdrug is open 10 till 4 every day including Sunday. 

Cook, the place with the frozen ready meals in Rams Walk, is open 9.30am until 4pm, and will be adapting its service over the days ahead – search them up online for the latest information.

Bunch’s, on Lavant Street, has good stock – although eggs are at a premium just now – and is open from 10am until 3pm.

If you’re using your bike as part of your daily form of one mandated exercise and it needs fixing or adjusting, then Tom in Cycleworks on Chapel Street is staffing the repair shop. The main doors and showroom are closed but if you knock on the side door in the alleyway Tom will look after you. He’s there between 10am and 4pm, Wednesday to Saturday.

Durleighmarsh Farm Shop is snowed under with requests for home deliveries so have come up with the clever solution of making up veg boxes for pre-order. Details on their website or Facebook page.

Three people at a time can go in and there’s more choice in the shop, including their own delicious rhubarb – recommended personally by Suzie Wilde.

Suzie Wilde’s favourite bar in the Queen’s Head pub, is now the village shop. If you walk or cycle past you can see some of the goods. Just like olden times … so I’m told.

CPL Distribution, the manufacturer of solid fuel, continues to be open for business as usual with plenty of stock of all fuels.Call 0345 671 1122.

The Stuff Shop, on Chapel Street, has closed but will still sell its Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Fusion Mineral Paint to those who need it and can deliver within a five-mile radius of Petersfield. Contact The Stuff Shop on thestuffshop.co.uk.

TIME to be ME, in Pages Court, is going to remain closed for the foreseeable future but staff will post regular updates to their social media pages for maintaining your skin and beauty regime so make sure to follow them.

Travel

South Western Railway continues to run a bare bones service on the line through Petersfield and onto Portsmouth and Waterloo.

It has closed the Petersfield ticket office but guards are on every train so you can buy a ticket on the train or with a card from a machine at the railway station. The company says its priority is helping doctors and nurses get to work … Of course, the only legitimate reasons to travel are for work that cannot be done from home, or to get food or medicine.

Weather

The best of the sunny days are behind us, sadly, as cloud builds across the Petersphere this afternoon, capping temperatures to just 10 or 11 degrees. Winds are moderate and from the North East – they’ll feel cold. Cloudy overnight, keeping the frost away – and the weekend will be mostly cloudy and feel cold, especially on Sunday.