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Your essential local information with Claire Vennis and Stephen Martin.

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 on to the relevant organisations and agencies.

Today, the latest from the PACT Foodbank from Terry Doubleday, what the banks are offering customers from local bank manager and our volunteer Joff Lacey, and Gary Green from Bohunt Education Trust appeals for your used laptops, Chromebooks and iPads.

Information transcript

The Petersfield Voluntary Care Group says it continues to take people without transport to medical appointments, as long as they are not showing any signs of COVID-19, are not in a vulnerable category or over 70.

But … the group is still short of drivers and wants your help. Because many of its drivers are over 70 it’s down from 46 to just eight drivers right now and some of them are self-isolating.

If you can help, the group will DBS check you and you’ll get a free hospital parking permit and ID card. Speak to Alison Gauld to help out – her number is Petersfield 268 917, that’s 01730 268 917 or email alison.gauld@btinternet.com

The Voluntary Care Group also wants you to know that it can do your weekly shopping on a regular basis for you or anybody who is self-isolating. They use your doorstep and front door as a barrier and maintain a 2m distance, and you don’t need cash because they’ll take payments via online banking or even a cheque.

The Post Office in the Square has been open, then closed, then open again on-and-off for the last couple of weeks – things are settling down now, but the branch is operating on reduced hours. It says, this week, it plans to be open every day between 9 and 3 and the staff there don’t expect to open at all on the weekend. Royal Mail deliveries continue to go at the normal times, with the late collection from the Square at 6pm.

Many of us have been using contactless cards for a safer way to make purchases during the outbreak, but you’ve probably noticed they only work for transactions under £30. Well, that changes tomorrow when the restriction will be lifted a bit to £45, so fewer purchases will require you to type in a PIN number at the checkout. 

The major banks in Petersfield are open every morning this week although the TSB is closed until Thursday.

Now to a seed bank, as Steve Amos of the Adhurst Estate Allotment Association has free seeds to give away if you would like to try growing some vegetables in the garden while we’re all staying at home. Tomatoes, carrots, radishes and more – now’s a good time to get them in the ground and Steve can deliver a box of random seeds to help you get started. Call us on Petersfield 5 55 500 if you’d like some or email team@petersfieldradio.uk and we’ll find a way to get them to you.

Supermarkets

Several supermarkets have re-jigged their opening hours so elderly and vulnerable people and health care workers can get their shopping easily.

Tesco is opening early for browsing so NHS and care staff can get in first, and the 9 o’clock hour is especially for elderly and vulnerable shoppers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Waitrose is open from 7.30 every weekday morning and the first hour is also just for the elderly and vulnerable.

Lidl doesn’t have any special slots for different customers but joins the other supermarkets in requiring you to stay at least 2 metres from other shoppers and they have pre-bagged the fresh bread. It is also installing cough-proof screens at the checkouts.

And if you or someone you know is extremely vulnerable, you can get access to priority home delivery from the supermarkets thanks to a new Government scheme – just go to gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable for priority home delivery slots from the major supermarkets. There’s a free phone line too – 0800 953 4988.

Food

The Five Bells, in Buriton, renowned for its roasts, is doing deliveries now. You can order any day, as it’s open every weekday and Saturday from 5pm until 8. Call 01730 263584, that’s Petersfield 263584.

Delivery of Jake’s hand-cut pork pies is and always will be free in and around Petersfield. Email jake@jakesartisanfoods.co.uk or call 07433 422817.

The Tea Barn at Durleighmarsh has a list of ready meals, quiches and soups available for free delivery. Get in touch via its Facebook page or by calling 01730 818286.

It’s the first Sunday of the month this weekend and normally that means one thing in Petersfield – the Farmers Market comes to town. But Hampshire Farmers Markets has suspended all markets during the Coronavirus outbreak for the safety of stallholders and customers alike. If there’s something special you like to get from the market then many of the producers, who have stalls there, are organising home deliveries and their contact information is on the Hampshire Farmers Market website – here’s the address… hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk 

Other supplies

Non-food now, and One Tree Books has announced that, after its supplier suspended operations, it is unable to continue with its online book ordering system. You can, however, still get books delivered by the Petersfield Bookshop.

Halsa Cosmetics, an independent cosmetics retailer based in Petersfield selling organic and natural products, is temporarily closed but is still fulfilling orders. To place an order for Neals Yard or any other products in stock please call between 10 and 2, Monday to Saturday on 01730 260 060 or email halsacosmetics@gmail.com.  Orders to local customers will be delivered for free in postcodes GU30, GU31, GU32 and GU33.

The Blue Diamond Garden Centre, in Rake, is currently closed but is taking orders for delivery by phone.  Call 01730 293 002.

Other news

East Hampshire District Council is giving key workers free parking, but for the rest of us, we still have to pay. The council says one reason for this is that they don’t want to encourage people to make non-essential journeys when the key message is to stay home, protect the NHS and help save lives. If you’re a key worker and would like free parking, please email parking.office@easthants.gov.uk

The Petersfield Cleaning Company is volunteering support for our local community, charities and the NHS. It will be using its vans to transport medical, food, animal feed, logistical supplies to anywhere needed and wants to help in any way it can. Direct number to call is Alex on 0777 587 4990 or email alex@tpc-services.biz. The company’s operating hours are 6am – 9pm seven days a week. 

Do you run your own business? East Hampshire District Council will organise some of the government grants and business rate relief measures locally. Check out their website for details at easthants.gov.uk – there’s further support available through HMRC, British Business Bank and the Bank of England.

The Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub and Petersfield Town Council are two organisations who have put the Morning Report on their websites. If you’re a webmaster for a local site and would like to do the same, just drop us an email for the special code that makes that work. team@petersfieldradio.uk 

Travel

Travel news now, and remember, the only travel that’s permitted is for essential shopping, to get medical supplies or to get to work if you absolutely can’t work from home.

If you were thinking a bracing walk on the beach was acceptable then know that the seafront roads in Southsea and the car parks there are now closed to everyone except local residents and permit holders. Police and the council say you should exercise near your home.

Some websites are showing scheduled roadworks around the area, but, in truth, there are no regular roadworks happening at the moment except for emergency repairs, and with traffic so light, hardly any chance of delays.

South Western Railway continues to run trains from Petersfield to Portsmouth and London for healthcare workers and anyone who must travel to work, but there’s only one fast and one stopping service each hour, each way and the Petersfield ticket office is closed – you can buy a ticket on the train or from the machine at the station. The last train back from London in the evening leaves Waterloo at 22:45.

Weather

A better day today with good sunny spells, and staying dry, but still feeling cold in the north easterly breeze. We expect temperatures to reach around 9 or 10 degrees in the afternoon before another chilly night to follow.

Don’t forget – the Morning Report is here for you – if you’d like to share how you can help people across the Petersphere, or are looking for help yourself, we’ll do what we can to help you out.

And if there’s someone you’d like to thank for the way they’ve helped you, we’d be very happy to recognise them on the programme. 

Petersfield 5 55 500 is the number – 01730 5 55 500 or you can email team@petersfieldradio.uk or find us on social media.