Morning Report – Thursday 30 April

Harrison and Laura present essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

Malcolm Muggeridge explains how the services available from the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the mental health campaign 60 Second Support continues and we get an update on the TPS laptops appeal from Gary Green of Bohunt Educational Trust.

Send information to or call 01730 555 500.

We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

60 Second Support

We’re supporting this national campaign to help raise awareness of issues around mental health during lockdown. Today we hear from Sarah Kendrick of crisis line SHOUT. 60 Second Support is made possible by the Audio Content Fund.

Sarah Kendrick of SHOUT

Information transcript

The Petersfield Society litterpick and littersorting planned in preparation for VE Day understandably, have been cancelled. And Keep Britain Tidy’s “Great British Spring Clean” has been postponed to September 11-27 … when it will presumably be renamed the autumn clean.

Looking ahead, the Petersfield Society is interested in exploring the idea of property owners pledging to keep clean the areas in front of their property. If you have suggestions about how this campaign could be advanced please email 

Or to register your interest as a volunteer for future town clean-ups with Petersfield Society please email

Here at Petersfield Community Radio, we’re backing the ‘60 Second Support’ mental health campaign. And, for the next few days, we’ll be sending you a message of support from the campaign.

Today, it’s the turn of Sarah Kendrick, from the crisis text line Shout, who speaks on the topic of ‘Managing Fears About The Future’.

60 Second Support is made possible by the Audio Content Fund.

Shout can help with urgent issues such as suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying and relationship challenges. Visit

If you’re experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support, text the word SHOUT to 85258, that’s SHOUT to 85258. And if your life is in imminent danger, please call 999.

Don’t forget the NCT Petersfield & Liss Branch will be holding its virtual family tearoom at 10am. Join everybody there for an informal hello, support over a virtual cup of tea or a general natter about the highs and lows of your week. Have a look at its Facebook page for details. 

Petersfield Pilates is running new beginners’ classes via Zoom. Get in touch with Lea on

Kids Bloomsbury has put together “The Book of Hopes”, not only to raise the spirits of children – and their parents, I dare say – but also to help the NHS. This wonderful anthology has contributions from 110 authors, each one a story of hope. The Petersfield-based author of Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian, has contributed to the anthology and you can read her story, along with all the others, for FREE in an interactive book. Head over to Michelle’s Facebook page where she’s shared the link to the interactive book. 

Monkey Music Chichester & Petersfield is running online music ‘classes’ for babies and young children. You can book one session at a time and the online video will be available to you and your little monkey all week. Book via its Facebook page, or visit

Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub

The link for Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, including how you can help keep the information up to date is at Petersfield Community Radio and the resource hub share all local information between each other.

Our thanks to Malcolm Muggeridge for giving up his valuable time to speak with us this morning. And our thanks, again, to him and his team for the great work they’re doing in our town and nearby villages.

Now, we have mentioned a lot of businesses who have changed their working practices over the last few weeks, but it’s always nice to hear of somebody’s personal experience of it.

Our Petersfield Community Radio colleague, Dave Bowers, wanted to send out a ‘well done’ to Hilliers Nursery, in Liss, which has just introduced an ‘email and collect service’. Well, Dave emailed yesterday at 10am and at 1.30pm was collecting his compost. Each customer receives a slot and there is no contact involved, with payment taken over the phone. An excellent service, he’s asked us to say … “thank you”

After careful consideration The Tea Barn at Durleighmarsh is to reopen on Fridays and Saturdays, from 10am to 2pm, to sell take-away drinks, cakes and frozen meals. 

To ensure it’s complying with government guidelines management requests only one individual or family group enter the Tea Barn at a time and, unfortunately, seating internally or externally is not permitted. 

To ensure this does not encourage unnecessary travel it asks you to visit only if you are also visiting the farm shop for essential goods.

Earth, the vegan restaurant in Chapel Street, is open from 11am all the way up until 8pm this week … having rolled out a couple new services.

First there’s the Click & Collect Service, which enables you to order easily online, then grab it when you are ready from the hands-free collection point, at the back of the restaurant – the Waitrose car park side.

And there’s also a Buy Now, Eat Later service where you order whatever you want, whenever you want, and Earth has it ready whenever you want to collect. Message the restaurant to arrange a pre-booked, no-fuss, no-hassle, ethical eat at Earth … The service is proving popular and slots go quickly, so get on it ASAP if you want to book your next food experience. 

And if you try the coffee – the first one is on the house. See its Facebook post for details.

If you fancy a bit of fun, don’t forget The Charles Street Tap Bar & Kitchen is running online weekly quizzes on its Facebook page. It’ll also be serving take-away beer soon – watch this space!

TPS laptops appeal

More information about the TPS laptops appeal, including how to prepare an old laptop to hand over at


BT’s work in Dragon Street, close to the junction with Hylton Road, should finish today.

…and, just around the corner, in Sussex Road, South-East Water is due to start its work today. Expect traffic controls there.


A bright start today, but with scattered showers moving in and possibly becoming heavier and thundery during the afternoon. Although it should feel pleasant when the sun shines. Maximum temperature 15°C

Coronavirus: the latest on the TPS laptops appeal from Gary Green

You may remember a few weeks back on the Morning Report we heard from Gary Green. He’s from the Bohunt Educational Trust and was trying to get unused laptops and iPads into the homes of disadvantaged pupils at TPS and other schools.  

Well, let’s find out how it’s all going. Petersfield Community Radio’s Noni Needs spoke to Gary earlier, and he told her the project has got off to a flying start.

The donation point within Tesco

Morning Report – Wednesday 29 April

Noni Needs and Lucy Davies bring you today’s essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

We also meet local six former Felix Williams who is dedicating his time to helping deliver food around the area from Milland, and the Sixty Second Support mental health campaign continues with award-winning author Poorna Bell.

Send information to or call 01730 555 500.

We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

60 Second Support

We’re joining this national campaign to help raise awareness of issues around mental health during lockdown. Today, we focus on Supporting others from a distance with author Poorna Bell, a supporter of the charity CALM.

Information transcript

Some good foodbank news to open with. You can now drop off items for the PACT Foodbank at Nationwide Bank on the corner of Chapel Street and Swan Street. It is open from 10am until 2pm Monday to Friday.

The community is pulling together to ensure Petersfield can still mark VE Day despite the lockdown. The event is being commemorated by a public holiday, next Friday, and the Town Council had planned a number of ceremonies in Petersfield.

Because of the lockdown, the plan is being redrawn by a team led by Councillor James Deane and its taking on a decidedly virtual nature. So what’s on and what’s off … here’s the plan:

The Cream Teas in St Peter’s Church, the ‘Host a Toast’ scheme and the Bell Ringing for Peace (always a curious concept) are not going ahead because of the current distancing rules.

However, a lot of creativity and passion is going into ensuring our town can still reflect on the importance of VE Day.

There will be a pre-recorded service of commemoration and reflection. Canon Will Hughes will record an address and the town mayor will speak too. Chris Pellett, at Churcher’s College, has stepped-up to produce a video and we’ll share the audio with you at on the day.

The plan for a piper and bugler to play from St Peter’s Church Tower is changing – Councillor Deane says a version of the idea will be included in the video. If you have some aerial footage of Petersfield or you know someone who may have captured some with a drone, please let us know and we’ll put you in touch.

And the team is looking to film a local character singing We’ll Meet Again – the Vera Lynn standard – for the video.

VE Day is next Friday, May 8th and we still have VJ Day to look forward to in September, so hopefully some of the changed events can be revived for then.

For now though, remember to join us at, next Friday, to hear the sounds and messages of VE Day in Petersfield.

And we’ll be speaking to James Deane, the Town Councillor, in the coming days to find out more about the plans as they unfold.

Here at Petersfield Community Radio, we’re backing the ‘60 Second Support’ mental health campaign. And, for the next few days, we’ll be sending you a message of support from the campaign.

Today, it’s the turn of award-winning journalist Poorna Bell to send a message, on the topic of ‘Supporting Others from a Distance’.

[listen to the programme to hear what she says]

Your children can enter the Petersfield in Bloom competition this year, by designing a collage around the theme of … Petersfield in Bloom. Email designs to and include a short paragraph about your artwork. Age categories are under-fives,  six to 10, and 11-plus.

This week is National Gardening Week, and RHS Wisley is looking to bring gardening inspiration and spring beauty to all those stuck at home by posting videos, images and advice to help people grow at home, both indoors and out. Check out, or follow the link on our website.

The local stockists of artist Katrin Eagle’s collection of Petersfield designs are all currently closed, but they can be ordered online at, where there is a selection of cards and gifts with designs from around the town. 

Many of us are home schooling. It can be difficult to think of fun learning activities that excite and motivate our children. Each day, Edvanced is posting an educational game or activity based around all areas of the curriculum, on both Facebook and Instagram. The ideas are all practical so you and your children do not end up cooped up around a computer screen. Find it on social media or at 

Eighteen-year-old Felix Williams is a sixth former at Churcher’s College and has recently passed his driving test. Lockdown regulations mean he’s unable to enjoy the freedom most of us had when we first got our driving licences, but, instead of bemoaning his bad luck, Felix is putting his new qualification to good use by carrying out deliveries for Milland Shop and the Rising Sun Pub, in Milland.

[hear the interview in the programme, above]

Nosh news

If you fancy a taste of summer, you can now order take away chicken and chorizo paella from the Plump Duck, on the Heath, every Friday between 6.30 and 8.30pm. Pre-order by text, on 07496 806 603, with your name, the number of portions, date and time. And this is a collection only service.

It’s Market Day in Petersfield and a selection of stalls will be open in the Square as usual, including fresh fruit, vegetables and salad. Keep your distance of course as you tour the stalls this morning.

As we reported last week, The Good Intent is open from Wednesday to Saturday, from 5 to 9pm, for takeaway or deliveries, and it is now serving roast lunch on Sundays from 12 until 5, also  for delivery or take away. It’s also offering some takeaway alcoholic drinks. Call 01730 263 838 or 07895 594 299.

Hibiscus Mexican Kitchen – a regular sight at festivals and fairs across the south of England – is now open for takeaways or pre-order delivery in and around Petersfield. Order via its online shop by Wednesday 8pm, for delivery Thursday, Friday or Saturday, between 6 and 9pm. For more details visit

A thought for the day from our own Suzie Wilde: Now the likes of B&Q are reopening, can we show some consideration for neighbours who might be suffering and ensure we don’t tackle every noisy, dusty or strong-smelling job all at once? We need to be kind and think of others please …


Tonight should be the last night the level crossing on Kingsfernden Lane is closed … but then again, we might discover otherwise tomorrow.

The latest news on the diversion on the A272 between Petersfield and Rogate is that it doesn’t seem to be there anymore, if ever it was

BT contractors are working in Dragon Street, until tomorrow, close to the junction with Hylton Road, and you can expect cones to cordon off any incursion into the road.

…and, just around the corner, in Sussex Road, South-East Water starts work tomorrow, with traffic controls.


Early patchy rain will ease off for a dry, cloudy and cool morning. More rain will sweep east across the Petersphere this afternoon, with brighter spells later. It’s gonna be cool and breezy, with a maximum temperature of 15 degrees.

The outlook for the rest of the week is bright spells and scattered heavy showers tomorrow, but a little drier on Friday, with isolated showers and feeling slightly warmer. And Saturday is looking bright with isolated showers, although heavy rain is possible later.

the P pod in lockdown – 28 April, 2020

Petersfield’s weekly magazine show, with Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey.

Joff and Claire experience life as Cold War broadcasters

This week, Joff is at home in Herne Farm, while Claire is seemingly channelling mid-1970s’ BBC sports broadcasts from behind the Iron Curtain … all that’s missing is Bryon Butler.

They speak with Ramsdean’s award-winning baker, Sarah Raisbeck, who is now operating a ‘pick-up shop’ from her home and Sarah supplies us with an easy-to-make bread recipe – see below.

Plus there are contributions from Suzie Wilde, Martin Bamford and Richard Marks, and music from Mark Handley and the Bone Idles, who pay tribute to our NHS heroes.

This week’s P pod was recorded on Monday, 27 April, 1975, in Leipzig, via a series of anonymous drops and an underground network held together by fuse wire and sticking plasters. Production and editing were by Dave Bowers, who has subsequently been fired.


This is enough for two loaves:

800g bread flour (I’d go for 50:50, white and wholemeal)

560g water

30g olive oil (or whatever you have / prefer)

16g salt

1 sachet yeast (or 7g from tin, or 14g fresh).

Dissolve the yeast into the water, add and then mix all ingredients to a shaggy mess (everything’s incorporated but no form) and cover with a shower cap.

After 20 minutes lightly fold the dough over, rotating the bowl as you go and form into a ball. Repeat this after another 20 minutes covering up each time, then leave to rise until more or less doubled in size.

Gently plop the dough onto the counter, divide into two, form into balls and leave to rest (it relaxes the dough before you put it into the tins). Meanwhile butter and lightly flour the tins.

Flip one of the balls over onto a lightly floured work top so the smooth side is at the bottom; fold in half with your hand and place seam side down in the tin.

Repeat with the other loaf. Cover the tins (I use a shower cap for this as well) and leave to double or so in size.

Preheat the oven to 220, ideally without the fan.

Bake for 35 minutes.

Once out, tip onto a cooling rack and leave to cool. I put these in plastic bags to keep them soft, and they freeze really well.

This recipe is taken from a baker on Instagram called Richard Caddick.

Morning Report – Tuesday 28 April

Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey bring you today’s essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

Today’s programme includes the start of a new mental health campaign, 60 second support, and we hear the latest from teenager Nina in her lockdown diary.

Send information to or call 01730 555 500.

We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

60 Second Support

We’re joining this national campaign to help raise awareness of issues around mental health during lockdown. Today, we focus on The Importance Of Talking About Mental Health with Katie Piper who supports the charity Heads Together.

Hear 60 Second Support every day in Petersfield’s Morning Report

Information transcript

Testing times. The big new development in the Government’s Coronavirus response is that if you’re an essential worker with coronavirus symptoms you can now get tested for the virus to help you return to work more quickly.

The experts say that testing is most effective within three days of symptoms developing.

Testing is available for all key workers with symptoms and also if you’re an essential worker and are living with someone who is showing symptoms you can also get a test for you and for them.

The health service will decide whether to invite you to a testing centre – or they may send you a home testing kit.

You can find out more and book a test online at this central address which we’ll put on our website because it really is quite long and hard to read out…

If you’re already living with domestic abuse, then the restrictions put in place may mean you’re unable to see the friends and family who usually support you, and some of the places where you go for help or treatment may be closed or offering a reduced service.

Please remember that you can call 999 if you or someone else is in danger. While some domestic abuse support services are not able to offer face-to-face meetings at this time, there is still help and advice available online and over the phone. 

There are local and national organisations working hard to ensure they can still support you. Contact the Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service on 03300 165 112 or visit the East Hants Police Facebook page for several of the partners and charities it’s working with. 

And, if you are abusing someone – or worried that you might – then call The Hampton Trust on 023 8000 9898.

East Hampshire District Council is calling on residents to keep our local foodbanks topped up with supplies, as, when they are most needed, donations are understandably dropping off, as people spend less time out of their home.

But the council has asked residents to please remember that food banks need your support now more than ever and the work they are doing in our communities is absolutely crucial, so please don’t forget to donate.

If you would like to support our local food banks, you will find donation points in many of the local supermarkets, or you can make an online financial contribution to help them purchase essential supplies.

Items particularly appreciated at this time include: long-life milk, small bags or packets of cereals, porridge oats, tea bags, hot chocolate, tinned meat, rice, small packets of sugar, custard, rice pudding, toothbrushes and shampoo.

If you need help getting food, please contact the Hampshire Help4Vulnerable helpline on 0333 370 4000.

You can also find a huge range of information on the Citizens Advice website at or speak to advisors by calling 0300 330 9028.

Many parents will be aware that Herne Junior School has remained open to children of Critical Key Workers. If you think you may be eligible for this childcare support you can check out details on Herne Junior School’s Twitter page: @Herne Junior There will be more news about free school meals food packages next week – we’ll find out more details nearer the time.

East Hampshire District Council wants you to know that the Salvation Army textile banks are closed at the moment and you shouldn’t attempt to force clothes into them or leave bags of clothes and shoes next to them. The banks are not being emptied so hang on to clothes you’d like to recycle and once this is all over you’ll be able to share them with the charity once more.

While we’re thinking of recycling, the council has prepared an extensive guide to the refuse and recycling services currently operating in our area on its website at

For example, did you know that if you’re self isolating, you can still put your bins out?

There are some special rules you should follow though – you should put any “personal waste” – like tissue and old disposable cleaning cloths in a separate disposable rubbish bag that’s “double bagged”.

That means you put the bag inside another bag and then tie the two of them up securely. Keep it separate from other rubbish and put it to one side for at least 72 hours – three days – before you put in your rubbish bin.

There’s loads more information like that on the East Hants council website – do check it out before you chuck it out.

I think we’ve mostly got this lockdown business sorted in the Petersphere, wouldn’t you say, Claire? Well, we might be wrong. There’s still confusion over bonfires, with two sighted in Steep on Sunday. 

That’s not good at the best of times. Many of us have more waste than usual, being at home so much. The council is trying to make sure every household has at least one bin emptied every week, usually on the same day, and so far the bin men have been brilliant.

There’s more stuff being delivered to each home, too. Think about what you have in your own bins and then multiply it across 50 thousand properties …

Waste is piling up and it may be tempting to burn it, but even before the council asked us not to have bonfires, we weren’t permitted to burn anything other than dry garden waste.

Many residents who would normally be out at work or school are now confined to their homes. Good ventilation is important but you must have clean air. 

Smoke can stop your neighbours from enjoying their gardens at the best of times. Even if you don’t have medical conditions such as asthma or heart disease it can have a serious impact on health – especially if you’re self-isolating.


The level crossing on Kingsfernden Lane is expected to be closed again tonight as Network Rail continues its works on the line.

On the roads, the supposed diversion on the A272 between Petersfield and Rogate remains apparently, with the road closed until at least 3.30pm on a daily basis, according to the council. If you’re travelling that way and can confirm it exists, we’re not convinced, to be honest, drop us a line at

BT is working in Dragon Street, until Thursday, close to the junction with Hylton Road, and you can expect cones to cordon off any incursion into the road. 

…and, just around the corner, in Sussex Road, South-East Water plans works on Thursday, with traffic controls. 


Looks like it could be pretty grotty today, with rain expected for much of the day. It will become persistent and occasionally heavy, but perhaps clearing by late afternoon. It will feel rather cool, with light winds, and a maximum temperature of 14 °C.

The  outlook for Wednesday is a cool start but with the welcome possibility of sunny spells … and heavy showers.