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Noni Needs and Laura Sheppard bring you today’s essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

And you’ll hear from local musician Callum Hornby, who’s planning a ‘remote gig’.

Send information updates or thanks to those who’ve helped you to team@petersfieldradio.uk or call 01730 555 500.

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

Information transcript

Hampshire Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner would like to know your thoughts and views around the current Covid-19 response, in order to build up a better understanding of how you view both the wider partnership and policing responses to it.

The county’s PCC asks that you take just a couple of minutes to fill in a short survey to provide your views and will also ask you to repeat the survey on a weekly basis. This is so changes in how you feel, both in terms of the current response to Covid-19 and how safe you feel, can be understood.

A few minutes of your time each week will help inform the shaping of plans as the current situation and fight against Covid-19 develops. Visit the link here.

East Hants Police is working closely with charities to make sure it carries on supporting domestic abuse victims and responding to calls for help during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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. 

If you’re abusing someone – or worried that you might – then call The Hampton Trust on 023 8000 9898.

If you’re a new mum, want to keep moving with baby after the birth, and would also like to get to know other new parents, then the Petersfield & Liss Branch of the National Childbirth Trust – or NCT as it tends to be known – is offering mother and baby yoga classes online. 

A class for new starters is scheduled to run on Wednesday afternoons, from 2 to 3pm from next week, April 22. You need to have had your postnatal check with the GP before joining a class. 

Although physical NCT yoga classes have been paused until at least the end of the summer, Catherine Wands, a qualified NCT mother and baby yoga practitioner, has decided to continue providing the classes online in a private capacity. Contact her at relaxstretchbaby@hotmail.co.uk for more details.

The PACT food bank is currently quite low on longlife milk, dried packs of pasta, small packets of cereal, soap and packet soups. Donations of these and any other food can best be delivered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 noon, when volunteers can let people in briefly to the store at the Methodist Church. 

If you would like to contribute financially please contact Terry Doubleday on tdoubleday123@btinternet.com, or call 07837 030 576.

If you’re great with people, brilliant at customer service and have a sunny disposition, then you might think that’s exactly what’s needed at the Post Office in Petersfield. 

Well, it’s looking for new staff right now, ready for when the restrictions are lifted. You don’t need previous experience of customer service, but of course it would help.

 So if you’d like to bring a bit of sunshine to the Petersfield Post Office just drop in your CV during its operating hours, which are currently Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 3pm. And good luck …

As it’s nearly the weekend, we thought we’d give you a quick reminder of some of the food and drink news we’ve had this week, in case you don’t feel like cooking …

The Folly Wine Bar, in College Street, is currently offering ‘off sales’ It has both Doombar and London Pride at a pound a pint for you to enjoy at home or in the garden.

Bring your own containers to fill. To order please send the team a message beforehand, via social media. They are doing everything to abide by government guidelines and there will be minimum contact during collection, which will be from 5-7pm. Check out its Facebook page for further details.

The Five Bells, in Buriton, has reopened after the Easter break and is back to deliver hot food from 5.30pm. It has a wide selection of items, and can make smaller portions on request. Email frances_vesey@btconnect.com with your choices, name, full address and telephone number to order, or leave a clear message on the answerphone at 01730 263 584.

Cook, in Rams Walk, Petersfield, is offering a free Click-and-Collect service. Place your order online and collect from two hours after ordering, to up to seven days. 

It also offers a delivery service for those who work for the NHS, are “at risk” or isolating. Plus, there is free delivery for orders in excess of £40. Call 01732 759 020 or visit cookfood.net/order

Fancy a Hog Roast?Order before four o’clock and Simply Hog Roast will deliver to any address in the Petersfield area between six and eight tonight. The company is based in Harting and it’s a mobile number to call – 07899 499 903. The hog roasts come with potatoes, stuffing, coleslaw and apple sauce. 

If you’re in East Meon, the Buckingham Artisan Bakery is open. Like many places, it’s taking payment by card only, no cash. You can call the bakery on 829 663, that’s 01730 829 663.

Missing yoga, or just feeling a little tense and stressed? Claire Best Yoga is running online sessions on Wednesdays, from 6.30 to 7.30pm for restorative yoga, and from 9 to 10.15am on Fridays, for general level yoga. Claire will keep the classes simple and demonstrate some of the poses. You can find her on Facebook, or, if you wish to get in touch, contact her on clairebest@hotmail.com.

Coronavirus may have put a stop to the 2020 Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race, but that has not prevented Churcher’s College sixth former Luca Phillips Mateo from completing the 125m challenge and raising more than £3,000 for NHS Charities Together in the process.

Having spent every Sunday morning for the last six months training, Luca wanted to complete the challenge virtually, in a combination of rowing, running and cycling throughout the Easter holidays.

The Devizes-Westminster International Canoe Marathon is not a continuous paddle, since it takes part in a canal, competitors must lift their boat out of the water at a lock, run around and place their boat back in, which explains the running and cycling part of the challenge.

If you would like to support Luca and NHS Charities Together, you can donate on his JustGiving page.

Caroline Strong, the tutor for Grayshott Art Society, is giving online weekday afternoon demos of any aspect of watercolour painting, coloured pencil artwork or drawing for adults. Get in touch with her on 07768 321 291 or email caroline.strong@live.co.uk.

TRAVEL

The biggest rail investment in nearly four decades for the Guildford area has passed the half-way point as Network Rail engineers worked throughout the Easter holiday period to complete vital work.

The upgrades to track and signalling will provide more reliable journeys for passengers who travel between London Waterloo and Guildford, Woking and Portsmouth, and should also enable the removal of two existing speed restrictions.

The work delivered so far has enabled a limited South Western Railway service to London Waterloo to restart, while the remainder of the works are delivered, with services on all lines scheduled to restart on Monday.      

Network Rail is undertaking a major renewal of the railway lines through Petersfield starting on Sunday night and continuing until April 26th. All the work will be carried out between 10pm and 7 the next morning.

If you live near the railway it will be noisy at times with a mechanical stoneblower and thermal welding equipment running in the middle of the night. Kingsfernsden level crossing, between Ramshill and Tilmore, will be closed towards the end of the project.

This weekend, the level crossing in Petersfieldwill be closed overnight so Network Rail can lift out and inspect the crossing panels. Expect the level crossing to be shut overnight also on Sunday and Monday nights.  

Meanwhile, overnight roadworks on the A3, from 8pm to 6am continue until Sunday. One of the northbound lanes between the A272 Petersfield North (Sheet Link) and the junction with the A325 for Bordon, will be closed during that 10-hour period. 

More bad news if you have to get to the Isle of Wight: the ‘Red Jet’ sailings on Red Funnel between Southampton and West Cowes will be suspended until further notice from tomorrow. 

Wightlink is still operating its Portsmouth-to-Fishbourne route, but on a two-hourly service on one of its largest ships. Visit wightlink.co.uk for live information’

Hampshire County Council’s eagerly awaited work on a bollard and slab, outside the Hong Kong House takeaway, on Lavant Street, is scheduled for today, which will necessitate traffic control, on Lavant Street.

Please remember, ladies and gents, boys and girls, the only travel that’s legitimate right now is for essential shopping, to get medical supplies, or to get to work if you absolutely can’t work from home.

WEATHER

Sunshine and showers today and noticeably cooler than recent days, with maximum temperatures around 14 degrees.

The weekend’s looking mixed with more showery rain and quite overcast at times on Saturday. Sunday’s better with some sunshine and a light easterly breeze – we might get up to 20 if we’re lucky.