Suzie Wilde and Laura Sheppard present essential information for Petersfield and its villages, all fact-checked by volunteers at Petersfield Community Radio.

Today, Helen Drake of Citizens Advice East Hampshire explains what help is available from her organisation and how to get it, and we hear how a group of pub regulars has raised more than one thousand pounds for the PACT foodbank from Townhouse customer Andrew James.

The Bartstool to 5k Just Giving page is at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/townhusecouchto5k?utm_term=AJbdPBDRd

Send information 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

This time of year is usually one of the busiest and most exciting times in Butser Ancient Farm’s annual calendar. In normal circumstances the site would be busy preparing to welcome thousands of visitors to the annual Beltain Festival, a spectacular celebration of the start of summer, with music, feasting, dancing and the burning of the giant Wickerman at dusk.

With the site closed, the reins have been handed over to some of the wider Beltain family of musicians, storytellers, re-enactors and more. They’ll be continuing the spirit of Beltain with some online entertainment, culminating in a mini Wickerman burning, sending Beltain blessings out into the world.

More details will be released closer to the day and the link will be available from the Butser Ancient Farm’s Facebook page.

Petersfield Arts and Crafts Society is exhibiting a selection of work by its members during the lockdown period. More are on their way, so keep visiting its Facebook page. The society has postponed and rescheduled workshops and demonstrations to later in the year. More details on the website at petersfieldartsandcrafts.org.uk

Burley Geach Solicitors is hosting an arts-and-crafts competition and is inviting anyone aged 14 and under to design and create beautiful dream homes from their perspective and imagination.

Children can grab their paints, glitter glues, multi-coloured tissue paper, pencils, paint brushes, playdough and any other tools to help them draw, paint or create a model of their dream home, be it a superhero cave, a castle up in the mountains, a treehouse with water slides and so on. You’re limited only by your own imagination. All artwork is welcome; children can work alone or with others, and entry is absolutely free. Burley Geach Solicitors will also make a donation to NHS Charities Together for every entry.

The deadline for entering the competition is May 10 results will be published on the Burley Geach website on May 15. Visit burleygeach.co.uk for details of how to enter.

The daughter of Sew Creative proprietor Jo Watts has designed a ‘We Miss You, We Love Our Petersfield Community‘ poster for the shop window. Colin Smith, at Petaprint, has the artwork, if anyone would like to order one for their window. Colin is working in isolation at Petaprint, and people can’t enter the shop, but you can email him at colin@petaprint.co.uk – and he’s a top guy.

Baby Sensory classes, which normally run at the Petersfield Community Centre, are now available from the comfort of your living room via Zoom. Suitable for babies up to 13 months, Baby Sensory Petersfield is offering a variety of weekly classes packed full of wonderful sensory themes and activities to entertain and aid your baby’s development at home.

Each week offers a new theme, helping you to use everyday items at home to really develop your little one’s senses, and create lots of special memories along the way. All classes are live, giving you the opportunity to meet and get to know local families too. Please message contact the group via its Facebook page or visit babysensory.com.

Citizens Advice East Hampshire is on 0300 330 9028 or you can visit the website at citizensadvice.org.uk to search for information. The separate number for the Universal Credit help to claim scheme is 0800 144 8444.

Hilliers Garden Centre, in Liss, is launching an email and collect service from today. Email your order to lissgc@hillier.co.uk, and a member of the team will call to confirm the order, collection time and instructions with you, with payment taken over the phone, and a receipt emailed. The order is to be collected at the designated time from the Hillier car park. Check out the website at hillier.co.uk.

The Greatham Inn is running as a shop from 10am-2pm every day. And it can deliver locally for free – call to arrange on 01420 538 016. Great to see how many of our pubs are reacting positively and finding another way to stay in business and serve the community. Well done to you all.

The Tea Barn at Durleighmarsh has had several enquiries regarding gifts and packages that can be sent to loved ones who may be feeling a little down, so they have come up with a ‘pick me up’ package consisting of soup, a meal for two, cake, dessert, and prosecco, with free delivery within a five-mile radius. Message the Tea Barn on Facebook or call 01730 818 286.

Folly Wine Bar and Chinwags are now offering a takeaway service between 4-8pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday – call 07538 718 619 to order. The menu will change weekly so keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

Lucy Lomax, the project coordinator with the East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership, told us about a writing competition it is running about a train journey undertaken, or one you’d like to take. There have already been some entries and Suzie is one of the judged. More details are in the longer interview found on our website but importantly, your entry must be 300 words or even shorter.

TRAVEL

The level crossing on Kingsfernden Lane is expected to be closed for two to three nights from tonight as Network Rail continues its works on the line.

On the roads, the alleged 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.

BT is working in Dragon Street, from tomorrow through 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.

WEATHER

Partly sunny today but with the chance of rain later. Up to 20 degrees.