Essential local information for Petersfield and its villages, this morning with Suzie Wilde and Harrison RB.

Send your offers of help or requests for people to help you to team@petersfieldradio.uk or telephone us on 01730 5 55 500 and we’ll pass them on to the relevant organisations and agencies.

Today we hear from vet John Wakefield, from the St Peter’s veterinary practice, there’s the latest instalment of Nina Vennis‘ Lockdown Diary and, as an Easter treat, there’s a live recording of Petersfield singer-songwriter Daniel Hudson, singing his latest track, Siren Song.

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Latest shop opening times

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Petersfield shop opening times over Easter
Published by PCRH on 8 April

This information is compiled for the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub by volunteers.

Information transcript

Remember, this is a bank holiday weekend, and that means changes to the days our bin collections are carried out.

Although tomorrow is a bank holiday, bin collections WILL take place as scheduled – and it’s only next week when the days change. Quite simply, from Easter Monday, bin collections will take place 24 hours later than usual … or the next day, if you don’t like thinking about it.

And that even applies if your bins are collected, normally, on a Friday. Next week, your collection is on Saturday. And normal service will resume on Monday, April 20.

If you’re lucky enough to receive an Easter egg, then, after you’ve enjoyed the chocolate, please put any aluminium foil, wrappers, or plastic packaging into your general rubbish bin. The good news is that, like any other piece of cardboard, the outer packaging is 100% recyclable and can go in your black recycling bin.

Today is the last operational day at the Post Office in the Square before Tuesday. The main Post Office in Petersfield will be open today, between 9 and 3, although there will be a later post collection from the box outside at 6pm.

The Townhouse has started a click-and-collect service for drinks. You can pre-order ale, cider or lager by the litre before 3pm and then collect it between 5 and 7 in the evening. It also has soft drinks, mixers and craft beer available. Order online at petersfieldtownhouse.com.

The Old Drumcontinues its take-away service of hot food and drinks. You can order on Petersfield 300208 and it has fish and chips, spiced chicken, chicken schnitzels and, this weekend, Neapolitan pizzas on the menu.

Paul and Jacquie at Durleighmarsh Farm Shop have reluctantly had to stop their delivery service under pressure from the virus. They will honour orders already taken and the shop remains open, with strict adherence to guidelines.

Ocado reports that for customers without priority access, it will release any remaining delivery slots for tomorrow after 6pm today. So visit ocado.com from 6pm today to see if there are remaining next-day slots available in your area.

Ocado advises you to book a delivery slot before filling up your basket to ensure there is availability in your area. And, it is likely it will bring order cut-off times forward, so requests that you complete your order in one session to avoid disappointment later. For further information visit ocado.com/coronavirus.

It’s the Easter weekend,starting tomorrow, a very special and important time for Christians. However, with the country in lockdown churches in our region are going to great lengths to ensure their parishioners don’t miss out.

St Peter’s Church is streaming its Easter morning service at 9.30 with the new Easter candle in all its glory. The vicar of St Peter’s, Will Hughes, has put a selection of personal messages, stories and meditations on the church website in video. Visit stpeterspetersfield.org.uk.

In Sheet, St Mary Magdalen Church will stream a short service on YouTube at 10 on Easter morning. Visit sheet.church for the link.

Steep and Froxfield churches are also streaming a live service this Sunday at 10 via YouTube. To find it, go to YouTube and just search for ‘Steep and Froxfield Churches’

The Petersfield and Liss United Reformed Churchhas cancelled all services but has produced a newsletter to mark Easter Sunday. The newsletter includes the text of readings and hymns, and details of how you can get assistance from Josh and the church team if you need it.

Father Hollins, at St Laurence Church, says it has no services, but the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart, in Waterlooville, is streaming services and you can contact him at St Laurence for prayers, if that’s helpful to you.

And The Life Churchhas a range of talks you can watch online at any time from its website at lifechurchpetersfield.org.uk

This Sunday morning, you’ll be able to hear an exclusive broadcast from us which includes words, prayers, readings and Easter celebration from several of the local churches, including contributions from Josh Thomas, at the United Reformed Church, and Will Hughes, of St Peter’s.

You can hear that at any time on Sunday at petersfieldradio.uk and we’ll also be sharing it with the local care homes so residents there don’t miss out. 

Petersfield Museum is looking to document and share the experiences of the town’s residents during this crisis, so future generations may learn from us. What did we struggle with? From where did we gain inspiration? And what acts of kindness made us smile during these dark times?

Museum staff are, therefore, asking you to document your own experiences in any way: written, photographs, videos, even children’s drawings, or, maybe, keep a diary or scrapbook. And, if you’re a local business, please keep hold of any signage you may have relating to Coronavirus.

To learn more or to supply material electronically, contact Elisha at assistantcurator@petersfieldmuseum.co.uk

And, here at Petersfield Community Radio, we will supplying our library of Morning Reports’ audio as our contribution.

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of naturalist Gilbert White – whose home and gardens are located in Selbourne – the Petersfield Bookshop is running a writing competition to enable you to follow in the great man’s footsteps.

Simply, write a letter to an informed and interested friend detailing an encounter with, or an observation of, the natural world. It should be no longer than 500 words and may come at the brief from any angle. The bookshop is asking for non-fiction, but that doesn’t mean your writing shouldn’t be creative.

A winner and two runners-up will be chosen. The winner will receive a valuable edition of The Natural History of Selborne and all three winners will have their letters illustrated by Forestry Commission writer in residence Tiffany Francis-Baker, and will receive the originals as part of their prize. 

Send your letter as a Word file attachment to sales@petersfieldbookshop.com, with your full contact details at the end of the document and put “Gilbert White” in the subject line of your email. The competition closes on June 30th.

If you’re strugglingto find stuff to do while you’re locked down at home, why not consider joining our project here at Petersfield Community Radio. This Morning Report service is just one piece of audio we currently produce and we would welcome volunteers with all sorts of skills, as we continue to pursue our goal of providing the town with its own radio station.

Just check out our website at petersfieldradio.uk and sign up there and then. It costs nothing to be a member – unlike all those posh gentlemen’s clubs in London – and you’ll be working alongside a great bunch of people.

Travel news

Hampshire Police reminds us that while the roads are quieter than normal, the laws still apply,  particularly with regard to speeding. They say please obey the limits, keep yourselves and others safe, and allow their precious resources to focus on where the need is greatest. 

As part of a majorredevelopment project, the majority of Guildford station will be closed for 10 days from today until Sunday, April 19 inclusive. The work will impact all rail services that travel through Guildford, with replacement buses in operation for journeys between Woking and Haslemere, Guildford and Aldershot/ Farnham, and North Camp to Redhill and Gatwick Airport.

Some services will resume on Tuesday, but on a reduced timetable and you can find more information at southwesternrailway.com

Trains were already on a greatly reduced timetable anyway so definitely worth checking if you have to travel. And remember, 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.

If you are travelling, please use contactless payment and keep your distance from other travellers.

Weather

Yesterday afternoon turned out to be glorious once the cloud dissipated. Temperatures breached the 20 degree mark across the Petersphere and, as the winds fell light, it was possibly the nicest day so far for any of us sat in the garden.

As for today, it will be another sunny one in the main, but cloud cover will increase through the day – temperatures safely up to 20 again in light winds.

If you’re susceptible to hay fever, be aware that the pollen count is high in our area. Good Friday lives up to its name with warm, sunny conditions before things start to become progressively cooler across the Easter weekend. Staying dry though.