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Your essential local information with Laura Sheppard 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’s special guest is P pod presenter Joff Lacey, a bank manager by day, who offers advice on how to spot the financial scams that are, sadly, so prevalent at the moment.

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A rapid response unit within the Cabinet Office is working with social media firms to remove fake news and harmful content. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said action was needed “to stem the spread of falsehoods and rumours, which could cost lives”. 

The specialist unit is dealing with as many as 10 incidents each day. It will try to tackle a range of issues online, such as fake “experts” issuing false medical information and criminals running phishing scams. And more on scams later on in the Morning Report …

East Hampshire District Council has joined forces with Hampshire County Council, voluntary groups and other districts and boroughs across the county to set up a new Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline for vulnerable people. 

The line is only for residents who don’t have support from families, friends or their local community, and who need urgent assistance with essential food or household supplies, collection of medication, or who are at risk of loneliness. 

As well as providing advice and information the call centre will coordinate requests for practical help, passing them through to the appropriate local authority.

The helpline number – 0333 370 4000 – is open seven days a week, from 9am-5pm.

If you’re finding the current situation challenging, or you’re feeling anxious, the Centre of Complementary Medicine may be able to help. It is offering some free online support sessions hosted by an experienced counsellor. To test out the technology and find out the level of interest, they are trying out two dates: Today at 11am and Saturday at 2pm. 

The sessions will last for approximately 35 minutes and will be available for up to six participants. If there is sufficient interest, they will look at extending the length of the individual sessions and offering additional virtual gatherings. If you would like to join either session please email shanagh@thecentre-petersfield.co.uk for further details.

A reminder from yesterday’s bulletin,that the Petersfield Coronavirus Help Network is building a website as a Resource Hub, and wants to create a list of all businesses providing food deliveries and prepared food around Petersfield. However, it needs businesses to input their own information – so, if you’d like to be included, enter your details at sites.google.com/view/pcrh.  

If you would like to sign up as a volunteer, or if you are an organisation offering assistance, please visit sites.google.com/view/pcrh/assistance.

Also visit Local Circles Petersfield – at localcircles.co.uk – an online directory set up as a community resource to order deliveries of freshly cooked meals, coffee, cake, food essentials and more.

If you get your firewood from Petersfield Logs then Jordan and Peter have temporarily closed the business until further notice.

Don’t worry though, if you’ve already ordered logs for collection, they say they will leave them outside when you’re due to collect and, if you need to, give them a bell as they are still taking calls on 07751 984 502.

A mass teddy bear hunt is underway around the world to help distract millions of children locked down because of the Coronavirus epidemic. Stuffed toys are being placed in windows to give children a fun and safe activity while walking around their neighbourhood with parents. The hunt is inspired by the children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

If you were looking to follow the old adage about getting ahead, you’ll be disappointed to learn that this year’s Hat Fair, which was to take place in Winchester, from July 3-5, has – not surprisingly – been cancelled.

Not surprisingly, the Wickham Horse Fair, held annually on May 20th, has been cancelled – although organisers are planning for it to return next year. The fair traces its origins back to 1269 when Roger De Syres obtained a royal charter from King Henry III to hold a weekly market, which, over the years, became just an annual event. 

If you’re a member at Steep Lawn Tennis Club then you’ll know it’s currently closed. The club tells us it still needs you to renew your subscription, and, if you renew by April 15, it will reduce next year’s subscription to take account of the period the courts remain closed.

What’s more if your income is badly affected by the current crisis you can email Michele Mangham at the club to organise a suitable arrangement. She can be reached at michele.mangham@ntlworld.com

Further news now of people requesting the kind kindly supplied by Steve Amos, of the Adhurst Estate Allotment Association – the seeds, that is, not the news …

Hello Anna Webb – you will be receiving your seeds shortly. Anna also said some nice things about this daily service we’re providing, so thank you Anna.

If you’d like some vegetable seeds just call Petersfield 5 55 500 or email team@petersfieldradio.uk. And, rest assured, nobody will be making a special journey to deliver them … we’re sticklers for the rules here at PCR Towers.

The first East Hampshire Community Lottery draw takes place on Saturday – and, if you choose us as your good cause, we’ll get 50p from every ticket you purchase. Visit easthantslottery.co.uk for more information.