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Back to work for many of us today, so start the working week with essential local information for Petersfield and its villages.

Presented today by Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey with guest Stephen Martin, co-founder of the Petersfield Community Radio project, an update from Steep by Alan Cosh and the latest gripping instalment of teenager Nina Vennis‘s lockdown diary.

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

Supermarket operation

TESCO

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 8am-10pm and Sunday 10am-4pm

Priority shopping hour for NHS staff, every Tuesday and Thursday from 7-8am and Sunday from 9am-10am.

Priority shopping hour for vulnerable and elderly customers is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, between 9am-10am and 10am-11am on Sunday.

Tesco home shopping deliveries continue as normal, but slots are filling up quickly, with vulnerable customers being given priority.

WAITROSE

Opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 8am-8pm, and from 10 am to 4pm on Sundays.

The first hour of opening is dedicated for elderly and vulnerable shoppers and those who look after them. 

Twenty-five per cent of delivery slots are dedicated to elderly and vulnerable customers and Waitrose is in the process of contacting these customers.

But there are 20 per cent more delivery slots than normal.

LIDL

Opening hours, Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 8pm and Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

Lidl is not currently offering a priority service and online delivery orders are available only for beers, wines and spirits only – no groceries.    

Please do check all your local stores’ websites, as all information is subject to change.

Local food stores

Morgans Butchers, on Lavant Street, is open. You can order in advance by email to morganbutchers@yahoo.co.uk and it has a full range of meat and poultry available. Ask about delivery if you can’t get to the store.

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.

Durleighmarsh Farm Shop remains open for collections. It has fresh fruit and vegetables, and meat delivered daily. Give the farm shop a call on 01730 821 626 to check the latest stock or to ask staff to put something aside for you.

Petersfield Market – tomorrow and Saturday – is open in the Square from 8am. You can get fresh fruit, vegetables and salad from the market. Contactless payment is best and all the stall holders take it. The market organisers ask us to request you follow the social distancing arrangements they’ve put in place and listen to instructions from the market staff.

If you’re in Sheet, the ‘Sheet Shop’ is open at the Queens Head from 8.30 this morning until 10, and again between 4.30 and 8 this evening. The shop has a range of general groceries and also takeaway food. If you fancy a pizza call ahead on 01730 265 489 and they’ll pop one in the oven for you. That number again: 01730 265 489.

Because of its amazing partnership with the lovely people at Churcher’s College, Age Concern Petersfield is now able to offer the meals it delivers, on a Tuesday and Thursday, for free.

If you know individuals or families who could really do with a regular meal and would struggle otherwise, or who need financial help, then get in contact with Age Concern Petersfield’s manager, Sheridan Rocher, on 07852 172 998, that’s a mobile number: 07852 172 998.

Alan Cosh reports from Steep that you can have a friendly phone chat with other local residents if you’re lonely in the village. Just call 01730 268615.

Also in Steep, Helen Long offers online exercise for the over 45s and some dedicated sessions for the over 70s. Email helenlong832@gmail.com

There’s more information from Steep at https://news.steep-pc.gov.uk/

Homeless charity Two Saints is working in partnership with East Hampshire District Council to deliver outreach across the region for those who find themselves sleeping rough.

With the majority of the general public abiding by the stay-at-home edict, charity officials are not receiving as many reports of rough sleepers as normal.

So, if you are still working on the ground, and do find any evidence of people sleeping rough, please report it through Streetlink, at streetlink.org.uk, or to Two Saints’ Kelsey Davis on 01730 260 825 or email EastHants&HavantOutreach@twosaints.org.uk

A Hampshire charity has set up a new domestic abuse helpline for victims after seeing an increase in calls across the country. The National Domestic Abuse service has seen a 25 per cent rise in calls since lockdown measures were introduced to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

This prompted Shonagh Dillon, CEO of Portsmouth charity Aurora New Dawn, to set up a new helpline for people in Hampshire to help relieve some of the pressure on the National Domestic Abuse service. There are trained advisors at the end of the phone 24/7 on 023 9421 6816.

Hey kids, do you enjoy reading? Then pin back your ears … the Hampshire School Library Service has just launched its Read at Home Reading Challenge 2020. Google Hampshire School Library Service and click on the Read at Home challenge. It’s asking you to review six books – physical book, e-book or an audio book. Then there is a form to complete about whether you enjoyed it and whether you would recommend it.

East Hants District Councillor Julie Butler went on to Facebook to encourage the minority to observe the rules currently in place. She wrote:

I would like to say thank you to Petersfield Town Council for the very clear signage that has been displayed. Thank you Petersfield for following the guidelines, you are amazing. Please can the odd five per cent that think it is ok to sit on benches and eat strawberries, or sit to admire the wonderful views, stop. This is not essential exercise. Please don’t spoil it for everyone else, otherwise we may all have to stay at home permanently, which none of us want to do. Let’s try and stay safe at all times.

Cllr Julie Butler

SewCreative, in Petersfield, is hosting a LIVE Afternoon Tea on Facebook tomorrow,  Wednesday, April 15th at 3pm. That sounds like fun, and you don’t need a Facebook account to watch. The link is https://t.co/u9ho4Y5QNa and you can hear from Sew Creative’s Jo Watts on the new P pod, coming to an ear near you in the next 24 hours.

East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership is looking for budding writers to share their stories or poems, in no more than 300 words, about a journey they have taken by train or would like to take. Your story can either be true or made up – you choose!

Entries should be emailed to info@easthampshirerail.co.uk, and the deadline is midday on Friday, May 1. The prizes are family tickets for four people (two adults and two children) for Hollycombe Steam in the Country, at Liphook. There’s one prize each for under-16 and over-16 entries. 

TRAVEL

There are overnight roadworks between 8pm and 6am on the A3 from this evening until Sunday. The northbound lane two between the A272 Petersfield North (Sheet Link) and the junction with the A325 for Bordon will be closed and may cause some disruption. 

This coming weekend, the level crossing in Petersfield will be closed overnight so Network Rail can lift out and inspect the crossing panels. Expect the level crossing to be down overnight also on Sunday night and Monday night.  

BT Openreach engineers plan to lay a cable duct on Chapel Street from today. The task is scheduled to take until Thursday. Expect obstructions on the pavement.       

And Hampshire County Council says it plans to fix a bollard and slab outside the Hong Kong House takeaway, on Lavant Street, this Friday. If the work goes ahead they’ll have traffic control on Lavant Street while the 600mm by 900mm slab is replaced.

A reminder that if an essential rail journey takes you or someone you know through Guildford then Network Rail started some major engineering work last Friday that isn’t scheduled to finish until next Sunday. This means that for the rest of this week:

  • South Western Railway services between Woking/Guildford and Haslemere and between Guildford and Aldershot will be replaced by buses;
  • South Western Railway will run a limited service between London Waterloo and Guildford, via Cobham & Stoke D’ Abernon;
  • Great Western Railway services between Reading and Gatwick Airport will terminate at Ash and replacement bus services will run between North Camp and Redhill;
  • CrossCountry services between Newcastle and Guildford will terminate at Reading, and finally;
  • Southern services to Guildford will start and terminate at Epsom.

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.

TUESDAY’S WEATHER

Loads of sunshine and staying dry for most of this week, but we’ve definitely said goodbye to those summery high temperatures of last week.

Today promises pleasant sunshine after a particularly chilly start. Winds from the east will limit temperatures to around 12 degrees today. It’s a great day for sticking the washing out, but another cold night follows, with even a touch of frost in exposed places. Though why exposed places should get repeats of popular TV cop dramas, I don’t know …

And, if you suffer from hayfever you’ll appreciate the pollen levels being down a smudge. The UV today will be moderate. 

Get involved and get in touch

How are you filling your time during this lockdown? Let us know if you’ve found an unusual way of passing the day. You can even send us pictures or videos which we may – Vision On-style – put on our website. 

Get in touch on Petersfield 5 55 500, that’s 01730 5 55 500 or email team@petersfieldradio.uk.

We’ll be putting your financial questions to our money expert Martin Bamford this week, so if you have any questions about the furlough scheme, what happens with tax, benefits and rates, or any other aspect of keeping your head above water financially, do send them to us at team@petersfieldradio.uk and we’ll put them to Martin on your behalf.

Tomorrow’s Morning Report will be brought to you by two people who won’t remember the likes of Vision On or understand references to Thatcher’s Britain, it’s the youngsters: Lucy and Harrison.