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Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey bring you today’s essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

Today’s programme includes the start of a new mental health campaign, 60 second support, and we hear the latest from teenager Nina in her lockdown diary.

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.

60 Second Support

We’re joining this national campaign to help raise awareness of issues around mental health during lockdown. Today, we focus on The Importance Of Talking About Mental Health with Katie Piper who supports the charity Heads Together.

Hear 60 Second Support every day in Petersfield’s Morning Report

Information transcript

Testing times. The big new development in the Government’s Coronavirus response is that if you’re an essential worker with coronavirus symptoms you can now get tested for the virus to help you return to work more quickly.

The experts say that testing is most effective within three days of symptoms developing.

Testing is available for all key workers with symptoms and also if you’re an essential worker and are living with someone who is showing symptoms you can also get a test for you and for them.

The health service will decide whether to invite you to a testing centre – or they may send you a home testing kit.

You can find out more and book a test online at this central address which we’ll put on our website because it really is quite long and hard to read out… gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

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. 

And, if you are abusing someone – or worried that you might – then call The Hampton Trust on 023 8000 9898.

East Hampshire District Council is calling on residents to keep our local foodbanks topped up with supplies, as, when they are most needed, donations are understandably dropping off, as people spend less time out of their home.

But the council has asked residents to please remember that food banks need your support now more than ever and the work they are doing in our communities is absolutely crucial, so please don’t forget to donate.

If you would like to support our local food banks, you will find donation points in many of the local supermarkets, or you can make an online financial contribution to help them purchase essential supplies.

Items particularly appreciated at this time include: long-life milk, small bags or packets of cereals, porridge oats, tea bags, hot chocolate, tinned meat, rice, small packets of sugar, custard, rice pudding, toothbrushes and shampoo.

If you need help getting food, please contact the Hampshire Help4Vulnerable helpline on 0333 370 4000.

You can also find a huge range of information on the Citizens Advice website at citizensadvice.org.uk/east-hampshire or speak to advisors by calling 0300 330 9028.

Many parents will be aware that Herne Junior School has remained open to children of Critical Key Workers. If you think you may be eligible for this childcare support you can check out details on Herne Junior School’s Twitter page: @Herne Junior There will be more news about free school meals food packages next week – we’ll find out more details nearer the time.

East Hampshire District Council wants you to know that the Salvation Army textile banks are closed at the moment and you shouldn’t attempt to force clothes into them or leave bags of clothes and shoes next to them. The banks are not being emptied so hang on to clothes you’d like to recycle and once this is all over you’ll be able to share them with the charity once more.

While we’re thinking of recycling, the council has prepared an extensive guide to the refuse and recycling services currently operating in our area on its website at https://www.easthants.gov.uk/coronavirus-bin-collections-faqs

For example, did you know that if you’re self isolating, you can still put your bins out?

There are some special rules you should follow though – you should put any “personal waste” – like tissue and old disposable cleaning cloths in a separate disposable rubbish bag that’s “double bagged”.

That means you put the bag inside another bag and then tie the two of them up securely. Keep it separate from other rubbish and put it to one side for at least 72 hours – three days – before you put in your rubbish bin.

There’s loads more information like that on the East Hants council website – do check it out before you chuck it out.

I think we’ve mostly got this lockdown business sorted in the Petersphere, wouldn’t you say, Claire? Well, we might be wrong. There’s still confusion over bonfires, with two sighted in Steep on Sunday. 

That’s not good at the best of times. Many of us have more waste than usual, being at home so much. The council is trying to make sure every household has at least one bin emptied every week, usually on the same day, and so far the bin men have been brilliant.

There’s more stuff being delivered to each home, too. Think about what you have in your own bins and then multiply it across 50 thousand properties …

Waste is piling up and it may be tempting to burn it, but even before the council asked us not to have bonfires, we weren’t permitted to burn anything other than dry garden waste.

Many residents who would normally be out at work or school are now confined to their homes. Good ventilation is important but you must have clean air. 

Smoke can stop your neighbours from enjoying their gardens at the best of times. Even if you don’t have medical conditions such as asthma or heart disease it can have a serious impact on health – especially if you’re self-isolating.

TRAVEL

The level crossing on Kingsfernden Lane is expected to be closed again tonight as Network Rail continues its works on the line.

On the roads, the supposed 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. If you’re travelling that way and can confirm it exists, we’re not convinced, to be honest, drop us a line at team@petersfieldradio.uk

BT is working in Dragon Street, until 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

Looks like it could be pretty grotty today, with rain expected for much of the day. It will become persistent and occasionally heavy, but perhaps clearing by late afternoon. It will feel rather cool, with light winds, and a maximum temperature of 14 °C.

The  outlook for Wednesday is a cool start but with the welcome possibility of sunny spells … and heavy showers.