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Essential local information for Petersfield and its villages with Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey.

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, the head of residential services for Radian answers your questions on social housing and how the new Government policies affect you.

Information transcript

Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub

With Good Friday and Easter Sunday just days away this is Holy Week for Christians and there are, of course, no open Churches at the moment – in the most important week of the Christian calendar.

All Churches continue to say prayers and several are publishing audio and video on their websites and social media.

We’ll give you the details of them later this week but for now, you might like to note that on Sunday morning at 9.30 there will be a live streamed video service from St Peter’s Church – you’ll be able to see that on the church website at stpeterspetersfield.org.uk.

And St Mary Magdelen Church, in Sheet, is live streaming its Easter morning service from 10am. Its website is probably the best website address we’ve ever had to read out on this programme … it’s sheet.church, that’s sheet.church

And also on Sunday, all the Churches are joining forces with us at Petersfield Community Radio to bring you a radio programme of messages, prayers and readings which we will share this Sunday morning at petersfieldradio.uk and on our social media.

If you know someone who normally likes to attend Church at Easter but cannot this year, do let them know… and we will be sharing the programme with local care homes so the residents there can hear directly from the Churches at Easter.

Petersfield’s Spring Festival, usually held over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, in May, has sadly been cancelled for this year. Organiser Hometown Events still hopes – as we do – that it’ll be able to stage its Summer Festival event over the August Bank Holiday. If they manage that, it ought to be one almighty celebration. 

Refill and Replenish has started to deliver plastic-free food and liquid orders to your door in Petersfield. Laura and Alice are using compostable blue gloves with all liquid orders to prevent the spread of germs. Find more info and an online order form on their facebook page or contact them on hello@refillandreplenish.co.uk

The Old Drum – Petersfield’s oldest pub – is providing essential groceries and take- away coffees, snacks and meals – the food is guaranteed not to be as old as the pub – and you can get in touch via facebook by email at info@theolddrum.com or by good old dog and bone on Petersfield 300 208.

Petersfield-based Treefrog Art is collecting pictures of tree frogs for an online gallery and they would like more! Any medium can be used and any age can take part. To view the gallery go to treefrogart.co.uk and search for 100 Frogs: A Treefrog Gallery and to submit a frog picture email Vicki at vickiostersen@gmail.com. So, hold on, do they want a picture of one frog or tree frogs …?

Elsa Donovan is offering online yoga classes for children aged 4-11 called Yo-chi.  This is a seasonal programme learning about organs, seasonal eating and meditation. Check out the website www.yo-chi.co.uk for more information, or contact elsadonovan@club-morgan.com.

Hello to you, Amanda Fraser, over there in Herne Farm – you are officially the last person to get free seeds from us and the Adhurst Estate Allotment Association. 

The Liss Growing Together Self-Sufficiency Group has published a newsletter full of practical advice about tackling the problems we face during the lockdown. It answers questions such as which local shops will deliver with a contactless payment, how to get petrol without human contact, and how to grow enough vegetables to ride-out any future supply-chain problems. Alec Fry founded the group 42 years ago and must feel his moment has finally come. He says the group offers the perfect answer to social distancing issues and its associated problems. Find out more at www.ehss.org.uk 

M&S has introduced a new way to pay for volunteers who are buying for vulnerable, older and self-isolating customers. New “E-Gift Cards” can be purchased online from M&S. They work with a clever barcode which is sent by email. The volunteer shopper then scans the barcode on their phone at the self-checkout or reads their E-Gift Card number to the M&S staff member at the till, and the cost of the shopping is deducted from the customer’s E-Gift Card.

From Thursday, Chichester Festival Theatre is offering an opportunity to watch one of its much-loved productions from 2018 as a stream from its website. It will be the first of a number of past productions that will be presented online, for free. Flowers for Mrs Harris is the story of Ada Harris who spends her days dusting, darning, polishing and scrubbing, but then glimpses an amazing Christian Dior dress, an experience that sets her off on a journey that will change her life forever. The play will be available to view until the beginning of May, and you can find out more at cft.org.uk

And why not use the lockdown to learn an instrument? Sean Quinn from Sea Sounds offers online drum or guitar lessons for beginners and intermediate musicians.  Lessons are tailored to suit individual need and ability and are £10 for half an hour. Obviously you will need your own drum kit or guitar! Find “sea sounds” on Facebook or email eskew@live.co.uk 

Travel

The only travel that’s legal right now is for essential shopping, to get medical supplies or to get to work if you absolutely can’t work from home.

It means the trains that are running are extremely quiet and many season ticket holders are asking whether they can get money back for the wasted portion of their ticket.

If that’s you, and you’re not a key worker the good news is that there’s now a scheme that lets you recover some of that wasted investment.

You will be able to backdate your refund claim to the last date you travelled, but no earlier than Tuesday 17 March 2020.

South Western Railway say they have a way to calculate the repayment you are due, and will process the refund for a £10 administration fee.

Check their website for details at southwesternrailway.com

Meanwhile a skeleton service continues on the railway so you can still get to London or Portsmouth if you absolutely must, and most bus routes are running through Petersfield but with fewer services than usual. Use contactless payment and keep your distance from other passengers.

Weather

We got up to eighteen point five degrees yesterday according to Dave Tidd’s digital weather station in Buriton.

Today, it’s chilly and clear at first but perking up in the morning sunshine to reach around sixteen degrees by lunchtime. More cloudy this afternoon but it should stay dry and in light winds will still feel pretty warm.