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Your essential local information with Suzie Wilde and Dave Bowers.

Send your offers of help or requests for people to help you to team@petersfieldradio.uk or telephone us on 01730 555 500 and we’ll pass them on to the relevant organisations and agencies.

Today, Jazmine and Jordana from Italia Conti Petersfield explain how they’ve moved their performing arts lessons online so children don’t miss out on their singing and dance practice during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Information transcript

Cyber security experts have reminded us to take sensible precautions at a time when many of us are trying out new apps to communicate with friends and family. You’ll have heard the same advice many times, but it’s worth remembering to 

1) use a strong password that you don’t use on any other online service or app,

2) turn on private mode on apps that have it, so only those people you want to find you can, and 

3) look through the privacy settings and close off anything you don’t need.

We must take responsibility for our own online safety by following sensible security steps whenever we use a digital service.

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

Sadly, the Weald and Downland living museum has been forced by the latest government strictures to close its doors. Many people were asking if they could buy flour online, but it all went to regular businesses and no more will be milled. 

Butser Ancient Farm has now,also, sadly, closed until further notice. Most of the staff are furloughed but you can still email the farm if you have any burning questions – such as, how are the goats doing? – the address is admin@butserancientfarm.co.uk

Home fuel distributor CPL Distribution has asked its customers to be patient while the company experiences slightly longer lead times due to exceptional demand and staffing issues during this crisis. Please do not phone to chase your order, they are still delivering out. Unfortunately, CPL cannot confirm a delivery day and no longer guarantees orders will be with you within seven working days, but it has plenty of stock and reassures customers it will deliver as soon as possible. Like many companies at this time, it is encouraging customers to by card, not cash please. 

M&L Paints, based at Torberry Farm on the Harting Road, is now closed to visitors, but is still able to fulfil online paint orders – at least for the time being – with a small team who are able to safely mix and dispatch paint. Go to MandLpaints.com for more information and to place an order. 

East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership is asking if anyone knows of a community group or social enterprise which may be interested in using the old Station House, at Petersfield station, which is now being made available for refurbishment. Get in touch with them on easthampshirerail.co.uk or 07900 103296.

If your children are missing Rhyme Time or Story Time, have a look at Hampshire Library Service’s Facebook page, where it has been posting some online Rhyme Time and Story Time films.

A2B Taxis is running a 24-hour service for essential travel and collections for key workers, shopping, collection of medicines, emergency dental appointments etc. Visit a2btaxispetersfield.co.uk or call 01730 233299.

Sew Creative, in Lavant Street, has launched an iSEWlation <I SEW LATION> campaign, and will be keeping customers up to date with projects, inspiration and anything to keep busy and keep happy. 

It is offering delivery or FREE postage. Have a look at the shop’s Facebook page at 3pm on Wednesdays to see what’s been created and what is planned, and you can ask them questions. They have received many requests for elastic to make face masks, so have hung some elastic on the door of their shop in Lavant Street for people to help themselves. Sign up to the newsletter for further inspiration at sewcreative.org.uk

At Durleighmarsh farm there is now a twice-a-week delivery of Vicki’s sourdough loaves – on Tuesday and Friday from around 10.30 am, first come first served. And, keep tuning in for news of a limited fish supply from Johnson’s, just once a week.

If you can’t get a supermarket delivery slot and don’t want to queue round the block, you can walk or cycle to the Sheet Shop, at the Queens Head pub.

It’s offering groceries, dairy and meat, dry goods, pasta, tins, beans, draught beers, wines, soft drinks, takeaway coffee, and a takeaway menu, with extended opening times: Tuesday to Saturday: 8.30am – 10am  and 4.30pm to 8pm. Check it out at thequeensheadsheet.com

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

And if you’re keen to donate to Petersfield Community Radio anyway, details on that are on our website at petersfieldradio.uk

Local music

Regulars of the Queens Head in Sheet will be glad to know the village’s popular band, the Micras, have recorded a track they are dedicating to the NHS. Residents are also hoping to put together a video to go with it and all proceeds will be donated to the heroes who are looking after us at risk to their own health.

Travel news

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

South Western Railway continues to run trains from Petersfield to Portsmouth and London for healthcare workers and anyone who must travel to work, but there’s only one fast and one stopping service each hour, each way and the Petersfield ticket office is closed – you can buy a ticket on the train or from the machine at the station. The last train back from London in the evening leaves Waterloo at 22:45.

Weather

Petersfield met man Richard Marks say March was almost certainly the coldest month of the year but things are looking up as the wind backs to a North Westerly direction, today’s partly cloudy and dry conditions will feel a little less bitter than recent days. The weekend’s looking rather springlike – more on that tomorrow.