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Noni Needs and Lucy Davies bring you today’s essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

We also meet local six former Felix Williams who is dedicating his time to helping deliver food around the area from Milland, and the Sixty Second Support mental health campaign continues with award-winning author Poorna Bell.

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 Supporting others from a distance with author Poorna Bell, a supporter of the charity CALM.

Information transcript

Some good foodbank news to open with. You can now drop off items for the PACT Foodbank at Nationwide Bank on the corner of Chapel Street and Swan Street. It is open from 10am until 2pm Monday to Friday.

The community is pulling together to ensure Petersfield can still mark VE Day despite the lockdown. The event is being commemorated by a public holiday, next Friday, and the Town Council had planned a number of ceremonies in Petersfield.

Because of the lockdown, the plan is being redrawn by a team led by Councillor James Deane and its taking on a decidedly virtual nature. So what’s on and what’s off … here’s the plan:

The Cream Teas in St Peter’s Church, the ‘Host a Toast’ scheme and the Bell Ringing for Peace (always a curious concept) are not going ahead because of the current distancing rules.

However, a lot of creativity and passion is going into ensuring our town can still reflect on the importance of VE Day.

There will be a pre-recorded service of commemoration and reflection. Canon Will Hughes will record an address and the town mayor will speak too. Chris Pellett, at Churcher’s College, has stepped-up to produce a video and we’ll share the audio with you at petersfieldradio.uk on the day.

The plan for a piper and bugler to play from St Peter’s Church Tower is changing – Councillor Deane says a version of the idea will be included in the video. If you have some aerial footage of Petersfield or you know someone who may have captured some with a drone, please let us know and we’ll put you in touch.

And the team is looking to film a local character singing We’ll Meet Again – the Vera Lynn standard – for the video.

VE Day is next Friday, May 8th and we still have VJ Day to look forward to in September, so hopefully some of the changed events can be revived for then.

For now though, remember to join us at petersfieldradio.uk, next Friday, to hear the sounds and messages of VE Day in Petersfield.

And we’ll be speaking to James Deane, the Town Councillor, in the coming days to find out more about the plans as they unfold.

Here at Petersfield Community Radio, we’re backing the ‘60 Second Support’ mental health campaign. And, for the next few days, we’ll be sending you a message of support from the campaign.

Today, it’s the turn of award-winning journalist Poorna Bell to send a message, on the topic of ‘Supporting Others from a Distance’.

[listen to the programme to hear what she says]

Your children can enter the Petersfield in Bloom competition this year, by designing a collage around the theme of … Petersfield in Bloom. Email designs to admin@petersfield-tc.gov.uk and include a short paragraph about your artwork. Age categories are under-fives,  six to 10, and 11-plus.

This week is National Gardening Week, and RHS Wisley is looking to bring gardening inspiration and spring beauty to all those stuck at home by posting videos, images and advice to help people grow at home, both indoors and out. Check out rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley, or follow the link on our website.

The local stockists of artist Katrin Eagle’s collection of Petersfield designs are all currently closed, but they can be ordered online at katrineagle.com/petersfield-gifts-cards, where there is a selection of cards and gifts with designs from around the town. 

Many of us are home schooling. It can be difficult to think of fun learning activities that excite and motivate our children. Each day, Edvanced is posting an educational game or activity based around all areas of the curriculum, on both Facebook and Instagram. The ideas are all practical so you and your children do not end up cooped up around a computer screen. Find it on social media or at edvanced.co.uk 

Eighteen-year-old Felix Williams is a sixth former at Churcher’s College and has recently passed his driving test. Lockdown regulations mean he’s unable to enjoy the freedom most of us had when we first got our driving licences, but, instead of bemoaning his bad luck, Felix is putting his new qualification to good use by carrying out deliveries for Milland Shop and the Rising Sun Pub, in Milland.

[hear the interview in the programme, above]

Nosh news

If you fancy a taste of summer, you can now order take away chicken and chorizo paella from the Plump Duck, on the Heath, every Friday between 6.30 and 8.30pm. Pre-order by text, on 07496 806 603, with your name, the number of portions, date and time. And this is a collection only service.

It’s Market Day in Petersfield and a selection of stalls will be open in the Square as usual, including fresh fruit, vegetables and salad. Keep your distance of course as you tour the stalls this morning.

As we reported last week, The Good Intent is open from Wednesday to Saturday, from 5 to 9pm, for takeaway or deliveries, and it is now serving roast lunch on Sundays from 12 until 5, also  for delivery or take away. It’s also offering some takeaway alcoholic drinks. Call 01730 263 838 or 07895 594 299.

Hibiscus Mexican Kitchen – a regular sight at festivals and fairs across the south of England – is now open for takeaways or pre-order delivery in and around Petersfield. Order via its online shop by Wednesday 8pm, for delivery Thursday, Friday or Saturday, between 6 and 9pm. For more details visit hibiscusmexican.com

A thought for the day from our own Suzie Wilde: Now the likes of B&Q are reopening, can we show some consideration for neighbours who might be suffering and ensure we don’t tackle every noisy, dusty or strong-smelling job all at once? We need to be kind and think of others please …

TRAVEL

Tonight should be the last night the level crossing on Kingsfernden Lane is closed … but then again, we might discover otherwise tomorrow.

The latest news on the diversion on the A272 between Petersfield and Rogate is that it doesn’t seem to be there anymore, if ever it was

BT contractors are working in Dragon Street, until tomorrow, 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 starts work tomorrow, with traffic controls.

PETERSFIELD WEATHER

Early patchy rain will ease off for a dry, cloudy and cool morning. More rain will sweep east across the Petersphere this afternoon, with brighter spells later. It’s gonna be cool and breezy, with a maximum temperature of 15 degrees.

The outlook for the rest of the week is bright spells and scattered heavy showers tomorrow, but a little drier on Friday, with isolated showers and feeling slightly warmer. And Saturday is looking bright with isolated showers, although heavy rain is possible later.