Money Moment with Martin Bamford

Informed Choice independent financial planners is an investment specialist company in Petersfield, which can help you make decisions about money.

Every week, Martin Bamford compiles a selection of money stories that will help you keep in touch with our changing world as you consider how best to spend and invest.

This week

This week, payment holidays extended for mortgage owners, estate agents get back to work after a sharp fall in property transactions, retail sales hit hard by Covid and can you trust those online reviews?

Also – millions of people have failed to learn even the most basic digital skills. Not you, obviously. Thank you for listening.

All with Martin Bamford and presented with Informed Choice, independent financial planners of Petersfield.

Martin Bamford

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Morning Report – Friday 22 May

Fast facts in a friendly voice. Get your essential local information in the Morning Report as Alan Cosh and Noni Needs bring you a comprehensive round-up of local information ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

We also speak to Terry Doubleday who runs the Petersfield food bank to find out what you do to help others get essential food supplies.

Check https://petersfieldradio.uk for a full transcript of all the information in today’s programme.

Send your information updates, questions and thank you messages, for people who’ve helped you, to team@petersfieldradio.uk or phone 01730 555 500.

We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

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NEWS

Two men have been charged with attempted murder following an incident in Petersfield in the early hours of 20 May.

Shaun Hanson, 49, of Fern Close, Petersfield, and Anthony Seymour, 22, of Rival Moor Road, Petersfield,appeared before Basingstoke Magistrates Court yesterday.

The victim, a man in his 30s, also from Petersfield, sustained a number of wounds during the incident, which occurred at a property in Durford Road, but he remains stable in hospital.

Hampshire Constabulary asks if you have any information about this incident, please call 101 and quote Operation Sash.

Back to our normal coronavirus news … and a deal has been agreed on the supply of antibody tests, which will be available on the NHS, with health and care workers first in line to receive them, Downing Street revealed yesterday.

Antibody tests, which allow experts to track the level of immunity in the population, measure whether patients have had the virus, even if they have since recovered. 

Sadly, the number of people infected with coronavirus around the world has reached the grim landmark of five million, with most new cases now coming from the US, Russia, Brazil and India.

The NHS has started a new advertising campaign to encourage us to get tested for Coronavirus if we exhibit the symptoms.

The key message in the campaign is that we should stay alert to the symptoms which are… all together now…  a high temperature, or a new continuous cough or a loss of taste or smell.

And if you do have those symptoms you’re asked to book a test online at nhs.uk/coronavirus.

The NHS also wants to remind us that nobody should leave your home if anyone there has symptoms of Coronavirus. That isolation message is something the Government does not want us to forget.

You’ll see these messages on websites, on TV and on posters around NHS buildings. There’s also a radio advertisement.

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The West Wittering Estate – always a popular destination when the weather takes a turn for the better – will remain closed over the bank holiday weekend. 

Local residents and others who can access the beach on foot will still be able to do so, however, the management of the Estate do not feel opening fully is in keeping with prevailing government advice on social distancing.

Later this month, a limited number of cars will be allowed to park at the beach each day; however, the only way to pay for parking will be via the parking app, JustPark.

Potential visitors are also strongly discouraged from driving to the West Wittering area without a pre-booked parking slot – and there is no other parking within the village.

And now a warning from another popular bank holiday destination: the South Downs National Park.

Officials have warned dog owners to watch out for venomous snakes which have been spotted in the National Park.

They welcomed the return of adders – the only venomous snake native to the UK – but told pet owners to be wary of the reptiles after an increased number of adder sightings were reported in the national park.

Although adders are usually shy, they are venomous and dogs should be kept on the lead on access land just to be on the safe side, as the snakes have been spotted basking in the sunshine in woodland glades and on heathlands.

We’ve also heard reports of adders being seen on Petersfield Heath – so add that to an occasional visiting sea eagle and the warning to ‘stay alert’ takes on a whole new meaning.

60 Second Support

Today sees the final minute of our series of Mental Health Awareness tips and we’re ending the week with a moment of mindfulness. Here’s Dr Ranj Singh of the charity Best Beginnings

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Sixty Second Support with Heads Together is supported by the Audio Content Fund.

It’s a bank holiday weekend, of course, and, traditionally, it’s the time of year many of us like to sit in long queues at the tip in order to get rid of the shrubs we’ve cut back … 

But the County Council is again reminding us the Recycling Centre on Bedford Road is for ESSENTIAL waste only – things that you can’t safely store at home (and that doesn’t include children!).

If you’re not sure whether your waste is essential or not then you can check its website hants.gov.uk/recyclingcentres for details.

But one thing’s for sure; if you DO like queueing, you won’t be disappointed there …

We’re now joined by Terry Doubleday from the PACT foodbank, which has provided sterling service for those in need during this crisis.

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TRAVEL

The surface slurry work continues in the central car park today but pauses across the bank holiday weekend.

The resurfacing work at the junction of Tilmore Road and Station Road is complete – and they’ve done a great job there – but there remains a width restriction on the corner until the final ground work is complete. Just be careful as you pass the junction, especially coming from the railway end of Station Road.

And up in Tilmore, some iron rainwater drains at the corner of Monks Orchard and Tilmore Gardens are being lowered as part of road resurfacing work planned there.

Work finishes today on Pitcroft Lane in Buriton where South East Water is fixing a leak. And the water company has contractors on Station Road in Liss correcting a hazardous stop cock cover.

And some advance notice: SSE work to upgrade around nine miles of its electricity infrastructure, between Petersfield and Fernhurst restarts again Tuesday, May 26, in Rogate – that’s on Harting Combe Road between Rogate Road and Tullecombe Hill, and on Saturday, May 30, in Petersfield on Bedford Road by the substation.

And that will herald something of a summer of roadworks and closures for Petersfield as the work continues.

WEATHER

Today starts rather cloudy, with even some fleeting light rain in places. However, it will soon pass with sunny spells developing widely. It will feel fresher than in recent days, helped by the breeze. Maximum temperature is a pleasant 23 °C.

The outlook for the bank holiday weekend now: Breezy with sunshine and showers on Saturday, ahead of a largely fine Sunday and Monday, with winds progressively becoming lighter. Initially, temperatures will be lower than we’ve enjoyed in the last few days, but – fingers crossed – it should recover somewhat on  Monday.

Monday is a bank holiday, which means the team here gets a lie-in and The MR returns on Tuesday with Claire and Joff. And if you want to contact us – it’s Petersfield 5 55 500, email team@petersfieldradio.uk or find us on social media.

Foodie Friday

Some information about places you can get a takeaway this weekend.

Alexandras Kitchen, at Durleighmarsh Farm, continues to offer frozen cooked meals. It’s open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and offers free local delivery for orders in excess of £30. Visit alexandracooks.com.

Jake’s Artisan Foods, the producer of hand-cut free-range pork pies and scratchings, all hand-made in Petersfield, offers free delivery with online payment. Visit jakesartisanfoods.co.uk for details.

Chinwags and the Folly Wine Bar offer a selection of hot food, all priced at £10 – which includes fish on Fridays. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

The Five Bells pub, in Buriton, is offering pub classics delivered hot to your door. Free delivery is available from 5 to 8.30pm, from Tuesday to Saturday; and 12 to 4pm on Sundays. Pay over the phone or cash on delivery. Take a look at the menu at fivebells-buriton.co.uk

The Good Intent, in College Street, is offering a selection of favourite meals on a takeaway basis, Wednesday to Sunday, from 5 to 9pm. Check out its Facebook page or visit goodintentpetersfield.co.uk.

The Old Drum has extended its take away food range… and is open seven days a week.

And, as a pub, the Old Drum also offers draught ales, lagers and wine to take away seven days a week.

La Piazzetta, the Italian restaurant in The Square, is open for collection or deliveries, from 5 to 9pm. To place an order either ring 01730 260 006 or send a message via Facebook.

Mother Kelly’s Fish and Chips, in Lavant Street, is open offering a simplified menu. From 4pm and payment by card only, please. 

Fez, the Turkish restaurant, in Bakery Lane, is offering both a takeaway and a delivery service. Call 01730 231 266 and view its menu online at fezpetersfield.com

And, just around the corner from Fez, the vegan restaurant Earth is offering free delivery for customers in the town and small delivery fees for those outside of the area. Go online to order.eatatearth.com to order or contact the team via Facebook or Instagram.

In Liss, the Jolly Drover, has a ‘bring a plate takeaway’ for £10. The website is thejollydrover.co.uk and telephone number 01730 893 137.

And, still in Liss, the Spread Eagle, is offering hot food for takeaway or delivery, lunchtime and evenings. Check out the website at spreadeagleliss.com for full details.

The Madhuban Indian restaurant, also in Liss, is open for takeaways – at madhubanrestaurant.co.uk <SPELL PLEASE> – but, additionally, it makes tubs of fresh home-made curry sauces, which are also available from the Bran Tub, in Petersfield’s Lavant Street. 

The Malabon restaurant, in Dragon Street, offers takeaways and also delivers, while the Paradise Balti House, in Lavant Street, and the Spice Lounge, in the Square, are both open for takeaways.

Two Petersfield men charged with attempted murder

Two men have been charged with attempted murder following an incident in Petersfield in the early hours of 20 May, Hampshire Constabulary has confirmed.

Shaun Hanson, 49, of Fern Close, Petersfield, and Anthony Seymour, 22, of Rival Moor Road, Petersfield, will both appear before Basingstoke Magistrates Court today.

The victim, a man in his 30s, also from Petersfield, sustained a number of wounds during the incident, which occurred at a property in Durford Road, but he remains stable in hospital.

If you have any information about this incident, please call 101 and quote Operation Sash.

Morning Report – Thursday, 21 May

Fast facts in a friendly voice. Get your essential local information in the Morning Report.

Laura Sheppard and Harrison RB present the programme.

Send your information updates, questions and thank you messages, for people who’ve helped you, to team@petersfieldradio.uk or phone 01730 555 500.

We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

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Hampshire County Council is investigating a range of measures that could be implemented across Hampshire to keep people walking and cycling safely, as the country gradually moves back to travelling to work and school. These include reallocating road space, signing to encourage physical distancing and establishing low-cost temporary measures to limit access by certain vehicles in specific areas.

A new climate change website has been launched by Hampshire County Council, which brings together information on what actions it is taking, working alongside partners and communities. The website has simple ideas for some things we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint, like thinking about the way we travel, how much energy we use and how much we throw away. There are also ways to make homes resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Have you ever thought about growing your own veg? The association that runs the allotments on the outskirts of Sheet is planning to make 18 new plots available. It currently has around 80 plots, all of which are full, so it will take some spare land and divide it into 18 smaller-sized plots. Suzie says it’s a very social group of people, even with the current physical distancing! For more information please contact Steve Amos on either 07789 714 771 or email newpetersfieldallotments@gmail.com.

If gardening isn’t your new passion, you could try Taekwondo. South Downs Taekwondo now has classes available on Zoom for beginners. There’s one for four to seven-year-olds, and another for seven years and above. All beginners get their first lesson free. Check out its Facebook page, or email southdownstkd@gmail.com for more details.

Many reminders have been going round to give one or two items from every shop to food banks, who were well-served when lockdown began but still need our help. Petersfield Lions Club has been there throughout and has recently launched a new online fundraising page.

Since Lockdown began, it has donated £500 to PACT Food Bank and Kings Arms youth organisation, and another £1,000 to the Salvation Army. Check out its Facebook page or visit petersfieldlions.org.uk.

In case you haven’t heard, the East Hampshire Community Lottery is now up and running, offering a range of prizes while raising money for lots of good causes. There’s a draw every Saturday and if your numbers match then you could win up to £25,000 while your chosen good cause receives 50p for every ticket sold.

You can only buy tickets on the website at easthantslottery.co.uk – and you’ll find us as well as many others among the good causes to choose from. No pressure, of course!

The Bran Tub in Lavant Street is open again, from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, with additional safety measures in place. As with all shops now, please follow any requests from the staff, stay a safe distance and use contactless payment if possible. The shop’s collection service is still running for those who need it. Check out the website at thebrantub.com.

Before our regular travel and weather, here’s an important shout-out! You may have spotted someone in town cleaning the weeds between the paving in the square and along the shopping streets in town. That person is Iris Holt and she is working hard to make the streets spotless, and to make us feel better at this trying time.

She has captured the attention of several of you, many of whom have been singing her praises on Facebook, and Jorge from Cloisters has taken her hot drinks.

Iris has had all sorts of adventures, and has been known to throw herself off the Spinnaker Tower dressed as a polar bear and out of an aeroplane to raise money for Rowans Hospice. She is very touched by the attention, and as she isn’t able to fundraise at the moment, would love her acts of kindness to inspire people to donate to Rowans Hospice.

Hampshire County Council is again reminding everyone that the Recycling Centre on Bedford Road is for essential waste only – things that you can’t safely store at home. If you’re not sure whether your waste is essential or not then you can check its website hants.gov.uk/recyclingcentres for details.

TRAVEL

The Central Car Park is being slurried, not hurried. Workers are treating the surface and it’s due to take four weeks. Spaces at the West End of the car park are closed off in rotation so the work can be done during the day.

Hampshire County Council has contractors working in Station Road at the junction with Tilmore Road until tomorrow, and traffic control is in operation, while South-East Water continues its work in Frenchman’s Road, though there should be little or no disruption there.

The work at Mill Lane, Sheet, has been completed early, and, in Liss, South East Water’s work on Station Road should be completed today.

But look out for resurfacing work on Pitcroft Lane in Buriton over the next few days. And there’s road surfacing work in Tilmore on Monks Orchard, near its junction with Tilmore Gardens.

WEATHER

There is a remote chance of a shower in this early morning cloud but then, like every day this week, the sun will break through and temperatures rise to a high of 23 degrees by the afternoon.

Overnight, cloud will thicken and will tend to linger into Friday until late afternoon. With a breeze coming in from the Atlantic, temperatures will be lower at around 17 degrees.

Remember your sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy, as the UV index remains high.