Morning Report – Friday, 29 May

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

Suzie Wilde and Harrison RB are here with today’s essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

Today we learn who’s won the East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership travel writing competition, plus there’s news of a forthcoming travel and holidays Q&A, with Meon Valley Travel’s Nicki Lahiri – so get your questions in soon.

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.

TRANSCRIPT

From Monday, six people will be able to meet in public spaces and private outdoor spaces, such as gardens, providing those from different households stay 2m apart, the Prime Minister announced yesterday.

But he said people “must stay alert and act responsibly”. He also warned against too many households meeting in quick succession and reinforced the message that they are still not allowed to be inside homes of friends and families.

Among the many coronavirus-relatednational news stories overnight, this one has tended to be overlooked and is of particular interest if you have a child with asthma. Children with severe asthma should not return to school when they reopen in England next week – that’s the view of Dr Andy Whittamore, Asthma UK’s clinical lead and a practising GP.

And, for those who are sending their youngsters back to school next week, Hampshire County Council has issued the following advice:

If your child is returning to school and normally receives transport assistance, please ask a member of school staff to contact the council’s Transport Team to make the arrangements. Please do not contact the Transport Team, transport provider or School Escot directly.

If you choose to take your child to school yourself during this time, you may be able to claim a mileage allowance. For more details contact school.transport@hants.gov.uk or visit hants.gov.uk.

If you were with us yesterday morning you would have heard Caroline and Clare from the Rosemary Foundation talking about their work in palliative care during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Well, several of you have been in touch to say how much you appreciated the opportunity to hear from nurses working on the frontline during this crisis and to thank the nurses for their work.

Morning Report listener Ann Heighes says: “Thank you ladies for everything, you are amazing, caring, compassionate and extremely sensitive.”

Sue Bruckner also appreciated hearing from the nurses, saying it was a lovely interview with Clare and Caroline.

Barry Rutter described Caroline as “a legend” and Jo Cann says: “The Rosemary Foundation looked after my wife towards the end of her brain cancer battle. They were brilliant and very supportive to me also. Words can not describe how grateful myself, my wife and our family were for their help. Thank you ladies.”

And, on the subject of the Rosemary Foundation, its volunteer Eric has another socially-distanced plant sale at 35 Lavant Street, on Wednesday, from 10am to 3pm. These sales – all by donation – have proved popular and have enabled Eric to raise a staggering £900 so far.

In response the Rosemary Foundation said it is truly grateful. Receiving these types of donations helps the team to continue its care and support to the residents of Petersfield and the surrounding towns and villages. And it wants to say to you …

Now it’s time to announce the winners of the East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership travel writing competition.

(Listen to audio above to find out who won the competition)

Petersfield Physio & Sports Injury Clinic, in Liss, will reopen for face-to-face appointments from Monday, although there will be very strict criteria under which patients will be able to visit.

Email gerry.oneill@ppasic.co.uk or phone the clinic on 01730 267645 to make an appointment.

Next Saturday, June 6, Italia Conti Petersfield is holding a virtual ‘Mamma Mia The Musical’ workshop with a member from the recent UK Tour.

The hour-long workshop will enable students to learn a routine from the actual show, followed by a Q&A where they will be able to ask anything they like.

It’s hosted on Zoom, is open to all – not just Conti students – and takes place between 2 and 3pm. The cost is £5 and to book a place email info@italiacontipetersfield.co.uk.

Our good friends at Meon Valley Travel, in the High Street, plan to reopen the branch on June 15; but ahead of that, manager Nicki Lahiri will be with us again next week to answer your questions on travel, whether it’s about destinations reopening their borders, travel insurance or recommendations, she will do her best to provide the information you need.

So, if you have a travel-related query you can send your questions for Nicki to team@petersfieldradio.uk, or leave them on our messageline at 01730 5 55 500 and you may even hear yourself asking it on a future show.

TRAVEL

Hampshire County Council says it plans drainage is working in Stroud, along the A272 Winchester Road until Tuesday, with temporary traffic control when necessary.

And there are drainage repairs scheduled to start today, on Bell Hill, with traffic control in operation. These should also be completed on Tuesday.

South East Water’s work on The Causeway will continue until Monday, but should not cause too many problems to passing traffic.

In the Central Car Park, resurfacing work is making quite a few spaces unusable and many more have no markings, so stay alert, as somebody once said.

Looking ahead, the county council will have contractors working to erect two signs at the petrol station on Ramshill on Monday, but delays should be negligible. And BT is scheduled to start work in Rival Moore Rd next week, with traffic control in operation.

On Tuesday, West Sussex County Council starts carriageway work from Killarney to Goose Green Road, in West Harting, and delays are anticipated.

And, on the trains, the reduced timetable continues, but if you’re thinking about travelling north towards London on Sunday, you may want to allow quite a bit of extra time because South Western Railway will run a replacement bus service between Haslemere and Guildford.

WEATHER

Today should be a similar day to yesterday, with long spells of strong sunshine, after a rather cool start, with a maximum temperature of 24°C.

The outlook for the weekend follows suit: dry and warm with strong sunshine. Enjoy, but don’t forget to slap on the sun cream.

Morning Report – Thursday 28 May

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

Noni Needs and Laura Sheppard are here with today’s essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

Today we hear first-hand testimony from the care sector frontline with nurses Clare Dunn and Caroline Hinder of the Rosemary Foundation.

Caroline Hinder and Claire Dunn

Also, Richard Gaisford reports on life in the Meon Valley and we summarise the latest government announcement on NHS Test and Trace, the new scheme designed to help break the chain of Covid-19 transmission.

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.

TRANSCRIPT

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Morning Report – Wednesday, 27 May

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

Lucy and Alastair present today’s information update for Petersfield and the wider Petersphere. Plus there’s the latest edition of Nina Vennis’ Lockdown Diary.

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.

TRANSCRIPT

Laura and Alice at Refill & Replenish are going to have a trial opening in the Folly Market today from 10am. But the shop will be closing at 2pm.

Like all our local shops, the safety of the community remains their biggest priority. Folly Market has 2m distance markers, staff members will wear masks and they will wash hands between serving each customer. There will be only card transactions, with no cash being handled.

The shop is small, so customers will be met at the door. Items will be picked and packed in the shop’s own paper bags, so don’t bring any containers from home unless they are clean bottles for refilling of liquids.

Alice and Laura ask you to be patient while they trial all this – and, if it becomes too busy, they may ask you to leave a shopping list and collect the items later.

The Refill and Replenish delivery service remains in operation for this Saturday in Emsworth, Havant, Rowlands Castle and the surrounding areas, so if you would like to place an order, you can use the link on the website: refillandreplenish.co.uk.

And Andrew Baker at White Rose Garage says the sales department and showroom on Station Road will reopen on Monday, 1 June.

The government’s new Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme launched online yesterday.

The scheme will enable small and medium sized employers with under 250 employees to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying Coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay. Tax agents will also be able to make claims on behalf of their employers.

HMRC has published online guidance which includes information about who can use the scheme and the records employers must keep. Find out more on the GOV.UK website.

As you may have heard yesterday, we’re nearing the end of National Share-a-Story Month – and the winners of the East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership dream journey competition, will be announced on Friday’s Morning report. Just squeaking in before the end of May.

Lemon Grass in Dragon Street is open for takeaway.

Grayson Perry’s Art Club on Channel 4 is really popular so perhaps many of us are having a go. I know president of the Petersfield Arts and Crafts Society, Sharon Hurst, is delighted with the response to the Bank Holiday ‘brush up your painting’ weekend, which she announced here at Petersfield Community Radio.

TRAVEL

Work continues on the Rake road and there may still be grass cutting on the old A3 in Sheet, near the A272 Rogate turn.

In the Central Car Park, resurfacing work is making quite a few spaces unusable and many more have no markings, so do watch out.

Virgin Media is working in the Tilmore area, and, on the railway, South Western Rail confirms its reduced timetable continues this week – so that means one fast train and one slow train each way every hour.

WEATHER

Sunny and warm pretty much covers it, once again. There’s some thicker cloud in the early afternoon with an outside chance of a shower, but it clears later in the day, with a maximum temperature of 22 degrees.

All this sunlight is excellent for topping up Vitamin D levels but be careful not to burn.

the P pod (in lockdown?) – 26 May, 2020

Petersfield’s weekly magazine show, with Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey.

Not recorded anywhere near Durham …

This week, Claire and Joff eschewed the latest Government initiative and stayed at home to chat with local photographer Louise Collins, who’s seen a ‘step change’ in her career since the lockdown, and Anthony Thistleton, from the Rural Refugee Network, who, along with members of the Bedales community, has travelled from Syria to Steep – and not to test their eyesight.

Louise Collins is stepping out …

They also introduce the first in a new series of 60-Second Histories, brought to you by the team at the Petersfield Museum; plus Suzie Wilde‘s WIlde Walk; Martin Bamford‘s Money Moment; Richard Marks’ weather update, and the bromance between Joff and the Petersfield Post‘s chief reporter, Jon Walker, continues unabashed. And there’s a league debut for youngster Tom Reynolds, who reads the news.

This week’s P pod was recorded on the evening of Monday, 25 May, while all participants were still in a state of disbelief following THAT press conference. It was produced by Harrison RB and edited by Dave Bowers, a regular visitor to THE Barnard Castle, a pub just off the A3 near Ripley.

Morning Report – Tuesday 26 May

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

Claire and Joff present today’s information update for Petersfield and the wider Petersphere. We also squeeze-in a short story written by local author Suzie Wilde and a chat with teenage diarist Nina Vennis from Langrish.

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.

TRANSCRIPT

Bin collections will be be one day later than normal this week, after the bank holiday. So if your bin usually goes on Wednesday, it will be Thursday this week, and so on. Normal service will resume on Monday 1 June. 

The council has done really well with refuse collection and something else to note: so far, East Hampshire District Council has paid out 1,933 small business or retail, hospitality and leisure grants. 

Applications to the Local Government Discretionary Grant Fund will open soon, providing grants to support as many small businesses as possible that have been affected by the pandemic but were not eligible for other coronavirus-related grants. If that’s useful to you, find out the latest information at easthants.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support 

Following the Sixty Second Support series on mental health, we know challenges remain for many people, especially our children. Young Minds has been caring for this group for a long time and continues to offer practical advice both for parents and/or the young, who help each other. Did you know that before the pandemic three children in every classroom suffered with a mental help problem? More help and information can be found at youngminds.org.uk and on social media, or the Parents Helpline 0808 802 5544 Monday-Friday, free to mobiles and landlines.

And don’t forget, if you spot anything that worries you regarding the welfare of children generally, the NSPCC is always there. It’s free to call and you don’t have to say who you are. The helpline is 0808 800 5000

And here’s something the young are doing to help others: Home-Start Butser says Robert Ingram and Churchers College are doing a wonderful job, making and delivering nutritious meals for many of its families. It is hugely appreciated, and the feedback shows the meals are being thoroughly enjoyed! Everyone concerned gives a huge thank you! 

Petersfield Festivals committee has decided to carry on with The Petersfield Awards as a way to help recognise local heroes and businesses who are stepping-up and helping others through the crisis. The nomination stage is going to stay open until further notice so we can all show our support for everyone who deserves recognition this year. That includes Petersfield Community Radio, of course! 

We were a fairly new venture when lockdown began and all our volunteers wanted to help in the best way we could: by cutting through false news and the fear it brings to deliver our Morning Report, fact-checked so you can trust the local information we share.

To bring you our daily report, we also have to overcome the difficulties of remote broadcasting, with only a few hiccups so far! If you find what we do at Petersfield Community Radio helpful we’d love you to nominate us at petersfieldfest.com 

It’s National Share-a-Story Month. This annual celebration takes place throughout May and has proved to be an excellent way to celebrate storytelling and how powerful it can be. Children and stories are brought together with a variety of different events that take place across the UK.

We mentioned recently that many authors are reading their own work on social media, especially children’s authors and instead of our Sixty Second support, we have one minute of Flash fiction. Ahead of announcing the winner of the East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership dream journey competition, Suzie reads her own 300 word piece, with a nod to today’s pandemic advice, that won her first prize in a competition judged by award-winning crime-writer Peter Lovesey.

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Suzie says it’s a true story, by the way, and if you recognised the product mentioned in the punchline you probably also remember the particular smell of junior schools right up till the Eighties. We will have another piece for you by a prize-winning author later in the week.

[INTERVIEW WITH NINA VENNIS]

Duet Clothing in Lavant Street and Mimosa Shoes in College Street have now opened online stores and are celebrating their opening with a £100 gift voucher competition. Check out the details on social media or duetclothing.co.uk and mimosashoes.co.uk 

Chawton House Virtual Garden Festival is taking place this coming weekend, bringing you gardening talks and tips, botanical workshops, discussions with heritage gardeners, and a chance to take part in a virtual ‘best in show’, all from the comfort of your own home.

Updates will be posted on the website, where you can also sign up to the garden festival mailing list; or follow Chawton House on social media for details of the full programme when announced. That’ll need to be quite soon! The website is chawtonhouse.org and then follow links to the What’s On page.

TRAVEL

There’s a width restriction on Station Road at its junction with Tilmore Road and Chapel Street. South East Water is repairing a leaky pipe there.

Look out for grass cutting taking place on the old A3 in Sheet, near the Rogate turn.

And in Buriton, Hampshire County Council plans work at the crossroads to fix a broken gully.

In the Central Car Park, resurfacing work continues so some spaces are unusable and many more have no markings. Alertness and common sense to the fore, as ever.

In the Tilmore area, Virgin Media is working in Kimbers this week, and South Western Rail confirms its reduced timetable continues this week – that means one fast train and one slow train each way every hour.

WEATHER

Another fine day in prospect, with light clouds bubbling up after midday. However, a light Nor’ Westerly breeze will keep temperatures in the very pleasant mid-twenties. UV levels will be high, so remember your sunscreen.