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.