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In a new faster format, Suzie Wilde and Laura Sheppard bring you what’s new across the Petersphere as we support each other through the continued restrictions.

It’s also Mental Health Awareness week and the 60 Second Support campaign continues with good advice on planning from the charity Mind today.

Plus a quick chat with local furniture designer Charles Dedman who will be a special guest in this week’s P pod. How is an outdoor furniture business coping through lockdown?

Send information to team@petersfieldradio.uk or 01730 555 500.

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

Information transcript

The Petersfield Voluntary Care Group now has more volunteer drivers, thanks to its appeals for help that you will have heard in the Morning Report.

The drivers transport patients to medical appointments, shop for the housebound and deliver prescriptions for Day Lewis Pharmacy. All drivers get PPE and are DBS checked. If you travel with them you’ll be given a mask and will be asked to sit in the back.

Hospitals are now restarting outpatients’ appointments so if you need transport telephone Petersfield 266046. The Voluntary Care Group cannot take you if you have Covid symptoms. If you do, call 111 instead. 

If you are vulnerable, and do not have support from family, friends or the local community, and need urgent assistance with practical issues, East Hampshire District Council has a helpline that operates nine to five, seven days a week. They can provide information and advice – give them a call on 0333 370 4000

Community First has signed up hundreds of volunteers since the Coronavirus outbreak began and has frozen volunteer recruitment for the time being. If you are involved with a community group that needs volunteers, please contact support@cffirst.org.uk to recruit some helping hands. 

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is now open for claims, and if you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and you’ve been adversely affected by Coronavirus, you may be entitled to a grant. Have a look at the government website gov.uk to find out how to claim. 

As you know, people aged 70 years and over are among those most at risk of severe illness from the Coronavirus. The Office for National Statistics shows the density of those who may need special shielding on an interactive map. The centre of Petersfield has the highest density of those aged over 70, at 29% and also 85+ at 8%, both figures double some other areas of Petersfield. Please continue to be alert to support our community. We’ve put a link to the map on our website petersfieldradio.uk 

From today, some spaces in the Central Car park will be closed for “Slurry Sealing Work”. Apparently this seals the surface of the car park so it won’t need too much maintenance in the years ahead. It’s the spaces at the West End of the car park that are affected, alongside Waitrose.

In this week’s P pod with Claire and Joff you’ll hear from award winning furniture designer, Charles Dedman who lives locally. As well as designing his own range of contemporary furniture, Charles should have been at the Chelsea Flower Show this week with his outdoor garden furniture. 

Let’s have a quick chat with Charles now

[CHARLES CHAT]

Petersfield Post Office is open from 9 until 3 this week, Monday to Friday, and it has a job going – if you think you could work there serving customers drop your CV into the Post Office.

Bakery Lane Tea room re-opens today from 9 to 2. It will be open every day Monday to Saturday. It offers a ta  keaway service for food and drinks, and you can place your order in advance via its Facebook page. Please observe social distancing rules and pay with a contactless card. The Tea Room has also joined forces with The Sweet Stop so you can get some sweet treats too.

Morgans Butchers goes back to its normal working days of Tuesday to Saturday from this week so won’t be open today. It still offers home delivery and now has a website – the address is morgansofpetersfield.co.uk 

60 Second Support

This is mental health awareness week and the 60 Second Support series continues every morning this week, helping you to look after your family’s mental health.

Today, Kerry McLeod of the charity Mind suggests you make a plan to support your mental health…

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

During this Mental Health Awareness week pupils at Churcher’s College in Petersfield won’t have to do any homework. It’s one way to help to reduce stress and anxiety over deadlines and it comes just a week before half term too.

Will Hughes of St Peter’s Church says the Bishops have given him permission to stream from church buildings so Sunday services are now available on their website in video. Thank you Bishops. Vicars are also allowed to visit their churches to pray. Will says he’s praying for the town from St Peter’s Church every day.

The Rosemary Foundation wants your unused jigsaws. Following a successful socially distanced jigsaw sale, they are in need of more second hand jigsaw puzzles. If you have some to donate, please ring them on Petersfield 266329 to arrange a time to drop them into their Lavant Street building. That number again, Petersfield 266 329 and all the contact information you hear in the Morning Report will also be in the programme transcript on our website.

Rosie Packham-Boyns at Salon Sixteen drew up a list of her elderly or vulnerable clients at the start of this crisis, and distributed the names to her staff, who then called to offer help and to check they were ok. Rosie and her husband, Kevin, have been shopping for a large number of clients, and have distributed masks to their most vulnerable clients. 

TRAVEL

From today South Western Railway makes some changes to its services to increase the number of people who can use the trains. They still run a reduced service with just two trains per hour through Petersfield each way (one fast, and one slow)

But other routes will have some services reinstated for the first time since lockdown began, and some longer trains with more carriages will run at peak times. Despite these changes capacity will be limited to no more than 18 per cent of the usual levels to ensure social distancing.

At stations and on trains, railway workers are cleaning ticket machines, handles and door buttons more than usual. The Government says avoid public transport if you can, and travel at quieter times of the day. If you’re at the station maintain social distancing and observe the floor markings. Queuing may be necessary in busy periods.

The Government’s guidance advises you to wear a face covering on public transport. For more information please visit southwesternrailway.com

Gravers Taxis now has a vehicle with a screen installed to act as a shield between the passengers and driver. The company says it will perform an anti-bacterial clean after each journey.Give them a call on 01730 30 30 30. 

On the roads, no major problems around the Petersphere but do remember the central car park will be partially closed from today as you heard earlier in the show. Frenchman’s Road sees council work today and tomorrow to replace kerbstones and on Wednesday there’s overnight work at the junction of Station Road and Tilmore Road to patch the surface and repaint the yellow lines.

WEATHER

Sunny today, and after a cool start temperatures in Petersfield will climb to around 19 degrees in light winds. Clouding over this evening, but tomorrow is set to be another fine and warm day.

And that is it – tight and polite – your first Morning Report in this new, faster format. Do let us know what you think and remember our website has a transcript of everything you’ve heard in today’s programme, including those vital website links and phone numbers.

If you have comments, information or ‘thank yous’ to share you can call us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or email team@petersfieldradio.uk. And we’re on social media too.

Have a good Monday – Claire and Joff will be with you this time tomorrow.