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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.