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Suzie and Harrison bring you today’s essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

We also meet local school pupil Isla who has scaled Ben Nevis in her own home and Councillor James Deane on this Friday’s plan for VE Day in Petersfield.

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

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

Harrison and Suzie

60 Second Support

We’re supporting this national campaign to help raise awareness of issues around mental health during lockdown. 60 Second Support is made possible by the Audio Content Fund.

Information transcript

East Hants Police is appealing for information following a burglary in Finchmead Lane, Stroud, overnight on Wednesday, April 29. A person or persons unknown gained entry to a garden shed and stole two mountain bikes. If you have any information that may help with enquiries please contact 101 and quote ref 44200151988. And that reference number will be available on our website at petersfieldradio.uk.

There’s a lot of advice out there at the moment from the police, as scams are on the increase. So here is just a recap of what the police are advising – and we have a list! Hurrah! Love a list!

Let’s start with email, text and phone scams, so if you receive any of these, make a note of the number calling – if the scammer is stupid enough not to block it – and then hang up:

  • An unexpected email from the government offering you money. 
  • The ‘infection list’ scam, mimicking the World Health Organisation (WHO) claiming to provide a list or map of local infections.
  • An email from HM Government asking for donations for the NHS.
  • An HMRC email stating you are ‘eligible to receive a tax refund’.
  • Sale of fake COVID-19 swabbing tests, supplements, and anti-virus kits.
  • A text message asking you to pay a fine, as it says you have been ‘recorded as leaving your home on three occasions’ during the lockdown. 
  • A phone call stating ‘government guidelines now require everyone to wear a mask outside the house, press one to purchase your mask’.

And these scammers don’t limit themselves to calls and emails – the very bold may attempt to con you on your own doorstep. DO NOT be taken in by any of the following:

  • Cleansing services that offer to clean drives and doorways to kill bacteria or offer to ‘decontaminate’ the inside of your home. 
  • Bogus healthcare workers offering to take your temperature or provide ‘home-testing’ for the virus.
  • Criminals offering to do your shopping. They take the money and do not return. Only trust people you know.

Always question unsolicited calls, texts or emails requesting your personal or financial information (name, address, bank details etc). To verify the company contact them directly using a known email or phone number. Banks will NEVER ask for this information.

For advice on cybercrime, or to report suspicious emails, visit www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware. Anyone who has been a victim of fraud or cybercrime can report it online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.

Time for our first guests this morning, and it’s mum and daughter Emily and Isla Woodward. Now, 11-year-old Isla’s a pupil at Churcher’s College, and inspired by Captain Tom – and who hasn’t been? – she decided to walk to the top of Ben Nevis … on her staircase at home.

Isla’s just giving page is at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/islaclwoodward

Here at Petersfield Community Radio, we’re backing the ‘60 Second Support’ mental health campaign. And, for the past few Morning Reports, we’ve been sending you a message of support from the campaign.

Today, it’s the turn of charity marathon runner Ben Dave, and his topic is ‘Walking And Mindfulness On Your Daily Exercise’ … 

60 Second Support is made possible by the Audio Content Fund.

On Friday, we told you about the good work being done by Bedales School to support the community. Well they’re also offering online access to their productions as well.

The first, entitled Progress is now on until May 7th. It features two performers, two dance mats and one classic arcade game. Jasmine and Nikhil are playing Dance Dance Revolution, and it isn’t going how they expected. Playful and poignant, Progress is a dance-theatre-gaming tribute to friendship, winning, losing and the future, made by two people with four left feet.

From May 7th-14th you can see Yours Sincerely. Will Jackson has accidentally stolen 300 second-class stamps from the post office. But he’s making them count. He’s going to write letters. Based on real-life correspondences, storytelling and lip-sync cabaret collide in this queer coming-of-age comedy about the complications of 21st-century communication.

Both of these events are created with a ‘Pay What You Can’ ticket scheme – with the profits being fed back directly to the artists, with a small amount used to continue to support exciting online work at Bedales. 

The Rosemary Foundation has given a huge thank you to Jo Watts and her team of sewing fairies, who, along with others from Surrey, have provided the foundation’s  clinical team with gowns, visors and masks. They have also received donations of  further supplies of hand gel and masks, for which they’re very grateful.

Last Sunday, the owner of the Bran Tub, Gillian Silverthorn, should have been running the London Marathon to raise money for Save the Rhino.So, instead, on Saturday,she ran a marathon in her own back garden – on her patio to be exact! It took approximately 2,000 laps of the patio to cover the 26.2 miles of the marathon. So our congratulations to Gillian …

And the Bran Tub now has new opening hours: Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 5pm. It is still taking orders at the door, over the phone on 01730 267 043 or 07564 045 260, or via email at sales@thebrantub.com.

Friday, May 8th, is the 75th anniversary of VE Day – Victory in Europe Day – and we were all looking forward to climbing lampposts and kissing sailors to commemorate the occasion. Well, social distancing and the lockdown has put paid to that and many other plans in the town. But Councillor James Deane is determined the day will still be celebrated and is here to tell us what we can expect.

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That was Cllr James Deane AND details of the national programme of events can be found on the SSAFA website, ssafa.org.uk. JUST GIVING.

And this a good time to plug our own VE Day Show, this Friday, presented by Alastair Stewart. In addition to audio supplied by James and Chris, we will have a piece from the museum team about Petersfield during and after wartime, and letters from a serving officer who recently died in the town.

Madeleine’s Deli, in Lavant St, will re-open on Thursday, May 28th, at 9am, and then will be open from Wednesday to Saturday every week from 9am to 2pm. It won’t be quite the same but it will be serving takeaway coffee, cakes, meals and soups. 

The deli counter will also start to be stocked up, with quiche, spanakopita and myriad other tempting food the management have been asked for and will be adding to the menu weekly. And, it can deliver free to Petersfield. Check out Madeleine’s Deli page on Facebook.

The Spice Lounge is offering a delivery or take-away service. And it is offering a 20 per cent discount off each order for NHS staff and care workers. Call 01730 303 303 or visit spiceloungepetersfield.co.uk.

And, finally, before we head into the mire of travel and weather news, a request from Claire and Nisa, at The Harrow Inn. If anyone has any spare seedlings, plants etc that they can sell out the front of the pub, then please bring them along and leave them outside. 

They will sell them to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and The Rosemary Foundation. Obviously, only do this if you’re on a walk, passing by and at a social distance.

TRAVEL

Expect delays on the old London Road, at Sheet, as Southern Water continues its work there. Two-way traffic control is in place until May 8.

And South-East Water is undertaking connection works on Winchester Road, close to the McDonald’s sliproad, from today until Wednesday, with traffic control in operation.

Between Wednesday and Friday drainage repairs will be carried out at Bell Hill, as part of Operation Resilience, a long-term strategy to make Hampshire’s roads more resilient to the effect of extreme weather and heavy traffic. Yellow signs will advise of the exact dates and times. 

WEATHER

Well, yesterday was rather a disappointment but things are looking up today with a good chance of some sunshine breaking through the clouds today and temperatures up to 18 degrees. The winds will be lighter than we’ve seen recently making it feel much warmer, especially in any afternoon sunshine.

More rain tomorrow and then Wednesday’s set to be a belter. Keep that sun cream handy.