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Laura Sheppard and Harrison RB present the programme.
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Hampshire County Council is investigating a range of measures that could be implemented across Hampshire to keep people walking and cycling safely, as the country gradually moves back to travelling to work and school. These include reallocating road space, signing to encourage physical distancing and establishing low-cost temporary measures to limit access by certain vehicles in specific areas.
A new climate change website has been launched by Hampshire County Council, which brings together information on what actions it is taking, working alongside partners and communities. The website has simple ideas for some things we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint, like thinking about the way we travel, how much energy we use and how much we throw away. There are also ways to make homes resilient to the impacts of climate change.
Have you ever thought about growing your own veg? The association that runs the allotments on the outskirts of Sheet is planning to make 18 new plots available. It currently has around 80 plots, all of which are full, so it will take some spare land and divide it into 18 smaller-sized plots. Suzie says it’s a very social group of people, even with the current physical distancing! For more information please contact Steve Amos on either 07789 714 771 or email email@example.com.
If gardening isn’t your new passion, you could try Taekwondo. South Downs Taekwondo now has classes available on Zoom for beginners. There’s one for four to seven-year-olds, and another for seven years and above. All beginners get their first lesson free. Check out its Facebook page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Many reminders have been going round to give one or two items from every shop to food banks, who were well-served when lockdown began but still need our help. Petersfield Lions Club has been there throughout and has recently launched a new online fundraising page.
Since Lockdown began, it has donated £500 to PACT Food Bank and Kings Arms youth organisation, and another £1,000 to the Salvation Army. Check out its Facebook page or visit petersfieldlions.org.uk.
In case you haven’t heard, the East Hampshire Community Lottery is now up and running, offering a range of prizes while raising money for lots of good causes. There’s a draw every Saturday and if your numbers match then you could win up to £25,000 while your chosen good cause receives 50p for every ticket sold.
You can only buy tickets on the website at easthantslottery.co.uk – and you’ll find us as well as many others among the good causes to choose from. No pressure, of course!
The Bran Tub in Lavant Street is open again, from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, with additional safety measures in place. As with all shops now, please follow any requests from the staff, stay a safe distance and use contactless payment if possible. The shop’s collection service is still running for those who need it. Check out the website at thebrantub.com.
Before our regular travel and weather, here’s an important shout-out! You may have spotted someone in town cleaning the weeds between the paving in the square and along the shopping streets in town. That person is Iris Holt and she is working hard to make the streets spotless, and to make us feel better at this trying time.
She has captured the attention of several of you, many of whom have been singing her praises on Facebook, and Jorge from Cloisters has taken her hot drinks.
Iris has had all sorts of adventures, and has been known to throw herself off the Spinnaker Tower dressed as a polar bear and out of an aeroplane to raise money for Rowans Hospice. She is very touched by the attention, and as she isn’t able to fundraise at the moment, would love her acts of kindness to inspire people to donate to Rowans Hospice.
Hampshire County Council is again reminding everyone that the Recycling Centre on Bedford Road is for essential waste only – things that you can’t safely store at home. If you’re not sure whether your waste is essential or not then you can check its website hants.gov.uk/recyclingcentres for details.
The Central Car Park is being slurried, not hurried. Workers are treating the surface and it’s due to take four weeks. Spaces at the West End of the car park are closed off in rotation so the work can be done during the day.
Hampshire County Council has contractors working in Station Road at the junction with Tilmore Road until tomorrow, and traffic control is in operation, while South-East Water continues its work in Frenchman’s Road, though there should be little or no disruption there.
The work at Mill Lane, Sheet, has been completed early, and, in Liss, South East Water’s work on Station Road should be completed today.
But look out for resurfacing work on Pitcroft Lane in Buriton over the next few days. And there’s road surfacing work in Tilmore on Monks Orchard, near its junction with Tilmore Gardens.
There is a remote chance of a shower in this early morning cloud but then, like every day this week, the sun will break through and temperatures rise to a high of 23 degrees by the afternoon.
Overnight, cloud will thicken and will tend to linger into Friday until late afternoon. With a breeze coming in from the Atlantic, temperatures will be lower at around 17 degrees.
Remember your sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy, as the UV index remains high.