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Suzie Wilde & Harrison RB round-up the stores and services that re-open across the Petersphere from Monday.

Our guest is Buriton-based actor Abigail McKern who has just launched a YouTube channel where she goes walking with poetry locally.

Abigail McKern who lives in Buriton

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Send 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.

Information transcript

We’ll start with a message from the local police force:

Officers from East Hampshire’s Neighbourhood Policing Team have launched a new campaign to target criminals carrying out rural crime in the district.

“Op Rebate East” will see targeted days of action involving officers from various teams across the force.

Officers will also look to set up a new Rural Crime Tactical Board, to bring rural communities together and share information on current trends, policing operations and the latest crime prevention advice.

The focus will be on burglaries at residential properties in rural areas, such as the targeting of barns and outbuildings, and business burglaries, such as at farms.

The team aims to update communities regularly on any activity it carries out, and will look to hold dedicated rural crime beat surgeries on its East Hants Police Facebook page.

Crime prevention advice can be found on the Hampshire Police website at https://www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rc/rural-crime/rural-crime-prevention

A new system to book slots at the Household Waste Recycling Centre launches today. You now need to make a booking to be able to access the site – a system set up in response to some of the severe traffic congestion seen at many of the county’s tips since they reopened.

www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/recyclingcentres/book-appointment.

You can make only one trip to one HWRC in a week and you cannot visit more than one tip in the same week.

A small group of Petersfield town traders has formed a WhatsApp support group to share advice and guidance during these uncertain trading times. They claim the town’s traders do not have a combined voice when dealing with local authorities and other agencies that can impact greatly on their businesses through their decisions and actions. 

So, there is now a plan to form a Petersfield Traders’ Forum which they hope all the town’s traders will wish to join and support, from independent shops to national chains, pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, market stall holders, and any business owner or representative that trades in the town. 

At this stage the aim of the group is simply to safeguard businesses and to support each other to ensure they and Petersfield continue to thrive. Currently, they chat through WhatsApp, and if you wish to be included in the group chats, please email your mobile number and business name to steven@sewcreative.org.uk

And there’s more on the town’s traders later in the show.

Herne Junior school says it is adapting its plans for next week after the Government confirmed that primary schools will no longer be under an obligation to bring all pupils back before the summer holidays. The school says it will update parents with its plans today.

Now it’s time once more to catch up with a good friend of the Morning Report – and Petersfield Community Radio as a whole. All the way from Buriton, courtesy of the very latest in string-and-can communications, we’re joined by actor Abigail McKern.

Hi Abi, welcome back to the Morning Report

[INTERVIEW – listen to the programme for the full experience because that’s how radio works]

Abigail’s website is at https://www.walkingwithpoetry.co.uk/ and her YouTube channel is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoSAsWuTYq3bC7tRP9DOKkQ

Opening up next week

Here’s the latest news on who or what is opening and when, and in no particular order – although P pod presenter Joff Lacey’s ongoing arrangement with a local meat emporium means it is listed first …

Morgans Butchers, in Lavant St, is normalising its service. It no longer runs a collection service, so you can just go into the shop as usual to order. However, you can still get home deliveries on any order of £40 or more. The number is Petersfield 262 160. 

Ben from the Tea Barn at Durleighmarsh has been in touch to say the barn is now open from 10am to 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday, for takeaway tea, coffee and cakes. Oh, I want a cream tea – it’s been far too long!

The General Wine Company continues to serve customers at its door on Lavant Street, from Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, and from 9am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday. And it is still offering free home deliveries within 15 miles of the shop. 

You can order by calling Sarah and the team on Petersfield 235 923. Right now it’s offering a monthly six- or 12-bottle selection of interesting wines with a recipe card, for £65 and £120 respectively.

The Five Bells in Buriton, continues to deliver hot food to Petersfield, Clanfield and South Harting. The team serves Tuesday to Saturday from 5.30pm each evening and then offers traditional Sunday roasts on Sundays between 12 and 5pm. And the team is happy to deliver just the one meal to people who are on their own. Call 01730 263 584 or visit fivebells-buriton.co.uk

Empower Physiotherapy is now able to offer face-to-face physiotherapy appointments … I’m sure that’s not to be taken literally and you know what they mean. 

All consultations are risk assessed on an individual basis and Empower’s Mel Wilks says the team have made several changes to ensure they comply with government guidelines. Details at empower-physiotherapy.co.uk

The Dandy Cat barber, behind Chapel Street in the central car park, will re-open on Thursday (18 June) for all your grooming needs, but not barber-shop bookings just yet. The store will open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to midday, and you can reserve goods and pay online or browse in the shop. Visit thedandycat.co.uk

Petersfield Shopmobility – also in the central car park – is reopening on Monday. If you know anyone who needs a scooter to meander around the Petersphere, Shopmobility can provide for a day,  a week or longer, and it also has wheelchairs. Check out shopmobility.net

Petersfield Photographic, in Lavant Street, is also reopening on Monday – presumably to see how it develops. 

There will be markings both inside and outside the shop to help implement physical distancing restrictions and a limit of the number of customers in the store at any time. And there will be a cleaning station at the front of the shop for you to use. Contactless payments or PIN transactions are preferred, although it can also accept BACS payments. 

Only two of the kiosks will be operating until further notice, and you can use the on-line printing via the website, where you can also pay and then just call in to collect. Hours of business will be reduced, however, and there will be only one member of staff on duty, Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. If you need passport or visa photos, please book to come into the shop after 4pm. Visit petersfieldphotographic.com or call 01730 263 848.

Refill and Replenish, Petersfield’s first plastic-free shop, has changed how it operates in the Folly Market. Staff now serve you from the front door while you wait … and they pack your orders.

It’s open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 10am to 2pm, but continues to offer biweekly deliveries to customers who can’t get into town, and click-and-collect for those who prefer not to enter the shop. Full information and an order form can be found at refillandreplenish.co.uk

The Five Fifteen retro clothes store, in the lane off Chapel Street, also reopens on Monday. Numbers in store will be limited, preferred payment will be contactless, hand sanitizer will be available, and surfaces will be cleaned regularly. Opening times will be from 10.30am to 3.30pm in the first week and will be reassessed after that. It’s able to open outside of those hours on an appointment-only basis. Visit the515.co.uk for more.

Jono from Blackout Cycles, in the Buriton Business Park, Weston Lane, has got in touch to say, as an essential service, it has been providing cycle servicing, repairs and sales throughout the lockdown and will continue to do so. He also said some very nice things about Petersfield Community Radio, but we’re too modest to tell you about that. 

You can reach Jono and Blackout Cycles on 07920 006 574 or at blackoutcycles.com

Gillie G’s ladies’ boutique, on The Square will reopen on Tuesday, 30th June. Until then, private shopping appointments are available Monday to Saturday. SImply call 07771 688 178 to book an appointment.

And other outlets we know are reopening on Monday include the Petersfield Bookshop, Majestic Wine, and, in the Folly Market, Chazza’s mobile and Carat of Gold. 

If you like live music you’re in for a remote treat tonight, as the Bedales junior band night is being live streamed from 7.30pm. 

The Junior Band Night was introduced last year to give students in the younger year groups an opportunity to showcase their musical talent. This year, however, COVID-19 means students have been forced to swap performing on the stage in the Lupton Hall for performing from their homes as the concert moves online.

It’s a free event and lasts an hour. To book your free viewing visit https://www.bedales.org.uk/event/junior-band-night to access an evening of musical entertainment.

Here’s just a snatch of what you can enjoy …

[AUDIO – Every Day’s The Same – Excerpt]

And that was an excerpt from an original song written by 15-year-old Lula Goldring, written in and about lockdown, and produced by Jake Scott, who’s also just 15. There’s some talent in that there Bedales establishment … 

To hear the Bedales junior band night from 7.30pm, just use the link in today’s transcript.

Travel

The county council has contractors carrying out drainage repairs in Penns Road and the road is closed today. Delays are almost inevitable.

South East Water continues to work on Station Road but shouldn’t interfere with the traffic flow. It’s also working in Rushes Road until Monday, but again, delays should be insignificant.

Delays are possible, however, on Sussex Road, in Nursted, until Sunday, as BT undertakes work and operates a traffic-light system. It says here, “hopefully they’re improving the beeping broadband on Herne Farm!” I think that may be a personal grievance on the part of our Cone Moan editor …

Roadworks begin on the A3 southbound entry slip from the A272 on Monday and disruption is expected every day between 9pm and 6am until Thursday.

And, if we’re not saying what you’re seeing, please call Petersfield 5 55 500.

Weather

Partly cloudy at first. Heavy rain and the occasional clap of thunder expected around lunchtime and the early afternoon. If you’re lucky you might see the sun in the evening. The maximum temperature will be 18 – and you should be grateful for that!

The sun could well break through the cloud on Saturday, but a shower or two shouldn’t be ruled out. And Sunday is currently looking as if it is going to flit between clouds and sunshine, with a maximum temperature of 19. 

Many thanks to our guest Abigail McKern – and to you for listening. We do appreciate your support.

Don’t forget if you missed anything during the show, all the phone numbers and web links are listed in the programme transcript, at petersfieldradio.uk. If you have any news or comments please email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call Petersfield 5 55 500. 

Tomorrow is both World Gin Day and the Queen’s official birthday. So, let’s raise a toast to World Gin Day – any excuse … and, next week sees Selfie Day, National Sunglasses Day AND Social Media Day, so at least we can embrace all three in a few seconds and get them over and done with.

Noni Needs and Alan Cosh will be your presenters on Monday, which is, apparently, Beer Day Britain. Mr Cosh, who knows these things, reckons Beer Day Britain was launched in 2015, 800 years to the day after Magna Carta which says “let there be ale and wine as a single measure for all”.

Have a great weekend – despite the weather – and, until our aural paths cross again, it’s goodbye from Harrison …

Goodbye …

… and it’s goodbye from me: ta ta!