Harrison and Noni present your fast, fact-checked package of essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

Today, Churcher’s College holds a virtual open day. Ian Crossman from the school explains how you can take part and how Churcher’s has adapted its teaching for the Coronavirus lockdown.

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Information transcript

The recycling centre on Bedford Road continues to be open every day – but by online appointment only. The staff there tell us that quite a few people are turning up without booking, causing delays, while this is explained to them patiently and repeatedly. Obviously not Morning Report listeners. For appointments and more details, go to the EHDC website. 

Local farmers have told us about some shocking incidents involving uncontrolled dogs around the area, including one occasion when a dog killed 5 lambs. Several farmers including Duncan from Milland say that sheep-worrying by dogs and human anti-social behaviour is rife now that lockdown has eased. There is also an increase in fly-tipping and takeaway rubbish being reported to us; and incidents of gates being left open so that livestock could escape, endangering the animals and adding risk to the roads. 

The countryside is one of the reasons many of us choose to live here in the Petersphere so please think very carefully about how you act when you’re out in nature. The Countryside Code is very clear on the rules. Dogs on leads. Gates as you found them. Take your rubbish home. Thank you.

Even back in town, we’re blessed to live in a low crime area thanks to everyone being so community-spirited around here and of course thanks to the local police. But there are bad apples in every town and Petersfield Cricket Club reports some anti-social behaviour and criminal damage at its pavilion on the Heath.

Frankly, it’s the final straw says the group’s Frank Straw. He believes a group of youths is responsible and reports that Hampshire Police are aware of them.

You can help. If you see or hear anything suspicious on the cricket ground please report it to the police by calling 101 and quote INC202006171370.

Herne Junior School says it has found a way to bring in a few more children of Key Workers from next week. The school has been close to the limit of what it can do but says it’s looking at ways to slightly expand capacity and will share its plans with parents today. Herne also is trying to get Year 5s back into school for a few days before the end of July.

It’s Pride month, and  like many events, parades are on hold for now. Instead of its annual event that many Petersfield residents attend, Portsmouth Pride is going all digital tomorrow {Saturday 20 June} and is holding its first ever Digital Pride Live on Facebook Live and its official YouTube channel – Just search for “Portsmouth Pride”.

And here in Petersfield, the Library has assembled a collection of novels from LGBT authors to mark Pride month. You can order books from the Library online or from a service called BorrowBox which lets you read a digital copy of the book on your phone or computer. Search ‘Hampshire Libraries’ for details or use

https://www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/library/libraryfinder/petersfield

Sheet village is pleased to have its church open again for private prayer. St Mary Magdalen has been offering online services throughout this period and now vicar Richard Saunders welcomes anyone who wants to return to a sacred space. The doors are open 8.30am to 8pm.

We’ve focused a lot on shops this week, for obvious reasons, but if you’d like to get out of town this weekend, you might like to know that Uppark House and Gardens are also now open. You have to book in advance and book a half hour slot for entry. Uppark is releasing slots on a day-by-day basis and they are selling out fast so check the National Trust website for what’s available.

And if you like the outdoors, there is a free Nordic Walking Taster Session with fitness instructor  Sarah Parke at 9.15am tomorrow {Saturday 20 June} starting at the Taro Centre. It’s a free 30 minute session to help you understand how beneficial Nordic walking is and how it is far more than just walking with poles!

Joining us this morning is Ian Crossman, The academic registrar from Churcher’s college

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The virtual open day is at https://www.churcherscollege.com/admissions/open-events-school-visits

Shops

Vintage and Vogue Boutique in Chapel Street has just reopened. Initial opening times are Thursday to Saturday, 10am until 2pm. 

For those of us whose printers have been working overtime, World of Inks have reopened 9am until 3.45pm Monday to Friday, and closing at 2pm on Saturdays 

The Barn in North Road has reopened Monday to Saturday 10am until 5pm, and Sundays  11.30 until 4pm for all your ornamental stone figurine and gargoyle needs.

Travel 

Buses replace trains for part of the way between Petersfield and Portsmouth this weekend. Check the timetable on the South Western Railway website for details and remember your face covering – you’ll need that on the bus and the train.

Next week – there’s work outside Churcher’s College to upgrade the Pelican Crossing. Do you think they’re upgrading it to a Great White Pelican with a large beak? No – , well expect delays at peak times anyway.

From Monday, Southern Gas Networks is working on Sheep Street to connect a new gas main. Expect the usual mess down there.

And also on Monday, BT Openreach is on Pulens Lane in Sheet to connect a fibre.

Weather

Yesterday we only got up to 16.9 degrees according to Dave Tidd’s digital weather station in Buriton.

Today, any early rain will waft off to leave mostly dry conditions across the Petersphere with some sunny spells later.

Quite cool for mid-June with temperatures climbing to nothing more than eighteen degrees.

A moderate wind from the South West will help to dry things out, and the outlook for the weekend is another mixed bag – mostly cloudy on Saturday, with sunshine and showers through Sunday.

Another week has drawn to a close. If you live or work in Petersfield or the villages and have a story to tell do get in touch – on team@petersfieldradio.uk or call 5 55 500. This week’s P-Pod is available now – and it’s great listening over the weekend.