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Essential local information for Petersfield and its villages with Suzie Wilde and Noni Needs. All the facts you need, fast and friendly.

Today, we also put your holiday and travel questions to James Beagrie of Meon Valley Travel.

And it’s World Environment Day – we celebrate nature in Petersfield.

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.

James Beagrie of Meon Valley Travel

TRANSCRIPT

We’re here with your fully fact-checked and friendly morning update of all the essential local information you need for Petersfield and the villages.

And as it’s World Environment Day we’ll hear how some Petersfield people have been getting close to nature and appreciating it even more during lockdown.

And if that’s not enough, we’re joined by Meon Valley Travel’s managing director, James Beagrie, who has kindly agreed to answer your travel queries …

Plus, we’ll also throw in some bonus information including weather and travel. Why would you go anywhere else?

Firstly, we’ll start with an important appeal regarding a missing person.

Winchester police have repeated their appeal for information following two sightings of missing Winchester woman Trinity Robin.

The 45-year-old was reported missing on Monday, May 18, and the last sighting of her had been in the Exton area at around 11pm that day.

Since then, officers have received two reports from members of the public which they believe are sightings of Trinity in the Butser Hill area.

The first took place at around 9pm on Friday, May 29, near Ramsdean Lane; the second at 6.50am the following at the Butser Hill car park.

On both occasions, members of the public saw a woman matching Trinity’s description. She was not wearing footwear and walked off when approached.

Officers have been searching this area but she has not been found and they are now appealing to people who live locally, or who visit this area regularly, to report any sightings as soon as they can.

Trinity is described as white, around 5ft 4ins tall, of slim build with brown shoulder length hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a burgundy dungaree-style top with a thin black t-shirt underneath, black fluffy pyjama bottoms and a burgundy sweatshirt with a logo on the front.

Anyone with information can call police on 101, quoting the reference number 44200176486.

To more mundane matters now, and Hampshire County Council will be establishing a pre-booking system from mid-June for residents to access its tips – or Recycling Centres – to manage demand and reduce queuing traffic. 

With new measures in place at Petersfield’s Bedford Road site for safe physical distancing, the number of vehicles now able to access each site at any one time is much fewer than before the Coronavirus outbreak. 

The council asks you to make use of kerbside collections provided by district and borough councils and only visit an HWRC if you cannot safely store waste at home, as traffic queues have continued to be significant – as reported previously on the Morning Report.

The increased traffic has impacted on people trying to get to work as well as having a detrimental impact on the ability for businesses nearby to get back up and running and deliver essential services.

You will be able to book several days ahead and full details on how to book will be available at the end of next week. Further information is available from hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling

We reported earlier this week on Herne Junior children going back to school. Another local school that’s welcomed pupils through the door is Churcher’s College. 17 out of the 21 pupils in Reception year, 16 of the 22 in Year 1 and 38 out of the 44 in Year 6 came back this week. The head teacher, Simon Williams says it was all brilliantly choreographed with all the social distancing restrictions, static pods of 15 in a bubble, 2 metre separations and staggered ‘kiss and drop’.

Interview time now, and we’re delighted to welcome back James Beagrie, MD of Meon Valley Travel, in Petersfield’s High Street, who is joining us today to answer some questions YOU would like answering on aspects of travel and holidays.

INTERVIEW

Lockdown conditions can be very difficult to cope with, especially for those living alone. Mental health is a big issue for those struggling with isolation but there is help out there.

Befriending services are on hand to give people the chance to have a chat and enjoy the kind of social contact they have been missing during the coronavirus crisis. 

If you need food or medicine, or if living in social isolation is getting you down, East Hants District Council can help. If you, or anyone you know, are alone and don’t have anyone to help please phone the helpline on 0333 370 4000.

And information about groups that can help with mental health can be found on EHDC’s website and the link is on the transcript of today’s show on our website.

<https://www.easthants.gov.uk/mental-health-support

Support is also available for people who may be worrying about their benefits, employment, housing or money. For this and other practical concerns contact Citizens Advice East Hampshire on 0300 330 9028 or email digital@caeasthants.org.uk.

Herne Junior school welcomed back 47 year six children and 31 key worker children on Wednesday, its highest number of children since lockdown. 

It created eight classes which is half of the school. The school says the children were fantastic and parents clearly had prepared them well for the new ‘normal’.  And they’d like to say …

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Today is world Environment Day, so let’s hear how some Petersfield residents have been getting close to nature and appreciating it during lockdown.

Julie Yardley told our environment correspondent Beth Svarovska that the Petersfield birdsong has been a source of real pleasure recently.

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That’s Petersfield resident Julie Yardley. Melanie Oxley an ecologist who also lives in Petersfield. She’s surprised by the natural pleasures that have accompanied the lockdown period.

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And if you’d like to hear more about biodiversity and the local environment on this World Environment Day then Beth Svarovska’s full conversations with Julie Yardley, Melanie Oxley and also the climate and environment head at the district council, Jane Devlin, then do have a listen at petersfieldradio.uk

Just look for World Environment Day on the homepage.

But today is not just dedicated to the environment. Believe it or not – and, much to the delight of several of the team here at Petersfield Community Radio – today is both National Fish and Chip Day AND National Doughnut Day … which presumably precedes National Hardened Arteries Week …

A final reminder that the deadline for Community Grants Applications has been extended, but only until 15 June. Community grants are usually only available up to £1,500 but, in exceptional circumstances, and where the budget allows, this could be increased up to £3,000.

Applications forms are available to download from the website at petersfield-tc.gov.uk/grants or they can be collected from the Town Hall Offices. For further information contact the council’s projects manager, Stephen Field, on 01730 264182.

TRAVEL

As we mentioned yesterday, there are now a few more trains running through Petersfield than previously. In addition to the two trains an hour each way – one fast, one slow – some additional peak-time services will also operate. Please note the last train home from London Waterloo now leaves at 22:30hrs … or half-10 to you and me.

The level crossing on Andlers Ash Road in Liss is closed for inspection work by Network Rail overnight on Saturday and into Sunday morning.

Temporary three-way traffic lights remain outside Pizza Express on Chapel Street today as Hampshire County Council fixes a pothole.

The county council also has contractors repairing paving slabs in The Square, outside Crew Clothing Company, and this will result in a lane closure, so minor delays may occur. The work is scheduled to be completed on Monday.

And work to repair a broken gully is taking place on Kingsfernsden Lane, so take care down there, as it’s a narrow and winding lane with no footpaths. The work is scheduled to finish on Monday.

If we’re not saying what you’re seeing … call Petersfield 5 55 500.

WEATHER

The temperature is set to rise a little today, but it’s not enough to get out the Speedos, with a maximum of 15 degrees. We’ll see a mix of sunny spells and occasional showers during the day and it will be breezy – definitely no Speedos, then.

The showers will ease during the evening but we can expect outbreaks of rain and strong winds to develop overnight. 

Looking ahead, the prospects for the weekend aren’t much better it would seem. Sunny spells and showers on Saturday, with strong winds easing slowly. There’s a good chance of some rain early on Sunday; the day becomes brighter but with some showers developing later. And there’s a mix of sunny spells and a few showers on Monday.

Many thanks to our guests today: James Beagrie, from Meon Valley Travel, and Julie Yardley and Melanie Oxley. 

Don’t forget, tomorrow is June 6th: the 76th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The day may pass relatively unnoticed because of what we’re currently enduring, but, please, take a moment to think of the brave men and women who played a part in preserving the free world for the benefit of future generations.

Not quite as well remembered is the fact that on this day, in 1944, the Allies marched into Rome,