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Noni Needs and Alan Cosh bring you essential information for Petersfield and its villages on the day the shops reopen.

We also hear from Lesley Foulkes of Langham Brewery on this National Beer Day and Carolyn Jeffery from Academy Art and Crafts explains how her store has prepared for today’s reopening.

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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

Today marks the start of Loneliness Awareness Week – we’re always touched when we receive messages from you about how much it helps to hear a friendly local voice on the radio keeping you company – so in this week we’d encourage you to think of someone you know who lives alone and have a chat with them.

You might even want to pass-on some of the information you’ve heard in the Morning Report.

It’s amazing what a phone call or a conversation on the doorstep can do to help people feel connected and less alone.

Last week you may have heard us report that a small group of Petersfield town traders has formed a support group to share advice and guidance.

Well, this “Petersfield Traders Forum” held its first meeting on Friday to discuss social distancing and the traffic plans being drawn for the town.

At the meeting the traders said that shutting-off streets to cars would add further harm to their businesses, and they say closing roads at certain times wouldn’t work either because they have little control over the timing of deliveries.

County councillor Robert Mocatta attended the meeting and played down suggestions the town would close to traffic. He said he still wants people to be able to park in Petersfield and walk to the shops.

Some of the traders are keen on a period of free parking to be made possible in certain car parks.

Plans for how Petersfield will manage shopping, traffic and social distancing will be decided by Hampshire County Council and could be in place by the end of the month.

It means they’re not ready for today when many shops reopen in Petersfield – and we’ll tell you more about some of them later in the show.

And if you run a business in Petersfield – and it doesn’t have to be a retail shop – you can join the traders forum by emailing steven@sewcreative.org.uk

The PACT food-bank would like to thank you all for your ongoing donations of food or money. Your help is always needed, but is invaluable at the moment because it is feeding more and more local families and individuals.

The food bank team wants to say thank you to…

  • A very special 10 year old boy who wants to remain anonymous but who has been regularly raising money and collecting food.
  • The 4 ‘Bar Stool to 5K’ Runners and their supporters from the Townhouse who raised over £2,000
  • And to Howard & Charlotte Bevis at the Froxfield Post Office & Stores and their customers who have been giving so generously since the start of the lockdown.

If you would like to help the food bank you can donate at any of the collection points in town: 

The Nationwide, Tesco, Waitrose or the Co-Op store… or at The Methodist Church today or Wednesday between 10 and 12.

Every morning from today, St Peter’s Church in the square is now open for you. No services but a good place for quiet reflection and prayer. Just go in to sit, think and pray at any time between 10am and 12 noon, Monday to Saturday

The mobile Post Office that turns up in Buriton has a new location – just to prove how mobile it is. It’s also changing its opening times. So, from this week, you’ll find it in the car park of The Village Inn on Fridays between 1230 and 2.

As we pointed out earlier – it’s National Beer Day. And I thought it would be only right and proper to mark the occasion by chatting to Lesley Fawkes from Langham Brewery about the new beer they are launching…

I spoke to her earlier and asked exactly what is happening today?

INTERVIEW WITH LESLEY

You can also hear a full length interview with Lesley.

Alan with Lesley Foulkes there – the 1st in today’s double barrel of guests as we move from Craft Ales to Art and Crafts and say good morning to Carolyn Jeffery from Academy Art and Crafts on Winton Road. 

INTERVIEW WITH CAROLYN

And now a quick retail rundown to let you know which shops are re-opening around the Petersphere today (in no particular order) – Mark Allen from BodyFitness Camp is holding outdoor classes for those who want to get back in shape and he can be contacted on 07762 070538.

Gillie G’s Ladies’ Boutique in the square is continuing to offer private appointments until it opens s fully on June 30th.

Italia Conti Petersfield are also now offering online workshops led by West End professionals from the BAME community. These workshops are free of charge but the school asks that, where possible donations are made via their Go Fund Me page to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

Morgans Butchers, in Lavant St, is back to normal from today. The Tea Barn at Durleighmarsh will now open from 10am to 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

The General Wine Company is open from Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, and from 9am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday.  And The Five Bells in Buriton, continues to offer delivery in Petersfield, Clanfield and South Harting. 

Empower Physiotherapy is now able to offer face-to-face physiotherapy appointments Details at empower-physiotherapy.co.uk and The Dandy Cat barber, 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

The Secret Garden Flower Shop by Petersfield Railway Station reopens today. You can place orders for flowers online for delivery or collection. Visit secretgardenuk.co.uk or call Petersfield 268 767, that’s 01730 268 767. 

Petersfield Shopmobility, Petersfield Photographic and the Five Fifteen retro clothes store are all reopening today and Refill and Replenish, in the Folly Market. is 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.

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

TRAVEL

Roadworks begin tonight on the A3 southbound entry slip from the A272 – take care between 9pm and 6am – and that work is schedule to continue until Thursday.

There’s work on Andlers Ash Road in Liss to connect the sewer to a new development there.

And Southern Water plans work in South Harting on The Street with traffic control in place today.

If you’re travelling by train or bus or taxi you must wear a face covering from today. South Western Railway recommends you buy your ticket in advance online and try to travel outside peak hours if you can.

Allow more time to get onto the train because queuing will be necessary to ensure you can obey the distancing rules.

And walking news… you know the wrought iron fingerposts around Petersfield that help visitors find their way to places like The Heath, the Square and the Festival Hall?

We’ll they’re being renewed and improved with work starting this week on the historic fingerposts and also the map boards around town. More information on the town council website. https://www.petersfield-tc.gov.uk/historic-signs-map-boards/

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

WEATHER

Cloudy and cool across the Petersphere this morning. Some sunny spells later with the chance of rain too, possibly thundery.

Maximum temperatures no higher than twenty degrees today in a light breeze from the South, and the pollen count is very high.

Tomorrow should be a little brighter but the chance of rain continues through most of this week.

All the phone numbers and web links you’ve heard today are in the programme transcript at petersfieldradio.uk.

And if you have any news, information or comments you want to share with us you can email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call us on Petersfield 5 55 500. 

Claire and Joff will be with you tomorrow and our teenage diarist Nina will be here with a special edition of her Lockdown Diary. But for now it’s goodbye from me and Alan as we prepare to raise a glass or two to National Beer Day a little later on.

Have a marvellous Monday.