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Suzie Wilde and Laura Sheppard have your essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

Today we hear from Dr Penny Mileham as she answers your questions on Coronavirus, distancing and infection. 

Also, the first ever edition of our money-saving feature Cosh Saves You Dosh with local penny-pincher Alan Cosh and teenage diarist Nina Vennis returns with the latest entry in her lockdown diary.

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.

Information transcript

Hampshire Police want you to take responsibility for your dog. PC Scott Graham, from Hampshire Country Watch, had the following messages for dog owners.

In the past few weeks Country Watch has seen a large increase in dogs chasing and attacking livestock in and around our rural communities.

This week a resident of East Hampshire who owns a black Labrador was issued a Community Resolution in which they agreed to pay £1,250 compensation, write a letter of apology and accept a Dog Behaviour Contract after their dog chased and killed five lambs.

Please keep your dogs under close control or on a lead at all times, especially in the countryside where it is likely that livestock will be tending to their young at this time of year.

Throughout the coronavirus outbreak a huge effort has been made by councils, community groups and volunteers to make sure no-one is left without the supplies they need. 

East Hampshire District Council is looking to ensure no-one is missing out on the available help. If you know someone that might need help please give them the coronavirus hotline number – 0333 370 4000. 

If they don’t have the support of friends or family they can phone this number to ask for help, such as having emergency food or medicines delivered. 

Jules Cavalier and Sarah Deakins, from Cedar Ward at Petersfield Hospital, took to social media at the weekend to issue a plea. A patient who has a terminal diagnosis, has, after many years with his other half, asked her to marry him. 

They want to get wed in the ward garden, and have permission from the Archbishop for this to happen with the hospital chaplain. The kind nursing duo appealed to residents to make it an incredible and beautiful wedding. 

People on social media responded positively, with many of the requirements, and the bride has a theme of purple and white. However, they still need tablecloths and the bride would like to thank staff by having rainbow themes included. So if you have any rainbows, flags, etc you’re prepared to donate, get in touch with us and we’ll put Jules and Sarah in touch with you.

And, while we’re discussing our local hospital, it is always in need of toiletries, particularly for patients without any family or friends. So, if you have any spare, shower gels, soaps, deodorants, razors, shaving foam, combs or brushes etc, they  are always appreciated, and can be dropped off at the hospital reception. 

Let’s maintain the medical theme with today’s interview, as local GP Dr Penny Mileham joined us to answer some more of your questions on coronavirus. 

PENNY AUDIO – listen in the programme

The full 30-minute interview, can be accessed at https://petersfieldradio.uk/2020/06/coronavirus-questions-with-dr-penny-mileham/ where Dr Penny covers test and trace, distancing, facemasks, children, the elderly, operations and the vulnerable. 

Remember, the NHS number is 111, and the number to request a testing kit if you have symptoms is 119, while the website for all official NHS guidance on Coronavirus is at nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Great news now if you’ve been desperate to get a half-price bar of chocolate with your daily paper … WH Smith reopens today.

If you run a business with fewer than 50 employees that didn’t qualify for other coronavirus-related grants, you may be able to receive a Local Authority Discretionary Grant from East Hampshire District Council. Find out more and apply online at easthants.gov.uk/discretionary-grant-scheme but hurry, applications close at midnight on Thursday …

We’re all keen to save money, so the Morning Report’s Alan Cosh used the newly discovered theory of rhyming nominative determinism to come up with an occasional feature called ‘Cosh Saves You Dosh’.

ALAN COSH AUDIO – listen in the programme

That was our new occasional feature from Alan Cosh called ‘Cosh Saves You Dosh’ – we’d already tried Cosh In The Attic … and, on Friday, Nigel Blakeaways will recommend local food outlets.

You may recall, last Friday was both national fish-and-chip day and national doughnut day. Well, it’s surely not a coincidence that this week is Diabetes Awareness Week.

Today is also World Oceans Day … whether they’re expecting a flood of donations or not I’ve no idea …

I wonder who gets to choose the pacific day?

It’s time now for the much-awaited latest instalment of what has become regarded in the broadcasting industry as community radio’s answer to the Archers: yes, it’s the latest from Langrish, in Nina Vennis’ Lockdown Diary.

NINA DIARY AUDIO – listen in the programme

Travel

Work continues today outside Crew Clothing Company, in The Square, but is scheduled to be completed today.

Also finishing today is the repairs in Kingsfernsden Lane, but, until it is, take care down there.

South East Water will be operating traffic control for its work in Sussex Road, close to the Tesco crossroads today and tomorrow.

There are several bits and pieces happening in and around the Square today, so try to avoid driving in the High Street if possible. And, in Lavant Street, the pathways are being widened – but it shouldn’t cause too much difficulty. 

Don’t forget: If we’re not saying, what you’re seeing … call Petersfield 5 55 500.

Weather

The temperature continues to rise today, up to a maximum of 20. We should see a dry day with sunny spells and a dry, but possibly chilly night. 

Many thanks to our guest today Dr Penny Mileham – and don’t forget that full interview is available on our website. And if you missed anything during the show, all the phone numbers and web links are listed in the programme transcript, at petersfieldradio.uk. 

Joff and Claire will be with you tomorrow and if you have anything for them, please contact us in the normal way: by email at team@petersfieldradio.uk or call 01730 5 55 500. Thanks for listening … Bye!