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Suzie Wilde and Laura Sheppard round-up the latest essential information from across Petersfield and its villages, including local food services and the latest stores to reopen in town.

Our Morning Report guest Katy Bishop explains how members of Petersfield Ladies Circle have been supporting the community during the Covid-19 lockdown period while raising a smile.

Send information and Father’s Day messages to team@petersfieldradio.uk or call 01730 555 500.

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We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

Information transcript

We’re trying to keep on top of the fast reopenings around the Petersphere, so do get in touch if you want your business mentioned and help us to provide our daily updated, fact-checked bulletin of news and information. 

You’re unlikely to forget it’s Father’s Day this weekend, with all the reminders from shops needing our custom – and here’s an idea! – you could also record your Father’s Day Greetings by calling 01730 555 500 or emailing team@petersfieldradio.uk and you might hear your voice on Friday’s Morning Report, or your message read out.

Today we’ll be chatting to Katie Bishop from Petersfield Ladies Circle. The ladies have been doing amazing things for charity during lockdown, so listen out for that later in the show.

Apologies if you’re in the middle of breakfast but let’s consider public lavatories, as we ladies often must. There’s been much discussion in the press, quite rightly, about towns that have failed to reopen their loos after the lockdown. No such problem in Petersfield where the conveniences in the Waitrose car park and those behind Joules on the Square are open for business.

News from Hampshire Library Service. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, libraries have offered online workshops, activities and even bedtime stories on the service’s Facebook page.

However, they recognise that many of us miss physical books. Because their buildings are not due to reopen until July, they are offering paperbacks and hardbacks with the launch of Ready Reads: We Select, You Collect. This is a new book collection service, where library teams handpick books according to your preferences, for you to collect from your local library. Signing up for Ready Reads will give you a chance to try something new. Who knows – you may just discover your next favourite author,

You can sign up for Ready Reads by calling 01962 454747 (local rate charges apply) or by visiting: hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives

Here are the additions to all the reopenings we have already listed in the Morning Report. In every case, you can be assured that the staff are putting safety as priority, with a variety of distancing and hygiene measures. 

Robert Dyas reopened this week and the staff are thrilled with their customers’ behaviour. This is echoed around town, so well done all of us!

And all shops are sorry for any delay with new layouts and so on.

So down to business:

  • The Sweet Stop in Chapel Street is open for collection or local delivery – just in time for Father’s Day! 
  • The Great British Cake Shop, in the High Street, has temporary opening times of 10 – 3  Monday-Saturday. 
  • Jake’s Toys in Chapel Street is open Monday-Saturday 9 – 5 but presently closed on Sundays.
  • Ann’s Prams in Chapel Street is open by appointment only via website, facebook or email annsprams@btconnect.com
  • Willow, in the High Street, is open 10 – 4. Such a lovely old building has to limit the number of customers but private appointments are also available after 4pm.
  • Plumage Boutique, the fashion and hat hire business in Chapel Street is open 9.30 – 5
  • Phone Ambulance in the Waitrose car park is open Monday to Saturday 9 – 6 and Sundays 11 – 4. So for those of us who cracked our mobile ‘phone screens… 
  • Gotcha. The Petersfield Bookshop in Chapel Street has a changed layout. New opening hours are 10 – 5 Monday to Saturday, or other times by appointment.
  • Rainbows in Pages Court, off the High Street, has many adaptations, including a one way system and staff can advise.
  • Refill & Replenish, in the Folly Market, is open from 10 – 2 Tuesday to Saturday. They will operate home delivery from 2pm on Saturday, but will prefill the liquids you need into sterilised glass jars and containers rather than use your own.

We’ll have some food news later but now our interview with Katie Bishop.

Good morning, Katie. Can we start by asking What is Petersfield Ladies Circle?

[LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW IN THE PROGRAMME]

Food updates

The Hidden Kitchen in Folly Lane has a trial opening this coming weekend, for take-aways only, with order and collection through the door/drop off window. It’s open 10 – 2  and you can pre-order coffee, food and cake by calling 233590 or via Facebook.

Hibiscus Mexican Kitchen is doing one last weekend delivering delicious Mexican food in and around Petersfield. Order on hibiscusmexican.com for a delivery slot from today until Saturday.

The Lemongrass Thai Restaurant in Dragon Street is open for takeaways, with collections 7 days a week 5 – 9.30pm. Call 267077 to get a 10% discount for collections, or free delivery via the Deliveroo app. 

We mentioned yesterday that Lara at the Country Kitchen & Cellar in Hawkley and Simply African Food have launched a Braaii Box – that’s a barbeque to you and me. Well, if you are back at work now Lara will deliver home-cooked food straight to your office, and she tells us she’s thinking of offering a free beer for Dads this coming Father’s Day. Don’t forget to order one for Mums, too! And that’s on Petersfield 827 005 or go to countrykitchenandcellar.co.uk

Before we go on to traffic news, here’s a walking update: The new boardwalk around Petersfield Lake finally opened this week. There is a one way system in operation to keep our distance, so check the signs before walking the plank! 

Travel

Who… is the masked traveller? Well, we all are if we want to use public transport. If you’re going by train, bus ,taxi or the Gosport Ferry you’ll need a face covering with you and, crucially, on your face.

All being well, the overnight lane closures on the A3 are over for now, but it was such fun that Highways England plan to do it again at the end of August.

South East Water is working on the Causeway from today and across the weekend near the Tesco roundabout. They’ll have traffic control in place there.

There’s work on Warren Road in Liss to fix a leak.

And an early warning that next week there’s work outside Churcher’s College to upgrade the Pelican Crossing. Expect delays at peak times.

Further afield, the seafronts in Portsmouth and Southsea remain closed to parking until mid-July.

And if we’re not saying what you’re seeing, update us – call Petersfield 555 500.

Weather

Weather word: Petrichor

The lovely earthy scent produced by rain when it falls on dry soil.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for our area today. Thunderstorms that have hit other parts of the country over the past few days are headed south, with the possibility of flash flooding if you catch one. 

Temperatures are lower, with a maximum of 18 degrees C

Friday will start cloudy, breaking to sunshine and afternoon showers, perhaps heavy, especially to the north of our region.

That’s your lot. 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 555 500. This week’s P-Pod is available now – and it’s a corker, packed with the voices of Petersfield.

It’s Noni and Harrison with you tomorrow, so till then, goodbye.