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Laura Sheppard and Harrison RB are here with fast facts in a friendly voice. Morning Report is your daily round-up of essential local information.

Also today, illustrator Rachel Hudson announces the winners of a local children’s wildlife competition.

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.

TRANSCRIPT

Beekeepers want us to notify them if we see any Asian hornets?

They are death to honeybees and they’ve rampaged up through France and are now coming to Britain. There’s an app you can get to report any sightings, or fill in a form online but the link to all this, plus a video of one can be found at petersfieldbeekeepers.org.uk, and the direct link is in the transcript on our website.

Is your pet due its annual vaccination? St Peter’s Vets has been unable to offer vaccinations since March but is now re-starting the service, although there is currently a four to six week waiting list for these appointments. As soon as a slot becomes free you will be sent a reminder card in the post.

Please don’t phone because the surgery is incredibly busy and the receptionists are trying to keep phone lines free for emergencies. If you need any flea or worming products you can email a special address to get them posted out to you. The address is routines@stpetersvets.co.uk

As we gradually return to some form of normality, with more shops opening from 15th June, I’ve been wondering about Hampshire Farmers Markets. Well, it’s the first Sunday of the month this coming weekend so our farmer’s market would normally operate in the Square. However, the organisers will only bring the market back to Petersfield once strict distancing measures can be put in place.The farmers markets in Alton on the 13th of June and Emsworth on the 20th are going ahead. 

Now we’re joined by artist Rachel Hudson. It’s World Environment Day on Friday, so appropriately we’re going to talk about her work around this subject but first, a little information about the wildlife competition before we hear who the winners are.

The organiser of the competition is Cllr Diana Tennyson for Four Marks & Medstead, who said they’re really pleased that so many children have been inspired by recognising the importance of trees in our environment and turned this inspiration into such beautiful works of art. 

She says East Hampshire District Council is committed to tackling climate change, planting trees is a huge part of their climate and environment strategy, and that the point of the competition was to get children thinking about the wildlife that relies on trees, from squirrels to insects to owls and every type of creature in between. From the standard of art that has been produced, it is clear that this has been achieved.

[INTERVIEW] 

Competition winners 

Under 4s: 1st – Millie Mary Watkins, 2nd – Tristan Margrove, 3rd – Iris Orbell

5-7s: 1st – Joshua Juneja, 2nd – Albi Peacock, 3rd – Edward Fitch

8-11 years: 1st – Clara Britten, 2nd – Phoebe Griffiths, 3rd – Milo Lawrence

Tree wildlife art competition - winning entries

If this has inspired you to have a go at a competition, here are some more, with closing dates soon. If you can’t note them down, remember all details are available in the transcript from each day’s episode on the website:

First, another competition for young ones.

Besides this year’s extraordinary PETERSFIELD IN BLOOM competition – and Harrison has details of that to follow –  Petersfield Town Council is inviting children to design a collage with the theme of PETERSFIELD IN BLOOM. It can include any mixed media material of your choice. Examples, age categories and full entry details can be found via the homepage on petersfield-tc.gov.uk and the closing date is 1st JULY

And the Petersfield in Bloom Competition Lockdown Special couldn’t be easier to enter – and it’s free.  Providing you are a Petersfield resident or business, you are eligible. Full details of the three, simplified categories and where to send your photos are on the website: petersfield-tc.gov.uk/events/ and the closing date is the same: 1st July 2020.

The Deadline for Community Grants Applications has been extended but hurry! It’s only until the 15th of 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. If you would like any further information regarding grants then please contact Projects & Office Manager, Stephen Field on 01730 264182.

Before we go to our regular roundup of Travel and Weather, here’s a note from the Police about something happening today. Officers from East Hants Police will be at Tesco in Petersfield between 3pm and 5pm. They want to hear from you if you are stuck at home and not feeling safe; if anything else is making you feel unsafe or if you are worried about someone else’s safety. They are there for you, so do take this opportunity to have a chat.

TRAVEL

On the railway there are now a few more trains running through Petersfield. In addition to the two trains an hour (1 ‘fast’, 1 ‘slow’) each way, some additional peak time services will also operate. Note that the last train home from London Waterloo now leaves at 22:30.

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

Look out for temporary three-way traffic lights outside Pizza Express on Chapel Street today and tomorrow. Hampshire County Council is fixing a temporary pothole repair there.

And there’s a cable fault being fixed on the corner of the High Street and College Street, outside the dentist. That should be completed today.

In East Meon, BT Openreach is working on Frogmore Lane and Oxenbourne Lane.

In Tilmore, at the junction of Monks Orchard and Tilmore Gardens, bitumen and chippings are being used to seal and protect the road. Hampshire County Council says it’s similar to paint protecting a fence, and is a fast, efficient and cost-effective way to maintain the road.

Over the next few days, the council is replacing a broken gully on Kingsfernsden Lane. Take care down there – it’s a narrow and winding lane with no footpaths. The work is due to finish on Monday.

Someone got in touch with us yesterday with news of long queues around lunchtime for Macdonalds, causing problems for other drivers. Keep us posted on this, or any other problem – if we’re not saying what you’re seeing on the roads call Petersfield 5 55 500.

WEATHER

It’s staying mostly dry today but overcast and cool across the Petersphere with temperatures no higher than fifteen degrees in a northerly air flow. 

Friday has more chance of the sun breaking through and the wind twitches to the west, so it may feel warmer. We’ll give you a detailed look at the weekend’s weather tomorrow but, for now, don’t expect any return to the hot sunny conditions we enjoyed in May. At least the pollen levels may be lower.

Tomorrow

Nicki Lahiri from Meon Valley Travel is here to answer your holiday and travel questions. So, if you do have a question about a holiday you’ve booked, a refund or a rebooking we can ask that question on your behalf. Whoever you’ve booked your holiday with just email us on team@petersfieldradio.uk, or call  5 55 500 to leave your question as a voice message.

And  as it’s World Environment Day tomorrow – we’ll share interviews with local environmentalists who reflect on how lockdown has changed the world we inhabit. 

All the phone numbers and web links are listed in the programme transcript, at petersfieldradio.uk. 

Noni and Suzie are with you tomorrow and if you have anything for them, please contact us in the normal way: email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call 01730 5 55 500. Thanks to those of you who have – we love hearing from you.