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The Morning Report is your daily update of essential local information from Petersfield and the surrounding villages.

Today we hear about the new Petersfield Traders’ Forum from organiser Steven Watts and young farmer Lola describes life on the farm during a lockdown lambing season to teenage diarist Nina.

Claire and Joff are your presenters today.

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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

Whenever you’re next in town, have a look at the Sew Creative window display. They have launched their Sewing Bee Window, and are displaying the results of Challenge 1 for Adults and Children at the moment.

Jo and Steve Watts of Sew Creative, with literally hundreds of their customers, friends and local people supported local GP Practices, Care Homes & other local hubs during the lockdown. The total raised was £8106.74; total gowns made 2200; total masks 4000; 180 set of scrubs; total number of volunteers 244.

Good news from Traffic Wardens…

East Hampshire District Council’s Civil Enforcement Officers – CEO is the correct name – were redeployed during the lockdown to help the most vulnerable in our communities. The team has been delivering groceries, medication and food to food banks, and they have been encouraged by the many messages of thanks. Yesterday the CEOs returned to their ‘usual’ roles because the council has received many complaints about inconsiderate and dangerous parking. Please welcome them back and support them and your community by parking considerately – whatever their role, they are here to help our community.

Before any shopping expedition, here’s some advice from East Hampshire District Council…

Many shops selling non-essential goods are reopening for the first time since lockdown began. There will be reorganisation, so plan ahead, allow extra time to shop and stick to safe distancing rules. Remember to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces or wherever 2M distancing isn’t possible. You can visit www.easthants.gov.uk/shopping-safely for more information.

Hampshire County Council suggests motorists use the contactless service RingGo to purchase Pay and Display tickets in council owned car parks. All you need is a phone and a payment card. If you prefer to use the payment machine in the car, please remember to sanitise your hands before and after use.

Open Sight Hampshire asks us to be mindful of visually impaired or blind people who may not be able to judge distances, see markings on a shop floor or see where hand sanitisers are situated. Be kind – and you might like to introduce yourself and ask if they would like assistance.

Or perhaps this crisis is making them nervous about going into town at all – so maybe link with national Loneliness Awareness Week – and have a chat with them to find out.

It’s especially important when more people are able to go out and about that those still shielding don’t feel left behind. A phone call is good – but by this stage a conversation over the garden wall or from the front garden is even better: some feeling of human contact is good for all our souls!

So let’s chat, albeit still distantly, with Steve Watts, the contact for Petersfield Traders’ Forum. Good morning, Steve, welcome to the Morning Report.

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You can find out which shops and businesses are reopening by looking through the transcripts of recent Morning Reports. Here are some more to add:

  • One Tree Books is open all week 9.30 – 2
  • World of Inks also daily until 3.30pm
  • Hälsa Cosmetics opening hours are 9 – 5:30 Monday to Saturday. The local delivery service will continue indefinitely for anyone preferring to shop from home.
  • The Petersfield Cobblers’ opening times are continually being reviewed, but are currently Monday to Saturday, 10 – 2
  • Cloisters Continental Cafe are making High Teas for delivery, including cakes, sandwiches, scones with cream and jam. Call Jorge on 07951 269419
  • The Hidden Kitchen Petersfield will be opening on 19th June from 10 – 2 for take aways only. You can pre-order your coffee, food and cake on 01730 233590 or via Facebook. Picnics require 24 hours notice to prepare
  • Meon Dental has emailed customers about its reopening. The practice will operate with a range of new controls and full details are in our transcript. If you have any questions you can call the practice on Petersfield 265 555.

And if you’re a local business wanting to get out the bunting to welcome your customers, please email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call us on Petersfield 5 55 500.

Our teenage diarist, Nina Vennis, has an unusual entry today in her Lockdown Diary, as she talks to young farmer Lola Snow about lambing in lockdown.

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Time to slot in one last bit of good news, for Herne Junior School: After all the delays associated with the lockdown – the running track is finally under construction. This is brilliant news for the children of Petersfield.

Travel news

Take care around the A3/A272 entry and exits, north and south, where roadworks continue overnight, that’s between 9pm and 6am – with work scheduled to continue until 20th June.

The A3 northbound between the A3M and the junction with the A272 Petersfield South has Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed overnight from 20:00 today, 16 June until 06:00 tomorrow, 17th June.

Remember to have a face covering handy, in case you need to travel by train, bus or taxi, or have to queue. South Western Railway recommends you buy your ticket in advance online and try to travel outside peak hours to make safe distancing quicker and easier.

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

Petersfield weather

More of the same today. Mist and low cloud will lift, with warm sunny spells, but a slight risk of scattered showers developing over lunchtime. Light winds, mainly southerly, will keep temperatures mild, with a maximum of 21 °C.

The warmth keeps the pollen count high, especially grass pollen.

Wednesday and Thursday bring a greater risk of showers.

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.

The Morning Report will be back tomorrow with Lucy and Joff.