Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey bring you today’s essential local information for Petersfield and its villages.

And you’ll discover how one Petersfield charity is helping vulnerable people through art as Artscape’s Mandie Molyneux joins us.

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

Information transcript

First off, a note about the Grange Surgery, which is currently operating a locked-door policy to minimise the risk of infection. This means each patient will have to ring the doorbell and wait for a member of staff to come outside. All prescriptions will need to be requested online – but reception staff can help you with this. Visit thegrangesurgery.org.uk for more information.

A reminder that Butser Ancient Farm is reopening to pre-booked visitors on selected days and times from Saturday. Tickets will be for a timed slot and released in batches every two weeks. Annual members will also need to book free tickets to be included to control the number of people visiting at any one time, and Butser has announced that all annual memberships have been extended by three months.

The work done by charities throughout the lockdown has, for many of us, restored our faith in our fellow humans. One such charity – which will be continuing its excellent work now we’re emerging from our pandemic cocoon – is Artscape, which provides art workshops for those who face isolation due to poor health, disability, circumstance or mental health.
And before we’re tempted to sing more 10cc let’s welcome the charity’s art director, Mandie Molyneux.

INTERVIEW – listen to the audio

The number given out by Mandie is 07452 955626

For those of you already thinking about kitting out the offspring for the new term in September, Petersfield School Uniform Supplies will be at the market every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the school holidays – which for some lucky schools begin when the bell goes on Friday afternoon. Do they still use bells or does t’internet send a digital signal to their phones?

The Secret Garden Flower shop, in Station Rd, is open only from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday at the moment, but it also has online ordering. Visit secretgardenuk.co.uk for details.

The Hampshire Farmer’s market returns to Petersfield for the first time since lockdown this Sunday, 5th July. Social distancing measures will be in place in the Square to ensure the event remains safe. Stalls open at 10am, through until 2pm.

The Malabon Tandoori Restaurant, in Dragon Street is reopening on Saturday from 5pm. Numbers will understandably be limited while government guidelines are being followed, so it is advisable to book. Deliveries and collections will continue. Check out malabon.co.uk.

People contacted us yesterday about the new parking restrictions starting in town and limited signage, there has been rather a lot of confusion. Have you been caught up in it? Were you given a parking ticket? Do let us know on 01730 5 55 500 or email team@petersfieldradio.uk

Travel

Work on loose paving slabs outside Crew Clothing in the Square is likely to continue until Thursday.

SSE has closed part of Bedford Road until 6 July, between the existing substation on Bedford Road to the junction with Frenchmans Road. It’s all part of the company’s ongoing large refurbishment project which will see road closures and traffic control in place across the town for a few months.

Traffic controls are operating on Ramshill as county council contractors upgrade the existing traffic signals. That work should be completed on Friday.

In Liss the work continues on Andlers Ash Road to create a bellmouth opening onto a new development there. Again, that’s expected to be completed on Friday.

And if we’re not saying what you’re seeing, email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call Petersfield 5 55 500.

Weather

Any early sunny spells will be limited, with cloud gradually thickening. Showery outbreaks are then likely, but some warmer, brighter spells are possible. Maximum Temperature 21 °C. And the outlook for tomorrow is pretty similar.

If you can’t wait to hear more from us, you’ll be delighted to know that Claire/Joff and I will be back later today with this week’s edition of the P pod.

On tomorrow’s Morning Report Lucy Davies is joined by Alan Cosh to bring you the latest information from our town and its nearby villages. Don’t forget, if you have a story to tell us, call 01730 5 55 500.

Many thanks to our guest, Artscape’s Mandie Molyneux, and to you for listening.