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Harrison RB and Laura Sheppard are here with your daily round-up of local information for Petersfield and surrounding villages.

We’ll hear from Chris, from the local Samaritans branch – and details of things reopening including news about the open air pool and play areas as well as appeals for clothing, gardening and “Telephone Befrienders”.

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You can send information updates, questions and thank you messages for people who’ve helped you to team@petersfieldradio.uk or phone 01730 555 500.

Information transcript

The Culture Secretary outlined the government’s plans on Thursday evening to reopen more industries. Outdoor performances of theatre, opera, dance and music to socially distanced audiences can now start again and open air pools can open. Beauticians, tattooists, spas and tanning salons can reopen from today and indoor gyms can reopen from 25 July. If you’re planning to re-open, get in touch to let us know on Petersfield 5 55 500 or email team@petersfieldradio.uk.

From 1 August, the government will no longer be sending food parcels to vulnerable residents. If you’re shielding and would like to reserve a priority internet shopping slot at your local supermarket, please register by 17 July. Click here for details.

If you are a vulnerable resident, you can find more information on the East Hampshire District Council website.

Home-start Butser has a family in need of boys’ clothing. If you can donate some black or grey trousers and white polo shirts that would fit a five year old boy, please email office@homestart-butser.org.uk.

MHA, the charity at home care provider, is seeking volunteers in East Hampshire to be Telephone Befrienders.  It is working with Hampshire County Council and Adult Services to provide a support service to those who need it.The role involves remote working and can be done from your own home. If you can spare half an hour or more weekly to call or Skype an older person to help them feel less isolated please call Nikki on 07973 853151 or email nikki.bonner@mha.org.uk.

As some of our local schools break-up for the summer, children’s play areas are re-opening, but the council wants you to stay safe. In a sentence worthy of one of our corniest scripts, they say “If you are planning to “swing by” any of the 12 play areas in the district, please don’t “seesaw” with safety.

Information signs will be installed with guidance on how to use the areas safely, but if you are planning a visit, please bring hand sanitiser with you and clean your hands thoroughly before and after use.

Social distancing should be maintained, staying two metres from other people where possible.  In areas where this cannot be achieved, EHDC wants you to wait outside the play areas for your turn to play.

Food and drink should not be brought in or eaten in the play area and they kindly ask that you dispose of any rubbish responsibly.

For more information about the reopening of council-owned play areas visit www.easthants.gov.uk. Petersfield Town Council also runs some play areas – to which we might add there’s plenty of choice ‘roundabout’ the Petersphere!

You’ll have heard Jules Cavalier on the Morning Report talking about the memorial garden Cedar Ward is hoping to create at Petersfield Hospital. They are hoping for donations of flowers, water features, garden furniture etc to create an oasis for staff, visitors and patients.

Many of you have already offered plants, your gardening time to keep it maintained, and Ben Lannoy Landscapes and Barton Garden Services have both offered free time and services to help. We’ve also put a couple of people in touch with Jules. If you’re able to help in any way, please do get in touch, or if you would like to donate, a GoFundMe page has been created.

The full interview with Chris, Deputy Director for Outreach at the Portsmouth and East Hampshire branch of the Samaritans, will be available later in the week – and a reminder of those contact details if you’re going through a difficult time: call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.

The Paradise Balti House has reopened, all within government guidelines, with tables suitably distanced, and with a whole raft of hygiene practices in place. And Stables Wine Bar & Kitchen has reopened. As it has limited spare space to comply with distancing guidelines, it is also continuing with takeaways. So pop in to order and ‘curry’ your food away!

Gallery No. 30 in the High Street is working hard behind the scenes towards a smooth and safe reopening this week. You can hear from the owner, Fifi, in this week’s PPod, and in our Morning Report on Friday.  Lavant Rowe Hairdressing, and LRMan Men’s Fashion shop, both in Lavant Street, have reopened.

Despite the government announcement that open air pools are able to open from Saturday, the renovation project at Petersfield Open Air Pool has not finished and the pool is empty of water. The staff there are looking at the safety measures required, the length of the available season and the severe restrictions of swimmers in the pool. We hope to catch up with them for their latest news.

Do you know any confident young people between 18 and 25 who would relish the opportunity to influence policing in their area? Hampshire Constabulary is looking for young people from diverse backgrounds to become part of a new young people advisory group – their role will be to challenge and advise on issues such as stop and search and arrest and custody issues among many others. Check out its Facebook post for more information. But please don’t ‘force’ anyone to apply!

Travel

The whole of Oxenbourne Lane and Ramsdean Lane is closed while work to repair grass verges and potholes takes place. 

Work continues on the cable project on Frenchman’s Road from the junction with Bedford Road to the junction at Borough Hill, and there may be some delays on The Causeway while repairs take place by SSEN.

As ever – if we’re not saying what you’re seeing, please let us know – you can reach us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or via email team@petersfieldradio.uk.

Weather

After a sunny start across the Petersphere, it is expected to cloud over late afternoon, with a chance of showers later in the evening. Maximum temperature is expected to be 21 degrees. Tomorrow is expected to be a cloudy one, with much cooler temperatures.