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Noni Needs and Harrison RB are here with today’s essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

We also hear your views on the new traffic and parking restrictions in Petersfield and how the decisions were made about implementing them from Councillor Rob Mocatta.

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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

A Petersfield charity has moved into its new premises. The Kings Arms helps children and young people and marks its twentieth anniversary this year.

The charity has purchased the former JSW Restaurant building on Dragon Street and will be making internal alterations and roof repairs across the summer before opening its doors in September.

Meanwhile, it is helping young people locally through a scheme it calls “KA at Home” and its youth workers are available for secure one to one chats every afternoon for any young person locally who feels they need support.

https://www.thekingsarms.org.uk/ka-at-home

More local businesses are now eligible for grant money from East Hampshire District Council.

They’ve changed eligibility criteria to allow more small companies to apply for discretionary grants.

If your business has already made an application, the council will automatically reconsider it if it meets the new criteria, and if you haven’t applied because you didn’t meet the previous criteria, the council asks you to look again now.

You’ll need to be a small or micro business with 50 employees or fewer that’s been trading locally since the 11th of March and have annual rent on your business property of below fifty one thousand pounds.

Other criteria apply that you can see on the East Hampshire District Council website – and EHDC welcomes applications until midnight on the fifteenth of July.

https://www.easthants.gov.uk/local-authority-discretionary-grant-scheme

Hampshire Police says criminals are taking advantage of the NHS Test and Trace Service by sending phishing emails and texts.

The messages contain links designed to obtain your banking passwords and PINs and you should never follow the links or open any attachments in the email.

NHS Test and Trace will never ask you for financial details, PINs or passwords, and it will never visit your home.

If you receive a scam email you can forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk and report suspicious texts to your mobile phone provider by forwarding the text to 7726, that’s 7726.

If a scam text or email claims to come from your bank you should also report it to them.

Health news – and from today the Petersfield Hospital Blood Clinic is back in the hospital building.

To book an appointment please call the blood clinic between 8am and 4pm on this mobile number… It’s 07943 836 488 – that’s 07943 836 488.

And a Petersfield Surgery has started a new system to help with appointment cancellations.

The Grange Surgery has a new dedicated cancellations line. If you need to cancel your appointment, you can now call Petersfield 77 80 80 and leave a voice message.

There are changes to prescription requests too. The Grange no longer takes prescription requests by email.

Instead, you should use the online access, eConsult or your pharmacy to request medication. 

One of Petersfield’s best-loved theatre events wants your recollections of its past performances.

Petersfield Shakespeare Festival has been one of the casualties of the pandemic but the team is taking a creative approach to this year’s challenges.

The festival team will produce a short piece for its website and social media platforms which captures first-hand experiences of our events.

And they want you to be part of it.

If you have good memories of any Petersfield Shakespeare Festival performance from the past eight years you can share your highlights, anecdotes and reviews.

Whether you record a short video or  audio piece on your phone or just send a photo, it will all help to keep the spirit of Shakespeare alive in Petersfield this summer.

Your digital clips, comments and pictures can be sent via WeTransfer to psfest@outlook.com. But be quick – the closing date for entries is this Friday, the 10th of July.

Interview

Still ahead, news of Petersfield businesses reopening, plus your reactions to the barriers going up across the town.

But first, let’s hear from the councillor who has led discussions on social distancing measures for Petersfield. Councillor Rob Mocatta spoke to Claire Vennis

INTERVIEW WITH CLLR ROB MOCATTA AUDIO

That was Claire Vennis talking to Rob Mocatta. For the full interview, go to peterfieldradio.uk 

Some of you have shared your comments about this story.

Christine Laugharne says: 

“I have really tried hard to understand the logic behind this street parking ban in Petersfield for 12 months. It is quite ludicrous with absolutely no beneficial effect on coronavirus.”

And Jane Webster is “very concerned that Blue Badge holding drivers will only have the two existing designated disabled spaces in the centre of town in which to park if all other parking spaces are suspended, according to these plans.

If you want to leave a comment, you can do so at petersfieldradio.uk or call Petersfield  5 55 500.

And returning to the theme of lifting the lockdown, did you go out and about in the Petersphere this weekend. Tell us, how it was for you? Email team@petersfieldradio.uk

Still to open this week are Townhouse on July 7th, The Seven Stars on July 19th and the Great Oak on July 28th. 

As Petersfield re-opens, our pubs are finding their traditional roles as hubs of the community. Andy Guest and his friends outside the Good Intent told us they were delighted to be back in their favourite pubs…

FRIENDS AT THE GOOD INTENT AUDIO

And just before the travel news and weather let’s confirm this week’s winning numbers in the East Hampshire Community Lottery.

They are:

1 8 4 7 9 and 4

Twelve people in East Hampshire matched two numbers or more to win prizes, including one person in Petersfield and three in Liss. Congratulations if that’s you.

Travel

Heath Road is expected to close today while South East Water renews pipes under the carriage way.

Work begins in Linnet Close to renew valve pits in the footpath, but the road should remain clear. There are electrical repairs at Penns Place which may cause some obstruction.

The junction between Bedford Road and Frenchmans Road is closed as SSEN continues its electrical infrastructure project.

And work begins tomorrow on Durford Road to repair potholes – hooray!

And 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 at team@petersfieldradio.uk

Weather

Well, the winds continue to blow from the west bringing Atlantic air over the Petersphere.

It means today will be partly cloudy with sunny spells but staying dry with maximum temperatures around twenty degrees.

There’s a high pollen count today.

Tomorrow’s looking a little warmer, a little sunnier and a little less windy.