Dave and Harrison are here with your complete news and information service for Petersfield and its villages.

One thousand trees planted in Sheet, Petersfield shoppers are mask-obedient and how you can learn about Petersfield’s past through a new publication.

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Information transcript

Good Morning.

One thousand trees will be planted in Sheet by volunteers as part of a picturesque new woodland.

East Hampshire District Council says it wants to see a tree planted for every resident in the district, and volunteers with the Adhurst Estate Allotment Association have set aside three acres of land for a mixed woodland on Waterworks Road.

Organiser Steve Amos says it will be a big team effort…

IN: We’ve a number…
DUR 55”
OUT: …middle of the woodland

Shoppers in Petersfield are being sensible about wearing masks according to local shop owners.

Shirley Leader, of the boutique Velvet and Rose, told us her customers can get hot when trying things so the mask doesn’t help, but they seem happy to wear a mask if it helps to contain the virus.

Bill Carcary runs the Day Lewis Pharmacy and says the rule is being very well observed by his customers.

Steve Watts of Sew Creative told us no one likes wearing a mask, but they respect the reasons and some of his customers bought fabric and elastic to make their own.

And, in the Bridal Boutique, everyone has turned up in hand-made face coverings which is a nice ice breaker, according to store owner Mary Cox.

If you’re involved in an organisation that’s recovering from the pandemic then the South Downs National Park Authority may be able to provide you with some financial support.

The authority has earmarked three hundred and fifty thousand pounds for a Covid-19 recovery fund that it hopes will provide opportunities for our local economy to be more sustainable and resilient after Coronavirus.

The funding will be given to Covid-related projects that help deliver long-term outcomes for the park area. It’s suitable for projects costing between five hundred and ten thousand pounds.

If you think that might help your organisation then you can email recovery@southdowns.org.uk with your proposal, and a case officer from the Park Authority will be in touch.

COVID-19 Recovery Fund

East Hampshire Police continue to appeal for witnesses to an accident in Petersfield that claimed the life of a woman last Thursday afternoon.

If you saw the crash at the junction of Pulens Lane and Durford Road, or if you have dashcam footage or any information, call 101 and quote the reference 442 002 753 76.

People in Petersfield who have a heightened risk of mental health conditions, including social isolation, can book a practical arts workshop session at their own home.

The Artscape 1 to 1 workshops take place in your garden or another safe place decided by you. The team delivers arts materials in advance of the workshop in order to allow for the Covid 72-hour cleansing period.

Sessions are bookable right through until the autumn and take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays whenever the weather allows.

If you’d like to organise a session call Mandie Molyneaux on her mobile – the number is 07452 955 626.

And you’re up to date.

We’ve been celebrating the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival right here on the Morning Report, as this year the festival has moved online. Maybe it’s moved you too with its brooding performances and evocative sound design.

In today’s sneak peak we meet Tybalt – cousin of Juliet and oozing vanity and fashionable dress sense. Author Charlie Girdlestone introduces this proud Capulet in Tybalt’s Truth, he’s played by Freddie Hill…

IN: music + “have the civil…”
DUR: 59”
OUT: “…rally a coward from his turf”

If you have enjoyed these, there are more treats at petersfieldshakespearefestival.co.uk, including short films with fine actors.

The final piece that went live is ‘Freya Laurence’s Confession,’ written by up-and-coming writer, Will Shakespeare.

He entered Shake it Up as a complete unknown and is delighted to have been selected as a winner. Born in Stratford in 1564, Will looks forward to progressing his career in the years to come.

Joking aside, it’s a great piece from the much-loved Sheet-based actor Harriet Benson. Harriet and her family have been busy in lockdown imagining an alternative view of Shakespeare’s Friar and have produced a unique and compelling version of the concluding confession and subsequent resolution of the play.

That’s available now, free to watch at petersfieldshakespearefestival.co.uk

Interview

A booklet marking 75 years since VE Day has been published by Petersfield Area Historical Society. Its Chairman is Nick Swan who joins us now. Good morning Nick.

[listen to the programme for the full interview]

http://www.petersfieldhistoricalsociety.org/

Reopening Petersfield

Now – what more is opening-up across the area?

How about opening-up some Gin. Hogmoor Distillery says it can now safely reopen its Gin Schools. It has reduced the sizes of the classes for social distancing and classes will start on Fridays and Saturdays from 1st August. You can book at hogmoordistillery.co.uk

Tomorrow’s market in the square could be our town’s biggest since lockdown. Last week there were 13 stalls including one selling Moldovan wine.

Our friend Laura Sheppard is genuinely curious – and wants to know what it’s like as a tipple. Send samples direct to Laura please. The market is open in the square tomorrow from 8am until 3pm.

A fitness class that’s made to sound more attractive by naming it after alcohol has also reopened. The Gym & Tonic ladies’ gym is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and abilities.

Search it out – there are virtual classes and one-to-one sessions if you can’t go to the gym yet.

LAB99 is now open again. The amateur boxing club on Heath Road now has a maximum capacity of 25 students at one time. It means it’s running a reduced timetable so that everyone feels comfortable and safe … until they’re punched in the face, that is. You’ll need to bring your own gloves for boxing and kickboxing, or you can buy some at the club.

And if you get your kicks from photography you could enter a landscape photography competition run by our friends at the Petersfield Post. There are prizes to be won with up to £30 for the best photo. Your landscape shots must be taken within 20 miles of Petersfield and you can email them to news@petersfieldpost.co.uk

TRAVEL

A quick look at the roads – and the roadworks continue around town as Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks put ducting and cables in the ground. This one will run and run. They’ve made it to the Swan Street and Charles Street junction and there are road closures where necessary. Further work is taking place on London Road in Sheet near the Half Moon pub.

In the centre of Petersfield, the Square remains closed to cars between Oxfam and the Square Brewery – that’s part of the social distancing plan currently in place.

Pelican crossings are being upgraded to Puffin Crossings on Station Road and at the foot of Bell Hill. Puffin crossings display the green man on a panel to your right hand site, not opposite you on the other side of the road. That little difference means you’re more likely to be looking towards any approaching traffic before you step-out.

And Stonylands Lane near East Meon has surface dressing works with possible delays this week.

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

Well yesterday was horrid wasn’t it? Today’s already looking better. Up to 18 degrees across the Petersphere with plenty of sunshine especially this morning.

It will be windy though with a stiff breeze from the west before a calm and partly cloudy night ahead, and the rest of the week is warming up.

We’re always interested in your stories and experiences so do get in touch if you have a tale to share – Petersfield 5 55 500 or team@petersfieldradio.uk will find us.

There’s a new edition of the P pod out tomorrow night direct from the tTattoo Lounge, in Lavant Street parlour – should be fun – and Lucy and Noni will be here tomorrow with your Morning Report for Wednesday.

Until then, stay safe, wear your mask and have a glorious day.