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Alan Cosh and Lucy Davies usher you into July with essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

Today – we solve the mystery of the chalk marks in The Square and would you want a KFC in Petersfield?

Would you want this in Petersfield?

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Information transcript

A pinch and a punch for the first of the month. How’s your 2020 going? Six months down, six to go.

You may have coped ok with lockdown but let’s see how you get on with major roadworks across Petersfield stretching into next year.

A major power infrastructure upgrade is underway and it means roads being dug up for the next 18 months. You’ll find out why when we meet the project manager right here.

Also this morning, KFC will offer you cash if you can help them find premises in Petersfield. 

You could attend another virtual open day at Churcher’s College.

And how you could enjoy a short history of our town from the comfort of your own home.

It’s all in the Morning Report.


Deep fried chicken giant KFC wants to open an outlet in Petersfield. You might well be licking your fingers when you hear it’s offering twenty thousand pounds to you if you can help it secure a suitable site.

Terms and conditions apply – you’ll need to organise nothing less than what they call “a recognised introduction” for the company.

It’s part of a national push by the chain to increase its network by 400 stories. KFC says it wants to open drive-throughs so that should rule-out any branch opening in the town centre.

Would you want the Colonel’s secret blend of herbs and spices right here in Petersfield or can you think of nothing worse? Let us know on Petersfield 555 500.

Photographers studios have been closed throughout lockdown but one Petersfield photographer has found success with a novel way to take portraits.

Tina Knowles started a lockdown project, photographing neighbours in a series of doorstep portrait shoots, and she says it’s really caught on.

The shoot is not intended to replace a full portrait session but is done professionally and follows social distancing rules.

Tina says she’s offering discounts for NHS, bluelight and key workers and is happy to take pictures anywhere in a six mile radius of Petersfield.

Six miles away? That’s quite a lens she has.

You can contact tina on tina@tinaknowles.co.uk

Petersfield Museum is planning a series of what it calls “digital talks” to help get you immersed in the past while the town continues to observe restrictions on physical gatherings and while the museum building itself is closed for renovation.

The first digital talk will give you a brief history of Petersfield and if you’re interested in being part of it you can email Ryan on education@petersfieldmuseum.co.uk

Last week you may have heard Ian Crossman on the Morning Report. He’s the chap from Churcher’s College who described an ambitious virtual open event at the school, held via Microsoft Teams.

We’ll, apparently it went so well there’s another one today at twenty past two.

You’ll be able to take part in a Question and Answer session with admissions and senior staff.

Go to churcherscollege.com for full information of how you can book a place on the event and find out what goes on inside the school. The time again is twenty past two and the website churcherscollege.com

Interview

This week sees the start of a major electricity network project across Petersfield and beyond.

Bedford Road is closed already and you’re bound to notice the road works over the next 18 months…  but what’s it all for, and how will this eight point four million pound project help us?

Project manager Yu Qian (You Chee-ANN) explained to our colleague John Welsman what problems the work is supposed to solve…

IN: so there’s been…

DUR: 3’59”

OUT: respond in turn

That was Yu Qian from SSEN with our John Welsman, and if you want to get really geeky about power infrastructure there’s a longer version of that interview with even more technical detail at our website, petersfieldradio.uk

Petersfield reopens

Let’s see what’s opening up in the coming days across the Petersphere…

Cafe Mezzo on the High Street says it will reopen this Saturday. They are following the official precautions and ask you to be patient with the new arrangements.

If you’re missing Wimbledon fortnight, the tennis courts on the Avenue are open again. Book through the Town Council. And Steep Lawn Tennis Club is also open again with safeguards in place and lessons available with the resident professionals led by Dave Gaterell.

Do you or someone you know have a baby on the way? Baby carrying consultant Roamy Hunt opens her new store in Pages Court on 11 July. Bambino Baby will specialise in baby carriers and gifts.

It’s market day today and we reported earlier in the week that the Farmers Market returns this weekend. Some of you have wondered about all the chalk markings in the square. We’re told they’re part of the social distancing plan for Petersfield markets. Look out for the signs and the spacing markers as more and more stalls return to our markets.

If you’re in Milland you may like to know the Rising Sun has confirmed its opening plans to us. The village pub says the sun will rise on a new marquee dining space from this weekend where you’ll be able to eat and drink and listen to music.

The space will have heating and lighting and it’s essential you book in advance. Check the website at risingsunmilland.com for details.

And another hairdresser planning to reopen is Hairdressing for Men on Chapel Street. The business plans to welcome you whether you pre-book or try your chances just walking in. There will be various changes to ensure the trims are done safely and in accordance with all the government guidelines. Give them a call at the salon if you want to book a slot. They’re on Petersfield 260 806.

Travel

Work continues to upgrade the pelican crossing outside Churcher’s College today – they were installing the new poles yesterday. There are temporary lights there controlling traffic while the work is done.

Bedford Road is closed at its junction with Frenchmans Road – that’s for the major electrical project we’ve been hearing about today.

Andlers Ash Road In Liss is a hive of activity – expect delays along there – it’s all part of the new development going up.

South East Water are finishing their urgent work on Bell Hill today. A diversion via Ridge Common Lane and Winchester Road is in place whenever they close Bell Hill itself.

And the water firm is doing some digging on King George Avenue from today.

And on the Winchester Road between Strood and Langrish, Hampshire County Council is working on the west bound bus stop from today – that’s near the bend.

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

Weather

Well, yesterday turned out to be a pretty dull and damp affair across the Petersphere.

Dave Tidd’s digital weather station in Buriton measured just 16 point 6 degrees and humidity of up to 94 percent. Moist.

Today’s looking brighter already with some sunny spells expected in Petersfield but still the chance of the odd shower later.

Maximum temperatures around twenty degrees and winds will be moderate from the South West. It will feel rather nice if you can get out of the breeze during the sunny periods.

Tomorrow – Suzie and Harrison will drag you into the day, fully informed and with a smile on your face.

Our number is Petersfield 5 55 500 if you want  to update us with any information or just say hello. Or you can email team@petersfieldradio.uk

And for your further listening pleasure, Claire and Joff have a brand new edition of the P pod – if you enjoy cooking outside, they have some great ways to make the most of your Barbeque and you’ll learn why Jane Austen is not the first of her family to appear on a ten pound note.

It’s out now and you can hear the P pod at petersfieldradio.uk or subscribe on your favourite podcast app. Just search Petersfield.

For now, from all the team here –       A,L have a great day.