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Harrison RB and James Birdseye bring you today’s essential Petersfield information, including news of a proposed new community centre and incentives for land owners to plant wildflowers.

The programme now includes a summary of national and world news (recorded at 6am) plus, every Monday and Friday a Petersfield sports update with James Robbins and today Lucy Davies brings you the local weather forecast.

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Information transcript

Good Morning. It’s Tuesday the twenty fifth of August. And this is your Morning Report of essential local information for Petersfield and its villages. I’m Harrison RB, Lucy’s at the weather desk, and standby for James Birdseye with today’s Petersfield news… straight after the latest national and world news.

I’m James Birdseye at Petersfield’s Shine Radio.

The former Station Master’s house at Petersfield Railway Station could become a new hub for local community groups.

The building sits on railway land between the old and new ticketing halls but hasn’t been used for around twenty years.

East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership organiser Lucy Lomax believes it has great potential for the local community:

IN “It’s extremely exciting…”
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OUT “… useful building”

With schools going back in just days, Petersfield parents are being reminded that all children entering Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes this September are entitled to free school meals.

Hampshire County Council wants local parents to know that the benefit is a universal one that any family can take advantage of, and that it could save you around four hundred pounds a year against the cost of providing your own food.

The council says every meal provided free at schools includes a meat or non-meat main item, vegetables, potato, pasta or rice, salad and a dessert, and is developed according to School Food Plan guidelines to ensure they’re packed with the right nutritional content.

Pupils with allergies and intolerances can also be accommodated and there are vegan options for people who prefer their children to eat a plant-based diet.

The popular “Secrets of the Heath” event will be held online this year.

The event will be held between the fourth and sixth of September and will include a live video feed of baby sand lizards and interactive sessions with rangers.

Katy Sherman of Heathlands Reunited says the heathlands around our area provide precious and rare habitats:

IN: “The Heathlands…”
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OUT: “…depend on these heathlands”

One of the biggest charitable wildflower planting schemes ever seen in the South will take place here in the South Downs National Park.

The National Park Trust is making grants available to help farmers and landowners create new wildflower havens for bees and other pollinators.

The trust hopes its grants of up to five thousand pounds will help encourage a ‘road system’ for pollinating insects, allowing them to move through the landscape and become more resilient to change.

The National Park says you can apply for a grant if you could use the funding to improve existing land to benefit pollinators by planting wildflowers, through cultivation and the use of seed mixes.

If you or someone you care for, is an older or shielded member of our community, then look out for a new booklet coming through your door.

Petersfield residents who are considered to be vulnerable will receive a copy of the booklet, called “Active at Home” when East Hampshire District Council sends them out across the district.

The booklet is designed to provide practical guidance on home-based activities that can help to maintain strength and balance.

It follows concerns that low levels of physical activity in older adults could lead to reduced fitness resulting in loss of independence and a greater need for care in the future.

WEATHER

Wet and windy. A yellow Met Office warning is in place.

TRAVEL

Chapel Street’s still a mess as Scottish and Southern Electricity continue the massive new infrastructure project to link Petersfield and Fernhurst. To get into the Waitrose car park, go via Winton Road.

There’s overnight work at the junction of Barham Road and College Street – that’s to remove deformed concrete blocks.

In Froxfield there’s resurfacing work near The Trooper.

Hampshire County Council is doing overnight resurfacing work on London Road in Sheet later this week with temporary traffic lights in place. The work is planned from 7 in the evening until 6 the following morning.

And further afield, Pook Lane in Lavant is closed – that’s a popular cut-through to the Goodwood Estate so be aware if you’re heading down there. Water works mean it’s likely to stay closed until November. Use Sheepwash Lane instead.

… 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, team@petersfieldradio.uk

James is back with you tomorrow morning. In the meanwhile, have a terrific Tuesday.