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Lucy and Harrison are here with your essential Petersphere news for Friday. Today, Petersfield Community Centre reassures users; an independent inspector’s review of East Hampshire District Council, may not be so independent; and Petersfield Lions raise more than £1,000.

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I’m Lucy Davies – and I’ve got up early just to deliver a few dreadful attempts at humour and to chat to Harrison RB after he delivers the local news – and that comes after a full round up of all this morning’s national headlines.

A local community leader is concerned the new “rule of six” will deter people from using a Petersfield facility.

Emma Bunday of the Petersfield Community Centre wants to reassure local organisations that the government’s new Covid-19 restrictions do not necessarily prevent larger gatherings in the centre.

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The Petersfield Post is reporting that publication of an independent inspector’s review of East Hampshire District Council has been postponed for an investigation into councillor standards … carried out by councillors themselves behind closed doors.

During his governance review of the council, inspector David Bowles – a former council chief executive officer – looked at a number of topics. The council was prepared to make his report public on Wednesday, 2 September, but with the recommendation and reasons for an investigation by the councils’ standards committee left out.

However, at the 11th hour, it was decided to publish at a later date. The inspector’s report, critical in parts, has now been delayed until December. 

And for more information on that story, pick up a copy of this week’s
Petersfield Post.

Organisations in the Petersphere working with children and young people can apply for new grant money.

Local groups and charities who support young people across the county will be able to apply for funding provided by Tesco’s “Bags of Help” scheme throughout October, November and December.

Eligible organisations include mental health and outdoor activities groups, young carers, bereavement counsellors, child poverty charities and groups supporting vulnerable children.

The Bags of Help programme is run in partnership with community charity Groundwork. Tesco hopes to support more than 2,000 projects across the country in the next three months, with three grants of £1,000 each available in each region.

Petersfield Lions raised one thousand and fifty pounds for charities last weekend with its Ten Performing Lions challenge.

The community fundraisers have been hampered in their normal activities because of the pandemic, so individual members decided to take on a range of quirky personal challenges for sponsorship. Here’s the Lions’ Jo Huxley ..,

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And it’s not too late to help with the fundraising. Just visit the link on our website on today’s Morning Report page.

The Hampshire Country Sports Day will go ahead on the Bereleigh Estate in East Meon this Sunday. 

The event, run in aid of the Countryside Alliance, will have a full programme of events, held in the large open spaces in the grounds at Bereleigh Estate where visitors can enjoy the attractions in the open air, with plenty of room for social distancing. 

Main arena attractions include gun dog training demos, falconry from Xtreme Falconry, a fishing demo by Gilly Bate & Beaky Allesch-Taylor and talks by Chris Green the Countryman on wildfowling and the history of the shotgun.

Tickets will be sold online in advance from the show website at hampshirecountrysportsday.co.uk.   

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The temporary traffic lights, on Station Road in Petersfield, by the junction of Windsor Road, and which are part of the ongoing SSEN electricity project, remain in place and will continue to do so for some time.  

And to top it off in that area, there are now roadworks at the top end of Lavant Street, near the station.

Virgin Media is undertaking minor works in St Peter’s Rd adjacent to what will soon be the new home of the Petersfield Museum.

And BT maintains the competition for the town’s most active media outlet by working in Pulens Lane, at the junction with Barnfield Road. And there will be two-way signals in operation there, during off-peak hours.

Hopefully, today will be the last day of the county council works on the A272 Winchester Rd, at Langrish.

However, work continues on WInchester Road, at the junction with Prince’s Road – close to McDonalds – and that is expected to last until late November.

Social distancing measures remain in place across Petersfield – cycles and  buses only between the Square and Chapel Street, and parking remains suspended still on the High Street and in The Square.

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.