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Direct from rooms in their respective homes, Harrison and Laura bring you today’s essential information for Petersfield and its villages.
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East Hampshire District Council’s local shopping campaign is gaining traction.
Local MP Damian Hinds is supporting the campaign to help local businesses. He believes online shopping had been eroding high streets for some time.
The campaign is funded as part of a government project called the “The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund”. £50 million has been allocated by the government and the European Union Regional Development Fund to help councils in England get people back to work and customers back to the shops safely.
Damien Hinds also described small businesses as the lifeblood of our local economy, and a big part of employment for local people. He wants town centres remain at the heart of local life.
And throughout November, Shine Radio will be highlighting independent businesses in our community that want you to stay local and shop local.
Listen out for our stay local, shop local messages every day.
A local man made a splash in the national press this week.
John Bream from Havant attempted set a new world record for jumping from an aircraft into water without a parachute.
John is an ex-paratrooper who jumped 140 ft from a helicopter into the sea off Hayling Island, the equivalent of nine stories. He was briefly unconscious when he hit the water and was taken to hospital as a precaution having been hauled from the water by support divers.
The jump was completed to raise money for the All Call Signs and the Support Our Paras charities. Bream raised over £5000 for the charities which support the mental health of veterans.
He said the bravery required for the jump was nothing compared with the courage shown by troops on the frontline, and said he hoped the event would motivate veterans in the country.
John has earned the nickname “The Flying Fish”
Cyclists get stuck into new King Alfred’s Way route
The King Alfred’s Way cycling route is now two months old and is proving popular amongst cyclists. The off-road route takes in many historic sites and goes right through Petersfield.
From Winchester, cyclists pedal their way via Petersfield to Reading, then west to Avebury, south to Salisbury passing Stonehenge and then back to Winchester. The route officially starts and finishes at the statue of the 9th century King of Wessex in Winchester.
The charity Cycling UK announced the new 220 mile route in August and it has become popular with cyclists from all over the country who are feeling up for a challenge. It takes in sights such as the Iron Age fort at Old Sarum, Salisbury’s original Cathedral and historic battlefields.
The route has already been used for charity fundraisers, last week four Petersfield cyclists raised £1000 for local charity Fitzroy.
Cycling UK also says the route is open to walkers.
Local charity Fitzroy is more than halfway through its “around the world in 80 days” fundraising challenge.
Volunteers have completed 9000 miles already and raised over £5,000, but they need help to finish off the challenge.
The challenge began on September 1st and people can take part in any way they like, so far they have had everything from running and cycling to tandem bike rides, wheelchair and dog walking miles.
FitzRoy aims to transform lives every day by supporting people with learning disabilities to do the simple things that make a real difference to their everyday life.
To get involved head to their website, fitzroy.org.
The volunteers at the Petersfield Community Garden have been busy recently improving their space.
Having used rainwater to fill it, they now have a wildlife pond which will help preserve local wild reptiles and amphibians. Amongst others they have been enjoying plentiful harvests of apples, fennel, and pumpkins recently.
Those involved are looking forward to seeing how the garden and the ecosystem develops over the next few years.
The garden is on Waterworks road and organisers are encouraging local residents to get involved, whether that’s digging, picking, or just sitting”.