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Dave Williams in Tilmore and Lucy Davies in Herne Farm join you direct to share today’s essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

Today, help needed for the Christmas Card shop, a warning about pickpockets in Petersfield and get your tickets for the P pod show while you still can.

Send information updates to team@petersfieldradio.uk or call us on 01730 555 500.

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Information transcript

Local news

Pickpockets have been reported in the Rams Walk car park.

Hampshire Constabulary have issued advice on how to spot pickpockets and how to avoid being targeted after a number of incidents in Rams Walk (as well as at Morrisons in Horndean).

The advice warns to stay aware, avoid leaving items unattended where possible, to always close bags and purses, as well as keeping purses/wallets concealed. It also suggests being weary of individuals and groups who may be loitering around public spaces and focussing their attention on the waist area of others or who seem to be overly friendly, sometimes even hugging strangers for no obvious reason – this can be used as a tactic to cover pickpocketing, known as ‘Hugger Mugging’.

If you see something suspicious contact the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency, or report online by hitting the Crime button at www.hampshire.police.uk/ro/report

Local groups and venues have received grants from the Government’s Covid Recovery Fund.

Butser Ancient Farm has been awarded a grant from the Fund to help continue to bring the past to life. It will support the farm over the winter and allow it to continue with its building, maintenance and experimental archaeology work, and enable it to continue to welcome visitors and education groups.

Petersfield Museum has also benefited from a grant which will provide vital support to the museum’s immediate future, finish refurbishment and re-open next year.

A number of local village halls have also received grants from the Fund, as well as the Green A Team who provide technical service and support for local theatre and performance groups.

East Hampshire District Council has launched an updated version of it’s online portal for local residents.

Following feedback, the council has revamped the website it calls “MyEHDC”. The site allows customers to access a range of council services through a personal account.

They say the redesign has been done to make the system more accessible, intuitive and simpler to use.

Councillor Charles Louisson who takes responsibility for finance at the council said there are more than 16,000 residents with accounts on MyEHDC, and so he wants them to have a positive experience.

He believes the changes that have been made are a great improvement on what they had before, and that the next stage is to add more services to the system so it can be a one-stop-shop.

You can try out out the new service at my.easthants.gov.uk

Petersfield’s Cards for Good Causes shop is back for Christmas.

The shop sells cards for a range of local and national charities and relies on the support of local people to staff it, and to buy the cards.

Councillor Lesley Farrow, the current Town Mayor, will be opening the store this year inside the former Thornton’s Gift Shop premises on the High Street.

It opens from this Saturday, the seventeenth of October, but Councillor Farrow and her team are still looking for more volunteers to help staff the venture.

If you can help to run the shop between 10 and 4 any day, Monday to Friday during the eight weeks up to Christmas your help would be extremely welcome.

Most volunteers put themselves forward for manageable shifts of three hours, either between 10 and 1 or between 1 and 4pm.

If you’d like to help, you can email us here at Petersfield’s Shine Radio and we’ll put you in touch. Our email is team@petersfieldradio.uk

There’s a rare chance for you to see the P pod recorded live this month.

Petersfield’s weekly podcast of local stories, personalities and voices reaches its fiftieth edition later in October.
To mark the occasion, Claire Vennis, Joff Lacey and the team are making a special recording at The Studio @ TPS before a live audience.

The event takes place on the evening of Monday the twenty sixth of October at the Studio building on the TPS campus.
There will be live music, interesting discussion about local issues and a chance for you to put faces to the familiar voices you hear on Shine Radio every day.

There’s a bar available and everything is planned to be Covid-safe with social distancing measures in place. This means tickets are strictly limited so make sure you book well in advance to be in the audience.

Tickets for the show are free of charge but you will be asked to make a donation to the volunteer’s fundraising efforts on the night. A crowdfunder appeal to help provide live church services for vulnerable listeners in Petersfield closes the next day.

Coronavirus reporting explainer

Now, yesterday on the Morning Report we gave you the latest Coronavirus numbers for our area.

There are several different ways you can count them. We gave the total incidence number for East Hampshire since the outbreak began as reported by the Government, together with specific numbers for local areas that have been reported in the most recent seven-day period.

Other organisations have reported incidence numbers based on a rolling seven-day average. So it’s easier to make direct comparisons we’ve decided to do it that way too in the future, still using the official statistics.

Using the most recent seven-day average figure, our area has shown an incidence of 54 cases for every one-hundred-thousand people.

The numbers come from the period from the 3rd to 8th of October and they show a steep rise.

For comparison, the incidence rate in Nottingham, which is understood to be the highest in England is 834 per one-hundred-thousand, that’s 15 times higher than here.

Travel news

Roads

Another relatively quiet day on the roads again. 

Work continues at the Winchester Road/Princes Road junction to add new lights and a crossing and may cause delays at peak times. Similarly traffic restrictions and closed parking bays are still a feature in The Square. 

South East Water are carrying out a variety of repairs and works across the town in Tilmore Gardens, Rival Moor Road, Herne Road and Village Street in Liss. ALthough these are not expected to cause delays, please do remain aware when using these routes as there could be some carriageway incursions. 

Southern Water is also in the mix in East & West Harting and Elsted, near the Three Horseshoes. Although the works in the Hartings are not expected to cause delays, the work in Elsted may well do so please factor this in if you are travelling this route at peak times. 

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