Talking Books Café – 30 November 2020

Tim and Suzie start their fortnightly catch up. bite-size chunks so you can have a cuppa, grab a biscuit, whatever. It’s pure pleasure – so join in twitter, FB or online.

Starting with TV:

  • Valhalla Rising
  • The Crown: fascination with 1980s! memories? Hatreds?

Reality TV

  • Bake Off
  • Strictly
  • Master Chef Professional

Series/box sets:

  • Life on Mars = Ashes to Ashes
  • Spooks
  • Black Books  – Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig, Dylan Moran, Graham Linehan
  • Schitt’s Creek


  • Rams 

Reading as a mild sedative?

  • Olive, Mabel and Me – Andrew Cotter
  • The Sentinel -Lee and Andrew Child

Talking Books Cafe is broadcast on the first and fourth Monday evening of the month at 8pm on Petersfield’s Shine Radio and than repeated at other times during the month.

Morning Report – Monday 30 November

Harrison RB and James Birdseye bring you local news and information for Petersfield and its villages. Including news of Petersfield schools that have made the Sunday Times Parent Power Top 100. Kate Faiweather has today’s local forecast.

You make it shine

You can help to update the information we share via email to or by calling Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Local news stories

Four Petersfield schools are named in the Sunday Times parent power list for twenty twenty-one.

Ditcham Park School and Churcher’s College are both ranked within the top one hundred schools in Britain in their respective categories.

Ditcham Park School is named as the fifteenth best independent secondary school for the age range eleven to sixteen.

Churcher’s College in Petersfield caters for children from age two right up to eighteen because it also has a sixth form. The school ranked at number 82 nationally in its category.

Meanwhile, Langrish Primary School and Bedales School were also recognised in the newspaper’s listings.

The Sunday Times publishes the list every year and bases its rankings on performance in academic exams. Estate Agents in Petersfield say the quality of our town’s schools is one reason young families like to settle here.

“Help. Help. Call the Police”.

That’s not a cry you hear on Petersfield High Street every day.

But shoppers in central Petersfield this weekend were stunned to hear this repeated call echo down the high street and into Ram’s Walk on Saturday.

Shine Radio microphones were in the area and captured the shocking sound.

The repeated alarm came from an automatic alert system on a parked security van. It was inadvertently triggered while the vehicle was outside the Poundland shop in our town at around ten to five on Saturday.

Two security staff within the van gestured to passers by that everything was ok.

The sound continued for about fifteen minutes before the van could be driven off. The Police did not attend the scene.

A violinist from Liss Forest is among a group of mums and professional musicians who have produced a musical advent calendar.

Sara Deborah Timossi [t’MOSSy] performs on several pieces of music that appear as video clips when you open the doors of the digital online calendar.

A network of women who juggle work and motherhood have created the calendar together. Sara says it’s been a fun project to work on at a time when performance work has largely dried up:

And you can find out more about the calendar at

Around eight hundred children in Petersfield have helped to restore the chimes of St Peter’s Church.

Pupils at Churcher’s College held a mufti day on Friday to raise money for an automatic timing device that will let the chimes play during the day, but ensure a silent night for people who live near the church. 

Vicar Will Hughes turned off the bells after local residents complained about the noise. He says he’s very fond of the mechanism in the tower:

This week’s winning numbers in the East Hampshire community lottery have been announced.

They are: 2  4  6  7  3 and zero.

There are eighteen winners across the district this week including ten in and around Petersfield. Well done if you’re one of them.

Among the good causes supported by this weeks winners are Liss Mens Shed, Petersfield Lions, the Liss Community Centre and Petersfield Town Juniors football club.

Each good cause receives 50 pence for every ticket you buy, and you can choose your own good cause from a wide selection of local community projects which include Petersfield’s Shine Radio.

On the roads…

Delays at the top of Ramshill continue as a three-way traffic light system is in place at the junction with Barentin Way.

The bus stop outside Churcher’s College is closed because of the road works. Buses are stopping instead by Madeline Road. 

And the puffin crossing by the Esso Garage is suspended while those roadworks continue. Be careful if you must cross there to get to school at Churcher’s.

Works continue in Hill Brow and Milland [m’LAND] Road is closed between the Jolly Drover and the Rogate turn.

And if we’re not saying what you’re seeing out there – you can call Petersfield 5 55 500 to help update this information. Just another way that you make it shine.

Christmas is here, says Collabro’s Michael Auger

Petersfield performer Michael Auger joins Shine Radio’s Noni Needs for our first play of the new Collabro song, Christmas is Here.

Buy the single to help raise funds for Help for Heroes

The song’s release will boost fundraising for charity Help for Heroes.

What does Christmas mean for Michael, how did the song come about and when can we hear more of Michael on Petersfield’s Shine Radio this Christmas?

Collabro singer, Michael Auger, says

“We are so excited to be launching this single with Help for Heroes. With so many of us worried about the impact of the coronavirus on whether we can get together with loved ones this Christmas, it made us realise that this is what many people in the Armed Forces feel every year when they have to serve their country away from home during the festive season. We really hope that we can get the whole nation behind our single so we can get it to the Christmas Number One slot and raise as much money as possible for injured and sick veterans and their families.”

Over recent months Help for Heroes, which relies on public donations for 97% of its income, has seen a 30% reduction in regular income as a result of COVID-19, with all planned face-to-face fundraising events and activities since April either cancelled or postponed. It also expects continued significant falls in the coming years due to ongoing economic recession. At the same time, the charity has seen a 33% increase in those coming forward for mental health support and a 30% increase in referrals to veterans’ clinical services.