Morning Report – Tuesday 19 January

Every morning we bring together the most interesting and useful local news for Petersfield and its villages with the latest national and world headlines, Petersfield’s weather forecast and the local travel news.

In today’s news

Lucy Walker, Noni Needs and Paul Chubb have all today’s essential local information.

Today, a local school is suddenly closed because of a number of Covid-19 cases, rail disruption is expected through Petersfield because of viaduct work in Portsmouth, details of how the Petersfield Library is continuing to provide services through lockdown and this week’s community lottery results.

All that plus today’s weather and travel news and the latest national and world stories from Matt Soanes at Radio News Hub 

You make it shine

You can contribute stories and information to the team. Just email team@petersfieldradio.uk or give us a call on Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Morning Report – Monday 18 January

Every morning we bring together the most interesting and useful local news for Petersfield and its villages with the latest national and world headlines, Petersfield’s weather forecast and the local travel news.

In today’s news

Today, local firefighters have begun driving ambulances as part of the Covid-19 response, Petersfield Bookshop will provide free books for children who are learning from home, a Petersfield estate agent will print your child’s homework papers free of charge and the Hampshire Coronavirus Helpline is open every day from 9 until 4.30pm.

Details on those stories, plus weather, travel, UK and world news headlines in today’s morning report with Lucy Davies and the team.

You make it shine

You can contribute stories and information to the team. Just email team@petersfieldradio.uk or give us a call on Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Morning Report – Friday 15 January

Every morning we bring together the most interesting and useful local news for Petersfield and its villages with the latest national and world headlines, Petersfield’s weather forecast and the local travel news.

In today’s news

Today, local hospitals say they need your help, a local MP is to hold surgeries online, there’s new help to keep Petersfield homes warm and a self-build housing project in Petersfield is ready to allocate plots.

All with Laura Sheppard and Emily Watts at Petersfield’s Shine Radio.

You make it shine

You can contribute stories and information to the team. Just email team@petersfieldradio.uk or give us a call on Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Morning Report – Thursday 14 January

Your Petersfield local news update, plus weather and travel with Noni Needs, Emily Watts and the team. Matt Soanes at Radio News Hub has the national and world update.

In today’s news

Your daily update of news, weather and travel for Petersfield and its villages.

Today, East Hampshire councillors meet to discuss a report into governance and behaviour at the council, staff at Petersfield Minor Injuries unit ask for your help to stay safe, Petersfield Lions want more people in our community to be aware of the support available to them and bin collections in Petersfield are back to normal this week.

You make it shine

You can contribute stories and information to the team. Just email team@petersfieldradio.uk or give us a call on Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Morning Report – Wednesday 13 January

Noni Needs and Kate Fairweather bring you today’s news, weather and travel for Petersfield and its villages. With national and world stories from Matt Soanes at the Radio News Hub.

In today’s news

Your daily update of news, weather and travel for Petersfield and its villages.

Today, Local police warn of Coronavirus scam schemes, the SSEN diggers are back in Petersfield, people locally appear to be staying home and following the rules and there’s a virtual Burns Night planned in support of local charity.

You make it shine

You can contribute stories and information to the team. Just email team@petersfieldradio.uk or give us a call on Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Morning Report – Tuesday 12 January

Today’s local news plus weather and travel news with Lucy Davies, Paul Chubb and Matt Soanes at Radio News Hub. 

In today’s news

Your daily update of news, weather and travel for Petersfield and its villages.

Today, a Langrish family is in temporary accommodation after a devastating fire at their home in the village.

A bicycle theft in Petersfield has led to an arrest. 

South Western Railway has confirmed a new slimmed-down timetable of services through Petersfield.

And a Petersfield surgery is pleading with patients to wait for the call for their Coronavirus vaccination.

Correction

Yesterday morning we reported the latest Covid numbers. We should clarify that the number of deaths in East Hampshire, 80, is the number recorded to the 5th of January since the beginning of the pandemic. The number continues to rise and we’ll update it again next Monday.

Thanks to Dr. Rob Holland who spotted our error.

You make it shine

You can contribute stories and information to the team. Just email team@petersfieldradio.uk or give us a call on Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Morning Report – Monday 11 January

Today’s local news plus sport, weather and travel news including details of bus changes with Lucy Davies, Kate Fairweather and James Robbins. 

In today’s news

More Petersfield families feel the direct effects of Covid-19 as case numbers and deaths continue to increase locally, Petersfield town Council is still offering its Lockdown Helpline Service for those who are unable to leave home, an independent Petersfield business received a boost from showbusiness royalty this weekend and the East Hampshire community lottery results are out.

You make it shine

You can contribute stories and information to the team. Just email team@petersfieldradio.uk or give us a call on Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Petersfield Telephone Box Book Exchange

Laura Sheppard talks to Melody Burgess who runs the Telephone Box Book Exchange in College Street, and runs the Instagram account petersfield_phonebox_library



Author Helen Fields donating signed copies of her books to the book exchange
Petersfield Telephone Box Book Exchange

Morning Report – Thursday 7 January

All the local news and information with Noni Needs, Kate Fairweather, Phill Humphries, Claire Vennis and Emily Watts at the weather desk, plus national and world stories from Matt Soanes at Radio News Hub.

In today’s news

Today, one man is dead and another recovering from hospital treatment after a fatal collision near Petersfield at the weekend, the Police are reassuring people in our area that they will take robust enforcement action if necessary during lockdown, pupils at Herne Junior School resume lessons from today and Petersfield’s market stall holders say they are pleased to still be trading during lockdown.

You make it shine

You can contribute stories and information to the team. Just email team@petersfieldradio.uk or give us a call on Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Morning Report – Wednesday 6 January

Lucy Davies, Kate Fairweather, Laura Sheppard and Phill Humphries bring you today’s local news and information, with national stories from Matt Soanes at Radio News Hub.

In today’s news

Today, the Petersfield school head calling for better leadership from Government, a Petersfield charity steps-up its help for people with mental health conditions, why the Heath car park has been locked shut, and local running enthusiasts find a smart way to keep active and connected despite the lockdown.

You make it shine

You can contribute stories and information to the team. Just email team@petersfieldradio.uk or give us a call on Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Tony Markham of Herne Junior School on his lockdown plans

The head teacher of Herne junior school, Tony Markham, explains how he and his team have organised the school for a mixture of remote working and in-school lessons for the children of key workers and from vulnerable backgrounds.

He also praises the generosity of Petersfield after the school has received donations to help provide laptops to children and he calls on the Government and Ofsted inspectors to provide help and leadership at this difficult moment.

Hear about the challenges faced by a local head teacher and the support he gains from parents and staff as we enter another difficult lockdown. 

Tony Markham at the head’s desk

Tony Markham is talking to Shine Radio’s Stephen Martin.

What we can and cannot do within Petersfield’s Tier 2 restrictions

This is the official Government and National Health Service guide to Tier 2 restrictions which apply from Wednesday 2 December in our area.

The authorities say that our continued presence within the Tier 2 zone will be reviewed on 16 December.

Official Government / NHS guidance

Relevant listening

We covered the introduction of these tiers in Friday’s Morning Report.

There are no restrictions placed upon listening to the radio so do enjoy the programme here…

Keeping up with Annie Jones

P pod presenters Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey visited Annie Jones, in Lavant Street, last week, ahead of the restaurant’s reopening.

They spoke with Caroline Pring and Paul Setford to find out how they had coped during lockdown and what changes customers could expect to see now the restaurant is open once more.

This is the full interview from which an abridged version was taken for that week’s P pod. 

TSB to close Petersfield branch

The Petersfield branch of TSB, at 29 High Street, will close on 8 April, 2021.

The closure of TSB is another blow for the town’s High Street

This follows an announcement by the bank this morning which confirmed it was to close 164 of its branches and cut 960 jobs, blaming “a significant shift in customer behaviour” as more customers bank online.

The news will come as a further disappointment to the town’s residents who are already reeling at a swathe of store and office closures in the town centre.

Update: In an official statement, issued to the media, TSB says: “We’ve looked carefully at our Petersfield branch at 29 High Street, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3JR and how it is used, and we’ve taken the decision to close it. The way customers bank with us is rapidly evolving with the vast majority of everyday transactions now being done digitally.

“Over 2.1 million of our customers now choose to bank online, and over 1.3 million use our Mobile Banking App. Even prior to COVID-19 customers were choosing other ways to bank with us, with 50% using services at our cash machines, and 20% using a Post Office®. Over 190,000 customers have been supported through our new online chat service, helping them with queries and other services.

“67% of all our customers are now using mobile, online or telephone banking, and at this branch 74% of our personal and 93% of our business customers, now choose to use another branch or channel instead. We need to make sure our branches meet the current and future needs of our customers, and TSB remains committed to face to face services in branch through a network that covers the whole country.

“In Hampshire we will still have 4 branches serving 89,266 customers. This Branch Review explains how we can support you through the changes and the alternative services you can use.”

The bank suggests Petersfield customers now use the branches at Alton or Chichester. To find the branch most convenient for you, go to tsb.co.uk/branch-locator.

Please tell us how you feel about yet another closure in our town by leaving a comment below.

Petersfield’s historic signal box is at risk

Network Rail wants to demolish the Grade II listed signal box at Petersfield railway station.

In a pre-planning application to South Downs National Park Authority the company says it wants to introduce new CCTV equipment and lighting as part of an automated signalling system which is being introduced across the area.

They also want to reduce the distance between the level crossing barriers which, they say, will reduce the amount of time people spend crossing the tracks.

To achieve this, the company proposes moving the barrier base closer to the tracks and claims the 135 year old signal box is in the way.

The company says it is:

requesting pre-application advice from East Hampshire Council regarding whether the proposed demolition works would be acceptable under a Listed Building Consent Application and a demolition application.

Source: Network Rail Pre-Application Statement, July 2020.
Scenes like this could be consigned to history. Picture: Justin Foulger. Used under Creative Commons licence.

History

The signal box is a London & South Western Railway Type 3a construction built around 1885.

Historic England says it is classed as Grade II Listed because of its rarity and the survival of original signalling equipment within the box.

The signal box is constructed to a unique transitional design marking the functional and architectural development between the London & South Western Railway Type 2 and Type 3 signal boxes.

The structure contains a ten-lever Stevens (Railway Signalling Co.) frame and locking rack (c1880), together with a circuit diagram, block shelf and block instruments.

It also forms part of a group of well preserved un-designated station buildings, according to the heritage organisation.

What do you think of the proposal?

Once the automated equipment is installed there is no practical reason to retain the signal box, but a piece of Petersfield history would be lost forever.

We’d like to hear your comments about the possible loss of this building. We’ll include a selection of comments in our Morning Report programme.

New opportunities at Shine Radio

After two thrilling weeks Petersfield’s Shine Radio is sounding great and gaining listeners. More than 1,000 people listened in our launch week, and our diverse family of presenters is sounding more and more confident on the air.

Please keep spreading the word – anyone can listen at https://petersfieldradio.uk.

New opportunities

Right now there are some new volunteering opportunities with the project that may appeal to you or someone you know:

Features Organiser

If you’re well-organised and confident with computers you could help us file, catalogue and schedule audio features into our programmes. It would take about two to three hours of volunteering time each week, once we’ve settled into a good routine. You can do this from home on your own computer or laptop.

Scheduler

This is another satisfying opportunity for you if you have good computer skills and would like to help schedule the music and speech programmes into our output. We’ll train you on the software we use. Again, you can do this from home, connecting remotely to our systems.

Just send an email to us at team@petersfieldradio.uk, expressing your interest or to connect us with someone who you know would enjoy one of these opportunities.

News training

At 9am next Saturday, 5 September, TV’s Richard Gaisford will lead an online workshop on news gathering, bulletin writing and reading. He’ll demonstrate how simple, quick and fun it can be to produce valuable local news.

To be part of the online session and join the team that makes our daily bulletins, again, email team@petersfieldradio.uk and we can organise the link for you.

Sewing Bee brings bit of a buzz

For the last six years, Jo Watts, and her team at Sew Creative, on Lavant Street, have hosted the Petersfield Sewing Bee competition with various challenges for adult and junior sewers.

This year’s creations have been displayed in the shop’s window to view over the last few weeks – and they looked absolutely amazing.

Our youngest reporter, Nina Vennis, went along to the final on Saturday. She caught up with the winner of the Junior Sewing Bee, 11-year-old Liddy Sobey, and then chatted with Jo Watts and sewing expert and judge of the sewing bee Wendy Gardiner.

Congratulations also to Penny Hearn, who won the adult competition and to our own Nina, who, modestly, forgot to mention her success in the challenge one Junior section for her wellness bag.