Purple reigns as EHDC looks to improve experience

East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) will go purple on 12 November to join in with Purple Tuesday.

Purple Tuesday is an international call to action focused on changing the customer experience for disabled people.

To take part in the day, organisations must make at least one pledge that will improve the experience that disabled people have.

EHDC is pledging to carry out an accessibility audit on its website, make any necessary improvements and to deliver disability awareness training to all staff.

Brian Wood, head of customer services at EHDC said: “It is really important to us that everyone has a positive customer experience, regardless of ability.

“We are dedicated to making sure of this every day of the year but taking part in Purple Tuesday is a great way to show the public our commitment.”

Throughout the day the council will be sharing stories and advice on the subject of accessibility on Facebook and Twitter.

Home Malone, as world music workshop comes to Petersfield

Renowned choir director Rosa Malone is returning to Petersfield to host a one-off world music workshop open to everyone.

Rosa Malone, far right, is bringing a world music workshop to the town where she was raised

Rosa, who was raised in Petersfield and studied at Trinity College of Music, has been directing choirs in Greece for six years, and specialises in making choral singing fun, inspirational and open to all people, regardless of their experience. In addition to regular choir practices, Rosa runs singing retreats in the Greek Islands, holds online singing tutorials and regular workshops.

In the workshop in Petersfield, she will be teaching adults and children of all abilities to sing songs from around the world, including some Christmas songs, in an informal day during which singers can bring and share lunch and enjoy the music together in a relaxed atmosphere.

She explained: “People always gain confidence during these workshops and they go away feeling energised and uplifted. It’s just what we need in the dark days of November and the start of the busy Christmas period. We have songs from Macedonia, Ghana, Brazil and many other places, all presented in a way which is easy to pick up without the need to read music.”

The session will be held in the United Reformed Church Hall in College Street, Petersfield on Saturday, 23 November, between 10am and 4pm and further details can be found at www.vocallibre.com.

Martin Bamford’s Money Moment

It’s Martin Bamford’s weekly round up of the money news that could inform your investment and spending decisions.

Non-starter homes; Back to the 70s for government spending?; House prices up year on year; No women and children first for Mothercare, which wants to stay out of pension lifeboat …

Money Moment is brought you with Informed Choice independent financial planners of Petersfield.

Learn more about Martin Bamford at https://icfp.co.uk/team/martin-bamford/

Herbert Hedley’s Autumnal Wonders

For the next week or so, Herbert Hedley has an exhibition of Autumnal Wonders, at the Petersfield Space, a pop-up venue in Lavant St, which offers a showcase for different shops on a regular basis.

Suzie Wilde walked in … for a private viewing.

Big Draw hopes to be a big draw

Vicki Ostersen, left, and Claire Vennis with flowers created by the afterschool art club
at Herne Junior School

Treefrog Art’s Vicki Ostersen popped into Monday’s recording of the P pod, at the Townhouse, to speak with Claire Vennis about the Big Draw Festival, which is at St Peter’s Church until 4 November.

Here is the extended version of the interview.

Bin and gone … new days for collections

Starting this week, Petersfield’s environmental services will be delivered through East Hampshire District Council’s partnership with Havant Borough Council. These include street cleaning, public conveniences, grounds maintenance, and, of immediate concern to residents, waste and recycling collections

EHDC communications officer Will Parsons spoke to Claire Hughes, head of environmental services at East Hampshire District Council about the reason behind the changes and how it may impact on residents.

Find your bin collection calendar here

NEWS: Bank boarded after Rams raid

The damage in Rams Walk

One of the cash machines at Santander in Rams Walk has been boarded up after thieves tried to firebomb it at the weekend.

Police believe the attackers tried to burst open the machine by setting it alight with a flammable liquid early on Sunday morning.

The attack failed and the thieves left empty handed. Scorch marks from the fire are visible on the paving in Rams Walk.

The town was still busy after Saturday’s summer festival and officers want to hear from anybody who saw anything unusual.

If you think you can help, contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101. The crime reference number is 44190301582.