the P pod – 28 July, 2020

The P pod is your weekly magazine programme with the voices and stories of Petersfield people.

This week, presenters Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey have some major revelations: plus you’ll hear from Collabro’s Michael Auger on his group’s success since Britain’s Got Talent and why he’s chosen to join the volunteer team at Petersfield Community Radio; and Tattoo Lounge owner Geoff Richardson explains how lockdown couldn’t have come at a worse time for his business – but things are looking up.

Collabro’s Michael Auger, right, joined the team, while a self-conscious Joff held in his stomach

Our youngest correspondent, 13-year-old Nina Vennis, reports from the Petersfield Sewing Bee; Suzie Wilde has a Shakespearean swim; Noni Needs tells you what to do with your courgettes; Money-Moment Martin has an, er, Money Moment; Helen Adams urges you to love yourself; Richard Marks heralds some bright weather; and regular visitor Jon Walker, from the Petersfield Post, drops by once more. It’s a full bag this week …

The P pod is taking a summer break but will return in September. Something even more exciting will take its place for the next few weeks, but you’ll have to listen to Joff and Claire to discover what …

‘Gentle’ Geoff Richardson hosted the P pod at the Tattoo Lounge, while Joff hid from needles …

This week’s P pod was recorded at the Tattoo Lounge, in Lavant Street, on Monday, 27 July, and was produced and edited by Dave ‘I don’t do vegetables’ Bowers, who was ably assisted by Lucy Davies.   

the P pod – 21 July, 2020

The P pod is your weekly magazine programme with the voices and stories of Petersfield people.

This week, presenters Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey – plus producer Dave, who has far too much to say for himself – visit One Tree Books, where they speak with owner Tim O’Kelly. There’s music from former Churcher’s College pupil Alec Murray, suggestions on what to do with a cauliflower … and plenty of laughs too.

Tim O’Kelly, right, invited Claire and Joff into One Tree Books … he was heard to mutter “never again!”

There are also your regular features from Suzie Wilde, Noni Needs, Richard Marks, Helen Adams, Martin Bamford and Alan Cosh, plus regular guest Jon Walker, from the Petersfield Post.

The P pod was recorded at One Tree Books on the evening of Monday, 20 July. It was produced and edited by Dave ‘Far Too Much To Say For Himself’ Bowers, who was ably assisted by Lucy Davies.

the P pod – 14 July, 2020

The P pod is your weekly magazine programme with the voices and stories of Petersfield people.

As things begin to return to a vague form of normality in our town, there’s even more to discuss, and presenters Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey headed to the new home of the King’s Arms – the former premises of Michelin-starred restaurant JSW – to bring you a smorgasbord of delights from across the Petersphere.

Harry Marden, centre, serenaded P pod presenters Joff Lacey and Claire Vennis

John Callaghan, one of the founders of the King’s Arms, talks about its 20th anniversary and how it’s a “dream” to be moving into the new home. Young musician Harry Marden plays you two of his songs; Gallery No 30‘s Fifi Crowley explains how the business has coped during lockdown; Petersfield Museum‘s Lauren Wayland talks books and Flora Twort; and Ulrike Jager tells you how our twin town of Warendorf, in Germany, managed the pandemic.

John Callaghan, left, once gave Joff a detention in RE (allegedly!)

Plus there are our regular contributors Suzie Wilde – this week walking with fellow Petersfield Community Radio volunteer John Welsman; Martin Bamford; Helen Adams; Noni Needs – with another recipe exchange; and the Petersfield Post‘s chief reporter, Jon Walker, drops by unannounced … again.

This week Claire and Joff were assisted by contributions from Alan Cosh and John Welsman, The show, which was recorded in the courtyard at the King’s Arms on Monday 13 July, was produced and edited by Dave Bowers, who was ably assisted by Lucy Davies.

the P pod – 7 July 2020 from The Old Drum

The P pod is your weekly magazine programme with the voices and stories of Petersfield people.

After 15 weeks indoors, Joff Lacey and the newly coiffured Claire Vennis are finally out and about in the Petersphere. The 39th edition of the P pod comes to you from the sun-kissed garden of The Old Drum on Chapel Street.

This week Claire and Joff celebrate their freedom by talking travel and holidays with Meon Valley Travel’s Nicki Lahiri.

Nicki Lahiri speaks to Joff

Dean Lowe, manager of The Old Drum explains how they coped during lockdown and what their plans are now their doors are open. And Joff speaks to the Petersfield Post’s chief reporter Jon Walker about the biggest talking point in the town at the moment – street restrictions and parking.

Dean from The Old Drum talks to Claire and Joff
Jon Walker and Joff Lacey

We also have another chief – Good Morning Britain’s chief correspondent Richard Gaisford in conversation with young reporter Nina Vennis.

Noni Needs receives a surprise doorstep visitor, Suzie Wilde takes some time out to reflect on a Wilde Walk, Alan Cosh has hints and tips to save you dosh, as well as a Mindful Moment with Helen Adams, a money moment with Martin Bamford and the history of the Corn Exchange is revealed by Ryan Watts from Petersfield Museum.

If you’re a business anywhere around the Petersphere and would like to host a Monday evening recording of the P pod please do email us – team@petersfieldradio.uk.

This weeks edition of the P pod was produced and edited by Stephen Martin, with vocal coaching provided by Sarah Martin. Pictures by Lucy Davies

The P pod – 30 June 2020

Our flagship weekly magazine show presents the best of Petersfield with the fragrant Claire Vennis and the sturdy and genial Joff Lacey.

OK, this was last week … but Joff was just as sturdy

This week, you can hear from Chris Ricketts, a music teacher at The Petersfield School, who chats to our duo about the virtual summer music festival taking place this Friday.

What’s more, completely free of charge and with no obligation, you’ll also hear from walker Suzie Wilde; wild Jon Walker; cash expert Martin Bamford; cash saver Alan Cosh; the Petersfield Museum’s Lauren Wayland; Helen Adams encourages you to stretch; Butser Ancient Farm director Maureen Page chats with Nina Vennis; Noni Needs meets with James Fairweather for a BBQ-special Recipe Exchange; and Richard Marks has some bad news about the weather.

Oh, and Joff goes in search of sympathy and compliments …

This week’s P pod was recorded on Monday, 29, June, in Joff’s garden on the Herne Farm estate and was edited by Stephen Martin in a blur of talented finger movements.

the P pod – 23 June 2020

Petersfield’s news, views and personalities with Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey – this week, from the comfort of the big man’s garden.

Claire Vennis & Joff Lacey are two metres apart

This week

Claire & Joff are joined by Elisha Mason from Petersfield Museum to talk about a local competition you can enter – and how much do you know about one of our town’s most iconic images, the statue of King William III in the Square?

Jon Walker is back to give us a taste of what’s in-store from this week’s edition of the Petersfield Post.

Noni Needs brings you the latest Recipe Exchange, in which you can learn how to make a fast and tasty pesto.

Plus

Regular favourites including another of Suzie Wilde’s Wilde Walks, Martin Bamford’s Money Moment, Petersfield’s most in-depth weather forecast from local meteorologist Richard Marks, Helen Adams with another Mindful Moment and more money-saving tips from Petersfield Community Radio’s Alan Cosh in Cosh Saves You Dosh.

the P pod – 16 June 2020

Petersfield’s news, views and personalities with Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey.

This week

Will Covid turn Petersfield pedestrianised? We meet one campaigner who wants to see a new relationship between traffic and people in the town centre.

Teacher Neil Hornsby tells the story behind the Bedales School junior band night which this year moved online in an international hook-up.

Tristan Gooley explains the life of a Natural Navigator. His website is at www.naturalnavigator.com

Jon Walker gives us a sneaky peak into the pages of this week’s Petersfield Post

James ‘Foodie’ Fairweather gives Noni Needs ideas for using-up old ingredients you find in your kitchen cupboards.

and Richard Gaisford is standing outside (as TV news correspondents love to do).

Plus

Regular favourites including Suzie Wilde’s Wilde Walk, Martin Bamford’s Money Moment, the best local weather forecast from local meteorologist Richard Marks, Helen Adams’s moment of mindfulness and a new money-saving feature as Alan Cosh saves you dosh.

the P pod – 9 June, 2020

Petersfield’s weekly magazine show, with Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey.

Guess who’s back … back again

This week, in a bumper edition, our presenters chat to best-selling author, navigator and explorer Tristan Gooley, about his involvement with the Bohunt Education Trust’s new Duke of Edinburgh app, and to Helen Parrott, the head of juniors at Ditcham Park School, to find out about the first week of primary school since lockdown.

Claire and Joff also discuss the burning topics of the day in Petersfield and East Hampshire, while the Petersfield Post‘s Jon Walker has some interesting updates on the Lords Farm sale; Suzie Wilde’s walk takes her to the Petersfield Community Garden; holistic therapist Helen Adams delivers a Mindful Moment on positive intentions; there’s another 60-Second History from the team at Petersfield Museum; Informed Choice’s Martin Bamford brings you the latest finance news; and our resident meteorologist, Richard Marks, has the latest weather forecast. Phew … what a lot we pack in!

This week’s P pod was recorded remotely on Monday, 8 June and was produced by the multi-talented Joff Lacey and edited by the wholly talentless Dave Bowers.

the P pod – 2 June, 2020

Petersfield’s weekly magazine show, with Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey.

… with pre-lockdown hairstyles

This week, Joff and Claire chat with writer Greg Mosse about his career and the Weald and Downland Living Museum’s historical fiction short story competition, and you can experience the relaxing voice of holistic therapist Helen Adams, who talks about her new wellness series.

There is also the far-from-relaxing voice of the Petersfield Post‘s Jon Walker, who joins us while he is searching for sea eagles; the mellifluous tones of author and walker Suzie Wilde; the informed delivery of financial expert Martin Bamford; and the melodic meteorological musings of Richard Marks. There’s also the second in a new series of 60-Second Histories, brought to you by the team at Petersfield Museum.

Plus, Joff embarrasses himself in the garden … twice.

This edition of the P pod was recorded remotely, with Claire in Langrish, Joff on Herne Farm, and producer and editor Dave Bowers on his last legs.

COMPETITION DETAILS

The Weald and Downland Living Museum is inviting entries to its historical fiction short story – and you’ve got plenty of time to produce your entry as the closing date is not until 5pm on Friday, 4 September 2020.

There are two categories:

  • Historical fiction short stories, which relate to an aspect of the collection (houses or artefacts) of the Weald & Downland Living Museum, and are set between the years 900AD and 1930.
  • Or historical fiction short stories, which are simply set anywhere in that same time period.

This competition is for adults, although there is a separate under-18s’ competition too. Here the categories are:

  • An illustrated story – or picture book – of up to 100 words, aimed predominantly at children in year two or below; or
  • A story of between 400 and 600 words, which you may or may not choose to illustrate.

Entries must be original stories written by the entrant (though a little help with spelling is considered acceptable)

For more information and entry forms, visit wealddown.co.uk/historical-fiction-short-story-competition-2020

the P pod (in lockdown?) – 26 May, 2020

Petersfield’s weekly magazine show, with Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey.

Not recorded anywhere near Durham …

This week, Claire and Joff eschewed the latest Government initiative and stayed at home to chat with local photographer Louise Collins, who’s seen a ‘step change’ in her career since the lockdown, and Anthony Thistleton, from the Rural Refugee Network, who, along with members of the Bedales community, has travelled from Syria to Steep – and not to test their eyesight.

Louise Collins is stepping out …

They also introduce the first in a new series of 60-Second Histories, brought to you by the team at the Petersfield Museum; plus Suzie Wilde‘s WIlde Walk; Martin Bamford‘s Money Moment; Richard Marks’ weather update, and the bromance between Joff and the Petersfield Post‘s chief reporter, Jon Walker, continues unabashed. And there’s a league debut for youngster Tom Reynolds, who reads the news.

This week’s P pod was recorded on the evening of Monday, 25 May, while all participants were still in a state of disbelief following THAT press conference. It was produced by Harrison RB and edited by Dave Bowers, a regular visitor to THE Barnard Castle, a pub just off the A3 near Ripley.

the P pod – 19 May, 2020

Petersfield’s weekly magazine show, with Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey.

Please do not approach these people in the street …

This week, inbetween visits to garden centres and playing golf, Petersfield’s very own Little and Large introduce interviews with 12-year-old WWF ambassador, Will Lall, a Churcher’s College pupil who hosted a live online webinar broadcast across the world, and, in the week that should have seen the start of the Chelsea Flower Show, Charles Dedman, of East Tisted-based outdoor furniture specialist Gaze Burvill.

Richard Marks returns with some good news on the weather front; Suzie Wilde takes us round her garden, and Martin Bamford stays on top of financial matters, while the Petersfield Post‘s Jon Walker likes big birds and he cannot lie …

This week’s P pod was recorded on Monday, 18 May, while the presenters were angling and playing basketball at the correct physical distance. It was produced by Joff Lacey and edited by Alice Payne – both of whom stayed alert throughout.

the P pod in lockdown – 12 May, 2020

Petersfield’s weekly magazine show, with Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey.

Honestly officer, we were just out for a bit of exercise …

This week our less-than-dynamic duo are joined by members of the Liss children’s choir that has taken Britain’s Got Talent by storm. We’re also lucky enough to hear the track which made some of the judges cry … in a good way, that is – not like the Cheeky Girls did.

Our regular contributors are there too, except for Richard Marks, whose deerstalker hat, ‘haz mat’ suit and gauges were worn, instead, for verisimilitude, by Stephen Martin.

This week’s P pod was recorded remotely by two people from different households who met in a park at a safe distance. It was produced by Joff Lacey and edited by Alice Payne, who both stayed alert throughout.

the P pod in lockdown – 5 May, 2020

Petersfield’s weekly magazine show, with Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey.

So near, but yet so far apart …

Yes, the P pod is 30. They’re still in lockdown, but Claire has managed to get a longer piece of string and some bigger tins to ensure she drags Langrish kicking and screaming into the 20th century … no, the 20th. And, just in time for the 30th edition!

This week, our radio hams are joined by Katie Maria, who runs a language school in Petersfield, and our own Petersfield Community Radio co-founder, Stephen Martin, discusses a record month for the project.

There is a also a musical birthday tribute to Captain Tom, from the Hampshire Music Service – which includes many people from across the Petersphere – plus another satisfying stroll with Suzie, and some manic money with Martin.

The P pod was recorded on the evening of Monday, 4 May, and produced and edited by 17-yearold (!!) Harrison RB. If you’re good enough, you’re old enough at Petersfield Community Radio. Come join us …

the P pod in lockdown – 28 April, 2020

Petersfield’s weekly magazine show, with Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey.

Joff and Claire experience life as Cold War broadcasters

This week, Joff is at home in Herne Farm, while Claire is seemingly channelling mid-1970s’ BBC sports broadcasts from behind the Iron Curtain … all that’s missing is Bryon Butler.

They speak with Ramsdean’s award-winning baker, Sarah Raisbeck, who is now operating a ‘pick-up shop’ from her home and Sarah supplies us with an easy-to-make bread recipe – see below.

Plus there are contributions from Suzie Wilde, Martin Bamford and Richard Marks, and music from Mark Handley and the Bone Idles, who pay tribute to our NHS heroes.

This week’s P pod was recorded on Monday, 27 April, 1975, in Leipzig, via a series of anonymous drops and an underground network held together by fuse wire and sticking plasters. Production and editing were by Dave Bowers, who has subsequently been fired.

RECIPE

This is enough for two loaves:

800g bread flour (I’d go for 50:50, white and wholemeal)

560g water

30g olive oil (or whatever you have / prefer)

16g salt

1 sachet yeast (or 7g from tin, or 14g fresh).

Dissolve the yeast into the water, add and then mix all ingredients to a shaggy mess (everything’s incorporated but no form) and cover with a shower cap.

After 20 minutes lightly fold the dough over, rotating the bowl as you go and form into a ball. Repeat this after another 20 minutes covering up each time, then leave to rise until more or less doubled in size.

Gently plop the dough onto the counter, divide into two, form into balls and leave to rest (it relaxes the dough before you put it into the tins). Meanwhile butter and lightly flour the tins.

Flip one of the balls over onto a lightly floured work top so the smooth side is at the bottom; fold in half with your hand and place seam side down in the tin.

Repeat with the other loaf. Cover the tins (I use a shower cap for this as well) and leave to double or so in size.

Preheat the oven to 220, ideally without the fan.

Bake for 35 minutes.

Once out, tip onto a cooling rack and leave to cool. I put these in plastic bags to keep them soft, and they freeze really well.

This recipe is taken from a baker on Instagram called Richard Caddick.

the P pod in lockdown – 21 April, 2020

Petersfield’s weekly news, views and local personalities – all complying with social distancing regulations – with Claire Vennis, in Langrish, and Joff Lacey, on Herne Farm … or is it the other way round?

Unsocial distancing: Joff, left, and Claire, right … our presenters are confused

This week, our distancing duo are joined, remotely, of course, by Sheet’s Nicole Small: costumier to Hollywood A listers, hood wrangler for Meryl Streep, and now producing scrubs for a guy who may be pricking your boil in a couple of months …

Nicole Small ‘fancy dresses’ as Catherine Bordey, the mayor of Saint Marie, in BBC’s Death in Paradise

Plus all the usual *BAFTA-entry material: Jon Walker looks at this week’s Petersfield Post, Martin Bamford peruses the financial news, Richard Marks measures the mercury, and Suzie Wilde breaks social distancing rules with a hitch-hiking hymenoptera.

Meanwhile, Dave Bowers scrabbles around looking for some news that doesn’t relate to Covid-19. Will he succeed? Find out by pressing play, above.

The P pod was recorded on Monday, 20 April, while under constant attack from BT broadband, with production, editing and cursing carried out by Petersfield Community Radio volunteer Dave Bowers.

*Yes, we know BAFTA doesn’t deal with radio, but have you heard of the ARIAS?

the P pod in lockdown – 14 April, 2020

Petersfield’s weekly news, views and local personalities – all complying with social distancing regulations – with Claire Vennis, in Langrish, and Joff Lacey, on Herne Farm.

Gov will tear us apart again …

This week, our distancing duo are joined, remotely, of course, by Sew Creative’s Jo Watts, who is spearheading a drive to produce clinical gowns for local GPs.

Jo Watts at a previous P pod recording

Joff has his weekly ‘bromance’ call with the Petersfield Post‘s chief reporter, Jon Walker; Suzie Wilde tees up a walk from home; Martin Bamford has your financial news; we hear from Dr Penny Mileham, from the Grange Surgery, in conversation with Petersfield Community Radio volunteer John Welsman; and Richard Marks heralds the end of summery conditions in East Hampshire … just don’t shoot the messenger!

The P pod was recorded on Monday, 13 April, across a bespoke, technical system involving levers, pulleys, cans and string; production and editing was carried out, at great personal expense, by Petersfield Community Radio hostage Dave “Please send food parcels” Bowers.

*To help fund Sew Creative’s clinical gown production, visit the GoFundMe page here.

the P pod in lockdown – 7 April 2020

Social distancing in action on the P pod

Petersfield’s weekly news, views and local personalities with Claire Vennis, in Langrish, and Joff Lacey, on Herne Farm.

Petersfield's Joe Truman wins gold in the men's sprint. Picture: Alex Broadway/SWpix
Petersfield’s Joe Truman wins gold in the men’s sprint. Picture: Alex Broadway/SWpix

They’re joined by international cyclist Joe Truman, the current British National Track Keirin champion and former TPS pupil, and Marcus Fellowes, from Barbershop Botanicals.

Also, in this week’s edition, you can enjoy all the regular features: Jon Walker’s preview of this week’s Petersfield Post; Suzie Wilde’s Wilde Walk; Martin Mamford’s Money Moment; and Richard Marks’ weather information.

Only the crumbliest, flakiest broadband connections were used to make this programme. See if you can tell.

Contact the team on 01730 555 500 or email pod@theppod.uk.

Recorded as live from various locations around Petersfield and the wider Petersphere.

Audio production and editing by Alice Payne.

the P pod in lockdown – 1 April 2020

Petersfield’s weekly news, views and local personalities with Claire Vennis in Langrish and Joff Lacey in Herne Farm.

Award-winning garden designer and TV presenter Ann-Marie Powell joins us for outdoor inspiration, Suzie Wilde and labrador Raine take their daily exercise close to home, Jon Walker looks through highlights from this week’s Petersfield Post, John and Jan Welsman encounter some surprising birdlife, Martin Bamford rounds-up the recent changes in monetary policy that could affect you and Bryony Alford has her legs up the wall. It’s a wellbeing tip.

Only the crumbliest, flakiest broadband connections were used to make this programme. See if you can tell.

Contact the team on 01730 555 500 or email pod@theppod.uk

Recorded as live from various locations around Petersfield and the wider Petersphere.

Audio production by Alice Payne.

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