Morning report – Thursday April 2

Your essential local information with Laura Sheppard and Harrison RB.

Send your offers of help or requests for people to help you to team@petersfieldradio.uk or telephone us on 01730 5 55 500 and we’ll pass them on to the relevant organisations and agencies.

Today’s special guest is P pod presenter Joff Lacey, a bank manager by day, who offers advice on how to spot the financial scams that are, sadly, so prevalent at the moment.

TRANSCRIPT

A rapid response unit within the Cabinet Office is working with social media firms to remove fake news and harmful content. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said action was needed “to stem the spread of falsehoods and rumours, which could cost lives”. 

The specialist unit is dealing with as many as 10 incidents each day. It will try to tackle a range of issues online, such as fake “experts” issuing false medical information and criminals running phishing scams. And more on scams later on in the Morning Report …

East Hampshire District Council has joined forces with Hampshire County Council, voluntary groups and other districts and boroughs across the county to set up a new Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline for vulnerable people. 

The line is only for residents who don’t have support from families, friends or their local community, and who need urgent assistance with essential food or household supplies, collection of medication, or who are at risk of loneliness. 

As well as providing advice and information the call centre will coordinate requests for practical help, passing them through to the appropriate local authority.

The helpline number – 0333 370 4000 – is open seven days a week, from 9am-5pm.

If you’re finding the current situation challenging, or you’re feeling anxious, the Centre of Complementary Medicine may be able to help. It is offering some free online support sessions hosted by an experienced counsellor. To test out the technology and find out the level of interest, they are trying out two dates: Today at 11am and Saturday at 2pm. 

The sessions will last for approximately 35 minutes and will be available for up to six participants. If there is sufficient interest, they will look at extending the length of the individual sessions and offering additional virtual gatherings. If you would like to join either session please email shanagh@thecentre-petersfield.co.uk for further details.

A reminder from yesterday’s bulletin,that the Petersfield Coronavirus Help Network is building a website as a Resource Hub, and wants to create a list of all businesses providing food deliveries and prepared food around Petersfield. However, it needs businesses to input their own information – so, if you’d like to be included, enter your details at sites.google.com/view/pcrh.  

If you would like to sign up as a volunteer, or if you are an organisation offering assistance, please visit sites.google.com/view/pcrh/assistance.

Also visit Local Circles Petersfield – at localcircles.co.uk – an online directory set up as a community resource to order deliveries of freshly cooked meals, coffee, cake, food essentials and more.

If you get your firewood from Petersfield Logs then Jordan and Peter have temporarily closed the business until further notice.

Don’t worry though, if you’ve already ordered logs for collection, they say they will leave them outside when you’re due to collect and, if you need to, give them a bell as they are still taking calls on 07751 984 502.

A mass teddy bear hunt is underway around the world to help distract millions of children locked down because of the Coronavirus epidemic. Stuffed toys are being placed in windows to give children a fun and safe activity while walking around their neighbourhood with parents. The hunt is inspired by the children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

If you were looking to follow the old adage about getting ahead, you’ll be disappointed to learn that this year’s Hat Fair, which was to take place in Winchester, from July 3-5, has – not surprisingly – been cancelled.

Not surprisingly, the Wickham Horse Fair, held annually on May 20th, has been cancelled – although organisers are planning for it to return next year. The fair traces its origins back to 1269 when Roger De Syres obtained a royal charter from King Henry III to hold a weekly market, which, over the years, became just an annual event. 

If you’re a member at Steep Lawn Tennis Club then you’ll know it’s currently closed. The club tells us it still needs you to renew your subscription, and, if you renew by April 15, it will reduce next year’s subscription to take account of the period the courts remain closed.

What’s more if your income is badly affected by the current crisis you can email Michele Mangham at the club to organise a suitable arrangement. She can be reached at michele.mangham@ntlworld.com

Further news now of people requesting the kind kindly supplied by Steve Amos, of the Adhurst Estate Allotment Association – the seeds, that is, not the news …

Hello Anna Webb – you will be receiving your seeds shortly. Anna also said some nice things about this daily service we’re providing, so thank you Anna.

If you’d like some vegetable seeds just call Petersfield 5 55 500 or email team@petersfieldradio.uk. And, rest assured, nobody will be making a special journey to deliver them … we’re sticklers for the rules here at PCR Towers.

The first East Hampshire Community Lottery draw takes place on Saturday – and, if you choose us as your good cause, we’ll get 50p from every ticket you purchase. Visit easthantslottery.co.uk for more information.

Alexa? What do you mean you can’t play that …?

Amazon Echo … Echo … Echo … Echo …

Do you use an Amazon Echo? And would you like to listen to Petersfield Community Radio via your smart speaker?

If so, then regular listener Dave Williams has come up trumps for you. He’s recorded a piece for us with step-by-step instructions on how you can set up your Alexa device to listen to all our audio content.

However, be warned. If your Alexa can hear you when Dave is telling his what to do, yours will follow suit. And hilarity will no doubt ensue …

Alexa, show me a picture of Dave Williams …

Thanks Dave. We’re sure there will be many people who will find this useful.

*If you can offer the same service for people using a Google Home or other smart speaker device, please be like Dave – and send us an audio file.

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.

What we see

The Pod Couple – Dawn and daughter Louise

Ah, family time spent together …

Dawn and 14-year- old daughter Louise discuss the ups and downs of the first week of home schooling, what it feels like to see Petersfield so quiet, getting in those steps exercising together and dusting off the dirt on the unused trampoline …

Join them each week where they discuss openly and honestly the week just gone and how they got on, and not just with each other.

Dawn and Louise are the Pod Couple

Morning report – Wednesday 1 April

Your essential local information with Suzie Wilde and Dave Bowers.

Send your offers of help or requests for people to help you to team@petersfieldradio.uk or telephone us on 01730 555 500 and we’ll pass them on to the relevant organisations and agencies.

Today, Jazmine and Jordana from Italia Conti Petersfield explain how they’ve moved their performing arts lessons online so children don’t miss out on their singing and dance practice during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Information transcript

Cyber security experts have reminded us to take sensible precautions at a time when many of us are trying out new apps to communicate with friends and family. You’ll have heard the same advice many times, but it’s worth remembering to 

1) use a strong password that you don’t use on any other online service or app,

2) turn on private mode on apps that have it, so only those people you want to find you can, and 

3) look through the privacy settings and close off anything you don’t need.

We must take responsibility for our own online safety by following sensible security steps whenever we use a digital service.

Petersfield Coronavirus Help Network is building a website as a Resource Hub, and wants to create a list of all businesses providing food deliveries and prepared food around Petersfield. However, it needs businesses to input their own information – so, if you’d like to be included, enter your details at sites.google.com/view/pcrh

If you would like to sign up as a volunteer, or if you are an organisation offering assistance, please visit sites.google.com/view/pcrh/assistance

Sadly, the Weald and Downland living museum has been forced by the latest government strictures to close its doors. Many people were asking if they could buy flour online, but it all went to regular businesses and no more will be milled. 

Butser Ancient Farm has now,also, sadly, closed until further notice. Most of the staff are furloughed but you can still email the farm if you have any burning questions – such as, how are the goats doing? – the address is admin@butserancientfarm.co.uk

Home fuel distributor CPL Distribution has asked its customers to be patient while the company experiences slightly longer lead times due to exceptional demand and staffing issues during this crisis. Please do not phone to chase your order, they are still delivering out. Unfortunately, CPL cannot confirm a delivery day and no longer guarantees orders will be with you within seven working days, but it has plenty of stock and reassures customers it will deliver as soon as possible. Like many companies at this time, it is encouraging customers to by card, not cash please. 

M&L Paints, based at Torberry Farm on the Harting Road, is now closed to visitors, but is still able to fulfil online paint orders – at least for the time being – with a small team who are able to safely mix and dispatch paint. Go to MandLpaints.com for more information and to place an order. 

East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership is asking if anyone knows of a community group or social enterprise which may be interested in using the old Station House, at Petersfield station, which is now being made available for refurbishment. Get in touch with them on easthampshirerail.co.uk or 07900 103296.

If your children are missing Rhyme Time or Story Time, have a look at Hampshire Library Service’s Facebook page, where it has been posting some online Rhyme Time and Story Time films.

A2B Taxis is running a 24-hour service for essential travel and collections for key workers, shopping, collection of medicines, emergency dental appointments etc. Visit a2btaxispetersfield.co.uk or call 01730 233299.

Sew Creative, in Lavant Street, has launched an iSEWlation <I SEW LATION> campaign, and will be keeping customers up to date with projects, inspiration and anything to keep busy and keep happy. 

It is offering delivery or FREE postage. Have a look at the shop’s Facebook page at 3pm on Wednesdays to see what’s been created and what is planned, and you can ask them questions. They have received many requests for elastic to make face masks, so have hung some elastic on the door of their shop in Lavant Street for people to help themselves. Sign up to the newsletter for further inspiration at sewcreative.org.uk

At Durleighmarsh farm there is now a twice-a-week delivery of Vicki’s sourdough loaves – on Tuesday and Friday from around 10.30 am, first come first served. And, keep tuning in for news of a limited fish supply from Johnson’s, just once a week.

If you can’t get a supermarket delivery slot and don’t want to queue round the block, you can walk or cycle to the Sheet Shop, at the Queens Head pub.

It’s offering groceries, dairy and meat, dry goods, pasta, tins, beans, draught beers, wines, soft drinks, takeaway coffee, and a takeaway menu, with extended opening times: Tuesday to Saturday: 8.30am – 10am  and 4.30pm to 8pm. Check it out at thequeensheadsheet.com

The first East Hampshire Community Lottery draw takes place on Saturday – and, if you choose Petersfield Community Radio as your good cause, we’ll get 50p from every ticket you purchase. Visit easthantslottery.co.uk for more information.

And if you’re keen to donate to Petersfield Community Radio anyway, details on that are on our website at petersfieldradio.uk

Local music

Regulars of the Queens Head in Sheet will be glad to know the village’s popular band, the Micras, have recorded a track they are dedicating to the NHS. Residents are also hoping to put together a video to go with it and all proceeds will be donated to the heroes who are looking after us at risk to their own health.

Travel news

The only travel that’s permitted is for essential shopping, to get medical supplies or to get to work if you absolutely can’t work from home.

South Western Railway continues to run trains from Petersfield to Portsmouth and London for healthcare workers and anyone who must travel to work, but there’s only one fast and one stopping service each hour, each way and the Petersfield ticket office is closed – you can buy a ticket on the train or from the machine at the station. The last train back from London in the evening leaves Waterloo at 22:45.

Weather

Petersfield met man Richard Marks say March was almost certainly the coldest month of the year but things are looking up as the wind backs to a North Westerly direction, today’s partly cloudy and dry conditions will feel a little less bitter than recent days. The weekend’s looking rather springlike – more on that tomorrow.

Money Moment with Martin Bamford

Informed Choice independent financial planners are investment specialists in Petersfield who can help you make decisions about money.

Every week, Martin Bamford compiles a selection of money stories that will help you keep in touch with our changing world as you consider how best to spend and invest.

This week

The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announces measures to support the self-employed, oil prices drop, housebuyers are urged to be patient, and a warning on Covid-19 scams.

All with Martin Bamford and presented with Informed Choice, independent financial planners of Petersfield.

Martin Bamford

Be informed and plan for your future with the Money Moment from Petersfield Community Radio. Sponsored by Informed Choice.

Morning report – Tuesday 31 March

Your essential local information with Claire Vennis and Stephen Martin.

Send your offers of help or requests for people to help you to team@petersfieldradio.uk or telephone us on 01730 555 500 and we’ll pass them on to the relevant organisations and agencies.

Today, the latest from the PACT Foodbank from Terry Doubleday, what the banks are offering customers from local bank manager and our volunteer Joff Lacey, and Gary Green from Bohunt Education Trust appeals for your used laptops, Chromebooks and iPads.

Information transcript

The Petersfield Voluntary Care Group says it continues to take people without transport to medical appointments, as long as they are not showing any signs of COVID-19, are not in a vulnerable category or over 70.

But … the group is still short of drivers and wants your help. Because many of its drivers are over 70 it’s down from 46 to just eight drivers right now and some of them are self-isolating.

If you can help, the group will DBS check you and you’ll get a free hospital parking permit and ID card. Speak to Alison Gauld to help out – her number is Petersfield 268 917, that’s 01730 268 917 or email alison.gauld@btinternet.com

The Voluntary Care Group also wants you to know that it can do your weekly shopping on a regular basis for you or anybody who is self-isolating. They use your doorstep and front door as a barrier and maintain a 2m distance, and you don’t need cash because they’ll take payments via online banking or even a cheque.

The Post Office in the Square has been open, then closed, then open again on-and-off for the last couple of weeks – things are settling down now, but the branch is operating on reduced hours. It says, this week, it plans to be open every day between 9 and 3 and the staff there don’t expect to open at all on the weekend. Royal Mail deliveries continue to go at the normal times, with the late collection from the Square at 6pm.

Many of us have been using contactless cards for a safer way to make purchases during the outbreak, but you’ve probably noticed they only work for transactions under £30. Well, that changes tomorrow when the restriction will be lifted a bit to £45, so fewer purchases will require you to type in a PIN number at the checkout. 

The major banks in Petersfield are open every morning this week although the TSB is closed until Thursday.

Now to a seed bank, as Steve Amos of the Adhurst Estate Allotment Association has free seeds to give away if you would like to try growing some vegetables in the garden while we’re all staying at home. Tomatoes, carrots, radishes and more – now’s a good time to get them in the ground and Steve can deliver a box of random seeds to help you get started. Call us on Petersfield 5 55 500 if you’d like some or email team@petersfieldradio.uk and we’ll find a way to get them to you.

Supermarkets

Several supermarkets have re-jigged their opening hours so elderly and vulnerable people and health care workers can get their shopping easily.

Tesco is opening early for browsing so NHS and care staff can get in first, and the 9 o’clock hour is especially for elderly and vulnerable shoppers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Waitrose is open from 7.30 every weekday morning and the first hour is also just for the elderly and vulnerable.

Lidl doesn’t have any special slots for different customers but joins the other supermarkets in requiring you to stay at least 2 metres from other shoppers and they have pre-bagged the fresh bread. It is also installing cough-proof screens at the checkouts.

And if you or someone you know is extremely vulnerable, you can get access to priority home delivery from the supermarkets thanks to a new Government scheme – just go to gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable for priority home delivery slots from the major supermarkets. There’s a free phone line too – 0800 953 4988.

Food

The Five Bells, in Buriton, renowned for its roasts, is doing deliveries now. You can order any day, as it’s open every weekday and Saturday from 5pm until 8. Call 01730 263584, that’s Petersfield 263584.

Delivery of Jake’s hand-cut pork pies is and always will be free in and around Petersfield. Email jake@jakesartisanfoods.co.uk or call 07433 422817.

The Tea Barn at Durleighmarsh has a list of ready meals, quiches and soups available for free delivery. Get in touch via its Facebook page or by calling 01730 818286.

It’s the first Sunday of the month this weekend and normally that means one thing in Petersfield – the Farmers Market comes to town. But Hampshire Farmers Markets has suspended all markets during the Coronavirus outbreak for the safety of stallholders and customers alike. If there’s something special you like to get from the market then many of the producers, who have stalls there, are organising home deliveries and their contact information is on the Hampshire Farmers Market website – here’s the address… hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk 

Other supplies

Non-food now, and One Tree Books has announced that, after its supplier suspended operations, it is unable to continue with its online book ordering system. You can, however, still get books delivered by the Petersfield Bookshop.

Halsa Cosmetics, an independent cosmetics retailer based in Petersfield selling organic and natural products, is temporarily closed but is still fulfilling orders. To place an order for Neals Yard or any other products in stock please call between 10 and 2, Monday to Saturday on 01730 260 060 or email halsacosmetics@gmail.com.  Orders to local customers will be delivered for free in postcodes GU30, GU31, GU32 and GU33.

The Blue Diamond Garden Centre, in Rake, is currently closed but is taking orders for delivery by phone.  Call 01730 293 002.

Other news

East Hampshire District Council is giving key workers free parking, but for the rest of us, we still have to pay. The council says one reason for this is that they don’t want to encourage people to make non-essential journeys when the key message is to stay home, protect the NHS and help save lives. If you’re a key worker and would like free parking, please email parking.office@easthants.gov.uk

The Petersfield Cleaning Company is volunteering support for our local community, charities and the NHS. It will be using its vans to transport medical, food, animal feed, logistical supplies to anywhere needed and wants to help in any way it can. Direct number to call is Alex on 0777 587 4990 or email alex@tpc-services.biz. The company’s operating hours are 6am – 9pm seven days a week. 

Do you run your own business? East Hampshire District Council will organise some of the government grants and business rate relief measures locally. Check out their website for details at easthants.gov.uk – there’s further support available through HMRC, British Business Bank and the Bank of England.

The Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub and Petersfield Town Council are two organisations who have put the Morning Report on their websites. If you’re a webmaster for a local site and would like to do the same, just drop us an email for the special code that makes that work. team@petersfieldradio.uk 

Travel

Travel news now, and remember, the only travel that’s permitted is for essential shopping, to get medical supplies or to get to work if you absolutely can’t work from home.

If you were thinking a bracing walk on the beach was acceptable then know that the seafront roads in Southsea and the car parks there are now closed to everyone except local residents and permit holders. Police and the council say you should exercise near your home.

Some websites are showing scheduled roadworks around the area, but, in truth, there are no regular roadworks happening at the moment except for emergency repairs, and with traffic so light, hardly any chance of delays.

South Western Railway continues to run trains from Petersfield to Portsmouth and London for healthcare workers and anyone who must travel to work, but there’s only one fast and one stopping service each hour, each way and the Petersfield ticket office is closed – you can buy a ticket on the train or from the machine at the station. The last train back from London in the evening leaves Waterloo at 22:45.

Weather

A better day today with good sunny spells, and staying dry, but still feeling cold in the north easterly breeze. We expect temperatures to reach around 9 or 10 degrees in the afternoon before another chilly night to follow.

Don’t forget – the Morning Report is here for you – if you’d like to share how you can help people across the Petersphere, or are looking for help yourself, we’ll do what we can to help you out.

And if there’s someone you’d like to thank for the way they’ve helped you, we’d be very happy to recognise them on the programme. 

Petersfield 5 55 500 is the number – 01730 5 55 500 or you can email team@petersfieldradio.uk or find us on social media.

Morning report – Monday, 30 March

Laura Sheppard and debut-making Harrison RB clear everybody else out of their respective houses to bring you today’s lockdown update of services and help available in the Petersfield area.

Send your offers of help or requests for people to help you to team@petersfieldradio.uk or telephone us on 01730 555 500 and we’ll pass them on to the relevant organisations and agencies.

Today, we hear from Sophie Doe, from the Petersfield Coronavirus Help Network, and we have the latest entry in Nina Vennis’ teenage Lockdown Diary …

INFORMATION TRANSCRIPT

The Bran Tub, the health food shop, in Lavant Street, has decided to provide a ‘take-away’ service only. The shop will be staffed 9am-4pm, Monday to Saturday, but its doors will not be open for browsing or shopping. Please call 01730 267043 or email sales@thebrantub.com – including your own phone number in your email – to place your orders and a member of staff will pick and pack your order for collection. 

My Dentist, at the top of the High Street has taken the decision to suspend all non-emergency dental treatments. This means if you have a routine appointment in the coming weeks, such as a check-up or a non-urgent dental treatment, your appointment will need to be cancelled and you will be contacted to find an alternative date. If you are in need of emergency care, call the practice and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. 

The Salvation Army has closed its textile banks. Please don’t use these or leave donations by the side of them. Where possible, please hold any textiles you have so they can be donated once the banks are open again.

Fez, the Turkish restaurant in Bakery Lane, is offering its full menu for take-away or delivery, with dishes ranging from chicken and lamb to vegetarian and vegan options. The menu is available to view on the Fez Facebook page or its website at fezpetersfield.com.

Earth Restaurant, in Chapel Street, is now offering take-away and delivery for its full vegan and vegetarian menu. Get in touch via its Facebook page or by calling 07902 881 604. 

The Petersfield School and Bohunt Education Trust are helping children get online during these unprecedented times by asking anyone with unused laptops, iPads or Chromebooks at home to donate them to one of their schools, using the drop points of either the main Tesco, in Petersfield, or Sainsbury’s, in Liphook. See petersfieldschool.com for further information. And, we’ll have more on that tomorrow.

If you are at Herne Junior school and get free school means you should have received details of the school’s plan from today. You will be able to collect your meals from the school kitchen every Monday where you’ll be given picnic food for the week ahead. And who doesn’t love a picnic …

PACT food bank is in need of several items: long-life milk, small boxes of cereal, oats, teabags, hot chocolate, tinned meat, rice, small packets of sugar, custard, rice pudding, and toothbrushes. Drop off is Mondays and Wednesday, 10am-12 at the Methodist Church in Station Road. 

Banking news … and we have been informed that the Petersfield branch of the TSB will be closed until Thursday, that’s TSB closed until Thursday.  

East Hants Police reminds us that travel needs to be ESSENTIAL and not driving for miles to go for a walk. Officers have seen many cars driving to Queen Elizabeth Country Park. If you break down or have an accident, it exposes others who may need to rescue you, as well as adding a potential burden to emergency services and the NHS. 

The government has issued new guidance on access to green spaces. It has said, stay local, and use spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily. Remember, anyone outdoors without a valid reason may be committing an offence, and will face a fine. For those continuing to disregard these requirements, they can face further fines or a summary conviction. Please be sensible and minimise the risks. 

Do you live in Liss? Well, Liss Parish Council has asked us to encourage all residents to check out the website at lissparishcouncil.gov.uk. The council has put the latest information there, together with advice from official sources. The website also has details on how to get practical support in and around Liss. If you’re in the village, it’s a useful local resource.

The Ramshill Residents Association has been very active setting up its own Ramshill Coronavirus Support Group for those residents self isolating or home-alone. This started with a mail-shot to all 280 properties on the estate giving help phone numbers and email addresses.

It now has more than 20 volunteers on the estate who are actively helping those in need, usually with shopping or collecting prescriptions and is working in tandem with the Petersfield Coronavirus Support Group. And the chairman, John Lees, sends his thanks to all the wonderful volunteers on the estate.

Our thanks today go out to two local residents, Julia O’Brien and Michael Wakefield, two listeners to the Morning Bulletin, who have donated to the Petersfield Community Radio project as a consequence. A lovely gesture and we are very grateful.

Kathryn Ellis-Blandford runs the community Facebook group Petersfield Pulse, which has more than 10,000 members, and she has thanked all of the Petersfield Community for coming together in all kinds of ways to support one another during this tricky time.

Travel news now, and remember the only travel that’s permitted is for essential shopping, to get medical supplies or to work if you absolutely can’t do it from home. South Western Railway continues to run trains from Petersfield to Portsmouth and London for healthcare workers and anyone who must travel to work, but there’s only one fast and one stopping service each hour, each way and the Petersfield ticket office is closed – buy a ticket on the train or from the machine at the station.

It only got up to 9.6 degrees yesterday according to Dave Tidd’s weather station in Buriton, and the wind gusted up to more than 26 miles per hour so it felt much colder. We’re expecting it to be mostly cloudy and cold this week and there’s a chance of light rain later today. Bitter northerly winds mean it will feel wintery with temperatures in single figures.

Tomorrow’s looking brighter but most of this week will remain cold and cloudy before things perk up towards the weekend.

Morning report – Friday 27 March

Claire Vennis and Suzie Wilde are in the house (well, their respective houses) for today’s update of services and help available in the Petersfield area during the coronavirus outbreak.

Send your offers of help or requests for people to help you to team@petersfieldradio.uk or telephone us on 01730 555 500 and we’ll pass them onto the relevant organisations and agencies.

Today, we hear from Amelia Mahler of East Hampshire District Council who seeks temporary accommodation from local landlords, B&Bs, guest houses and hotels. Can you help her? Contact Amelia on amelia.mahler@easthants.gov.uk or 01730 234 314.

Information transcript

Cyber Crime: We have received some lengthy advice from James Adnitt, Hampshire Constabulary’s cyber protection officer, regarding the various online scams being conducted under such headings as “COVID-19”, “Coronavirus”, “Working from Home”, “Self Isolation” and “Financial Support/Hardship”.

He advises that extra care needs to be taken as we are more accepting of going to unfamiliar websites and receiving emails from unusual sources while we deal with the current situation.

You can read the complete message .

And if you need a solicitor, many of the local firms are working but don’t all have staff physically in their offices. Biscoes and Mackarness & Lunt can both help with all their usual services, and Mackarness & Lunt point out that solicitors who deal with Wills and Court Cases are designated as Key Workers by the Ministry of Justice – so they’re there when you need them.

Owing to staff shortages Hampshire County Council is restricting some of its services to focus on priority areas.

For example, new bulky waste bookings – such as the removal of beds etc – have been suspended until further notice. Norse South East will complete existing requests provided the waste is left outside your property for the crew to collect.

It may take longer than usual to clear reported fly-tips and empty street litter bins, and officials are working to keep your rubbish and recycling collections running as scheduled.

However, the council may need to prioritise domestic waste (green bin) collections as the situation with the COVID-19 continues.

Please put your bins out as normal on your scheduled collection day and leave it out all day as the crews may be running later than usual. If your bin is not collected please leave it out, where it will not cause an obstruction, and it will be collected as soon as possible … although this may not be until your next scheduled collection day.

Excess recycling which can be left in clear plastic sacks or a cardboard box next to your bin and will be collected at some point. If your rubbish collection is missed, the refuse teams will collect any extra rubbish which can also be left in sacks next to your bin. 

And, please remember all Hampshire County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres are now closed until further notice.

Sophie Doe, of the Petersfield Coronavirus Community Support, says we live in an amazing community with some fantastic people who are willing to volunteer to help our neighbours in need. However, the group would love more volunteers – please visit its Facebook page or email petersfieldcoronacommunity@gmail.com.

Petersfield Town Council is being incredibly supportive too and has a link from its website at petersfield-tc.gov.uk.

To check out what to do if coronavirus affects your work, benefits or travel, call 0300 33 09 028 for assistance or visit citizensadvice.org.uk.

Petersfield Dementia Friends has a small group of volunteers to keep in touch with people who have dementia and their families on a regular basis. This covers predominately the people who attend the volunteer groups it has established in Petersfield, but organisers are aware there may be other people and families in the same situation who do not attend the groups. For assistance contact Jeff Williams, a Dementia Friends champion on 07849 195 702 or email grahamjeffreywilliams@hotmail.co.uk

Hampshire’s Farmers Markets have been suspended for at least the next three weeks. Organisers say that although government restrictions still allow outdoors food markets to continue, they have decided to put the interests of their staff, members and customers first. 

The NHS NEEDS YOUR HELP! There are four main volunteers the NHS is looking to find:

Community Response volunteers: This role involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home.

A Patient Transport volunteer: This role supports the NHS by providing transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge, and ensuring they are settled safely back into their home.

NHS Transport volunteer: This role involves transporting equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites. The role may also involve assisting pharmacies with medication delivery.

Check in and chat volunteer: This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a result of self-isolation. This can be done from your own home.

Sign up at www.goodsamapp.org/NHSvolunteerresponders or use the link at our website.

Let’s now return to our information round-up, and Goodwood’s Festival of Speed, originally scheduled for the beginning of July, has been postponed. Organisers hope to reschedule it for late summer or early autumn, and remain hopeful that the annual Goodwood Revival event will go ahead in September as planned.

Dr Ian Hallam and the team at Meon Dental have set-up an emergency number for patients who need urgent dental help. The number is 01730 265 555 and the practice says if you haven’t heard from it about an appointment that’s scheduled for the next three or four weeks, assume it’s cancelled for now.

Incidentally, did you know that Dr Hallam is a former Olympic cyclist? He competed at three Olympic Games and won bronze in the Team Pursuit in Munich and Montreal. He’s also a three-time Commonwealth Games’ gold medallist … and now he’s a wheely good dentist.

On the subject of sport, the Football Association announced yesterday afternoon that for steps three to six in the pyramid, the season has finished and all results will be expunged. That will affect the likes of Petersfield Town, Horndean and Alton and it’s not unreasonable to expect grass-roots football to follow suit soon … so be prepared.

Maria in The Old Drum public house has eggs, bread, sourdough and take-away beers available. Also, if you’re a key worker in the health service and need somewhere to stay in Petersfield, Maria is offering free accommodation for NHS and care home workers.

Banks

The banks are on restricted hours and we have the latest information right now on the Morning Report: 

TSB is open from 10am to 4pm, although it is shut between 12.30 and 1.30 – Nationwide, Lloyds and Santander are open from 10 til 2, Barclays from 9.30 – 1 and the Nat West from 10am – 1pm. 

But remember these times are subject to change, because the staff in banks are just as vulnerable as anybody else.

Help us provide this service

If you find our Morning Report useful then we have a small request of you – we are all volunteers but this community radio service still costs money to provide. So we’d love it if you could make a donation to our fundraising efforts, however small, to help us pay for the vital equipment and operational costs that let us keep you informed. You can make a donation on our website at https://petersfieldradio.uk – even if it’s just a few pounds, it all helps – petersfieldradio.uk is the address and thank you from all of us here.

And if you’re a business that would like to sponsor what we do and get your message out to our listeners which now number more than 2,000 a month, do get in touch – we’d really welcome your support and we’ll find a great way to recognise it.

If you have a website and would like to put the Morning Report on it to help people get even easier access to this vital information, then we can do that for you, free of charge.

Just email team@petersfieldradio.uk with the address of your website and we’ll get you the magic code to make it happen.

Our thanks today go out to David Thirkeld and Colin Smith who between them have made and printed posters to help people in Petersfield find this Morning Report.

David designed the posters and Colin, at Petaprint, has printed them, despite being closed, which is a remarkable achievement in itself.

Look out for our green posters in shop windows around Petersfield and do pass on the message so everyone can get access to the vital local information in the Petersfield Community Radio Morning Report.

Shops

Here are some shops that remain open for business, even if it is with reduced hours…

Superdrug is open 10 till 4 every day including Sunday. 

Cook, the place with the frozen ready meals in Rams Walk, is open 9.30am until 4pm, and will be adapting its service over the days ahead – search them up online for the latest information.

Bunch’s, on Lavant Street, has good stock – although eggs are at a premium just now – and is open from 10am until 3pm.

If you’re using your bike as part of your daily form of one mandated exercise and it needs fixing or adjusting, then Tom in Cycleworks on Chapel Street is staffing the repair shop. The main doors and showroom are closed but if you knock on the side door in the alleyway Tom will look after you. He’s there between 10am and 4pm, Wednesday to Saturday.

Durleighmarsh Farm Shop is snowed under with requests for home deliveries so have come up with the clever solution of making up veg boxes for pre-order. Details on their website or Facebook page.

Three people at a time can go in and there’s more choice in the shop, including their own delicious rhubarb – recommended personally by Suzie Wilde.

Suzie Wilde’s favourite bar in the Queen’s Head pub, is now the village shop. If you walk or cycle past you can see some of the goods. Just like olden times … so I’m told.

CPL Distribution, the manufacturer of solid fuel, continues to be open for business as usual with plenty of stock of all fuels.Call 0345 671 1122.

The Stuff Shop, on Chapel Street, has closed but will still sell its Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Fusion Mineral Paint to those who need it and can deliver within a five-mile radius of Petersfield. Contact The Stuff Shop on thestuffshop.co.uk.

TIME to be ME, in Pages Court, is going to remain closed for the foreseeable future but staff will post regular updates to their social media pages for maintaining your skin and beauty regime so make sure to follow them.

Travel

South Western Railway continues to run a bare bones service on the line through Petersfield and onto Portsmouth and Waterloo.

It has closed the Petersfield ticket office but guards are on every train so you can buy a ticket on the train or with a card from a machine at the railway station. The company says its priority is helping doctors and nurses get to work … Of course, the only legitimate reasons to travel are for work that cannot be done from home, or to get food or medicine.

Weather

The best of the sunny days are behind us, sadly, as cloud builds across the Petersphere this afternoon, capping temperatures to just 10 or 11 degrees. Winds are moderate and from the North East – they’ll feel cold. Cloudy overnight, keeping the frost away – and the weekend will be mostly cloudy and feel cold, especially on Sunday.

Beware of Covid-19 online scams

There are myriad online scams currently being operated

A message of caution from James Adnitt, Hampshire Constabulary’s cyber protect officer, who warns of the many online scams being conducted under the banner of “COVID-19”, “Coronavirus”, “Working from Home”, “Self Isolation” and “Financial Support/Hardship”.

Extra care needs to be taken as we are more accepting of going to unfamiliar websites and receiving emails from unusual sources while dealing with current events.

Fraud types and advice – Individuals

Online Shopping and Auction Fraud

Seek advice: If you’re purchasing goods and services from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask friends or family for advice before completing a purchase.

Scam messages: Be wary of unsolicited emails and texts offering questionably good deals, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.

Payment method: Avoid paying for good and services by bank transfer as that offers you little protection if you become a victim of fraud. Instead, use a credit card or payment services such as PayPal.

If you have made a payment: Inform your bank as soon as possible; they can help you prevent any further losses. Monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity.

Computer Software Service Fraud

Installing software: Never install any software, or grant remote access to your computer, as a result of a cold call.

Financial details: Genuine organisations would never contact you out of the blue to ask for financial details such as your PIN or full banking password.

Tech support: If you need tech support, ask your friends or family for recommendations and look for reviews online first. Don’t contact companies promoting tech support services via browser pop-ups.

If you have made a payment: Inform your bank as soon as possible, as they can help you prevent any further losses. Monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity.

If you granted remote access to your computer: Seek technical support to remove any unwanted software from your computer. Ask your friends or family for recommendations and look for reviews online first. Don’t contact companies promoting tech support services via browser pop-ups.

Lender Loan Fraud

Seek advice first: Speak with a trusted friend or family member first if you’re using a loan company with which you’re unfamiliar, or if the lender requires an up-front fee.

Scam messages: Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.

FCA register: Use the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) register to check if the company is regulated by the FCA. If you deal with a firm (or individual) that isn’t regulated, you may not be covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) if things go wrong and you lose your money.

If you have made a payment: Inform your bank as soon as possible, as they can help you prevent any further losses. Monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity.

Pension Liberation fraud

Investment opportunities: Don’t be rushed into making an investment. Remember, legitimate organisations will never pressure you into making a transaction on the spot.

Seek advice first: Before making significant financial decisions, speak with trusted friends or family members, or seek professional independent advice. The Pension Advisory Service (PAS) also provides free independent and impartial information and guidance.

FCA register: Use the FCA register to check if the company is regulated by the FCA. If you deal with a firm (or individual) that isn’t regulated, you may not be covered by the FOS if things go wrong and you lose your money.

Tax charges: Ensure sure you are aware of any tax charges (up to 70 per cent), plus other fees, that will be deducted from the amount you withdraw before making any decisions.

Investment Fraud

Investment opportunities: Don’t be rushed into making an investment. Remember, legitimate organisations will never pressure you into making a transaction on the spot.

Seek advice first: Speak with a trusted friend or family members, and seek independent professional advice before making significant financial decisions.

FCA register: Use the FCA register to check if the company is regulated by the FCA. If you deal with a firm (or individual) that isn’t regulated, you may not be covered by the FOS if things go wrong and you lose your money.

Advice for businesses

Mandate Fraud

Verify: If you receive a request to move money into a new bank account, contact the supplier directly using established contact details, to verify and corroborate the payment request.

Internal processes: Establish robust internal processes for handling changes to payment details. For example, only designated employees should be able to make changes to payment arrangements.

Sensitive information: Invoices, payment mandates, and other documents containing sensitive financial information should be stored securely and only be accessible to those staff that need them to perform their duties. Sensitive documents should be shredded before disposal.

If you have made a payment: Inform your bank as soon as possible, as they can help you prevent any further losses. Monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity.

Richard Gaisford on royalty and village life

TV correspondent Richard Gaisford, who lives just outside Petersfield and is a founder of our community radio project, sends this dispatch from Windsor between his appearances on itv’s Good Morning Britain.

Richard updates on his routine as a ‘key worker’, today covering the Royal Family, and how life at home in the Meon Valley is changing during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Richard Gaisford at work in Windor this morning
Richard Gaisford at work in Windor this morning

Morning report – Thursday 26 March

A daily radio update of services and help available in the Petersfield area during the coronavirus outbreak – this morning with Laura Sheppard and Joff Lacey.

Send your offers of help or requests for people to help you to team@petersfieldradio.uk or telephone us on 01730 555 500.

Today, we hear from the Vicar of Petersfield Rev WIll Hughes, plus all the relevant information from across the Petersphere.

Which banks are open today?

LLoyds Bank

10am – 2pm

Nationwide

10am – 2pm

Santander

10am – 4pm

TSB

10am – 4pm

TRANSCRIPT

The Government has launched a coronavirus information service on WhatsApp. The new free-to-use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus and will further reduce the burden on NHS services. It is an automated ‘chatbot’ service which will allow you to get answers to the most common questions about coronavirus directly from the government.

To use the free service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘HI’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.

It’s bin day for many of us in Petersfield and the council has been in touch to say it is short staffed and must prioritise domestic waste collections over recycling. So the green bins will get emptied, but the black recycling bins may not.

They’ll endeavour to collect your recycling and garden waste on your regular day, but the council says this is likely to become increasingly difficult.

Petersfield’s Swan Surgery is reminding its patients not to go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if they have a high temperature or a new continuous cough. In a text sent to patients registered with the Swan Street doctors, the local practice says you should stay at home to limit spread of the virus. You can find all the latest health advice at nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Sixty Six Dental practice, in Station Road, has cancelled all appointments until the end of April and has closed for all routine dentistry. If you’re registered with the practice check sixtysixdental.co.uk.

We’ve received calls to help support people who live on Broadway Park. If you or someone you know lives on the Broadway Park estate, just off the Causeway, there’s a dedicated support group set-up to help you through the coronavirus outbreak.

For help with shopping and pharmaceutical deliveries you can contact the chairman of the Residents’ Association, Mike Gibson, on 01730 62 44 58.

Helen Long, from Strengthen & Stretch Weekly Workouts, has some free online workouts that can be completed at home, and are designed to be done in a small space. The exercises can be done by anyone, but are designed for the over 45s, and she has also posted some chair workouts for the over 70s.Visit the website at strengthenandstretch.co.uk and stay healthy.

The Government has announced motorists will be granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing. All cars, vans and motorcycles which would usually require an MOT text will be exempted from needing a test from March 30. Lorry, bus and trailer annual MOTs have also been suspended for three months. Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition and garages will remain open for essential repair work. If your MOT test is due before March 30, you will still need to get your vehicle tested.

Staying with the transport theme, TJA Autos is still offering a mobile car repair service, as well as a collection and drop-off service. Owner Tom Arnold says he will wipe down all keys and cars on collection and handover. Get in touch on 07990 502117.

The Petersfield Food Bank, at the Methodist Church, is open for donations between 10am and midday, on Mondays and Wednesdays ONLY, that’s 10am to 12, on Mondays and Wednesdays ONLY and it is particularly in need of long-life milk.

Madeleine’s Kitchen, in Lavant St, has decided to close the deli in the current climate. In a tweet, the owners said: “Despite the option of offering a takeaway service, we feel we are not essential. We are so privileged to be part of this amazing town and value the support you have all offered us beyond words.”

Community First is working on behalf of local charities and community organisations to help recruit volunteers in this time of crisis. This is in response to the need to help support older and vulnerable people who are self-isolating. If you can help, register at volunteerwessex.org.

In times of vulnerability there are always some microbes looking to scam you, so be vigilant. For example, there are many fake World Health Organisation phishing emails going around at the moment, with rogue attachments and links, in addition to the vortex of disinformation on social media.

Indeed, on that very subject, the Department of Education yesterday tweeted about an email doing the rounds which states: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’. Like anything that asks for your bank details this is a scam – do not respond and delete immediately.

East Hampshire District Council has canceled its Playing Around Easter programme.

However, it wants to support parents in keeping children entertained, so it’s posting some activity ideas on its website at easthants.gov.uk and on its Facebook page. These range from educational activities to easy family recipes you can cook together, using ingredients already in your cupboards.

And finally, in yesterday’s bulletin, Dave said he did not know what an eAudioBook was – he was familiar with eBooks and AudioBooks but not eAudioBooks. Well, we’ve been informed that Audiobooks are available as CDs in the library, while eAudiobooks are the digital downloadable versions.

TRAVEL

South Western railway is running just one fast train and one stopping service each hour, each way. Stopping services will call additionally at Milford and Witley in both directions. The last service from London Waterloo is at 22:45. And, remember, trains are for essential travel only and the only reasons to travel legitimately are for necessary work, or to get food or medicine.

WEATHER

Cold at first today, but yet another dry and sunny day ahead with some glorious conditions in light North Easterly winds. Temperatures up to 13 degrees in the afternoon, but feeling much warmer if you’re out of the wind and sat in the sunshine.

And the outlook – Friday’s still fine but Petersfield met man Richard Marks says it’ll get increasingly cloudy as the weekend approaches and cold grey days lie ahead.

Petersfield weather with Richard Marks

Your detailed forecast for the Petersfield microclimate across the rest of the week with local meteorologist Richard Marks.

What makes this forecast special?

Our regular forecasts from Petersfield meteorologist Richard Marks help you plan ahead for the conditions we experience within our unique local microclimate.

Only local meteorologist Richard Marks updates you on the latest weather conditions for Petersfield in a regular forecast that draws on his experience and expertise.

Richard’s records of measured conditions in the area stretch back for decades so he can compare today’s weather to that of the past, and because he’s focused purely on Petersfield, Richard’s forecast takes into account the unique properties of our local microclimate.

If you’re a keen amateur meteorologist you can share your weather observations and ask questions of Richard. Just email team@petersfieldradio.uk

Now available as a podcast

If you use a podcast app, you can now subscribe to Petersfield Weather with Richard Marks to get the latest forecast delivered direct to your device.

Just search for Petersfield Weather on your favourite podcast app and click Subscribe. Or use this link.

If you enjoy the podcast, do rate and review Richard’s forecast. He’d like that very much.

The Pod Couple – Dawn and daughter Louise

Dawn and fourteen year old daughter Louise discuss their thoughts around Coronavirus, self isolating, home schooling and staying entertained at home in Petersfield.

In their first discussion they cover everything from a scuppered Mothering Sunday celebration to the thoughts of children as they start home schooling and productive ways to use the extra time at home.

Join them each week where they discuss openly and honestly the week just gone and how they got on, and not just with each other.

Dawn and Louise are The Pod Couple

Morning report – Wednesday 25 March

Laura and Dave have your morning update on essential information, available services in the Petersfield area, calls for help and generous offers to help you and other members of the local community through the Coronavirus pandemic.

A daily radio update of services and help available in the Petersfield area during the Coronavirus outbreak with Laura Sheppard and Dave Bowers.

Send your offers of help or requests for people to help you to team@petersfieldradio.uk or telephone us on 01730 555 500.

Today, the latest from Sheet and another entry from the Lockdown Diary of homeschooling teenager Nina Vennis.

Information transcript

Here’s a reminder of the the main elements – we must all stay at home, except when:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, like food and medicine, and do that as infrequently as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day, like a run, walk, or cycle – you can do that alone or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. 1
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

Shops selling non-essential goods must shut – including, but not limited to, Sports Direct – gatherings in public of more than two people who do not live together are prohibited, and if we do not follow the rules, the Police have the power to enforce them.

It means many shops are now closed and the only stores which are permitted to trade are: 

  • Supermarkets for essential food
  • Pharmacies for medical supplies
  • Newsagents
  • Hardware stores
  • Banks
  • Pet shops
  • Post Offices
  • Petrol stations
  • Vets
  • Retail shops in hospitals
  • Laundrettes
  • And funeral homes

Local information

The company that runs the gym at the Taro, Everyone Active, says it is happy to donate half your membership fee to the National Emergency Services Trust while the gym is closed. The Trust helps people most affected by the Coronavirus outbreak, but if you want your Direct Debit to be shared with the charity you should contact Everyone Active via its website at everyoneactive.com. If not your membership will be automatically frozen.

The Waste Recycling Centre on Bedford Road, like all others across Hampshire, is now closed. 

EHDC has announced that all play areas and council-owned public toilets in the district are now closed 

In addition to closing its houses, shops, cafes, parks and gardens the National Trust has now closed all its countryside car parks as well. 

If you have young children who are missing their Jiggy Wrigglers sessions at Petersfield Community Centre then you might like to play them some Jiggy Wrigglers videos. Carol emailed to say they’ve put videos from the team on YouTube for the youngsters to enjoy at home. Just search for Jiggy Wrigglers on YouTube.

Yolande from Liss Forest Ballet School has been in touch with the Morning Report – she wants all her ballet pupils to know that they should take great care with one-way online classes; they are not aimed at the correction of personal faults or individual needs and you could injure yourself if you are not supervised. 

Yolande says she will soon be contacting all parents with the ballet school’s own personalised online classes.

Following the latest Government instruction, families in need are required to phone ahead before visiting the PACT Food Distribution point, at the Salvation Army Hall in Swan Street. As a church, the Salvation Army Hall is now officially closed, but there will still be someone present between 9:30 and 11:30am, Monday to Friday, for as long as it is reasonably practical.

The Harrow pub, in Steep, is no longer offering a takeaway service.

Herne Junior children do their PE from home – check the replies for more pictures

SHOPS

TSB Bank on the High Street has been closed but plans to open today between 10 and 12.30 for counter transactions.

Morgan’s Butchers is now offering a home delivery service within 10 miles of the shop. Email Morganbutchers@yahoo.co.uk to place an order. Meanwhile the shop itself, in Lavant St, remains open. Check its Facebook page for times though.

Harting Stores is open seven days a week, and will post onto its Facebook page what supplies it has. It is receiving fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, eggs and dairy daily. The number of customers is limited to 2 at a time inside the shop. It is also offering a free delivery service for those who are most vulnerable, and staff thank all the volunteers who have offered to provide that service.

Waitrose has introduced a number of new steps to protect customers and staff:

  • The number of customers allowed into the store at any one time is being limited so social distancing can take place
  • It has dedicated marshals to monitor the ‘two-metre rule’ in the busiest shops
  • Screens at checkouts and extra cleanliness measures are being introduced
  • Special protective visors are to be made available to staff
  • Cashless and contactless shopping are being encouraged. [Alastair]

Check out Local Circles Petersfield – at localcircles.co.uk – an online directory set up as a community resource to order deliveries of freshly cooked meals, coffee, cake, food essentials and more. (Laura)

BOOKS!

Petersfield Library is now closed but book and magazine borrowing continues online via the BorrowBox service – just go to borrowbox.com with your library membership number or download the app. There are thousands of eBooks, eAudioBooks and eMagazines to be downloaded for free. 

And to help you keep the kids quiet and happy at home, audio book retailer Audible has made available a collection of stories which can be streamed instantly and which will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Visit stories.audible.com to start listening.

One Tree Books shop is closed but it is still taking orders by phone or email and will deliver. Email mail@onetreebooks.com or call 01730 261 199. And the message from the owners is “Thank you all for supporting us in these difficult times …”

Blackout Cycles, in Buriton Business Park, remains open as the Government has classified it as an ‘essential business’. However, please do not visit the workshop as the door will not be opened.

All bikes booked in will be collected and delivered by Blackout staff. Purchases can still be made, with a minimum order of £20, but, again, they will be delivered. ANd key workers’ bikes are being prioritised. Check out the company’s page on Facebook for further details.

Steve Bailey runs the Charles St Tap quiz on Monday nights – we can’t go to the pub so he’s uploading a quiz to the pub’s Facebook page. It’s a bit of fun and a welcome distraction in these troubling times, albeit for a few minutes every day. There is no prize, just the challenge of joining in and applying the old grey matter. If you want to take part, head over to the pub’s Facebook page and take a look.

TRAVEL

South Western railway is running a slimmed-down service with just one fast train and one stopping service, per hour, in each direction. The trains are for essential travel only and the only reasons to travel legitimately are for necessary work, or to get food or medicine.

WEATHER

Another dry, sunny day with moderate south Easterly winds and temperatures up to 13 or 14 degrees this afternoon. Still a chance of frost overnight so be careful of delicate plants which are just starting to come into leaf.

the P pod is “remotely interesting” – 24 March 2020

Claire Vennis presents from home in Langrish

It’s very interesting, and it’s recorded remotely. Yes, it’s remotely interesting this week as Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey come face-to-face in a virtual radioland that’s compliant with Government advice.

We hear from two business owners who are affected by the Coronavirus shutdown, Carina Neeson of the Dandy Cat and Natural Food Deli owner James Brunner.

Dave Bowers is here with the news too, John Walker previews what’s in the Petersfield Post, Richard Marks has your weather, Suzie Wilde takes a calming Wilde Walk and the team chats about life in isolation with home schooling children all around them.

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

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

Audio production by Alice Payne.

Morning report – Tuesday 24 March

Laura and Stephen have your morning update on essential information, available services in the Petersfield area, calls for help and generous offers to help you and other members of the local community through the Coronavirus pandemic.

Today, some inspiration for healthy ways to get through the lockdown with Steve Amos of the Adhurst Estate Allotment Association and personal trainer Rob Carr.

Plus – free seeds.

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

Rob’s details

Email robcarrpt@gmail.com

Website https://www.robcarrpt.co.uk/

Resources posted to Facebook https://facebook.com (subscription)

Information transcript

The main points are that we must all stay at home, except when:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, like food and medicine, and do that as infrequently as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day, like a run, walk, or cycle – you can do that alone or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. 1
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

Shops selling non-essential goods must shut, gatherings in public of more than two people who do not live together are prohibited, and if we do not follow the rules, the Police have the power to enforce them.

It means many shops are now closed and the only stores which are permitted to trade are: 

  • Supermarkets for essential food
  • Pharmacies for medical supplies
  • Newsagents
  • Hardware stores
  • Banks
  • Pet shops
  • Post Offices
  • Petrol stations
  • Vets
  • Retail shops in hospitals
  • Laundrettes
  • And funeral homes

Clearly, we’re going to have to get used to being stuck at home a lot more than usual. For many of us, it’s a new way of life but the Government says it’s absolutely necessary to help slow the spread of Covid-19.

But of course we still need to get exercise and the whole purpose of the restrictions is to help the nation manage its health and protect our health services.

The Prime Minister recognised the need for exercise and said we can go out once each day alone or with members of our immediate household to stretch our legs.

In today’s Morning Report we’ll ask what’s the best way to exercise under these circumstances when we speak to Petersfield Personal Trainer, Rob Carr.

And the weather’s good – if you’re unexpectedly at home today – what can you do in the garden or on your windowsill to grow plants and stay physically and mentally fit?

Steve Amos of the Adhurst Estate Allotment Association will join us with some inspiration –  and news of how you can get your hands on some free plant and herb seeds if you need a head start in the garden.

If Hampshire Police need to get a message quickly to the community, one way they do it is via Hampshire Alert messaging. You can sign up for the alerts at hampshirealert.co.uk – it’s quick and free and means you’ll be among the first to know when there’s an important message to share.

Petersfield Community Hospital has announced that from today [Tuesday] it can unfortunately no longer allow visitors to patients on Rowan and Cedar Wards as they are in the highest risk group. They appreciate that this is a distressing situation but have to act in the best interests of the patients as well as the staff attending them.

Petersfield Market tomorrow will only have traders attending who supply food. They can’t confirm which food traders will be attending, but are able to say the fresh fruit and vegetables stall will be there. They stress it is important to follow the social distancing guidelines, and vacate the square as soon as possible. The stalls will be spaced out with as much distance between them as possible. 

St Peter’s Vets is still open, but is not allowing any clients to enter the practice, with a handover of pets outside. It has also introduced a telephone consultation service. 

If you need medicines, the major pharmacies are open, but both Boots, on the High Street, and Day Lewis, in the central Car Park, are observing safe distancing rules, so only a small number of people can enter those stores at any one time. 

The midnight pharmacy on Swan Street is operating on reduced hours and Day Lewis is closing for an hour every lunchtime to allow for staff breaks and re-stocking.

HELP AVAILABLE

The Village Shop in East Meon is taking orders on everyday essentials and a team of locals is delivering around the village. If you’re in the East Meon area you can place your order on 01730 823276.

The PACT Food Bank based at the Salvation Army Hall in Swan Street is giving out food parcels to you and your family if you’re in need. It happens every weekday morning between 9.30 and 11.30

You’ll need to fill-in a Referral Voucher from Food Bank or Salvation Army volunteers. Fill it in and it will be exchanged immediately for bags of dried and tinned food and any toiletries they have in stock. You can also get Food Vouchers to exchange at the Petersfield Market for Fruit, veg, bread, cheese and eggs.

If you have any concerns about getting to the Salvation Army to collect your emergency provisions, or you are in quarantine or self- isolation, you won’t miss out.

Just call Terry Doubleday, of PACT Food Bank on 07837 030576 and an emergency delivery will be organised by a volunteer. 

The Malabon says it will serve food and drinks for HOME DELIVERY ONLY. They’re only taking payment by contactless card and you can book online, by phone or on the Just Eat app. They will not not serve you if you walk into the restaurant.

Their delivery drivers will knock on your door and leave the food on your doorstep. They say you should not greet the driver at your front door and if you see him/her coming please close the door and wait until the food drop has been made before opening again.

Lidl wants you to know it holds sufficient stocks and is increasing supplies to stores where necessary but is limiting some items to no more than 4 per purchase so everyone can get some. 

Waitrose has turned the first hour of trading into a priority period for the elderly, vulnerable and those who look after them. Many products are heavily in-demand and these will be restricted per shop.

East Hampshire District Council’s offices at Penns Place and their outreach offices are now shut to the public. Don’t try going to Penns Place – contact the council by phone on 01730 266551 or through their website at easthants.gov.uk.

EHDC is working alongside voluntary organisations to manage the response in the community and make sure that support, services and supplies reach everyone that needs them. It is working in partnership with organisations such as Community First, Citizens Advice East Hampshire, the East Hampshire Primary Care Network and local town and parish councils to keep residents safe and well. 

Community First has volunteers who will make sure vulnerable residents are contacted and have what they need. If you are worried about how you’ll cope or you have a relative who is vulnerable, please contact Community First on support@cfirst.org.uk

And if you’re willing to volunteer for the community effort – you can at www.volunteerwessex.org.

TRAVEL

South Western railway is running a slimmed-down service with just one fast train and one stopping service, per hour, in each direction. The trains are for essential travel only and following last night’s instruction from Government, the only reasons to legitimately travel are for necessary work, or to get food or medicine.

And don’t forget bus users, Stagecoach is running to a school holiday timetable across Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex until further notice. When you pay, please use a contactless card for a clean and quick transaction, not smelly old cash transferring germs between fingers.

WEATHER

Sunny today with temperatures up to 13 degrees in the afternoon. Light south easterly winds and a cold clear night to follow.