Life on the frontline with Rosemary Foundation nurses

What’s it like on the care sector frontline?

We hear first-hand testimony from nurses Clare Dunn and Caroline Hinder of Petersfield charity the Rosemary Foundation.

Clare and Caroline explain their work in palliative care, the challenges of working during the Coronavirus outbreak and how they are adapting to meet the needs of those they help.

They are speaking to Petersfield Community Radio’s Noni Needs.

Caroline Hinder and Clare Dunn

This interview was first broadcast in the Morning Report programme on Thursday 28 May.

Money Moment with Martin Bamford

Informed Choice independent financial planners is an investment specialist company in Petersfield, which 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

This week, there’s more grant funding for self-employed people, employers start to pick-up some of the furlough scheme costs from August, how mortgage holidays could affect your credit rating, why one union leader thinks NHS test and trace could lead to hardship and charity shops are braced for a vast number of donations in June.

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 – Monday 1 June

Fast facts in a friendly voice. Get your essential local information in the Morning Report.

Suzie and Laura are here with today’s programme for Petersfield and its villages.

Send your information updates, questions and thank you messages, for people who’ve helped you, to team@petersfieldradio.uk or phone 01730 555 500.

We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

TRANSCRIPT

Primary schools reopen today, as part of Boris Johnson’s ‘conditional plan’ for reopening the UK. But only those pupils in reception, year one, and year six will be heading into lessons.

However, year-six children at Herne Junior school will have to wait until Wednesday before they can go back to classes.

While the Government says schools across England can reopen, the head at Herne School, Tony Markham, says he wants to test the measures the school has put in place to minimise risks. 

Children of key workers can continue to come in every day. Herne has been teaching 16 such children in recent weeks and, from this week, they’ll be split into four classrooms which they’ll need to enter from the playground side of the building.

If you’re a key worker with children at Herne, please drop them at the basketball playground from today.

And what have Herne Junior staff been doing while most children are home schooling? Well, they’ve made a song, recording their version of a popular Kaiser Chiefs song.

If you’re struggling to get a good phone signal today it could be because of work on the local network.

Engineers from two mobile phone networks are working on equipment in the Petersfield area today. 

It means that if you’re on the O2 or Vodafone networks you may have a reduced signal while maintenance is done on a mast near Harting. 

Other phone companies affected include giffgaff, Lycamobile, Sky Mobile and Tesco Mobile. The work should be completed by 6 o’clock.

Two local golf courses are open this week: Old Thorns, in Liphook, and Petersfield Golf Club, in Steep. 

You should book your tee times in advance on the Old Thorns website and if you’re playing a two-ball with someone from another household remember to travel in separate cars and stay two metres apart at all times.

Meanwhile, here in Petersfield, members of Petersfield Golf Club can book to play between 7.30am and 3.30pm every day. The same social distancing rules apply and you must arrive 20 minutes before your tee-time.

Now it’s time to catch up with the latest lockdown diary of 13-year-old Nina Vennis, who is preparing to return to school, while being shocked at what she can see in the USA.

Biscoes solicitors, in the High Street, reverts to its normal opening hours of 9am to 5.15pm, today, but will be seeing clients by pre-arranged appointment only. Call the company’s central number if you need to book an appointment, 02392 660 261 or email info@biscoes-law.co.uk.  

White Rose garage reopens today, while WH Smith is scheduled to open a week today. And, on the 15th, you can expect the doors to swing open at the Petersfield bookshop; Majestic WIne, in Station Road; as well as several shops in the Folly Market.

We have an update from Tony and Claire, at the Harrow Inn. Tony’s flowers are now outside the pub for purchase and if you have any plants you’d like to contribute, please bring them to the pub. They’d like to say thanks to everyone who has donated some so far. All money from plant and flower sales goes to the Rosemary Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support. Tony and Claire have already raised an impressive £3,000 so far this year with your help.

The annual Dementia Festival – held by East Hampshire District Council and Dementia Friendly Petersfield – that was scheduled to take place this month has been postponed to May 2021. 

It was originally going to be postponed until September, but owing to the nature of the event and with the wellbeing of residents and attendees the top priority, it was decided the safest option was to hold it next year. 

If you know someone who needs some extra support with dementia during this time, your Dementia Friendly communities are here to offer support and guidance. Check who your Dementia Friends Champion is in your area at dementiafriendlyhampshire.org.uk

Now this one is definitely for our colleagues Joff Lacey and Dave Bowers: apparently, this Friday – June 5th – is both national fish and chip day AND national doughnut day. Heaven knows what those two will be scoffing!

Our good friends at Meon Valley Travel, in the High Street, plan to reopen the branch on June 15; but ahead of that, manager Nicki Lahiri will be with us again on Friday to answer your questions on travel, whether it’s about destinations reopening their borders, travel insurance or recommendations, she will do her best to provide the information you need.

So, if you have a travel-related query you can send your questions for Nicki to team@petersfieldradio.uk, or leave them on our messageline at 01730 5 55 500 and you may even hear yourself asking it on a future show. 

TRAVEL

Hampshire County Council’s drainage work in Stroud [StrOOd] along the A272 Winchester Road should be completed tomorrow. Until then, traffic control is in operation.

Drainage repairs also continue on Bell Hill until tomorrow, where traffic control is also in place.

The county council has contractors working to erect two signs at the petrol station on Ramshill today, but delays should be negligible. And BT is scheduled to start work in Rival Moor Rd, with traffic control in operation.

And tomorrow, West Sussex County Council starts carriageway work from Killarney to Goose Green Road, in West Harting and delays are anticipated.

WEATHER

Today’s shaping up to be another warm one with a maximum temperature of 24°C, although fair-weather cloud may develop during the afternoon. 

Morning Report – Friday, 29 May

Fast facts in a friendly voice. Get your essential local information in the Morning Report.

Suzie Wilde and Harrison RB are here with today’s essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

Today we learn who’s won the East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership travel writing competition, plus there’s news of a forthcoming travel and holidays Q&A, with Meon Valley Travel’s Nicki Lahiri – so get your questions in soon.

Send your information updates, questions and thank you messages, for people who’ve helped you, to team@petersfieldradio.uk or phone 01730 555 500.

We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

TRANSCRIPT

From Monday, six people will be able to meet in public spaces and private outdoor spaces, such as gardens, providing those from different households stay 2m apart, the Prime Minister announced yesterday.

But he said people “must stay alert and act responsibly”. He also warned against too many households meeting in quick succession and reinforced the message that they are still not allowed to be inside homes of friends and families.

Among the many coronavirus-relatednational news stories overnight, this one has tended to be overlooked and is of particular interest if you have a child with asthma. Children with severe asthma should not return to school when they reopen in England next week – that’s the view of Dr Andy Whittamore, Asthma UK’s clinical lead and a practising GP.

And, for those who are sending their youngsters back to school next week, Hampshire County Council has issued the following advice:

If your child is returning to school and normally receives transport assistance, please ask a member of school staff to contact the council’s Transport Team to make the arrangements. Please do not contact the Transport Team, transport provider or School Escot directly.

If you choose to take your child to school yourself during this time, you may be able to claim a mileage allowance. For more details contact school.transport@hants.gov.uk or visit hants.gov.uk.

If you were with us yesterday morning you would have heard Caroline and Clare from the Rosemary Foundation talking about their work in palliative care during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Well, several of you have been in touch to say how much you appreciated the opportunity to hear from nurses working on the frontline during this crisis and to thank the nurses for their work.

Morning Report listener Ann Heighes says: “Thank you ladies for everything, you are amazing, caring, compassionate and extremely sensitive.”

Sue Bruckner also appreciated hearing from the nurses, saying it was a lovely interview with Clare and Caroline.

Barry Rutter described Caroline as “a legend” and Jo Cann says: “The Rosemary Foundation looked after my wife towards the end of her brain cancer battle. They were brilliant and very supportive to me also. Words can not describe how grateful myself, my wife and our family were for their help. Thank you ladies.”

And, on the subject of the Rosemary Foundation, its volunteer Eric has another socially-distanced plant sale at 35 Lavant Street, on Wednesday, from 10am to 3pm. These sales – all by donation – have proved popular and have enabled Eric to raise a staggering £900 so far.

In response the Rosemary Foundation said it is truly grateful. Receiving these types of donations helps the team to continue its care and support to the residents of Petersfield and the surrounding towns and villages. And it wants to say to you …

Now it’s time to announce the winners of the East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership travel writing competition.

(Listen to audio above to find out who won the competition)

Petersfield Physio & Sports Injury Clinic, in Liss, will reopen for face-to-face appointments from Monday, although there will be very strict criteria under which patients will be able to visit.

Email gerry.oneill@ppasic.co.uk or phone the clinic on 01730 267645 to make an appointment.

Next Saturday, June 6, Italia Conti Petersfield is holding a virtual ‘Mamma Mia The Musical’ workshop with a member from the recent UK Tour.

The hour-long workshop will enable students to learn a routine from the actual show, followed by a Q&A where they will be able to ask anything they like.

It’s hosted on Zoom, is open to all – not just Conti students – and takes place between 2 and 3pm. The cost is £5 and to book a place email info@italiacontipetersfield.co.uk.

Our good friends at Meon Valley Travel, in the High Street, plan to reopen the branch on June 15; but ahead of that, manager Nicki Lahiri will be with us again next week to answer your questions on travel, whether it’s about destinations reopening their borders, travel insurance or recommendations, she will do her best to provide the information you need.

So, if you have a travel-related query you can send your questions for Nicki to team@petersfieldradio.uk, or leave them on our messageline at 01730 5 55 500 and you may even hear yourself asking it on a future show.

TRAVEL

Hampshire County Council says it plans drainage is working in Stroud, along the A272 Winchester Road until Tuesday, with temporary traffic control when necessary.

And there are drainage repairs scheduled to start today, on Bell Hill, with traffic control in operation. These should also be completed on Tuesday.

South East Water’s work on The Causeway will continue until Monday, but should not cause too many problems to passing traffic.

In the Central Car Park, resurfacing work is making quite a few spaces unusable and many more have no markings, so stay alert, as somebody once said.

Looking ahead, the county council will have contractors working to erect two signs at the petrol station on Ramshill on Monday, but delays should be negligible. And BT is scheduled to start work in Rival Moore Rd next week, with traffic control in operation.

On Tuesday, West Sussex County Council starts carriageway work from Killarney to Goose Green Road, in West Harting, and delays are anticipated.

And, on the trains, the reduced timetable continues, but if you’re thinking about travelling north towards London on Sunday, you may want to allow quite a bit of extra time because South Western Railway will run a replacement bus service between Haslemere and Guildford.

WEATHER

Today should be a similar day to yesterday, with long spells of strong sunshine, after a rather cool start, with a maximum temperature of 24°C.

The outlook for the weekend follows suit: dry and warm with strong sunshine. Enjoy, but don’t forget to slap on the sun cream.

Morning Report – Thursday 28 May

Fast facts in a friendly voice. Get your essential local information in the Morning Report.

Noni Needs and Laura Sheppard are here with today’s essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

Today we hear first-hand testimony from the care sector frontline with nurses Clare Dunn and Caroline Hinder of the Rosemary Foundation.

Caroline Hinder and Claire Dunn

Also, Richard Gaisford reports on life in the Meon Valley and we summarise the latest government announcement on NHS Test and Trace, the new scheme designed to help break the chain of Covid-19 transmission.

Send your information updates, questions and thank you messages, for people who’ve helped you, to team@petersfieldradio.uk or phone 01730 555 500.

We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

TRANSCRIPT

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Morning Report – Wednesday, 27 May

Fast facts in a friendly voice. Get your essential local information in the Morning Report.

Lucy and Alastair present today’s information update for Petersfield and the wider Petersphere. Plus there’s the latest edition of Nina Vennis’ Lockdown Diary.

Send your information updates, questions and thank you messages, for people who’ve helped you, to team@petersfieldradio.uk or phone 01730 555 500.

We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

TRANSCRIPT

Laura and Alice at Refill & Replenish are going to have a trial opening in the Folly Market today from 10am. But the shop will be closing at 2pm.

Like all our local shops, the safety of the community remains their biggest priority. Folly Market has 2m distance markers, staff members will wear masks and they will wash hands between serving each customer. There will be only card transactions, with no cash being handled.

The shop is small, so customers will be met at the door. Items will be picked and packed in the shop’s own paper bags, so don’t bring any containers from home unless they are clean bottles for refilling of liquids.

Alice and Laura ask you to be patient while they trial all this – and, if it becomes too busy, they may ask you to leave a shopping list and collect the items later.

The Refill and Replenish delivery service remains in operation for this Saturday in Emsworth, Havant, Rowlands Castle and the surrounding areas, so if you would like to place an order, you can use the link on the website: refillandreplenish.co.uk.

And Andrew Baker at White Rose Garage says the sales department and showroom on Station Road will reopen on Monday, 1 June.

The government’s new Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme launched online yesterday.

The scheme will enable small and medium sized employers with under 250 employees to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying Coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay. Tax agents will also be able to make claims on behalf of their employers.

HMRC has published online guidance which includes information about who can use the scheme and the records employers must keep. Find out more on the GOV.UK website.

As you may have heard yesterday, we’re nearing the end of National Share-a-Story Month – and the winners of the East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership dream journey competition, will be announced on Friday’s Morning report. Just squeaking in before the end of May.

Lemon Grass in Dragon Street is open for takeaway.

Grayson Perry’s Art Club on Channel 4 is really popular so perhaps many of us are having a go. I know president of the Petersfield Arts and Crafts Society, Sharon Hurst, is delighted with the response to the Bank Holiday ‘brush up your painting’ weekend, which she announced here at Petersfield Community Radio.

TRAVEL

Work continues on the Rake road and there may still be grass cutting on the old A3 in Sheet, near the A272 Rogate turn.

In the Central Car Park, resurfacing work is making quite a few spaces unusable and many more have no markings, so do watch out.

Virgin Media is working in the Tilmore area, and, on the railway, South Western Rail confirms its reduced timetable continues this week – so that means one fast train and one slow train each way every hour.

WEATHER

Sunny and warm pretty much covers it, once again. There’s some thicker cloud in the early afternoon with an outside chance of a shower, but it clears later in the day, with a maximum temperature of 22 degrees.

All this sunlight is excellent for topping up Vitamin D levels but be careful not to burn.

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.

Morning Report – Tuesday 26 May

Fast facts in a friendly voice. Get your essential local information in the Morning Report.

Claire and Joff present today’s information update for Petersfield and the wider Petersphere. We also squeeze-in a short story written by local author Suzie Wilde and a chat with teenage diarist Nina Vennis from Langrish.

Send your information updates, questions and thank you messages, for people who’ve helped you, to team@petersfieldradio.uk or phone 01730 555 500.

We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

TRANSCRIPT

Bin collections will be be one day later than normal this week, after the bank holiday. So if your bin usually goes on Wednesday, it will be Thursday this week, and so on. Normal service will resume on Monday 1 June. 

The council has done really well with refuse collection and something else to note: so far, East Hampshire District Council has paid out 1,933 small business or retail, hospitality and leisure grants. 

Applications to the Local Government Discretionary Grant Fund will open soon, providing grants to support as many small businesses as possible that have been affected by the pandemic but were not eligible for other coronavirus-related grants. If that’s useful to you, find out the latest information at easthants.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support 

Following the Sixty Second Support series on mental health, we know challenges remain for many people, especially our children. Young Minds has been caring for this group for a long time and continues to offer practical advice both for parents and/or the young, who help each other. Did you know that before the pandemic three children in every classroom suffered with a mental help problem? More help and information can be found at youngminds.org.uk and on social media, or the Parents Helpline 0808 802 5544 Monday-Friday, free to mobiles and landlines.

And don’t forget, if you spot anything that worries you regarding the welfare of children generally, the NSPCC is always there. It’s free to call and you don’t have to say who you are. The helpline is 0808 800 5000

And here’s something the young are doing to help others: Home-Start Butser says Robert Ingram and Churchers College are doing a wonderful job, making and delivering nutritious meals for many of its families. It is hugely appreciated, and the feedback shows the meals are being thoroughly enjoyed! Everyone concerned gives a huge thank you! 

Petersfield Festivals committee has decided to carry on with The Petersfield Awards as a way to help recognise local heroes and businesses who are stepping-up and helping others through the crisis. The nomination stage is going to stay open until further notice so we can all show our support for everyone who deserves recognition this year. That includes Petersfield Community Radio, of course! 

We were a fairly new venture when lockdown began and all our volunteers wanted to help in the best way we could: by cutting through false news and the fear it brings to deliver our Morning Report, fact-checked so you can trust the local information we share.

To bring you our daily report, we also have to overcome the difficulties of remote broadcasting, with only a few hiccups so far! If you find what we do at Petersfield Community Radio helpful we’d love you to nominate us at petersfieldfest.com 

It’s National Share-a-Story Month. This annual celebration takes place throughout May and has proved to be an excellent way to celebrate storytelling and how powerful it can be. Children and stories are brought together with a variety of different events that take place across the UK.

We mentioned recently that many authors are reading their own work on social media, especially children’s authors and instead of our Sixty Second support, we have one minute of Flash fiction. Ahead of announcing the winner of the East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership dream journey competition, Suzie reads her own 300 word piece, with a nod to today’s pandemic advice, that won her first prize in a competition judged by award-winning crime-writer Peter Lovesey.

[HANDS AUDIO]

Suzie says it’s a true story, by the way, and if you recognised the product mentioned in the punchline you probably also remember the particular smell of junior schools right up till the Eighties. We will have another piece for you by a prize-winning author later in the week.

[INTERVIEW WITH NINA VENNIS]

Duet Clothing in Lavant Street and Mimosa Shoes in College Street have now opened online stores and are celebrating their opening with a £100 gift voucher competition. Check out the details on social media or duetclothing.co.uk and mimosashoes.co.uk 

Chawton House Virtual Garden Festival is taking place this coming weekend, bringing you gardening talks and tips, botanical workshops, discussions with heritage gardeners, and a chance to take part in a virtual ‘best in show’, all from the comfort of your own home.

Updates will be posted on the website, where you can also sign up to the garden festival mailing list; or follow Chawton House on social media for details of the full programme when announced. That’ll need to be quite soon! The website is chawtonhouse.org and then follow links to the What’s On page.

TRAVEL

There’s a width restriction on Station Road at its junction with Tilmore Road and Chapel Street. South East Water is repairing a leaky pipe there.

Look out for grass cutting taking place on the old A3 in Sheet, near the Rogate turn.

And in Buriton, Hampshire County Council plans work at the crossroads to fix a broken gully.

In the Central Car Park, resurfacing work continues so some spaces are unusable and many more have no markings. Alertness and common sense to the fore, as ever.

In the Tilmore area, Virgin Media is working in Kimbers this week, and South Western Rail confirms its reduced timetable continues this week – that means one fast train and one slow train each way every hour.

WEATHER

Another fine day in prospect, with light clouds bubbling up after midday. However, a light Nor’ Westerly breeze will keep temperatures in the very pleasant mid-twenties. UV levels will be high, so remember your sunscreen.

Money Moment with Martin Bamford

Informed Choice independent financial planners is an investment specialist company in Petersfield, which 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

This week, payment holidays extended for mortgage owners, estate agents get back to work after a sharp fall in property transactions, retail sales hit hard by Covid and can you trust those online reviews?

Also – millions of people have failed to learn even the most basic digital skills. Not you, obviously. Thank you for listening.

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 – Friday 22 May

Fast facts in a friendly voice. Get your essential local information in the Morning Report as Alan Cosh and Noni Needs bring you a comprehensive round-up of local information ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

We also speak to Terry Doubleday who runs the Petersfield food bank to find out what you do to help others get essential food supplies.

Check https://petersfieldradio.uk for a full transcript of all the information in today’s programme.

Send your information updates, questions and thank you messages, for people who’ve helped you, to team@petersfieldradio.uk or phone 01730 555 500.

We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

TRANSCRIPT

NEWS

Two men have been charged with attempted murder following an incident in Petersfield in the early hours of 20 May.

Shaun Hanson, 49, of Fern Close, Petersfield, and Anthony Seymour, 22, of Rival Moor Road, Petersfield,appeared before Basingstoke Magistrates Court yesterday.

The victim, a man in his 30s, also from Petersfield, sustained a number of wounds during the incident, which occurred at a property in Durford Road, but he remains stable in hospital.

Hampshire Constabulary asks if you have any information about this incident, please call 101 and quote Operation Sash.

Back to our normal coronavirus news … and a deal has been agreed on the supply of antibody tests, which will be available on the NHS, with health and care workers first in line to receive them, Downing Street revealed yesterday.

Antibody tests, which allow experts to track the level of immunity in the population, measure whether patients have had the virus, even if they have since recovered. 

Sadly, the number of people infected with coronavirus around the world has reached the grim landmark of five million, with most new cases now coming from the US, Russia, Brazil and India.

The NHS has started a new advertising campaign to encourage us to get tested for Coronavirus if we exhibit the symptoms.

The key message in the campaign is that we should stay alert to the symptoms which are… all together now…  a high temperature, or a new continuous cough or a loss of taste or smell.

And if you do have those symptoms you’re asked to book a test online at nhs.uk/coronavirus.

The NHS also wants to remind us that nobody should leave your home if anyone there has symptoms of Coronavirus. That isolation message is something the Government does not want us to forget.

You’ll see these messages on websites, on TV and on posters around NHS buildings. There’s also a radio advertisement.

[AD AUDIO]

The West Wittering Estate – always a popular destination when the weather takes a turn for the better – will remain closed over the bank holiday weekend. 

Local residents and others who can access the beach on foot will still be able to do so, however, the management of the Estate do not feel opening fully is in keeping with prevailing government advice on social distancing.

Later this month, a limited number of cars will be allowed to park at the beach each day; however, the only way to pay for parking will be via the parking app, JustPark.

Potential visitors are also strongly discouraged from driving to the West Wittering area without a pre-booked parking slot – and there is no other parking within the village.

And now a warning from another popular bank holiday destination: the South Downs National Park.

Officials have warned dog owners to watch out for venomous snakes which have been spotted in the National Park.

They welcomed the return of adders – the only venomous snake native to the UK – but told pet owners to be wary of the reptiles after an increased number of adder sightings were reported in the national park.

Although adders are usually shy, they are venomous and dogs should be kept on the lead on access land just to be on the safe side, as the snakes have been spotted basking in the sunshine in woodland glades and on heathlands.

We’ve also heard reports of adders being seen on Petersfield Heath – so add that to an occasional visiting sea eagle and the warning to ‘stay alert’ takes on a whole new meaning.

60 Second Support

Today sees the final minute of our series of Mental Health Awareness tips and we’re ending the week with a moment of mindfulness. Here’s Dr Ranj Singh of the charity Best Beginnings

[DR RANJ AUDIO]

Sixty Second Support with Heads Together is supported by the Audio Content Fund.

It’s a bank holiday weekend, of course, and, traditionally, it’s the time of year many of us like to sit in long queues at the tip in order to get rid of the shrubs we’ve cut back … 

But the County Council is again reminding us the Recycling Centre on Bedford Road is for ESSENTIAL waste only – things that you can’t safely store at home (and that doesn’t include children!).

If you’re not sure whether your waste is essential or not then you can check its website hants.gov.uk/recyclingcentres for details.

But one thing’s for sure; if you DO like queueing, you won’t be disappointed there …

We’re now joined by Terry Doubleday from the PACT foodbank, which has provided sterling service for those in need during this crisis.

[INTERVIEW]

TRAVEL

The surface slurry work continues in the central car park today but pauses across the bank holiday weekend.

The resurfacing work at the junction of Tilmore Road and Station Road is complete – and they’ve done a great job there – but there remains a width restriction on the corner until the final ground work is complete. Just be careful as you pass the junction, especially coming from the railway end of Station Road.

And up in Tilmore, some iron rainwater drains at the corner of Monks Orchard and Tilmore Gardens are being lowered as part of road resurfacing work planned there.

Work finishes today on Pitcroft Lane in Buriton where South East Water is fixing a leak. And the water company has contractors on Station Road in Liss correcting a hazardous stop cock cover.

And some advance notice: SSE work to upgrade around nine miles of its electricity infrastructure, between Petersfield and Fernhurst restarts again Tuesday, May 26, in Rogate – that’s on Harting Combe Road between Rogate Road and Tullecombe Hill, and on Saturday, May 30, in Petersfield on Bedford Road by the substation.

And that will herald something of a summer of roadworks and closures for Petersfield as the work continues.

WEATHER

Today starts rather cloudy, with even some fleeting light rain in places. However, it will soon pass with sunny spells developing widely. It will feel fresher than in recent days, helped by the breeze. Maximum temperature is a pleasant 23 °C.

The outlook for the bank holiday weekend now: Breezy with sunshine and showers on Saturday, ahead of a largely fine Sunday and Monday, with winds progressively becoming lighter. Initially, temperatures will be lower than we’ve enjoyed in the last few days, but – fingers crossed – it should recover somewhat on  Monday.

Monday is a bank holiday, which means the team here gets a lie-in and The MR returns on Tuesday with Claire and Joff. And if you want to contact us – it’s Petersfield 5 55 500, email team@petersfieldradio.uk or find us on social media.

Foodie Friday

Some information about places you can get a takeaway this weekend.

Alexandras Kitchen, at Durleighmarsh Farm, continues to offer frozen cooked meals. It’s open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and offers free local delivery for orders in excess of £30. Visit alexandracooks.com.

Jake’s Artisan Foods, the producer of hand-cut free-range pork pies and scratchings, all hand-made in Petersfield, offers free delivery with online payment. Visit jakesartisanfoods.co.uk for details.

Chinwags and the Folly Wine Bar offer a selection of hot food, all priced at £10 – which includes fish on Fridays. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

The Five Bells pub, in Buriton, is offering pub classics delivered hot to your door. Free delivery is available from 5 to 8.30pm, from Tuesday to Saturday; and 12 to 4pm on Sundays. Pay over the phone or cash on delivery. Take a look at the menu at fivebells-buriton.co.uk

The Good Intent, in College Street, is offering a selection of favourite meals on a takeaway basis, Wednesday to Sunday, from 5 to 9pm. Check out its Facebook page or visit goodintentpetersfield.co.uk.

The Old Drum has extended its take away food range… and is open seven days a week.

And, as a pub, the Old Drum also offers draught ales, lagers and wine to take away seven days a week.

La Piazzetta, the Italian restaurant in The Square, is open for collection or deliveries, from 5 to 9pm. To place an order either ring 01730 260 006 or send a message via Facebook.

Mother Kelly’s Fish and Chips, in Lavant Street, is open offering a simplified menu. From 4pm and payment by card only, please. 

Fez, the Turkish restaurant, in Bakery Lane, is offering both a takeaway and a delivery service. Call 01730 231 266 and view its menu online at fezpetersfield.com

And, just around the corner from Fez, the vegan restaurant Earth is offering free delivery for customers in the town and small delivery fees for those outside of the area. Go online to order.eatatearth.com to order or contact the team via Facebook or Instagram.

In Liss, the Jolly Drover, has a ‘bring a plate takeaway’ for £10. The website is thejollydrover.co.uk and telephone number 01730 893 137.

And, still in Liss, the Spread Eagle, is offering hot food for takeaway or delivery, lunchtime and evenings. Check out the website at spreadeagleliss.com for full details.

The Madhuban Indian restaurant, also in Liss, is open for takeaways – at madhubanrestaurant.co.uk <SPELL PLEASE> – but, additionally, it makes tubs of fresh home-made curry sauces, which are also available from the Bran Tub, in Petersfield’s Lavant Street. 

The Malabon restaurant, in Dragon Street, offers takeaways and also delivers, while the Paradise Balti House, in Lavant Street, and the Spice Lounge, in the Square, are both open for takeaways.

Morning Report – Thursday, 21 May

Fast facts in a friendly voice. Get your essential local information in the Morning Report.

Laura Sheppard and Harrison RB present the programme.

Send your information updates, questions and thank you messages, for people who’ve helped you, to team@petersfieldradio.uk or phone 01730 555 500.

We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

TRANSCRIPT

Hampshire County Council is investigating a range of measures that could be implemented across Hampshire to keep people walking and cycling safely, as the country gradually moves back to travelling to work and school. These include reallocating road space, signing to encourage physical distancing and establishing low-cost temporary measures to limit access by certain vehicles in specific areas.

A new climate change website has been launched by Hampshire County Council, which brings together information on what actions it is taking, working alongside partners and communities. The website has simple ideas for some things we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint, like thinking about the way we travel, how much energy we use and how much we throw away. There are also ways to make homes resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Have you ever thought about growing your own veg? The association that runs the allotments on the outskirts of Sheet is planning to make 18 new plots available. It currently has around 80 plots, all of which are full, so it will take some spare land and divide it into 18 smaller-sized plots. Suzie says it’s a very social group of people, even with the current physical distancing! For more information please contact Steve Amos on either 07789 714 771 or email newpetersfieldallotments@gmail.com.

If gardening isn’t your new passion, you could try Taekwondo. South Downs Taekwondo now has classes available on Zoom for beginners. There’s one for four to seven-year-olds, and another for seven years and above. All beginners get their first lesson free. Check out its Facebook page, or email southdownstkd@gmail.com for more details.

Many reminders have been going round to give one or two items from every shop to food banks, who were well-served when lockdown began but still need our help. Petersfield Lions Club has been there throughout and has recently launched a new online fundraising page.

Since Lockdown began, it has donated £500 to PACT Food Bank and Kings Arms youth organisation, and another £1,000 to the Salvation Army. Check out its Facebook page or visit petersfieldlions.org.uk.

In case you haven’t heard, the East Hampshire Community Lottery is now up and running, offering a range of prizes while raising money for lots of good causes. There’s a draw every Saturday and if your numbers match then you could win up to £25,000 while your chosen good cause receives 50p for every ticket sold.

You can only buy tickets on the website at easthantslottery.co.uk – and you’ll find us as well as many others among the good causes to choose from. No pressure, of course!

The Bran Tub in Lavant Street is open again, from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, with additional safety measures in place. As with all shops now, please follow any requests from the staff, stay a safe distance and use contactless payment if possible. The shop’s collection service is still running for those who need it. Check out the website at thebrantub.com.

Before our regular travel and weather, here’s an important shout-out! You may have spotted someone in town cleaning the weeds between the paving in the square and along the shopping streets in town. That person is Iris Holt and she is working hard to make the streets spotless, and to make us feel better at this trying time.

She has captured the attention of several of you, many of whom have been singing her praises on Facebook, and Jorge from Cloisters has taken her hot drinks.

Iris has had all sorts of adventures, and has been known to throw herself off the Spinnaker Tower dressed as a polar bear and out of an aeroplane to raise money for Rowans Hospice. She is very touched by the attention, and as she isn’t able to fundraise at the moment, would love her acts of kindness to inspire people to donate to Rowans Hospice.

Hampshire County Council is again reminding everyone that the Recycling Centre on Bedford Road is for essential waste only – things that you can’t safely store at home. If you’re not sure whether your waste is essential or not then you can check its website hants.gov.uk/recyclingcentres for details.

TRAVEL

The Central Car Park is being slurried, not hurried. Workers are treating the surface and it’s due to take four weeks. Spaces at the West End of the car park are closed off in rotation so the work can be done during the day.

Hampshire County Council has contractors working in Station Road at the junction with Tilmore Road until tomorrow, and traffic control is in operation, while South-East Water continues its work in Frenchman’s Road, though there should be little or no disruption there.

The work at Mill Lane, Sheet, has been completed early, and, in Liss, South East Water’s work on Station Road should be completed today.

But look out for resurfacing work on Pitcroft Lane in Buriton over the next few days. And there’s road surfacing work in Tilmore on Monks Orchard, near its junction with Tilmore Gardens.

WEATHER

There is a remote chance of a shower in this early morning cloud but then, like every day this week, the sun will break through and temperatures rise to a high of 23 degrees by the afternoon.

Overnight, cloud will thicken and will tend to linger into Friday until late afternoon. With a breeze coming in from the Atlantic, temperatures will be lower at around 17 degrees.

Remember your sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy, as the UV index remains high.

Brush up on painting skills

Would you like to be able to paint? If so, join the online artists’ demo days over this coming bank holiday.

Pick up your brushes and join the professionals in a two-day online demonstration

Six professional artists – including locally based Sharon Hurst and Alison Board – have joined forces to offer free tutorials on Facebook, this weekend: 24/25 May.

Petersfield Community Radio’s Alan Cosh – a fine artist in his own right – speaks about the event with Sharon Hurst, the president of the Petersfield Arts and Crafts Society.

Morning Report – Wednesday 20 May

Fast facts in a friendly voice. Get your essential local information in the Morning Report.

Today, new symptoms of Covid-19 recognised, money expert Martin Bamford helps you prepare for recession and homeschooling teenager Nina Vennis writes the latest entry in her Lockdown Diary. 

Plus – where is the council filling potholes? We round-up the roadworks.

Noni Needs and Lucy Davies present the programme.

Send your information updates, questions and thank you messages for people who’ve helped you to team@petersfieldradio.uk or phone 01730 555 500.

We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

Information transcript

Coming shortly

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.

Hands – a piece of ‘flash fiction’

Petersfield Community Radio’s very own Suzie Wilde is a judge in the East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership writing competition.

Suzie Wilde

It invited people to send in a story of no more than 300 words – known as ‘flash fiction’ – to take part.

That and the recent VE Day celebrations reminded Suzie of a piece of ‘flash fiction’ she’d written herself and she kindly recorded it for your enjoyment. Plus, she explained: “This is, actually, a true story!” And it won a prize …

It’s called, simply, Hands.

Morning Report – Tuesday 19 May

Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey bring you our daily update of fast facts in a friendly voice.

The Morning Report also contains a chat with local artist Justin Lees who is auctioning a painting to raise money to make scrubs for the health service.

And Mental Health Awareness week continues as the 60 Second Support campaign offers advice on staying connected from the charity Young Minds.

Send information to team@petersfieldradio.uk or 01730 555 500.

We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

Information transcript

If you have an emergency eye problem, Arnolds Opticians now has a system for pre-arranged appointments. Call reception on 263 302 to make a booking or you can knock on the High Street clinic door and someone will come out and help you.

This booking service is for urgent eye care only, which would include sudden sight loss, or blurred vision; or a painful or red eye. If you are worried about any new symptoms, the Arnolds team can help you.

If you need replacement glasses or have a problem with contact lenses it’s also worth giving them a call. And if you normally get your contact lenses from Arnolds the business is now posting out supplies to existing patients.

This is the final few days in the Mental Health Awareness Week and the 60 Second Support campaign you’ve been hearing in the Morning Report continues today. Young Minds supporter Sean Fletcher is talking about the importance of ‘Staying Connected’

Sixty Second Support with Heads Together is supported by the Audio Content Fund.

Don’t forget there are free online support sessions for whatever you are finding challenging at the moment hosted by The Centre for Complementary Medicine. The next session is today, Tuesday, at 2pm. To find out about other sessions and any further details email shanagh@thecentre-petersfield.co.uk

Now for today’s interview, with Petersfield artist Justin Lees. Good morning, Justin.

[interview – listen in the audio]

A reminder that the painting and all details are on Justin’s website at https://www.justinleespaintings.com/

If that’s inspired you and you’re 11 years old or under – listen up!

If you love drawing, colouring or painting this is just for you because MADhurst and the South Downs National Park have joined forces and devised a competition to celebrate the Park’s 10th anniversary.

And if you also love nature, it’s even better! The South Downs National Park is home to several well-loved creatures, and others that are beautiful but less well known. The organisers challenge you to make a piece of amazing artwork inspired by only ONE of the following:

  • otter
  • water vole
  • sand lizard
  • emperor dragonfly
  • barn owl
  • natterjack toad
  • red kite
  • Adonis blue butterfly
  • hare
  • potter flower bee

There are three age groups: 5 years and under; 6 – 8 years and 9 – 11 years. All entries will be displayed at the South Downs Garden Party at the South Downs Centre Midhurst. First prize and runners up prizes will be awarded in each category.

Plus, the winners will have their artwork turned into a limited edition postcard, which will be available for sale in the South Downs Centre, while stocks last.

Closing date for entries is 31 May 2020. You can find out full terms and conditions and entry form on the MADhurst website: madhurst.co.uk So get creating!

J: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service encourages us all to test our smoke alarms every Tuesday. Smoke alarms save lives, by waking you up, giving you that essential early warning and vital time to escape and call 999. So test the battery once a week – make that a Tuesday then you’ll remember – by pressing the button until the alarm sounds. More information on hantsfire.gov.uk

And now a thank you. Residents of Sheet have had masks made for them by Jill Haines since the beginning of lockdown. Jill doesn’t charge but all donations go to the Rosemary Trust. Not only are the masks comfortable and practical, but they come in some lovely patterned fabrics.

Travel news

On the roads, no major problems around the Petersphere but the central car park is partially closed over the next four weeks for surface slurry work.

Hampshire County Council plans kerbstone replacements today and tomorrow on Frenchman’s Road and tomorrow night there’s resurfacing work at the junction of Station Road and Tilmore Road.

Further afield – if you have a boat moored at Gosport Marina you’ll be pleased to know that the Gosport Ferry is running every day this week so you don’t need to drive the long way round.

Petersfield weather

A bit of cloud around at first but plenty of sunshine later with temperatures up to 21 degrees and feeling even warmer than yesterday in light westerly winds.

Contact us

If you want to let us know how alert you are staying, thank someone or have a news item for the report, do call us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or email team@petersfieldradio.uk. And we’re on social media too.

More great listening

Noni and Lucy are here at this time tomorrow and later today we will bring you the latest edition of the P pod including some great personality interviews with some of the most interesting people in and around Petersfield.

It’s easy to find the P pod at petersfieldradio.uk or just search Petersfield on your favourite podcast app.

Morning Report – Monday 18 May

In a new faster format, Suzie Wilde and Laura Sheppard bring you what’s new across the Petersphere as we support each other through the continued restrictions.

It’s also Mental Health Awareness week and the 60 Second Support campaign continues with good advice on planning from the charity Mind today.

Plus a quick chat with local furniture designer Charles Dedman who will be a special guest in this week’s P pod. How is an outdoor furniture business coping through lockdown?

Send information to team@petersfieldradio.uk or 01730 555 500.

We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

Information transcript

The Petersfield Voluntary Care Group now has more volunteer drivers, thanks to its appeals for help that you will have heard in the Morning Report.

The drivers transport patients to medical appointments, shop for the housebound and deliver prescriptions for Day Lewis Pharmacy. All drivers get PPE and are DBS checked. If you travel with them you’ll be given a mask and will be asked to sit in the back.

Hospitals are now restarting outpatients’ appointments so if you need transport telephone Petersfield 266046. The Voluntary Care Group cannot take you if you have Covid symptoms. If you do, call 111 instead. 

If you are vulnerable, and do not have support from family, friends or the local community, and need urgent assistance with practical issues, East Hampshire District Council has a helpline that operates nine to five, seven days a week. They can provide information and advice – give them a call on 0333 370 4000

Community First has signed up hundreds of volunteers since the Coronavirus outbreak began and has frozen volunteer recruitment for the time being. If you are involved with a community group that needs volunteers, please contact support@cffirst.org.uk to recruit some helping hands. 

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is now open for claims, and if you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and you’ve been adversely affected by Coronavirus, you may be entitled to a grant. Have a look at the government website gov.uk to find out how to claim. 

As you know, people aged 70 years and over are among those most at risk of severe illness from the Coronavirus. The Office for National Statistics shows the density of those who may need special shielding on an interactive map. The centre of Petersfield has the highest density of those aged over 70, at 29% and also 85+ at 8%, both figures double some other areas of Petersfield. Please continue to be alert to support our community. We’ve put a link to the map on our website petersfieldradio.uk 

From today, some spaces in the Central Car park will be closed for “Slurry Sealing Work”. Apparently this seals the surface of the car park so it won’t need too much maintenance in the years ahead. It’s the spaces at the West End of the car park that are affected, alongside Waitrose.

In this week’s P pod with Claire and Joff you’ll hear from award winning furniture designer, Charles Dedman who lives locally. As well as designing his own range of contemporary furniture, Charles should have been at the Chelsea Flower Show this week with his outdoor garden furniture. 

Let’s have a quick chat with Charles now

[CHARLES CHAT]

Petersfield Post Office is open from 9 until 3 this week, Monday to Friday, and it has a job going – if you think you could work there serving customers drop your CV into the Post Office.

Bakery Lane Tea room re-opens today from 9 to 2. It will be open every day Monday to Saturday. It offers a ta  keaway service for food and drinks, and you can place your order in advance via its Facebook page. Please observe social distancing rules and pay with a contactless card. The Tea Room has also joined forces with The Sweet Stop so you can get some sweet treats too.

Morgans Butchers goes back to its normal working days of Tuesday to Saturday from this week so won’t be open today. It still offers home delivery and now has a website – the address is morgansofpetersfield.co.uk 

60 Second Support

This is mental health awareness week and the 60 Second Support series continues every morning this week, helping you to look after your family’s mental health.

Today, Kerry McLeod of the charity Mind suggests you make a plan to support your mental health…

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60 Second Support with Heads Together is supported by the Audio Content Fund.

During this Mental Health Awareness week pupils at Churcher’s College in Petersfield won’t have to do any homework. It’s one way to help to reduce stress and anxiety over deadlines and it comes just a week before half term too.

Will Hughes of St Peter’s Church says the Bishops have given him permission to stream from church buildings so Sunday services are now available on their website in video. Thank you Bishops. Vicars are also allowed to visit their churches to pray. Will says he’s praying for the town from St Peter’s Church every day.

The Rosemary Foundation wants your unused jigsaws. Following a successful socially distanced jigsaw sale, they are in need of more second hand jigsaw puzzles. If you have some to donate, please ring them on Petersfield 266329 to arrange a time to drop them into their Lavant Street building. That number again, Petersfield 266 329 and all the contact information you hear in the Morning Report will also be in the programme transcript on our website.

Rosie Packham-Boyns at Salon Sixteen drew up a list of her elderly or vulnerable clients at the start of this crisis, and distributed the names to her staff, who then called to offer help and to check they were ok. Rosie and her husband, Kevin, have been shopping for a large number of clients, and have distributed masks to their most vulnerable clients. 

TRAVEL

From today South Western Railway makes some changes to its services to increase the number of people who can use the trains. They still run a reduced service with just two trains per hour through Petersfield each way (one fast, and one slow)

But other routes will have some services reinstated for the first time since lockdown began, and some longer trains with more carriages will run at peak times. Despite these changes capacity will be limited to no more than 18 per cent of the usual levels to ensure social distancing.

At stations and on trains, railway workers are cleaning ticket machines, handles and door buttons more than usual. The Government says avoid public transport if you can, and travel at quieter times of the day. If you’re at the station maintain social distancing and observe the floor markings. Queuing may be necessary in busy periods.

The Government’s guidance advises you to wear a face covering on public transport. For more information please visit southwesternrailway.com

Gravers Taxis now has a vehicle with a screen installed to act as a shield between the passengers and driver. The company says it will perform an anti-bacterial clean after each journey.Give them a call on 01730 30 30 30. 

On the roads, no major problems around the Petersphere but do remember the central car park will be partially closed from today as you heard earlier in the show. Frenchman’s Road sees council work today and tomorrow to replace kerbstones and on Wednesday there’s overnight work at the junction of Station Road and Tilmore Road to patch the surface and repaint the yellow lines.

WEATHER

Sunny today, and after a cool start temperatures in Petersfield will climb to around 19 degrees in light winds. Clouding over this evening, but tomorrow is set to be another fine and warm day.

And that is it – tight and polite – your first Morning Report in this new, faster format. Do let us know what you think and remember our website has a transcript of everything you’ve heard in today’s programme, including those vital website links and phone numbers.

If you have comments, information or ‘thank yous’ to share you can call us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or email team@petersfieldradio.uk. And we’re on social media too.

Have a good Monday – Claire and Joff will be with you this time tomorrow.