Morning Report – Wednesday 15 July

Today it’s the turn of Lucy Davies and Alan Cosh to bring you your daily round-up of local information for Petersfield and surrounding villages. They are joined by Angela Alexander, coordinator of the Alton and Petersfield Multiple Sclerosis Group.

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Information transcript

The Government has announced that everyone will have to wear face coverings in all shops from 24 July and those failing to comply will face a fine of up to £100.The move will bring England into line with Scotland and other European nations like Spain, Italy and Germany.

Petersfield Museum is offering another digital History from Home. This week Alcohol and Petersfield! Discover the important role alcohol has played in its history, and how it supported the growth and development of this small rural town, the impact of one of the biggest gin magnates of the Victorian period and how a love story helped shape Australian wine making.

Don’t miss out: you can register your interest and receive all the information you need to join, and discover more about Petersfield from the comfort of your own home, by going to petersfieldmuseum.co.uk and click on History from Home.

Tattoo Lounge in Petersfield is opening today. It is unable to do any facials, or piercings. So no oral, noses or eyebrows can be done at the moment.

Don’t forget, on 1 August the government will no longer be sending food parcels to shielded residents. If you are a shielded resident and would like to reserve a priority internet shopping slot at your local supermarket, you must register by 17 July, so only two days left.

Travel

Swan Street is closed between the junction at Borough Hill and the junction with Chapel Street, while new underground electrical circuits are installed. This work is set to continue until the first week of August.

Work continues in Frenchman’s Road from the junction with Bedford Road to the junction with Borough Hill, but is set to be completed this week.

There is two-way traffic control in Winchester Road at the junction with Stonham Park while gas repairs are underway. Work has also started in Winchester Road this week to improve the highway, so this may cause some delays.

And if we’re not saying what you’re seeing, please let us know – you can reach us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or via email at team@petersfieldradio.uk.

Weather

Mostly dry and cloudy with a seven per cent chance of a shower. Temperatures will peak at 17 or 18 degrees with a gentle breeze from the west. Weather getting progressively better for the weekend.

the P pod – 14 July, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morning Report – Tuesday 14 July

Harrison RB and Michael Auger are here with your daily round-up of local information for Petersfield and surrounding villages.

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Information transcript

With less than a week to go before the launch of this year’s virtual Petersfield Shakespeare Festival, the team are delighted to share the programme of exciting performances that’ll be available each day from this Thursday (16th July) until Saturday 25th.

Although it hasn’t been possible to stage the planned open-air production of Romeo & Juliet, this greatest of all love stories remains the theme of the event.  

The winning entries in the ‘Shake It Up’ Monologue Writing Competition will be at the heart of the festival. They’ve provided a rich stream of talent and some fascinating insights into the lesser known characters of the play.

You’re invited to find a few minutes each day between this Thursday and a week on Saturday to sit down and enjoy the diverse and exciting new work created by Petersfield Shakespeare Festival friends, old and new.

They’ll have names of authors whose monologues were selected for production with a few short trailers of their work once it has been released on the website. This’ll include a Juliet piece, written and performed by a 16 year old (Juliet’s actual age in the original).

From 1 August, the government will no longer be sending food parcels to vulnerable residents. If you’re shielding and would like to reserve a priority internet shopping slot at your local supermarket, please register by 17 July. Click here for details.

If you are a vulnerable resident, you can find more information on the East Hampshire District Council website.

Petersfield Lions are hosting a book sale on Saturday 25th July with all proceeds going to local charities. We’ll have more details for you in the coming days.

Zephorium Positive Health & Beauty Treatment Rooms is re-opening today. Its beauticians are still not permitted to touch clients’ faces, which is 90% of its business, so the treatments currently available are waxing, massage, manicure and pedicure.

70 talented musicians from Churcher’s College have performed a piece from Pirates of the Caribbean virtually – it’s very impressive. Watch the video here.

Travel

Oxenbourne Lane and Ramsdean Lane remain closed while work takes place to repair grass verges and potholes.

Work on the cable project on Frenchman’s Road from the Bedford Road junction to Borough Hill is ongoing – and you might experience some disruption along The Causeway as SSEN carry out repairs.

Weather

A fine start today – occasionally sunny. Mostly dry and cloudy, in any spell of sunshine it’ll feel pleasant but the odd shower possible with highs of 21. Tomorrow is slightly cooler, cloudy with patchy light rain and highs of 19 – as things stand we look set to be in for a very hot weekend.

Money Moment with Martin Bamford

Informed Choice independent financial planners is a specialist investment 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

A boost for restaurants and bars; a one-off bonus for employers bringing back furloughed staff; and are higher taxes on the way?

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 13 July

Harrison RB and Laura Sheppard are here with your daily round-up of local information for Petersfield and surrounding villages.

We’ll hear from Chris, from the local Samaritans branch – and details of things reopening including news about the open air pool and play areas as well as appeals for clothing, gardening and “Telephone Befrienders”.

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Information transcript

The Culture Secretary outlined the government’s plans on Thursday evening to reopen more industries. Outdoor performances of theatre, opera, dance and music to socially distanced audiences can now start again and open air pools can open. Beauticians, tattooists, spas and tanning salons can reopen from today and indoor gyms can reopen from 25 July. If you’re planning to re-open, get in touch to let us know on Petersfield 5 55 500 or email team@petersfieldradio.uk.

From 1 August, the government will no longer be sending food parcels to vulnerable residents. If you’re shielding and would like to reserve a priority internet shopping slot at your local supermarket, please register by 17 July. Click here for details.

If you are a vulnerable resident, you can find more information on the East Hampshire District Council website.

Home-start Butser has a family in need of boys’ clothing. If you can donate some black or grey trousers and white polo shirts that would fit a five year old boy, please email office@homestart-butser.org.uk.

MHA, the charity at home care provider, is seeking volunteers in East Hampshire to be Telephone Befrienders.  It is working with Hampshire County Council and Adult Services to provide a support service to those who need it.The role involves remote working and can be done from your own home. If you can spare half an hour or more weekly to call or Skype an older person to help them feel less isolated please call Nikki on 07973 853151 or email nikki.bonner@mha.org.uk.

As some of our local schools break-up for the summer, children’s play areas are re-opening, but the council wants you to stay safe. In a sentence worthy of one of our corniest scripts, they say “If you are planning to “swing by” any of the 12 play areas in the district, please don’t “seesaw” with safety.

Information signs will be installed with guidance on how to use the areas safely, but if you are planning a visit, please bring hand sanitiser with you and clean your hands thoroughly before and after use.

Social distancing should be maintained, staying two metres from other people where possible.  In areas where this cannot be achieved, EHDC wants you to wait outside the play areas for your turn to play.

Food and drink should not be brought in or eaten in the play area and they kindly ask that you dispose of any rubbish responsibly.

For more information about the reopening of council-owned play areas visit www.easthants.gov.uk. Petersfield Town Council also runs some play areas – to which we might add there’s plenty of choice ‘roundabout’ the Petersphere!

You’ll have heard Jules Cavalier on the Morning Report talking about the memorial garden Cedar Ward is hoping to create at Petersfield Hospital. They are hoping for donations of flowers, water features, garden furniture etc to create an oasis for staff, visitors and patients.

Many of you have already offered plants, your gardening time to keep it maintained, and Ben Lannoy Landscapes and Barton Garden Services have both offered free time and services to help. We’ve also put a couple of people in touch with Jules. If you’re able to help in any way, please do get in touch, or if you would like to donate, a GoFundMe page has been created.

The full interview with Chris, Deputy Director for Outreach at the Portsmouth and East Hampshire branch of the Samaritans, will be available later in the week – and a reminder of those contact details if you’re going through a difficult time: call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.

The Paradise Balti House has reopened, all within government guidelines, with tables suitably distanced, and with a whole raft of hygiene practices in place. And Stables Wine Bar & Kitchen has reopened. As it has limited spare space to comply with distancing guidelines, it is also continuing with takeaways. So pop in to order and ‘curry’ your food away!

Gallery No. 30 in the High Street is working hard behind the scenes towards a smooth and safe reopening this week. You can hear from the owner, Fifi, in this week’s PPod, and in our Morning Report on Friday.  Lavant Rowe Hairdressing, and LRMan Men’s Fashion shop, both in Lavant Street, have reopened.

Despite the government announcement that open air pools are able to open from Saturday, the renovation project at Petersfield Open Air Pool has not finished and the pool is empty of water. The staff there are looking at the safety measures required, the length of the available season and the severe restrictions of swimmers in the pool. We hope to catch up with them for their latest news.

Do you know any confident young people between 18 and 25 who would relish the opportunity to influence policing in their area? Hampshire Constabulary is looking for young people from diverse backgrounds to become part of a new young people advisory group – their role will be to challenge and advise on issues such as stop and search and arrest and custody issues among many others. Check out its Facebook post for more information. But please don’t ‘force’ anyone to apply!

Travel

The whole of Oxenbourne Lane and Ramsdean Lane is closed while work to repair grass verges and potholes takes place. 

Work continues on the cable project on Frenchman’s Road from the junction with Bedford Road to the junction at Borough Hill, and there may be some delays on The Causeway while repairs take place by SSEN.

As ever – if we’re not saying what you’re seeing, please let us know – you can reach us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or via email team@petersfieldradio.uk.

Weather

After a sunny start across the Petersphere, it is expected to cloud over late afternoon, with a chance of showers later in the evening. Maximum temperature is expected to be 21 degrees. Tomorrow is expected to be a cloudy one, with much cooler temperatures.

Morning Report – Friday 10 July

Noni Needs and Laura Sheppard bring you today’s essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

Martin Bamford of Informed Choice independent financial planners answers questions on this week’s Summer Statement from the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and how the new measures will affect you.

And what piece of local transport infrastructure celebrates its birthday today?

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Information transcript

Good morning it’s Friday the 10th of July

Noni and Laura with you today.

It’s your fully fact-checked morning update of local information around the Petersphere.

We’ll be hearing from money expert, Martin Bamford, of Petersfield’s Informed Choice independent financial planners, who tells us what was outlined in the Chancellor’s Summer Statement, and how it will affect us; more on the confusing subject of parking in Petersfield, a special birthday, and news of what’s reopening in town. 

First, East Hants Police is appealing for witnesses following a report of a burglary at the Petersfield Town Football Club on Love Lane. Entry was forced to the property between 8am on Saturday 4 July and 9.30pm on 7 July causing damage to a large window. It does not appear that anything was stolen. The police have conducted a number of enquiries and are now turning to the public for help. Did you see anything? Perhaps you’ve seen someone acting suspiciously in the area of the Football Club? They are particularly keen to identify two young people who were seen in the area. They are described as follows:

• A white boy, aged between 14 and 16-years-old, slim build, with short mousy brown hair. He was wearing a grey Nike hooded top with black sleeves and a white t-shirt with the word POLO across the front, denim jeans, black and white trainers. He was also carrying a dark rucksack.

• A white boy, aged between 14 and 16-years-old, with short brown hair. He was wearing a dark blue hooded top with Nike Air written across the front, dark coloured shorts, with white socks and dark coloured trainers. He is also described as wearing a gold chain around his neck

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting the crime reference number 44200250403. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

Sadly, we have news of the sudden death of our Deputy Town Mayor, Councillor George Watkinson after a short illness. George made a huge contribution to Petersfield, having lived in the town for over 35 years and representing the Causeway Ward on the Town Council for the Liberal Democrats for 25 years. He served the town as Town Mayor on three separate occasions and would have undertaken the role for a fourth time this year but for the disruption caused by the Coronavirus outbreak to normal Council activities.Our thoughts are with George’s family at this time.

John Wakefield, of St Peters Vets, has decided to retire. Today is his last official working day. He will be coming in to work one day a week in the short term, so you will still see him in the practice occasionally. I’m sure there are lots of you who would like to send him a message, so do let us know and we will pass your messages on. We wish you a happy retirement, John.

Clearly, the changes to parking arrangements in town are a sensitive subject, and we’ve heard what some traders and councillors think. But what, We’d really like is to hear from you…the shoppers and local residents, including blue badge holders. You are the ones most affected by where you park, so please get in touch and let us know what you think. 

And another talking point is the new arrangements for refuse and recycling at the tip. Please let us have your comments and questions and we’ll see if we can get some answers for you. You can leave a message on 01730 5 55 500 or email us at team@petersfieldradio.uk We certainly won’t ‘refuse’ your call!

And now … If you were living in Petersfield or Liphook in July 1992 it’s likely you will remember a wet, but significant event. It was exactly 28 years ago, two months ahead of schedule,  when drivers could bypass Petersfield for the first time. The road didn’t open to traffic until 10pm, rather later than intended, because not all the safety barriers had been checked. Parties were held in Petersfield by residents of The Causeway, in the grounds of the United Reform Church in College Street and The Grenehurst Way Residents’ Association, and an all day event was held at Bohunt School. The new route was expected to cut around 20 minutes off the average journey time between Portsmouth and London. Happy birthday to the A3 Petersfield ByPass.

Coming up, we’ll be bringing you some more news from The Harrow, and not quite planes, trains and automobiles, but certainly trains and boats! Before that, Laura speaks to Martin Bamford with news of Wednesday’s mini-Budget. 

[INTERVIEW – listen to the audio for Martin’s analysis]

And now more reopening news. A reminder that the Watercress Line is reopening tomorrow. You need to pre-book your tickets by calling 01962 733 810 and the team at the Watercress Line would like to see some customers dressed-up in nostalgic outfits. It’s not obligatory but you’re welcome to organise some vintage clothing and really look the part. No ‘trainers’ obviously.

Petersfield Boats are back! They cannot provide life jackets and so only those who bring their own life jackets for everyone, or are able to swim 100 metres are permitted on the boats. 10am till 4pm Thursday to Monday. I love going out on the boats, but only when someone else rows. When I row, I just go round in circles. It must run in the family because my daughter had to be rescued by the tow boat because she and her friend couldn’t get back to shore. But they didn’t have a ‘row’ about it…

After the first opening night on Saturday, The Folly Wine Bar has taken some decisions for everyone’s safety. It will now be an over 21s bar for the foreseeable future, and you must be seated at a table, with a maximum of 6 people from your social ‘bubble’. Be careful out there this weekend.

More good news from The Harrow. It will be opening in the evenings from tomorrow, excluding Sundays. They’ll be open 6pm till 9pm  and will be serving food between 7 and 8.30pm. Three cheers – hip hip Harrow!

Travel

And the travel. Well, parking remains restricted, the red and white stripy barriers are still in the road and diversion signs are a work in progress. Parking is suspended in The Square. There are signs on the railings, but traffic enforcement officers have been standing by to move drivers on.

Elsewhere, the water work on Heath Road is due to finish today and the cable project with closures on Bedford Road and Frenchman’s Road continues.

South East Water begins work in Sussex Road today to renew a broken valve lid in the carriageway. What do you call a group working for the water company? A pipe band. 

As ever – If we’re not saying what you’re seeing, please let us know – you can reach us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or via email at team@petersfieldradio.uk

Weather

After a brief sunny window at the start of the day, the weather across the Petersphere will stay mostly cloudy until late afternoon when the sun may peep through from time to time. Maximum temperature no more than 18 degrees. A sunny weekend ahead with temperatures expected up to 23 degrees.

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Laura will be back with you on Monday with Harrison, and you’ll hear me and Laura talking to Chris from the Samaritans.

And if you haven’t had a chance to catch up with this week’s Ppod, you’re in for a treat. It’s a delight to hear Claire and Joff on location again. And listening to the Bish Bash Bosh jingle for Cosh saves you dosh is a joy!

Any comments, news items or stories, email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call us on 5-55-500 where you can record a message.

But until then, have a great day.

Your questions on Petersfield traffic and parking measures

Parking is suspended and some barriers are in place but signage is incomplete and there is still none of the free one hour of parking promised in Castle Yard.

Your comments and questions suggest confusion and frustration across the town. So what is going on with Petersfield’s social distancing measures?

Why are the barriers hard up against the curb? What’s happened to the free one hour parking announced last week? Should blue badge holders be concerned?

The county and district councillor who has taken responsibility for the scheme, Robert Mocatta called us to make a statement about the project (you can hear it in this edition of the Morning Report) and he also agreed to answer questions which are put to him on your behalf by Suzie Wilde.

Councillor Rob Mocatta
Councillor Rob Mocatta. [Image https://twitter.com/robmoc]

Councillor Mocatta is a county councillor for Petersfield Butser and a district councillor for Buriton and East Meon.

Following our interview, the barriers which were lining the pavement have been moved to the edge of the parking spaces and yellow ramps have been installed to bridge the curb.

Pushback – the barriers on the High Street this morning.
Lavant Street doesn’t get the yellow ramps

Morning Report – Thursday 9 July

Suzie Wilde and Harrison RB present essential local information for Petersfield and its villages.

Today we learn about the history of football in Petersfield with the co-author of a new book, David Jeffery and the latest in the Petersfield street parking controversy.

How have the traffic and parking restrictions affected her business and life for her customers?

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

Information transcript

First, following our interview with Antonia Troth yesterday, we were phoned by Cllr Rob Mocatta who wants to make the following statement:

[Councillor Rob Mocatta statement]

I also put to him some of your questions and the full interview can be heard on our website.

We’ll be hearing from author David Jeffery with the launch this week of his new book The History of Football in Petersfield, written with Norman Ganoway, a Hampshire sports Historian. My favourite sport, after tennis. I’m loving all the Wimbledon highlights on BBC2 and iPlayer.

First, here’s a final call-out for your highlights of the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival. Entries close tomorrow, the tenth of July! They want you to share your highlights, anecdotes and reviews of festival visits and shows over the past eight years, as audio, video or photos, to be made into short films for the website. 

People are working on this as we speak, so be quick and send any digital clips, comments or pictures via We Transfer to psfest@outlook.com. Recordings on a smartphone are fine.

Petersfield Boats are back! Whether you call it a pond or a lake, you can go boating again from today. There are, inevitably, new safety restrictions. They cannot provide life jackets and so only those who bring their own life jackets for everyone, or are able to swim 100 metres are permitted on the boats. I don’t know if that’s 100 metres under a certain time 🙂

You can take to the high seas from 10am till 4pm every day except Tuesday and Wednesday.

Also putting safety first, The Folly Wine Bar has taken some decisions for everyone’s safety, following the opening night on Saturday. It will now be an over 21s bar for the foreseeable future, and you must be seated at a table, with a maximum of 6 people from your social ‘bubble’. 

We had a scare yesterday, with a ‘cast iron’ notification from banks about a nightmare scam. This one begins with ‘Extremely sophisticated scam going round this morning.’

It’s easy to either live in total anxiety about these things, or become too blase, thinking they are only scaremongering and doing nothing. So what can we do? Our own Alan from Cosh Saves You Dosh advises us to look at  thatsnonsense.com It not only looks at the latest scams but fact-checks what it calls ‘internet nonsense’ – and that’s particularly important in stopping some of the dangerous fake news around so-called Covid-19 cures. 

Some good news now: The Hidden Kitchen has reopened – it’s only with outdoor tables for now but you can book in advance, and takeaways are also available on the day.

Another reopening, which is uplifting news. Butterflies Lingerie shop in Pages Court has reopened. For those of us who can remember how to do up a bra.

Tesco has temporarily suspended car parking charges in its car park. It’s amazing what a response we’ve had to the whole pedestrianisation debate, temporary or not, and you’ve heard some of those comments here on the Morning Report.

But now it’s time to chat about football, history, and Petersfield – all three in one book!

Good morning, David, and welcome to the show.

[David Jeffery interview]

The history of Petersfield allotments would be fascinating. They are managed by Sheet Parish Council and the Town Council and despite high demand and full waiting lists, a spokesman from Sheet Parish says ‘we have been tolerant of tenants who feel unable to maintain their plots to our normal standard because they have been shielding.’ That’s the sort of kindness we hear a lot about in the Petersphere during the crisis.

Because of the pandemic, there are even more people wanting to grow and eat their own produce and we brought you news of the recent addition to Adhurst Estate allotments of 20 half-sized plots. The ground needed lots of work, as it was previously used for turf-cutting and needed many flints removed!  But no one backed out, resulting in names being drawn out of a hat, with a lot of disappointment for the unlucky ones. 

Anyone still interested in living healthily can pop next door to the Community Garden, on Waterworks Lane in Sheet and volunteer. The welcome will be just as good as having fellow allotment-holders; there’s the opportunity to develop new skills – and share the produce!

And an update from Petersfield Community Hospital…

We recently spoke to Jules Cavalier, consultant nurse in Frailty and End of Life Care. He spoke movingly about the need for a space for staff to be able to express their feelings in private and would love to make a garden in a small piece of land at the hospital.

I was deeply touched by his account and the extent to which their emotions are touched by the people they care for – and I know you have been too. He asked for ideas and practical help, not money, and there were two instant responses: the first from Petersfield Community Garden and the second from designer and plantswoman Anne-Marie Powell.

Those are only the ones we know about but yet another example of how our community cares and all we have to do is ask. If there’s any help you need, or are offering, or simply want to have your story heard then get in touch on team@petersfieldradio.uk or call 555 500.

Travel

Even the diversion signs can’t agree

Well, parking remains restricted, the red and white stripy barriers are still in the road and diversion signs are a work in progress.

Elsewhere, water work continues on Heath Road and the electricity company is going ahead with its cable project with closures on Bedford Road and Frenchman’s Road.

Follow the yellow diversion signs, which have the little SSE logo in the corner – not to be confused with the yellow diversion signs that don’t have that symbol, some of which will take you in the opposite direction. 

In Liss there’s work on Patrick’s Copse Road and Andlers Ash Road with restrictions and delays possible there.

There are also delays possible in Stroud at the junction with North Stroud Lane and Winchester Road for council work.

And early warning of work starting tomorrow on Oxenbourne Lane in Ramsdean during which the council will fill some potholes.

No reported problems on the buses or trains.

As ever – If we’re not saying what you’re seeing, please let us know – you can reach us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or via email at team@petersfieldradio.uk

Weather 

It remains the kind of chilly summer we used to have as soon as schools broke up. An overcast start will only get gloomier, with light rain by the afternoon and a maximum temperature of 17 degrees. At least it’s easy to sleep at night.

It’s a brighter, fresher day on Friday and the outlook for the weekend is largely dry and sunny, with some warmth in the sunshine. Perhaps my sweet peas will at last start to rocket.

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Coming up tomorrow it’s Noni and Laura and money expert Martin Bamford explains the new government help package announced by the chancellor, Rishi Sunak.  You can send questions for Martin about the scheme to us by phone, email or our social media channels.

Any comments, news items or stories, email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call us on 555 500 where you can record a message.

But until then, have a great day.

Morning Report – Wednesday 8 July

Laura Sheppard and Alan Cosh keep you up to date with the latest information from Petersfield and its villages.

Today we hear your concerns about the procedures at the recycling centre and we speak to Antonia Troth who runs the popular Madeleine’s Kitchen on Lavant Street.

How have the traffic and parking restrictions affected her business and life for her customers?

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Send 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

It’s your fully fact-checked morning update of local information for Petersfield and its villages.

And it’s week 2 of Children’s Art Week run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education. The theme this week Connecting Across Generations. You can find out more on their website engage.org

Today we’re joined by Antonia Troth  <rhymes with both>  who owns Madeleine’s Kitchen in Lavant Street. We’ll ask her about how she has re-invented the shop during lock-down and how the Council barriers and parking restrictions are affecting her business.

Shall we give Michael Auger a round of applause for his debut performance on the Morning Report yesterday.  Clap – ‘well done Michael.’

And we see we’ve picked-up a few new listeners who are fans of Michael and his band Collabro. If you’re new to the Morning Report, wherever you are in the world, welcome to life in England’s greatest market town.

MUSIC ENDS

First though…

Some of you have been in touch with us to say you’re concerned about the new rules for visiting the tip in Bedford Road and are finding it hard to get a convenient slot.

Some of the questions we received include…

  • Why does the booking site say “ more slots will be available soon” when they never seem to come?
  • Why can you only go once a week?
  • Why are only 3 vehicles allowed at a time with the social distancing rules are now more relaxed?
  • When the most common waste is wood and garden waste, why have them on the same staircase? It means you have to wait for one person to come down before passing safely.
  • And many more.

We’d like to hear your questions so we can put them all to a representative of the council to get answers for you.

You can email any questions or concerns you may have about the recycling services in Petersfield to team@petersfieldradio.uk or leave a voicemail on Petersfield 5 55 500.

Do you run a small business? If you have fewer that fifty employees you may be eligible for a grant from East Hampshire District Council, even if you checked earlier in the pandemic and saw that you didn’t qualify.

The council has widened its criteria so more small businesses can apply for the funding. 

EHDC says it will automatically reconsider existing applications that meet the new criteria, and will reopen applications from businesses that may not have qualified before.

We mentioned this earlier in the week but it’s worth reiterating today as there is now just one week left before the window for applications closes on July the fifteenth.

You can see the rules in full at easthants.gov.uk and we’ll put the full link on today’s transcript at petersfieldradio.uk

Several Petersfield garages are now conducting MOTs and servicing again – there’s no excuse not to have your vehicle checked and certified.

If your MOT was due between the end of March and the 31st of July, your MOT certificate will be extended by 6 months. However, if your MOT is due on 1 August or later, there will be no such extension so it’s a good idea to get everything sorted now. You can get your MOT up to a month before the due date, and keep the same renewal date.

Garages providing MOT and servicing in Petersfield include White Rose VW, 2UTyres on Bedford Road and Station Road, and Petersfield Garage Services, just off Bedford Road.

Your views on the new parking and traffic restrictions continue to come into us here on Petersfield 5 55 500 or via team@petersfieldradio.uk or on our website.

Eileen says 

“If we all walk on our left that is distancing enough I think.

Now we all have to cross over in the same place at end of orange railings

I feel the virus is being used as an excuse, thus eventually closing all roads in town and making it pedestrian only”

Katrin also has an opinion. She says:

With the 1m + rule surely the distance is less of an issue on our pavements now? If we can sit in a pub across a table from people we can quite comfortably walk past others in the street and there is no need for the extreme actions currently in place.

Let’s be clear what the Government rules are. They say we should all either stay 2m apart or ‘1m plus’ – which means being no more than one metre so long as we have further mitigations in place.  For example, on public transport, we must wear a face covering, because it’s not possible always to stay 2m apart on buses, trains and in taxis.

It’s clear from your comments that there’s still some confusion about these rules and the new traffic and parking measures in Petersfield add further complications.

So in today’s interview lets find out how they’re affecting one of our local businesses.

Antonia Troth runs Madeleine’s Kitchen on Lavant Street.

Good morning Antonia, can we start by asking you what your reaction was to what Rob Mocatta from the Council had to say about the new highway restrictions in Lavant Street.

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Let’s look now at how Petersfield is reopening, with news of places around the area that are keen that you know they’re back in business.

Let’s look now at how Petersfield is reopening, with news of places around the area that are keen that you know they’re back in business

The Harrow is reopening this week. To begin they will only open at lunchtimes between 12-3pm with a limited food menu finishing at 2pm. All seating will be outside the pub, in the garden and part of the car park. One remaining space for disabled
Only. There is general parking available in the top field off Harrow Lane. They are also opening from Saturday in the evenings from 6 to 9pm, and serving a limited menu. Great news. There is a one way system in and out of the pub. The usual selection of flowers and plants will be available as always in aid of Macmillan Nurses and the Rosemary foundation. As reported yesterday they have raised £4200.

Ann’s Prams has changed its opening system to Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday for walk in customers, and Friday and Saturdays for appointments only.

The Hidden Kitchen has reopened with outdoor tables only for now. Booking is available on the day.

The British Red Cross shop is now open Mon – Sat, excluding Wednesdays. Due to the large number of Covid clear out donations, it can only accept one sealed bag of donations per person until further notice.

The Watercress Line is getting ready to welcome back customers from this Saturday. You will need to pre-book your tickets by calling 01962 733810 and the team at the Watercress Line looks forward to seeing more customers.

In Liss, the Madhuban Restaurant is open again. Mr Bedar from the restaurant phoned Petersfield 5 55 500 to say it is now fully open for collections and indoor dining with safety measures in place and a kitchen staffed with three chefs and a helper. The full menu is available Tuesday-Sunday from 5-10pm and Friday and Saturday until 10.30pm.

The shop we all know as Frasers on Chapel Street will reopen soon as Hector’s. It will be another independently-owned menswear store.

This is a great , there is a lovely lady, Sue Bruckner, in Moggs Mead who offers free face masks each Friday. She puts a box outside her house and asks you only take what you need so there is plenty for others. Donations to the local food bank is all she asks for.

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TRAVEL 

New Traffic measures are active in Petersfield to help with social distancing. It means the road is closed to traffic between the Square Brewery and Nationwide and many car parking spaces are closed too. There are other restrictions in place so check the signs and stay safe.

South East Water is working on Heath Road to renew pipes. 

The road’s up at the junction of Bedford Road and Frenchmans Road as part of the major electricity resilience project that will rip up roads across Petersfield.

As ever – If we’re not saying what you’re seeing, please let us know – you can reach us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or via email at team@petersfieldradio.uk

WEATHER 

Generally a damp and muggy day, mostly cloudy with perhaps some heavy rain first thing and continuing throughout the day with intermittent  light rain or drizzle. Brighter spells developing in the evening. Temperatures 16 – 17 degrees with a gentle westerly  breeze. The outlook is more of the same tomorrow but brightening up towards the weekend.

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Exciting news: the latest edition of the P-Pod has been recorded live at The Old Drum! It’s almost like old times – with extra distancing. Claire and Joff chat to Nicki Lahiri from Meon Valley Travel  and if he stops long enough, Dean himself.

There’s all your favourites too: Jon Walker with breaking news from the Post; 60-Second History, Cosh Saves you Dosh, Suzie’s Wilde Walk – plus a recipe exchange at a garden visit where Noni is offered homemade Sodabread.

Any comments, news items or stories, email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call us on 5-55-500 where you can record a message.

Suzie and Harrison are here with you tomorrow, and they’ll be talking to the author of a new book about the history of football – in Petersfield!

But until then, have a great day

the P pod – 7 July 2020 from The Old Drum

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

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

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

Nicki Lahiri speaks to Joff

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morning Report – Tuesday 7 July

Suzie Wilde and new boy Michael Auger are here with today’s essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

We talk to local sculptor Jonty Hurwitz whose bronze sculpture dedicated to walkers, Rejuvenation, was stolen at the weekend from the waterfall in Steep.

You can find out more about Suzie and her writing on her personal website and Michael’s band Collabro here.

Get involved with the show

Send 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

Following on from our report last week about a new kid on the block at Butser Ancient farm, another of their English Goats has given birth – and it’s a boy! They’ve named him Pan and he’s very cute. There’s lots there besides, and pre-booked tickets are available on Thursdays and weekends; with limited numbers for safety. 

The Rosemary Foundation has some great news about fundraising.

The Harrow Inn has raised £4200 from its plant and flower sales.

Eric, ‘the plant man’, has raised £1300 from the socially distanced plant sales.

The takeaway cream teas raised £1000

And I’ll add a Sheet villager to the list. Jill Haines has been tirelessly making masks and bunnies throughout lockdown and raised £1650 so far. She’s making more bunnies as we speak – and hopes they will bring the total to an amazing £2000!

Opportunities for fundraising have diminished over the last few months, and everyone at the Foundation is very grateful. So to a round of applause to you, no matter how big or large your contribution to a great cause.

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We’ve had more comments than ever about the barriers in town, installed as part of Covid safety measures. In a Hampshire County Council newsletter sent out yesterday, Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “The idea behind these “pop up” schemes we’re putting in place is to support social distancing for those walking and cycling, supporting local businesses as we move into a stabilisation phase after lockdown by giving people the confidence to return to the high street.

The schemes are experimental, and of necessity, we’ve had to put them in quickly; if they’re not effective for whatever reason, they will come out just as quickly and we will then concentrate on other measures that are proving to be more effective.”

The County Council specifically supports the measures taken in Petersfield – but perhaps you agree with our listener Jocelyn, who calls them “Absolute madness.” She goes on  “Turn Waitrose car park into free parking for 2 hours – after all it does belong to us rate payers.”

There are plenty more. Here’s Dean : “Why wasn’t this implemented at the height of the pandemic or earlier? Too little too late. 

And Katrin makes several complaints, including this one: “The fact that the official council survey is via Sustrans leads me to think there is a bias towards favouring cyclists and pedestrians in the longer term.”

Do you agree? Or do you think we rely too much on car use? If you want your views to be heard or find out about how similar schemes elsewhere compare –  visit the website hants.gov.uk and search for Petersfield popup

And if you missed the P pod’s Claire Vennis interviewing Councillor Rob Mocatta about all the local issues with the scheme, the whole seventeen minutes is on our website as a separate piece.

Here’s a form of transport dear to my heart: The Watercress Line is getting ready to welcome back customers from this Saturday, the 11th of July, and the team would love to see some customers dressed-up in nostalgic outfits. It’s not obligatory but what a great way to celebrate the reopening by organising some vintage clothing to really look the part! You need to pre-book your tickets by calling 01962 733 810

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I’ve done two Wilde Walks in the past year that have passed the waterfall in Steep, and often paused at the wonderful bronze statue on the bridge, as have many other ramblers. We’ll talk to its maker now, Jonty Hurwitz, to find out more about him and if there is any more news on the sculpture.

Good morning, Jonty. Can we start by talking about the work that seems so site-specific?

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Thank you so much for talking to us, Jonty, and we hope there is soon some good news.

If anyone out there knows anything about the disappearance, you can contact us anonymously on 5-55-500 or email team@petersfieldradio.uk

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TRAVEL 

As we’ve mentioned, new traffic measures are active in Petersfield to help with social distancing. It means the road is closed to traffic between the Square Brewery and Nationwide and many car parking spaces are closed too. There are other restrictions in place so check the signs and stay safe.

South East Water is working on Heath Road to renew pipes. 

The road’s up at the junction of Bedford Road and Frenchmans Road as part of the major electricity resilience project that will rip up roads across Petersfield.

And in West Meon there’s council work on Warnford Road.

As ever – If we’re not saying what you’re seeing, please let us know – you can reach us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or via email at team@petersfieldradio.uk

WEATHER 

A sunny start will give way to thickening clouds and an overcast afternoon. It will feel humid, but it should stay dry, with a maximum temperature of 19 degrees in a moderate SW breeze.

The outlook is for increasing cloud, with outbreaks of mostly light rain or drizzle on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Exciting news: the latest edition of the P-Pod has been recorded live at The Old Drum! It’s almost like old times – with extra distancing. Claire and Joff chat to Nicki Lahiri from Meon Valley Travel  – and if he stops long enough, Dean himself.

There’s all your old favourites: Jon Walker with breaking news from the Post; 60-Second History, Cosh Saves you Dosh and Suzie’s Wilde Walk.

Yes, this week I’m unusually well-informed about who has lived at Fynings House! There’s football, robbery, billionaires and divorce: what’s not to enjoy? 

Before we go, there’s news of a special birthday today. Here’s a shout-out to Hannah in Tilmore. She’s 15 today and I’ve heard she likes chocolate nearly as much as me! Many happy returns, Hannah!

Yes, happy birthday, Hannah and I’d better sign off while Michael finishes his family-size fruit and nut …

Any comments, news items or stories, email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call us on 5-55-500 where you can record a message.

Lucy and Alan are here with you tomorrow.

But until then, it’s goodbye from us – Goodbye!

Morning Report – Monday 6 July

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

We also hear your views on the new traffic and parking restrictions in Petersfield and how the decisions were made about implementing them from Councillor Rob Mocatta.

Get involved with the show

Send 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

A Petersfield charity has moved into its new premises. The Kings Arms helps children and young people and marks its twentieth anniversary this year.

The charity has purchased the former JSW Restaurant building on Dragon Street and will be making internal alterations and roof repairs across the summer before opening its doors in September.

Meanwhile, it is helping young people locally through a scheme it calls “KA at Home” and its youth workers are available for secure one to one chats every afternoon for any young person locally who feels they need support.

https://www.thekingsarms.org.uk/ka-at-home

More local businesses are now eligible for grant money from East Hampshire District Council.

They’ve changed eligibility criteria to allow more small companies to apply for discretionary grants.

If your business has already made an application, the council will automatically reconsider it if it meets the new criteria, and if you haven’t applied because you didn’t meet the previous criteria, the council asks you to look again now.

You’ll need to be a small or micro business with 50 employees or fewer that’s been trading locally since the 11th of March and have annual rent on your business property of below fifty one thousand pounds.

Other criteria apply that you can see on the East Hampshire District Council website – and EHDC welcomes applications until midnight on the fifteenth of July.

https://www.easthants.gov.uk/local-authority-discretionary-grant-scheme

Hampshire Police says criminals are taking advantage of the NHS Test and Trace Service by sending phishing emails and texts.

The messages contain links designed to obtain your banking passwords and PINs and you should never follow the links or open any attachments in the email.

NHS Test and Trace will never ask you for financial details, PINs or passwords, and it will never visit your home.

If you receive a scam email you can forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk and report suspicious texts to your mobile phone provider by forwarding the text to 7726, that’s 7726.

If a scam text or email claims to come from your bank you should also report it to them.

Health news – and from today the Petersfield Hospital Blood Clinic is back in the hospital building.

To book an appointment please call the blood clinic between 8am and 4pm on this mobile number… It’s 07943 836 488 – that’s 07943 836 488.

And a Petersfield Surgery has started a new system to help with appointment cancellations.

The Grange Surgery has a new dedicated cancellations line. If you need to cancel your appointment, you can now call Petersfield 77 80 80 and leave a voice message.

There are changes to prescription requests too. The Grange no longer takes prescription requests by email.

Instead, you should use the online access, eConsult or your pharmacy to request medication. 

One of Petersfield’s best-loved theatre events wants your recollections of its past performances.

Petersfield Shakespeare Festival has been one of the casualties of the pandemic but the team is taking a creative approach to this year’s challenges.

The festival team will produce a short piece for its website and social media platforms which captures first-hand experiences of our events.

And they want you to be part of it.

If you have good memories of any Petersfield Shakespeare Festival performance from the past eight years you can share your highlights, anecdotes and reviews.

Whether you record a short video or  audio piece on your phone or just send a photo, it will all help to keep the spirit of Shakespeare alive in Petersfield this summer.

Your digital clips, comments and pictures can be sent via WeTransfer to psfest@outlook.com. But be quick – the closing date for entries is this Friday, the 10th of July.

Interview

Still ahead, news of Petersfield businesses reopening, plus your reactions to the barriers going up across the town.

But first, let’s hear from the councillor who has led discussions on social distancing measures for Petersfield. Councillor Rob Mocatta spoke to Claire Vennis

INTERVIEW WITH CLLR ROB MOCATTA AUDIO

That was Claire Vennis talking to Rob Mocatta. For the full interview, go to peterfieldradio.uk 

Some of you have shared your comments about this story.

Christine Laugharne says: 

“I have really tried hard to understand the logic behind this street parking ban in Petersfield for 12 months. It is quite ludicrous with absolutely no beneficial effect on coronavirus.”

And Jane Webster is “very concerned that Blue Badge holding drivers will only have the two existing designated disabled spaces in the centre of town in which to park if all other parking spaces are suspended, according to these plans.

If you want to leave a comment, you can do so at petersfieldradio.uk or call Petersfield  5 55 500.

And returning to the theme of lifting the lockdown, did you go out and about in the Petersphere this weekend. Tell us, how it was for you? Email team@petersfieldradio.uk

Still to open this week are Townhouse on July 7th, The Seven Stars on July 19th and the Great Oak on July 28th. 

As Petersfield re-opens, our pubs are finding their traditional roles as hubs of the community. Andy Guest and his friends outside the Good Intent told us they were delighted to be back in their favourite pubs…

FRIENDS AT THE GOOD INTENT AUDIO

And just before the travel news and weather let’s confirm this week’s winning numbers in the East Hampshire Community Lottery.

They are:

1 8 4 7 9 and 4

Twelve people in East Hampshire matched two numbers or more to win prizes, including one person in Petersfield and three in Liss. Congratulations if that’s you.

Travel

Heath Road is expected to close today while South East Water renews pipes under the carriage way.

Work begins in Linnet Close to renew valve pits in the footpath, but the road should remain clear. There are electrical repairs at Penns Place which may cause some obstruction.

The junction between Bedford Road and Frenchmans Road is closed as SSEN continues its electrical infrastructure project.

And work begins tomorrow on Durford Road to repair potholes – hooray!

And if we’re not saying what you’re seeing, please let us know – you can reach us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or via email at team@petersfieldradio.uk

Weather

Well, the winds continue to blow from the west bringing Atlantic air over the Petersphere.

It means today will be partly cloudy with sunny spells but staying dry with maximum temperatures around twenty degrees.

There’s a high pollen count today.

Tomorrow’s looking a little warmer, a little sunnier and a little less windy.

Petersfield street and parking restrictions confirmed

Councillor Rob Mocatta explains what decisions the County and District Councils have made about parking and street restrictions as part of the town’s response to Covid-19 distancing requirements.

He also confirms arrangements for disabled parking, free parking and access to shops and discusses what consultations were conducted around the town before the decisions were finalised.

Councillor Mocatta is talking to Petersfield Community Radio’s Claire Vennis.

Hampshire County Council is accepting comments on the scheme via this website. https://www.sustrans.org.uk/space-to-move

Signs like this will go up around Petersfield

Morning Report – Friday 3 July

Laura Sheppard and Noni Needs are here with essential information for you in Petersfield and its villages. We cover East Meon, South Harting, Steep, Sheet, Langrish, Stroud, Buriton, Froxfield, Tilmore, Liss and Rogate as well as the town itself.

Today, Mike Turner of Jacobs & Hunt estate agents reveals the state of the local housing market and how buying and selling houses has changed through lockdown.

Get involved with the show

Send 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

To follow by 8am

Interview

Reopening Petersfield

Travel

Weather

Morning Report – Thursday 2 July

Suzie and Harrison bring you today’s essential local information for Petersfield and its villages.

We also meet Jules Cavalier from Petersfield Hospital who wants your help to improve the lives of patients.

Get involved with the show

Send 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

First a reminder. If your MOT was due between 30 March and 31 July, your MOT certificate will be extended by 6 months. However, if your MOT is due on 1 August or later, there will be no such extension. You can get your MOT up to a month before the due date, and keep the same renewal date. Clear? If you need to check, go to gov.uk

Petersfield Town Visitor Centre reopens its doors alongside Petersfield Library on 7th July on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 till 4 for the first month. The library saw an enormous increase in people using its digital library services during lockdown. The ‘Ready Reads’ service, where staff select books according to a reader’s preferences, and the customer collects the selection, has also proved very popular. 

There are of course new restrictions in place when you visit the library. Newspapers and magazines aren’t available at the moment, the toilets will remain closed, and there won’t be any classes or activities, but there is a timetable of online events and you can find out more about all this at hants.gov.uk/library

Petersfield Shakespeare Festival has been one of the casualties of the pandemic but creative as ever, the team is providing us with new opportunities. Prepare to be entertained by some winning entries to the monologue competition right here on Petersfield Community Radio.

Sounds great. When will we hear them?

We’ll ask one of the organisers soon in an interview. Before that, you can be part of this year’s festival – but you need to be quick, so here’s how. They say:

“PSF is about so much more than the plays; it’s a very special experience shared by performers, staff and audience together. We are producing a short piece for our website and social media platforms which captures first-hand experiences of our events and for this PSF2020 online festival, we’d love to include your highlights, anecdotes and reviews of festival visits and shows over the past eight years.”

What do we have to do? 

They want us to send in audio, video or photos. No sophisticated techniques or equipment are required, just a short recording on a phone will be fine. 

Any digital clips, comments and pictures can be sent via We Transfer to psfest@outlook.com. But be quick – the closing date for entries is Friday 10th July.

All details mentioned in the programme today can be found in the transcript.

And it’s time for our interview with Jules Cavalier.

Interview

Good morning, Jules, and thanks for coming on the programme. You’re a busy man, so let’s get started straight away.

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW

If you’d like to get in touch to help Jules and his team with the garden appeal please email him julian.cavalier2@southernhealth.nhs.uk

Reopening Petersfield

What else is reopening? Well, this week’s Wilde Walk comes from the Weald and Downland Living Museum, which is again open to the public from Saturday. I’m ashamed to say there’s a lot of squealing – both from me and the piglets! I was on a Friends’ trial opening, with a timed arrival at the museum and it was all very smooth. Getting in there soon after the 4th is the perfect opportunity to get inspired for the historical short story competition and details of that and new safety arrangements at the museum can be found at wealddown.co.uk

That’s where Repair Shop is filmed, isn’t it? I know lots of people have watched it during lockdown especially. It’s very relaxed – slow television – with nostalgia thrown in. Though I’m a bit young for all that.

You might enjoy the dragonhead pipes, though. It’s not ear-splitting bagpipes, much more tuneful! Listen to Jez playing out this week’s Wilde Walk.

This’ll interest you, Suzie. Clusons Countrywear in Bedford Road, will be open from 3rd July – with all necessary safety measures in place of course.

But sadly, also in Bedford Road, Cafe 81 has taken the decision to permanently close due to the impact from Covid-19.

And one pub that won’t be opening this weekend is The Cricketers in Steep. The last landlord moved out in March and the owners say they haven’t got anyone to take over the business yet. They will keep looking for a new tenant landlord but may also just sell the place.

Suzie: And I’ve been stopped in the street recently by a few listeners who are concerned about arrangements at the tip.

Harrison: Are they curious or furious, Suzie?

S: Well, they just don’t understand why so few people can book slots at any one time and why it takes so long to clean things down between appointments… and they really want us to cover this on the radio.

So – what’s your experience at the recycling centre? Have you found it hard to get a slot and what happened when you turned up?

Let us know and we’ll put your concerns to a representative from East Hampshire District Council in the days ahead.

You can call us about this or any other local story on Petersfield 5 55 500 or email us…  team@petersfieldradio.uk

Travel

Parking is restricted along the High Street, in The Square and up Lavant Street so you can keep a safe distance when you’re on the pavement. We’re expecting a final decision on the town’s Covid-19 parking and traffic plans any day now.

Work continues to upgrade the pelican crossing outside Churcher’s College with temporary lights so expect delays.

Bedford Road remains closed at its junction with Frenchmans Road for athe major electrical project we reported on in yesterday’s show..

The Road Closed signs remain in place on Bell Hill but the water company’s work appears to be complete so we expect those signs will disappear very soon.

There are delays and closures on Andlers Ash Road In Liss caused by the new development going up there.

They are digging for water on King George Avenue, though I may have got that wrong.

And if that’s the case, and we’re not saying what you’re seeing, email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call us on Petersfield 5 55 500. 

Weather

Unsettled sums it up again. 

There are sunny spells with the greatest risk of a shower around lunchtime. Maximum temperatures of 19 degrees in a breeze coming in off the Atlantic, so not picnic weather. Clear overnight, with a bright start on Friday.

Noni and Laura will be with you tomorrow. Laura is talking to Mike Turner from Jacobs and Hunt with good news for the Petersfield housing market and there will also be an update on the revised safety measures to remember on ‘Independence Day’ so we don’t end up in lockdown again like poor Leicester. 

If you haven’t caught it yet, this week’s P Pod with Claire and Joff has some amazing recipes for the barbeque – and better weather will be coming soon – and you can hear all the regular features, including my latest Wilde Walk there, too.

There are other great listens and here’s how to make sure you don’t miss any of them:  <Harrison advice>  

But for now, from both of us, to all of you –

Goodbye!

Morning Report – Wednesday 1 July

Alan Cosh and Lucy Davies usher you into July with essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

Today – we solve the mystery of the chalk marks in The Square and would you want a KFC in Petersfield?

Would you want this in Petersfield?

Get involved with the show

Send 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

A pinch and a punch for the first of the month. How’s your 2020 going? Six months down, six to go.

You may have coped ok with lockdown but let’s see how you get on with major roadworks across Petersfield stretching into next year.

A major power infrastructure upgrade is underway and it means roads being dug up for the next 18 months. You’ll find out why when we meet the project manager right here.

Also this morning, KFC will offer you cash if you can help them find premises in Petersfield. 

You could attend another virtual open day at Churcher’s College.

And how you could enjoy a short history of our town from the comfort of your own home.

It’s all in the Morning Report.


Deep fried chicken giant KFC wants to open an outlet in Petersfield. You might well be licking your fingers when you hear it’s offering twenty thousand pounds to you if you can help it secure a suitable site.

Terms and conditions apply – you’ll need to organise nothing less than what they call “a recognised introduction” for the company.

It’s part of a national push by the chain to increase its network by 400 stories. KFC says it wants to open drive-throughs so that should rule-out any branch opening in the town centre.

Would you want the Colonel’s secret blend of herbs and spices right here in Petersfield or can you think of nothing worse? Let us know on Petersfield 555 500.

Photographers studios have been closed throughout lockdown but one Petersfield photographer has found success with a novel way to take portraits.

Tina Knowles started a lockdown project, photographing neighbours in a series of doorstep portrait shoots, and she says it’s really caught on.

The shoot is not intended to replace a full portrait session but is done professionally and follows social distancing rules.

Tina says she’s offering discounts for NHS, bluelight and key workers and is happy to take pictures anywhere in a six mile radius of Petersfield.

Six miles away? That’s quite a lens she has.

You can contact tina on tina@tinaknowles.co.uk

Petersfield Museum is planning a series of what it calls “digital talks” to help get you immersed in the past while the town continues to observe restrictions on physical gatherings and while the museum building itself is closed for renovation.

The first digital talk will give you a brief history of Petersfield and if you’re interested in being part of it you can email Ryan on education@petersfieldmuseum.co.uk

Last week you may have heard Ian Crossman on the Morning Report. He’s the chap from Churcher’s College who described an ambitious virtual open event at the school, held via Microsoft Teams.

We’ll, apparently it went so well there’s another one today at twenty past two.

You’ll be able to take part in a Question and Answer session with admissions and senior staff.

Go to churcherscollege.com for full information of how you can book a place on the event and find out what goes on inside the school. The time again is twenty past two and the website churcherscollege.com

Interview

This week sees the start of a major electricity network project across Petersfield and beyond.

Bedford Road is closed already and you’re bound to notice the road works over the next 18 months…  but what’s it all for, and how will this eight point four million pound project help us?

Project manager Yu Qian (You Chee-ANN) explained to our colleague John Welsman what problems the work is supposed to solve…

IN: so there’s been…

DUR: 3’59”

OUT: respond in turn

That was Yu Qian from SSEN with our John Welsman, and if you want to get really geeky about power infrastructure there’s a longer version of that interview with even more technical detail at our website, petersfieldradio.uk

Petersfield reopens

Let’s see what’s opening up in the coming days across the Petersphere…

Cafe Mezzo on the High Street says it will reopen this Saturday. They are following the official precautions and ask you to be patient with the new arrangements.

If you’re missing Wimbledon fortnight, the tennis courts on the Avenue are open again. Book through the Town Council. And Steep Lawn Tennis Club is also open again with safeguards in place and lessons available with the resident professionals led by Dave Gaterell.

Do you or someone you know have a baby on the way? Baby carrying consultant Roamy Hunt opens her new store in Pages Court on 11 July. Bambino Baby will specialise in baby carriers and gifts.

It’s market day today and we reported earlier in the week that the Farmers Market returns this weekend. Some of you have wondered about all the chalk markings in the square. We’re told they’re part of the social distancing plan for Petersfield markets. Look out for the signs and the spacing markers as more and more stalls return to our markets.

If you’re in Milland you may like to know the Rising Sun has confirmed its opening plans to us. The village pub says the sun will rise on a new marquee dining space from this weekend where you’ll be able to eat and drink and listen to music.

The space will have heating and lighting and it’s essential you book in advance. Check the website at risingsunmilland.com for details.

And another hairdresser planning to reopen is Hairdressing for Men on Chapel Street. The business plans to welcome you whether you pre-book or try your chances just walking in. There will be various changes to ensure the trims are done safely and in accordance with all the government guidelines. Give them a call at the salon if you want to book a slot. They’re on Petersfield 260 806.

Travel

Work continues to upgrade the pelican crossing outside Churcher’s College today – they were installing the new poles yesterday. There are temporary lights there controlling traffic while the work is done.

Bedford Road is closed at its junction with Frenchmans Road – that’s for the major electrical project we’ve been hearing about today.

Andlers Ash Road In Liss is a hive of activity – expect delays along there – it’s all part of the new development going up.

South East Water are finishing their urgent work on Bell Hill today. A diversion via Ridge Common Lane and Winchester Road is in place whenever they close Bell Hill itself.

And the water firm is doing some digging on King George Avenue from today.

And on the Winchester Road between Strood and Langrish, Hampshire County Council is working on the west bound bus stop from today – that’s near the bend.

And if we’re not saying what you’re seeing, email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call Petersfield 5 55 500. 

Weather

Well, yesterday turned out to be a pretty dull and damp affair across the Petersphere.

Dave Tidd’s digital weather station in Buriton measured just 16 point 6 degrees and humidity of up to 94 percent. Moist.

Today’s looking brighter already with some sunny spells expected in Petersfield but still the chance of the odd shower later.

Maximum temperatures around twenty degrees and winds will be moderate from the South West. It will feel rather nice if you can get out of the breeze during the sunny periods.

Tomorrow – Suzie and Harrison will drag you into the day, fully informed and with a smile on your face.

Our number is Petersfield 5 55 500 if you want  to update us with any information or just say hello. Or you can email team@petersfieldradio.uk

And for your further listening pleasure, Claire and Joff have a brand new edition of the P pod – if you enjoy cooking outside, they have some great ways to make the most of your Barbeque and you’ll learn why Jane Austen is not the first of her family to appear on a ten pound note.

It’s out now and you can hear the P pod at petersfieldradio.uk or subscribe on your favourite podcast app. Just search Petersfield.

For now, from all the team here –       A,L have a great day.