Morning Report – Thursday 3 December

Alan Cosh and Noni Needs have all the latest local information for Petersfield and its villages.

Today, new clarity on what we can and cannot recycle in our area, your reactions to our story about the proposed Aldi store and a chance for you to send a message of comfort and joy to someone you know who can’t be with loved ones this Christmas.

This programme, like everything we do, is produced by volunteers in the local community. Thank you for listening.

You make it shine

You can help to update the information we share via email to team@petersfieldradio.uk or by calling Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Information transcript

Petersfield’s local news

Police are warning people in Petersfield that Covid-19 related patrols will continue as we get used to life in Tier 2.

In a wide-ranging message, Assistant Chief Constable Maggie Blythe says the patrols will continue to ensure people are observing the restrictions.

James Birdseye has been looking at her message in detail:

The Assistant Chief Constable says the police will not prevent us from travelling from one place to another but ferry operators will carry police information about the different restrictions in place on the Isle of Wight.

And Maggie Blythe is keen to highlight an increase in domestic abuse which she says the police have witnessed during the pandemic. Anyone facing abuse or harm should call 999.

She also sends a warning about Christmas theft and online fraud. Her advice is to remember to lock your home if you’re going out and keep presents out of site.

Online, the Assistant Chief Constable recommends we only buy from reputable websites. There’s a guide to help at actionfraud.police.uk

More than one hundred people have contributed to a development consultation in Steep.

The Parish Council invited ideas for how the village might use an area of reserved open space alongside a new development on Church Road.

Now, there are so many responses, a working group has been formed to go through them.

Clare Moriarty chairs the group and says it’s important for the village that they get this right:

[listen to the audio in the programme]

Shine Radio listeners have been reacting to the news that a new Aldi store is planned for Petersfield

The store is proposed for a brownfield site on Frenchmans Road. Some local residents are concerned it could lead to more rat-running in their streets.

However, the balance of opinion from Shine Radio listeners is more favourable, as Alan Cosh discovered:

Charlie Wyman welcomes more jobs and affordable shopping. He says we don’t all work in finance and shop at Waitrose.

Richard Welch says he lives right next to the site and has zero issues with the new development. As for traffic he can’t see there being any more than there is now, but he believes they need to do sort out the end of Frenchman’s Road.

Sarah Anne Harris calls for any objections to be lodged with the planning authority, and not just in a petition.

…and Cliff Woods says he’s all for it because, in his words, “there are some good beers in Aldi”.

The planning application will be considered by The South Downs National Park Authority in the weeks ahead.

How do you know which plastic items should go in the grey recycling bin?

It’s a problem for many of us, according to Hampshire County Council’s environment and transport committee.

Now, it’s chairman, councillor Russell Oppenheimer is trying to clarify matters with an infographic and some simple messages:

[listen to the audio in the programme]

And here’s Councillor Oppenheimer’s infographic

We're asked to learn the difference between plastics
We’re asked to learn the difference between plastics

Free parking starts today in Petersfield.

From 3pm today, The Swan Street car park will be free for shoppers to use, and several local traders have taken advantage of the new concession by organising late night shopping tonight.

On Thursdays between now and Christmas, and also on Sundays, a number of local independent stores will open their doors to customers beyond their normal hours.

Among the stores taking part in the late night opening tonight are Madeline’s Kitchen, Velvet and Rose, Sew Creative and Hector’s Menswear.

…and the Petersfield Barbershop has decided to open until 8pm every weekday evening from now on.

The free parking is available from 3pm Monday to Saturday between today and Christmas Eve, but it’s only in the Swan Street car park.

Travel news

Delays at the top of Ramshill continue as a three-way traffic light system is in place at the junction with Barentin Way.

The bus stop outside Churcher’s College is closed because of the road works. Buses are stopping instead by Madeline Road. 

And the puffin crossing by the Esso Garage is suspended while those roadworks continue. Be careful if you cross there to get to school at Churcher’s.

Look out for restrictions on Hawkley Road in Liss. That’s for council work and planned telecoms work.

West Sussex County Council is conducting roadworks in Rogate, on Rogate Road with temporary traffic lights there.

And later this week in South Harting there’s resurfacing work planned on Elsted Road.

And around the area there are minor works planned on in Petersfield, in Dragon Street, Bedford Road and Moggs Mead, Also on Drft Road in Clanfield, on the High Street in East Meon and in Tilmore on Tilmore Gardens.

the P pod – 2 December

This week Joff and Claire record another remote edition of the P pod.

Claire talks to Learning and Engagement Officer Ryan Watts from the Petersfield Museum about what to expect when the museum reopens next year and Joff gets tips from professional voiceover artist Abi Phillips – you may recognise her voice from Shine Radio.

Jon Walker brings news from the area, Suzie Wilde goes walking in Durford Wood and there is music from rising local musician Tash Hills with her second single First Breath.

Lots of Christmassy things to do and see in the Whats On and Harrison RB joins for a chat.

Claire and Joff in pre-Covid times

Morning Report – Wednesday 2 December

Lockdown is over! Hurrah, kind of.

Dave Williams and Lucy Davies present today’s essential local information, collated and fact-checked by the Shine Radio volunteer team.

Today, opposition to the proposed new Aldi store on Frenchmans Road, local house prices receive a boost from being in a national park and the latest fundraiser from Petersfield Lions.

You make it shine

You can help to update the information we share via email to team@petersfieldradio.uk or by calling Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Information transcript

Petersfield’s local news

People living close to the proposed new Aldi store in Petersfield are worried it could increase the amount of traffic congestion outside their homes.

Residents of Norieul Road, Princes Road and Rushes Road say their streets are already rat-runs when the railway barriers come down. 

Tony Cannon has started a petition:

In a statement, an Aldi spokesperson told Shine Radio that its planning application includes a detailed transport assessment and that they have taken great care to ensure the impact of our proposals is minimised.

We’ve put links to the planning application and Tony’s petition at petersfieldradio.uk

The average Petersfield house price is seventy four thousand pounds higher because we live in a national park.

That’s the finding of a new report. Noni Needs has more:

The Nationwide has calculated that living in a national park boosts house prices by twenty per cent.

They also believe that areas within five kilometres of a national park boundary receive a house price premium of six percent.

That means that even people who live in Bordon and Clanfield will have seen their houses gain value because of the South Downs National Park, despite not living in it.

According to the Nationwide, the South Downs is the second most expensive national park in which to live, after the New Forest.

They say the average house price in the South Downs National Park is now three hundred and sixty eight thousand pounds.

Their report states that access to great countryside, a range of outdoor activities on the doorstep and limited new housing help to explain why prices tend to be relatively high.

More information here:

https://www.nationwide.co.uk/-/media/MainSite/documents/about/house-price-index/2020/National_Parks_Special_2020.pdf

The Petersfield Lions group has launched its latest fundraising campaign.

Jo Huxley from the Lions explains how it works.

Local business owners are being reminded of the two Coronavirus grant support options available to them.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant is for businesses that have been required to close by law and pay rates bills on the building they use.

…but if you’re not eligible for that, the Additional Restrictions Grant may help. It’s aimed at businesses with ongoing fixed costs related to their property.

East Hampshire District Council says it has set-aside half a million pounds of the money it has received from central Government to support businesses affected in between the fifth of November and today.

And they report that they’ve already issued 433 grants with a total value of more than six hundred and eighty seven thousand pounds.

Applications close on the sixteenth of December but don’t delay because funding will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

If you see three exhausted teenagers on bicycles this weekend it might be a team of fundraisers from Chichester.

Noah Kirby, Alfie Bassett-Jull and Nathan Carter are all 14 years old. They plan to ride to and from Petersfield from Chichester on Saturday to raise money for two charities.

The trio told the Chichester Observer newspaper that they’ve been in training a couple of times a week and last weekend cycled between fifteen and twenty miles.

They’re raising money for the Movember charity which helps people who face mental health conditions, and Dementia charities.

The young cyclists set a fundraising target of two hundred pounds but have already raised more than one thousand pounds.

Now they want to smash their cycling target and make it to Petersfield this weekend. Do look out for them.

Travel news

Delays at the top of Ramshill continue as a three-way traffic light system is in place at the junction with Barentin Way.

The bus stop outside Churcher’s College is closed because of the road works. Buses are stopping instead by Madeline Road. 

And the puffin crossing by the Esso Garage is suspended while those roadworks continue. Be careful if you cross there to get to school at Churcher’s.

Look out for restrictions on Hawkley Road in Liss. That’s for council work and planned telecoms work.

West Sussex County Council is conducting roadworks in Rogate, on Rogate Road with temporary traffic lights there.

And later this week in South Harting there’s resurfacing work planned on Elsted Road.

And around the area there are minor works planned on in Petersfield, in Dragon Street, Bedford Road and Moggs Mead, Also on Drft Road in Clanfield, on the High Street in East Meon and in Tilmore on Tilmore Gardens.

Residents are concerned a new Aldi store will increase traffic

People living close to a proposed new Aldi store in Petersfield are worried that it could increase the amount of traffic near their homes.

A planning application is in for the proposed development on a brownfield site in Frenchman’s Road. 

How the new store might look

Tony Cannon of Rushes Road has started a petition and wants more thought given to the effects of traffic in streets like his.

He spoke to Shine Radio’s Stephen Martin.

Hear more in the audio.

In response, Aldi says:

Centrally located, the former Paris House site is the ideal location to allow Aldi to deliver a new store for the people of Petersfield.

In addition to bringing Aldi’s high-quality, low-cost offer to the town, the store will also provide between 30 and 50 new jobs (including full and part-time roles). Aldi prides itself on the fact that we do not use zero hour contracts and pay employees above the National Living Wage.

Our planning application includes a detailed transport assessment and we have taken great care to ensure the impact of our proposals is minimised. Throughout the pre-application process, we developed our proposals alongside Hampshire County Council highways before submitting a planning application.

The planning application we have submitted to the South Downs National Park is the result of many discussions with planning and highway officers and consultation with local residents. We found it really helpful speaking to neighbouring residents over the summer and are grateful for their feedback on the proposals.

Source: Aldi spokesperson

Planning application

You can view the application on the South Downs planning website

Petition

Tony’s petition is here.

Talking Books Café – 30 November 2020

Tim and Suzie start their fortnightly catch up. bite-size chunks so you can have a cuppa, grab a biscuit, whatever. It’s pure pleasure – so join in twitter, FB or online.

Starting with TV:

  • Valhalla Rising
  • The Crown: fascination with 1980s! memories? Hatreds?

Reality TV

  • Bake Off
  • Strictly
  • Master Chef Professional

Series/box sets:

  • Life on Mars = Ashes to Ashes
  • Spooks
  • Black Books  – Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig, Dylan Moran, Graham Linehan
  • Schitt’s Creek

Films?

  • Rams 

Reading as a mild sedative?

  • Olive, Mabel and Me – Andrew Cotter
  • The Sentinel -Lee and Andrew Child

Talking Books Cafe is broadcast on the first and fourth Monday evening of the month at 8pm on Petersfield’s Shine Radio and than repeated at other times during the month.

Morning Report – Monday 30 November

Harrison RB and James Birdseye bring you local news and information for Petersfield and its villages. Including news of Petersfield schools that have made the Sunday Times Parent Power Top 100. Kate Faiweather has today’s local forecast.

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You can help to update the information we share via email to team@petersfieldradio.uk or by calling Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Local news stories

Four Petersfield schools are named in the Sunday Times parent power list for twenty twenty-one.

Ditcham Park School and Churcher’s College are both ranked within the top one hundred schools in Britain in their respective categories.

Ditcham Park School is named as the fifteenth best independent secondary school for the age range eleven to sixteen.

Churcher’s College in Petersfield caters for children from age two right up to eighteen because it also has a sixth form. The school ranked at number 82 nationally in its category.

Meanwhile, Langrish Primary School and Bedales School were also recognised in the newspaper’s listings.

The Sunday Times publishes the list every year and bases its rankings on performance in academic exams. Estate Agents in Petersfield say the quality of our town’s schools is one reason young families like to settle here.

“Help. Help. Call the Police”.

That’s not a cry you hear on Petersfield High Street every day.

But shoppers in central Petersfield this weekend were stunned to hear this repeated call echo down the high street and into Ram’s Walk on Saturday.

Shine Radio microphones were in the area and captured the shocking sound.

The repeated alarm came from an automatic alert system on a parked security van. It was inadvertently triggered while the vehicle was outside the Poundland shop in our town at around ten to five on Saturday.

Two security staff within the van gestured to passers by that everything was ok.

The sound continued for about fifteen minutes before the van could be driven off. The Police did not attend the scene.

A violinist from Liss Forest is among a group of mums and professional musicians who have produced a musical advent calendar.

Sara Deborah Timossi [t’MOSSy] performs on several pieces of music that appear as video clips when you open the doors of the digital online calendar.

A network of women who juggle work and motherhood have created the calendar together. Sara says it’s been a fun project to work on at a time when performance work has largely dried up:

And you can find out more about the calendar at musicaladvent.com

Around eight hundred children in Petersfield have helped to restore the chimes of St Peter’s Church.

Pupils at Churcher’s College held a mufti day on Friday to raise money for an automatic timing device that will let the chimes play during the day, but ensure a silent night for people who live near the church. 

Vicar Will Hughes turned off the bells after local residents complained about the noise. He says he’s very fond of the mechanism in the tower:

This week’s winning numbers in the East Hampshire community lottery have been announced.

They are: 2  4  6  7  3 and zero.

There are eighteen winners across the district this week including ten in and around Petersfield. Well done if you’re one of them.

Among the good causes supported by this weeks winners are Liss Mens Shed, Petersfield Lions, the Liss Community Centre and Petersfield Town Juniors football club.

Each good cause receives 50 pence for every ticket you buy, and you can choose your own good cause from a wide selection of local community projects which include Petersfield’s Shine Radio.

On the roads…

Delays at the top of Ramshill continue as a three-way traffic light system is in place at the junction with Barentin Way.

The bus stop outside Churcher’s College is closed because of the road works. Buses are stopping instead by Madeline Road. 

And the puffin crossing by the Esso Garage is suspended while those roadworks continue. Be careful if you must cross there to get to school at Churcher’s.

Works continue in Hill Brow and Milland [m’LAND] Road is closed between the Jolly Drover and the Rogate turn.

And if we’re not saying what you’re seeing out there – you can call Petersfield 5 55 500 to help update this information. Just another way that you make it shine.

Christmas is here, says Collabro’s Michael Auger

Petersfield performer Michael Auger joins Shine Radio’s Noni Needs for our first play of the new Collabro song, Christmas is Here.

Buy the single to help raise funds for Help for Heroes

The song’s release will boost fundraising for charity Help for Heroes.

What does Christmas mean for Michael, how did the song come about and when can we hear more of Michael on Petersfield’s Shine Radio this Christmas?

Collabro singer, Michael Auger, says

“We are so excited to be launching this single with Help for Heroes. With so many of us worried about the impact of the coronavirus on whether we can get together with loved ones this Christmas, it made us realise that this is what many people in the Armed Forces feel every year when they have to serve their country away from home during the festive season. We really hope that we can get the whole nation behind our single so we can get it to the Christmas Number One slot and raise as much money as possible for injured and sick veterans and their families.”

Over recent months Help for Heroes, which relies on public donations for 97% of its income, has seen a 30% reduction in regular income as a result of COVID-19, with all planned face-to-face fundraising events and activities since April either cancelled or postponed. It also expects continued significant falls in the coming years due to ongoing economic recession. At the same time, the charity has seen a 33% increase in those coming forward for mental health support and a 30% increase in referrals to veterans’ clinical services.

Morning Report – Friday 27 November

The week ends in tiers again. We have all the information about what Tier 2 means for Petersfield, agreement on a free parking plan for Christmas shoppers in Petersfield plus the rest of today’s essential local information.

All with Harrison and Laura on what some traders call Black Friday. Kate Fairweather has today’s forecast. Additional reporting from Noni Needs, Stephen Martin and Tom Reynolds.

You make it shine

You can help to update the information we share via email to team@petersfieldradio.uk or by calling Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Local news stories

Petersfield will be in Tier 2

The whole of East Hampshire will be under tier two restrictions – meaning households will be banned from mixing indoors. Only one area near us is in tier one and that is the Isle of Wight.

Noni Needs explains what Tier two means for us living in Petersfield:

Tier two means there is a high alert level and areas have a higher or rapidly rising level of infections. A maximum of six people are permitted to meet outside and pubs and bars must close, unless they are operating as a restaurant. Schools and colleges remain open, while everyone who can work from home should do so. 

Venues can only serve alcohol when it is accompanied by a ‘substantial meal’, they must stop taking orders by 10pm and must close by 11pm. 

Surrey, West Sussex, Portsmouth, and Southampton are also in Tier 2. 

The government has explained the decision was primarily made based on 5 key epidemiological indicators. These were: case detection rates in all age groups, case detection rates in the over-60s, the rate at which cases are rising or falling, positivity rate, and pressure on the NHS.

Meanwhile, East Hampshire Coronavirus cases have fallen. In the week up to the twenty second of November, our area reported one hundred and fourteen cases per one hundred thousand population. That’s down by nearly a quarter on the previous week.

You can check in and chat with Age Concern 

The charity says staying connected and having someone to talk to is important, more so when we cannot physically meet others.

Age Concern has a team of volunteer phone buddies who match with older people who would like a regular call. This service covers Petersfield and the surrounding villages. 

Phone Sheridan Rocher at Age Concern Petersfield on 07852 172998, get in touch over email at sheridan.rocher@ageconcernpetersfield.org.uk

A free parking plan has been announced to boost local shops

East Hampshire District Council have announced a “free after three” parking scheme in Petersfield in conjunction with the Stay Safe, Shop Local Campaign. 

From 3 to 24 December, Swan Street pay and display car park in Petersfield will be free to park in from Monday to Saturday after 3pm to help encourage residents to shop locally over the festive season. The move comes after a similar scheme was launched in Alton earlier this week to add an incentive for people to explore the town and support local shops, many of which have suffered over lockdown. 

Councillor Ingrid Thomas, EHDC portfolio holder for Neighbourhood Quality, said: “With the lifting of national restrictions from 2 December, residents will be able to return to their high street and show their support for local businesses that have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis.”

EHDC teamed up with Petersfield Town Council to deliver the scheme and Town Mayor Lesley Farrow said, “Petersfield Town Council is delighted to be able to demonstrate support and this opportunity for shoppers, be they residents or visitors to Petersfield. Additionally, and importantly, we hope that businesses will find this to their advantage. We trust that maximum benefit can be forthcoming for all.”

To find out more about the Stay Safe, Shop Local campaign, go to the EHDC website – www.easthants.gov.uk/stay-safe-shop-local.

Police are calling for witnesses of local crimes

Crimes that took place in Rogate and Liphook this month still need solving and

Sussex police calling for anyone with information to come forward. The call has come after the publishing of a list of crimes in the region by the police. 

On the night of Wednesday 11th November a vehicle was criminally damaged in Rogate. On Portsmouth Road in Liphook an outbuilding was burgled on the night of Thursday 12th. 

Anyone with information should report it to https://www.sussex.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/ or call 101. 

The Mayor of Petersfield wants your help.

Petersfield Town Council is calling on you to support the Town Mayor’s Christmas Hamper Appeal in partnership with The Salvation Army.

Charities have suffered this year as they have not been able to host their usual fundraising events, and need support now more than ever. 

Please give what you can towards Mayor Lesley Farrow’s appeal, which will fund hampers to be distributed to those most in need this Christmas, as identified by local agencies. 

To donate please head to https://www.petersfield-tc.gov.uk/town-mayors-christmas-appeal/ 

Roads and rail

Delays at the top of Ramshill continue as a three-way traffic light system is in place at the junction with Barentin Way.

And the bus stop outside Churcher’s College is closed because of the road works. Buses are stopping instead by Madeline Road. 

Works continue in Hill Brow and Milland [m’LAND] Road is closed between the Jolly Drover and the Rogate turn.

South Western Railway will be operating a revised service this Sunday on the Portsmouth to London Waterloo as works are conducted in the Woking area, so please check times if you are travelling by train this weekend. Bus replacements will operate between Woking, Guildford, and Basingstoke. 

Wilde Walk – at Durford Wood with Christmas

It could be Scotland. Suzie pauses in a conifer wood, where loggers are clearing stands of trees. Raine chases a deer (the wrong way) as rain falls gently. What will Christmas look like for the Wildes? Icelandic! (This tradition is known as Jolabokaflod, which translates roughly to “Christmas book flood” in English.)

Suzie would welcome supporters for the third book of her trilogy – Landfall. Find out the what the story is and pre-order a copy at:

https://unbound.com/books/landfall/

A new Wilde Walk airs on Petersfield’s Shine Radio every Friday and is repeated through the week. Or listen to the podcast at https://shineradio.uk.

Morning Report – Thursday 26 November

Direct from Tilmore and Liss, Dave Williams (Tilmore) and Noni Needs (Liss) present essential local information for Petersfield and its villages.

Also featuring Lucy Davies at the weather board, Laura Sheppard reporting on the visitors centre plans and Nicola Winter of Home Start Butser.

You make it shine

You can help to update the information we share via email to team@petersfieldradio.uk or by calling Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Local news stories

A Petersfield charity has joined a national scheme to boost its fundraising.

HomeStart Buster provides help, friendship, advice and support during a child’s early years.

And in the first week of December, every pound they raise through the Big Give Christmas Challenge will be matched, up to twenty eight thousand pounds.

Nicola Winter at HomeStart Butser says some local families have particularly acute needs during the pandemic:

IN: “We are delivering…
DUR : 35”
OUT: “…cares for them”

Here’s the link:

Good news for people in Petersfield who can’t wait to book a cruise holiday in 2021.

A new 55 million pound cruise terminal is set to open next year in Southampton, the preferred port of departure for many Petersfield holidaygoers.

The long-awaited fifth cruise terminal is also expected to bring a multi-million pound boost to the economy of our area.

Bosses have said the opening will cement the port “as Europe’s leading cruise turn-around port and the UK’s number one departure port” and mark a “major milestone” in the area’s post-COVID recovery.

A specific date hasn’t been announced yet but Associated British Ports said it would be open for the 2021 cruise season

Hampshire environmental campaigners have signed-up hundreds of companies to back an anti-plastic agenda

The Final Straw Foundation has been working with local businesses to encourage them to ditch single-use plastics from their operations.

The organisation has had success in its work and over 400 organisations have joined the campaign so far, including Portsmouth FC, Gosport Submarine Museum and the Package-Free Larder in Southsea.

We’d like to hear of companies in Petersfield who have agreed to join the scheme.

The foundation is always on the look out for new volunteers and to find out more about them go to their website, a link to which will be at petersfieldradio.uk 

Here it is…

https://finalstrawfoundation.org/

It looks as if the Town Visitor centre in the Square will close, despite objections.

Laura Sheppard has been looking into the matter.

The Petersfield Post is reporting that Town councillors are set to go ahead with plans to stop funding Petersfield’s visitor facility, close the office, lay off the staff and rely on an online information service in future.

East Hampshire council stopped subsidising the service in April and since then the Town Council ring-fenced more than 130 thousand pounds to keep it going.

But that plan runs out in March.

Now the Town Council has a choice between running a visitor’s office out of the Festival Hall, away from the centre of town, or moving everything online which is cheaper.

Councillors have backed the lower cost option, subject to later ratification by the full council.

One of Petersfield’s supermarkets is warning of a shortage of delivery slots this Christmas

It might only be November but Tesco is already urging Christmas shoppers to prepare for the seasonal period and has published tips for stress-free Christmas shopping.

The company released a statement online warning customers that they are already experiencing “high demand” for online delivery.

To put people at ease, the shopping giant has issued a list of tips to make the ordering process stress-free.

We’ll post a link at petersfieldradio.uk

Tesco’s Tips

Travel news

Road works on Rams Hill continue to bug motorists in Petersfield.

Four way traffic lights are controlling the junctions with Kingsfernsden Lane and Barentin Way.

Expect delays on all approaches particularly around school drop-off and pick-up times.

In Hill Brow, Milland Road is closed between the Jolly Drover and the Rogate Turn.

Just West of Petersfield there’s water works on Winchester Road close to the A3 Roundabout on the Stroud [STROOD] side. Look out for temporary traffic lights there.

Down in Droxford there’s a diversion on Wickham Road – that’s for county council work.

West Sussex county council is picking litter and cutting the verges of the A 2070 London Road in Milland.

And around Petersfield there are minor works planned on Charles Street, Frenchamans Road, Heathfield Road, Winton Road, Moggs Mead, Sussex Road and The Avenue. If you live in any of those places, good luck!

And if we’re not saying what you’re seeing out there – you can call Petersfield five, fifty five, five hundred to help update the information we share. Just another way that you make it shine.

Thanksgiving in Steep

Thanksgiving is alive and well in Steep.

Genevieve Hayes and Debora Harding share their menus, recipes, memories and neighbourghly love of Thanksgiving with Noni Needs.

Gen's Pumpkin pie
Genevieve’s homemade Pumpkin pie

PECAN PIE

RECIPE OPTION 1 – uses corn syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Karo Light or Dark Corn Syrup (if you can find it in UK)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups (170g/ 6 ounces) pecans
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust

Method

  • Step 1. Mix corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla using a spoon in a bowl and stir in pecans.
  • Step 2. Pour the above into the pre made pie crust.
  • Step 3. Bake at 175c in the centre of the oven for 60 to 70 minutes.

RECIPE OPTION 2 – uses golden and maple syrup

Ingredients

  • flour, for dusting
  • 500g pack sweet shortcrust pastry
  • 75g butter, softened
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 175g golden syrup
  • 175g maple syrup 3 eggs,
  • beaten ½ tsp vanilla extract 300g pecan halves
  • double cream, whipped, to serve
  • Step 1 On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry and line it in a 23cm pie dish. Prick the base of the pastry case with a fork and chill for 30 mins, or until firm.
  • Step 2 Heat oven to 190c. Line the pastry case with baking parchment, fill with baking beans and bake for 15-20 mins until the sides are set. Remove the beans and parchment and return to the oven for 5-10 mins until the pastry is golden and the base is set. Leave to cool.
  • Step 3 Turn up oven temp to 200c. Use an electric whisk to beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Keep the beaters going and pour in both of the syrups. Gradually add the eggs, ¼ tsp salt and the vanilla, then whisk until combined. Stir through the pecans, then pour the mixture into the pastry case. Bake for 10 mins. Turn heat down to 160c for 30-35 mins (the pie should be golden brown and the filling should wobble a little in the centre when shaken). Leave to cool and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

PUMPKIN PIE

Ingredients

For the pastry:

  • 510g plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 300g cold butter
  • 6tbsp caster sugar

For the pie filling:

  • 1 small culinary pumpkin
  • 435g maple syrup
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cloves (or 5 cloves, ground)
  • 9 tbsp golden rum (optional)
  • 9 large eggs
  • 450ml evaporated milk

Step 1. Make the pastry by mixing the ingredients, rolling out and chilling in the fridge.

Step 2.  Chop pumpkin in half and roast in the oven for about an hour. Remove from oven, cool and remove flesh into a bowl.  When cool completely add the maple syrup, spices, rum and beaten eggs into the bowl and mix with a hand whisk.  Then add the evaporated milk.

Step 2.  Remove pastry from the fridge and line a greased pie dish with the pastry.  Fill with the pumpkin mixture and bake in the oven at 170 for 45-55 mins.  Halfway through check the pie and cover the pastry with tin foil if it is getting too browned. To check the pie is done insert a knife, which should be wet but clean and the centre will be just barely jiggly.  Cool for 2 hours before serving with whipped cream.

Recipes from Geneveive Hayes

the P pod – 25 November

It’s another remotely recorded P pod this week.

We feature Shirley Leader, owner and manager of independent boutique clothes shop Velvet and Rose on Chapel Street. Find out why Shirley has turned her mannequins around to face inwards in her shop window.

Joff meets up with Jon Walker to find out the latest news in the Petersphere and Suzie goes walking at Langley.

This week’s music is from local band Mark Vennis and Different Place – that name sounds familiar! Their new album Fighting on All Fronts is out this Friday 27th November and we play House on the Corner of the Road from the album.

And Claire and Joff explain how you can leave a message of thanks or Christmas cheer from Friday in Shine Radio’s Messages of Comfort and Joy campaign.

Claire and Joff in pre-Covid times

More than 400 local sites are suitable for new trees

Trees could be planted in more than four hundred places across Petersfield.

That’s the number of appropriate new sites for trees discovered by volunteers working with the Petersfield Society. 

Around thirty volunteers conducted a survey of tree planting sites across the summer. 

Now, surveyors say that four hundred and forty six sites are suitable for trees to be planted and a further five could benefit from reduced grass cutting.

Some of the locations are more than 200 square metres in size. Others could be home to just one tree each.

Andy Moffat is a trustee of the society. He spoke to Shine Radio’s Stephen Martin.

Picture credit: Tim Green. Used under creative commons licence

Morning Report – Wednesday 25 November

Dave Williams and Lucy Davies are here with today’s essential Petersfield information.

More than 400 sites proposed for trees in Petersfield, support for free parking in car parks from an unexpected source and one week to go until the lockdown is lifted.

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News stories

Transcript to follow this morning. Check back around mid-morning.

Morning Report – Tuesday 24 November

Christmas Eve is just one month away and here’s an early present. Claire and Joff present this morning’s essential Petersfield information in the Morning Report.

Today’s big talking topic – should parking be free in Petersfield in the run-up to Christmas?

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News stories

Petersfield’s traders want to see free Christmas parking

A group of local shop owners and business leaders believes the prospect of free parking in Petersfield in the run-up to Christmas could counter some of the worst effects of the Covid downturn.

They’ve written to council leaders to set-out their case.

Steve Watts speaks for the group and says the promise of free parking would send a powerful message to shoppers:

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Fears that we could lose another local pub have been put to rest, as Dave Bowers reports:

A month ago we reported the sale of The Trooper pub in Froxfield. Local property experts suggested the plot was ripe for development and some Shine Radio listeners reacted with dismay.

But we can now confirm that the pub will remain trading and it’s safely in local hands.

The new owners told us they prefer not to be named on the radio but they live close to the pub and have confirmed to us that The Trooper will reopen soon.

They say they have no plans to develop the site for housing.

You may have heard us talking about the FitzRoy around the world in 80 days campaign here on Shine Radio.

The Petersfield-based charity hit its ten thousand pound fundraising target after individuals and teams collectively traveled the distance around our planet in various ways.

Neil Blackley from Priors Dean ran two hundred and twenty seven miles towards the total. He says the care Fitzroy can provide for people like his daughter is hard to find:

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Money from the fundraising will buy equipment to help residents in homes make video calls to their loved ones during the pandemic.

Travel news

Three way traffic lights are at the junction with Rams Hill and Kingsfernsden Lane as SSE’s electricity project continues. There are long delays on all approaches particularly around school drop-off and pick-up times.

South East Water are still carrying out works on Rushes Road although these are not expected to cause too much disruption.

Heathfield Road is also undergoing highway maintenance which may cause problems. 

And some delays may be experienced around Church Street in East Meon while drainage repairs are carried out.

There’s also drainage repairs expected to be carried out on the A272 towards Winchester today, just off the A3 roundabout – that’s also likely to cause delays.

And if we’re not saying what you’re seeing out there – you can call Petersfield 5 55 500 to help update this information. Just another way that you make it shine.

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

Martin Bamford is back with another digest of money news to help you plan your finances, wherever you live in the Petersfield area.

A ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles is brought forward, inflation has crept up, rural house prices are up more than those in cities, chancellor Rishi Sunak is criticised for suggesting a public sector pay freeze and expect energy prices to rise because more people are not paying their bills, say energy companies.

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.