Martin Bamford’s Money Moment

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

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

This week, simpler overdraft rules mean seven out of ten bank customers will be better off or see no change. A record number of people are in employment in the UK, and a record number of women too. Young drivers are getting financial help from their parents, many people in the UK expect a pay freeze this year and how much time do you spend looking for things you’ve lost? You’re not alone!

Martin Bamford

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

the P pod – 21 January, 2020

The team is at the Petersfield Physic Garden this week to find out exactly what happens in a physic garden.

Petersfield’s weekly news, views and interviews led by Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey.

John Welsman speaks with Cllr Sean Woodward regarding the possibility of reduced hours at the library, Stephen Martin goes wassailing, and Robert Sansom gives you the inside story of Petersfield Bookshop’s brush with international fame.

Presented by Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey, with Dave Bowers, James Robbins, Suzie Wilde, Martin Bamford, Jon Walker, and special guest Jenny Hill, from the Physic Garden.

Recorded at Petersfield’s Physic Garden on Monday 20 January, 2020.

Next week we’re at Sew Creative on Lavant Street. Just get in touch for details. To contact the P pod, call Petersfield 01730 555 500 or email pod@theppod.uk

Wassailing in the community garden

The traditional sound of wassailing rang around the Petersfield Community Garden on Sunday 19 January when its members sang to the health of the trees in the garden’s orchard.

Wassailing was believed by our Pagan ancestors to encourage a good harvest. Today, it’s a way to bring the community together with mugs of warm cider around an open fire.

Our reporter Stephen Martin was in Steep to meet the participants – including the chair of the community garden, Sue Edberg.

Have your say on the future of Petersfield library

Hampshire County Council says it wants to cut the cost of providing library services.

It is consulting on several options which include closing smaller libraries and reducing the opening hours of libraries like that in Petersfield by up to a quarter.

County Councillor Seán Woodward is responsible for libraries across Hampshire and spoke to our reporter John Welsman.

Petersfield Library in the Square

Cllr Woodward says the way we use libraries is changing with fewer books and more digital engagement with library services.

He pins the blame for these cuts on central government which has reduced the funding it provides councils like Hampshire and says this leaves the council with tough choices to make.

Have your say

The consultation runs until 18 March at https://hants.gov.uk/library-consultation

Passengers report burning and smoke on a train at Petersfield

Emergency services on platform 1

Emergency crews from the fire service and police attended Petersfield railway station today after passengers reported a fire on board a Northbound train.

South Western Railway staff stopped and evacuated the ten-carriage train at Petersfield after passengers noticed smoke and a smell of burning in the fifth carriage.

Fire crew members told us that nobody was hurt.

We spoke to these eyewitnesses and passengers affected by the incident.

The train on which the fire was reported is one of the recently-refurbished “Class 442” units which are 30-years old. They entered service on the London Waterloo to Portsmouth line this month.

The affected service was the 10.15 from Portsmouth Harbour to London Waterloo.

It arrived into Petersfield just one minute behind schedule at 10.48 but didn’t leave the station until 12.51 when it was driven to Haslemere. The onward service to London was then cancelled.

Portsmouth News journalist Tom Cottterill was in Petersfield when the train was evacuated

Control point in the car park

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service deployed four vehicles including three fire engines and established a control point for the incident in the car park off Frenchmans Road. We counted 18 fire service staff at the railway station.

South Western Railway organised replacement buses to take passengers to their destinations. Some trains started to run after one o’clock but delays and cancellations continued to show on the station boards into the afternoon.

Eyewitness tells of smoke and smell

Sarah was one of scores of passengers on the train who were caught up in the drama. The disruption meant Sarah had to reschedule a hospital appointment. She told Petersfield Community Radio what happened to her.

I was on the carriage in front of where it happened and apparently it filled with smoke and there was a smell. Most people left the train because of an electric fire smell. Then we were all told to get off, and all told to steer clear of the train and then we were all told to evacuate the platform.

What could have caused it?

We know Fire and Rescue Service personnel used heat-detecting equipment to identify an overheating brake. The brake would have caused a lot of firey smoke and heat but nobody has reported seeing flames.

Railway experts who have spoken to Petersfield Community Radio suggest that the brakes in the fifth carriage could have been locked because of a fault or even human error. We understand this train was in for overnight maintenance last night.

While modern trains will alert the driver to a locked or “dragging” brake, our experts say the only indication a driver would have of such a fault on these older ‘442’ units would be if they could feel the train not pulling properly, or if somebody raised the alarm.

Another bad day for train users

In addition to the fire scare in Petersfield, a piece of railway track was damaged between Rowlands Castle and Petersfield today. This meant that trains had to travel through that area Northbound as slow as 5 miles per hour at one time.

There is no suggestion of any connection between the damaged rail and the overheating brakes that caused today’s evacuation.

Three fire engines were in the station car park
Railway workers closed the line in both directions

Dawn & Rob’s Bod Pod Episode 12 – Equilibrium Studios launch

The Bod Pod is full of inspiration and encouragement towards better fitness and health from personal trainer Rob Carr and fitness enthusiast Dawn Clare.

This time Dawn is invited to the grand opening of Equilibrium Studios in Rake to meet the founders and some of their clients.

Founders Ryan and Dan say their mission is to help men and women get into the best shape of their lives and stay that way through sustainable fitness and nutrition coaching.

Dawn asks Ryan about the new centre

The evening started with a ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new premises, shortly followed by a charity workout to christen the new equipment and raise money for their neighbour, Focus Ability CIC.

There was a raffle to win free training, a nutrition seminar, live band, cake cutting and plenty of booze, bites and other delights….. all healthy of course!

Equilibrium Studios

Dan, Molly and Ryan – the Equilibrium Studios team

You’ll find the studios on the Rake Industries estate in unit 3. The postcode is GU31 5DU and their website is https://www.equilibriumstudios.co.uk/

Audio production by Barry Baseley at Petersfield Community Radio

Music: Synthwave by Ryan Andersen. Used under Creative Commons licence.

Money Moment with Martin Bamford

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

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

This week – price inflation is down, house market sentiment is up and you won’t be able to gamble with a credit card. Also Santander’s 123 account loses its shine and the One Pound coin that’s worth one million times that.

Martin Bamford

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

Tumbleweed tweet turns to treat for Petersfield Bookshop

Petersfield Bookshop celebrated its centenary in 2018

Sometimes bad things have to happen before good things can. Don’t be surprised to see that statement on a motivational poster on sale at the Petersfield Bookshop in the near future.

For that’s exactly what happened this week after Storm Brendon dissuaded shoppers from venturing too far from home. Bookseller Robert Sansom, who administers the bookshop’s Twitter account, issued a tweet summing up a historic, but disappointing day, for the 102-year-old business.

It said: “…Tumbleweed… Not a single book sold today… £0.00… We think this may be the first time ever…”

Robert Sansom inadvertently provided a huge boost for the Petersfield Bookshop

Sympathetic book lovers retweeted the poignant message and it was picked up and subsequently retweeted by world-renowned Portsmouth-born science fiction author Neil Gaiman … and that created a digital domino effect as the retweets gathered pace and the bookshop received online orders from right across the world totalling £1,000 within just a few hours.

And, following on from hundreds of orders, came dozens of calls from the world’s media …

Petersfield Community Radio’s Dave Bowers spoke with Robert Sansom about an extraordinary 48 hours.

the P pod – 14 January 2020

The team is at the Taro but avoiding any exercise rooms

Petersfield’s weekly news, views and interviews led by Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey.

25 years of complementary medicine in Petersfield, thoughts of summer holidays with our local travel experts and will Joff survive panto season?

We’re direct from the Taro Centre with everything Petersfield in one tightly-packed pocked-sized pod.

Presented by Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey with Dave Bowers, James Robbins, Suzie Wilde, Martin Bamford, Noni Needs and special guests Nicki Lahiri and Pippa Peters from Meon Valley Travel.

Pippa Peters and Nicki Lahiri with the P pod’s Claire and Joff

Holiday Show

Get more information about the holiday show, including terms and conditions for the competition on the Meon Valley Travel website.

Meon Valley Travel logo

the P pod

Recorded at the Taro Leisure Centre on Monday 13 January 2020.

Next week we’re at the Physic Garden on the High Street and on 27 January you can join us at Sew Creative on Lavant Street. Just get in touch for details.

To contact the P pod, call Petersfield 01730 555 500 or email pod@theppod.uk

25 years of complementary medicine in Petersfield

The Centre of Complementary Medicine on Lavant Street has just celebrated twenty five years in Petersfield.

To mark the occasion, the centre held an open day and reception. Petersfield Community Radio reporter Noni Needs was there.

Centre staff and therapists with Cllr Lesley Farrow

In Noni’s report you’ll hear from the centre’s director, Shanagh Telford, therapists Carina Petter, Esther Wheeler and Uschi Braun, and mayor of Petersfield, Councillor Lesley Farrow who explains why she is an advocate of homeopathy.

Other treatments you’ll hear about include cranial osteopathy, massage and reflexology, humanistic counselling and manual lymphatic drainage.

Contact information

Website

Telephone 01730 231655

Petersfield women sing for charity

Petersfield choir director Rosa Malone leads a unique eight-week singing project in preparation for a performance on International Women’s Day at St Peter’s Church.

Rosa updates our reporter Alan Cosh on the project’s latest progress and how you can get involved.

The concert will be held on Saturday 7 March in support of ‘Refuge’ – a charity which assists women and their children who find themselves in domestic abuse situations.

Rosa is from Petersfield and studied at Trinity College of Music. She has been directing choirs in Greece for six years and specialises in making choral singing fun, inspirational and open to all people, regardless of their experience. 

Her eight-week course will be held at The Square Brewery in Petersfield on Wednesdaty evenings from 7 until 8.30pm starting this Wednesday 15th January.

Money Moment with Martin Bamford

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

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

This week – pressure on banks to give a better deal on savings, disappointing news for investors in London Capital & Finance, some minimum pay workers are being underpaid, household debt returns to record high levels and what the Travelex ransom attack means for your holiday cash.

Martin Bamford

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

Family and friends raise urgent funds for Wendy

The Wilson family joined the Petersfield Post‘s Jon Walker, left, to discuss their fundraising

Petersfield mother of two Wendy Wilson, 54, was told just before Christmas that she needed urgent, expensive treatment on a tumour.

Her family and friends needed to raise £60,000 in just three weeks. 

Wendy, husband Grant, and daughter Mollie joined the Petersfield Post‘s Jon Walker, at a recording of the P pod, to discuss their fundraising efforts.

To donate to the appeal visit the GoFundMe page.

the P pod – January 7, 2020

Claire and Joff bring you news and stories from across the Petersphere.

Petersfield’s weekly news, views and interviews led by Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey.

The team visits the Taro Centre as part of its new year’s resolution … but recording the P pod is as strenuous as it gets.

Dave, Claire and James at the Taro. Pic by Joff

This week’s guests are the Wilson family, who are fundraising to pay for urgent cancer treatent for mum Wendy, and the Taro Centre’s general manager Dave West.

Presented by Claire and Joff with Suzie Wilde, Richard Marks, Dawn Clare, Dave Bowers, Jon Walker and James Robbins.