An update with James Beagrie of Meon Valley Travel

A follow up with James, now all travel is banned. What does he face? Is he still optimistic about the future? Are there any good deals to be had? Find out why it’s always better to ask an expert, especially now, and be inspired. Suzie would love to stay in the Giraffe Manor! She brings more of his great suggestions to you while the office remains closed: but you can check out the deals online here:

Petersfield Telephone Box Book Exchange

Laura Sheppard talks to Melody Burgess who runs the Telephone Box Book Exchange in College Street, and runs the Instagram account petersfield_phonebox_library

Author Helen Fields donating signed copies of her books to the book exchange
Petersfield Telephone Box Book Exchange

Sports Chat – with him and him

In this month’s edition of Sports Chat, host Dave Bowers is joined, once again, by Shine Radio’s sports editor, James Robbins, and ‘Victorian Dad’, comedian Alistair Barrie.

Alistair revels in Southampton’s brief flirtation with the top of the Premier League, while the two Pompey fans console themselves with a narrow FA Cup first-round success. The guys also discuss rugby union – well two of them do – and the US election. As always, there are also plenty of laughs.

Comedian Alistair Barrie looks up at the top of the Premier League …

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“No one does righteous indignation with the same brio as Barrie, an inheritor of the splenetic mantle of the great 80s’ alternative comedians”
The Guardian

Sports Chat was recorded on Monday, 9 November, which may explain why some of the references have dated (quickly!)

Cocktails with Kate: the cheerful chappie

Feeling blue?  Shine Radio presenter Alan Cosh will cheer you up.

Coshie creates a cobalt blue cocktail for fellow presenters Kate and Noni, to toast their meeting face to face for the very first time. They had worked together for months as virtual volunteer presenters for Shine Radio, but never actually met in real life because of the pandemic – until October!

This feature was recorded just before the latest lockdown measures.

Pre-cocktail chat from Alan, who wields the vodka bottle like a pro

Such elegant lemon slicing! And not a pip in sight by the time Alan had finished with these.

Alan’s Vanilla Sky

No measures here – Alan does it all by eye. 

  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part Malibu
  • A splash of Bols Curaçao for colour 
  • Elderflower presse

Pour equal parts of vodka and Malibu into a cocktail glass. Add a splash of blue Curaçao for that distinctive blue colour.

Top up with Elderflower Presse. If you have none in the house, you can improvise with elderflower cordial and soda.

Garnish with thinly sliced lemon with absolutely NO pips!

Although this version had a cube of ice, Alan reports that he had it originally with crushed ice. So if you have crushed ice – or could use a blender, you could reproduce the original “blue slush puppie” that he tasted in Turkey.

True blue: a taste of the Turkish Riviera in Coshie’s kitchen

Get in touch!

Do you mix a mean cocktail and have a story to tell? Get in touch yourself, or nominate a friend to share Cocktails with Kate from 6 o’clock on Fridays.  We might have to record remotely during lockdown, but we’ll work something out! Email 

Sports Chat – with comedian Alistair Barrie

In this month’s edition of Sports Chat, host Dave Bowers is joined, once again, by Shine Radio’s sports editor, James Robbins, and ‘award-winning’* comedian Alistair Barrie.

Together, they put the football world to rights; determine the age-old debate of who is the GOAT in men’s tennis; and grind their individual axes on sports as diverse as basketball, F1, and golf. Plus, there are plenty of laughs.

Comedian Alistair Barrie contemplates his choice of favourite football team …

Check out Alistair Barrie at

“No one does righteous indignation with the same brio as Barrie, an inheritor of the splenetic mantle of the great 80s’ alternative comedians”
The Guardian

*Open to debate, following this show …

It’s a dog’s life at Canine Partners

Stephen Rigby, pictured, is an advanced trainer for Canine Partners and can be found frequently training his future canine assistants in Petersfield town centre.

Stephen’s the one in the middle, with the wet nose …

Shine Radio’s John Welsman caught up with Stephen to find out more about assistance dogs, the work of the organisation, and how residents of Petersfield and the surrounding area are volunteering to support Canine Partners’ work.

Traders of the lost art – the market returns

Petersfield market has been trading throughout lockdown with essential food vendors part of the relief effort.

The market is back in full swing – but not quite as intimately as this …

Our correspondent, Beth Svarovska, has been shopping and talked to some of the stall holders and shoppers to reflect on their experiences and their hopes as the town comes back to life.

PCR correspondent Beth Svarovska

Walking with poetry: Abigail McKern in conversation

Buriton actor Abigail McKern joined Morning Report presenters Suzie Wilde and Harrison RB to discuss her new project: a YouTube channel where she goes walking with poetry locally.

Abigail McKern - picture credit:
Abigail McKern: actor, YouTuber, poetry reader, and a favourite of Petersfield Community Radio

They also chatted enthusiastically about the mental-health benefits of nature, acting and Shakespearean sonnets.

This is the full-length interview from which an excerpt was taken for the Morning Report on Friday, 12 June.

Visit Abigail’s website at and tell her Petersfield Community Radio sent you.

Meeting Mr Write: Greg Mosse in conversation

Local writer Greg Mosse is one of the judges in the Weald and Downland Living Museum’s historical fiction short story competition – along with our own Suzie Wilde.

He joined this week’s P pod to speak with Claire Vennis about his career and the competition.

Greg Mosse: writer, tutor, judge and all-round nice guy

A great encourager of writers, Greg has delivered successful writing workshops for Guardian Masterclasses, Edinburgh Book Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Chichester Festival Theatre and many others.

This is an extended version of the interview carried in this week’s P pod.


There are two categories:

  • Historical fiction short stories, which relate to an aspect of the collection (houses or artefacts) of the Weald & Downland Living Museum, and are set between the years 900AD and 1930.
  • Or historical fiction short stories, which are simply set anywhere in that same time period.

This competition is for adults, although there is a separate under-18s’ competition too. Here the categories are:

  • An illustrated story – or picture book – of up to 100 words, aimed predominantly at children in year two or below; or
  • A story of between 400 and 600 words, which you may or may not choose to illustrate.

Entries must be original stories written by the entrant (though a little help with spelling is considered acceptable). The closing date is 5pm on Friday, 4 September, 2020.

For more information and entry forms, visit the museum’s website.

Jo’s ‘sewing fairies’ ensure GP gowns are ready

Jo Watts, from Sew Creative, in Lavant, Street, popped into this week’s P pod to explain how an email galvanised more than 100 people into stitching and producing clinical gowns for GPs in East Hampshire.

‘Sewing fairy’ Carol Tubbs displays proudly a gown she has produced

This is the full interview with Claire Vennis that was featured, in abridged format, in the P pod

*To help fund Sew Creative’s clinical gown production, visit the GoFundMe page here.

What’s in a name? It’s the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival

Lucy Hollis, left, and Clare Glancy are still hoping to put on the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival

Suzie Wilde removes her walking boots just long enough to speak with Petersfield Shakespeare Festival directors Lucy Hollis and Clare Glancy, about this year’s event and how anybody can be a part of it.

The Petersfield Shakespeare Festival is scheduled to take place at Bedales School, from July 16-25.

Coffee beans and local scenes at Gallery No30

Fifi Crowley popped into the P pod this week … actually, the P pod popped into Fifi’s Gallery No 30

Fifi Crowley gave up a career in the city to fulfil her desire for a career change and to open a café.

Now she’s enjoying life at Gallery No30, in the High Street, having opened an art café which not only serves great cake* but also showcases the work of talented local artists.

Fifi explained why she chose to open the café in the town – and how welcome she’s been made to feel here – to Petersfield Community Radio’s John Welsman.

*Recommendation supplied by a very satisfied John Welsman

Donations – and men! – required to help charity’s Big Sale

Save the Children’s Penny Blois, left, and Helen Davies, second right, spoke with P pod presenters Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey

Helen Davies and Penny Blois, from the Petersfield branch of Save the Children, popped into a recent recording of the P pod, to chat with presenters Claire and Joff about their big annual event in the town: the Big Sale, which takes place from April 3-4, in the Festival Hall.

And they want men!

For further details visit the charity’s website.

Music-mad Michael puts his role in focus

Petersfield Community Radio volunteer Michael Clement, pictured, is a renowned portrait photographer, who, has worked with Angelina Jolie, Adele, Chrissie Hynde and Jeff Goldblum … and he was also persuaded to come along to Sew Creative, to record visually a recording of the P pod.

We also thought he’d make a very interesting interviewee – and we weren’t wrong.

You can see more of his work at

Sew Creative provides material benefits

Claire Vennis, far left, spoke with Sew Creative’s Steven (at rear) and Jo Watts, second from left, and customers (from left to right) Janice McNeill, Wendy Beardall and Ben Pope

Jo and Steven Watts very kindly invited us along to their shop, Sew Creative, in Lavant Street, to record an episode of the P pod.

Here you can discover how their colourful store has become part of the fabric of the community, with additional contributions from three of their loyal customers: Wendy Beardall, Janice McNeill and Ben Pope.

And, if you’re wondering about the clicking in the background, that’s local photographer Michael Clement recording the event for posterity. However, the picture shown here was taken by Joff Lacey, on his phone, which explains a lot …

It’s been a great year for Petersfield Community Radio

Stephen Martin works with schoolchildren at the successful schools’ audio day

It’s almost the first anniversary of the launch of Petersfield Community Radio and, to celebrate the milestone, co-founder Stephen Martin joined P pod presenters Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey to discuss the project’s progress … and future.

They were also joined by volunteer Alice Payne, 17, who has been producing the P pod as part of her work experience.

Why don’t you get involved? Just contact