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.
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 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.
Actress Sarah Parish returns to our TV screens as the lead in ITV drama Bancroft, on New Year’s Day.
However, when Petersfield Community Radio’s Dawn Clare met with Parish and her husband, fellow Cutting It actor, Jim Murray, they concentrated more on their fundraising efforts, than their day jobs.
In 2009 the couple lost their first daughter, Ella-Jayne, to a congenital heart defect, despite the care afforded her at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, in Southampton Hospital. In 2014, they founded the Murray Parish Trust, which is dedicated to the advancement of paediatric emergency medicine across the south of England.
And, in that time, they have helped raise more than £2.5m for Southampton Hospital.
Dawn Clare is ‘down the pub’, in The Bush, with Sarah Parish and Jim Murray …
A new book by Petersfield Museum, Policing Petersfield: 1840–2016, was launched last week.
It chronicles the story of police in Petersfield from the early days as one of the original 12 divisions of the newly created Hampshire Constabulary in 1840 to the closure of the town’s police station in September 2016.
Written by historian Diana Syms and including more than 140 photographs, the book shares previously unknown stories of policing in Petersfield.
Diana dropped into the P pod to discuss the book with presenter Claire Vennis.
The Watoto Trust helps Kenyan children reach their potential and escape the cycle of poverty. The charity also helps in a wider way to increase awareness of the problems facing Kenya, including pressure on natural resources and loss of habitat.
Petersfield Community Radio’s 13-year-old reporter, Nina Vennis, went along to meet three of the team ahead of a big fundraiser.
The Watoto Trust Christmas Fair takes place on 12/13 November, at the Tithe Barn, Ditcham (GU31 5RQ), from 9am-4pm. The £5 entry fee includes tea/coffee and a slice of delicious cake from Madeleine’s Kitchen.
The Festival Hall is home to Petersfield’s Musical Festival, held every year in March. It’s been around for almost 120 years and over the next few months we’ll be finding out how its organisers prepare for its week-long celebration of music.
Alastair Stewart spoke to organisers Philip Young, the director of music and festival chairman; festival secretary Marcia Fielden; Mark Dancer, conductor of the Petersfield Choral Society and festival accompanist; and Sue Upton, secretary of the Petersfield Choral Society.