the P pod – 15 September, 2020

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

This week, presenters Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey visit Stroud as the guests of Tori Thompson-Bland and her 16-year-old daughter, Imogen, who recently won the Petplan Equine Prelim Under-21 Festival championship, in dressage.

Tori and Imogen Thompson-Bland hosted the P pod and welcomed Claire … Joff went too!

They also welcome Shine Radio presenter Kate Fairweather, local musician Oliver Tides and the George Clooney of the Petersfield Post, Jon Walker, who continues his ongoing bromance with Joff.

The show was recorded on Monday, 14 September and was produced by Lucy Davies – it was her first time … didn’t she do well!

Sports Chat with comedian Alistair Barrie

Top stand-up comic Alistair Barrie joins Dave Bowers and James Robbins for September’s Sports Chat show. 

Alistair Barrie is one of the top headliners on the international comedy circuit

Dave and James are both Pompey supporters; Alistair is a Saints fan – what could possibly go wrong …? The guys discuss football – naturally – tennis, cricket, the NFL and racing. Plus, there’s quite a bit of talk about comedy too …

Contact the show at team@petersfieldradio.uk or call 01730 555 500.

Morning Report – Tuesday 15 September

Dave Bowers and Stephen Martin bring you today’s essential local information for Petersfield and its villages.

Today, we long for decent broadband and think of people in our community who may be suffering from loneliness.

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Information transcript

Organisers of the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival are celebrating the success of this year’s virtual event.

At a weekend garden party, cast, producers, crew and supporters of the festival met in a distanced way to mark the end of the project and the achievements they had made together.

Producer Lucy Hollis said the team adapted the event for the circumstances of this year.

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Petersfield Museum is appealing for volunteers to take part in a social media campaign.

The museum plans to use social media to help promote its inaugural Edward Thomas Literary Festival.

The digital festival will be held at the beginning of October. It is a collaboration between the museum and the Edward Thomas Fellowship.

And, if you would like to be recorded on film or in audio reading your favourite poem to post on social media – not necessarily by Edward Thomas – you can contact Ryan Watts at the Museum – his address is education@petersfieldmuseum.co.uk

A massive rural litter pick takes place this weekend.

The Countryside Alliance organises the annual Countryside Clean-up and says it will take place on the 19th and 20th of September, following its earlier postponement because of Coronavirus

It’s the third year of the event and organisers want people to take part in dedicated litter-picking sessions across the country over the two-day period.

You can take part on your own, with your family or in a socially-distanced manner with a larger group.

The organisers says that fly-tipping and littering in the countryside became one of the many negative side-effects of the pandemic so they believe the Countryside Clean-up is more important than ever.

If you would like to register, here’s the link

https://www.countryside-alliance.org/support-us/events-2/ countryside-clean-up-19th-20th-september

If you’ve found yourself out of work after the Covid-19 outbreak, Hampshire County Council is optimistic it can get you back into employment.

The council has committed to doubling its apprenticeship levy funding to £2m, as well as investing £1.3m into adult and community learning.

Other measures being brought in by the initiative include employability hubs, which will look to train and support young people with special educational needs or disabilities.

Deputy council leader Cllr Rob Humby said he hopes the decision will help to minimise the negative impact of Covid-19 on the local economy, increase economic prosperity, and continue to develop a skilled workforce for Hampshire to 2030 and beyond.

There’s new hope for you today if you’re stuck on rural broadband.

Rural areas of the Petersphere which suffer some of the slowest internet speeds in the country could get ultrafast broadband from a 22.2 million pound funding boost.

Extra money is being pumped into the Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, which is designed to subsidise the cost of building gigabit-capable broadband networks in remote areas.

According to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, some 250,000 English homes and businesses are expected to be eligible from 17 English councils, including Hampshire and West Sussex.

The vouchers are worth up to £1,500 for rural homes and £3,500 for small and medium-sized businesses in rural areas, provided they apply as a collective of two or more properties.

Travel news

Temporary traffic lights remain on Station Road in Petersfield for the ongoing electricity project.

The Puffin Crossing is closed for the time being while the temporary lights are controlling traffic.

Work continues on WInchester Road at its junction with Prince’s Road for the new commercial development.
And those social distancing measures remain in place across the town with cycles and buses only between the Square and Chapel Street and lots of closed parking bays.

….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, team@petersfieldradio.uk

If you want a brighter day then do stay with us at Petersfield’s Shine Radio. At work or at home you can listen live on any connected device. Just go to petersfieldradio.uk; enable our skill for Alexa to “Play Shine Radio” or search “Petersfield” on the TuneIn app.

Tell your friends and have a brighter day with Shine Radio… where you make it shine.

Martin Bamford’s Money Moment

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

New scams linked to Covid-19, large numbers of redundancies forecast, surveys say house prices are up sharply except in London, two commercial property funds resume trading and a Christmas truce on evictions for tenants.

All with Martin Bamford and presented with Informed Choice, independent financial planners of Petersfield.

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Morning Report – Monday 14 September

Harrison RB and James Birdseye start the Petersfield week with a comprehensive round-up of local stories and essential information.

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Information transcript

The final work to enhance the environment around Petersfield’s Heath Pond is complete.

Specialists from Five Rivers have been working on the pond and its surrounds since January.

In the most recent and final section of work, the team completed the cladding by the Plump Duck restaurant and finished the area with compacted golden gravel.

They also filled a trench with an excavator in front of cladding by the millboard.

The team has reseeded the areas where their equipment was based and have removed fencing and pallets that have been in place throughout most of the project.

Some further planting is planned for the Spring of next year but the work over the last few days effectively completes the six hundred thousand pound project.

Petersfield Town Council has submitted a retrospective planning application for the works which will be considered by East Hampshire District Council on behalf of the South Downs National Park Authority.

People in Petersfield are starting the week living under the new rule of six.

The rule is applied nationwide and restricts any private gatherings of more than six people at a time.

It’s designed to help limit the spread of Coronavirus at a time when cases across the country have been rising fast.

Ed Virtue of Sheet already lives in a household of five.

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Despite the turmoil in our retail sector one Petersfield business is celebrating thirty years of continuous trading.

Petersfield Photographic was started by Gary Boxall (vauxhall) in 1990 and has been serving customers ever since.

The store started in London House on Chapel Street and moved to its prominent corner of Lavant Street in 2000. It won Fujifilm’s Shop of the Year prize in 2014.

To mark the occasion, the store has produced a video slideshow of photographs that map the development of the business over three decades.

We’ve posted the video at petersfieldradio.uk so do have a look and see how many local faces you can recognise.

East Hampshire District Council has issued more than £26.9 million in business support grants to 2,180 firms through its Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure schemes.

The three rounds of coronavirus-related discretionary grants – which have now also closed – have seen EHDC hand out almost £1.2m to 176 businesses.

For further advice and support, visit easthants.gov.uk.

www.easthants.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support. 

Petersfield Lions Club will be playing their part by having a stall in the market on Saturday 26 September with books and bric-a-brac. 

A donation is all that is necessary for you to take your pick. The money raised on the day will go into the Lions and Brain Tumour Research fund.

You can come along, support the cause and talk to Sandra, who is leading the Brain Tumour Research partnership in our area, or find out what being one of the Lions entails.

Travel

The trains were replaced by buses all weekend but Network Rail and South Western Railway say they expect services to be back to normal this morning.

Just down from the railway station temporary traffic lights ,remain on Station Road in Petersfield for the ongoing electricity project.

The Puffin Crossing is closed for the time being while the temporary lights are controlling traffic.

Work continues on WInchester Road at its junction with Prince’s Road for the new commercial development.

And those social distancing measures remain in place across the town with cycles and  buses only between the Square and Chapel Street and lots of closed parking bays.

….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, team@petersfieldradio.uk

If you want a brighter day then do stay with us at Petersfield’s Shine Radio.

At work or at home you can listen live on any connected device.

Just go to petersfieldradio.uk; enable our skill for Alexa to “Play Shine Radio” or search “Petersfield” on the TuneIn app.

Tell your friends and have a brighter day with Shine Radio… where you make it shine.

Morning Report – Friday, 11 September

Lucy and Harrison are here with your essential Petersphere news for Friday. Today, Petersfield Community Centre reassures users; an independent inspector’s review of East Hampshire District Council, may not be so independent; and Petersfield Lions raise more than £1,000.

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TRANSCRIPT

I’m Lucy Davies – and I’ve got up early just to deliver a few dreadful attempts at humour and to chat to Harrison RB after he delivers the local news – and that comes after a full round up of all this morning’s national headlines.

A local community leader is concerned the new “rule of six” will deter people from using a Petersfield facility.

Emma Bunday of the Petersfield Community Centre wants to reassure local organisations that the government’s new Covid-19 restrictions do not necessarily prevent larger gatherings in the centre.

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The Petersfield Post is reporting that publication of an independent inspector’s review of East Hampshire District Council has been postponed for an investigation into councillor standards … carried out by councillors themselves behind closed doors.

During his governance review of the council, inspector David Bowles – a former council chief executive officer – looked at a number of topics. The council was prepared to make his report public on Wednesday, 2 September, but with the recommendation and reasons for an investigation by the councils’ standards committee left out.

However, at the 11th hour, it was decided to publish at a later date. The inspector’s report, critical in parts, has now been delayed until December. 

And for more information on that story, pick up a copy of this week’s
Petersfield Post.

Organisations in the Petersphere working with children and young people can apply for new grant money.

Local groups and charities who support young people across the county will be able to apply for funding provided by Tesco’s “Bags of Help” scheme throughout October, November and December.

Eligible organisations include mental health and outdoor activities groups, young carers, bereavement counsellors, child poverty charities and groups supporting vulnerable children.

The Bags of Help programme is run in partnership with community charity Groundwork. Tesco hopes to support more than 2,000 projects across the country in the next three months, with three grants of £1,000 each available in each region.

Petersfield Lions raised one thousand and fifty pounds for charities last weekend with its Ten Performing Lions challenge.

The community fundraisers have been hampered in their normal activities because of the pandemic, so individual members decided to take on a range of quirky personal challenges for sponsorship. Here’s the Lions’ Jo Huxley ..,

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And it’s not too late to help with the fundraising. Just visit the link on our website on today’s Morning Report page.

The Hampshire Country Sports Day will go ahead on the Bereleigh Estate in East Meon this Sunday. 

The event, run in aid of the Countryside Alliance, will have a full programme of events, held in the large open spaces in the grounds at Bereleigh Estate where visitors can enjoy the attractions in the open air, with plenty of room for social distancing. 

Main arena attractions include gun dog training demos, falconry from Xtreme Falconry, a fishing demo by Gilly Bate & Beaky Allesch-Taylor and talks by Chris Green the Countryman on wildfowling and the history of the shotgun.

Tickets will be sold online in advance from the show website at hampshirecountrysportsday.co.uk.   

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The temporary traffic lights, on Station Road in Petersfield, by the junction of Windsor Road, and which are part of the ongoing SSEN electricity project, remain in place and will continue to do so for some time.  

And to top it off in that area, there are now roadworks at the top end of Lavant Street, near the station.

Virgin Media is undertaking minor works in St Peter’s Rd adjacent to what will soon be the new home of the Petersfield Museum.

And BT maintains the competition for the town’s most active media outlet by working in Pulens Lane, at the junction with Barnfield Road. And there will be two-way signals in operation there, during off-peak hours.

Hopefully, today will be the last day of the county council works on the A272 Winchester Rd, at Langrish.

However, work continues on WInchester Road, at the junction with Prince’s Road – close to McDonalds – and that is expected to last until late November.

Social distancing measures remain in place across Petersfield – cycles and  buses only between the Square and Chapel Street, and parking remains suspended still on the High Street and in The Square.

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, team@petersfieldradio.uk.

Petersfield Community Centre reopens with changes

A local community leader is concerned the new “rule of six” will put off people from using this Petersfield facility.

Emma Bunday, manager of of Petersfield Community Centre, wants to reassure local organisations that the new restrictions do not necessarily prevent larger gatherings in the centre.

Shine Radio’s Stephen Martin asked Emma how the centre has changed to work under the new rules.

Morning Report – Thursday 10 September

Suzie Wilde and James Birdseye welcome you to Thursday’s essential Petersfield information, all gathered and fact-checked by the volunteer team at Shine Radio.

Today, more of your comments on the future of the signal box at Petersfield railway station and our local MP defends the way he voted over Grenfell.

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Send your information updates, and questions to team@petersfieldradio.uk or phone 01730 555 500.

Your comments on the signal box story

You can post a comment directly to the story on this website or you can email or call us with your views.

Morning Report – Wednesday 9 September

Alan Cosh and James Birdseye round up this morning’s essential local information.

Today we discuss proposals to demolish the historic signal box at Petersfield railway station, Alan shares his experience of the planning system as an architect and we hear your comments.

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Send your information updates, and questions to team@petersfieldradio.uk or phone 01730 555 500.

Your comments on the signal box story

You can post a comment directly to the story on this website or you can email or call us with your views.

the return of the P pod – 8 September, 2020

Yes, it’s back. Back again … your favourite podcast that starts its name with two Ps. 

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

Fifi Crowley, centre, joined Claire and Joff (and that genuinely is his tan!)

And, after their summer break, presenters Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey pay a return visit to Gallery No 30, on the High Street, to meet owner Fifi Crowley, who has an announcement that will delight all the town’s traders.

They’re also joined by musicians Calum Hornby and Will Reigate; artist Jan Welsman, who’s currently exhibiting at Gallery No 30; Shine Radio’s own Suzie Wilde, who will be previewing her new show, Talking Books; Michelle Bicknell, owner of Hector’s, the new men’s outfitters on Chapel Street; and the ever-popular Jon Walker returns with a sneak preview of this week’s Petersfield Post.

All that plus chat, laughter and much more.

Artist Jan Welsman joined Petersfield’s ‘first couple’ at Gallery No 30

This week’s P pod was recorded on the evening of Monday, 7 September, “in front of a live studio audience” at Gallery No 30. It was produced and edited by Dave Bowers and Harrison RB, who were ably assisted by Lucy Davies.

Will Reigate, far right, and Calum Hornby provided the musical accompaniment
Shine Radio’s favourite author, Suzie Wilde, popped in to talk about her new show, Talking Books

Martin Bamford’s Money Moment

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

Housebuilders are under investigation over leasehold deals, the first Child Trust Funds mature, mortgages get harder to find, adult social care costs have fallen and asking prices for houses hit an all-time high in August.

All with Martin Bamford and presented with Informed Choice, independent financial planners of Petersfield.

Martin Bamford

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Morning Report – Tuesday 8 September

Michael Auger and James Birdseye bring you up to date with all today’s essential Petersfield information.

Today, live indoor music returns to our area, what will our town look like on TV and will Petersfield become a Brexit lorry park?

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Information transcript

To follow a little later this morning.

Wilde Walk – Beacon Hill

It’s Suzie’s birthday! Join her, along with Richard and Raine, for a walk around the iron age fort.

An uninvited guest spoils the fun (and the recording!) in the form of a thunderstorm. It’s an easy, one-hour walk when the sun shines: perfect for a picnic – but this time, you’re invited to a glass of bubbly in Lois, the campervan.

You can now hear Suzie’s Walks on Petersfield’s Shine Radio every Friday and Saturday. Listen at https://shineradio.uk.

Morning Report – Monday 7 September

Harrison RB and James Birdseye bring you up to date with all today’s essential Petersfield information.

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Information transcript

Good Morning – and welcome to a new week in the Petersphere!

It’s Monday the seventh of September and I’m Harrison RB.

James Birdseye has today’s local news and James Robbins will bring you Petersfield’s sport update shortly – enough James for you? Straight after the latest from across the UK and around the world.

As COVID-19 cases rise nationwide, the latest figures show there are 548 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Hampshire with a rate of 448 per 100,000 of the local population.

Four of those cases were added in yesterday’s update.

Anyone who has a new persistent cough or fever should contact 119 or visit gov.uk forward slash coronavirus to book a test. An individual with symptoms should self-isolate for 10 days, whilst the rest of your household must self-isolate for 14 days and should not leave home except to get tested.

https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/cases

Do you use a wheelchair, mobility scooter or pushchair? Or do you cycle, scoot or walk around the local area?

If so, you could help to improve facilities and shape new walking and cycling schemes planned by Hampshire County Council.

The council has opened what it calls an “Active Travel survey” and wants to know about how you travel locally for pleasure and for day-to-day journeys like getting to work or the shops.

You can also send-in photographs of areas that work for you, and those you feel could be improved.

The survey is relevant to you if you use any form of transport that’s not powered by an engine.

To take part, email insight@hants.gov.uk

An historic local building that was demolished without permission will be replaced.

Councillors have approved building plans in a prominent corner of East Meon where the 150 year old house was torn down.

The demolished house, in The Square, was due to be renovated, but the owners said they pulled down the walls after winter storms made them concerned about the stability of the structure.

East Hampshire councillors said they had little choice but to approve the new building even though planners said it wouldn’t make-up for the loss of character caused by the demolition.

Councillor Anthony Williams echoed the views of many on the committee:

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The BBC were at Petersfield Farmers Market yesterday, filming for an upcoming episode of an agricultural series.

Film crews were seen wandering around the Square during the morning, talking to stall-holders and recording footage for The Farmers’ Country Showdown.

Signage around the Square advised that members of the public may be caught in footage which could be used for promotion and broadcast of the programme worldwide in all media.

Producer Endemol Shine’s contributor privacy notice gives details of how individuals’ information will be processed if they are filmed and identifiable. It can be found on their website.

www.endemolshineuk.com/contributor-talent-privacy-notice

It’s been a record breaking weekend of local winners in the East Hampshire community lottery.

No fewer than ten local people are celebrating today after matching numbers in the weekly draw.
This week’s winning numbers are 6 – 8 – 9 – 0 – 2 – 0

This is the first time so many people from our area have been successful in a single week.

Two local winners matched 3 numbers and won £25 each. The others matched

2 numbers and won extra tickets.

The East Hampshire Community Lottery raises money for local good causes. For example, you can nominate Petersfield’s Shine Radio to receive 50 pence for every ticket you buy.

TRAVEL

Windor Road remains closed in Petersfield as SSEN puts ducting in the ground for the new electricity connection between Petersfield and Fernhurst.

Social distancing measures remain in place across Petersfield – cycles and buses only between the Square and Chapel Street, and parking is suspended still on the High Street and in The Square.

… 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, team@petersfieldradio.uk

Do stay with Petersfield’s Shine Radio right through the day if you can.

Sacha’s here from 9, Noni has recipes and a new Wilde Walk from 11, it’s Mandy P from 2pm and Kate has great ideas for the weekend from 4.

It’s a brighter mix of local information and great music all day long with Petersfield’s Shine Radio.

You can listen live at any time on any connected device at petersfieldradio.uk or enable our skill for Alexa.

James and Jeff will be with you on the Morning Report tomorrow but from Suzie and me – have a great day and if you’re going back to school I hope you really enjoy seeing all your friends again.

Morning Report – Friday 4 September

Harrison RB and James Birdseye bring you up to date with all today’s essential Petersfield information.

As the Secrets of the Heath event begins online, we discuss lizards and we cheer-on the local children who compete in Britain’s Got Talent this weekend.

All that plus James Robbins has your preview of the local weekend sports action and Kate Fairweather takes a look at our local weather prospects. 

Heathlands promotional video

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Information transcript

An agreement between local councils means people who live in West Sussex can use Petersfield’s Household Waste Recycling Centre free of charge.

Harrison RB has more:

Hampshire County Council had told people outside the county they’d have to pay £5 every time they used the facility.
But the new agreement means people in Southbourne, Westbourne, Nutbourne, Nyewood, South and East Harting can have free use of the Petersfield centre on Bedford Road after the county council agreed to contribute to the running costs.
If you live in West Sussex you should register your car and book a slot online.
The agreement covers household waste only. People in West Sussex with commercial vehicles like a van or a trailer will have to find a site in their own county.

Do you use a wheelchair, mobility scooter or pushchair? Or do you cycle, scoot or walk around the local area?

If so, you could help to improve facilities and shape new walking and cycling schemes planned by Hampshire County Council.

The council has opened what it calls an “Active Travel survey” and wants to know about how you travel locally for pleasure and for day-to-day journeys like getting to work or the shops.

You can also send-in photographs of areas that work for you, and those you feel could be improved.

The survey is relevant to you if you use any form of transport that’s not powered by an engine.

To take part, email insight@hants.gov.uk

Councillors were meeting last night to decide what to do with a prominent corner of East Meon where a historic house was demolished without permission.

The house, in The Square, was due to be renovated, but a statement for the applicant says a combination of storms Brendan, Jorge (whore hey) and Ciara, gave grave cause for concern about the stability of the retained walls. So they were pulled down.

The demolished house at 2 to 3 The Square, in the centre of East Meon, was believed to be around one 150 years old.

The planning committee of the South Downs National Park Authority said any replacement building would not make an equal contribution to the character and appearance of the East Meon Conservation Area as had the original building.

However, it has recommended the application for a replacement house should be approved. The planners say leaving the site empty or the potential of an alternative building design would likely have a greater medium and long-term impact on the East Meon Conservation Area.

A local choir will appear on the semi final of Britain’s Got Talent tomorrow.

The thirty-piece choir is called SOS For the Kids and is based in Liss.

They sing about environmental themes and include children aged between 4 and 16 years old.

In May the singing youngsters gave their first performance on the television show and received a standing ovation.

Tomorrow, the group will sing a song written by 12 year old Sim Macaulay and his mum Dorry, called “Stand As One”.

Sim and Dorry told Shine Radio’s Claire Vennis it all started at home:

IN: “First, my Mum…”
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OUT: “…but we did it”

The choir would appreciate votes from across the Petersphere as they bid for a place in the final.

Look out for The Ten Performing Lions in Petersfield town centre tomorrow.

Petersfield Lions is aiming to raise funds for local charities by holding what it calls a Ten Lions challenge.

It means Lions Club members will take on a range of personal challenges and the group is asking for your sponsorship.

The Lions members plan to be outside Lloyds Bank from 9am until 1pm tomorrow and you’ll be able to witness some of the 10 performing lions as they face their challenges right there.

The voluntary group says the pandemic has hit its regular fund raising so will be welcoming donations on the day or via its Go Fund Me page. We’ll put the link at petersfieldradio.uk

https://www.gofundme.com/f/petersfield-lions-personal-challenges

TRAVEL

Windor Road is closed in Petersfield as SSEN adds ducting for its new electricity connection between Petersfield and Fernhurst.

Once connected, they’ll run at 33 Kilovolts – and that’s detail you won’t find on any other travel report.

Social distancing measures remain in place across Petersfield – it’s access, bikes and buses only between the Square and Chapel Street and parking is suspended still on the High Street and in The Square.

South East Water is working on the Causeway near the Rivers estate, and in Sheet they’re fixing a leaky stopcock on Mill Lane.

… 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, team@petersfieldradio.uk

Do stay with Petersfield’s Shine Radio right through the day if you can.

Sacha’s here from 9, Noni has recipes and a new Wilde Walk from 11, it’s Mandy P from 2pm and Kate has great ideas for the weekend from 4.

It’s a brighter mix of local information and great music all day long with Petersfield’s Shine Radio.

You can listen live at any time on any connected device at petersfieldradio.uk enable our skill for Alexa of search Petersfield on the TuneIn app.

Morning Report – Thursday 3 September

Michael Auger and Suzie Wilde brighten up a dull Petersfield morning with cheery chat and essential information.

What does Michael and his band Collabro have planned for Christmas, what car does Suzie drive and which of them is most excited about Strictly?

All that, plus your essential local information for today in Petersfield’s Morning Report.

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Information transcript

Surprise! It’s Michael Auger with you. And the date is Thursday the third of September.

Back to school with a smile and a wave for many in Petersfield. If you’re heading back to the classroom today at TPS good luck and don’t forget your packed lunch.

Suzie Wilde is with me, and has today’s local news next… after our morning update of national and world stories.

I’m Suzie Wilde at Petersfield’s Shine Radio.

Coronavirus cases in our area have doubled in a week.

14 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in East Hampshire in the last week, at a rate of 11.4 – that’s a rolling seven-day total of confirmed cases per 100,000 people.

That figure, for the period to August the 29th, is up exactly 100 per cent on the previous week, which saw seven cases at a rate of 5.7

The size of the party in The Square, which accompanies the switch-on of the Christmas lights in Petersfield, hangs in the balance.

The countdown to the switch-on is overseen by Petersfield Town Council, and staged by Hometown Events, of Stafford Road, which normally lays on entertainment from late afternoon onwards in the closed-to-traffic Square.

But a spokesman for the town council has confirmed there are currently two options being discussed: a big event as in previous years, or depending on advice, a low-key socially-distanced event.

A decision needs to be made by the end of September so the programme can be put together if the event goes ahead, but the spokesman admitted although the council has to err on the side of caution, no final decision has yet been made yet.

The budget proposed by Hometown Festivals for this year’s event was £3,308, a figure approved by council in January.

More on that and other stories in this week’s Petersfield Post.

As TPS students go back, parents of younger children are being asked to prepare for Monday.

Our largest local Junior School, Herne, starts its Autumn Term after the weekend.

The school says that all children will be required to wash their hands and use hand sanitiser when they first go in. They will also have their forehead scanned for a temperature.

If you have a child at Herne and would like to provide your own hand sanitiser, they ask that you mark it clearly and it can stay in school on your child’s desk and left in their tray at the end of the day.

During classes, children at Herne Junior will stay in the same seat every day and have their own tray under their table.

The desks will be in rows with two children sitting next to each other and all tables will be facing the front of the classroom.

The school will not require pupils to wear a face covering, but is asking parents to have one available at home for each child.

The school will review its policy every week.

Petersfield is now one of the most expensive places to live in Hampshire.

Online property website Zoopla has ranked Petersfield eighth in its price list for the whole county.

The average property price during the past 12 months in Petersfield was £487,504, while the county-wide average was more than £100,000 less at £354,870.

Liphook and Liss were 10th and 11th on the list at £480,825 and £460,469, respectively.

If you’re looking for a cheap property, Gosport is the place to go with an average price of £213,535, while, if money is no object, head to the New Forest and the village of Brockenhurst, where an average property will set you back a whopping £863,279.

Some of Britain’s rarest reptiles will be on show this weekend.

Hatchling lizards that only live on lowland heathland will be stars of this year’s Secrets of the Heath event – via webcam.

Local lizard specialist Ralph Connolly says the scaly creatures are particularly well suited to the conditions around Petersfield:

IN: “They’re real…”
DUR: 39”
OUT: “…going about their business really”

And the Secrets of the Heath event takes place online from tomorrow at the South Downs National Park website.

CHEERY CHAT WITH SUZIE AND MICHAEL – listen to the programme for all the goss

PETERSFIELD’S WEATHER

Dull and mostly cloudy. Some rain this afternoon before a brighter evening. Max 19 degrees.

TRAVEL

SSEN continues its trench warfare across Petersfield – the battleline is now drawn along Windsor Road but you can now get into the Waitrose Car Park via Chapel Street and Park Road once more —– so the hummus rationing is over.

There’s resurfacing work at the top of Stoner Hill near the Trooper in Froxfield.

Compton Down Road is closed so West Sussex County Council can take out trees that have Ash Dieback.

In Liss there’s traffic control on Andlers Ash Road.

Look out for work at the top of Princes Road where it meets Winchester Road – there’s a new crossing and traffic lights going in there.

And if you live on lucky Larcombe Road – you’ll get a whole new road surface very soon.

… 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, team@petersfieldradio.uk

And that brings you up to date but do stay with Petersfield’s Shine Radio right through the day if you can.

Dave Bowers is here from 9, Laura Sheppard takes you through the morning from 11, Meg Allin is here at 2pm and Harrison RB will be here at 4pm with a full-length interview with Mark Marande.

Loads of local information and great music all day long in the brighter mix of Petersfield’s Shine Radio.

You can listen live at any time on any connected device at petersfieldradio.uk or enable our skill for Alexa.

James and Jeff will be with you on the Morning Report tomorrow but from Suzie and me – have a great day and if you’re going back to school I hope you really enjoy seeing all your friends again.

Back to school – big changes at TPS

Petersfield Schools are getting ready for the Autumn Term.

TPS opens its doors to students tomorrow (Thursday) and its Principal, Mark Marande explains what differences parents and students will notice when they step into the building.

He spoke to Shine Radio’s Stephen Martin.

Morning Report – Wednesday 2 September

Captain James Birdseye (he’s a medic, not a captain) and Alan Cosh (he is a sailor) are here and it’s the day of the school holidays for many.

We hear from TPS principal, Mark Marande. Plus James’s daughter suffers an appendicitis so he’s stuck in Taunton, and Alan considers how our children and grandchildren think about climate change.

All that, plus your essential local information for today in Petersfield’s Morning Report.

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Information transcript

Good Morning. It’s Wednesday the second of September. I am Alan Cosh. It’s the last day of the school holidays for many, with students going back into TPS tomorrow. We’ll hear from the Principal Mark Marande in the local news with James Birdseye, after our morning update of national and world stories.

Petersfield’s Local News

I’m James Birdseye at Petersfield’s Shine Radio.

Petersfield Schools are getting ready for the Autumn Term.

TPS opens its doors to students tomorrow and its Principal, Mark Marande [Muh-RAND] says parents can help them come prepared:

IN: “Definitely a packed lunch…”
DUR: 30”
OUT: “…how to do that”

Mark also says wants to see a later schedule for GCSEs next summer

IN: “So there are…”
DUR: 25”
OUT: “I would be in favour of that”

You can hear the full length interview with the Principal at petersfieldradio.uk

People who live in Steep are encouraged to help decide what happens to a key piece of land in the centre of the village.

A parcel of land next to the Village Hall is assigned for development under the Local Plan, but one fifth of the site will be retained for public open space under rules set out by South Downs National Park Authority.

The site is owned by two local charities – the Steep War Memorial Village Club and Steep In Need. They expect to launch consultations later this month and the Parish Council also is seeking the views of local residents.

If you’d like to have a say on where the public open space should be on the development, what should go into it and who should own it you can post a response through the door of number 11 Church Road or email consultation@steep-pc-gov.uk

The Parish Council consultation closes on the fourteenth of September.

The planned development of a waste plant that serves the Petersfield area is being opposed by an environmental group.

The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England says it has submitted a detailed response to Hampshire County Council on the proposed development of the Veolia Energy Recovery Facility between Alton and Bentley.

The campaigning group believes the benefits of the proposed development do not outweigh what it calls significant adverse impacts on the landscape, environment and local communities, and that the planning application should be refused.

The CPRE says that any plant like the one proposed should be located in an industrial area and wants the countryside next to the existing centre to be officially classified as Valued Landscape which will help to protect it.

The site owners say a new plant would generate enough electricity to power 75 thousand homes from waste that cannot be recycled.

People in Petersfield have been amused and intrigued by a series of messages written in chalk around the town centre.

The messages all take an environmental theme and appeared after a protest by members of Petersfield Extinction Rebellion in the Square on Sunday.

One chalk message says thank you to a tree for providing oxygen while another is written by a drain and claims “the ocean starts here”.

Activist Melanie Oxley told us Extinction Rebellion wants us to think about much shorter environmental timetables:

IN: “East Hampshire…”
DUR: 26”
OUT: “…ten years”

Don’t get caught out with changed bin collection days this week.

Right across Petersfield and the villages, everything is happening one day later than usual because of the bank holiday.

It means if you normally get your bin emptied today you shouldn’t push it to the kerbside until tonight so it’s ready by 7am when the collection team starts work.

If your bins are usually emptied on a Friday, there will be special Saturday rounds happening this weekend.

PETERSFIELD’S WEATHER

Nicest this morning, says Kate.

TRAVEL

SSEN continues its trench warfare across Petersfield – the battleline is now drawn along Windsor Road but you can now get into the Waitrose Car Park via Chapel Street and Park Road once more —– so the hummus rationing is over.

There’s resurfacing work at the top of Stoner Hill near the Trooper in Froxfield.

Compton Down Road is closed so West Sussex County Council can take out out trees that have Ash Dieback
In Liss there’s traffic control on Andlers Ash Road.

Later this week, developers will be working at the junction of Princes Road and Winchester Road as they install a new pedestrian crossing and traffic lights there.

And if you live on Larcombe Road – it’s due to be resurfaced in the next few days.

… 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, team@petersfieldradio.uk

And you’re up to date but do stay with Petersfield’s Shine Radio through the day – Dave Bowers is on air from 9am, Laura Sheppard starts at 11, Meg Allin takes you through the afternoon from 2pm and at 4pm it’s Harrison RB.

Loads of local information and great music all day long in the brighter mix of Petersfield’s Shine Radio.

You can listen live at any time on any connected device at https://petersfieldradio.uk