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.

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

What Government interventions to help the country through the Coronavirus pandemic mean for you, how the Bank of England has cut interest rates again, the companies that have are not insured for the effects of Coronavirus and the risks of bogus healthcare workers knocking on doors.

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.

Coronavirus advice from local GP Dr Penny Mileham

Dr Penny Mileham from Petersfield’s Grange Surgery answers your questions about Coronavirus and how our behaviour can help to contain the spread of the virus.

Dr Penny Mileham of Petersfield’s Grange Surgery

Dr Mileham is speaking to John Wellsman. The questions were compiled by Phyllida Barnes. both John and Phyllida are Petersfield Community Radio volunteers.

Dr Mileham underlines key Government advice which is at https://nhs.uk/coronavirus

If you have questions to put to Dr Mileham you can email team@petersfieldradio.uk 

NHS door handle with virus
Government advice is to wash your hands more often for twenty seconds.

Daily updates

Every weekday morning the team from Petersfield Community Radio is updating vital information from across the area in a Morning Report.

The report includes the latest disruption to the lives of local people and how you can help others, or get help if you need some.

Hear the Morning Report on our website or search ‘Petersfield’ on any podcast app.

Morning report – Friday 20 March

A morning round-up of cancellations, changes and closures and ways people in Petersfield are supporting each other during the coronavirus outbreak.

Produced by the team at Petersfield Community Radio. Contact 01730 555 500 or email team@petersfieldradio.uk

Transcript

WHAT’S OFF …

Over the last couple of days we’ve mentioned many events which have been cancelled. And, sadly, you can add these to the list …

Bordon’s Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre will be closed from 5.30pm today, until May 31. All shows, workshops and classes will be cancelled until further notice.

Butser Ancient Farm has reluctantly canceled its popular 2020 Beltain Festival, and all tickets will be refunded in the coming days. A full statement is available at butserancientfarm.co.uk.

East Hampshire District Council says the local elections due to be held on May 7, including those for Police and Crime Commissioners, will be held at a later date.

And Petersfield Youth Theatre has cancelled its Easter holiday workshop.

I’m sorry to say, if you were planning to attend an event in the next few weeks there’s a very good chance it’s been postponed, so check our events guide at petersfieldradio.uk to see if it’s on or off.

CLOSURES

Day Lewis Pharmacy, in the main car park, will now close for an hour between 1.30 and 2.30pm daily. They say they have no masks, sanitiser or, thermometers and no availability dates for these items. However, they expect more paracetamol soon.

They do politely request that people order only what they need and don’t stockpile, and observe social distancing rules when in the store.

And, a reminder that Citizens Advice offices across East Hampshire, are closed until further notice – but the team service remains open by telephone and online. The Citizen’s Advice line is 0300 330 90 28 or visit citizensadvice.org.uk.

Petersfield Post Office is now closed until further notice and it is suggested you use the facilities in Froxfield or Harting instead.

The Hidden Kitchen, in Folly Lane, has closed its doors for now and will see us on the other side. 

ELSEWHERE AROUND PETERSFIELD

There is currently no public worship at St Peter’s Church, but it is open during the day for private prayer. Meanwhile, Petersfield and Liss United Reformed Church has launched a YouTube channel..

The Grange Surgery asks that you don’t go to the surgery UNLESS you’ve been advised to attend an appointment.

The Taro Leisure Centre is still open. It is reducing class sizes by 50% and classes will finish 10-15 minutes earlier to allow for thorough cleaning between sessions. The cafés are takeaway only.

From Monday Stagecoach Buses will run to a School Holiday timetable so make sure you check before travelling… and they’d like you to use contactless payment if you can.

The recycling and rubbish collections continue as normal, but we’re all being asked by the council to put our regular waste in sealed bags and make sure the bin lid is firmly closed. That will help to protect the bin collectors… and we can continue to place your recycling and garden waste in the usual bins.

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus there are Public Health England guidelines regarding the disposal of waste, which include sealing personal waste, such as tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, in smaller plastic bags and storing them for 72 hours before double bagging the waste and placing it in the green wheeled bin. We’ll put the link to those guidelines on our website at Petersfield radio . uk

The Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Portsmouth, is asking the public to limit visits to  the hospital and to keep in touch by other means, such as by phone. Visiting is now restricted to one hour per day, between 6 and 7pm, and visitors MUST be immediate family members or carers. Over 70s should not visit at all, we’re afraid. Stay at home guys, it’s in your own interests …

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Hampshire County Council has announced that with immediate effect free bus passes can be used at any time, not just after 9.30am.

If you’re self-isolating and fancy brushing up on your Dostoyevsky – or Jeffrey Archer if you prefer – One Tree Books can arrange home delivery via telephone on 01730 261199, or by email at mail@onetreebooks.com.

The Petersfield Bookshop is also happy to deliver to your door in Petersfield, providing the order is over £10. Check out petersfieldbookshop.com.

If you’re already a member of your local library, you can borrow e-books from BorrowBox, just visit borrowbox.com.

And, for when you have the kids at home, Audible has launched a streaming site which has lots of children’s audiobooks for free. You don’t need an account just stream them all for free through the website stories.audible.com/start-listen

Have you got a baby or young children? You’ll know that many local baby, toddler and family groups are closed so local NCT Coordinator, Caz Nicholls and NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor, Polly Baynham-Hughes, are organising a ‘Virtual Family Tearoom’ to bring local families together. It takes place every Thursday at 10 o’clock starting next Thursday. More details on the Petersfield & Liss NCT Facebook page. 

Little Treasures Nursery, in Liss, is staying open to provide care for the children of what are now termed ‘keyworkers’. To find out more call 07814 508852 or search online.

A reminder that the Petersfield Coronavirus Community Support network has been established to connect volunteers with people who may need assistance through self-isolation. You can reach the group by phone – 07392 021 920, by email at petersfieldcoronacommunity@gmail.com, or search for Petersfield Corona Virus Help Network.

Residents of Sheet have started a community support network for people who need help during this difficult time, and you can find details of that on our website at petersfieldradio.uk.

In Steep, John Owen is coordinating a volunteer list to help villagers help each other. Email him at revjohnowen@gmail.com if you’d like to volunteer or if you need help, or know someone who does.

A1 Taxis will deliver your groceries for you, just call 01730 778877, while Gravers Taxis says they’re there for you too – if you feel isolated and need them for anything just call 01730 303030 and tell them how they can help.

Ian Martin, AKA A Van Around The Town, is available every evening after 5pm to help the elderly and people in need with anything they need from shopping to moving items. He’s on 07977 408061.

CAN YOU HELP?

If you’re available to help those less fortunate, there are some organisations looking for assistance.

South Downs Care is asking for letters for their residents to keep them connected to the community. Have a look at their Facebook page for further details and letters and pictures may be emailed to info@southdownscare.co.uk

Petersfield Voluntary Care Group, based in Winton House, has only a few drivers aged under 70 so is struggling to take people to their medical appointments. The group can’t accept volunteers over 70 or those who are self-isolating, but can do shopping for anybody of any age if they are housebound. Call 01730 266046. 

The Petersfield Food Bank needs more bars of soap, toiletries and small bags of sugar. If you have some you can donate, please drop them off at the Methodist Church on Station Road.

SOME GOOD NEWS

Fifi Crowley, the owner of Gallery No30, in the High Street, is offering free cake with every drink purchased to thank loyal customers for their support. She said: “It’s business as usual until they stop us!” Yes – don’t mess with the cake police.

Harting Stores is offering a free delivery service in the local area to anybody who is vulnerable or feels they don’t want to venture out. It is well stocked at the moment and working hard to keep the shelves full. It has daily deliveries of fresh fruit, veg and meat together with a full freezer of frozen food and ready meals. Please call the shop to place your order on 01730 825219.

Chinwags, the sandwich shop in the Folly Market, is also offering to deliver if you’re housebound. Check out the menu at Chinwags.co.uk.

Durleighmarsh Farm Shop‘s locally sourced fruit, veg and produce can be delivered to your door. It is offering free delivery, subject to a £20 minimum order, within a six-mile radius of the shop. Call 01730 818286 to place an order.

And The Tea Barn at Durleighmarsh is offering FREE home delivery of its frozen pre-prepared meals to the Petersfield, Rogate and Harting areas, subject to a £30 minimum order. Email info@alexandraskitchen.co.uk or phone 01730 818286.

Petersfield Open Air Market currently remains open on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Town Square … don’t forget to support our local traders where you can.

Some Lavant St love, as Madeleine’s Kitchen has joined forces with The General Wine Company to offer a home delivery service for wine and food. Order books are closed for this week, but if you sign up for the newsletter on the website at madeleineskitchen.co.uk you can receive news regarding what’s available and delivery slots.

The Queen’s Head, Sheet is offering takeaways and will deliver from next week – that’s Dave’s pizza sorted then!

Staying in Sheet – and this will bring a smile to face of regular P pod contributor Suzie Wilde – Sheet film club has contacted members with a film made by Will Glancy to cheer them up now they’re unable to enjoy their usual monthly film and pizza night. 

The Flower Pots pub in Cheriton has closed until further notice but by way of consolation is offering a pop-up stall outside where customers can fill up their own containers with draught beer.

Market regular Bryant Brothers, also known as the Local Veg Box People, has increased its delivery days to include Saturday, to ensure as many local people as possible have access to deliveries of fresh fruit, vegetables and salad. And you can get next-day delivery on all orders placed before 2pm. Visit thelocalvegboxpeople.co.uk.

The Jolly Drover in Hill Brow, Liss, is offering customers a takeaway service from a set menu. Bring a plate and takeaway a meal for £10, call 01730 893137

Other establishments now offering a take-away service include the Spread Eagle, in Liss, the Harrow Inn, at Steep, and, in Petersfield, La Piazzetta, and Cloisters Cafe. If you run a pub, cafe or restaurant, and are now offering a takeaway or delivery service, please let us know on 01730 5 55 500 or email pod@theppod.uk

Morning report – Thursday 19 March

A morning round-up of cancellations, changes and closures and ways people in Petersfield are supporting each other during the coronavirus outbreak. Today, actor Abigail McKern joins us live from Buriton.

Produced by the team at Petersfield Community Radio. Contact 01730 555 500 or email team@petersfieldradio.uk

Transcript

SCHOOLS

We’ll start with the local schools. We’re sure you’re already aware that Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday afternoon that UK schools will close from Friday – except to look after the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children.

But what about the rest of this week? Well, our volunteers at Petersfield Community Radio were working the phones yesterday to speak with the majority of our schools, which enables us to provide you with this round up …

TPS is open as usual on Thursday and Friday – but year 9s are not in because of a shortage of teaching staff. The canteen is fully open for hot food. All trips and overseas visits have already been cancelled.

Herne Junior is fully open for Today and Tomorrow.

Chucher’s College continues to provide a full academic programme but, as we reported yesterday, extra-curricular activities have stopped. Yesterday the sixth-form students enjoyed dancing through their gym class.

Sheet – open but some pupils have been excluded by parents and advice was sent out about home schooling and anxiety advice etc. 

Steep – intending to be open on Thursday.  Teachers preparing online work for pupils so they can continue to learn from home from Friday.

Buriton – planning to be open on Thursday. School meals are still being provided.

East Meon – to stay open until the end of the week. 2 staff members are off and a number of pupils are self-isolating owing to ill or eldery family members. Lunch staff are down from 3 to 1 so that makes for some fun in the kitchen. The school is well prepared, however, with homework for the pupils already circulated and contact information for parents should they need to reach a teacher.  

Froxfield is following government guidelines and has been preparing work for pupils to do at home..

Langrish Primary – pupil numbers have been down and the school has already made online work available for pupils at home.

Liss Primary is currently not experiencing staffing issues.

Rogate Primary is continuing as normal until the end of the week with no staffing issues. They are “Remaining positive for the children …”

WHAT’S OFF …

Citizens Advice offices across East Hampshire, will be closed until further notice as a result of the coronavirus outbreak – but the team is very keen for you to know that their service remains open by telephone and internet. The Citizen’s Advice line is 0300 330 90 28 or online at citizensadvice.org.uk.

Petworth House, the Servants’ Quarters, café and shop will be closed from tomorrow <Friday, March 20> until further notice. However, Petworth Park and Pleasure Garden will remain open for you to enjoy free of charge …

The Gilbert White Museum, Garden and Cafe, in Selborne, are still open but all its March and April events have been postponed.

Petersfield Library remains open but with a reduced service. It is suspending all groups, clubs, activities, events and learning but is open for book borrowing and IT access.

Petersfield Museum has postponed all its talks and events until further notice. For more information visit petersfieldmuseum.co.uk

Petersfield Arts and Crafts Society has revised its programme and postponed some activities. You can find out more on its website petersfieldartsandcrafts.org.uk

National Trust houses, shops and cafes including those at Uppark and Hinton Ampner will be closed from Friday to restrict the spread of coronavirus. The grounds remain open but do check their website for further information.

The rest of this year’s spring and summer Bedales’ events programme has been cancelled. But the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival is still scheduled to go ahead this summer.

The Town Hall is now closed for non-essential visits but you can still reach the council by phone, Facebook or its website at petersfield-tc.gov.uk

The Vintage Fair at Rake Village Hall, scheduled for this Sunday has – yes, you’ve guessed it – also been cancelled.

Events held by East Hampshire District Council will also be cancelled or postponed.

Events called off already are:

  • The Duke of Gloucester’s visit to Whitehill & Bordon – Thursday March 26
  • The East Hampshire Sports Awards – Thursday March 26
  • Petersfield Dementia Festival – Friday May 15

TPS’ decision to close its facilities to external groups means that, among others, the Italia Conti show scheduled to take place this weekend, has been postponed … not cancelled, just postponed. 

The Petersfield Musical Festival has now published details of how to apply for ticket refunds, so check out its website petersfieldmusicalfestival.org.uk.

And, for any Pompey fans living locally – and we know there are a large number of you out there – if you haven’t heard, the Leasing.com Trophy final, scheduled for Sunday, April 5, has also been postponed.

If you were planning to attend an event in the next few weeks check online at https://petersfieldradio.uk/events to see its status – there’s a very good chance it’s been postponed.

One piece of good news, however – Butser Ancient Farm is very much OPEN. Being ancient they know a thing or two about survival. Best of all, entrance is free for children and all adults get in on a concessionary rate until further notice. Check the website for opening hours which may change from time to time. It’s at butserancientfarm.co.uk

TIP OF THE MORNING TO YOU…

If you run out of stamps and don’t want to go to the shops or Post Office – even when it is open – you can always print your own from home – visit parcel.royalmail.com or search for ‘royal mail print your own’. It’s aimed at parcel users but you can also print stamps for letters – and at 61p for 2nd class it’s cheaper than the real thing. 

As we mentioned yesterday the Petersfield Coronavirus Community Support network has been established to connect volunteers with people who may need assistance through self-isolation. You can reach the group by phone – 07392 021 920, by email at petersfieldcoronacommunity@gmail.com, or via Facebook: just search for Petersfield Corona Virus Help Network.

RETAIL NEWS

The Flower Pots pub in Cheriton has closed until further notice but by way of consolation is offering a pop-up stall outside where customers can fill up their own containers with draught beer. What a great idea.

Oxfam has announced that it’s closing all its high street shops across the UK, including the one just off the Square, from this Saturday.

Online supermarket Ocado has shut down its app and website until Saturday, while the company works on ways of increasing the number of available delivery slots. Which brings us back to the suggestion we proffered yesterday about sharing a delivery slot – if you’re lucky enough to have one – with a neighbour.

Meanwhile, Tesco and Sainsbury’s are telling customers they can only buy three of any grocery item while they are also shutting fresh food counters. Asda is taking similar action and Morrisons is limiting purchases across 1,250 lines.

Basically, just buy what you need. Panic buying isn’t necessary and could cause problems for vulnerable individuals. It’s OK to go out and walk a dog, apparently, but you don’t see me stocking up on Shih Tzus …

Morning report – Wednesday 18 March

A morning round-up of cancellations, changes and closures and ways people in Petersfield are supporting each other during the coronavirus outbreak.

Produced by the team at Petersfield Community Radio. Contact 01730 555 500 or email team@petersfieldradio.uk

Transcript

Herne Junior School is Open.

TPS is Open

Churcher’s College is Open

but all have made some changes to their plans

At Herne Junior School, you should bring a packed lunch and water bottle, although pupils who get free school meals won’t go hungry – the school will provide lunches for them. Herne says they had 100 children off yesterday and had to send some home who fell ill during the day – although not necessarily with coronavirus though. 

The school is supporting children at home with learning and four of its year 6 pupils are running a community food bank initiative – Ruby Harris, Izzy Robinson, Holly Richardson and Ruby Drake are collecting tinned food, pasta, sweetcorn and other vegetables. If you’re going to the school and have that kind of food you can spare do take it in.

TPS has stopped any external organisation from using its indoor facilities – although the sports pitches and outdoor areas are still available to use, but you won’t have changing facilities or toilets.

Churcher’s College has pared-back its extra-curricular activities including sports fixtures but the main academic programme is unchanged this week.

The national associations for England Netball, Rugby, Hockey and Football have all suspended their programmes. It means the school will not play the season’s last fixtures this weekend.

And Churcher’s production of The Addams Family is being rescheduled – hang on to your tickets if you have some.

WHAT’S OFF

  • Petersfield Open Air Swimming Pool’s annual general meeting OFF
  • All grass-roots football has now been cancelled so that means everything from Petersfield Town in the Wessex League to the Town Juniors. OFF
  • All Petersfield Musical Festival events have been cancelled OFF
  • All events scheduled for the TPS Studio for the foreseeable future OFF

If you were planning to attend an event in the next few weeks check online to see its status – chances are it’s been postponed but our events guide is up to date at petersfieldradio.uk/events

CLOSURES

  • Sadly, Annie Jones on Lavant Street has taken the decision to close until the situation becomes clearer.
  • The Petersfield Community Centre – that bombproof building on Love Lane – is closing from next Monday. Normally 1,500 people go in and out of that centre every week.
  • Unconnected with Coronavirus, Carphone Warehouse in the Square will close in April – it’s part of a national shut-down of the company’s standalone stores. 
  • And let’s keep an eye on Laura Ashley – the company went into administration yesterday.
  • If you work in those businesses – or enjoy shopping there – do let us know what their loss from Petersfield would mean for you. And if you find yourself looking for work – good luck.

If you’re a Petersfield business that’s looking for talented people right now – and many businesses are continuing to trade normally  – then let us know and we’ll do what we can to get the word out in the morning report and on our website and social media.

If you’re stuck at home self-isolating, reading is a great way to keep your mind active. One Tree Books can arrange home delivery via telephone on 01730 261199, or by email at mail@onetreebooks.com

The Petersfield Bookshop has been forced to cancel all its events for the foreseeable future, but is still selling books and is happy to deliver to your door in Petersfield, providing the order is over £10. Check out petersfieldbookshop.com.

Petersfield Library is open as normal and, if you’re already a member you can borrow e-books from BorrowBox, just visit borrowbox.com.

Foodwise, Chinwags, in the Folly Market – one of Dave’s favourite haunts – is currently offering to deliver if you’re housebound. Check out the menu at Chinwags.co.uk.

Durleighmarsh Farm Shop‘s locally sourced fruit, veg and produce can be delivered to your door. It is offering free delivery, subject to a £20 minimum order, within a six-mile radius of the shop. Call 01730 818286 to place an order.

Madeline’s Kitchen is joining forces with The General Wine Company in Lavant Street to offer a home delivery service of food and wine from both businesses.

And The Tea Barn at Durleighmarsh is offering FREE home delivery of its frozen pre-prepared meals to the Petersfield, Rogate and Harting areas, subject to a £30 minimum order. Email info@alexandraskitchen.co.uk or phone 01730 818286.

AND, IF YOU NEED HELP …

Residents in Sheet have started a community support network for people who need help during this difficult time, and you can find details of that on our website at petersfieldradio.uk

In Steep, John Owen is coordinating a volunteer list to help villagers help each other in these unprecedented times. Email him at revjohnowen@gmail.com  if you’d like to volunteer or if you need help, or know someone who does. 

A1 Taxis offers to deliver your groceries for you, just call 01730 778877, while another cab firm, Gravers, has said if any residents feel isolated and need them for anything just call 01730 303030 and tell them how they can help. 

Ian Martin, AKA A Van Around The Town, is available every evening after 5pm to help the elderly and people in need with anything they need from shopping to moving items … and all free of charge. He can be reached on 07977 408061.

Local florist Sophie Doe has set up a Petersfield Coronovirus Help Network on Facebook. There’s a couple of hundred people on there already. Just search for “ Petersfield Coronavirus Help Network”.

Meanwhile, the Petersfield Food Bank tells us it needs more bars of soap, toiletries and small bags of sugar. If you have some you can donate, please drop them off at the Methodist Church on Station Road.

the P pod direct from Elsted – 16 March 2020

Petersfield’s weekly news, views and interviews led by Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey, comes to you this week from The Elsted Inn in Elsted Marsh.

Charlie, Thaïs, Claire and Joff at the Elsted Inn

This week in the P pod…  Running a local pub during the Coronavirus outbreak – we’re in Elsted to find out what the health crisis means here.

Also – details of a forthcoming Dementia Festival in Petersfield, how YOU can get all Shakespearean, and if music be the food of love we have a rich dessert course from rising Petersfield singer-songwriter Daniel Hudson.

Daniel Hudson flanked by Joff and Claire

All that plus this week’s Petersfield news, sport, weather, money and what’s on and off news and another wellbeing tip from Bryony Alford. Bryony’s tips are sponsored by Beautiful Health and Beauty Services at the Taro Centre.

The P pod is presented by Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey with Dave Bowers, Suzie Wilde and James Robbins. Audio production by Stephen Martin.

Recorded at The Elsted Inn on Monday 16 March 2020.

Dementia Festival preview with Jeff Williams

Are you concerned about Dementia or maybe how to support a love one who has it? Jeff Williams explains the work of Dementia Friendly Petersfield and their forthcoming festival.

Jeff Williams - Dementia Friendly Petersfield

Learn the difference between Dementia and Altzheimers and how the festival will contain workshops, presentations, crafts and dancing, making it bigger and better than ever, says Jeff.

The East Hampshire Dementia Festival takes place between 10am and 3.30pm on Friday 15 May at Petersfield Festival Hall. Entry is free.

THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED

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

the P pod – 10 March 2020

Petersfield’s weekly news, views and interviews led by Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey, comes to you this week from Gallery No 30, in the High Street.

Gallery No30’s Fifi Crowley, centre, generously provided liquid refreshment for the hard-working P pod presenters Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey

It’s all quite arty in this edition as we meet the proprietor of the art café Gallery No 30, Fifi Crowley; and tattoo artist Geoff Richardson; welcome Bryony Alford, of Beautiful Health and Beauty Services, with the first of a new series of regular beauty tips; and meet one of last week’s Town Meeting award winners, Petersfield Community Radio’s very own Beth Svarovska.

This week’s P pod was recorded on Monday, March 9, at Gallery No 30 in the High Street and was created by Petersfield Community Radio volunteers Lucy Davies, Martin Bamford, Stephen Martin, Shelley McCarthy, James Robbins, John Welsman, Richard Wilde, and Suzie Wilde, with regular special guest Jon Walker, of the Petersfield Post. Audio production was by Dave Bowers.

Petersfield’s new speedwatch scheme

Petersfield has a new Speedwatch scheme across the town.

Petersfield Community Radio reporter Alastair Stewart spoke to Bill Sadler, organising volunteer, and then Julie Butler, Deputy Leader of East Hampshire District Council to find out about the new scheme.

Damian Hinds MP inspects how the speedwatch volunteers operate. Photo: EHDC.

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 with Martin…

How Statutory Sick Pay and insurance rules are changing because of Coronavirus, the battle between MPs and HMRC over a tax charge affecting freelance workers, and the big boost in women trade workers. 

Also, how new measurements suggest disposable incomes have fallen for some people back to 2004/5 levels.

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.

The Bod Pod – Bryony Alford and the Petersfield Health & Wellbeing show

The Bod Pod is full of inspiration and encouragement towards better fitness and health.

Bryony Alford of B’eautiful Health and Beauty Services previews the Petersfield Health and Wellbeing Show which takes place in May at the Festival Hall.

Bryony also gives the first of a series of wellbeing and beauty tips, exclusively for Petersfield Community Radio.

Her series of tips continues over the coming weeks in Petersfield’s weekly podcast, the P pod which you can find at https://podfollow.com/theppod

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

the P pod from Petersfield’s Annual Town Meeting

A special edition of Petersfield’s weekly news, views and interviews show with Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey.

This week we’re direct from the Annual Meeting of the Town to meet representatives of local organisations that will benefit from community grants from Petersfield Town Council.

Guests include Trevor Copping of Petersfield Lions Club, PCSO Patricia Gibbs from Shopwatch Petersfield, Petersfield Youth Theatre’s Jane Ace, Nicola Winter of HomeStart Butser, Captain Linda Read of the Salvation Army and Joy Ward from Headway.

We also learn the latest on progress at The Heath from Steph Knights, project manager at contractors Five Rivers and meet the young winner of the Daniel Day Lewis prize, Tilly Mae Padley from TPS.

Also includes the voices of Petersfield Mayor Lesley Farrow and Steve Field of Petersfield Town Council.

This week’s P pod was recorded on Monday, 2 March at Petersfield Festival Hall and was produced by Petersfield Community Radio volunteers who include Kate Green, Dave Bowers, Alastair Stewart, Suzie Wilde, Beth Svarovska, James Robbins, Martin Bamford, Shelley McCarthy, Richard Marks. Audio production by Stephen Martin.

Pictures of awarded organisations

Photographs courtesy of Petersfield Town Council

Nominees and winner Tilly Mae Padley (second left) of the Daniel Day Lewis Award

Steph Knights and the Five Rivers team

Steph Knights of Five Rivers
First steps on the new boardwalk. Video courtesy of P pod listener Stuart Hill

Credit

Music bed for volunteers “One and Only” by Ryan Andersen. Used under Creative Commons licence.

Might a PeCAN grow in Petersfield?

A PeCAN may not be such a nutty idea. It’s the proposed name for a Petersfield Climate Action Network.

Around thirty people discussed how one might be established in our town and what its benefits might be at a meeting on Monday. 

Town councillor John Palmer led the meeting to gauge the level of interest from the community. He represents the Green Party on the council and spoke to Petersfield Community Radio’s Beth Svarovska.

Councillor John Palmer, Green Party

The Town Council will vote on the proposal to support the establishment of PeCAN at its meeting on 6 March. If you wish to attend, the meeting is open to all local residents.

the P pod – 25 February, 2020

Claire and Joff consider their holiday options at Meon Valley Travel
(Spoiler: Joff will be going to Swanage … Joff always goes to Swanage)

Petersfield’s weekly news, views and interviews led by Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey, comes to you this week from Meon Valley Travel, in the High Street (and they provided tea and biscuits!).

Claire and Joff are joined by Roamy Hunt, who is organising an event for expectant parents, and Nicki Lahiri and Pippa Peters, from Meon Valley Travel, who offer advice to concerned travellers in the wake of the Coronavirus.

Bringing on young and emerging talent we welcome Pepe Lacey to read the sports news, while, free from any contagions, Jon Walker gives you an inside view of this week’s Petersfield Post. Plus, regulars Martin Bamford, Richard Marks and Suzie Wilde each pop up with their popular contributions.

This week’s P pod was recorded on Monday, February 24, at Meon Valley Travel, in the High Street, and was produced and edited by Dave Bowers, with help from Petersfield Community Radio volunteers Lucy Davies, Stephen Martin and Harrison Randall-Brown. Other volunteers are available …