local stories & local voices
This month Suzie and Tim again review books they have been reading and what is coming up. The interview is with Elle M Keating, whose debut novel is Poison Summer.
In anticipation of the next general election which will be at some point this year Jack Finch has begun getting the candidates on Thursday morning’s Rise and Shine show. We hear from our local MP and Minister of state for schools Damian Hinds about the last 14 years representing this area and hopes for the future. We also get to know a little bit about the man himself.
Steep Parish Council – If you are a resident of Steep, don’t forget to go along and meet your local parish councillors on Saturday
Steep Parish Council will be holding a drop in session for local residents to meet their local councillors, have a chat over a cup of tea.
There is also defibrillator training before the session for anyone that is interested, although you will need to book prior to attending so they have an idea of numbers.
We hear from Steep Parish Council’s Chairman, Cllr Jenny Martin
Following an extraordinary Public Halls meeting last Monday, members approved that work will commence on the new council chamber from 12th May 2024.
Shine Radio’s Julie Butler speaks to Cllr Chris Paige, Chairman of Public Halls to find out more.
Call times on the 101 service from September to January have dropped considerably and now one of the best in the country. Wait times are less than 5 mins in most cases.
An additional contact centre in Portsmouth has opened introducing 40 new jobs to reduce call handling times
Julie Butler speaks Donna Jones, Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Petersfield’s weekly news, views and interviews led by Phill Humphries and Laura Sheppard, comes to you this week from The Clanfield Centre.
Phill and Laura are joined by Natasha Glover, who is the centre manager, and who shares details of all the myriad events that take place in the centre. Dave Harris, the Chair of the Parish Council explains exactly what the parish council does, and what its involvement with the Clanfield Centre is. And Jenny tells us all about Pickleball – yes you heard that right! Meanwhile, it’s the Lunar New Year and Jo Gray speaks to Trin at Mai’s Spa in town to explain Vietnamese traditions that surround the new year, as we enter the Year of the Dragon.
Local new independent business Twillys offers a clothing repairs & alteration service in Petersfield’s Chapel Street. Tanya tells us about adapting clothing for those with specific needs.
A popular local charity fashion show is back! The annual event is a good reason to clear out your clutter & grab a bargain. Each donation & purchase helps to top up emergency funds for children across the globe.
Warmer winters and international travel are making bed bugs increasingly common. They can hitch a ride on almost any fabric and so have become a concern for the hospitality industry in particular. Hear how Bonnie’s owner ensures her performance is up to scratch in this month’s Dogs with Jobs.
The Road from Karachi: An Indian family cookbook re-published after 30 years, is now raising money for clean water pumps
A Hampshire mother and daughter, celebrate the fusion of flavours from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka with a family cookbook.
Blue-green algae: Why it’s at Petersfield Heath pond, what’s being done to combat it & top tips to help the fight to reduce it
Petersfield Town Council’s volunteer fishing bailiff talks to us about the ongoing battle against blue-green algae on the pond at Petersfield Heath & what you can do to help.
The Kings Arms and The Relational Hub brought community youth and pastoral workers together to celebrate the contribution that they bring in supporting young people.
It is the second year or running and it’s success will hopefully mean that it will continue as an annual event. Shine Radio’s Julie Butler attended the event and spoke to those attending to find out more.
Hampshire residents are being asked to give their views on the future of some local services to meet a £132 million pound budget shortfall by April 2025.
Shine Radio speaks to Cllr Rob Humby, Leader of Hampshire County Council to find out more.
Timescape is encouraging people to take time out and get involved with nature. These are free sessions funded by South Downs National Park and tailored for people who maybe experiencing stress, loneliness or isolation.
There are twelve sessions which will include printing, pottery, carving, weaving and felting – all inspired by the incredible heritage of the locations.
Julie Butler speaks to Mandie Molyneux from Artscape to find out more.
On a rainy February morning, Claire and Steve are alone at the soggy Adhurst Estate Allotments sheltering in Steve’s ‘Chairman’s Lodge’ – a make-shift lean-to! They discuss the importance of green spaces for good mental health, potato and dahlia tubers and how much they are looking forward to Spring.
Joining them is Kate Forrester from Four Acre Farm and Head Gardener Ben Pope.