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



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.


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. 


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 …


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.


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.


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