Laura Sheppard and debut-making Harrison RB clear everybody else out of their respective houses to bring you today’s lockdown update of services and help available in the Petersfield area.

Send your offers of help or requests for people to help you to or telephone us on 01730 555 500 and we’ll pass them on to the relevant organisations and agencies.

Today, we hear from Sophie Doe, from the Petersfield Coronavirus Help Network, and we have the latest entry in Nina Vennis’ teenage Lockdown Diary …


The Bran Tub, the health food shop, in Lavant Street, has decided to provide a ‘take-away’ service only. The shop will be staffed 9am-4pm, Monday to Saturday, but its doors will not be open for browsing or shopping. Please call 01730 267043 or email – including your own phone number in your email – to place your orders and a member of staff will pick and pack your order for collection. 

My Dentist, at the top of the High Street has taken the decision to suspend all non-emergency dental treatments. This means if you have a routine appointment in the coming weeks, such as a check-up or a non-urgent dental treatment, your appointment will need to be cancelled and you will be contacted to find an alternative date. If you are in need of emergency care, call the practice and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. 

The Salvation Army has closed its textile banks. Please don’t use these or leave donations by the side of them. Where possible, please hold any textiles you have so they can be donated once the banks are open again.

Fez, the Turkish restaurant in Bakery Lane, is offering its full menu for take-away or delivery, with dishes ranging from chicken and lamb to vegetarian and vegan options. The menu is available to view on the Fez Facebook page or its website at

Earth Restaurant, in Chapel Street, is now offering take-away and delivery for its full vegan and vegetarian menu. Get in touch via its Facebook page or by calling 07902 881 604. 

The Petersfield School and Bohunt Education Trust are helping children get online during these unprecedented times by asking anyone with unused laptops, iPads or Chromebooks at home to donate them to one of their schools, using the drop points of either the main Tesco, in Petersfield, or Sainsbury’s, in Liphook. See for further information. And, we’ll have more on that tomorrow.

If you are at Herne Junior school and get free school means you should have received details of the school’s plan from today. You will be able to collect your meals from the school kitchen every Monday where you’ll be given picnic food for the week ahead. And who doesn’t love a picnic …

PACT food bank is in need of several items: long-life milk, small boxes of cereal, oats, teabags, hot chocolate, tinned meat, rice, small packets of sugar, custard, rice pudding, and toothbrushes. Drop off is Mondays and Wednesday, 10am-12 at the Methodist Church in Station Road. 

Banking news … and we have been informed that the Petersfield branch of the TSB will be closed until Thursday, that’s TSB closed until Thursday.  

East Hants Police reminds us that travel needs to be ESSENTIAL and not driving for miles to go for a walk. Officers have seen many cars driving to Queen Elizabeth Country Park. If you break down or have an accident, it exposes others who may need to rescue you, as well as adding a potential burden to emergency services and the NHS. 

The government has issued new guidance on access to green spaces. It has said, stay local, and use spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily. Remember, anyone outdoors without a valid reason may be committing an offence, and will face a fine. For those continuing to disregard these requirements, they can face further fines or a summary conviction. Please be sensible and minimise the risks. 

Do you live in Liss? Well, Liss Parish Council has asked us to encourage all residents to check out the website at The council has put the latest information there, together with advice from official sources. The website also has details on how to get practical support in and around Liss. If you’re in the village, it’s a useful local resource.

The Ramshill Residents Association has been very active setting up its own Ramshill Coronavirus Support Group for those residents self isolating or home-alone. This started with a mail-shot to all 280 properties on the estate giving help phone numbers and email addresses.

It now has more than 20 volunteers on the estate who are actively helping those in need, usually with shopping or collecting prescriptions and is working in tandem with the Petersfield Coronavirus Support Group. And the chairman, John Lees, sends his thanks to all the wonderful volunteers on the estate.

Our thanks today go out to two local residents, Julia O’Brien and Michael Wakefield, two listeners to the Morning Bulletin, who have donated to the Petersfield Community Radio project as a consequence. A lovely gesture and we are very grateful.

Kathryn Ellis-Blandford runs the community Facebook group Petersfield Pulse, which has more than 10,000 members, and she has thanked all of the Petersfield Community for coming together in all kinds of ways to support one another during this tricky time.

Travel news now, and remember the only travel that’s permitted is for essential shopping, to get medical supplies or to work if you absolutely can’t do it from home. South Western Railway continues to run trains from Petersfield to Portsmouth and London for healthcare workers and anyone who must travel to work, but there’s only one fast and one stopping service each hour, each way and the Petersfield ticket office is closed – buy a ticket on the train or from the machine at the station.

It only got up to 9.6 degrees yesterday according to Dave Tidd’s weather station in Buriton, and the wind gusted up to more than 26 miles per hour so it felt much colder. We’re expecting it to be mostly cloudy and cold this week and there’s a chance of light rain later today. Bitter northerly winds mean it will feel wintery with temperatures in single figures.

Tomorrow’s looking brighter but most of this week will remain cold and cloudy before things perk up towards the weekend.