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


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.


  • 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


  • 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.


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.