Essential information for Petersfield and its villages, today with Harrison and Lucy.

Our guest is Dean Lowe of The Old Drum which has dramatically changed its offer for customers and the community during the Coronavirus lockdown.

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We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

Information transcript

Petersfield Minor Injuries Unit says it is especially important we all know how to look after ourselves whether we have a self-limiting minor injury or a long-term condition. 

Self-care makes up 80 per cent of all care in the UK and it’s about knowing how to keep fit and healthy, how and when to take medicines appropriately, managing self-treatable conditions ourselves and when to seek clinical help for something more serious.

Being self-care aware has many more benefits than just medicine:

It’s SIMPLE – Healthy eating and exercising are an easy way to maintain overall health and well-being. 

It’s QUICKER – You can phone for advice on an injury or call 111 at any time without the need for an appointment or even having to leave home!

It’s CONSIDERATE – Using the most appropriate service for your condition will give you the confidence to manage your health and teach your skills to the rest of your family 

And it’s SAFER – By managing your injuries and illnesses at home you’re reducing the risk of coming in contact with any viruses and taking it back to your household. 

By choosing the right service at the right time we can all help sustain our NHS. 

Call the MIU on 02382 310 595 where it can give advice on how to manage your injury at home, what you need to do going forward or help you attend the right facility if required. 

Staying with hospitals, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust’s audiology department is running a drop-off and postal repair service for patients with hearing aids issued at QA Hospital, in Cosham. 

You can send devices requiring repair to: 

Audiology, D Level,  Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, PO6 3LY, 

… or leave them at the drop-off point at the main reception desk. All repaired aids will be sent back by post.

You can also make requests for batteries, tubes and domes by calling 023 922 86289 or emailing Please include details of size and/or type of supplies needed so staff can deal with your request quickly.

Bedales Catering is now running a food and frozen meal delivery service for those in Steep who are not able to – or have been advised not to – leave the house due to symptoms, age, or other risk factors.

This is currently a cash-only service.

Check out the website at for the relevant web address as it’s quite a mouthful, or contact Matt Potts on 07970 772 446 if you’re interested.

Cook, in Rams Walk, Petersfield, is offering a free Click-and-Collect service. Place your order online and collect from two hours after ordering, to up to seven days. 

It also offers a delivery service for those who work for the NHS, are “at risk” or isolating. Plus, there is free delivery for orders in excess of £40. Call 01730 239639 or visit

Fancy a Hog Roast? Order before four o’clock and Simply Hog Roast will deliver to any address in the Petersfield area between six and eight tonight. The company is based in Harting and it’s a mobile number to call – 07899 499 903. The hog roasts come with potatoes, stuffing, coleslaw and apple sauce, and that number again – 07899 499 903. 

If you’re struggling with a tree that came down in the weekend winds Alpine Tree Surgeons and Sequoia both provide emergency callouts.

Alpine Tree Surgeons is at Ham Barn Roundabout on 01730 821 277 and Seqoia is based in Stroud on 01730 260 001.

One for history buffs now, and the Hampshire Record Office is showing 100 days of film! Each day it’s sharing local film content online from its extensive 38,000-strong audio-visual collection, with footage covering the period from 1914 to the 1970s. Check out the Wessex Film and Sound Archive on YouTube. And the link is on our website.

If you’re a regular visitor to Arundel Castle’s popular Tulip Festival, and are disappointed at missing out this year, although the castle and gardens are closed to the public until further notice, you are still able to enjoy the displays for the next few weeks through the website at


There are overnight roadworks between 8pm and 6am on the A3 each evening until Sunday. The northbound lane between the A272 Petersfield North (Sheet Link) and the junction with the A325 for Bordon will be closed and may cause some disruption. 

This coming weekend, the level crossing in Petersfield will be closed overnight so Network Rail can lift out and inspect the crossing panels. Expect the level crossing to be down overnight also on Sunday night and Monday night.  

BT Openreach engineers are scheduled to be laying a cable duct on Chapel Street until Thursday. So, expect obstructions on the pavement.

Hampshire County Council says it plans to fix a bollard and slab outside the Hong Kong House takeaway, on Lavant Street, this Friday. If the work goes ahead there will be traffic control, on Lavant Street, while it is replaced. 

A reminder that if an essential rail journey takes you or someone you know through Guildford then Network Rail started some major engineering work last Friday that isn’t scheduled to finish until Sunday, which will cause substantial disruption to journeys.

Trains were already on a greatly reduced timetable anyway, so definitely worth checking if you have to travel. And remember, the only travel that’s legitimate right now is for essential shopping, to get medical supplies, or to get to work if you absolutely can’t work from home.


Another cold start but plenty of sunshine right through the day and it should be noticeably warmer than yesterday according to our weather man Richard Marks.

A breeze from the east will limit temperatures to around 19 degrees at most and expect high pollen and medium UV levels today.

Get involved and get in touch

Have you found an unusual way of passing your time during this lockdown? Let us know what you’re up to. You can even send us pictures or videos which we may use on our website. 

We’ll be putting your financial questions to our money expert Martin Bamford this week, so if you have any questions about the furlough scheme, what happens with tax, benefits and rates, or any other aspect of keeping your head above water financially, do send them to us at and we’ll put them to Martin on your behalf.

Get in touch on Petersfield 5 55 500, that’s 01730 5 55 500 or email