Suzie Wilde and Jeff Price present essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

As the town looks forward to marking VE Day next Friday, we meet Ryan Watts of Petersfield Museum to talk VE Day, ghosts and get the latest on the museum’s development project.

Send information to or call 01730 555 500.

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

60 Second Support

We’re supporting this national campaign to help raise awareness of issues around mental health during lockdown. 60 Second Support is made possible by the Audio Content Fund.

Today, Walter Bussutil of the Combat Stress charity talks about coping during lockdown.

Walter Bussutil talks about combating stress

Information transcript

East Hants Police has appealed for information regarding a theft which took place on Wednesday, at around 6am. An unknown person or persons broke a window of premises on the Bedford Road Industrial Estate and took £2,000-worth of power tools. 

If you were in the area around this time and saw anything suspicious please contact police on 101 quoting the reference number 44200150435, giving the location, as the Police may be able to check CCTV in those areas from the information you provide.

The Victim Care Service, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner and provided by Victim Support, has launched a new website to ensure anyone affected by crime in East Hampshire can access support and advice.

The website,, offers tips on how to protect yourself from different types of crime and advice on what to do if you experience them. It also includes a comprehensive database of organisations that can be searched by individuals and professionals looking to meet a specific support need.

The Victim Care Service provides support for victims and witnesses of crime to cope with, and recover from, the harmful effects of the crime they have experienced. It is open to all victims, no matter what the type of crime, regardless of whether the crime has been reported to the police or not, and no matter how recently or how long ago the crime took place.

The service also has specialist teams which deal with the most vulnerable victims, for example, those who have experienced domestic or sexual abuse, and children from the age of four upwards. 

The Victim Care Service freephone number is 0808 178 1641, and the service is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday; but there is also a live chat service contactable 24/7 on Victim Support’s website.

A change of mood, now, and an update about the great community work being undertaken by Bedales School.

From an essential supplies shop to a mobile library service, staff and students at Bedales have rallied to support the local community during the Coronavirus crisis.

As the UK entered lockdown on March 23, Bedales’ head of catering, Matt Potts, responded to news that many members of the local community and staff were having trouble getting hold of household staples in their local supermarkets by opening up the school’s larder to set up a supplies shop. 

Stocking a range of essentials – from dried pasta and tinned tomatoes to fresh fruit and vegetables – as well as offering individually packed frozen meals prepared by the school’s catering department, the shop predominantly serves residents in Steep and nearby Steep Marsh, making around 10 to 20 deliveries per day, six days a week. 

The statistics speak for themselves – since the supplies shop launched, 616 chicken breasts, 5,040 eggs, 312 loaves of bread and 460 frozen meals have been dispatched.

In a true sign of community spirit, the service has been facilitated by the Steep Volunteer Group, which has committed to supporting members of the community most in need during the Coronavirus crisis. 

Volunteers for the group include Bedales’ student Josh Baty, who has supported the group’s efforts by collecting orders from Bedales in a wheelbarrow and delivering them on foot to vulnerable and self-isolating residents.

Catering isn’t the only department at Bedales reaching out to the local community. Librarian Ian Douglas has also set up a mobile library service, enabling Steep residents to loan books from the Memorial Library’s extensive catalogue. 

With some 30,000 books from which to choose, residents can access the catalogue and place an order remotely, and their chosen books are delivered to their door. 

A number of Bedales staff have also pledged support for the community in other ways, including offering to deliver shopping, collect prescriptions, dog walk and give lifts to healthcare appointments. 

The Petersfield Society wants to say a whole load of thank yous to people living in the area…

It says THANK YOU to everyone maintaining our public and essential services at this time, especially hospital and surgery doctors and nurses, care home, hospice and visiting carers, paramedics, pharmacists, and those in the ambulance, police, fire and rescue, and funeral services … each of whom is working in extremely difficult conditions and putting the health and lives of themselves, and those of their families and loved ones, at great risk.

THANK YOU also to food shop workers, growers and suppliers, food bank workers, delivery lorry drivers, train and bus drivers, refuse workers, water, electricity, gas and sewage workers.

THANK YOU to teachers and those providing local and regional authority, charity, media and communication services.

THANK YOU to cleaners, everywhere.

THANK YOU to managers, administrators and office workers maintaining essential service organisations.

And a THANK YOU to all volunteers, many working on the frontline.

Now it’s time to chat with Ryan Watts, a man with many hats: chair of the Winton Players, education and community engagement officer, and Petersfield Community Radio volunteer … it’s amazing he has any time to take on his latest role as parent to a son.

[Listen to the interview in the radio programme]

Following the fantastic reception to Chichester Festival Theatre’s online broadcast of the play Flowers for Mrs Harris – which is still available until May 8 – it is also making two further archive recordings available on its website at

The first is the 2018 production of David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang, adapted by Bryony Lavery, with music and lyrics by Joe Stilgoe, which is already available to watch.  

Then, from Thursday, May 21, you will also be able to see the Chichester Festival Youth Theatre’s 2017 Christmas production of Beauty and the Beast, adapted by Anna Ledwich, with music and lyrics by Richard Taylor. This production is especially suitable for ages seven and up. 

It’s thanks to the generous agreement and support of all the artists involved that they’re able to share these archive recordings, so families can come together to enjoy more theatre at home.

To connect with as many people as possible, both broadcasts will be captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences, and Polish-language captions will also be available. An audio introduction will help set the scene for blind and partially sighted audiences. 

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and the Stroke Association has declared ‘Make May Purple’ as its fundraising and awareness campaign. Many will have had to cancel their Make May Purple activities, so to discover how you can still help, visit the website at

Here at Petersfield Community Radio, we’re backing the ‘60 Second Support’ mental health campaign. And, for the next few days, we’ll be sending you a message of support from the campaign.

Today, it’s the turn of Walter Bussutil from Contact, the charity for families with disabled children. His topic for the day is ‘Dealing With Stress In Isolation’.

[listen for the audio in the radio programme]

60 Second Support is made possible by the Audio Content Fund.

The market will return to the square tomorrow, albeit in a depleted fashion. However, fruit, veg, eggs, and meat are all available from 8am to 3pm … or until they sell out, whichever is the earliest.

Contactless payment available and strict social distancing is to be observed, so please adhere to the instructions of the on-site staff.

Are you missing clothes shopping? Duet Clothing, in Dragon Street, is posting photographs of the clothing it has in stock on its Facebook page, and you can pay over the phone and collect outside the shop. Call 01730 268 100 or visit the Facebook page.

Similarly, Velvet and Rose, in Chapel Street, is also posting photographs of its clothing on Facebook and on its website. And it is taking online orders for delivery – visit

Petersfield Garage Services, in Vauxhall Way, is experiencing many calls from customers who have seized-up brakes and flat batteries on their vehicles as a result of their lack of use. 

It recommends everyone check their vehicles, turn them on, and drive them for a short way, if possible. Remember, you are responsible for ensuring your vehicle is roadworthy. PGS is still able to order tyres in for the following day. So call if you have any concerns or issues on 01730 266 911.

Running low on reading material for the little ones? Susie the Childminder books are fun and educational stories based around fire, water, road safety and much more. Read the whole series of Susie the Childminder’s free e-books from Hampshire County Council on the website or at Hampshire Fire and Rescue’s Facebook page.

[Listen for NINA VENNIS DIARY in the radio programme, above]


Expect delays on the old London Road, at Sheet, as Southern Water starts divining or something. Two-way traffic control will be in place until May 8.

And the weather …

Today will feel warmer than yesterday – probably because it is; we will probably have to endure further sharp showers, but there will be more in the way of sunny spells. It’s also less windy than yesterday, but still on the breezy side, with a maximum temperature of 17 °C.

Looking ahead, Saturday will be brighter, with isolated, mainly light showers. And Sunday will start fine, but turn cloudy with rain likely later.