Fast facts in a friendly voice. Get your essential local information in the Morning Report as Alan Cosh and Noni Needs bring you a comprehensive round-up of local information ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

We also speak to Terry Doubleday who runs the Petersfield food bank to find out what you do to help others get essential food supplies.

Check for a full transcript of all the information in today’s programme.

Send your information updates, questions and thank you messages, for people who’ve helped you, to or phone 01730 555 500.

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



Two men have been charged with attempted murder following an incident in Petersfield in the early hours of 20 May.

Shaun Hanson, 49, of Fern Close, Petersfield, and Anthony Seymour, 22, of Rival Moor Road, Petersfield,appeared before Basingstoke Magistrates Court yesterday.

The victim, a man in his 30s, also from Petersfield, sustained a number of wounds during the incident, which occurred at a property in Durford Road, but he remains stable in hospital.

Hampshire Constabulary asks if you have any information about this incident, please call 101 and quote Operation Sash.

Back to our normal coronavirus news … and a deal has been agreed on the supply of antibody tests, which will be available on the NHS, with health and care workers first in line to receive them, Downing Street revealed yesterday.

Antibody tests, which allow experts to track the level of immunity in the population, measure whether patients have had the virus, even if they have since recovered. 

Sadly, the number of people infected with coronavirus around the world has reached the grim landmark of five million, with most new cases now coming from the US, Russia, Brazil and India.

The NHS has started a new advertising campaign to encourage us to get tested for Coronavirus if we exhibit the symptoms.

The key message in the campaign is that we should stay alert to the symptoms which are… all together now…  a high temperature, or a new continuous cough or a loss of taste or smell.

And if you do have those symptoms you’re asked to book a test online at

The NHS also wants to remind us that nobody should leave your home if anyone there has symptoms of Coronavirus. That isolation message is something the Government does not want us to forget.

You’ll see these messages on websites, on TV and on posters around NHS buildings. There’s also a radio advertisement.


The West Wittering Estate – always a popular destination when the weather takes a turn for the better – will remain closed over the bank holiday weekend. 

Local residents and others who can access the beach on foot will still be able to do so, however, the management of the Estate do not feel opening fully is in keeping with prevailing government advice on social distancing.

Later this month, a limited number of cars will be allowed to park at the beach each day; however, the only way to pay for parking will be via the parking app, JustPark.

Potential visitors are also strongly discouraged from driving to the West Wittering area without a pre-booked parking slot – and there is no other parking within the village.

And now a warning from another popular bank holiday destination: the South Downs National Park.

Officials have warned dog owners to watch out for venomous snakes which have been spotted in the National Park.

They welcomed the return of adders – the only venomous snake native to the UK – but told pet owners to be wary of the reptiles after an increased number of adder sightings were reported in the national park.

Although adders are usually shy, they are venomous and dogs should be kept on the lead on access land just to be on the safe side, as the snakes have been spotted basking in the sunshine in woodland glades and on heathlands.

We’ve also heard reports of adders being seen on Petersfield Heath – so add that to an occasional visiting sea eagle and the warning to ‘stay alert’ takes on a whole new meaning.

60 Second Support

Today sees the final minute of our series of Mental Health Awareness tips and we’re ending the week with a moment of mindfulness. Here’s Dr Ranj Singh of the charity Best Beginnings


Sixty Second Support with Heads Together is supported by the Audio Content Fund.

It’s a bank holiday weekend, of course, and, traditionally, it’s the time of year many of us like to sit in long queues at the tip in order to get rid of the shrubs we’ve cut back … 

But the County Council is again reminding us the Recycling Centre on Bedford Road is for ESSENTIAL waste only – things that you can’t safely store at home (and that doesn’t include children!).

If you’re not sure whether your waste is essential or not then you can check its website for details.

But one thing’s for sure; if you DO like queueing, you won’t be disappointed there …

We’re now joined by Terry Doubleday from the PACT foodbank, which has provided sterling service for those in need during this crisis.



The surface slurry work continues in the central car park today but pauses across the bank holiday weekend.

The resurfacing work at the junction of Tilmore Road and Station Road is complete – and they’ve done a great job there – but there remains a width restriction on the corner until the final ground work is complete. Just be careful as you pass the junction, especially coming from the railway end of Station Road.

And up in Tilmore, some iron rainwater drains at the corner of Monks Orchard and Tilmore Gardens are being lowered as part of road resurfacing work planned there.

Work finishes today on Pitcroft Lane in Buriton where South East Water is fixing a leak. And the water company has contractors on Station Road in Liss correcting a hazardous stop cock cover.

And some advance notice: SSE work to upgrade around nine miles of its electricity infrastructure, between Petersfield and Fernhurst restarts again Tuesday, May 26, in Rogate – that’s on Harting Combe Road between Rogate Road and Tullecombe Hill, and on Saturday, May 30, in Petersfield on Bedford Road by the substation.

And that will herald something of a summer of roadworks and closures for Petersfield as the work continues.


Today starts rather cloudy, with even some fleeting light rain in places. However, it will soon pass with sunny spells developing widely. It will feel fresher than in recent days, helped by the breeze. Maximum temperature is a pleasant 23 °C.

The outlook for the bank holiday weekend now: Breezy with sunshine and showers on Saturday, ahead of a largely fine Sunday and Monday, with winds progressively becoming lighter. Initially, temperatures will be lower than we’ve enjoyed in the last few days, but – fingers crossed – it should recover somewhat on  Monday.

Monday is a bank holiday, which means the team here gets a lie-in and The MR returns on Tuesday with Claire and Joff. And if you want to contact us – it’s Petersfield 5 55 500, email or find us on social media.

Foodie Friday

Some information about places you can get a takeaway this weekend.

Alexandras Kitchen, at Durleighmarsh Farm, continues to offer frozen cooked meals. It’s open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and offers free local delivery for orders in excess of £30. Visit

Jake’s Artisan Foods, the producer of hand-cut free-range pork pies and scratchings, all hand-made in Petersfield, offers free delivery with online payment. Visit for details.

Chinwags and the Folly Wine Bar offer a selection of hot food, all priced at £10 – which includes fish on Fridays. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

The Five Bells pub, in Buriton, is offering pub classics delivered hot to your door. Free delivery is available from 5 to 8.30pm, from Tuesday to Saturday; and 12 to 4pm on Sundays. Pay over the phone or cash on delivery. Take a look at the menu at

The Good Intent, in College Street, is offering a selection of favourite meals on a takeaway basis, Wednesday to Sunday, from 5 to 9pm. Check out its Facebook page or visit

The Old Drum has extended its take away food range… and is open seven days a week.

And, as a pub, the Old Drum also offers draught ales, lagers and wine to take away seven days a week.

La Piazzetta, the Italian restaurant in The Square, is open for collection or deliveries, from 5 to 9pm. To place an order either ring 01730 260 006 or send a message via Facebook.

Mother Kelly’s Fish and Chips, in Lavant Street, is open offering a simplified menu. From 4pm and payment by card only, please. 

Fez, the Turkish restaurant, in Bakery Lane, is offering both a takeaway and a delivery service. Call 01730 231 266 and view its menu online at

And, just around the corner from Fez, the vegan restaurant Earth is offering free delivery for customers in the town and small delivery fees for those outside of the area. Go online to to order or contact the team via Facebook or Instagram.

In Liss, the Jolly Drover, has a ‘bring a plate takeaway’ for £10. The website is and telephone number 01730 893 137.

And, still in Liss, the Spread Eagle, is offering hot food for takeaway or delivery, lunchtime and evenings. Check out the website at for full details.

The Madhuban Indian restaurant, also in Liss, is open for takeaways – at <SPELL PLEASE> – but, additionally, it makes tubs of fresh home-made curry sauces, which are also available from the Bran Tub, in Petersfield’s Lavant Street. 

The Malabon restaurant, in Dragon Street, offers takeaways and also delivers, while the Paradise Balti House, in Lavant Street, and the Spice Lounge, in the Square, are both open for takeaways.