Laura Sheppard and Dave Bowers round-up the day’s essential local information for Petersfield and its villages.

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Tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, of course, and it’s a bank holiday.

The town council is urging you to decorate your home in red, white and blue! Drape flags from windows and have a 1940s’ themed party. Jitterbug away and send your video clips and pics to share. The council’s virtual broadcast goes live at 2.30pm, tomorrow, thanks to Churcher’s College, and full details of all of this can be found on the Petersfield Town Council website and social media pages.

If you’re interested in discovering more about VE Day, or finding inspiration for your themed party, then the Imperial War Museum’s website at has lots of stories, videos, photos and recordings you can watch and listen to.

Its V75 campaign is encouraging everyone to listen to a four-minute recording of sounds from the museum’s extensive archives. You can also read about the 75th anniversary on a special website

If you want to find out more about local commemorations, check out our website for Monday’s Morning Report which featured an interview with organiser Cllr James Deane. And, we’re all looking forward to our special radio programme tomorrow, hosted by Alastair Stewart, and containing a rich mix of speech and music to help mark the day.

In addition to audio supplied by James and his team, we will have a piece from the museum about Petersfield during and after wartime, and letters from a serving officer who died, recently, in the town.

Did you know, May is the Local and Community History month across the UK? The Historical Association, which is a charity registered and incorporated by the Royal Charter, supports education, enjoyment and the learning of history at all levels of teaching and adulthood.

Its mission is to “inspire, enable and encourage” people across all walks of life to get involved with history, and the Local and Community history month is one of the ways to do it. If you’d like to develop an interest in local history – or just history in general – check out, for more details.

Hampshire County Council has been painting messages of appreciation for the NHS and care workers on the approach to hospitals and care homes in Hampshire to thank them for all they are doing in the frontline against coronavirus.

It’s another way of giving staff a daily reminder as they travel to and from work of how grateful we all are for their dedication and commitment.

Hampshire Fire Brigade knows we can’t live without our gadgets, from entertainment and gaming, to beauty, DIY tools and mood lighting. It advises if items are not designed to be left switched on – like your fridge and freezer – it’s essential you always switch them off last thing at night.

They also recommend a handy socket calculator to find out if you’re overloading sockets and using the correct fuse. Have a look at the safety information on

Rowans Hospice is hosting a big VE Day quiz live streamed on Friday, at 7.15pm. Head over to the Rowans Hospice Facebook page for more information and to sign up for the event.

Nosh news, now …

La Piazzetta Italian restaurant reopens today for collections and deliveries from 5-9pm. Give it a call on 01730 260 006 or send a message on Facebook. It’s offering a 20 per cent discount for collection orders placed over the phone until the end of May, and a whopping 50 per cent discount for collection orders placed by NHS staff until the end of June.

And, while we’re talking pizzas, news that the Queens Head, in Sheet, is open today, tomorrow and Saturday for takeaways. And, it’s offering an extended menu. Head over to their website at to have a gander …

The Plump Duck paella is available for pre-order for collection on Fridays between 6.30 and 8.30pm. Text 07496 806 603 to order and payment will be contactless on collection.

The Rising Sun, in Milland, is delivering to Petersfield and the surrounding areas, every day, between 5 and 9pm. Check the menu and place your order via the online ordering system at, or call 01428 741 347.

Cloisters Continental Cafe, on the square, is now delivering a high tea, as in a selection of sandwiches, cakes and a cream tea with scones and jam. It is also selling fish and chips on Friday and Saturday evenings between 5 and 9pm. Give Jorge a call on 07951 269 419.

Rother Valley Farm and Hill Ash Game and Meat are able to offer a contact-free delivery service, and with free delivery on orders of more than £20, within an eight-mile radius of Nyewood.

They are also still open for collection from the farm gate between 9am and 3pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Call 01730 821 062 or visit

Petersfield Market will operate for food and essentials this Saturday, from 8am-3pm, with fruit, veg, eggs and meat stalls. Among the stalls will be Brownbread, with its range of artisan hand-made breads, pastries and patisseries, and fresh fruit and veg, courtesy of Bryant Brothers.

Tony’s Dog Beds, which normally trades at the market, will take orders over the phone for delivery. Call 07796 836 582.

Contactless payment is available and please follow the instructions of the on-site staff regarding social distancing.

Refill & Replenish, usually in the Folly Market, is keen to promote food shopping without single-use plastic and having it delivered to your door. It is in Petersfield and surrounding areas this week, so head over to its Facebook page to find the order form.

You may remember eight-year-old Henry Grainger from our morning report on April 22nd. Inspired by the incredible efforts of Captain Tom Moore, Henry decided to run the marathon distance of 26.2 miles within three weeks to raise money for the Friends Of Petersfield Hospital – a voluntary group which raises money to provide vital equipment and additional support to inpatients and outpatients at the hospital.

Well, Henry has completed his marathon and has raised more than £1,300 for Friends of Petersfield Hospital.

It’s your last chance today to get anything you need from the Post Office before the bank holiday and it’s only open until 2 o’clock …

Do you and your neighbours join in with the clapping for key workers at 8pm on Thursdays? Record it on your phone and send it to us at telling us who you are and where it was recorded.


Expect delays on the old London Road, in Sheet, as Southern Water continues its digging there. Two-way traffic control is in place until tomorrow.

There are restrictions on Bell Hill for drainage repairs. But, the work is due to finish tomorrow – look out for the yellow signs for the precise times.

And the weather …

A chilly start today, but any fog patches will soon clear. Another largely fine day follows, with warm sunny spells. Some cloud will build later, however, bringing the risk of isolated heavy showers. The maximum temperature is 22 °C.