Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey bring you today’s essential local information for Petersfield and its villages.

They speak with Jen Jenkins, who is running an online Wellness Festival, plus it is also National Limerick Day … 

Send information and your limericks to or 01730 555 500.

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

Information transcript

Today is National Limerick Day celebrating the birth of English artist, illustrator, author and poet Edward Lear. So first, a limerick sent in by “a very keen listener”:

The accurate facts we all sought,

were harder to find than we thought,

so I’m delighted to say,

we can start every day,

with Petersfield’s Morning Report.

There’s a lot of information and dispute about going back to work and school provision, so let’s concentrate today on some of the social aspects.

How far can you travel?

It’s now unrestricted, apart from travel to the other home nations where the local guidance differs

How much can you exercise and what sports can you do?

Unlimited outdoor exercise as a household but no team sports: angling and golf are given as examples as being OK.

Do you have to wear a face mask?

Face coverings are explicitly mentioned, not proper PPE masks, as they are needed elsewhere. They are advising that these coverings should be worn in all enclosed spaces.

A new foodie delivery service called Country Kitchen and Cellar has recently started. Lara Jackson is cooking up hearty and healthy pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan meals with lovely wines to suit the meal from The General Wine Company.

They deliver to people in the local area and for this week’s menu check out the website on and instagram @countrykitchenandcellar.

Another home delivery service is run by The Local Veg Box People, run by JB and Debbie of Bryant Brothers. They say:

The last few weeks has seen unprecedented demand for our home delivery fruit & veg boxes. The whole team has been working flat out with the overwhelming volume of orders, enquires and of course deliveries. You can place orders at as normal but staff were not working at the weekend so they had time to rest and recuperate so check delivery times with the company when you order.”

You heard Karina Neeson talk to us just as the lockdown started regarding her barber’s, the Dandy Cat. Although the barber’s is closed at the moment, Karina has been posting helpful hints on the Dandy Cat’s Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as selling some products on their website. And it’s not just hair products – check out the ‘Nice Things to Buy’ section at

If it’s coffee you crave, it sounds like you need the mobile barista business ‘God save the bean’. Run by John Spandley, it has been operating on the Heath but is now looking for a new location in Petersfield from where he can serve his range of coffees. If you want a mobile barista near you, then give John a call on 07497 656 787.

Try to avoid Sussex Road for the rest of this week. County council contractors will be working there and traffic control will be in place.

From Wednesday, traffic control will also be in operation on Winchester Road, near to the McDonald’s slip road as South-East Water carries out necessary works.

And don’t forget, the road through Stroud and Langrish is being dug up …

And now the weather …

Today starts fine and sunny, if cold, but will start to cloud by midday. Temperatures will peak at 12 degrees. The wind is less gusty, but, with a northerly direction, it will feel chilly. There’s no rain in the forecast.

Now it was Suzie’s turn to write the script today. So for those of you who understand how this feels, or who simply watch Gardener’s World, she would like to salute Nigel, the People’s Dog, who was Monty Don’s constant companion whatever the weather. Monty says Nigel died peacefully and is buried in the garden with lots of tennis balls.

Let’s bookend the show with another limerick:

It’s surely a cause for relief

That broadcasting beggars belief.

Don’t start a vendetta

But you won’t find better

Than the radio station in Peef!

That was sent in by Rob Sheppard. Thank you, Rob.