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

Today, our focus is on people who live and work in care homes as we meet Latasha Jarrett from South Downs Care about her work with residents of Stroud House care home.

Send information updates and thank you messages for help you’ve received to or phone 01730 555 500.

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

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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.

Information transcript

According to the latest on the Corvid 19 Reporting app, which now has nearly 3 million contributors daily reporting symptoms or lack of them, East Hampshire has a predicted rate of 0.7% in the community. That figure hasn’t changed much during lockdown.

Chichester is about the same but strangely, Havant and Hayling Island are 1.1% of predicted symptomatic cases. 

Although Chichester Festival Theatre had hoped to reopen in July, the company has taken the decision to cancel all Festival 2020 productions, with  South Pacific and The Unfriend rescheduled for 2021.This is the first  time in theTheatre’s history that no Festival performances will take place but the decision was seen as necessary to ensure the future resilience of their organisation as well as protecting staff, artists and audiences.

The Theatre is currently considering a revised shorter programme of work from Autumn 2020, including Pinocchio over the Christmas period, and is working on a new schedule for 2021 in which they hope to include some other of the planned Festival 2020 shows.

If you’ve already bought tickets for the 2020 Festival then you will be contacted by the Box Office with various options, taking the productions in date order, starting with The Life of Galileo and The Real Thing

The Box Office is run by a small team, all working from home and inevitably incredibly busy at the moment – so please be patient and wait to hear from them, rather than contacting them yourself; they will be in touch as soon as they possibly can.

However, they are determined to keep connected to audiences through Learning, Education and Participation activities and online streaming, and to continue other initiatives to support the community (such as lending accommodation to the NHS and helping UK Harvest with food deliveries). They are immensely grateful to supporters and sponsors who have stayed with them during this hugely challenging period; and to the many people who have sent them good wishes and donations.

Residents across the East Hampshire district are reminded there will be NO CHANGE to their rubbish and recycling collection days over the May Bank Holiday. Friday 8th May, is a bank holiday to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Householders are reminded to put their bins out ready for collection by 7am on their scheduled day for crews from Norse South East to collect. Garden waste collections will also continue throughout this time.

And now  we have some advice from Josephine Killick (Police, PCSO, East Hampshire District) about burglaries on business premises. 

Burglaries occur frequently on businesses premises for a number of reasons: high-value stock, easy access to cash, poor security. But there are often easy steps businesses can take to reduce the opportunity to criminals. Burglary can have serious and long-lasting effects on businesses 

So here’s an outline of the advice:

  • Check your insurance policy to see if there are any security requirements. 
  • Train your staff to be vigilant and to report suspicious circumstances to the management and police and make them aware of any responsibilities they have in relation to security. 
  • Keep written records of any suspicious circumstances including dates, times and descriptions. You could keep a copy of any CCTV footage you might have.
  • Consider sharing suspicious activity with other local businesses.
  • Keep high value stock locked away outside of business hours, protected by additional security systems such as monitored alarms, beams or tremor alarms when premises are unoccupied.
  • Bank your cash 
  • For buildings where very high value stock is kept, consider anti-ram bollards to protect vulnerable points around the building from ram raids.   
  • Commercial premises should be fitted with a monitored alarm system which is “fit for purpose” in accordance to your insurance company and the value of its assets.
  • Exterior lighting can assist a criminal break into the premises. Therefore only leave on if it assists neighbouring properties or passers-by to keep an eye on your property.
  • Ensure company computers, tablets and phones are kept out of site from windows and kept in a locked room.
  • Number all keys and keep the list detailing their use separately.

Time for our guest this morning, and it’s Latasha Jarrett from South Downs Care. Good morning, Latasha and welcome to the Morning Report.


South Downs Care say THANK YOU to our wonderful community. They have received amazing support from many organisations and members of our community. They would especially like to thank The Petersfield School for their kind donation of scrubs and face visors, The Swan Surgery & The Grange Surgery for their donation of visors, Visors for carers, a local community group making visors for fron line staff and Marcus Comaschi a local man who is also making visors for front line staff. 

They have also had lots of donations of treats for residents and staff, left at the door or delivered by family of residents. Most of their staff live in Petersfield or surrounding areas, many have had or have children who attend The Petersfield School, many are registered with the local GP surgeries and some will know the local people who are supporting so many care services. This is community spirit at its best, they really are feeling the love.

The PACT food bank is able to provide supplies of food, toiletries and household items to those who are struggling and in need of help, for as long as that need exists.

Some of the agencies that refer people in the Petersfield area have, unfortunately, been giving out the wrong information and stating there is a restriction to the number of times anyone can access help from the food bank. 

This may be the case with other food banks around the country but here in Petersfield our bank is able to support all those in need, for as long as is needed.

During this Covid-19 crisis it has also extended the days it is able to provide these supplies, thanks to the wonderful support from its volunteers and the Salvation Army.

If you need their help please go to The Salvation Army, in Swan Street, Monday to Friday, from  9.30-11.30 am.  If possible please call or text Captain Linda Read on  07872 407 403, at the Salvation Army, the day before you go so she can ensure enough packs are ready.

The temporary entrance to the Salvation Army is at the rear of the hall in the Swan Street Car Park

If you have not been given a referral form, The Salvation Army and Food Bank volunteers will fill one in for you and then provide you with the supplies.

If you have any queries please contact the food bank’s Terry Doubleday on 07837 030 576. 

Here at Petersfield Community Radio, we’re backing the ‘60 Second Support’ mental health campaign. And, for the past few Morning Reports, we’ve been sending you a message of support from the campaign.

Today, it’s the turn of Alexis Caught with Worrying About Someone You Love – 


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

And now: Nina Vennis’s Lockdown Diary …  


The Tea Barn at Durleighmarsh, which is open Friday and Saturday is proving hugely popular. Suzie walked there on Saturday and had to queue: physically distant even from Raine. Everyone was good-natured about the wait, she says, as only one person can go in at a time. They ask that only those coming to the farm shop should buy coffee and cake – they don’t want us driving especially to Tea Barn. Richard had treacle tart – he said it felt like heaven. They will be open again next Friday and Saturday. 

Put your trivia to the test at a virtual quiz night with the crew of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. Live on Facebook May 5th from 7.30 pm

Friday May 8th is the 75th anniversary of VE Day – Victory in Europe Day – and we are all looking forward to Alastair’s special programme. In addition to audio supplied by James and Chris, we will have a piece from the museum team about Petersfield during and after wartime, and letters from a serving officer who recently died in the town. Hear it on Friday.


Expect delays on the old London Road, at Sheet, as Southern Water continues its work there. Two-way traffic control is in place until May 8.

And South-East Water is undertaking connection works on Winchester Road, close to the McDonald’s sliproad, from today until Wednesday, with traffic control in operation.

Between Wednesday and Friday drainage repairs will be carried out at Bell Hill, as part of Operation Resilience, a long-term strategy to make Hampshire’s roads more resilient to the effect of extreme weather and heavy traffic. Yellow signs will advise of the exact dates and times. 


Yesterday we saw 21.7 degrees at Dave Tidd’s digital weather station in Buriton – but today doesn’t look so great with mostly cloudy skies and a chance of rain later.

Temperature will climb to a mere 12 degrees this afternoon and the brisk Easterly wind will make it feel even cooler.

Wednesday’s worth waiting for though – with sunshine for much of the day and higher temperatures too.