Noni Needs and Laura Sheppard bring you today’s essential local information for Petersfield and its villages.

We also hear from One Tree Books owner Tim O’Kelly on the changes he has made to ensure browsing, buying and picking-up a coffee is safe, and home-schooling teenager Nina Vennis pens the latest entry in her Lockdown Diary.

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

Information transcript

Petersfield Heath Pond has now opened for Private Boating. Only enclosed vessels are permitted, so this doesn’t include paddle-boards. Please refer to Petersfield Town Council’s website for details on how to obtain a boating licence, and look out for Mole and Ratty. The website details are in the transcript.
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Butser Ancient Farm is hoping to open from 4th July. At first it plans to be open at the weekends and on Thursdays. More details will follow this week how to book tickets, and the safety precautions it is putting in place. If you have courses booked, you will be contacted.

The Grange Surgery has launched a new website, which is now live. There is lots of information on the website, including access to the Econsult service, where you can get general advice, help and information and an online consultation. Have a look at – your feedback is welcomed.

Saturday 27 June was due to be the 4th Annual nurses’ tea party run by The Rosemary Foundation. The tea parties have been well attended, and have provided much needed fund raising. The nurses are instead offering a take away home made cream tea. Each takeaway box will contain 2 scones, 2 cupcakes, 2 slices of cake, clotted cream and jam – all for £12 per box. Gluten and dairy free is also available. Collection will be from 35 Lavant Street on Saturday between 2 and 4pm. Email to order your box, stating your name, number of boxes required and if you have any gluten or dairy free requirements. That sounds like something to look forward to during National Picnic Week – yum! Noni, how do you do your scones – Devon or Cornwall style? And do you say scones or scones?

The Armed Forces flag will be flying outside of HCC Headquarters to mark Armed Forces Week (22-27 June). Local regiments have been providing much needed support during the COVID-19 crisis, helping communities to stay safe and deliver vital supplies and healthcare. The flag will be raised in Winchester as a symbol of the high esteem for our Armed Forces and our gratitude for their valuable work.

News of a competition coming up, but first a diary entry from Nina Vennis about life in lockdown.


South Central Ambulance Service has launched two competitions for children and young people. The first is the SCAS Kids Competition. You have sent some amazing colourings and drawings in over the past few weeks and 999 Ted would love to see them brought to life in 3D! Children can use anything that they can find at home, like cereal boxes or cardboard boxes, milk cartons, loo rolls and more to make their own ambulance. There is a template on the website to help them get started. The competition is open to children 13 years and under. Winners will receive a special visit from 999 Ted, direct from the teddy bears’ picnic, with an ambulance and paramedic to teach children about first aid and how to save lives next term if government guidelines permit. Email a photo of your creation before the 21 July.

The second competition is to support young people. If you could send a message of support to any other young person right now, what would you say? Use your creative skills to spread encouragement to young people in your area. You can draw, paint, write a poem – the choice is yours! Your entry may appear on the SCAS website, as well as winning a visit to your school in the future. So go to, And if you don’t have a pen handy, the email for both competitions is in the transcript on our website at

There has been another call for donations from Bohunt School and TPS who are helping children who are still learning at home to get online. If you have unused computers, iPads, Chromebooks and laptops, please take them to the drop points at the main Tesco in Petersfield or Sainsbury’s in Liphook.

Our guest this morning is Tim O’Kelly from One Tree Books. He spoke to Suzie Wilde about the impact of Coronavirus on the book shop.


And you can hear more from Tim and Suzie chatting about lockdown books, including crime thrillers, Hilary Mantel and Anglo Saxon literature, plus what links Tim to Black Lives Matter and statues. You can find the full interview on the website (well, you will be able to once we’ve published it later today).

Travel and Weather on their way, but first: Stay Loyal, Stay Local. (The country already has enough Lerts.) Stay Loyal, Stay Local is the rallying cry in a new campaign celebrating Hampshire’s independent retailers and local producers. Lockdown saw local food shops and suppliers stepping up immediately when we all needed to reduce our travel and stay safe. Let’s back Hampshire Fare’s initiative to support the county’s economic recovery.

Don’t forget Shopmobility in the Waitrose car park has reopened 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday. And if you need a wheelchair, as I did back in February, you can rent them by the week.

Make sure you pop into Rainbows, tucked away in Pages Court off the high street. Now open 9.30 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Saturday.

Time to be Me is open from today 10am to 4pm for collection of products, and to make appointments scheduled from 4th July. They’ve also been posting skin care tips on their Facebook page.

And The New Peking Chinese Takeaway in Lavant Street is now open. Available for delivery, collection and in store orders. Call Petersfield 233 323 That’s 01730 233 323… And they have oodles of noodles to choose from.


And the travel now. BT is working in Pulens Lane between Heath Road and Moggs Mead today to connect a fibre. Multiway traffic lights will be in operation, so expect delays.

After the pause button being pressed at the beginning of lockdown, Sheep Street will be closed this week for work on the gas network.

The level crossing will be closed on Station Road overnight for annual maintenance.

And work begins this week outside Churcher’s College to upgrade the Pelican Crossing – so your pelican can stay safe – expect delays at beak … er … peak times. And if we’re not saying what you’re seeing, update us – call Petersfield 5 55 500.


And the weather. Sunny all day across the Petersphere, with temperatures expected to get up to 20 degrees. The south westerly breeze will be gusty at times, and sunset will be at 9.22pm as the nights start drawing in. The outlook for the week is sunny, getting warmer as the week goes on.

If you live or work in Petersfield or the villages and have a story to tell do get in touch – on or call 5 55 500.

Joff and Claire will be with you tomorrow, but until then, have a great day