Good morning – Harrison and Lucy are here with fast facts in a friendly voice.

Today, we update the latest government advice on Coronavirus including current guidance on schools and masks.

In the anniversary week of Charles Dickens‘s death a new service from the library launches, and we start to name some of the Petersfield shops which say they’ll open from next week. 

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Information transcript

As usual, we’re here with your fast fact-checked fix of information for the Petersphere.

…and today we have reminders about recent Government advice and news of some positive changes which will hopefully come as a result of the current challenging times. We also have a few literary treats and references in store to mark the anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens, which is this week.

A reminder from yesterday’s report that the Government has sent a document to schools, saying the phased reopening is underpinned by the latest science and that every aspect has been examined and guidance given accordingly on everything from supplying food to exam preparation and provision – further Information on all aspects of the reopening of schools can be found by following links on the site. The Government has also announced yesterday that primary children will not go back to school until after the holidays in September.

We also spoke yesterday about some of the positive changes the County Council are hoping to make in the aftermath of this devastating time. We mentioned yesterday, The Hants Covid Travel Map campaign aims to create better spaces for people walking and cycling in and around our towns to enable physical distancing during the Coronavirus pandemic – and beyond during the period of recovery.

There is a lot of controversy about wearing a mask at the moment : The Government’s Public Health advice is a cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head. Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them.

Do not touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose. Once removed, make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched. You should wash a face covering regularly. It can go in with other laundry. When wearing a face covering, take care to tuck away any loose ends. Cosh saves you Dosh says an old cheap T shirt will do.

Petersfield Town Council has launched a ‘Page of Positivity’ where residents can share their good news stories and thank yous at this difficult time.

Petersfield shops opening on the 15th June include

  • Petersfield Bookshop
  • Majestic
  • Shops in the Folly Market including, Chazzaa’s mobile shop and Carat of Gold.

Cancer Research is planning to open on the 29th June.

The Dandy Cat is re-opening the retail part of the shop on June the 18th, and is working towards re-opening the barbershop on July 4th- if an official go-ahead is given. All bookings online only to help minimise Covid spread. They will contact their more elderly clients who are not online.

As we mentioned earlier, all this week fans of English literature are marking the 150th Anniversary of Charles Dickens’ death. So we thought it only appropriate to indulge in a somewhat literary stream of consciousness – I’m sure Suzie would approve! And here to help us do just that we have a special guest with a live a dramatised reading.

READING by Miri Bradder – listen to the audio to enjoy

That wasn’t a recollection of a blustery weekend on Butser Hill – it was in fact an excerpt from the Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations, read especially for you dear listener by Miri Bradder to mark the 150th Anniversary of the author’s death this week.

Before we shuffle off of the literary coil – we also wanted to mention the new ‘We Select, You Collect’ service being offered by Petersfield Library. This service allows you to provide your literary preferences so that the Library staff can then make book selections for you to pick up at allotted time – more information can be found via this unnecessarily long and impossible-to-read-on-the-radio link:


And now from the rimy and damp Dickensian weather, to the forecast for us in the Petersphere today. The temperature will be similar to yesterday, maximum 14. Cloudy at first changing to light rain by lunchtime with sunny intervals and a gentle breeze.

Travel news

Although the roads are getting busier there are only a few scheduled works to be aware of. Firstly the works on College Street outside Wetherspoons is being completed today which may cause delays and there are still stop/start boards in Harroway Lane, Ramsdean whilst the County Council remove and obstruction caused by debris from a fallen tree branch.

And if we’re not saying what you’re seeing call Petersfield 5 55 500.

Many thanks to our guest Miri Bradder – and don’t forget if you missed anything during the show, all the phone numbers and web links are listed in the programme transcript, at

Laura and Noni will be reporting tomorrow and if you have any news or comments for the team, please contact us by email at or call 01730 5 55 500. Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday!