The Morning Report is your daily update of essential local information from Petersfield and the surrounding villages.

Joff and Stephen bring you the show today and we meet Shirley Leader, owner of Velvet & Rose boutique in Petersfield that reopened to customers this week.

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Information transcript

It’s still Learning Disability week and the charity Mencap are encouraging people to get involved with their #LDWeek2020 campaign with lots of activities which could be beneficial to many of us in these times of increased uncertainty and isolation, including getting involved in their Befriending service and making ‘friendship flags’.

And if you’d like to learn something new, Mencap are also encouraging us to learn a little bit of Makaton – a form of sign language which uses signs and symbols to communicate words and phrases alongside speech. More information about the Learning Disability Week can be found on the Mencap website – we’ll include the link in the transcript as usual.

Now please remember to welcome the parking wardens back this week by parking considerately. And on the point of being considerate, if you are venturing into a newly re-opened shop today please carry a face covering to use in the event that distancing cannot be maintained. Some of the procedures are new to people so please be patient with others who are still getting to grips with it all!

And whilst we’re gently nudging the nodules of reminiscence, the County Council have recommended that motorists use the RinGo app to pay for parking tickets in town. They also advise that those who cannot use the app remember to sanitise their hands before and after using the payment machine in the car. We’ve also seen another request from Bohunt and TPS for any old and unused laptops or tablets which can be used by students still learning from home – information about how to donate devices can be found in the transcript of today’s programme.

Since we’re beginning to return to some semblance of normality, with many shops are-opening we wanted to let you know that from today you can pick your own fruit and vegetables at Durleighmarsh Farm.

If you’re going along today you’ll find loads of strawberries ready to pick, and also some gooseberries and broad beans. And remember to stay 2 metres away from everyone else – it’s all too easy to get swept-up in the untrammelled joy of live fruit picking.

Meanwhile – Lara at the County Kitchen & Cellar in Hawkley has launched a Wild Picnic Experience as well as teaming up with Simply African Food to provide a Braii Box – offering a selection of meat and veggie options for BBQing.

Lara and friends are on Petersfield 827 005 and as always, you can find contact information in today’s transcript for any and all businesses we have talked about.

And while you might be opening a Braai Box, some local people have been opening whole businesses this week.

Let’s say good morning to Shirley Leader who runs the Velvet & Rose boutique on Chapel Street.

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And Velvet & Rose is just one of around fifty Petersfield stores which have reopened this week – you can find out about more of them in the transcripts of recent Morning Reports.

And if you’re a local business with a story to tell do feel free to get in touch -we’re on or call Petersfield 5 55 500.


A reminder to take care around the A3/A272 entry and exits, north and south, where roadworks continue overnight, that’s between 9pm and 6am – with work scheduled to continue until 20th June.

There is also work happening over the next few days in Larcombe Road, while BT replaces a faulty cable and in Linnet CLose and Durford Road whilst South East Water carry out repairs – but these are not expected to cause any delays.

Keep a face covering handy, in case you need to travel by train, bus or taxi, or have to queue and also that SW Rail advises to buy travel tickets in advance online.

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


Petersfield met man Richard Marks says we’re slap bang in the middle of a slack pressure gradient set-up. Well, I’m wearing slacks, and with a pantomime slap I’m set-up to tell you what that means.

Plenty of sunshine today, but beware the risk of sharp showers, some of them thundery later. If you catch a shower where you are it could be heavy and lead to localised flooding.
A touch cooler than it has been, with maximum temperatures around nineteen degrees.

As always, if our prolific pace has left you wanting for a pencil, all the phone numbers and web links you’ve heard today are in the programme transcript at

If you have any news, information or comments you want to share with us you can email or call us on Petersfield 5 55 500.

You’ll be doused with the dulcet tones of Suzie and Laura on the Morning Report tomorrow.