Harrison RB and Dave Bowers round up the latest news and information from across the Petersphere.

This morning you’ll hear from Nicole Small, who’ll be talking costume design. She is a costume cutter/maker, supervisor and designer for film, theatre, opera and ballet, both here and in the USA – and a Tilmore resident.

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A reminder of the government guidance which comes into force today. It is now mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and banks as well as on public transport. And, in what could be described as a W turn, they are required in takeaways, if you go to the counter.

EHDC’s message is that wearing a face covering will help protect others from you. If you have caught coronavirus but have not developed symptoms, the covering could reduce the chance of you passing it on.

Face coverings are not a replacement for keeping your distance from others and washing your hands. It’s important that you wear and store your face covering properly. Make sure you wash or sanitise your hands before putting it on and after taking it off, avoid touching your face and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you wash them.

Reassuringly, according to a new poll by Ipsos MORI, almost 9 in 10 Britons say it is either essential or important for people to wear a facemask in certain public situations, such as shopping or using public transport, to stop the spread of coronavirus.

So please ensure that if you are going shopping you have a face covering about your person – let’s all stay safe, look out for each other and stay alert.

On the subject of staying safe and aware and alert, we’re sad to have to remind you that criminals are taking advantage of the NHS Test and Trace Service by sending phishing emails and texts containing links designed to obtain your banking passwords and PINs.

Please remember that NHS Test and Trace will never ask you for financial details, PINs or passwords. They will also never visit your home. You can forward scam emails to report@phishing.gov.uk and report suspicious texts to your mobile phone provider by forwarding the text to 7726. If a scam text claims to be from your bank you should also report it to them.

This weekend will see the reopening of many gyms and sports centres across the country, but, here in Petersfield the Taro Centre will not be one of them.

The centre’s manager, Dave West, told us the centre is ready, but discussions between Everyone Active, which manages the facility, and EHDC are ongoing.

We will, of course, update you as soon as we hear the good news.

Now, moving onto lighter news than we had before our interview – it’s Petersfield Lions’ Book Fest this Saturday 25 July, from 9am until noon, outside Lloyd’s Bank. Have you read everything you own during lockdown? Well, there’s something for everyone here and every book has been quarantined for at least three days.

The Lions are asking for voluntary donations, and you heard here the other week when we spoke to Sandra what wonderful things they do for us locally, like providing one boy who asked for help, with a laptop. There are fiction books for both adults and children, from picture books upwards and non-fiction, too, with popular subjects like animals and nature, self-help and so on.

The Lions will be there with details of Message in a Bottle and Message in a Wallet. If you take medication and worry what will happen if you suddenly fall ill, do ask them what this means – or get someone to ask for you.

Sticking with things to do – here’s a reminder that from this Monday, 27 July, East Hampshire District Council’s play service is providing online activities for children over the summer break. It includes an online activity trail and runs for five weeks. There will be five activities each week based around a different theme and focused on a different challenge area. Go to the Facebook page @PlayingAroundEH for more information.


Travel news now and although there may be a bit of repetition, we’ll mention again that SSEN are continuing to install underground electronic circuits as it has been in various places around the Petersphere for some time – currently in Swan Street near the Hospital and Swan Surgery.

Also near the surgery – Southern Water is carrying out repair works on a collapsed pipe at the junction with Borough Road. Both sets of works mean that there are traffic control measures in place so stay aware.

There are also works taking place over the weekend on Station Road and Tor Way while the County Council carry out maintenance works. The Tor Way works are not expected to cause delays but it is possible that the control measures on Station Road might do just that.

If we’re not saying what you’re seeing, please let us know – you can reach us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or via email, team@petersfieldradio.uk.


It’s mostly dry and a little overcast today. We’re expecting highs of 21 degrees in the early afternoon and a small chance of a light showers – 30 per cent for those who are number orientated – in the early afternoon.

Tomorrow’s more of the same although there’s a higher chance of showers, Sunday looks drier and warmer but still overcast.