Laura Sheppard and Harrison RB round up the latest news and information from across the Petersphere as we start another week in Petersfield.

Including the latest instalment from this year’s virtual Petersfield Shakespeare Festival – a monologue performed by Twyla Doone, whose theatre experience includes extensive work with the award-winning Chichester Festival Youth Theatre.

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Information transcript

It’s that time of year again. The burrowing bees have returned to the heath.

These occur every year, have been identified as Solitary bees and pose no threat to children or animals.

Solitary bees vary considerably in size, appearance and where they choose to nest.

Roughly 70% are called mining bees and nest in underground burrows and bees that nest in houses are called cavity nesting bees.

These bees don’t live in colonies, produce honey or have a queen. They are fantastic pollinators: a single red mason bee is equivalent to 120 worker honeybees in the pollination it provides.

They do not have pollen baskets for carrying pollen, meaning that each time they visit a flower they lose far more pollen than social bees, which makes them much better pollinators.

Petersfield Community Garden is running a Bug House Competition throughout the summer holidays. Children who make a bug house or hotel will be in with the chance of winning a cash prize and to have their creation displayed in the community garden.

Entries are welcome from children up to the age of 11 from Petersfield and the surrounding villages. The closing date for entries is 28th August.

East Hampshire District Council’s play service is providing online activities for children over the summer. It includes an online activity trail, beginning on 27 July and running 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 for more information.

From Thursday, the 3G sports pitch at TPS will be open for weekday evening booking between the hours of 5 and 8pm, but is limited to just one hirer per evening. And a small cleaning charge per evening will also be incorporated into any bookings.

However, there are currently no plans to make the school’s other facilities available to use before September.

Following our report on the Petersfield Open Air Pool and the Trustees’ statement which confirmed they would not be opening this summer, dozens of you have responded to wish them all the best and to say that you understand the decision not to reopen in the present circumstances:

“So sad but life is too precious to play Russian roulette with. It does my heart good to see businesses making a humanitarian decision rather than one based on profit. Thank you and be well.”

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The Grange Surgery is closed for the afternoon tomorrow. Please call the out of hours service 111 during this time.

Petersfield Lions are having a book sale on Saturday 25th July from 9am until noon. All proceeds will go to local charities. There will be books to suit all tastes. Books need to be quarantined for at least 3 days, so please don’t donate any more this week. We’ll bring you further details on Friday.

The Seven Stars in Stroud is reopening tomorrow at 11am. All the expected restrictions will be in place, and as it’s table service only, you must book beforehand.

The Half Moon in Sheet is joining in with the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme where you will be given a 50% discount on your food and soft drinks, up to a maximum of £10. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August will be part of the scheme. Monday will be Burger Night, Tuesday, Fish Night and Wednesday Steak Night. Booking will be essential.

The British Red Cross shop is very grateful for your donations large and small. However, it has a large number of donations waiting to be processed, so is temporarily unable to accept any more bric-a-brac.

The Rowan’s Hospice shop has reopened on the High Street. It will be open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am until 4pm. It politely requests gloves and a mask are worn in the shop.

Bags, shoes and accessories as well as beautiful summer clothes still at the Petersfield Space in Lavant Street 10.30 till 4 and all this week. New stock of pre-owned treasures will be arriving all the time.

A new shop is opening in Ram’s walk, opposite Moshulu Shoes. Grape Tree Health Foods has a range of health foods and wellbeing products, as well as natural beauty products. Welcome to the Petersphere!

And following our moving interview with Karen Dodds from Time to be Me a couple of weeks ago, we’re delighted that the salon has been able to reopen following government guidelines.


The A272 between Langrish and Bordean will be closed overnight for resurfacing this week from Bordean House to the junction with Bordean Lane. And resurfacing work continues in Liphook from Midhurst Road to Devil’s Lane with expected road closure.

Rake Road in Milland is expected to be closed between the junction with Harting Combe Road and Milland Lane/Iping Road while underground electricity circuits are installed. Repairs to a collapsed water pipe in Copse Close in Liss continue until tomorrow. 

There may be some delays in Pulens lane at the junction with Heath Road and Durford Road, and Swan Street remains closed between the junction at Borough Hill and the junction with Chapel Street while new underground electrical circuits are installed. This work is set to continue until the first week of August.

Work continues on highway improvements on the Winchester Road at the junction with Prince’s Road, and the Berelands slip road on and off the A3 remains closed for electrical work.  

And, in Liss, the multi-way traffic signals are still in place on Andlers Ash Road.

As always, 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 at


Sunny all day in the Petersphere today, with temperatures up to 21 degrees, and a gentle breeze.

Similar temperatures for tomorrow, too, although there will be a bit more cloud cover in the middle of the day.