Today it’s the turn of Suzie Wilde and Laura Sheppard to bring you your daily round-up of local information for Petersfield and surrounding villages.

And they also bring you an interview with Fifi Crowley, of Gallery Number 30 and – as today marks the launch of the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 online festival, Monologues and More, they also share with you a snippet from one of the exciting performances which will be available each day from 16 to 25 July.

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Information transcript

First, some library news. Did you know you can use your smartphone via the Spydus mobile app to scan library books, check out loans, search the library catalogue, save searches, set up reading lists and get book recommendations?

You can even scan ISBN codes when you’re out and about to see if there are any available copies at your local library. Visit for a guide on using the app and follow links to libraries

Refill & Replenish will be open again on Friday and Saturday from 9am until 2pm. After a fairly intense period of adapting the business in reaction to the pandemic, Laura and Alice needed to take a moment to recover. Deliveries and click-and-collect services are suspended currently but will be back to normal very soon.

And if you haven’t already got one, buy a mask. Face coverings must be worn in all shops from 24 July – that’s next week.

If you wish to listen to John Welsman’s interview with Fifi Crowley, of Gallery 30 in the High Street, please click on the audio file above … that’s how radio works even in 2020!

Plans are in place for resuming art exhibitions and classes, so do contact Gallery Number 30 direct for more information.

If you want to hear more from John himself, he joined Suzie on a Wilde Walk, which is in the P Pod this week. You’ll really enjoy hearing about how losing his sight did not mean losing independence in any way – or his sense of humour! Find out more about synaesthesia on the longer ramble in the full length version, too.

It’s a great value P Pod this week, recorded at the Kings Arms.

By the way, if you would like to host an episode of the P Pod, as long as we can keep to safety guidelines, do get in touch on or 5 55 500

Now for the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 online Festival, Monologues and More. This programme of exciting performances will be available each day from 16 to 25 July. We invited writers to send in their monologues in audio and video on the theme of Romeo and Juliet – the greatest of all love stories.

As you know, it has not been possible for the company to stage the planned open-air production this year but, at the heart of the Online Festival, are those entries to the ‘Shake it Up’ monologue writing competition, which have provided a rich seam of talent, and some fascinating insights into the lesser known characters of the play.

So while the Festival lasts, we are going to showcase a few of those entries selected for performance. We’ll start today with a short clip from a fabulous piece, written and performed by Bea Harmston from West Sussex.

Again, guys, please listen to the audio above – you won’t regret it, it’s excellent …

If you enjoyed that, go to the Festival website and share the diverse and exciting new work created by PSF friends old and new. All the work and news can be found at as well as some happy memories from past productions.


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 in Frenchman’s Road, from the junction with Bedford Road to the junction with Borough Hill, but is set to be completed by the end of this week.

Winchester Road is busy this week, with traffic controls at the junction with Stoneham Park while gas repairs are underway. Work has also started to improve the highway, so expect some delays.

Finally, after the serious accident on the A272 near Durleighmarsh on Tuesday, police are asking for information from anyone who saw it happen. Did you know that if you follow PCR on Twitter there are live updates of any significant traffic problems: but we’re only as good as the information we receive, so …

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


It’s another cloudy day with a very slight risk of a shower. It will feel warmer with a maximum temperature of 22 degrees and a light breeze keeping it muggy. Friday is likely to be very warm and it should stay dry and sunny throughout the weekend.