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Information transcript

Hello, it’s your regular Morning Report on Thursday the 30th of July.

Laura and Suzie here, with your fast, fact-checked fix of local information.

Today is set to be a hot one, so we bring you some ice cream … in a way!

And you’ll also hear some great ideas for what to do over the summer.

So let’s get started with your local information updates

Another victim of the coronavirus crisis is Challengers, a disability charity for young people. The Petersfield branch has had to close due to falling funding.

August usually brings us Live at Langhams. This popular event staged by Langhams Brewery every year will still go ahead: but this year will become the ‘LiveStream@Langhams’ on Saturday 22nd August , from 7p.m to 9.30 p.m.
Raising money for the South Downs National Park initiative ‘Trees For The Downs’, the evening’s entertainment will include comedy, live music and more. Full details Via their Facebook page

Petersfield Community Garden is set to host a working group of volunteers aged 15 – 17 years old as part of the National Citizens Service. They will work in the gardens and the allotment site over two weeks in August. They will help to clear the stream and hope to build a pond and possibly create a wildflower meadow in that time.

Weald & Downland Living Museum reopens with ‘Wonderful Weeks’ throughout August. It has not been possible to run the hugely popular ‘Wonderful Wednesdays’ due to safety restrictions, so the museum staff have devised an alternative that will enhance daily visits during the summer holidays.

A simple activity pack will be available from the entrance for visitors to pick up each day, with additional activities around the site.There is a different topic each week and they run from Monday to Sunday. Full details on the museum website.

Staying with the museum, there will be three nights of open air theatre in August – taking your seats at 6.15pm for a 7 o’clock start.

  • 23 August – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (6.15pm for a 7pm start)
  • 30 August – Much Ado About Falstaff (6.15pm for a 7pm start)
  • 31 August – Choice Glenfell (6.15pm for a 7pm start)

To ensure social distancing restrictions can be maintained, only limited numbers will be allowed to these shows. Instead of individual spaces, there will be the offer of 40 ‘bubbles’ – each bubble will be 1.5 metres apart, with four people per bubble. Each bubble will cost £40. Booking in advance is essential – and tickets are available right now.

All the Dylans Ice Cream van bookings are cancelled until September at the earliest. Meanwhile, they are looking for somewhere to park up the van and open a mini Dylan’s. If you know of somewhere, such as an empty car park or even a shop, that they could use for a couple of months, please let them know direct or via Petersfield Community Radio.

And you’re up to date.

Thanks Suzie

That was a bit of a cheek, selling us the idea of ice cream – what’s your favourite flavour? etc
Open Air Theatre
Men unwilling to wear masks (Middlesex University joint research with Berkeley US findings in survey of 2,500 people) and more likely to experience negative emotions when they do wear one. True only of America or are Brits as bad? Worse in counties where mask-wearing isn’t mandatory.

What more is opening-up across the area?

Butser Ancient Farm is now open from Wednesday all the way through until Sunday every week. Despite being ancient, the farm has secured one very contemporary accolade – the team has been awarded a ‘Good to Go’ certification from Visit England for the measures it has taken to follow government and industry COVID-19 guidelines. Places remain limited at the attraction and your tickets will be for a specific time slot. You can book online at

A new menswear store opens on Chapel Street this weekend. Called Hector’s, it’s in exactly the same place as the much loved Frasers store was for as long as many of us can remember. The owner of Hector’s, Joe Bicknell, told us he sees his new shop as “a playful negotiation of things old and new”. It opens its doors for the first time on Saturday.


SSEN continues its works around the Petersphere – currently working its way along Swan Street towards the centre of town, and we can expect disruption and closures there for the next couple of weeks.

Temporary traffic lights remain in place on Station Road, between Sandringham Road and King George Avenue while the pelican crossing is upgraded to a puffin.

On the Causeway near the Jolly Sailor roundabout South East Water will have lights and traffic control later today so its teams can fix a broken meter lid in the road… that shouldn’t take long

And a couple of items in the South Harting area… SSEN is doing work on The Street in the centre of South Harting for a couple of days, and on Bohemia Hollow, Southern Water is fixing some kind of hydrant thing. We don’t really know to be honest – we just enjoy saying Bohemia Hollow.

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,


The jet stream has tracked northwards, bringing a burst of settled weather. Today, it’s full sun with maximum temperatures of 23 degrees and a warm southerly breeze. The sun is strong at this time of year , especially tomorrow, so UV levels are high.

And if you have any stories, shout outs and thank yous or if you have an idea for something you think we should feature or talk about, please let us know on Petersfield 5 55 500 or

This week’s P pod includes a chat with our own Michael Auger of Collabro fame and my Wilde Walk this week is … a swim! Tomorrow’s Morning Report will be brought to you by Dave and Harrison.

Until then, stay safe and have a wonderful Thursday. Have a great day.