Suzie Wilde and Harrison RB bring you today’s selection of essential stories from around the Petersphere.

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Information transcript

Good morning! It’s Monday 10th August. It’s Harrison and Suzie in charge for a new week.

And, just like a Victorian civil engineer, when construction of his railway is halted by a large rock outcrop, we’re straight in with a bang … here’s Suzie Wilde with your roundup of local stories.

Good morning.

The government has told councils the coronavirus-related grant funding they have been issuing will close on Friday, 28 August.

That includes small business grants; retail, hospitality and leisure grants; and discretionary grants.

Find out more on the EHDC website or use the link in the transcript.

Petersfield Town Council has responded to criticism over the installation of a new ‘Log World’ play area at the Heath.
Residents complained on social media that the new play area was only suitable for younger children, with the loss of the monkey bars a particular sore point for some.

A spokesman for the town council responded by confirming the new facility was for the use of youngsters aged between five and eight – and said it would be seeking the advice of its supplier to see what opportunities are available for older children.

Plans have been submitted to demolish the former sports pavilion at the former HMS Mercury Royal Navy training establishment, next to the Sustainability Centre, on the hill between East Meon and Clanfield.

On behalf of the South Downs National Park Authority, East Hampshire District Council planners are set to decide on a proposal to build a stable block in place of the pavilion and new gated access to the field.

The former pavilion and playing field haven’t been used as a sports facility for many years and the plans can be seen on the national park website – again, please use the link in the transcript.

Actor, poet, and good friend of the Morning Report Abigail McKern was a joint winner in the Buriton virtual village show.
She tied with Dave Williams and Jonathan Jones in the vegetable patch category, while the winner of the ‘best of my garden’ category was Ros (ROZ) Coles.

Greg Boy took the ‘My Lockdown’ honours while, in the under-18 category, top prize went to five-year-olds Logan and Joshua Hooker, with 10-year-old Lilly Watts, in second and 15-year-old Harry Watts third.
Congratulations to them all.

The PACT food bank is running low. It provides bags of food to families and individuals in difficulties who are referred by various statutory and voluntary agencies working in the Petersfield area.

It distributes from the Salvation Army building in Swan Street, but it is running low on certain items – it is appealing for donations of:

  • Hot chocolate
  • Toothbrushes and paste
  • Packet soups
  • Tins or packs of custard
  • Sweet treats
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Shampoo
  • Tinned soup
  • Porridge oats
  • Small packs of sugar
  • Tea bags

For further details visit

Now, here’s something I know you’ll be pleased to hear: this week is National Allotments Week. Run by the National Allotments Society – which is either hugely appropriate or an amazing coincidence – the theme for 2020 is Growing Food for Health and Wellbeing, a reflection of the many benefits of growing, cooking and eating your own fruit and vegetables.

It’s also Afternoon Tea Week in the UK. It celebrates the British love of the combination of savoury and sweet treats, accompanied by some of the 165 million cups of tea we drink each day in the UK … each day mind you.

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If you’re involved in an organisation that’s recovering from the pandemic then the South Downs National Park Authority may be able to provide you with some financial support.

The authority has earmarked £350,000 for a Covid-19 recovery fund that it hopes will provide opportunities for our local economy to be more sustainable and resilient after coronavirus.

The funding will be given to Covid-related projects that help deliver long-term outcomes for the park area and is suitable for projects costing between five hundred (£500) and ten thousand pounds (£10,000).

If you think that might help your organisation then you can email with your proposal and a case officer from the Park Authority will be in touch.

For more information please follow the link in today’s transcript.

A heads-up now for small business owners: the deadline for applications for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund is fast approaching. You need to have your applications in by midnight on Sunday.

This is open to businesses employing fewer than 50 people that have not qualified for other coronavirus-related grants – and if that’s your firm, you can apply to East Hampshire District Council now.

The criteria have again been extended to include properties with a rateable value of up to £100,000 and the rateable value limit has been removed for pubs.

For details visit:

Now, a self-indulgent plug for our new 24-hour dedicated digital radio service which launches this Saturday at High Noon.

Sadly our attempts to get Gary Cooper to launch it fell on stony ground … quite literally, sadly, as he died in 1961.

But it’s an exciting day, not just for everybody here at Petersfield Community Radio, but also for the town as a whole, as we believe this is the first time it has had its own radio station. So, yes … it’s a big thing.

And if you’d like to help keep us on air by advertising your business, or perhaps sponsoring a show or weekly feature, you can, with sponsorship starting from just £50 per calendar month … which is less than a decent meal out for two – or one, if the one is Dave Bowers.

Just drop us an email on and one of our highly trained team of robot butlers will get back to you. Don’t forget, it all kicks off at midday on Saturday – and details of how and where you can listen will be announced on Wednesday.


Drainage repairs begin in Station Road today and last for most of the week. Stop/go boards are in use there, so allow a little extra time for your journey.

In the High Street, work begins outside the Townhouse pub and Cafe Mezzo, where, apparently, contractors are installing Tiger mulch …

South East Water is working on the Causeway and two-way signals are in use there until tomorrow.

SSEN continues its construction of an evil warlord’s underground bunker by closing Chapel Street, between the junction with Swan Street and junction with Windsor Road.

Traffic control is also in operation on West Meon Road, East Meon; Harroway Lane, Ramsdean; and Winchester Road, Bordean.

…and 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,


We’re still at gas mark five, so lather up the sun-tan lotion and lay on a bed of sweet potato, onion and balsamic vinegar for that lovely roasted vegetable look …
It’s going to be hot again with some places in the region possibly hitting 37 degrees – which is very nearly half a right angle! Variable cloud though, with sunny spells, and there is a risk of heavy thundery showers breaking out. Not surprisingly it will be humid overnight.

We love to hear from you – this is your radio station and you make it shine. Call 5 55 500 or drop us an email,, if you want to suggest a story – or find us on social media and join in the conversation.
Don’t forget, our new 24-hour digital radio station launches this Saturday, wi ooo th a great mix of music, entertaining local personalities and the latest news, information and stories from across the Petersphere. There will be a special launch programme too, about which you can learn more later in the week…