Alan Cosh and Dave Bowers bring you today’s update of essential local information.

As new Petersfield parents choose different baby names from people elsewhere, Alan and Dave discuss how they named their children, and following the news that school transport will get a boost locally they reminisce about their childhood journeys to and from the classroom. 

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Information transcript

Good Morning. It’s Tuesday the first of September. Whether we like it or not, the summer is officially over, autumn is here and so am I: Alan Cosh. Dave Bowers is here too with the local news, after we hear what’s happening nationally and internationally.

I’m Dave Bowers at Petersfield’s Shine Radio.

Young people in Petersfield have a new online platform to help them access support and guidance services.
The Petersfield Pathfinders group is a new private space on the social media platform Facebook and aims to bring together a range of useful resources for young people in one place.

It’s been established by Kathryn Ellis-Blandford, who previously managed the Petersfield Pulse discussion group, and targets 13 to 19-year-olds.

Kathryn is appealing to local organisations who support young people, people who put on activities for teenagers, and businesses with work or volunteering opportunities to get in touch.

Here’s the link. You’ll need a Facebook account.

Petersfield Museum will reopen at the end of March.

In an interview with Petersfield’s Shine Radio, the museum chairman, Vaughan Clarke confirmed the schedule for building work to end and the museum to reopen.

And you can hear Alan’s full interview with Vaughan Clarke on Harrison RB’s show, after 4pm tomorrow, on Shine Radio, and online at

Hampshire County Council is to receive £1.1m from a Government grant to help provide school transport over the next few months.

Exact details of how the cash will be spent are yet to be released, but the council has confirmed that while school transport will operate “broadly in the same way it has previously”, the difference will be in the use of it by students.

They will need to adhere to control measures such as sitting in year groups, using hand sanitiser when getting on and off the bus and, if they are aged 11 years or older, they will be asked to wear a face covering if they are able to, the council said. Vehicles will also need to be cleaned daily and all routes will be risk assessed.

A spokesman explained that, as a public service, buses cannot operate at full capacity owing to social distancing guidance, so there will be cases where the council will consider requirements for additional public bus services.

New parents in Petersfield are choosing different baby names from people elsewhere in the country.

Data from the Office of National Statistics shows the most popular baby names registered in East Hampshire in the last year are Willow for a girl and George and Harry, for a boy.

The figures show nine girls were registered as Willow locally – two fewer than the previous year’s top-ranked name, Olivia – and 13 boys were named George or Harry.

Nationally, Oliver remains the most popular name for boys in England and Wales for the seventh year in a row, ahead of George and Noah. And Olivia topped the national girls’ list for the fourth year in succession, with Amelia and Isla in second and third respectively.

South Western Railway will introduce some extra train services through Petersfield from next week.

Stephen Martin is at Petersfield railway station:

From next Monday the first fast service to London in the morning will be at 0649 but additional early morning stopping services will start from 0517.

Through the day there will still be one fast and one slow train in each direction every hour but some extra stopping services will mean you can travel later into the evening on the railway.

The last services from both Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour will leave at 2245 with the late Portsmouth train reaching Petersfield at twenty five past eleven and the last London service pulling into our railway station at seven minutes past midnight.

The train company wants you to travel outside peak hours if possible and says that maintaining a one-metre gap between travellers will be difficult at the busiest times.

They say Waterloo is at its most busy between seven and eight in the morning and between five and six at night.


SSEN have made it to the foot of Windsor Road with their digging and you can now get into the Waitrose Car Park via Chapel Street and Park Road again.

On the trains the “one fast, one slow” service every hour continues for the rest of this week before the extra services we reported earlier kick-in next Monday.

There’s resurfacing work at the top of Stoner Hill near the Trooper in Froxfield.

Compton Down Road is closed so the council can remove trees that have Ash Dieback

And an early warning that later this week, developers will be working at the junction of Princes Road and Winchester Road as they install a new pedestrian crossing and traffic lights there by the entrance to the new building opposite.

… 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,