Alan Cosh and Stephen Martin bring you today’s essential local information with Lucy Davies at the weatherdesk.

Today – the Town Council explains its decision to cancel the Taro Fair, there’s new hope for you if you’re looking for work and as house prices continue to rise, Petersfield gets another kitchen showroom.

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Information transcript

I’m Alan Cosh

Petersfield Town Council has been explaining its decision to cancel the Taro Fair at short notice.

Last week, the council suggested it was happy for the event to go ahead on the rescheduled date, but the county council advised against it.

In the end, the decision was left here in Petersfield where our town authority put a stop to it.

In a statement it said:

“It is with great regret that Petersfield Town Council announces that the Taro Fair will not be operating this year over the weekend of 9th – 11th October on Petersfield Heath. The decision has been taken in the interests of protecting the health of local residents and their safety in the light of the increasing threat being seen from the Covid-19 virus as cases of infection both locally and nationally continue to grow. In coming to this decision the Council has taken advice from its Health & Safety professionals as well as Hampshire County Council’s Public Health Department. It doesn’t in any way reflect on the operation of the Fair Operators who have done all that can be done to make their operation as compliant as possible during this pandemic and we look forward to welcoming them back next year”

Petersfield Town Council

Job hunters will be able to look for their next employment opportunity online with a virtual job fair tomorrow.

The event is organised by Job Centre Plus, Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council, and will see local businesses post a range of vacancies to attract those residents who may find themselves looking for a new job following the pandemic, or thinking of a change in career.

The fair will take place on Twitter between 2-3pm tomorrow. And, businesses looking to promote their vacancies are encouraged to take part by emailing vacancies in advance to, or by using the hashtag #EHants&Havantjobs.

Follow the event on the Job Centre’s Twitter account @JCPinHants_IOW.

Children at Highfield and Brookham schools, in Liphook, have raised more than £4,000 for The King’s Arms.

The Petersfield-based charity is set up to meet the needs of the young people in Petersfield and Alton and the surrounding villages.

Every year the children are given the opportunity to vote for the charity they want to support and, in the last academic year, the King’s Arms was their chosen cause.

A variety of fundraising activities were held throughout the year including a danceathon, a Christmas hamper raffle and the designing and selling of t-shirts, initiatives which raised an impressive £4,129.50 for the King’s Arms.

According to the latest government figures there have been 615 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in East Hampshire since the outbreak began, with a rate of 502.8 cases per 100,000 resident population. Ten new cases were confirmed in the latest update.

BUSINESS NEWS NOW, and Kitchen retailer Kutchenhaus is set to open a store in Petersfield.

The branch, on the High Street, will be the company’s 36th showroom in the UK and will host a socially distanced launch event on 31 October, when the company hopes to hold a cooking event led by a top chef.

The 1,000 sq ft shop will be managed by John Le Masurier, who has more than 15 years of experience as a showroom manager.


On Rams Hill in Petersfield there are still temporary signals at the junction with Kingsfernden Lane. They are proving to be a real headache at school dropoff and collection time with traffic backing up right down the hill. Avoid it if you can. However, those works are scheduled to be concluded today …

SSEN continues its work on the old A3 at its junction with the A272 Midhurst Road. Follow the diversions and expect some delays. Our very own Suzie Wide was complaining about the delays here only yesterday …

And in Langrish there are overnight closures to the A272 from 8pm until 6am daily for Hampshire County Council to do road works. If you’re heading West out of Petersfield, follow the diversion via the Meon Valley. Again, those works are expected to finish today.

And if we’re not saying what you’re seeing on the roads do let us know: cll us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or email