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It’s the last day before lockdown and Dave Williams and Alan Cosh are here with a comprehensive round-up of local information to help you prepare.

We have the latest on the sudden closure of the High Street, concerns from a Petersfield business owner who is still waiting for government guidance and information about local shops that are providing changed services during the lockdown period.

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Information transcript

Local news

A sudden closure for emergency sewer repairs

Petersfield High Street was closed yesterday with very little warning.

The sudden collapse of a sewer under the road meant that engineers had to move in and immediately excavate.

It’s likely that the road will remain blocked outside Marks and Spencer for around two weeks.

Richard Margette is an engineer who is working on the repair:

Petersfield Town Council tried to have the work delayed until Thursday when it would have affected far fewer people.

But engineers had already planned to start what the council called “acute emergency work”.

Diversions are in place around the town.

There’s still time to help clean-up the town before this weekend’s Remembrance Day ceremony.

Petersfield Society is organising the annual Clean-Up for Remembrance in a modified form this year.

Volunteers can borrow litterpicking equipment so they can go off and do some cleaning-up in their own time when the town is quiet.

There won’t be a litter-sorting and analysis event this year either, but volunteers will be able to take two bags when they go litterpicking, so they can sort as they go.

Petersfield Society says it wants to make a contribution to the dignity of the town for Remembrance Sunday.

There will be a ‘final push’ early on Sunday morning to catch any litter from Saturday night.

To get involved email

Some Petersfield businesses are still waiting to hear whether they must close from Thursday.

Shelley Hill of Bentley’s Dog Grooming had to close her business during the first lockdown.

This time she says the government’s advice is vague:

There were long delays and much frustration around Sheet yesterday after a large tree fell across Pulens Lane.

The road was blocked by the tree near its junction with Heathfield Road for several hours.

Local residents told us Pulens Lane was closed between Durford Road and Mogg’s Mead.

Drivers and pedestrians who wanted to pass through the lane had to find ways round, which were further hampered in Sheet by the SSE electricity digging work.

Those roadworks were already causing delays on Pulens Lane, London Road and Inmans Lane.

The fallen tree only added to the chaos.

Staff at Petersfield Hospital want your help with their Christmas campaign.

Jules Cavalier and the team want to hang a stocking on each patient’s bed on Christmas Eve in the Rowan and Cedar wards.

But they can’t do it without some gifts for the stockings.

If you can donate small gifts suitable for older men and women then the team would be extremely grateful.

They say they would like small soaps, smellies, trinkets and the like.

You can drop off any gifts you’d like to share in a special box that’s been installed at the entrance to the hospital.

Local shops

Ann’s Prams
is open today 9.39-4.30 then offering click n collect via their website. 
Stables Wine Bar and Kitchen
Open for takeaways from a new menu.
Open until 9pm on Wednesday for last-minute clothes shopping.
John Peter Salon
is open until 8pm every evening until Wednesday – get your locks sorted before the lockdown
Bambino Baby
Open 9-5 and then from Thursday Bambino Baby will be operating a click and collect service during normal opening hours Tues-Fri, 9am-3pm and Sat, 9am-5pm. 
Morgans Butchers
7.30am till 5pm all this week and then on Saturday open from 7.30 am till 4pm. The butchers will be open throughout lockdown
The Tattoo Lounge
Open late until 8pm tonight
The Secret Garden Florist
is taking orders over the telephone and website and will deliver, as well as provide a click and collect service.
Jake’s Toys
is open today and tomorrow only.
Handmade Studios
the new shop in the Square is open until tomorrow, and will continue with online sales after that. 
Open until 6pm tonight and will open later Wednesday if you need them to. No online sales. 
Sew Creative
Open as usual until Wednesday and then offering click-and-collect orders throughout lockdown with local delivery or postage. You can order by phone or email. Details on their website.
Time to be Me
Is opening a new online shop this week via its website, and their gift vouchers will be valid for a full twelve months.
The Old Drum
Is planning to provide a morning coffee shop service and takeaway lunches. Their hotel rooms remain available throughout lockdown for anyone who needs to stay for essential purposes.
The Dandy Cat
Moving to online and mail-order from Thursday. If you spend £10 or more there’s free delivery in the Petersfield area.
Annie Jones
Is open today and tomorrow but then closed until 2 December. If you have a booking the team can re-arrange it for a new date after 2nd December. Just email them.
Cafe Mezzo
The cafe on the high street will close throughout the lockdown. The team plans to reopen on 2 December
Hector’s menswear
Is open late until Wednesday with the shop open until 8 in the evening. From Thursday Hector’s will offer free local deliveries on all orders placed on its website or by phone.
The local taxi firms in Petersfield will continue to provide their services through the lockdown period if your journey is classed as essential. That means getting food supplies, medicine, getting to or from a place of education or getting to or from work if it’s not possible for you to do your work from home.
The Recycling centre on Bedford Road
continues to provide its service but remember to book a slot in advance.
The Petersfield Cleaning Services company
tells us that they plan to continue working throughout the lockdown period and that any booked cleaning you have with them will be honoured. 
Bryant Brothers who run the markets
say they’re waiting for detailed guidance on what is permitted but they expect to be able to provide essential services such as food sales as normal during the lockdown. John Bryant says he’ll keep us in touch as he gets more guidance.
The Post Office in the square
Staff there have told us that they will continue to operate throughout the lockdown. 
The Petersfield Bookshop
Is open until Wednesday of this week.  After that, the team will be there behind closed doors and would love to continue to hear from you during the lockdown. As before, they’ll gladly send books out and deliver locally.
World of Inks
The printing service & office supplies company in Lavant street is open 9am-4pm and offers a click and collect service. 
Willow Clothing
In that lovely old building on the High Street is open until Wed and has a Lockdown sale.
Charles Street Tap
Is selling all remaining alcohol at a discount
La Piazetta
Is offering takeaways from 5-9pm
Velvet & Rose
Is offering click and collect and online sales
Gillie G’s
Ladies’ Boutique in the Square is offering click and collect and free delivery to the Petersfield area
Two Fat Dogs Leather Workshop
In Chapel Street is open 9am-8pm until Wednesday, and can take orders for Christmas, as they will still be making items even though the shop is closed. 
Flowers by the Bridge
The flower stall in West Meon is offering local deliveries and contactless collections. 
Refill & Replenish
In the Folly Market has extended its opening hours. It is now open every day except Sundays until 2pm and will remain open during lockdown. Wednesday through Saturday afternoons it will be prioritising the click and collect service, and can deliver on Saturdays. 
Fez Restaurant
Will close on 5th November, but remain open for takeaways, and will provide a collection and delivery service. Menus are available to view on its website 
Petersfield School Uniform Supplies
Although schools remain open, the School Uniform market stall is not an essential service and will be closing. It will be at the market on Wednesday as usual. 
The Harrow
Will be closing Thursday. If you pitch up before Thursday with a container, you can pick up some Harrow beer for only £2 a pint. Food takeaways will hopefully be available in the future. 
Boots the Chemist
Will be open throughout lockdown as usual but may ask you to use the rear entrance for prescriptions. And the Boots Midnight Chemist next to the Swan Surgery and the Day Lewis pharmacy are also both open for medical supplies throughout lockdown.
The Bran Tub
is open as normal, and will also be taking orders by email. YOu can pay over the phone and then collect when ready.
The Townhouse
Dom says he is offering a takeaway food offer (click & collect) via the Townhouse website from Thursday. He will also deliver Thursday -Sunday. The web shop is still being built, but will be live for Thursday. You can order draught beer, cider & ales by the litre & a range of canned craft beers. It’s the Townhouse’s 5th birthday this Friday, and whilst Dom and his team can’t celebrate with others, he does invite you raise a glass from home.
The Charity Christmas Card Shop
on the high street must close after tomorrow but Lesley Farrow, the town mayor, says it will provide a click and collect service so you can still support charities when you buy your card this year.

Travel news

Petersfield High Street is closed by M&S. Emergency sewer works means the street will be closed to traffic for around two weeks, according to engineers working on the repair.

The delays through Sheet are set to continue today as SSE’s work on London road affects the junction with Pulens Lane and Inman’s Lane.

Shine Radio listeners have told us of delays of up to twenty minutes through that stretch and the traffic can back-up right up to the Ramshill Roundabout, causing further congestion for vehicles coming off the A3. Do try to avoid the old A3 through Sheet if you can.

The fallen tree on Pulens Lane should be cleared by now – but let us know if that’s not your experience.

There are also works being carried out by Hampshire County Council on Stoner HIll in Steep, which may cause delays.

On Winchester Road in Petersfield, expect some delays by the new junction.

And if we’re not saying what you’re seeing out there – you can call Petersfield 555 500 to help update this information. Just another way that you make it shine.