Lucy Davies has Petersfield’s local news, weather and travel information for Tuesday.
Includes information of further stores in Petersfield that have announced they’re joining the Thursday late night shopping scheme, plus national and world headlines from Andy Seddon.
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Petersfield’s local news
Clarence House recognises local school childrens’ eco art.
The children of Petersfield Infant School have received a letter from CLarence House on behalf of HRH The Prince of Wales. The letter congratulated the children on the eco mural the created with Treefrog Art earlier this term. The letter will be shared with pupils at Petersfield Infants during school assemblies this week and is expected to be kept in pride of place next to correspondence received from Sir David Attenborough about the mural.
Treefrog Art runs a number of after school art clubs for schools in Petersfield and surrounding villages where children are encouraged to get creative and taught how to collage, sculpt, paint and weave among a whole range of other creative skills. For more information on Treefrog Art contact Vicki Osterson via email at email@example.com or over the phone on 07779 301791.
The local food bank service is busier now than before the 1st lockdown.
PACT Food Bank is preparing 20-25 packs per week. This is double the number being provided prior to the first lockdown.
They say they have sufficient stock contributions and funds to purchase food where necessary. Christmas items are now being added to food parcels.
Volunteers are distributing food packs from The Salvation Army meeting hall back room on Swan Street on: Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9.30am to 11.30am.
If you need a food pack, please contact one of the agencies below so that you can be referred. If they are closed because of the pandemic, please email Elaine, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07980 842548.
The referral agencies who usually refer to the Food Bank include:
Havant Job Centre
A local charity is supporting the homeless in finding safe accommodation during these challenging times.
Homeless people in our area are being found housing, thanks to the Two Saints charity which is working with East Hampshire District Council.
Homeless people were given temporary accommodation during lockdown and now the charity is trying to find more permanent homes for them.
If you’re a private landlord who can assist with providing accommodation for this purpose then please contact the Two Saints charity via email on email@example.com or over the phone on 01329 234600 and further details on the scemed can be found at twosaints.org.uk.
Stay safe, shop local with additional opening hours and Free After Three in Petersfield
Local businesses are changing their opening hours to provide more trading time for customers to pop in. A number of local businesses are opening on Sundays as well as staying open later during the week, including Lavant ROwe Hairdressing and LR Fashion (previously LR Man), Academy Arts & Crafts, Hectors Menswear, Madeline’s KItchen and Velvet & Rose.
Other businesses with changes to trading hours include the Dandy Cat, One Tree Boos, Rainbows and Refill & Replenish.
For shoppers who would like to make the most of the opportunity to shop local, East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) has teamed up with Petersfield Town Council to make Swan Street car park ‘Free After Three’ this December.
From 3 to 24 December inclusive, Swan Street pay and display car park in Petersfield will be free to park in from Monday to Saturday after 3pm to help encourage residents to shop locally over the festive season.
Artistic escapes taking place on our doorsteps every week
Local art group Artscape is providing weekly workshops at the Heath for anyone who wants to indulge in a little escapism.
Activities are designed to cater for all abilities and the gatherings also aim to provide a welcoming space where people can meet if they are feeling isolated or lonely.
The Art Escape Pod can be found under the green gazebo next to the old Oak tree, on Tuesday mornings between 11-1pm and the scheme aims to culminate in an exhibition during 2021
All Escape Pod sessions are full Covid compliant and subject to NHS Test & Trace.
Delays on Ramshill continue where SSEN is installing a new interconnector between Petersfield and Fernhurst.
The bus stop outside Churcher’s College is closed and buses are stopping instead by Madeline Road.
And the puffin crossing by the Esso Garage is suspended while those roadworks continue.
Delays may also be expected on Torberry Road to Old Ditcham where there are two way traffic controls whilst SOuthern Water carry out works. There is a possibility of delays on Warren Road and Andlers Ash Road due to road closures whilst Hampshire County Council carry out works as well as on Farnham Road in Liss where there are two-traffic way controls in place.
Works are also being carried out on Willowdale Close inad North Stroud Lane in Stroud which are not expected to cause delays, but may cause some carriageway incursion.
…and finally… the Hindhead Tunnel is closed again overnight this coming weekend, the twelfth and thirteenth of December. If you’re planning to use the A3 after 9pm on those days expect diversions to be in place.