Money Moment with Martin Bamford

Informed Choice independent financial planners is a specialist investment company in Petersfield, which can help you make decisions about money.

Every week, Martin Bamford compiles a selection of money stories that will help you keep in touch with our changing world as you consider how best to spend and invest.

This week

Martin Bamford is back with another digest of money news to help you plan your finances, wherever you live in the Petersfield area.

This week with Martin, demand for houses outstrips supply, sending prices higher, why fraud and error is affecting universal credit payments, more than 500 bank branches have closed in the last year, there’s a new consumer duty on finance firms and the rental property eviction ban ends this month.

All with Martin Bamford and presented with Informed Choice, independent financial planners of Petersfield.

Martin Bamford

Be informed and plan for your future with the Money Moment from Petersfield’s Shine Radio. Sponsored by Informed Choice.

Damian Hinds MP – update for Petersfield

A view from the East Hampshire MP’s office.

Damian Hinds shares an update on the gradual lifting of COVID restrictions and other local matters.

About this series

Damian Hinds MP is required to represent the interests of our area and everybody within it. As such, Shine Radio has asked him to make his updates about constituency matters that affect us all and not to be party political messages.

We have also invited other locally-elected representatives to contribute messages.

What do you think?

We welcome a wide range of expression at Shine Radio so if you have comments about Damian’s message please email or leave a message on this page.

Pandemic Parenting – Maternity Leave

Emily and Ryan Watts share their experiences of becoming first time parents during a global pandemic.

In this episode, they talk about maternity leave during lockdown, the quality time spent as a new family unit, the impact of not having family visits, and the challenges of raising a newborn during lockdown. 

If you’d like to share your experiences of parenting during a pandemic, Emily and Ryan would love to hear from you. Get in touch by emailing or leave a message on 01730 5 55 500

Talking Books – May 2021

 It’s another YA special, with Sue Wallman –  a prize-winning author of YA thrillers. Her debut, Lying about Last Summer, was Winner of Zoella Book Club 2016 and she has since published another three, all winning awards and Dead Popular was WHSmith Book of the Month 2019.

Her new book is out 6 May: I Know You Did It

Sue’s Desert Island Book was The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr

The books mentioned in this months programme were:

  • A Long Petal of the Sea – Isabel Allende
  • Tremendous Things – Susan Nielsen
  • Mrs Dalloway  Virginia Wolf
  • Early Morning Riser – Katherine Heiny
  • Graves End – William Shaw
  • The White Ship – Charles Spencer
  • Troubled Blood – Robert Galbraith

June’s Talking Books

We will be talking to Lissa Evans, about her new book, out in paperback this month.

Lissa Evans writes for both adults and children when she’s not guesting on Backlisted Pod.Her recent novel,V for Victory – which is out in paperback from Black Swan in June – is set in London at the end of the Second World War and completes a loose historical trilogy which began with Old Baggage andCrooked Heart. This is her seven-and-a-halfth Backlisted – for as well as appearing on the very first episode (on J.L. Carr’s A Month in the Country), Lissa has been a guest on episodes 36, 78, 90, 108, and 125 discussing variously the work of Patrick Hamilton, Edith Wharton, Charles Dickens, Marcel Proust and Geoffrey Willans & Ronald Searle, as well as the one-off mini-cast on George Saunders’sLincoln in the Bardo.

Talking Books is broadcast on the third Monday evening of the month at 8pm on Petersfield’s Shine Radio and than repeated at other times during the month

The Ticket – new arts and entertainment show

It’s a bumper show on The Ticket this week. Hugh Bonneville tells us what it’s like to be back on the Downton set for Downton 2, Noni Needs chats to Matthew Burrows MBE about the #artistsupportpledge,which was  a global movement Matthew started during lockdown, and Laura Sheppard chats to a Year 9  TPS student, Emily Bentley, who has won a young writers award.

There’s news of a new music documentary streaming platform, Backbeat Docs, Mahmood from the Petersfield Barbers AND the Petersfield Art Gallery talks about juggling hair cutting and painting and how the pandemic has made him reassess his business. Plus two voiceover artists, Anne-Lise Kadri and Phill Humphries share their latest work as part of the Quarantine Kids Story Time which sprung up last year. 

Music Credit: One Little Triumph by Blue Dot Sessions. Used under Creative Commons licence.

Cocktails with Kate: a Scottish snifter

Whisky fanatics Martin Brown and Simon BW talk whisky cocktails with Kate Fairweather.

Martin recalls the Rusty Nail, first introduced to him in his hometown, Argyll. Gloriously simple, and VERY Scottish, this cocktail is also not for the fainthearted… as Simon politely acknowledges.

The making of this cocktail took place after a spirited Scotch whisky tasting with eight whiskies on parade (full audio of which will be published shortly).

Two glass tumblers with Rusty nail cocktail and two stirrers alongside.
The Rusty Nail comprises equal parts whisky and Drambuie

The Rusty Nail

Scarcely a recipe, just pour equal parts of blended whisky (a cheap blend is fine, possibly best) with the sweet Scotch whisky liqueur, Drambuie. Go easy, now!

Good for a hip flask, on a cold, cold day.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 – The Samaritans

As we draw to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, with its theme of Getting Back to Nature, Laura Sheppard chats to Chris, a listening volunteer from the Portsmouth branch of the Samaritans about all the services that are available from the Samaritans, their outreach programme, the extensive help on their website, and how the pandemic has impacted the way they have been able to help.



Useful Links
If you would like to get more information about the Samaritans please visit, call 116 123 or email


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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 – Mental Health Foundation

As we draw to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, with its theme of Getting Back to Nature, Laura Sheppard chats to Rachel Baird from the Mental Health Foundation, about the power of nature in helping our mental wellbeing.


Useful Links
If you would like to get more information about the Mental Health Foundation, please visit


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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 – Solent Mind

As we draw to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, with its theme of Getting Back to Nature, Laura Sheppard chats to Dan Angus from Mayfield Nurseries, which is a subsidiary of Solent Mind, about the power of nature in helping our mental wellbeing.


Useful Links
If you would like to get more information about Solent Mind please visit or Mayfield Nurseries visit


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Welcome to Petersfield – the best of Shine Radio (for BBC Radio Solent)

On Thursday (13th May), Shine Radio was given half an hour on BBC Radio Solent to showcase our eclectic range of programmes with local voices and stories from across the Petersphere.

Claire Vennis & Joff Lacey bring you:

  • Suzie Wilde’s 100th Wilde Walk
  • Noni Needs has a recipe from Rother Valley Farm
  • Laura Sheppard meets Fran Vesey from the Five Bells in Buriton
  • Kate Fairweather talks sheep dogs at Rothercombe Farm

Local author’s quick and easy family favourite recipes for fussy eaters

In this week’s Shine Radio recipe: Local author, Katie Marsh talks to Noni Needs ahead of the publication of her fifth novel, Unbreak Your heart.

Katie imparts a couple of family favourite recipes.

A quick and easy banana flapjack, a firm favourite with her fussy easting son and a delicious watermelon and feta salad to share in your garden. Yes a salad, they’ll eat!

For more information about Katie Marsh’s books go to

Katie Marsh and Noni Needs

Local angler goes Casting for Recovery

Its Mental Health Awareness week, and this year’s theme is connecting with nature. Beaky Allesch-Taylor, fly fishes to help with stress and anxiety surrounding a breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and operation.

Beaky talks to Noni Needs about breast cancer and how Casting for recovery, is a charity and a way to heal and help her mental wellbeing after breast surgery.

Useful Links
If you would like to get in touch with regarding CfR please email us at

For Fishing information talk to Meon Springs

New Deer Park Prepares to Open at Sky Park Farm

Victoria Noonan, owner of Sky Park Farm, talks to Joff Lacey and Claire Vennis about this new deer park in West Harting.

The unique park opens on May 21st and offers visitors the chance to experience life on a working deer farm, as well as access the spectacular grounds for walking and picnicking.  

There is also an adventure playground, an education centre, a farm shop and cafe on site.

For more information and to book tickets visit

Victoria Noonan, Sky Park Farm

Suzie Wilde’s Wilde Walk at Langley

It’s a very windy day at Langley. Where do they find a couple of carrots? Suzie hears the first cuckoo but it’s too distant but the blonde is happy to find a very deep pond in the middle of the common.

A new Wilde Walk airs on Petersfield’s Shine Radio every Friday and is repeated through the week.

Or get the podcast on your favourite podcast app. Just search “Petersfield”.

Mental Health Awareness Week: a tree visualisation exercise

Yoga teacher Roessa Marks leads a tree visualisation – or meditation – inspired by the natural world.

Captured outside, you can hear the birdsong. This meditation is to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, which has a theme of nature.

Roessa Marks leads yoga classes at the Pavilion and Warnford village hall

Find out more about Roessa’s yoga practice at

How engaging with nature helps our mental wellbeing

Did you know that you can access non-medical, or “social” prescriptions for practices such as homeopathy, breath work and a range of other therapies – all via your local GP?

Roessa Marks and Helen Breadley sit cross legged on the gras under a blossom tree
Yoga teacher Roessa and breath coach Helen Bradley collaborate regularly.

Yoga teacher Roessa Marks and breath coach Helen Bradley explain how the practice of yoga and breathing work can help calm the body, and therefore the mind.

From Helen’s garden, surrounded by birdsong, they talk about how engaging with nature has helped so many people through the pressures of the pandemic.

A tan and white guinea pig peers over a flowerbed made of railway sleepers
One of the free range guinea pigs chews contentedly on a dandelion in Helen’s garden

Find out more about social prescribing and how it could help you from your local GP’s surgery, or online at the NHS website:

More about Roessa’s yoga classes here:

More about Helen’s breath work here:

the P pod local personalities show – 11th May 2021

Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey with Petersfield personalities and their stories.

We’re at Sky Park Farm this week to meet owner Victoria Noonan as preparations heat up to open this new deer park on 21st May. 

As it’s Mental Health Awareness Week breath expert Helen Bradley and yoga teacher Roessa Marks discuss the importance of being in nature and Petersfield Barbershop’s Mahmood Roostaei reveals a new art gallery on his premises.

Complete with local news from Jon Walker, a walk in an ancient wood with Suzie Wilde and some rocky folk music from local musician Elliott Joseph and his song ‘Wild Atlantic Heart’. 

Claire and Joff with Victoria Noonan, plus deer
truck with lego
Mahmood Roostaei
This week's P pod comes from Sky Park Farm - one of the UK's principal deer parks - where we meet owner Victoria Noonan.
Barber and artist Mahmood Roostaei reveals a new art gallery and Roessa Marks and Helen Bradley discuss the importance of being in nature for Mental Health Awareness Week.
Roessa Marks and Helen Bradley
This week’s featured local musician, Elliott Joseph

Generation Green – Ian James

This Month Meg and Sacha chat with the wonderful Ian James about his own experiences and how we can start to make big changes to help fight climate change!  We go into detail on finance and how the economy affects climate change. If you are new to climate change activism and haven’t listened to some earlier episodes we definitely recommend listening to those first.