Local artist hosting new exhibition

Lucy Carter had to finish her MA in Fine Art at Chichester University during last year’s Pandemic. 

Lucy talks to Noni Needs about what that was like, exhibiting at Gallery No 30, in Petersfield.

And being part of “Power to Us,” an emerging, female artists exhibition on 14th April, at the Yellow edge Gallery, Gosport.


What’s your favourite steak sauce?

Noni Needs talks to Peter about old fashioned, steak sauces. Remember Steak Diane?

Peter tells Noni how to cook it. It’s fast simple and delicious.

The perfect treat.

Just the way Noni remembers it from the ’70’s.

Steak Diane. Picture: Wikimedia. Used under creative commons licence.

Susie’s Wilde Walk at Stansted

It’s the end of a lovely spring walk at Stansted Park. Suzie and Raine join a friend who recommends a walk towards the House itself for anyone without a dog. All is calm and reflective … until Raine tries to take over the mic herself …

Suzie would welcome supporters for the third book of her trilogy – Landfall. Find out the what the story is and pre-order a copy at:


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”.

the P pod personalities show – 23 March

This week in the P pod, Christine Seaward from the Sustainability Centre joins Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey to introduce us to her educational facility near East Meon.

Shine Radio’s Alan Cosh talks to Linda Knutson, chair of the Petersfield Open Air Pool to find out her plans for reopening the centre this May.

We also bring you the last in the current series of 60 Second Histories from The Petersfield Museum, Suzie’s Wilde Walk is an early morning one and Jon Walker meets Joff on location at Lords Farm in Sheet where 21 houses could be built.

Music this week is a bit of Americana from Southsea band Jackdaw Train. Hear their new single.

Generation Green – A Review of A Life On Our Planet

This week Meg and Sacha dissect David Attenborough’s witness statement. This opinion piece covers everything the two found to be problematic and maybe what was missing. Is overpopulation as bad as we think? Is the piece more of a pat on the back than it is a warning? Links to articles and info can be found on the website

population: https://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/14/opinion/overpopulation-is-not-the-problem.html
article on the history of “over-population”: https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/environment/2020/11/david-attenborough-s-claim-humans-have-overrun-planet-his-most-popular
Palm Oil vs Meat: https://www.cowspiracy.com/facts
Politics and the film: https://earther.gizmodo.com/david-attenborough-a-life-on-our-planet-nails-the-plan-1845259550
The inequality of the climate crisis: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1755-1307/6/11/112013/pdf
Book on indigenous mindset: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/316/316088/braiding-sweetgrass/9780141991955.html

Max, Edie and Joe, the farm workers

Meet Border Collies Max, Edie and Joe in this month’s episode of Dogs with Jobs. Together, they ensure a successful lambing operation on Rothercombe Farm.

It’s the calm before the storm in Stroud, as sheep farmer Andrew Snow gears up for the busiest six weeks of the year. With 1,925 lambs due in a few weeks’ time, he’s planning logistics. The border collies are fundamental to the smooth running of the lambing season, which means long and arduous days for dogs and family alike.

With around a thousand expectant ewes on the farm, things can get a little intense.

L-R Gary (15) retired, Max (7), Joe (2) and Edie (5). Although they work flexibly, each has particular strengths.

Senior statesman Gary (15) is living out his retirement in the farmhouse, with the Snow family. Out in the kennels, team leader Max (5) remains top dog, though retains a worrying interest in the family guinea pigs. Joe (2) fancies his chances for the top job since becoming a dad to Edie’s puppies over the winter months. Now the pups have left home, Edie (5) is back to work full time.

Gary is enjoying his retirement, while Edie has recently returned from maternity leave with renewed focus and maturity.

The collies are fighting fit and ready for anything with their boundless energy. Except a team photo(!)

The collies are speedy and light on the their feet, circling the garden, as they will circle the fields when lambing begins.

Andrew explains to Kate Fairweather how the dogs work in concert with him to ensure a successful lambing operation.

Do you work your dog?

If you would consider participating in Shine Radio’s monthly Dogs with Jobs podcast, why not get in touch with Kate at team@shineradio.uk?

Caring dogs, service dogs, sporting dogs – the more varied the better! She’s interested in them all and would love to hear from you.

Susie’s Wilde Walk in the Early Morning

Wake up to bird song with Suzie. It’s Chapel Common – but not as she knows it. At 7am no one else is there but despite the current climate of women feeling unsafe, Suzie loves being alone in a landscape.

Suzie would welcome supporters for the third book of her trilogy – Landfall. Find out the what the story is and pre-order a copy at:


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”.

The Local Showcase – Thursday 18 March

Mandy P shares music released and performed by musicians in and around Petersfield and speaks to them. Hear from musical talent and visiting artists who are popular in local venues. This week, Mandy is chatting to Gareth Howells of BEMIS about their latest release.


  • Ryan Crockford – Life is a Lesson
  • Hannah Clark – Urban Legend
  • The Farrago – Semantics of Suburbia
  • Judith – Never Ending
  • The Peaches – Eyes of Blue

Celebrate Irish culture with Polly’s Irish Stew

Polly Arnold shares her family’s Irish stew recipe with Noni Needs.

A traditional Irish family recipe past down the generations.

What better restorative, warming, delicious, St Patrick’s celebratory meal than Irish stew.

The recipe is published below.

Polly’s serving tip: Serve in large old fashioned soup bowls with warmed, crunchy French stick and a pint of Guinness!

Serves 4 people

You’ll need:

1.5kg neck of lamb
1 kg floury potatoes
1 kg carrots
400g shallots
1 bay leaf
4 sprigs of Thyme
2 handfuls of chopped parsley
1 litre of water or lamb stock
30g butter


Cut the lamb into large chunks. Peel the potatoes and cut into chunks the same size as the meat. Put the potatoes into a bowl of water to keep them white. Peel the carrots and cut into similar size chunks any shape you like – disks or batons. Peel the onions leaving them whole – don’t worry about the differing sizes especially with the ones that naturally split.


Put the lamb in a large casserole. Pour in the water to submerge the meat and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 1 hour occasionally skimming off all the impurities from the surface with a small sieve.


Add the potatoes, carrots, thyme, bay leaf and shallots – adding more water if it is needed. Season generously and simmer for a further 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Test all elements to see if they are tender – if not just let it gently simmer until everything is tender. Take off the heat, add the parsley and butter, cover (don’t stir) and leave for 15 minutes.

Serve in large old fashioned soup bowls with warmed, crunchy French stick and a pint of Guinness!

the P pod local personalities show – 16 March 2021

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

This week Sean Ridley, manager of The Studio at TPS, brings news of an exciting re-brand, ahead of reopening, in an exclusive interview.

We also hear about a fabulous new business that aims to help local independent cafes while bringing a smile. 17 year old Alexander Lambrianou tells us what inspired Share A Smile Today and how you can start sharing some smiles too.

Ryan Watts from the Petersfield Museum reveals another 60 Second History, Jon Walker from the Petersfield Post brings the latest local news and Suzie and her faithful friend Raine have a chilly Wilde Walk.

And Shine Radio’s Mandy P speaks to Ray Vogt about a song he’s written and composed especially for the town of Petersfield. We’ll play the song at the end of the programme.

Lockdown experiences compared: Petersfield and its twin town Warendorf in Germany

Shine Radio’s Alan Cosh compares notes on lockdown life with Ulrike Jaeger, who lives in the Petersfield’s twinned town in Germany, Warendorf.

Ulrike explains how life in Warendorf has been during the pandemic for residents, her hopes and fears, and how people in our twin town have been caught-up this week in the European vaccinations controversy.

Ulrike Jaeger of Warendorf, which is Petersfield’s twinned town in Germany

Generation Green – air quality with campaigner Paul Turner

Paul Turner talks everything about air quality. Ever wondered is Petersfield is as bright and green as it seems? What does radical change look like and how can we be part of it?


e- scooter scheme: southampton.gov.uk/news/article.aspx?id=tcm:63-440675
gear change: assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/
Transition towns: transitionnetwork.org/
Article on limits to protest: theguardian.com/commentisfree/
Article on Ella Kissi-Debrah’s death ecowatch.com/london-girl-death-air-pollution-2649531226.html

high speed 2: hs2.org.uk/ http://www.hs2actionalliance.org/

Sat on carbon emissions https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottsnowden/

Throwback: Lottie, the missing persons investigator

A bonus episode of Dogs with Jobs!

Working dog expert and retired handler Jim Noble has had a long and varied career handling sporting dogs, police dogs, sniffer dogs and other specialist working dogs.

P.D. Lottie with Jim Noble and canine colleague P.D. Lock in 2003

A highlight of his long career working dogs was training a talented young bloodhound, Lottie.

In the early 2000s the Hampshire Constabulary’s Dog Unit, as it was then, invested in its first ever pair of bloodhounds, with a view to training them for missing persons cases, owing to their superior scent-tracking capabilities.

As a Police Dog handler, Jim Noble trained P.D.Lottie for nearly a year tracking individual subjects using the scent of a personal item. Their training sessions took place in Queen Elizabeth Country Park and many other favourite Petersfield beauty spots.

He tells Kate Fairweather about Lottie’s first ever deployment in 2003. The sound is a bit crackly, as the interview was conducted by telephone during the lockdown, but Jim’s pride in a superb work partner comes across loud and clear.

Lottie in tracking mode, with Jim Noble following on behind. PICTURE: MALCOLM WELLS ( 034309-189 )

Do you work your dog?

If you would consider participating in Shine Radio’s monthly Dogs with Jobs podcast, why not get in touch with Kate at team@petersfieldradio.uk. Caring dogs, service dogs, sporting dogs – the more varied the better! She’s interested in them all and would love to hear from you.

Talking Books – March 2021

The guest is Tim Bouquet, who grew up on his father’s farm at Butser. His mother still lives in Petersfield. He is a ghost-writer and biographer who makes dry material page-turners. Tim O’Kelly talks to him about his stunning book on Philip Jackson (sculpture studio in Midhurst; was Stroud at the start of his career) and the angel Gabriel in Harting church. But where did Writer Tim start – and how does he meet so many Indian billionaires? How did the Renault boss Ghosn escape? My Backlisted choice is Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming: published in 1954! With all the attitudes and some words we no longer use. The extract is really good writing, though, and won’t offend anyone. 

In April we’ll be talking bees and seabirds with Roger Morgan-Grenville

Our current reads:

  • Little Scratch  Rebecca Watson (Local but V literary and dark)
  • Last One at the Party  Bethany Clift (Post-apocalyptic but with humour!)
  • To Calais in Ordinary Time  James Meek (brilliant but weird – set in C14)
  • The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin  David Nobbs (hilarious)
  • You, Me and the Sea  Elizabeth Haynes (Scottish island romance)

Tim Bouquet’s books that we discussed:

  • Philip Jackson A Life in Sculpture 
  • 617 Squadron
  • Cold Steel
  • The Man Behind the Wheel
  • Cut & Run (thriller fiction)

His website: http://www.timbouquet.com

His desert island book: Reef by Romesh Gunesekera

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.

Keep your Lockdown Locks Luscious

Salli Watts helps Noni Needs with some tips to look after her lockdown locks.

Desperate for a hair appointment Noni gets the call. Are you looking forward to your appointment or can you do without it?

Either way, Salli gives Noni some sound advise.

Salli Watts is at Mark Allen in Cowplain, Waterlooville..

A Mexican treat

This weeks’ Shine Radio recipe is something different. Bring holiday memories of a foreign land to your Petersfield dining experience.

James Foodie Fairweather tells Noni Needs how he does his fajitas and why. And his wife, Kate even gets some praise.

picture credit Sarah Stierch (CC BY 4.0) Creative Commons.

Local Charity raise funds with a St Patrick’s Celebration

The show will be broadcast via Zoom and will be hosted by Geoff Wootton and Simon Stanley they will introduce an array of entertaining and informative features which we have specially created for the event.  

The lineup includes dance demonstrations, performances of traditional Irish folk music, stories about St Patrick’s day traditions and Irish lace as well as an Irish quiz.

The show will be accompanied by a three-course ‘ready-to-heat’ meal delivered to your door provided by The Half Moon, Petersfield which also plays host to the production facility that enables this show to be brought to your dining table in a COVID secure way.

Delivery or collection zones include Winchester to the West, Portsmouth to the South, Haslemere to the North and every area in-between (full details below).Tickets are £20 per person, of which £5 goes directly to Home-Start to make an immediate impact on local families in need of support.


Smoked salmon roulade, soda bead

Main Course
Steak & Guinness pie, duchess potato, vegetables, onion gravy
Chicken breast, leek and garlic stuffing, duchess potato, vegetables, Madeira gravy

Chunky apple cake, caramel sauce

Vegan Menu

(vegan) Carrot, aubergine and pepper pâté with soda bread

(Vegan) Leek & mushroom pie, duchess potato, vegetables, gravy  

(Vegan) Irish Chocolate cake

The Box office closes on Wednesday 17th March at 9pm

Petersfield and surrounding villages, Haslemere, Liphook, Liss, Clanfield, Horndean & Waterlooville.

Winchester and districts including Alresford, Bishop’s Sutton, Bramdean, the Candover Valley, Colden Common, Kings Somborne, Otterbourne, Owslebury, Sparsholt, Sutton Scotney and Twyford.
Those local to Portsmouth & Havant can make use of our collection point at The Marina Bar, Southsea, PO4 9RJ