The Candover Valley is a unique rural community in mid-Hampshire, centred around a group of five villages and four hamlets situated between Basingstoke and Winchester.
The aim of this site is to provide information to both locals and visitors about the events, amenities, and local services which are available in the Valley. It is in the early stages of development, and dependent on its users to provide information to go on it, and feedback and suggestions for improvement.
The Candover Valley Gardening Club’s next meeting on Thursday, July 14 comprises an evening garden visit to Preston House, Preston Candover.
Assemble at the Preston Candover village hall for a 6.30pm departure.
See here for the revised programme of activities during the rest of the year - CVGC revised programme 2022
Developers trying to build a large warehousing complex at Dummer are now appealing against the decision of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to reject the further application to build a large warehouse complex at Dummer. The company, Newlands Developments Limited had come up with a new scheme after an earlier proposal was also turned down by the council.
New plans were submitted in February to BDBC for permission to build the complex for a warehousing and distribution centre on the land at Oakdown Farm on the A30 close to junction 7 of the M3. The new proposal was not fundamentally different to the original scheme and would still create all the environmental problems and traffic issues of the earlier proposal.
It was rejected by the Council on 19 May on the principal grounds that “The proposed development would be detrimental to the character and visual amenity of the landscape…..” but the developers were quick to react and have given notice of their intention to appeal to the Minister.
Notice of refusal -Refusal – Dummer warehouse
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and see here for the full details of the application –
The three churches in the Candover Valley at Northington, Brown Candover and Preston Candover, are part of the combined benefice of Farleigh, Candover and Wield. Currently, St Mary’s at Preston Candover is closed for essential repairs. Services at the other churches during June can be found on the attached sheet -Church services – June 2022
More disruption can be expected at the Brighton Hill roundabout on the A30 in Basingstoke as pile driving is underway on work to improve the junction.
Sheet piling is required to add support to the embankment next to the Brighton Hill retail park, to allow construction of an extra lane on the approach to the roundabout. The works require the installation of driven sheet piles which may result in additional noise and vibration, and will also require reducing traffic to single lanes on all arms of the roundabout during off peak times.
This work started on Monday 30th May and will continue for up to three weeks.
See more here.
Various events are being planned to celebrate Her Majesty, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in the Candover Valley.
Celebrations start with the lighting of a beacon at Preston Farms, Preston Candover, on the evening of Thursday 2nd June. Further details here.
Various other events are planned for the week-end. See more details here.
Residents of Nutley, Axford, Preston Candover and Wield are experiencing a repeat performance of the sudden increase in tractor traffic through the villages this week. A fleet of tractors with tanker trailers have for the last few days each been on a twenty-mile circuit to carry liquid waste from the bio-digester at Dummer to be sprayed as fertilizer over fields between Wield and Bighton.
Local residents have been woken at 6.30 am as the first tractors go through and have continued every 15 minutes through the day until the evening. One has to question the environmental benefit of four tractors burning up a gallon of diesel on every trip and exuding greenhouse gases, apart from the noise and disturbance.
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New plans have been submitted to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for permission to build a large warehouse complex at Dummer. The company, Newlands Developments Limited has now come up with a new scheme after the earlier proposal was turned down by the council.
The company has now submitted new plans to build a similar warehousing and distribution centre on the land at Oakdown Farm on the A30 close to junction 7 of the M3. The new proposal is not fundamentally different to the original scheme and will still create all the environmental problems and traffic issues of the earlier proposal.
See more here
and see here for the full details of the application -
The Oxdrove is the parish magazine for the Candover Valley and the neighbouring village of Wield. It is published monthly and, in addition to information about events at the four churches in the combined benefice, it also provides news and information about a wealth of activities in the Valley and nearby villages, and carries advertising for local services.
Subscriptions are now due for 2022 at £10 a year for all 12 issues. People who are not subscribers and interested in doing so should contact Ros Partridge at email@example.com
If you are planning any important road journeys in the next few months, it may be useful to check out if there are any road closures on your route. At this time of year the weather can play havoc with road surfaces, especially in the country areas. Have you been caught out when you come across an unexpected road closure or a diversion? Maybe, if you had known earlier you could have avoided it – taken a different route.
In theory, you can know in advance. Highways England operate an interactive map showing planned roadworks across counties, and even the country. Log on to the map and you can scroll down to local areas, or scroll up for a wider view; or by panning across, and up and down, you can cover a much wider area, maybe even to cover your whole route. The link below takes you to Hampshire County Council’s list of roadworks, scroll up to find the map.
See here for the map -
The joyful sound of church bells will not be announcing services at churches in the Candover Valley during this year. The bells at all three principal churches will be silent from a serious lack of ringers!
Read more here.
Plans to site a giant solar farm on land north west of Preston Candover, close to the end of Church Lane, are moving forward.
An application for full planning permission has been submitted by Preston Farms to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and a decision is expected at the end of January; almost a year to when the plans were first revealed. The proposed site for the solar panels, capable of generating 28 megawatts of electricity, will cover an area larger than 70 football fields. It comprises three fields of 116 acres within gently sloping open countryside, close to several footpaths, which it is said “possess a distinctive quality with a quiet rural character that is sensitive to change.” Basingstoke council’s landscape team says that “the cumulative effects on landscape character that could result from the development are potentially significant.”
See more details here.
With weeks of different levels of lockdown during the past year of the coronavirus pandemic many people and families have been looking for ways of getting out of the house and seeking some form of recreation. Families living in the Candover Valley are fortunate in having a wide network of footpaths and bridleways where it is possible to take short, or longer walks, through beautiful countryside, even in winter and in relative safety, largely away from the rural roads which are narrow, without pavements, and also, mostly with a 60mph speed limit!
Read more here.
There are three parish councils serving the residents of the Candover Valley. At the northern end of the valley it is Preston Candover and Nutley Parish Council which covers Axford as well as Nutley and Preston Candover. At the southern end of the valley Northington Parish Council serves the residents of Northington, Swarraton and Totford, and in the middle it is the Candovers Council looking after people in Brown and Chilton Candover.
Information about the respective councils and their activities can be found on their own websites:
More information about the role and duties of parish councils in general can be found here.
Activities, events and places in the Candover Valley and surrounding area.
There are many organisations active in the Candover Valley and the surrounding area, and a wide range of places to visit, and activities to enjoy, in addition to many public footpaths giving you access to the countryside and its teeming wildlife. See more information here.
The Candover Valley Community Store has been operating throughout the Covid-19 lockdown periods and has enjoyed more than two years of successful trading since opening in June 2019. It provides valley residents with much needed food and household services, and has been a ‘life-saver’ for many people during the past difficult times of the coronavirus pandemic, especially during the ‘lockdown’ periods. Grateful thanks are due to the staff and volunteers who have kept the store open during this difficult time. Further information and more details of the services it provides are available here.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, has now received further funding from the national lottery to continue its study programme into the wild life of Hampshire’s chalk streams. Among others, the programme involves the study of habitats and wildlife in the Candover stream. Read more about it here, and the latest update report here from Maggie Shelton, the community catchments officer.
The Purefoy Arms, the 18th century pub and restaurant in Preston Candover, is continuing its success under the direction of award-winning chef Gordon Stott, the licensee. It has been awarded two rosettes by the AA in recognition of the outstanding quality and variety of its food. It is one of only three pubs in this part of Hampshire to have gained this award. More information is available here.
Oak Hill Lane, the BOAT (byway open to all traffic) which runs from the Preston end of Bradley Lane (Red Lane) alongside fields to Southwood Farm Lane, is just one of several public footpaths and tracks running through the Candover Valley. It was resurfaced by Hampshire County Council in early 2015. More information about footpaths around Preston Candover can be found here.
Many years ago a former clerk to the Preston Candover and Nutley Parish Council compiled a series of seven circular walks using footpaths in the parish and with links on local roads. Details of the walks can be found here.
Potholes can be a serious road hazard and the state of some roads around the Valley is bad. We need everyone to report the problems. The process is easy, and you can also keep a check on progress on the problems which have already been reported .Please report on potholes here