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.
Details of the services and other events being held over the Christmas period in the churches in he Candover Valley can be found by clicking here.
The Candover Valley Remembrance Service on Sunday, 11th of November, the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, will be starting at the War Memorial in Preston Candover, with a prompt start at 10.50. It is hoped that all those attending will be present by 10.45 latest. The Remembrance ceremony will then be followed by a service at the church of St Mary the Virgin in Preston Candover.
Please check here for details of other services in Valley churches for the rest of November.
Building work has now started on the new community store in Preston Candover. Builders were on site on 5 November, immediately following the village bonfire and firework display the previous Saturday. More information about the shop and current activities and future developments can be found here.
The second of three meetings about the Candover stream (or Brook) is being held on 8 November at the Candover Club. The Candover Brook which runs through the Candover Valley in winter time from Chilton and Brown Candover, to join the River Itchen eventually, is part of a project to study rare chalk stream ecosystems. Read more about it here, and come to the talk on Thursday, 8 November at the Candover Club to learn more.
The recent rise in criminal activity in rural areas in this part of Hampshire has encouraged our local policeman, PC Andy Reid, to host a meeting in the Valley to discuss aspects of crime prevention. Read more here.
Candover Valley residents are awaiting with some trepidation for more news about the Purefoy Arms and any further developments from Red Oak Taverns. A planning application from Red Oak to construct two new three-bedroom houses attached to the Purefoy Arms, the 18th century public house in Preston Candover, was turned down by Basingstoke councillors on 10 October. Local residents are now awaiting the next move by Red Oak Taverns as the company does have the right to appeal to the Minister. But, residents are hopeful that the company will discuss future steps with the community first as managing director, Mark Gunnell, has promised. See here.
Oak Hill Lane, the BOAT (Byway open to all traffic) which runs from the Preston end of Bradley Lane across fields to Southwood Farm, is still in good condition following the resurfacing completed 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