• Welcome to the Candover Valley

    In the heart of rural Hampshire
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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.

Candover stream in national study

The Candover stream (or 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 talk on Wednesday, 24 October at the Candover Club to learn more. See here. 

Crime prevention tips

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.

Remembrance Service

The Candover Valley Rememberance Service will be held this year at the church of St Mary the Virgin in Preston Candover. This year the service is  being held on Sunday, 11th of November,  the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Please check here for details of other services in Valley churches for the rest of October and November.

Update on the Purefoy

Please see here for more news about the Purefoy Arms and any further developments from Red Oak Taverns.

Reprieve for the Purefoy

Basingstoke councillors voted unanimously on Wednesday, 10 October to refuse the application of Red Oak Taverns to construct two new three-bedroom houses attached to the Purefoy Arms, the 18th century public house in Preston Candover.  The councillors rejected the advice of planning officer Russell Stock to approve the application and voted overwhelmingly to turn it down.  Red Oak Taverns do have the right to appeal to the Minister and may do so.

“We have won the battle but the war may not be won, Red Oak may appeal, but for now let’s enjoy this moment,” said Jonny Marriott who lead the campaign against Red Oak’s plans.  Read more here.



Oak Hill Lane

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.

Scenic Strolls in the Candover Valley

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.

Please Report Potholes!

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

 

 

 

Let us know your plans!

Organising an event in the area? Starting a new club or society? If you are, we’d like to hear from you. Please contact our editors about a free listing for your event or group on this site.

Services in Valley churches

Services in Valley churches

Please see the lists below for details of services being held in Valley churches during the rest of October...
Watercress and Winterbournes

Watercress and Winterbournes

Watercress & Winterbournes is an ambitious Heritage Lottery funded-project which aims to celebrate, protect, and enhance the chalk stream...
Red Oak MD will talk to Preston residents about the Purefoy

Red Oak MD will talk to Preston residents about the Purefoy

Mark Grunnell, the managing director of Red Oak Taverns, has promised to talk to the people of Preston Candover...
The Purefoy Arms

The Purefoy Arms

Candover Valley Choir

Candover Valley Choir

Scenic Walks in the Candover Valley

Scenic Walks in the Candover Valley

Fitbean

Fitbean

Over 60s Luncheon Club

Over 60s Luncheon Club

St John’s Church, Northington

St John’s Church, Northington

St James’ Church, Wield

St James’ Church, Wield

All Saints Church, Bradley

All Saints Church, Bradley

St Mary the Virgin Old Church, Preston Candover

St Mary the Virgin Old Church, Preston Candover

The Mobile Library

The Mobile Library

Candover Valley Gardening Club

Candover Valley Gardening Club

The Yew Tree, Wield

The Yew Tree, Wield

Candover Valley Club

Candover Valley Club

Play Area, Preston Candover

Play Area, Preston Candover

Skate Ramp, Preston Candover

Skate Ramp, Preston Candover

Recreation Ground, Preston Candover

Recreation Ground, Preston Candover

Tennis Courts

Tennis Courts

Candovers Cricket Club

Candovers Cricket Club

Tennis Club

Tennis Club

Preston Candover Village Hall

Preston Candover Village Hall

Alresford Shops

Alresford Shops

Canterton Stores and Post Office

Canterton Stores and Post Office

Preston Candover C of E Primary School

Preston Candover C of E Primary School

Candover Valley Pre-School

Candover Valley Pre-School

The Woolpack Inn

The Woolpack Inn