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.
All church services in the Candover and Farleigh benefice have been cancelled with immediate effect, following the joint statement of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. All churches will also remain closed. There will be no services held in any of the Valley churches this coming Sunday ( March 29) and until further notice. See more here.
The Purefoy Arms, public house and restaurant in Preston Candover, is meeting the challenge of an enforced temporary closure by offering a ‘dine at home’ service. A range of main courses and some desserts are available on telephone booking and collection at the Purefoy. See menu.
There is an urgent need for funds to help hospitals in Hampshire care for local residents afflicted with the new coronavirus.
The Hampshire Medical Fund raises money to buy equipment for Winchester, Basingstoke and Andover Hospitals which is not available within their normal NHS budgets and which enables these hospitals to provide a higher level of service for the communities they serve.
The current coronavirus crisis has highlighted the need for extra equipment to be available urgently. See more.
Activities, events and places in the Candover Valley and surrounding area.
The Grange Festival, Northington: various dates 5 June to July 19 2020. See more here.
Boomtown Fair – Temple Valley, Cheesefort Head: 12-16 August 2020. More here.
Car Fest – Laverstoke Park Farm, Overton: 28-30 August 2020. More here.
Alresford agricultural show, Tichborne, Alresford: 5 September 2020. More here.
The Vyne, Sherborne St John: National Trust: Details here
Hinton Ampler, Cheriton, near Alresford: National Trust: more details here.
The Grange, Northington:
Hattingley Valley Winery, Upper Wield, near Alresford: details of tours etc
Bombay Gin distillery, Laverstoke, Overton: details of tours etc
Local churches, benefice communion, more details here.
The new Candover Valley Community Store has enjoyed more than six months of successful trading since opening in June last year, providing valley residents with postal services, groceries and general household items. Further information and more details of the services it provides are available here.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, has now submitted its application for further national lottery funding 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 recently 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 across fields to Southwood Farm, is just one of several public footpaths and tracks running through the Candover Valley. It is still in relatively 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