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.
Heavy rain in much of Hampshire during the last two weeks (1-15 June) is unlikely to remove the threat to rivers and streams. Low groundwater levels in the county after the dry winter months are still posing a potential risk to water flows in some of the county’s rivers and streams. Preston Candover had more than 60 millimetres of rainfall (nearly 2.5 inches) during this two-week period, but readings taken recently (6 June) at the Preston Candover monitoring station show that groundwater levels are significantly below the normal for this time of the year. More information here.
The new Candover Valley Community store is now open and providing valley residents with postal services, groceries and general household items. Further information is here.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, are planning a series of activities for 2019 which may involve the Candover stream. Read more about it here, and the latest 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 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