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Crime prevention tips

Crime prevention tips

As a result of a recent rise in criminal activity in rural areas in this part of Hampshire  our local policeman, PC Andy Reid, was spurred on to arrange a meeting in the Valley in November to discuss aspects of crime prevention. A number of houses and outbuildings have been broken into in the area, including a disturbing situation in Cliddesden when…read more →

Update on chalk stream study

Update on chalk stream study

Update on Watercress and Winterbournes chalk stream study programme From: Maggie Shelton Watercress and Winterbournes Community Catchments Officer Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Over the past few months we have worked with all of the catchment groups to agree a number of priority projects for each catchment. The workshops that you’ve participated in have generated a range of ideas and…read more →

New community store nearing completion.

New community store nearing completion.

Building work on the new community store in Preston Candover is nearing completion.   Builders, CPFM Construction of Alresford, were on site on 5 November, immediately following the village bonfire and firework display the previous Saturday and work continued apace until the Christmas break. All of the main framework is in place and the roof already ’tiled’ with roof-lights in…read more →

Coppicing of church hedgerow

Coppicing of church hedgerow

Volunteers from the Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust will be helping members of the PCC of St Mary’s, Preston Candover, to coppice the roadside hedgerow for the benefit of local wildlife. The Trust led work party will be in action on Sunday 13th January and the PCC is seeking the help of other volunteers on that day. “We want people…read more →

Watercress and Winterbournes

Watercress and Winterbournes

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 Lottery-funded project to study rare chalk stream ecosystems, entitled Watercress and Winterbournes. This ambitious project aims to celebrate, protect, and enhance the chalk stream headwaters of the Rivers Test and Itchen, namely Pillhill Brook,…read more →

Red Oak MD will talk to Preston residents about the Purefoy

Red Oak MD will talk to Preston residents about the Purefoy

After the planning application to construct two new three-bedroom houses attached to the Purefoy Arms, was turned down by Basingstoke councillors in October, local residents are now awaiting the next move by Red Oak Taverns and are hopeful that the company will discuss future steps with the community first as managing director, Mark Gunnell, has promised. Mark Grunnell, the managing director of Red…read more →

Threat to The Purefoy diminished – for now!

Threat to The Purefoy diminished – for now!

Reprieve for The Purefoy -  The immediate threat to the The Purefoy Arms, the 18th century public house and restaurant in Preston Candover, was removed on Wednesday, 10 October when Basingstoke and Deane borough councillors voted unanimously to refuse the planning application from Red Oak Taverns (ROT), which had applied for planning permission to convert part of the premises into separate…read more →

Vehicle speeds through Preston Candover

Vehicle speeds through Preston Candover

The problem of vehicles speeding through the villages of the Candover Valley is among the greatest concerns of local residents, and the parish councils have been looking at ways in which speeds can be reduced.  All attempts to introduce traffic calming measures have, so far, been frustrated by Hampshire Highways who seem to give greater importance to the fast, free…read more →