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Update on Watercress and Winterbournes project

The Candover Stream, a winterbourne which runs through the Candover Valley during the early months of the year following winter rainfalls, is part of a study programme of the chalk streams in Hampshire.  The programme was conceived and initiated by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust two years ago and a programme of studies is being carried out…read more →

Community store in business

Community store in business

The Candover Valley Community store is now in business.  After more than five years of planning, fund-raising and building the store opened to its first customers on Monday, 10 June and has been trading successfully since.  The new store has a post office and provides a full range of groceries and household items.  More details of the services and products available…read more →

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 →

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 →

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 →