LATEST NEWS – THE BUILDING WORK BEGINS
As you may have noticed, building work on the new Candover Valley Community Store has started, following the fundraising campaign successfully exceeding its target of £200,000.
The selected contractors, CPFM Contractors of Alresford, started work on Monday 5th November on the field next to the Preston Candover village hall. By mid-afternoon on the first day, the area had been fenced off, the footings dug and the concrete pouring had begun.
The fencing has been put in place for safety and protection of the community – animals, children and the curious – so please don’t be tempted to try to access the site to take a closer look. Access for dog walkers, ramblers and cyclists to the footpath up alongside the vineyard is via the pedestrian gate from the village hall car park, passing alongside the tennis courts.
Access to the site for the contractors is via the gate in the field and deliveries will avoid the busiest school drop off and pick-up times. Inevitably, the field itself will end up being a mess (omelettes and eggs come to mind), but the great news is that Preston Farms will re-seed the grass at completion of the construction, to return the field to its original state.
Inevitably with a project of this size, there will be some minor disruption to the usual tranquillity of the village, but everyone involved will be trying their best to minimise this. If you have any concerns, then please get in touch with one of the Committee members.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Having got off to a flying start, we’re confident that the building work will be completed by the end of February 2019, to the point where we have a watertight building, . As with any building project, we’re at the mercy of the weather so let’s hope for a mild, dry and snow-free winter.
Once the shell is complete, we can proceed with the internal fitting out, including painting, laying of the flooring, installation of the shop and Post Office counters, additional lighting etc. This is where our volunteering efforts will come to the fore – hopefully a case of many hands make light work.
THE PLANNED TIMELINE
The project plan has been broken down into four phases as follows:
|Phase 1||Build||Nov 18 to Feb 19|
|Phase 2||Recruitment of shop manager(s)||Feb to Mar 19|
|Preparation of policies||Feb – Mar 19|
|Fit out – internal decoration; fitting of flooring, counter, refrigeration equipment||Mar 19|
|Fit out of Post Office requirements||Mar 19|
|Volunteer recruitment confirmed||Mar 19|
|Phase 3||Stocking of store||Apr 19|
|Training of staff and volunteers||Apr 19|
|Monthly shift rotas prepared||Apr19|
|Phase 4||Grand opening – trading commences||May 19|
INVITATION TO ALL RESIDENTS
On the Make It Happen page you can let us know how you might help the project, whether you just want to be kept informed of progress or would like to offer your time or skills or make a donation.
The community store will be run by the community for the community
The committee is chaired by Richard Walker and the members are Jane Ballard, Charles Bradshaw, Carolyn Dawnay, Alison Ellet, Jane Laws, Lucy Muncey, Nevil Wilson.