Welcome to the Candover Valley Community Store Project

Candover Valley Community Store

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The Building

The building is on schedule and on budget. The main shell is complete with windows and doors fitted, larch cladding in place and the floor screed down and drying out before the flooring can be laid. The main lighting is installed and working with further electrical work due for completion in March. Thanks to a team of stalwart volunteers, the ceiling is fully decorated and the beams sanded down. It is planned for volunteers to complete painting the internal walls during the first weeks of March. The builder returns from a planned holiday early in March and will then install plumbing and external drains, finish off all remaining work and reinstate the grass surrounding the building. Decking at the rear of the store will be constructed in May, subject to planning permission and grant funding. Fit-out including counter, shelving and post office equipment is scheduled for March and April.

Follow progress of the build on Instagram – candovervalleycommunity

Open Morning – 26 January

More than 100 people attended this very successful event and much useful information was gathered about what people would like the new store to stock in addition to the range of affordable everyday items that will be available. There was a definable buzz of excitement and enthusiasm at the prospect of the new store taking shape. Many thanks to all our helpers, providers of cakes and buns and to Moonroast for generously supplying the coffee.


The recruitment of a paid store manager and assistant manager(s) is well under way with appointments likely to be made shortly for starting in April, in advance of the planned opening some time in May.
We are also looking for a volunteer co-ordinator (unpaid) to join the management committee. He or she will take charge of co-ordinating our volunteers of a day to day basis to provide volunteer cover during store opening hours. The role would also include recruiting volunteers, maintaining volunteering information on the website and social media and working closely with the shop managers. If you are interested please contact Carol Ward (01256 389387) or Jane Laws (01256 389491) for further information.

Management Committee

Richard Saunders kindly agreed to join the committee as treasurer in November 2018, as announced at the AGM. Although not members of the committee, several people are providing invaluable expertise to the project for example in electronic systems, recruitment, branding and decoration. After three years as chairman Richard Walker has decided to step down from the committee, though he plans to continue to support the project as a volunteer. Jane Laws has been elected chair of the committee with effect from 1 March, 2019.


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 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


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 Jane Laws and the members are  Jane Ballard, Charles Bradshaw, Carolyn Dawnay, Alison Ellet, Lucy Muncey, Richard Saunders, Nevil Wilson.

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