Welcome to the Candover Valley Community Store Project

Candover Valley Community Store

OPEN MORNING – Saturday 26 January between 10:00 and 12:30 – find out more


Less than two months after building work on the new Candover Valley Community Store began, the walls are up, the roof trusses, roof felt and battens completed and the slates and roof lights are in place. When the builders stopped work for Christmas, the roof was watertight. A water supply and electricity meter have been connected to the site and the first stage electrics have been completed.

The completion date is on target for the end of February 2019, to be followed by fit out during March and April.

Read the press release. Follow progress of the build on Instagram – candovervalleycommunity

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.


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

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