As you may know, in January it was agreed that Preston Candover Village Hall Trustees and the CVCS Committee would explore the feasibility of housing the community store in an extension of the village hall. We are pleased to report that we believe we can make this idea a success!
To this end, the parties have signed a “Heads of Agreement” and agreed that the CVCS Committee should project manage the design and build of the extension on behalf of the Village Hall Trustees and furthermore organise the fundraising effort. Arrangements have been made for regular reporting to the Village Hall Committee, and day-to-day liaison with nominated members.
Once the extension has been built, CVCS will lease the space from the Village Hall Trustees and run the community store as described in the original business plan. This will give the Village Hall Trustees much-needed funds to continue providing their vital community services.
We will have new drawings shortly which we hope will galvanise support for the project and enable everyone to share in our vision.
In other news, members of our committee are volunteering for Canterton Stores helping to support the shop (as you may recall it is important that the shop remains open so that the existing post office contract can be transferred to the new enterprise (a new post office contract would be significantly less favourable)). The added benefit of this is that we are gaining valuable experience! If you would like to join us, please let us know or ask in the shop. If you don’t have the time, you can still help by shopping there – they take daily bakery orders, sell delicious local foods and have recently started stocking meat from Evan’s Butchers (orders also available).
We are as determined as ever that Preston Candover and the surrounding villages will soon benefit from all the services a Community Store can offer and we thank you for your continued interest.